Ok, so I want to talk about habits, not those little furry men always chasing that ever elusive ring of power, those are hobbits - these can be much harder to find!
Over time, working with many different clients from all walks of life, careers and social circles has shown me that clients want results, and they want them now! This is all well and good but we need to take the focus away from health and fitness being an instant commodity wherein results can be bought and sold in the short term.
OK - I can tell you that if you work hard, follow our programming and nutrition plans to the tee you can lose weight north of 20lbs in 2 months, but it is the HABIT of eating well and exercising that we want our clients to grasp, maintain and hold onto a lifetime of health and wellness. The whole give a man fishing rod idea (see above) ...not a fish (or single untailored program in this instance). So here from the Brit-Fit Nerve Centre (i.e. my study) I have compiled for you a list of 7 habits from the world-renowned champion and guru of Habit formation Stephen R. Covey. Happy Learnings.
1) Make A Decision -Make a decision. Decide clearly that you are going to begin acting in a specific way 100% of the time, whenever that behavior is required.
2) Never Allow An Exception To Your New Habit- Second, never allow an exception to your new habit pattern during the formative stages.
3) Tell Others You Are Practicing A New Behavior. Tell others that you are going to begin practicing a particular behavior.
4) Visualize Your New Habit - Visualize yourself performing or behaving in a particular way in a particular situation.
5) Create An Affirmation -Create an affirmation that you repeat over and over to yourself. This repetition dramatically increases the speed at which you develop the new habit.
6) Resolve To Persist- Resolve to persist in the new behavior until it is so automatic and easy that you actually feel uncomfortable when you do not do what you have decided to do.
7) Treat Yo-self! - Seventh, and most important, give yourself a reward of some kind for practicing in the new behavior. Each time you reward yourself, you reaffirm and reinforce the behavior.