Can you reach your fitness goals in 28 days?
28 days ago I wrote a post about how long it takes to build a habit. I summarized an article mentioning that it takes on average 66 days to form a new habit. MUCH longer than the commonly accepted 21 days.
The main point of the post for me was that habits can take a long time to build. There isn’t often a quick-fix that lasts, so to truly make a lifestyle change you need to embrace a longer timeframe for changes to stick.
You need to “stick to it”.
Recently I had a great conversation with my wife over dinner about business. Yes, it was our date night, we went out for a fancy dinner and we talked about business. What can I say, we’re entrepreneurs!
We love business, we love what we do, so we love to talk about it. The main thread of our conversation was that it takes a consistent effort for an extended period of time for things to really pay off.
When you’re first getting started in any endeavour, business, fitness, nutrition, etc. you usually want to get results as soon as possible. You work your ass off (with fitness goals you hope you’re working your ass off!) and you expect results. You put in long hours, you push your limits and you give your blood, sweat and tears to it. Some days you get huge success and some days you get huge failures.
Weekly, and often daily, you question whether it’s even possible. Sometimes you feel like you’re doing everything you can yet you’re still not getting the results you want.
You know this feeling right? You’ve been there at some point for one of your goals I’m sure.
At some point you want to quit.
It may have been weeks, months and sometimes even years. It’s been hard, but that’s actually a good thing.
Nothing worthwhile comes easy.
The things we value the most in the world are the things we’ve worked our butts off to achieve.
Sure we want things to be easy. Sure we just want to kick our feet up and spend some time on the beach. But even that enjoyment doesn’t usually last. If something is always easy, we get bored.
It’s the struggle, the challenge that brings us the most enjoyment.
So, anything worth having will take effort to get. It’s going to take persistence, consistency and sticking to it. From day one, embrace the fact that it will likely take longer than you plan to reach your goal.
I encourage you to apply this to your fitness goals. The time is going to pass anyways, you might as well spend it putting in some effort to get what you want.
Stick to it no matter how long it takes.
Have you ever pushed through the struggle and reached your goal? Share your experience in the comments below.