For the last seven weeks I have been completing a journal every day.
Each day I write down three things I will do that day.
It's a pretty basic practice but so useful for me.
I’m definitely not the most organised person and so I have always needed to do this to keep on track.
We all need a to do list right?
To stay focused.
It's one of those habits that kind of sticks isn't it?
I seem to apply it to everything. Like when I knew I needed to get back on track with my fitness.
I took a bit of time off over the summer and my commitment to exercise suffered as did my attention to what I was eating.
I knew what I needed to do, doing it was another matter.
Do you put fitness and nutrition on your to do list?
Sometimes it’s just easier to carry on how we are than it is to change. The thought is just too overwhelming.
It’s easier to eat the biscuits every day or to just carry on avoiding the exercise class and making excuses.
So what is different if you write it down?
Today I will go to the exercise class – on a page in black and white.
“I might go to the exercise class if I get time, maybe, I’ll see”– and off your brain goes looking for excuses to talk yourself out of it.
That’s what is different.
Writing down intentions at the beginning of the day makes you more likely to do it.
Makes you more committed.
It makes you so much more accountable.
Research has shown that the most successful people are those that take action, look for solutions, owns the problem and accept the reality.
If you want to make changes to your health and fitness, this is the first place to start.
Recognise what needs to change, commit to it and take action.
It is true and proven that accountability can make you more successful, you know it, I know it.
I expect you have your own personal experience, like joining a gym and not going regularly, you know the difference when you enlist the help of a gym buddy or a trainer, suddenly you are way more successful.
But can you be accountable to yourself?
Isn’t that what writing a to do list is all about?
A way of making sure you are accountable to yourself?
And if you were to write down an action that will ensure you are active in some way every day and an action that ensures you eat some healthy food every day would you be more likely to do it?