One thing you may not consider when starting out on your fitness goals is your environment, and I don’t mean looking out the window and seeing it’s all sunshine and rainbows.
What I mean is, setting yourself up for success.
First of all your tribe attracts your vibe so make sure you surround yourself with people on the same mission as you both inside the gym and out.
Ever found that it’s easy make the right call in front of your gym buddies but not so much your other friends when you go out?
It might be that they simply don’t share the same fitness goals as you, this means what’s a priority to you isn’t to them.
You know you want to be up for a 9am Sunday workout because that something that you enjoy whereas they’d rather be out until 1am ‘loving life’. Those scenarios don’t really fit hand in hand do they?
It’s not to say that you can’t have a life (in fact my coaching methods are all about having a life) but the point here is that if your circle doesn’t share the same values as you there’s two ways that this can ultimately go.
1. You adopt their bad habits (bad in the sense that you wouldn’t be up for the 9am workout should you stay) or
2. They inherit your good habits and give the drink a rest for the weekend to join you Sunday AM
Set yourself up for success by surrounding yourself with people who share the same values as yourself, it becomes far easier to make progress that way.
We can often get that mob mentality where it’s much easier to follow the herd than to stand out and go it alone, due to this we can end up doing things that don’t truly serve us or bring us joy.
For instance, going on a night out when we didn’t really want too because all the gals/guys are. Going out the eat when you wanted to stay in a cook a healthier meal.
This might be because you feel it’s harder to go against the herd.
So make sure you’re part of the right tribe for you.
The same can be said for your diet, setting your environment up for success can make all the difference, it’s actually everywhere you look without even realising.
So you’re in a supermarket browsing, it’s no coincidence that the high price name brand products are placed at eye level, easier to locate and the easier to put into the trolley, whilst the cheaper stuff is top shelf, and let’s face it, you’re not walking around looking upwards are you?
Ever been waiting at a till and you throw one of those chocolate bars or bottles onto the till as a last minute decision BUT would you have done that if they weren’t there?
It’s more that suggestive selling it’s conditioning you to form habits. It’s obvious, easy, attractive and rewarding to throw that last item in at the till.
So you may be thinking ………………well, this has taken a turn BUT
If we flip this on it’s head and we used this to our advantage then think of the environment we could build around ourselves that means doing the good or right thing for ourselves is a breeze.
Let’s look at it this way, take you favourite food, your absolute kryptonite, mine……… Chocolate.
If I know that I can’t stop as just a few pieces, then I won’t buy a big bar. I’ll keep it out of eyesight and top shelf it which means every time I open my cupboard it’s not the first thing I see. Out of sight out of mind.
It’s one small change but it’s priming the environment for success. If you consecutively did this over time in different forms over time the ‘compound interest’ of these small changes would amount to big results.
As humans we look for the easy route, the path of least resistance and if we worked with this in mind, we can make building better habits as effortless as possible.
Think of what we could be capable of it we just made some minor changes.