My posts exist for one specific reason. To help as many people as possible experience that life is awesome and packed with potential. This is why I have laid out the change process…made super simple.
A huge part of that involves helping people realize they are worthy of and have the ability to cultivate greatness in themselves and their life. But that’s for another post.
Today I want to discuss the process of change and accomplishment and how most people make it way too complicated.
In my coaching and posts, we cover a lot of ground when it comes to health, fitness, and life goals. There are so many different topic areas, tips, strategies, tools, and resources that it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture.
That bigger picture is the fact that you want to transform one or more aspects of your life. Whether it’s your health, fitness, motivation, mindset, habits, nutrition, career, relationship, or finances, it doesn’t matter!
The process is the same.
The great news is that it’s an exceedingly simple 5-step process.
Plus, no special skills, experience, or education are needed to complete any of the steps.
The only thing you need is to follow the steps in order and learn along the way.
Here are the steps:
- Decide what you want to accomplish.
- Try different ways of achieving your objective until you find one that works for you.
- Do more of the things that work and less of the things that don’t.
- Keep doing those things until they stop working.
Take a moment. Re-read the steps.
Let them sink in.
Do they seem overly simplified?
That’s the interesting thing…far too many people think that success has to be complicated when in fact it’s exceedingly simple.
It’s just that most people don’t put the thought, effort, and consistency into following this process…particularly steps 3, 4, and 5.
As a coach (and through my own personal goals), I’ve seen each step have its strengths and pitfalls in the journey through change. Which ones resonate most with you?
In case you still aren’t convinced that this simple process works, here’s a small summary of the challenges people face in each area…and what to do about it! 🙂
In Step 1, we find that many people fail to get crystal clear on what they want to accomplish.
Without a clear vision, the past forward is blurred and doesn’t resonate at an emotional level. Getting clear on your objective allows you to assess and narrow down the best options for action.
If fitness is your goal, what is your definition of fitness? Is it running a marathon under 3 hours, squatting 500lb, or doing an hour hike on the weekend with your friends?
Each one will have vastly different expectations, processes, and outcome measures.
Step 2 becomes about ongoing learning and perseverance.
Some people will keep trying the same thing over and over, despite not getting the results they want. This is also connected to a clear objective. If you aren’t clear on what you want, you can’t be sure you are achieving it, so it will be difficult to know when to stop and try another approach.
On a related note, other people will try a few things and then give up when those don’t work. Sometimes they are doing the right things, but simply give up before the results can be seen. Other times they just don’t attempt enough different options to find what works.
For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, does it make sense to give up after 3 weeks of jogging because you haven’t seen results or reached your goal yet? Of course not! Yet, this is a common mistake that smart, well-meaning people make. They just don’t realize they are doing it because of their flawed process.
Step 3 Becomes about consistency and celebrating small wins.
Once you know what works, continued progress becomes a matter of doing those things consistently. When people fail in their consistency, it often comes down to a few things:
- Ineffective (or missing) daily success habits
- Losing the connection with your WHY (the reason you are on this journey to your goal)
- Failure to identify and celebrate small victories along the way…in a positive way!
Step 4 is about more than “auto-pilot”
It’s true that consistent application is crucial to progress, but so is checking in to make sure progress is continuing to be made! We can’t just put ourselves on “autopilot” and assume that we will get to our destination.
Sometimes a method stops working, and we need to adjust our approach. This is where strategic metrics or check-ins are very helpful. These check-ins don’t have to be complicated, but they should be consistent and a true gauge of the progress being made. For example, if your goal is fat loss, stepping on the scale each day/week may not be helpful as both muscle and water (hydration level) will impact scale weight without telling us anything about fat loss. Additionally, the closer we get to our “ideal” weight, the less scale weight often matters.
Step 5 is about what happens when we reach a milestone or goal.
Other people actually accomplish short-term goals, but fail to complete step #5 and repeat the process. This is why so many people stop moving forward and miss out on future improvements.
Hopefully, by now you realize the power of this simple change process and how you can use it to your advantage each day.
If you want help walking through the steps in order to get results faster and with less “trial and error”, then reach out for a coaching session. Just reply to this message or DM me. I would love to help.
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