When I turned 50, I knew that I needed to be ‘lean, fit and healthy’ to achieve my long-term goals, and, after trying and failing to change on my own, I joined a slimming group, and the results have been fantastic. What is interesting, though, is that whilst the group support/accountability model is what is powering my results this time, it was solo determination that powered my triathlon training, and reward/recognition that helped my to succeed in the corporate world. Different people need different stimuli to make different changes at different points in their lives, and often success comes down to finding the right approach for this change….
Plenty of people (myself included) would say that focusing simply on weight-loss is no way to make a long-lasting health change, and I also appreciate that ‘lean, fit and healthy’ is a pretty non-specific aim, but actually both goals run a lot deeper than they first appear…
As Jim Rohn’s mentor, Earl Shoaff, told him - “set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it. Do it for the skills you have to learn and the person you have to become” - so I have set a weight target and an aim to become lean, fit and healthy not for what the scales will tell me, but for the habits I will have to change and build in order to hit my target weight. You see, I know that to be ‘lean, fit and healthy’ I will have to exercise daily, I will have to eat better, more nutritionally-balanced food, and I know that I will have to break the habits of years of snacking, takeaways and mindless eating.
I also know that the habits I use to get to my goals are habits I will need to continue for years and decades to come - my long-term goals will take me decades to achieve, so I need to build habits and disciplines that are easy and sustainable through the hard-work to come, giving me the energy I will need to make a real difference; I’m not getting any younger after all….
My financial goals don't have a monetary value, and my creative goals don’t have a word count, but my health goals do have a number - there is a healthy weight-range that I have set for myself (based on years of knowing myself and my body), and I know that when I can maintain it I will have made the long-lasting change I need.
Like I said in the original post, ‘different people need different stimuli to make different changes at different points in their lives, and often success comes down to finding the right approach for this change….’