I remember teaching little kids – K-4 – how to play basketball for a camp while I was in high school. There they were, sitting on the floor, looking around the gym, not really knowing too much except that the ball goes into the hoop. I and the other coaches had a week to teach them the game and how to play. I remember being completely overwhelmed. How am I supposed to teach these kids the game? It was a huge task to achieve.
That seemed like a tall order considering this was my first time teaching anyone else to play, let alone little kids that don’t like to sit around and listen.
But my coach gave us the plan. Each day focused on a new piece of the game and multiple stations broke the skills down to manageable actions. By the end of the week, you could tell that the kids got better from where they were beforehand. They weren’t perfect, but they were on their way to improving.
When you start out on any new project, it can definitely feel overwhelming. If you focus only on the end result, it can seem like it’s really far away… like you’ll never get there. This is how I felt that first day of teaching the kids. Like they had to know the entire game and mastered the skills by the end of the week.
Key To Achievement
The key to reaching any goal – health, fitness, life, etc. – is to take one small step at a time, and celebrate when you accomplish it.
You probably don’t think about it this way – most people don’t – but you make thousands of little tiny decisions throughout your day. From whether or not to open your eyes in the morning or keep on lying there with them shut, to deciding it’s time to get out of bed, to how many bites of that chocolate bar you’re going to allow yourself, to whether or not you’re going to engage with your 10-year-old about homework.
Every day is made up of thousands of these little decisions. So you could say that who you are today is a result of all the decisions you’ve made over the course of your life.
Now that can feel overwhelming!
So think about who you want to become, or a goal you want to achieve. What are the sorts of little decisions you need to make in order to get there?
Let’s say you want to lose 2 dress sizes.
The little decisions you make every day are the road to accomplishing this goal. You get to consider everything from what you eat at each meal, including how many sugary foods you eat, to how often you get up from your seat to move during the day, to whether you bike or walk or drive to work, to how many alcoholic drinks you drink each week. You also need to decide if you’ll go to bed an hour earlier (lack of sleep contributes to being overweight), and how much water you’ll drink during the day (proper water intake allows body to work better overall).
The cumulative effect of all these decisions adds up, until you can track the results over time. It’s a LOT easier to take one teeny, tiny step at a time, than it is to look way down the road, at the one big goal ahead.
And PS – taking these teeny, tiny steps is usually easier when you do it with others striving to achieve a similar goal as you.
Call To Action
If you keep looking BEHIND you, at all you’ve accomplished, instead of looking at the mountain in the distance, you’re more likely to stay motivated and on track to achieve your goal.
It’s like looking back at teaching kids basketball. Eventually, you realize they’ve actually learned how to play better than they did before! It’ll just take time for them to keep improving.
So whatever your health and fitness goals might be, don’t get discouraged. Instead, identify the little things you need to focus on all day long, and keep looking back at how far you’ve come. And find someone or some group to support you throughout the process. I’d be happy to help you out!
And if you’d like some help planning out what those little steps will be, I’d love to have a chance to speak with you about it! Just send me an email at email@example.com or give us a call at Personal Training Institute.
I look forward to talking to you soon!
About the Author:
Hi, I’m Josh Davidson, owner of Personal Training Institute of Fort Wayne. I have been involved in health and fitness for over 7 years. I would love to help you start living a healthy lifestyle. You can learn more about my staff and I as well as what we do by calling 260-338-2022 or visiting our website here. If you’re looking to start on your fitness journey, sign up for a free consultation and workout today!