New Year New Me is becoming a cliche, people can even right off December because they have it in their minds come January it will all change as they miraculously get a kick up the arse. There will be plenty of articles going around about goal setting and ‘kicking off your new year right’, but i’m going to discuss a key principle you can use for your training to ensure you don’t fall off the bandwagon with everyone else. It all revolves around finishing what you’ve started… Why it can work? Completing tasks gives us a great sense of achievement, our day revolves around it. Completion can seem a daunting word saved only for tasks worthy of sharing, but it doesn’t need to be. We can ‘hack’ our minds into a favourable state just by completing lots of small (possibly meaningless) tasks. Once we get our minds on a completion roll, the remaining tasks become much more attainable and easier to do. ‘No-one ever regretted working out’ I’m not sure who originally said this but it’s true and scaleable. You never regret a workout, or all the workouts you managed to complete in your week, month or block into a race. This is because it is your goal to do those workouts and by doing them you are completing tasks to achieve that goal. Sounds very simple, you have a goal and the way to achieve it is to complete small tasks along the way, but then, along comes procrastination, distractions and excuses. Using the finish what you’ve started approach might help to keep you on track, focused, motivated and winning. How to make it work? Stop multi tasking… We are not good at it, we lose focus, forget and become very unproductive when we multi task. One of the reasons we start to multi task is because starting things kicks us off down the 'completion feel good’ road. Our minds actually get a hit of dopamine from starting tasks but this soon turns back on us when we fail to complete them. Our minds become overwhelmed from multi tasking and its likely you’ll end up half-arsing 3 things instead of fully completing even 1. Eliminate distractions when training…The more you learn the less you know. This is usually used in academic contexts when talking about research but what if we look at it from a social media standpoint. The more you use social media the more you open your mind up to information you (1) don’t need and (2) want to know more on. The important part there is point (1), you simply don’t need it. From a training stand point, people don’t have too much time to spare in their day and the amount of comments I read on athletes who ‘ran out of time’ is far too many. You didn't ‘run out of time’ you just didn’t allocate your time correctly. Social media is amazing for sharing, motivating and connecting people but use it wisely. Allocate time to it, don’t just scroll through it without a purpose. Set tasks prior to your training sessions that both eliminates distractions and gets your task approach mind rolling!
- Close all social applications
- Turn off notifications/turn on do not disturb mode
- Ask yourself ‘do I know the structure and purpose of this training session’?
- Write down a tick list of;