4 Reasons We Suck at Change
Do you want to know the secret to getting in shape? By secret, I mean the ultimate, blacklisted, and super classified reason that could be stopping you from seeing that Summer six pack. You ready for it? Here it is:
People suck at change.
Ah, I bet you thought I was going to give you some hidden treasure of a workout. Or perhaps where to find some magic beans that turn you into a fitness machine. Sorry to disappoint. But in all seriousness, the real “secret” to getting in shape is to understand how to change your lifestyle. As a personal trainer, I’m fascinated by the field of change psychology. This are is all about how and why people change.
If there is a secret to becoming a fitness rockstar, it’s learning how to master change. No one masters anything overnight, but understanding how to implement basic changes can lead to awesome results as the years go by. So while you may have been looking for a workout, here are the real ins and outs on how to get fit. And more importantly, staying fit no matter what chaos life throws at you. Here we go.
Reason #1 – You Take on Too Much At Once
Look, I get it. You want to get strong. You also want that six pack. And you plan on running on a marathon. Can you do them? Of course you can! But not overnight and certainly not all at once. Leo Babuata, author of “The Power of Less,” tells us about the importance of goal setting. Leo states that when people focus on one goal, they have over an 80% success rate But when they try to accomplish three things at once, that victory rate plummets to less than 10%. One thing at a time.
Reason #2 – You Rely on Willpower
You plan on getting up at 5:30 am everyday, visit the gym twice, and banish all sugar from the household. Looks great on paper but reality is another concept. See, willpower is all about forcing yourself to do things that you don’t want. Studies from the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology cite that calling on our willpower can literally fatigue your body.
A better way is to ask yourself “what’s one thing I can do today to get me closer to my goal?” Sure, it’s not very sexy, but it works.
Reason #3 – You Don’t Come Up With a Plan
There’s a difference between outcomes and behaviors. An outcome is what you want, while a behavior will get you there. We’d all love to be billionaires but how many of us would develop the necessary habits to build up that bank account?
I see this all the time. People who want to get fit but don’t really have an idea of what they need to do. Here at UEFP, clients focus on two things for several weeks that will get them closer to the goal. For those two weeks, I tell them to forget about the outcome and just focus all their energy on their two daily routines. Usually after that, the outcome follows.
Reason #4- You Don’t Use Outcome Based Decision Making
Whenever you want to try change you have to ask yourself one question
“How is this working for me?” That one question can solve a lot of problems.
If you want to lose weight, and the scale is coming down, then don’t change a thing.
Trying to lose weight but nothing is happening? Maybe you’re doing the wrong form of exercise. Or you’re lacking good post workout nutrition. Regardless, something needs to change so you can see results.
It sounds really simple, but you’d be surprised how few people actually do it. Some prefer the unknown but if you’re serious about change, you need to hold yourself accountable. Tracking your fitness progress is the same as logging into your checking account to see your balance.
Working with my personal training clients has shown me that these 4 concepts are far more important than any workout routine. After all, anyone can go to the gym to train. Mastering change is what we’ll get you to where you want to be.