For instance: I commit to exercising 4 times each week at the gym. I’ll go in the morning before work and alternate cardio and resistance training each time.
Sounds like a solid plan, right?
It is until it isn’t.
What happens if I have to travel for work? What if I oversleep? What if I didn’t get good sleep the night before and I’m too tired to go? What if the weather’s bad and I can’t get there? What if my child walks into the bedroom at 4:30 AM and vomits all over the floor? What if there’s a zombie apocalypse and it’s too dangerous to go?
Often times the answer to all of these questions is the same: ”Well, it looks like I’m not going to get my workout in today. Bummer.” The reason this happens is we only have ONE PLAN in place for when all the stars are aligned and it’s easy to do. We haven’t come up with a list of possible deal breakers and what we’ll do when they happen. Because obstacles pop up….all the time!
If you truly want to be successful over the long run, take the following steps:
Identify your new behavior
Plan when, where and how you’ll execute this behavior
Make a list of obstacles or deal breakers you know you will encounter
Create at least 2 other options (Plans B and C) for each obstacle
Let’s go back to the workout example. Alternative plans to these obstacles include:
see if the hotel you’ll be staying at has a gym and pack exercise clothes.