Lifestyle has been a pretty popular word for a long time already, but it seems to be popping up more and more for me lately. Maybe that’s because it’s my main focus.
I’ve realized that all of my programs, coaching, workouts and focus is around living a healthy lifestyle. I’m not focused on short-term anything and I won’t even give that to my clients when they ask for it.
Something I just learned with a client is that you are either goal focused or lifestyle focused. They are very different and they require very different approaches to training.
You are goal focused if your normal process is:
Something motivates you, you set a goal and you go after.
I think this is most people.
While the motivation is high or you are seeing results, you go hard.
However, at some point the motivation withers away, the results slow or you reach a certain level of results and just stop. (I may write another article about this last one)
Anyway, the only focus here is some end goal. It’s what gets you going but what’s crazy is that it’s also what stops you in the end.
Someone who is lifestyle focused is more concerned about the process than the end goal. In a sense, the end goal is almost unreachable or it’s so long term that it isn’t about actually getting there, it’s just about the process of moving in that direction.
Being lifestyle focused means you are focused mostly on being consistent. There are good times and bad, there are ups and downs, there are successes and setbacks, but overall your key focus is consistency.
Not just consistency in a week or month, but consistency over a long period of time.
To me, you are consistent if you do exercise and eat healthy at least 5-6 days per week, 50-52 weeks per year.
It may seem like a high standard, but it’s the difference between someone who lives a healthy lifestyle and someone who intermittently pursues a goal whenever their motivation is high enough.
So ask yourself, are you focused on a goal or a lifestyle?
There’s a difference.
If you want to build a healthy lifestyle, I can help.