Have a plan and stick to it

Ryan Donohue.
Ryan Donohue.

Today’s column is going to cover why you need to plan to avoid continuous failure.

Ask yourself the question – why am I failing?

What am I doing wrong? How can I change it?

We’re talking about your fitness here, by the way.

For years, you started something but you’ve never finished it.

You’ve tip toed along then you’ve tip toed around before you’ve finally given up.

And then you start again.

Today is the day that you stop yourself from ever doing that again.

There is a saying in the military that if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.

It’s not just in the military that this is allowed to be used, it can translate across all walks of life.

If you walk into the gym and just expect the magic to happen then you’re sorely mistaken.

You need a plan.

What do you want to accomplish? Be specific.

How are you going to do it?

How long will it take to achieve this?

How are you going to break down the next ‘x’ amount of weeks to allow you to reach this goal?

Is it achievable in your timescale? Do you need help to achieve it? What’s your why?

Know your theatre of operations. In other words, know how to use the equipment you need to use in order to achieve this goal.

Know how to use it effectively, and most importantly, safely. And never be afraid to say please, if you do need help.

Do not be afraid of hard work. Get out of what you are comfortable with.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

If you’ve not seen the “This Girl Can’ video that was recently made, if you’re a girl obviously, check it out. It’s awesome.

You will not start to see results on Wednesday if you start on Monday.

In fact you’re unlikely to see much happening for quite some time.

Four weeks, even. Be patient. Know that what you are doing is beneficial to you and your long term health.

It will not happen overnight.

It will takes lots of persistence, commitment and consistency.

It will hurt. You’ll be stiff.

You’ll be sore. And it will take a tonne of hard work.

But it will be worth it.