People get so excited about reaching their health and fitness goals, that they just jump right in, trying to tackle big goals or even all of their goals all at once.
You should be excited because you are the best investment you will ever make! And who doesn’t want to feel happier, healthier, or stronger?
But you need to keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with starting small.
In fact, I always encourage it!
I want people to succeed and not give up on their goals, so I tell them to start small.
Drink an extra glass of water or try for an extra 500 steps a day.
By starting small and tackling little victories, you are going to grow your confidence.
When you are making progress and seeing that you can do it, it motivates you more.
This sets you up for success when you move on to tackle harder challenges.
When people get started without having any direction, they go big right off the bat.
Now, I love big goals and often set hefty goals myself, but when you are just getting going, you need to work yourself up to those big goals.
Be realistic with what you are doing.
You can’t decide one day to improve your health and fitness, then expect you will be making healthy choices and working out 5 times a week, that same day.
But you could decide on no trips to the vending machine this week, or having water only.
You small goals can and should when possible, be in line with your larger goals.
And crushing these smaller goals gets you one step closer to that big goal.
Think of your health and fitness as a marathon, not a sprint. You are working on building better, lasting habits and that takes time.
Plus, it is easier to get going when you start with something you know you can do.
With that being said, you should still try to challenge yourself with your smaller goals and be sure to put a timeframe on them. This helps ensure you are moving in the right direction.
It is going to take time and effort on your part.
But, taking it one step at a time will get you there.
How To Use This Today
Decide on a couple small goals you want to start with that are in line with your overall goal.
If you look at the steps you wrote down to get to your overall goal, you may find some great small goals to start with in there.
Remember, this is a marathon. So, start with small changes and build upon them to make them habits.