Today you have the incredible opportunity to decide what the rest of your life is going to be like. The life you lead today is based on many small decisions you have made over the past several years. If you aren’t happy with where you are and where you are going with your life, it is time to change your heading.
If you are interested in living a healthier, happier life, you need to make some changes. The good news is that just like changing the heading of your plane just a few degrees can change your destination by thousands of miles, making just a few small changes in your life can radically improve your health, fitness, and attitude. It’s time for you to start piloting your life.
File your Flight Plan
The first thing you have to do is decide where you want to be. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to run a marathon? You need some goals. Until you have something to measure your progress against, you will just be flying in circles.
One way to improve your chances of seeing the types of changes you are looking for is to make yourself accountable to someone else. Think of it as filing a flight plan. You need to tell a coach, a friend, or a partner what your goals are. You need to let them know how you plan on accomplishing these goals.
By telling someone else in detail what you are trying to do, you become accountable to them. They will check in on you. You will want to make sure you can report that you are making progress. Having an accountability partner greatly improves your chances of turning your goals into accomplishments.
Check Your Bearings
The truth is your progress will not be without turbulence. You won’t have a tailwind the whole way. Life will try and blow you off course. One issue many people face is that they don’t notice they are getting off course. Bad habits and tolerances slowly build up over time. If you don’t take time to regularly check your bearings, you may find that your once achievable goals now feel hopelessly out of reach.
Checking your bearings means looking at your progress at least weekly. It means being honest with yourself and your accountability partner. If you have gone off course, you need to make the necessary change get back to where you want to be.
Making critical lifestyle changes, even small ones, is hard. You will face resistance. But, you can overcome any issues as long as you continue to check your progress and make minor course corrections along the way.
Don’t be Afraid of Doing a “Go Around”
You may not succeed at reaching all, or any, of your goals the first time. Change is hard and life is complicated. But, the wonderful thing about being human is you can always try again.
If you find there is something wrong with your approach, don’t be afraid of doing a “go around”. You may need to revise your goals and make changes to your plans. It is better to change your approach and try again than it is to crash and burn.
If you are serious about making changes to your health and fitness levels, you have to become the pilot of your life. Others can help, but you are ultimately the one responsible for creating a plan and successfully executing that plan.