Breaking past break – even

In fitness, just like in life… you will always hear the cautionary tale that inertia will kill you so you have got to keep on moving. It’s the hardest thing to cross over from the survive paradigm to the thrive paradigm and thereby break past break even. You have got to keep your mind, your body, your situation on its toes so that you get a lightning bolt response when you call it to action. As much as I’d like to talk about life in this post, we haven’t got the space for it. So instead, i’ll talk about the body and fitness.

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You might have a steady routine. You wake up, run for 15 minutes, get dressed and go to work. That’s OK if you exercise to feel good. However, If you work out for any other reason, you will probably have to answer the following questions;

  1. What is my goal? You will be amazed how many people cannot clearly answer this question. This screams one thing. You want to have a goal but don’t really have one.
  2. Is my goal Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time bound (S.M.A.R.T) Because if you cannot fulfill all of these criteria when you write your goal, it makes it that much harder to define the point at which you have achieved the goal. For example, my current goal is; to have definition on my thighs (3 months), have killer abs (2 months) and avoid any jiggle on my arms (1 month). This goal has evolved overtime from a paragraph to a one liner.
  3. Once you have defined your goal, the next step is to come up with action points. These simply simplify your goal into bite sized bits that you can cross check with week to week to measure how you are progressing. They also help point out your challenges and highlight your “small victories” small victories for me are the best. Because I know that most times, I need one “small victory” to believe that I can actually do something. Also, it helps me to remember that “Life isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey getting there!” Small victories” should be relished because a lot of small victories” wage against the war.
  4. Lastly, you have got to track your progress. This could be through pictures, videos, telling a friend so that you have someone to be accountable to. As the saying goes, “What gets measured gets done” I personally love the tape measure for my fitness and I am getting more accustomed to picture taking. Periodically, I will do my updated measurements and back track to see my victories or short falls over the months/years. There is no greater feeling, believe me, than the feeling of the hustle paying off.
  5. Don’t forget to have fun. Life’s too short to do anything that isn’t worth your whole heart and soul. Whatever that is, define it and then have fun achieving it!

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Break-even - Imigani 03A lovely Friday to you all.

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