A lot of us set News Year’s resolutions only to fail within the first month. The prospect of taking on life changing tasks is often daunting. However, what if we were to look at our efforts ‘one point at a time’?
Okay, let’s say you decide you are going to exercise more in 2020. The first week you make it to the gym five times. You would give yourself five points for each time you accomplish your goal. The next week it’s only four times – down a point, and the third week it’s only twice. You can see where we are going with this. However, by writing down our points, we know immediately we need to up our game.
Instead of thinking of going to the gym as the “only” way to exercise, there are simple and more convenient things you can do throughout the workday to accumulate more points.
- When someone wants to meet with you, ask if the two of you can walk while you talk.
- Have meetings with colleagues at the gym while you’re walking side-by-side on the treadmills.
- Lift hand weights while you’re waiting for anything, such as when your computer is booting up or while your morning coffee is percolating.
- Do stretches at your desk; hold in your abdominal muscles while driving or sitting.
- Use the steps instead of the elevator.
- Purchase some exercise rubber bands you can use at your desk, as you walk to lunch or riding on the train.
Using this point method, Stephen Masri said, “The idea of starting an exercise program was sort of daunting, but then I broke it down into achievable components. I knew I could do things like taking a half-hour vigorous walk or doing a set number of push-ups and sit-ups. I began to schedule certain times every day when I did these small amounts of exercise and gave myself points each time I kept appointments with myself.
It’s important that you determine at the beginning what reward you will give yourself once you reach so many points. For example, once you reach 100 points you might give yourself a movie pass, a new book, or a new shirt. When you reach 1,000 points, the reward might be a trip, or a rock concert you’ve been wanting to attend.
Please take the time to listen to my call that explains how working together we can accomplish our goals.
Join Brooke and Sarano as they explain the rules for accepting The Challenge.
Hopefully you’ll join us in making 2020 the year we make it happen!
Sarano and Brooke Kelley
To learn more about the Corporate Warrior Fitness Challenge, CLICK HERE.
As a participant in this innovative goal-structured program, you’ll:
- Work alongside like-minded professionals who are ready to make changes in their lives.
- Participate in rewards for achieving your goals and consequences when you don’t.
- Use the goal-structured application SPAR to record your progress.