It has become pretty obvious to me that a lot of us struggle with focus today. In our social media driven “give it to me right now, I want results in one hour” society, it is more and more difficult to focus on our goals. When I refer to focus, I’m talking about avoiding distractions and the temptation to chase immediate satisfaction. If you have set a goal to “get healthy” or to “lose 20 pounds” or to “quit smoking,” then you must also make it a priority to “focus” on that goal. Focus on the daily behaviors and decisions that will get you to your goal.
Write your goal(s) down. That makes it real. That gives it life. Hang it on your mirror where you’ll see it every morning. Now break your 90 day goal down into monthly, weekly and daily goals. If you want to lose 20 pounds, for example, then first make it time specific. Let’s say 90 days. Now, what do you have to do to lose those 20 pounds in 90 days? Exercise? Eat healthier? Drink more water? Hang around other people who have already done it? Seek advice from professionals who can help? You get the picture. Break your big goal into smaller goals. Let’s look at month #1. Set your month #1 goal to cut out fast food and start exercising. If you eat fast food 3 times a day, every single day, then you have to progress into never eating fast food again. The only way you’ll do that is to FOCUS on the goal and break it down into days and weeks so that it’s not so intimidating. Maybe week 1 you allow yourself 10 fast food meals, week 2 you get 5 and by week 3 you get no fast food meals. If you never exercise right now, then build up gradually – maybe three days of exercise for weeks one and two, and then progress up from there. Focus on your weekly goals.
Focus on your goal(s) every day. The focus comes into the picture on a daily, hourly and minute-to-minute basis. You must be focused 24 hours a day on your goal if you want to succeed. Losing 20 pounds in 90 days isn’t that hard, but you must be focused. Temptation comes in many attractive and enticing forms. Your friends and family will want you to continue on the unhealthy path, but your focus will allow you to resist. When it’s time for the “smoke break,” focus on eating a healthy snack instead. When it’s time for happy hour, focus on getting home to work out and eat a healthy dinner instead. Your brain may try to tell you to go ahead and stop at McDonald’s tonight. Focus will allow you to keep driving. Focus. Focus. Focus.
Team Ditch the Belly is here to help you get started, to help you stay committed, and to help you succeed in your fitness and nutrition goals. If you bring the FOCUS, then nobody is going to stop us from seeing you reach those goals. When you start to lose that focus, call us!!
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