By: Meghan McGrath, Director of MarketingAhhh the holidays. I’ve always been an enthusiast. I learned to perfect my Christmas gift wrapping skills at a very young age. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or none of the above you have to admit the magic in the air is contagious. Twinkling lights and festive garlands, fresh snow and the scents of nutmeg and cinnamon wafting everywhere – there is really nothing like it. As I’ve gotten older, there is one thing, though, that I have come to dread about the close of the holiday season – the flood of new gym-goers trying to undo the holiday cookie damage that has plagued their waistlines.
For those of you reading this blog who don’t know me very well, I am a self-admitted gym nut. After college I got into boxing and weight lifting and now it has become a lifestyle. I’ve also helped a few friends along the way join-in in the insanity. I’m passionate about helping others reach their potential physically, because changing my lifestyle and becoming a fitness fanatic has greatly improved my confidence, focus, mental health and general happiness. So why, might you ask do I hate the “resolutionaries”? Well aside from the fact that for 2 months of the year I feel like a sardine anytime I so much as set foot in the gym, there is one thing that really irks me…nobody sticks with it.
Research tells us that it takes about 60 days of consistent effort to turn a new behavior into a habit. So how do you reach that 60 day threshold and beyond? Intentionality! You have to keep your eyes on the prize– whether at the gym or leading your team. In fitness terms, set yourself up for a win. Invest in some snazzy gym clothes so you feel good about going. I’d also suggest signing-up for a race or committing to some other goal that will keep you on track until your new behaviors become engrained in your routine.
As professionals and leaders we all often fall subject to the “resolutionary” mindset too. January 2nd rolls around and we come back to our offices with every intention of staying organized, keeping on top of our emails and commitments and developing ourselves and our teams to become all that we can be in the coming year. There is nothing like a clean slate. So this year make your new behaviors a habit. And just like a new trainer or a brand new kickboxing class can help you build the discipline to embrace your new gym habits, a new class or professional development program can inspire you to evolve your leadership fitness.
If you need a goal or a “race” to sign-up for to keep you on track, check out the different ways we can help you deepen your leadership and communication skills and abilities. As an added incentive, we’re offering a 10% off discount to anyone who reads this post and registers for one of our professional development programs in the next 30 days.
Good luck reaching your potential this year to you and your team!
If you want to learn more, here are some of the ways we can help you stick to your goals: