Forgetting your destination addiction and start developing life changing habits.
As a veteran personal trainer, I have built up animosity towards products or services that promise to help you “get fit quick” or proclaim to “guarantee results” because I have learned the power of my words.
I believe it is important for people to understand that results are an accumulation of hard work, dedication and patience. Motivation may get you started but discipline will keep you going. It may not be flashy, but building better habits will improve your quality of life.
What’s terrifying about modern society being motivated by results is destination addiction. The problem is not our desire to improve but rather the need to have it NOW! Blinded by our ambitions we sometimes fail to enjoy the process, causing more harm than good. For example, have you ever lost weight for a vacation only to gain it back and then some?
My father once told me that I "need to learn how to learn" let that sink in. This taught me the most empowering lesson of my life. By concentrating on the step’s, it took me to achieve one task I learned the fundamentals behind accomplishing anything. Understanding why we get results is just as important as the result itself. Nothing is more baffling and stressful than when we can’t figure out why something does or doesn’t work.
In a study published by the European Journal of Social Psychology, the old expression "it takes 21 days to build a habit" was derailed by examining 96 people over a 12-week period. Each participant chose one new habit as their daily behaviour was documented over the duration of the experiment. Researchers analyze the data to determine how long it took each person to go from starting a new behaviour to automatically doing it. The study showed it took anywhere from 18-254 days for people to form a new habit with an average of 66 days before it became automatic. Interestingly enough, researches found that “missing one opportunity to perform the behaviour did not materially affect the habit formation process.” In other words, you do not have to expect perfection and building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process. Do not get discouraged by the long journey you have ahead, rather become inspired by the opportunity to learn and become a master problem solver. You have a lot of life left to live and it never gets easier, you just get stronger.
Making a commitment to yourself and following through with it builds character. Learning to love the road you used to travel allows you to truly appreciate your destination. And hopefully the lessons you learn from how you approach your health, wellness and performance can transfer over into the rest of your life!
I would like to introduce myself and personally thank you for taking the time to read this article. My name is Jason Bell, founder and head coach of Genuine Athletics. We provide personal training within the lower mainland of beautiful British Columbia and virtually coach a variety of athletes from all over the globe through our online platform. Our mission is to provide accessible, affordable and effective fitness coaching for individuals of all experience levels. If you are looking for a custom tailored program designed specific to you and your goals, complete the registration form on our home page for your free consultation.
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