THERE WILL NEVER BE A PERFECT TIME.
That motivation you felt on Thursday to start that new regime on Monday, only for Monday to come around and you can’t find your shoes or the snooze button is a better option, can derail you for another day, week, month. Then when you start it isn’t all roses. You need to grab that time when it arises, that moment you have when the baby is asleep or you log out of your computer to go for a walk, do a yoga class or just dance in the lounge till you’re hot and sweaty.
1. Revise your expectations.
Recognize that there is no perfect time and there never will be.
There is only now.
2. Carve out time, even if it’s imperfect.
Nobody will give that time to you. You’ll need to take it. Give yourself permission to make yourself — and your fitness and health goals — a priority.
Find the time you need in your schedule. Don’t have time for an hour-long workout? No problem. How much time do you have? 20 minutes? 10 minutes? Work with what you’ve got.
Don’t expect things to go perfectly smoothly. Instead, anticipate and strategize. Ask yourself:
- What’s likely to get in the way of what I hope to accomplish?
- What is something I can do today to help me keep going when I face those obstacles?
Instead of waiting for things to ‘slow down’, start making something happen right now, in the middle of the mess.
3. Just start.
If you feel stuck, just do something. Anything.
Find the smallest possible thing you can do right now, in the next 5 minutes, and do it. Now you’ve started!
In PN Coaching, we concentrate on finding “5-minute actions”. Instead of coming up with the biggest, grandest scheme, think about what you could do in just 5 minutes to help move yourself — even just a tiny bit — in the direction of your goals. Then, go do it.
Remember: action is a “vote” in favor of a different, healthier, fitter life. Vote early, vote often.
4. Expect resistance.
It’s normal. Push through it. Resistance doesn’t mean this won’t work. It just means you’ve started.
You only have to get through this moment. This moment of starting will be the hardest. Luckily, it won’t last long.
5. Get support.
Let go of the concept of the lone hero. Instead, start building your support systems.
Whether it’s a friend or family member, workout buddy, or a coach, find someone to fire up your booster rockets until you can fly on your own.