• New Years Resolution Psychology Behavior Changes (Part III) – Austin Personal Trainer

     

    Good morning! I hope everyone’s week is going just swimmingly. I wanted to continue on with our series on putting goals into actions, but first, some of the hotness from Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth:

    Legends in the game!

    Moving along, today we’ll cover #3 on the list of goal-oriented behaviors you can employ in your pursuits of achieving health/fitness greatness in 2013. If you missed the first 2, take a peek at the links below:

    PART I
    PART II

    3) MAKE THE LIST, SIGN THE CONTRACT

    Ahhh yes, the binding agreement. Look, I know it sounds dumb, perhaps kind of juvenile… You write down what you’re trying to accomplish, make a statement before the dotted line at the bottom of the contract, stating something along the lines of:

    “I (state your name) will do such and such and yadda yadda blippity bleepity bloop…and if I don’t do it I’m more worthless than a Tracy Anderson workout video.”

    (slight exaggeration, but you get the point. Not exaggerating about Tracy Anderson though. That woman’s training advice is garbage.)

    Why is it important to do this? What’s the significance? Seems pretty stupid, right?

    There’s something to be said about putting thoughts, statements, and/or ideas in writing that solidifies and puts things into perspective. Have you ever had so much on your mind that you had to get all your thoughts written down on paper? It’s pretty therapeutic. It sounds stupid though, right? Who writes their thoughts down on paper? “That sounds like a lot of work, Mike…Plus The Voice is about to come on, you can’t expect me to miss THAT!”

    **crickets**…

    Frankly, people should become more in tune with their thoughts anyway… after all our body’s are antennas of our minds (thank you, Dio Miranda for that quote!)…your body will reflect your thoughts in one way or another… be it through disease, verbal communication, body language, attitudes, morale, etc. I digress…

    Try it out and then see how much more level-headed you’ll become. I don’t know about you, but I typically cycle through about 10-15 different things I want to accomplish over the course of a week (this tends to inflate toward 20-30 things that somehow pop into my ADHD-riddled mind, but that’s beside the point…. oh look, something shiny!), some things taking longer than others to achieve, but all in all, these thoughts tend to occupy a lot of space in my head. What amasses is a bunch of hoopla that is best characterized as brain diarrhea, without a trace of any specifics that I need to know in order to accomplish them…. You know, important things like:

    1) WHAT EXACTLY it is I’m trying to accomplish
    2) WHEN will it be accomplished by
    3) HOW I’ll get it done

    Etc. etc.

    So what do I do? I make lists, and I’ll vow to get them accomplished. Talk about getting things organized and clearing the clutter in my brain! Making lists is like taking Immodium for my brain; fast, effective relief.

    The same goes for making habits out of goal-oriented behaviors. If you really want something accomplished, write it down, get specific, and, last but not least, SIGN IT.

    Putting your signature on a document is symbolic on a subconscious level. It creates a binding agreement between you and the things that you are agreeing to comply with (in this case, your action behaviors to reach your goals). Most importantly, it AFFIRMS that you are committed to the tasks at hand, raising the significance and importance of those said behaviors to a new level. After all, you signed it!

    Make the list, sign on the dotted line, affirm your commitment, dominate your goals.

    Have a wonderful humpday!

    MG

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