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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."


During a couple of consultations this week a common thread emerged around motivation:

"I can be pretty lazy', they said.

It was a statement that stood out because both these individuals had spent years focusing on health, either entering events or moving from diet to diet. Because they'd not reached their goal and sometimes they yo-yo'd or lapsed in motivation they inferred it must be an issue with them and that they were lazy.

Laziness is a strong word, and these individuals were certainly not lazy. Anything but lazy in fact. I quickly came to the conclusion that they had a huge amount of drive and motivation to hit their goals, but they lacked one key ingredient - the right steps to get there!

What was happening is that they ended up blaming themselves, or trying to lower their sights so as not to fail. Their goals were not out of the ordinary... weight loss, strength, muscle tone etc. they just plateaued quickly or made short term progress which eventually stalled or reversed. They relied on willpower and that failed because 'life' challenges in other ways.

But each time they stalled they found motivation and started back again, perhaps with a different system or approach.

That is a powerful element of their personalities that should be celebrated.

They showed real tenacity.

Not laziness.

So where does this leave us? I don't come across lazy people, I come across people who just have the wrong steps in place to hit their goals.

We live in a world which has so much information, so many routes to the same destination we end up either confused where to start or have shiny object syndrome (moving from one solution to another without seeing it through). All this information requires willpower to process and then employ.

Why add a lot of work on top of the other 'things' we need to do in order to get by?

Ever had an internal monologue like this?

"I'll try the 5:2 diet. (4 weeks in) no that didn't work, Men's health say's intermittent fasting is the thing for fast fat loss... but my friend looks great and he just trainings 5x per week."

"What do I do?"

"I will train five times per week, do the 5:2 but make the 2 days fasting days... but when do I get my protein shakes in? Ok I'll have them as a pre work out on training days and then take two days off... yeah but I need to do something on those days.... yoga... yes, I'll do yoga... or pilates... Timeout says we need to complement strength training with mobility...."

The internal conversation goes on and keeps evolving and changing. In the meantime results stall and you become frozen and overwhelmed by all the information.

How do you break the cycle?

  • Firstly, be clear on your goals, this is why I believe the consultation is more important than a clients first training session, it allows me to build the best framework to hit the goal.
  • Secondly, trust the system, fully engage and give yourself time.
  • Finally, take the steps that ensure success, by this I'm mean challenge yourself but don't overwhelm yourself by giving yourself too many things to do at once. For example, at first the real challenge could be just turning up to a training session!

If you're sick of making no progress, then reach out to Hounds of Health and put in a FREE consultation and session and we can provide some clarity and structure around you to help hit your goals FASTER and in a way that integrates with YOUR LIFE!


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