How to Nail Your New Year's Resolution - Part 2

Before we get started with this post, I wanted to let you know that I’m opening 5 spots in the Mountain Fit Transformation Coaching Program.

I’m sharing this with my email list first and I will post it on Social Media soon. I expect the sports to fill up very quickly and I’m only accepting 5 new clients.

I’m looking for men, aged 30-55, that want real and lasting change, not a quick fix. I’m looking for those that want to transform their health and fitness in order to be better hunters, fathers, partners, and people overall.

This coaching program is designed to help you:

  • Shred those extra layer of fat – especially the new stuff that comes between Thanksgiving and Christmas,
  • Develop an athletic Mountain Fit physique - so you can see what's on the other side of that far ridge and not worry about your body keeping up,
  • Eliminate nagging pains and injuries - so that your not in pain and can actually enjoy life

If you’re interested, click the button below to learn more about The Mountain Fit Transformation Coaching Program.

 

Moving on to nailing your New Year’s Resolution…

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In yesterday’s post, I shared a quote with you. It’s the guiding star for my coaching program.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” - Lao Tzu

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I compared giving someone a fish to giving them a meal plan and workout routine. There are people who do this, hype it up with sensational marketing, and charge a bunch of money.

Sometimes these programs work to get the desired result in the short-term. Still, the person following them almost always ends up back to where they started or even worse after 6 months to a year. The marketers then sell them another program and the money cycle continues.

Lao Tzu recommends teaching a man to fish as an alternative. If the man can successfully learn this, he becomes self-sufficient and no longer needs anyone’s help to feed himself.

In terms of health and fitness, teaching a man to fish is teaching them how to change. Most people already know they should be eating more fruits/veggies and protein and less processed foods. But they aren’t doing it.

Why aren’t people doing what they know they should?

It’s because change isn’t as simple as it seems. I’m going to share with you 3 secrets to successful change.

The first secret to successful change is to discover your emotional motivation to change.

There’s an analogy used in change psychology of an elephant and a rider. The rider represents your conscious ego – in other words, what you think of when you say “I” or think of yourself. The rider is your logical motivation. These are the superficial reasons that you seek change. Things like wanting to lose fat, get healthier or be a better hunter.

Even though you probably think this is all there is to you, the analogy implies that there is a much more powerful part in the form of an elephant.

The elephant represents your emotional motivation. These are the deeper reason that most people aren’t even aware of. In comparison to the logical reason of health, the emotional reason might be that you watched your father fall victim to poor health and it caused you and your entire family a tremendous amount of pain. When you think of what it’s like to lose your health, that’s what you think of. Just the thought of ending up like that terrifies you. And you don’t want to end up in a position like your father.

The analogy states that the rider has no control unless the elephant is on the same page.

The first secret to successful change is to get elephant working toward the same goal as your rider.

 

The second secret is to only change one thing at a time.

“Research has shown that when people try to change a single behavior at a time, the likelihood that they’ll retain that habit for a year or more is better than 80 percent. When they try to tackle two behaviors at once, their chances of success are less than 35 percent. When they try for three behaviors or more, their success rate plummets to less than 5 percent.” ~ John Berardi, Ph.D.

Those numbers speak for themselves. The research recommends focusing on one habit from anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. That may seem long but when you compare it to the rest of your life, it’s actually a very short time.

 

The third secret is to create a list of things that you want to change and order it by importance.

What are the limiting factors preventing you from reaching your goal?

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If your goal is fat loss, it probably means that you are taking in too much food and not doing enough movement. Each one of these should be broken down into smaller manageable goals.

For my clients working on making nutritional improvements, we work together to track their current habits and then discuss how they could be improved. We list them in order of importance and then implement them one at a time.

This isn’t the fastest way to change but it is the most effective.

Make sure to keep these three secrets in mind as you set your New Year’s Resolution.

To a successful resolution,
Coach Josh

PS. If you are serious about transforming your health and fitness, click here to learn more about the Mountain Fit Transformation. I'm opening 5 spots and expect them to be filled quickly.