Monday, November 26, 2018

Turning Your Mountains Into Hills!

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Now on to the tips! =)

Coach Ty here with another Motiv8 tip to help improve your life!

Let me ask you a question. Do you set New Year's Resolutions?

Are you someone who likes to set big goals?

Are you someone who enjoys talking about how you are going to start eating right and drop 20 pounds? Or next year you are going to finally start that workout program?

Think about some of the goals you enjoy talking about but haven't started yet.

Why haven't you started them? Why does it seem so hard to just get started on your goal?

Turns out getting started is a lot harder then just talking about it.

To get an understanding of why this is we need to think about two words.

Motiv8ion and Execution

Motiv8ion is important because it is what sparks the idea and gets us excited. When you watch a movie, or go to a motiv8ional seminar, or read a blog post about getting healthy, all of these avenues might give you an idea that sparks your interest. In that moment, your brain releases dopamine making you feel awesome. You find yourself wanting to tell the whole world about your new idea. It feels great and is exhilarating to talk about a new lifestyle that you are passionate and Motiv8ed to experiment with. But, when it comes time to execute this new idea, you find yourself to uncomfortable or overwhelmed by how hard it sounds to even get started. For example, you have never ran a marathon before, or maybe not even a 5k, so how are you going to get through 26.2 miles. It is too uncomfortable to even think about running that far. Or you hate vegetables. So how in the world are you going to start that new diet if you can't even stand eating half of the food on the meal plan?

So how do you over come this obstacle?

You have to break you goals down from hard to easy.

Turn Your Mountains into Small Hills

You have to break down your big goal into smaller day-by-day, week-by-week tasks. These tasks must be simple for your mind to comprehend so that you can easily add them into your already busy schedule.

Remember, consistency is the key here. If you can't practice the daily actions needed to help you reach your goal, then your dream will never happen.  

So, the first step in conquering your new big goal is....

Focus on the easy first step!

Figure out what your goal is. Then find a program, an app, a coach, a book, an accountability buddy, a training plan, anything to help you break it down into easy manage steps.

For example, many of my Motiv8 clients are running the Austin 3M Half Marathon for the first time in January 2019.  They have never put their body to this type of test before, so naturally, they are nervous and have no idea if they can even complete the race. Many of them would probably talk themselves out of even trying if they had to do the training on their own. But what did I do to help them out? I broke down the whole process into a week-by-week training plan. I had them focus on only the first week, not the whole plan. By doing this, they can see how their body will hold up to the training plan. Don't fully commit to the marathon yet. Just do the first week of training and see how their bodies respond. If it feels good, then move on to the next week. Before they knew it, they were on their fourth week of training and completing their first 5 to 8 mile runs. Their confidence is increasing and the thought of finishing their first marathon is starting to be a possibility.  It all started by focusing on the first easy to take step.

Let's cover one more example: Diet! If you say that you want to get healthier, leaner, and feel all around better, then your diet and nutrition is the first place to start. But, the first thing you hear, from me or a diet book, is you need to switch your diet to a more whole foods diet. What does that mean? You need to eat more fruits, whole vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean meats and take out the processed junk. Then you look at yourself and say, "I can't do that, I hate vegetables and I eat a pop tart for breakfast every morning. I really don't want to change my habits and I really don't want to eat something gross."

But you look at yourself again and say, "But I know I need to change in order to get healthy."  In that moment, you might find yourself depressed because you just can't start the process. So what should you do first?  Find the small steps. If completely overhauling your diet is too uncomfortable, then take a small step. Write out the foods you love that you know are bad for you, but you don't want to give up. Then google healthy alternatives to those foods. If you love hamburgers, there are so many awesome delicious veggie burgers out there.  If you love pizza, research how to make your own from healthy ingredients. Keep the foods you love in your diet but just find a healthier way to prepare it, and your health will start to improve.

And, you know what else will start to happen? Through using healthier ingredients, your taste palate will also start to change, helping you enjoy the foods you use to hate.

So in conclusion:

If you want to run a marathon, find a training plan from a coach or online.
If you want to learn a new language, find a program that breaks it down into small goals.
If you want to get stronger and build muscle, find a training plan that starts where you are.
If you want to improve your budget, find a program that helps make it simple for you.

The world is full of programs, coaches, recipes, plans, books, apps, etc that will make your life easier and help you get started on any goal!

Don't settle with the person you are now.  Make an even stronger, smarter, healthier version of yourself and every year improve upon that person. Every year, make yourself stronger than the year before. You can learn anything and be anyone, just focus on the first step. 

The first easy step is the key to accomplishing anything!

Stay EPIC and Don't Forget to Be AWESOME!

Coach Ty Out!


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