If you live in Calgary, you’re probably getting ready for the winter weather and either think of fall as a sad time, when the lovely greenery of summer dies or look forward to the gorgeous white flakes that bring brisk winter fun, skiing and ice skating. I consider fall both a time for an end and a time of renewal. It’s a time that the cold weather makes us more isolated, which can bring sadness or be an amazing time for self-discovery and reflection.
Find something you’d like to change and change it.
That something doesn’t have to do with your body or health, although if you’re reading my blogs, you probably have a few things you’d like to change. The change can be to your environment. Maybe it’s cleaning out a closet or painting a room to bring a renewed appearance to your home and the satisfaction of a job well done. It all starts with that desire to do something, setting a goal and getting that amazing feeling of accomplishment when you’ve achieved it.
Create your list and then set goals.
Don’t try to do everything at once. You can start by creating a list of things you want to change. You might even categorize them by body, mind, environment or work. Once you know what you want to do, prioritize the goals then focus on the top one of each category and choose one of them. If the goal is big, break it down to smaller goals. Maybe the goal was to get into shape. That’s vague and has a variety of steps. Start by identifying smaller goals to lead you to the ultimate one. If you’re having a problem with where to start, I help clients with personalized training and my workout videos offer a step-by-step method of reaching your goals, too.
If you have a big task ahead, work on your personal renewal first.
Renewing your body with healthy eating and a program of regular exercise can help you achieve other goals. The more you workout and the healthier you eat, the more energy you have to achieve other goals in your life, like sprucing up your environment. You’ll be amazed at how the success you achieve on your fitness goal can transfer to all areas of your life
- Taking the time to renew your attitude is important. Start by focusing on the positive. Spend time looking at all the things you have and you’ll find you’re happier in life. That isolation that winter often brings can be a blessing in disguise when you use it as a benefit.
- Start by focusing on just one goal and give it at least six weeks to make it a habit and a lifestyle change. If eating healthier is a goal and you fail to do it one day, don’t worry. Start again the next day.
- Goals aren’t always easy to achieve. They take focus and sometimes baby steps. Don’t forget to congratulate yourself on small things, such as being able to complete your daily goal for a week. Every success leads you one step closer to becoming the person you want to be.
- If you love how you feel, you could change your life by helping others. Get certified to teach Get Ripped! You’ll be helping yourself, while helping others and there’s nothing better than that!