Earlier this year, Steve made a post about consistency. It’s an important thing if you want to really want to see results from your workout. I find that it’s particularly important this time of year… with the new year coming up, everyone’s making resolutions for how to improve themselves, everything from shedding a few pounds to waking up earlier in the morning. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t end up sticking with these resolutions – most gym members are well aware of the surge of people that start going in January and are gone by March. We’ve all given up on some of our goals at one point or another, so how to we stop it from happening this year?
One idea I’ve seen recently is one suggested by Jerry Seinfeld to a young comic – here’s his advice:
He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.
He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”
As explained in the linked article, the key to this is the positive motivation you get from having the large chain. It helps make up for the fact that we’ve lost the rush from the beginning when the year was fresh. When March comes around and you’ve realized that you’ve kept this chain up for 60 days, it’ll give you the pressure you need to keep going. That’s why I’m asking for a new calendar for Christmas – I love my Google calendar for everything else, but it can’t take the place of waking up each morning and seeing a string of red X’s egging you on to hit the gym.
Now find a calendar, and set your goals. The new year gives you a great excuse to try something new, and the calendar will give you a great excuse to stick with it. So what’s your resolution?