Set specific fitness goals . . . and give yourself a specific deadline.
A deadline contributes to the magic in the ‘magic trick’ of getting your goals accomplished. Without it, you may never get started. (Read: “I can start that tomorrow, next week, next month . . . next year.”) With it, you get the proverbial ‘kick in the pants’ that propels you forward.
That is, if the deadline influences your psyche the right way.
Some individuals have a negative reaction to the word ‘deadline’, whether it’s a feeling of unbearable pressure, or if it’s resorting to less-than-ideal strategies for accomplishing a goal — both of them contributing to a journey that’s really unpleasant, or that you end up dropping out of altogether.
What’s one of the most common ‘less-than-ideal’ strategies?
Reacting to a deadline with the mindset that you’ve got to speed things up.
Speed up, as in resorting to drastic calorie cutting.
Speed up, as in drinking magic potions guaranteed to help you lose weight.
Speed up, as in passing on sleep so that you can train more and work harder.
‘Speeding up’ is akin to cutting corners and oftentimes neglecting the very things that give you the success you’re looking for. This might work with last minute deadlines like turning in a paper, getting your car fixed, or finalizing the details of tomorrow’s hot date . . .