You Only Hit the Targets You Train For

First tell yourself what kind of person you want to be, then do what you have to do. For in nearly every pursuit we see this to be the case. Those in athletic pursuit first choose the sport they want, and then do that work.
— Epictetus

If you want to get into the best shape of your life you will need to do more than just set a goal. You're going to have to get to the gym several days a week and train hard.

If you want to lose 40 pounds you're going to have to train yourself to make new habits and better decisions every day. It doesn't just happen because you eat a salad for lunch.

If you want to start and run a successful business it doesn't happen without a lot of trial, error, and persistence.

All too often we get an idea in our head of what kind of person we want to be or how we want to look or what kind of job we'd like to have but we are rarely willing to make the sacrifices and put in the daily work to make it happen.

Adherence

I recently heard some statistics regarding patients adherence to their doctors prescription. The numbers were surprisingly low. Somewhere between 40%-50% of patients actually follow the prescription their doctor recommends.

You would think this percentage would go up in cases where the doctor is prescribing a "magic pill," something that will save the patients life from a tragic illness. Still even with their lives on the line patients still don't follow the doctor's recommendations.

If you want to get from where you are now to where you want to be you have to do the work and follow the plan. It won't happen with commitment, hard work, and perseverance.

Give yourself a fighting chance

There are few things you can do to help you follow through.

1. Have a Plan
You can't stick to a plan if you don't have one. A good plan is detailed out step by step with clear directions so that you know exactly what to do next. If you don't know how to make the plan you need. Seek out someone who does.

2. Make some new friends
I'm not telling you to kick your old friends to the curb, but what I am saying is that reaching your goal with other people that have similar goals can be encouraging and a lot more fun than doing it by yourself.

If your goal is a serious lifestyle change then it may be pertinent to take a look at who you surround yourself with and ask "Are these people helping me move toward my goal or are they keeping me from it?"

You can do it. Whatever it is. You're worth it and are totally capable of reaching your goals. If you need anything or have any questions that you think we can help with please get in touch. We'd love to help.

Now go live better.