Don't do it!
Don't make a long laundry list of all the drastic things you are going to commit to change in 2017. It will guarantee your failure.
It's January 2017 and a lot of people are waking up from their sugar, grain, and alcohol hangover with a few extra pounds around the waistline
and a guilty feeling
about wasted opportunity in 2016. They are going to resolve to do things better this time around, but rest assured that without a different strategy they are destined to fail
My Crossfit coach (Joe at Crossfit YOW), recently commented about how January is going to be a big month for new members. I was reminded of the statistic that in a regular gym setting half of the new sign ups will have their final workout in March, quitting on their commitment to work out for the next 12 months just 3 months into their commitment. Another 30% will quit by year end leaving only 20% who will successfully navigate the addition of this new habit.
Change is not easy. The best strategy is to start with small little changes, one at a time. I refer to this as chunking it down.
It's not unusual for a guest or a new client to leave a seminar wanting to change everything (or, not uncommonly, remain paralyzed by fear of making any changes at all).
Our advice is to chunk it down into manageable bite size pieces. Do one thing and do it well, then add another.
It takes longer and progress can be frustratingly slow to begin with, but 12 months from now massive change will have happened.
In Warrior we use a personal transformation tool called the WarriorWay90Day (WW90Day). It helps to plan priorities, keep track of projects, and encourages celebration of victories among other things. We ask that all clients engage with the WW90Day as much as possible.
For some it's an easy implementation and for others it is tough to get started.
For the ones that struggle to use it, we ask for a simple habit change. Carry the WW90Day with you everywhere you go or even just touch it every day.
Don't even write anything in it! Just touch it and carry it around, empty. Then, over time, commit to writing something in it every morning and within a few weeks or months it becomes an invaluable tool.
Another common area of change is morning time. Morning time means getting up early and committing to one on one time with God as well as doing some vision time on the practice or business. Again, our recommendation is not rashly committing to waking up 3 hours earlier than usual and then flaming out. Start with setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier and add a minute a week. Within 2 or 3 months you can get an extra 20 plus minutes of time to work on your relationship with God and plan your life. Within a year you are getting up an hour earlier and have cemented a permanent habit into your life.
Let's talk about the gym again. I was just talking to my associate this morning about how he was getting bored with his workouts and wants to try out Crossfit.
My advice to him was to take it really easy to start with. Even though he is training a lot, the load on the body is going to be very different in Crossfit. Not better or worse, just different.
I told him that even if he could do the WOD Rx (or the women's Rx) not to do it until his body gets familiar with the intensity of the new compound movements.
Progress will be slower to start with but he will avoid injury and the results will be there in the long run.
You get the point. We all want quick results but to ensure success, remember that small, continuous (seemingly painstakingly) slow changes will lead to massive growth in the long term.
What is the one small habit that you can make that will begin a massive transformation in 2017?