Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Harvard Study Helps You Get Fit

Harvard Business School has been studying the difference in success or failure for people of similar backgrounds for over 30 years. Their studies find that 3% of people are successful, 30% are moderately successful and 67% just exist. The significant difference for the 3% who are successful is that they have written down, specific goals. The 30% who are moderately successful have a general idea of where they are going but don't have formalized goals. The rest are happy to watch the world go by.

Here's the interesting part: The 3% who have written goals are more success as a group than the entire 97% who are either moderately successful or are just watching the world go by.
Even more interesting to me is that people in the 30% moderately successful category only need to put in a small effort to jump into the 3% group. The Harvard studies go on to report that the secret behind the extra little effort is developing habits and strategies that support the goals you set.

This same pattern holds true for people who decide to get fit. The top 3% are 100 percent committed to doing whatever it takes to be consistent with their exercise routine. They have established their goals in writing and take all the steps to achieve them. The 30% who are moderately success are still making progress, but sometimes feel stuck.

If you're in that 30% who are relatively consistent with your exercise and nutrition, you certainly have my admiration. And if you're are ready for the next level, here are the steps to get you into the top category of fitness success:

1. Put your goals in writing. Look at them twice each day. Where do you want to be in 6 months from now? How do you want your body to look and feel? Get very specific and write it down.

2. Visualize yourself in your ideal body. In your mind see yourself exactly how you want to look; feel what it's like to have an abundance of energy and vitality, free from excessive stress. Realize that our subconscious mind drives much of our behavior and it does not know the difference between something that is real and something that is vividly imagined. Whatever you picture in your mind and consistently think about drives your behaviors, actions and mindset, and ultimately your outcomes.

A great visualization technique is to invest 10 minutes every night, while lying in bed with your eyes closed, visualizing in detail how you want your body to look. Start from the ground up and focus your visualization on how you want your legs to look, and then move up to your hips and thighs. Focus attention on your midsection, then your chest arms and shoulders. Finally, visualize your new lean and vibrant face. See and feel how you want to look, act and feel as a healthy, fit, energized new person.

3. Get help! Unless you're a mechanic, you probably don't service your own car, just like you probably don't do your own taxes or perform surgery unless you're an accountant or physician. So, unless you have an exercise science degree, you stand to benefit substantially by going to see a qualified personal trainer. Beyond the obvious knowledge, trainers provide accountability, motivation, support, and are your partner in health and fitness keeping you on your path toward achieving your goals far more quickly than most of us can on our own.

So where are you? Which category do you find yourself today? Regardless, take a few simply actions today to get to that next level.

Have an awesome Tuesday!

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Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
HealthStyle Fitness, Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio 513-407-4665

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