Our third Weekly Focus Point is about Motivation and Discipline. Many people fail at reaching their goals because even though they may be motivated to make change, they aren’t disciplined enough to follow through.
Here’s what I mean:
- Being motivated to workout in the morning means you set your alarm and lay out your clothes the night before.
- Being disciplined means actually getting out of your bed at 5:00am and doing it.
- Being motivated to eat better means you bring your healthy lunch to work.
- Being disciplined means you actually eat it. Even if your co-workers want to go out to pizza.
So your goal this week is to identify areas where you can lay down a little discipline, write down your plan so you see it every day, and keep track of how well you did.
Stumped on where to start? Here are some suggestions.
- Pack a healthy lunch to take to your office and eat it instead of yielding to the ways of your coworkers or being swayed by the Indian buffet down the street.
- If you don’t work outside the home and are with the kids or shuttling them to the park, preschool, school or activities, have your food planned and even packed in a cooler so you are able to have the healthy foods handy.
- Skip dessert this week. See what it feels like to exert a tiny bit of control over a bowl of ice cream or cookies.
- Just say “No” to unplanned food such as cookies in the break room, the sample gauntlet at Costco, a quick latte pick me up at Starbucks (I know – how cute are those cake pops?), or a well-meaning food pusher “just try it, no really, you have to try it, here, try it”.
- Set your workout schedule for the week and stick to it. No matter how poorly you slept the night before, how many kids crawled in your bed, how late you stayed up to complete your presentation or how much wine you had with dinner.
- Save the wine, beer, or cocktails for the weekend.
You may feel a bit uncomfortable when you start to exert some control in these situations, especially when it comes to saying “No, thank you” to food being thrust upon you or when you are opting to eat in or selecting healthy choices in restaurants. But trust me when I tell you that the more control you take, the easier it becomes and the stronger your resolve to stay on a healthy track.
Email me and let me know how you’re laying down the law this week!
Now go run!