We all have things about our physical appearance that we don’t like so much. I don’t mean the color of your hair or your height. Those are things that are part of your genetics, things that you are born with and there’s little you can do about it except color your hair or wear heels. What I’m talking about is actual appearance. Maybe you want a flatter stomach, arms that are fitter, or smaller thighs. Whatever it is, YOU need to create a plan and take steps towards it.
You can have a successful business or an amazing job. You can have the “prefect” life and hit every mark, but you will never feel fully satisfied with your life until you are happy with your physical appearance and/or are taking steps to get there. How we feel about our body image has a huge impact on our daily lives.
Your body carries you around 24/7, it presents you to the world, it creates first impressions on people you just meet. If you’re not happy with it, others will notice. Here are a four things you can do to create a simple plan in order to achieve the CHANGE you want to see.
- Set a QUANTIFIABLE goal
Saying you want to be fit doesn’t mean anything. What does fit mean to you? This should be a statement that if gave to someone else to evaluate your progress, they would definitely be able to see if you have achieved it or not. For example, the statement, “I want to lose 5 pounds in 30 days” is something that I can quantify and check back in 30 days to be able to see the actual numbers.
- Set a REALISTIC goal
Don’t set yourself up for failure. If you are a single mom with three kids that need to be in school at 7:00 AM, don’t tell yourself that you are going to get up at 6:00 AM and work out. That doesn’t make sense and you will fail and disappoint yourself.
- You need ACCOUNTABILITY
Pick someone that you know will support you. Someone that you always go to with ideas and they are always on your team, always encouraging you. Let that person know your quantifiable goal and let them know that you will ask them to evaluate your results after you are done. Actually speaking your goal out loud and telling someone makes it real and gives you a sense or responsibility and accountability. You don’t want to let this person down because you know that he/she is always there for you.
- Don’t COMPARE your goals and progress to that of others
It’s good to take inspiration and look up to someone, but make sure you are doing so in the same category. You can’t expect to be like that body builder who is 23 and single when you are in your mid-thirties and have five kids. This is going to discourage you and is counterproductive.