Anticipate obstacles and plan for them
Have you heard the saying ‘neurons that fire together, wire together’?
By mentally rehearsing your new routine each day until it becomes a firm habit, you are
basically forming new neurons and pathways in your brain.
What does this mean for you and your goals?
This means that your new behaviors have a better chance of sticking and becoming actual habits.
To help ensure your habits STICK that much more, be sure to anticipate obstacles
and plan for them NOW, well before you hit any actual obstacles.
Many people often don’t look at possible obstacles that can pop up, preventing them from carrying out
their intended actions.
What to do:
Using the exercise example, write out any possible obstacles that can prevent you from working out.
Use the below sample ‘obstacles’ to create your own solutions for any obstacles you foresee preventing you
from doing what you know you should be doing.
-Being too tired to physically do the exercise routine.
Solution: Have a back-up routine that is less strenuous, like yoga for example.
Or just do 5-8 reps of each exercise on your plan. No matter what, promise yourself you will still get into
your exercise gear and do something.
-Feeling too hungry to exercise at that time.
Solution: Always have something in the fridge or freezer as a stand-by snack to eat before exercising. My personal
favorite snack is frozen blueberries which are always on hand for a light snack.
-Exercise gear is smelly and dirty
Solution: Ensure you always have more than 1 set of workout gear to prevent a lame excuse like lack of the right clothing to prevent you from working out!
No matter what, ensure you have a BACK-UP solution for any foreseeable obstacles that could come up.
Start implementing the 3 steps to help you create habits that support your goals.
More often than not we know WHAT to do, but the challenge is getting ourselves to do it!
Enjoy the mental rehearsal and let me know your results in the comment section!