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🌱 Why Challenges Usually Fail

Milton Holdiem
Milton Holdiem
2 min read

Common Challenges

Fitness challenges are common in the fitness industry.

  • “2 Months of “Clean eating.”
  • “100 Squats a day for 100 days.”
  • “90-day weight-loss challenges.”

These may be good incentives for starting. Do a bunch of this stuff for 3 months and lose a ton of weight. For some challenges they’ll even give money to the person who made the most drastic change.

But what happens after the 2-3 months of the challenge?
Do you go back to what you used to do and keep the goal?

Where the magic happens

If you want to keep results, the old you needs to -go- grow.

Keeping results means reshaping your old self and creating a new version.

Wait.. Milton, that sounds a little dramatic.
I guess it kind of is because it’s like being the hero in your story 🤔

If you start working out consistently, see results, let work get in the way, then stop training consistently, it means you didn’t change at the deeper level.

You’re still the type of person who lets work get in the way.

By the end of whatever “it” is, you need to become a different person.

Busy because of work? Be the person who either wakes up earlier to train or stays up late to work out at home. That could mean saying no to late night hangouts or late-night Netflix. It could be as simple as bringing your workout clothes to work, so you could head to the gym right after. If you’re busy and stressed, you could argue that being healthy + fit is even more of a priority 👌🏾

Okay, so how do you get results then keep them?

3 Steps to Keeping Results

Step 1:

Ask yourself, what’s my goal, and what does that type of person do daily/weekly?Do things that that person does. Say no to things they would say no.

Step 2:

Ask yourself, “is this something I’d like to do for the next 10 years?” If not because it’s too hard, it’s probably unsustainable. Do less. You can always add more later.

Step 3:

Then, do the thing. Repeat steps 1+2, then refine them.
Continue asking yourself:

  • “What does this person do/ say no to?”
  • “What does this person say to him/herself?”

You’ll find yourself an entirely new person and that’s the scary part.
You’ll enjoy new things. Not only that, but you’ll discover what you truly value.

You might miss a workout, but instead of ghosting them, you’ll be rescheduling. The beauty is that you’ll be able to enjoy what you want to enjoy, say no to things you don’t care about, and you won’t be going “back on a diet” or “starting fresh Monday.”

Hope you enjoyed this Weekly #6!

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I'm a fitness coach, but always learning. Cold brew drinker. Curator of corny dad jokes. Constantly looking towards the brighter side of things. ☀️