Don’t look for the Easy Button: Part 1
So, let’s talk about changing your life!
It would be great if there was some big red button you could reach for that, once pressed, would give you what you want and how you want it. And that usually means perfect and yesterday.
I’m going to ruin it for you, there isn’t one. You know it and I know it.
Wanting and looking for the easy button leads to two of the biggest pitfalls when trying to change your lifestyle:
Making goals and then looking for one thing you can do (usually something you buy on whim or in an infomercial).
Many set a goal by imagining the easy button, you know the one- it's red, circular and sitting across the room. All I have to do is get up and go press it and everything will be grand.
The other pitfall is thinking that with one small change in all that you do, you will achieve what you hope to. It is the “winning the lottery” fallacy of fixing all your problems.
So, what does it take? First, unless you are just incredibly adventurous or courageous, it usually takes hitting a point where “the pain of change is less than the pain of staying the same.” It comes from a “rut” in your life and a true reflection on seizing the moment to make a change.
It comes from finding a system through which to achieve your goals.
Here are the first steps to moving past the decision to make a change and your transition into a system that will be your utility to change...
Clarify what you want today, tomorrow and months from now.
But you said goals are worthless, didn’t you? They are about as useless as knowing where you want to go on a map. But the more important part is what you are going to use to get to the destination on the map.
Resist Criticism (Especially from yourself).
Don’t let that small voice in the back of your mind keep you stuck in the past.
Discover a system that works for and with you.
Multimodal General Physical Preparedness (MMGPP) training is the most powerful system I have found to provide functional fitness applicable to my life as a whole. This is especially true in terms of value of time in our busy adult schedules.
Identify your obstacles.
We all have busy schedules, careers, bills, responsibilities… don’t let obstacles talk you out of changes that you need to better deal with those responsibilities. Identify them, then strategize how to change them.
Determine how you can measure what you want.
You won’t know that you are closer to where you want to be without knowing what it will look and feel like for you. (If you don’t know exactly what they are-see the next part to help with this...)
Find a Coach for Life.
A coach isn’t an easy button either, but they are a guide on the journey to where you want to be and will help set you up for success.
Be prepared to change your lifestyle.
This may be the one that throws most people; if you want your life to be different then you will have to work to make yours different. Overcoming routine and habit is possibly one of the most difficult obstacles that we (and I do mean we) face when trying to make a lasting positive change in life. Find support in your coach, the community in Trebel, and ultimately be playful. Experiment with what you are doing and have fun. When you take the steps to change you will learn a lot about yourself.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this series. Until then, I would love to hear your thoughts.