Lasting Changes for You, Not the New Year

Lasting Changes for You, Not the New Year

by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of
Jesse James Fit, Outlaw Bootcamp
& Outlaw Fitcamp •

Research has found that approximately 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% stick to them.  Why do most people fail at their New Year’s resolutions?  There are many reasons, including setting unrealistic goals, believing that a positive change will make their life better, and believing that a resolution will motivate them to make a desired change.  However, lots of people have changes they want to make, but they are not necessarily ready to make.

At Jesse James Fit, Outlaw Bootcamp & Outlaw Fit-Camp, we talk about knowing your WHY.  If your WHY is not strong enough to motivate you to take action on your desired behavior change, it will not happen.  Psychologist Dr. James Prochaska developed a model with stages of change for making behavior changes. This model is one way to evaluate how ready or unready a person is to making a change and the likelihood of being successful.

The stages and a person’s readiness in each stage is described as follows:

– Not motivated and not ready for help

– Getting ready to make a change, usually within 6 months.  The person is educated on the pros and cons of making the change, but procrastinating and still not motivated enough to begin change

Preparation – Ready to take action, usually within the month and often have developed a plan of action

– Specific lifestyle modifications have been made over the past 6 months and a person intends to continue moving forward with the behavior change

Maintenance – This new lifestyle behavior is being sustained for at least 6 months with intention to maintain this behavior and avoid relapse

It all comes down to your WHY.  Why do you want to be healthier?   If your goal is to begin an exercise program and you like the idea of it, but you do not value the benefits of it enough to make the change, you are in the contemplation stage.   However, when you are tired of your poor health limiting your enjoyment of life and you REALLY want to make a change, you have just bought into your WHY and the preparation stage begins and you start making changes.

Thousands of clients at one of our 4 locations began their training because their WHY to be healthier outweighed the poor quality of life they were living.  Some clients looked for a place to train (preparation), and then began their training  (took action) because they want to look better or have more energy. But many clients have found that the benefits of their training extended far beyond their initial WHY.  When clients experience greater outer strength, they find greater inner strength as well.  Both of these changes are so powerful that they adopt their workout program as a lifestyle (maintenance).

Therefore, as you approach your health and fitness goals, know WHY you want to make the change before you begin and write it down.  When you have a solid WHY, you will set yourself up to make healthy changes that will last far beyond 2018!

Say good-bye to the cliché unsuccessful New Year’s resolution and hello to changes that contribute to a New You for life!

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