In 2014 we experienced positive changes, defining and re-defining moments, physical, emotional, and financial challenges, progressions and regressions, positive reinforcements and disappointments, positive gains and negative setbacks. It felt like the good was outweighed by the not-so-good…
I was reading this post on Instagram one morning and it got me to thinking: a valuable voice once told me that “perspective is everything” and it “makes the difference between those who finish the race and those who settle for a DNQ (did not qualify)” I choose to finish this year running as hard as I can despite being tired, anxious, and somewhat discouraged. These setbacks are just a set up for, not just a comeback, but a great one.
Our aim/focus/goal/MO/objective is not to be better all by ourselves, but to help others to turn their setbacks, small or big, into comebacks. In the process, their successes fuel our efforts even more…and makes what we experienced part of the learning curve.
So what do we need to do to make 2015 your comeback year? Here are a few suggestions:
SET GOALS, SET GOALS, SET GOALS
If you have tried this before, take time to look back at what you have accomplished and strive for more. From physical to financial, your goals are the blueprint to each achievement. Review your past mistakes and capitalize on what you have learned from them.
Set small milestones and target those first before hitting the big ones. This will give you the confidence you need to keep pushing…and before you know it, BANG! One major goal down and ON TO THE NEXT ONE
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
Your environment makes a BIG difference. Period.
Being among people who have similar goals like yours will create some serious motivating energy and that’s a major plus! It can be challenging when your friends or family aren’t on your level as far as commitment and dedication or are not goal-oriented people. Nonetheless, you can be an example to them and as a result of your efforts, it can change their outlook and perspective of themselves. Before you know it, they’re asking if they can come to class with you
Following motivating people online is a good as well. We have so many platforms to choose from so we can never be stuck. Be aware of those #selfie monsters though – they are annoying!
PLAN TO BE BALANCED
Let’s be real here for a moment ladies and gentlemen: striving for perfection is complex and trying our best to do the best we can. Why? The obvious reason being that we are not perfect!
Killing ourselves in the gym to look like that girl or guy on Instagram that had their picture airbrushed for the sake of effect and doing it for the “likes” is not a solid goal. We need to enjoy our lives, not have it over-run by excessive cardio, hours of weights, back-to-back-to-back classes, and fad diets that go by the wayside after a week or two. Make healthy active living part of your lifestyle! Take breaks, rest, eat, sleep, travel – LIVE DAMMIT! True, I am an advocate of exercise and regular fitness, but professionals take breaks too…and we come back stronger than yesterday because of that rest, because of that balance.
BE ACCOUNTABLE TO SOMEONE (OR MANY)
Share with your friends or family your major and minor goals so that they can keep tabs on you! Keep in mind though that if you’re a person who is always on a “new program” or “trying this new thing” and you haven’t succeeded at sticking to them as yet, your friends and family might roll their eyes at you.
SHARE YOUR SUCCEESS
I love hearing about the progressions of people, especially those part of FITTNation! Post your goals, email your objectives, ask questions – SHARE YOUR SUCCESS! I’m not fan of talking about myself but I do enjoy talking about others, not for the sake of boasting, but for encouragement and motivation.
For example: in the last 2 weeks, I had four clients reach personal bests in box jumps (they know who they are). Their first reaction was “are you kidding?” Then, once they got up, it just flowed for them…and they did it again, and again, and again. Their confidence grew and the belief that they could conquer was established.
Amazing, no? Motivating, no? OF COURSE!!!
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2015
So what’s next for GoodFITT in 2015? Good question right?
We’re working on FINALLY completing and updating the website, adding images, articles, twitter and instagram feeds, weekly workouts and more. Our YouTube channel will be in full effect with various workouts, tips, and monthly video blogs. In light of the success of our first 7 Days of FITT Bootcamp Challenge, there will be the 2015 edition, as well as an 8 Week FITT Challenge that you won’t want to miss!
We will also have a NEW location – YES! We are still working on finding a place but confident one will be found very soon. Wherever we are, we promise it won’t be a journey to get to
But, the real question is: what’s next for YOU in 2015? That I’ll leave for you to answer…
Until next time, stay warm
Trainer Profile: Kareem Rawlins
Experience Personal Training – 5 years | Nutrition Counseling – 3 years | Group Fitness – 3 years