I’m goal oriented. I set goals for everything in my life because I’m able to measure the success or progress of the goals I put in front of me. In other words, it moves me forward so I get the results I want – for myself and the people in my life. For example, every January I run in the ING Miami marathon. I run the full marathon every year as a motivator, as way to influence vital behaviors that contribute to lasting exercise, diet and nutrition. That’s all.
Identify weak behaviors you want to improve (in this case, you want to eat better and exercise regularly) by finding influencers to improve those behaviors. Here are some of the influencers that work for me:
Choosing an event (marathon, 5K, spinning class – the goal and influencer)
Training for the event (I schedule and measure my progress every day)
Complete the event (I complete my goal based on my own perceived vision or how I visualize my end result)
Everything we do starts with making a choice. We are responsible for where we are in our lives based on the choices we have made up to this point, and it’s all in our control for the most part. I realize certain, unfortunate health conditions or unstoppable forces outside of our control can impede us from accomplishing certain things, but for the most part nobody else should be held responsible for our current state but us. Physically speaking.
Find a positive influencer – a personal trainer, a running coach or group such as Team in Training, which is an excellent way to stay influenced and on track. All we have to do is find ways to influence ourselves to greatness. Buying a new pair of running shoes is another big influencer for me as is purchasing a new heart rate monitor and some cool, new exercise clothes. There’s are some suggestions for how we can influence vital behaviors to promote exercise and good health in our lives.
I completed 1 full Ironman, 3 half Iromans and 8 marathons in my life because I simply chose to. I was influenced by the challenge and how I might stand out from everyone else by setting an example. Challenges are what influence me in all aspects of my life. I’m easily influenced by my own perceived outcomes, vision or how I visualize my end result to be.
I know you can do this. Start visualizing where you want to be. You can have the life you want. You just need to make a choice and never give up on yourself.