EVERY STEP COUNTS: 20/04/17 – Don’t you just love bank holidays?

Having a couple of extra days off work to spend more time with the people you love is amazing.  This year however, my bank holiday was spent with 13 of my friends In Prague on a stag do. It was amazing; the Place truly is unique for so many reasons and would definitely recommend it to lots of you. On the flipside which I am sure is the same for many of you, the alarm going off on Tuesday morning at 4:45 was more of a shock than normal. Roll on the next stag do in 6 weeks. Unfortunately I can’t say where we are going as the man in question I know reads this column so I dont want to give away the location.

So, enough about me and my activities over the last few days, what have you been doing?

Maybe some of you went away; if so was it nice and enjoyable?

If you stayed at home, did you do things around the house or do local activities?

Right now, stop reading this column and write down 5 things you set out to do over the last week and then tick whether you actually completed them or not.

If you did complete them, write down next to the list what steps you took that enabled you to complete them.

If you didn’t manage to complete them then write down the reasons as to why you didn’t action the objectives. Was it time? Did you prioritise the goals enough? Did something else happen that completely derailed your plans?

Doing this audit everyone now and again in your life is a great thing to do as it allows you to see trends. It allows you to see solutions to that have worked before so that you can then use them again to succeed in the future. It also holds you accountable moving forward. I don’t know about you but when I fail to complete something that I set out to do it really makes me want to improve some aspect of my lifestyle so that it doesn’t happen again.

So this week’s article is all about how important your lifestyle is when it comes to reaching your goals. I was alarmed last week when I heard about a coach who thought managing your lifestyle wasn’t important. You see when I first started out coaching after leaving the Royal Marines several years ago; I was an amateur when it came to long term change. I had always got by with just hard work, hard training and little tweaks here and there to my diet.  Now older, wiser and more knowledgeable due to the training I have taken, courses I have completed and obviously working with the people that have helped me fully understand the deep lifestyle based changes you need to make in order to succeed, I like to work differently and in a more mature intelligent way.

I mention my 6 pillars quite frequently and the reason I do is because for me having a template for making changes works a treat. It enables you target specific areas of your life that all contribute to long term change. Now the reason this is harder than just giving people a program and cutting their calories is because you work on deep long term Habit loops that may have been affecting people for a really long time. You can’t change these habits in a few short weeks. You need to identify the cues and the routines that are causing the behaviours.

What would happen to Usain Bolt if he didn’t manage his sleeping environment and his lifestyle in and around his important training periods?

If Hugh Jackman didn’t make sure his environment was as optimal as possible do you think he would look as ripped as he did playing the part of Wolverine?

When Andy Murray had a truly amazing 2016 on the court, do you think he would have been as successful without the rituals he put in place. Many people don’t know this but Andy Murray completes a 4 hour ritual after his matches. He owns his lifestyle.

Don’t be an amateur and leave your lifestyle and environment to chance. If it was just down to a bit of hard work, throwing weights about and not managing your lifestyle then we wouldn’t have such a health crisis around world like we do right now.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.

Please don’t think I don’t rate hard work highly up the list of priorities, I really do, I just know that hard work alone won’t always get you the result you want.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.

Get your lifestyle operating positively and I promise you that you won’t have to just rely on willpower cause I’ll be honest with you, when the going gets tough, willpower can be the first thing to go.

Have a great Thursday and own your life and own the things that can make or break your chances of long term success.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.