By Peter San Nicolas
Door No. 1 — Accountability
No, we don’t always like being accountable to someone. We live in the land of independence and individualism. We strive to pull ourselves up from our bootstraps and be our own person.
Accountable to none, but one — yourself. Good, bad or indifferent, that is our cultural norm.
This is not an effective method in making changes in the area of fitness and wellness. It is my strong belief as a coach and fitness facility owner that accountability is key to success and change.
One must make it known that you have a goal and what time frame you have for your goal. I remember my college days at SDSU the professor making it known what his expectations were for the semester and he laid it out clearly in the syllabus on day one and measured our progress with quizzes and tests along the way.
You also must do the same for whatever goal you have in life. Be accountable to others and vice versa.
Door No. 2 — Get Motivated
Yes, being motivated is a choice. Your thought life and the ideas and information you feed yourself will dictate your motivation.
The inputs we ingest are a choice. These choices influence our mental state. Make an effort to educate yourself in your weaknesses. It may be nutrition, mobility, workout programming, etc. Books, magazines, blogs, videos, mentors and friends can be sources of motivation.
Door No. 3 — Measure
Just as the professor at SDSU measured my progress through tests and quizzes, you also must measure your progress. The fit of your clothing, your energy level, weight, body-fat, measurements and attitude are all forms of measurement that can help you gauge your level and progress of change. Don’t be afraid of these things, but use them as tools to decide what direction you need to take and what areas you need to work on.
If you open these 3 Doors to Change and make a strong effort to give your 100 percent, whatever that looks like, I know you will be better for it and results will be forthcoming. Good luck and check out my website www.ramonastrainer.com for articles, workouts, videos and how you can get started on your path to you, only better.
Peter San Nicolas owns Ramona Fitness Center.