Making decisions can be a challenge. There is often a lot of choice out there so making decisions is not always easy. Nandos or, well, actually there is no 2nd option…Nando’s always wins!
Imagine it’s 5 o’clock on a Monday. You’ve been working hard all day. You’re tired and stressed. And you’re trying to work out whether you should head to the gym or not. An email just pops up and it’s from Sam who’s inviting you for a drink after work…What’s your choice!?
Tuesday is a write off. Before you know it Thursday rolls around and your freshly washed gym kit is nothing more than a crumpled up mess barely visible under the trek bar wrappers inside your bag. Sound familiar?
Making decisions at the time of the event can result in a less than ideal outcome. When you’re tired, stressed or there is a better alternative offered up in front of us quite often we will take it. It’s natural and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it.
If, however, we have a pre-arranged plan then we’re more likely to stick to it. Like if we have other people relying on us to show up at the gym or to a club training event.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail…
This one can get the backs-up for a lot of people who don’t like to plan…Nothing wrong with a little spontaneity at all, but do you think only spontaneous bouts of exercise will get results?
You don’t necessarily need to stick to a militant plan, but a structured plan or schedule will keep you going and moving towards your goal. This brings me nicely to my next point…
Define a Goal
Without knowing where you are headed how can you be sure you’re moving in the right direction? Would you get in your car and drive around aimlessly without a route? Not unless your plan was to get lost, which is a valid plan by the way. Sometimes it’s good to get lost…More on this later.
So, what’s your goal? Whether you want to reduce your body fat, increase muscle or just fit into the jeans you bought last year the goal must be clearly defined and have a time limit of when you’ll complete it by.
As I mentioned before, if you leave the decisions until the last minute you might not end up doing what you know you really want to. As people we seem to like taking the easy route.
Getting Lost, on Purpose
Sometimes it’s good to get lost without a plan. We may want to wander around a new city, take a walk around or see what happens along our way. That’s all good. In fact, I would say it’s a good idea to do this from time to time, especially if you’re the type of person who always likes a plan.
So what should you do about all of this? Here is some advice:
Once you’ve done all that, decide what you want to achieve and then set out a plan to achieve it. That’s the easy part. The hard part is sticking to it!
Hopefully that information should give you a good place to start from and than have a read about why we’re hard wired to take the easy option all the time.
As always, drop me a message if you have any questions and also check out my Purpose Fit Facebook and Instagram accounts for more info, workouts and healthy ideas.