When it comes to our fitness goals, the ability to delay gratification is one of the most important skills. Most of us don’t like to wait, for anything. Sitting at a stoplight or standing in line is enough to drive most of us crazy. Imagine how impatient we can get when a goal takes weeks or months to complete…
Expecting great results in the blink of an eye is arguably one of the biggest roadblocks to reaching our goals.
Delaying gratification is a form of self-discipline: giving up what you want right now for getting what you want in the future.
A few tips to keep you moving in the right direction:
- Keep your eye on the prize. Revisit your fitness goals – this will give you something positive to focus on when your excuses and distractions come along.
- Create a vision board. Take a bulletin board and attach a list of your goals along with items that inspire you, such as photos, quotes, and previous accomplishments.
- Make your environment work for you. Add as many barriers as you can between you and your urges. Keep the peanut butter above your reach and the ice cream at the grocery store. On the flip side, keep your gym bag packed, and stock your fridge with healthy food.
- Keep your goals simple and achievable. We need to feel some challenge on a daily basis, but getting overwhelmed compromises our self-control. Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
- Create incentives along the way to keep you feeling good. Giving yourself small rewards will keep you moving in a positive direction. For example, enjoy your favorite dessert every Saturday night, or treat yourself to a massage for every five pounds lost.
Self-discipline is a skill, and we all have the ability to pass the test.