The Biggest Lie Ever Told
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Every year around the world, people tell a lie. The lie is bipartisan and it is told by all races, genders, religions and ages. Sometimes, people tell others the lie but often, it’s a lie they only tell themselves.
It’s a lie so outrageous that you don’t even believe it yourself. It’s also a lie that you’ve told so many times before that no one would probably believe you. And since it involves yourself, you don’t tell anyone. Maybe you’re too embarrassed. Maybe you don’t want to be held accountable?
What is this lie? “This year is the year I’m going to get into shape!”
Calling it a lie might be a little harsh. Perhaps we can call it a statement. Or a wish? Because that is more of what it is: a wishful statement.
At the same time, if you say you’re going to do something and then don’t do it, isn’t it a lie? Don’t you lie to yourself? Or to your wife, your husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, kids or friends?
The good news is that it’s not your fault. The problem lies in the fact that you’re setting yourself up for failure. You mean it when you say it. You WANT to change. You WANT to be in the best shape of your life. Doesn’t everyone?!
However, saying that you’re “going to get into shape” is not a good enough goal. It’s too lofty; too vague. It’s like saying, “I’m going to become a millionaire!” Great, how are you going to make your first $10,000? How are you going to make your next $50,000?
When you say you’re going to get into shape, what does that mean? What’s a realistic goal? Weight doesn’t always matter but it can be a good way to measure if you’re getting closer to your goals!
To say, “I’m going to lose 50 pounds,” without a plan is going to make it very difficult. You have to be more specific. You have to set clear goals so that you know when you have actually failed or succeeded. How are you planning on losing the first 5 pounds? In how long of a time period?
Also, it’s key that you set realistic goals, something that will be discussed later. Because you want to set yourself up for success, not failure!
A good way to be guided on the right path and set such goals is to get a good personal trainer, who should be able to help create such a plan but also keep you accountable and motivated!