Day 2 is always the hardest. Day 2 is the day you decide if you’re strong enough to commit to your health related goal. It took one day to administer change, will you make it a lifestyle?
We’re always having the conversation with ourselves saying “I have to lose weight. I have to get back to the gym. I need to change my eating habits.” No matter how many times we say it, it’s slim we actually do the thing we need to do. Then one day, we eventually start. It either happens on its own, or you actually plan it. It’s the power and mental toughness of waking up the next day and deciding to continue. Will you revert to your old ways or show up to day 3 and 4, and all the days after? Carving out a new path that finds you mentally and physically stronger every day.
It’s beneficial for all people to understand the importance of accountability, following through, and reaching their goals in the health and wellness space.
Holding yourself accountable is the most important guide to reaching your goals. Accountability is defined as taking responsibility for your actions and always ensuring you are competent to do the activity you’ve been asked to perform (Royal College of Nursing). Holding yourself accountable is no easy task. Put a goal in mind. Maybe you want to be able to tour a new city without feeling breathless, sluggish, and lethargic. Accountability tells you to hold on until you reach your goal and then go for some more, because let’s be honest, you do have it in you. It helps us marry goal to action. Write that goal down and post it anywhere in your living space as a constant reminder that you will achieve it. The mindset of an accountable person puts value on self-improvement and continuous growth. It means recognizing and embracing the fact that you are responsible for you. You have an intended purpose as to why you began, it shouldn’t end until you are overly satisfied with your results. And let me tell you a secret: once you realize what you’re capable of, the goals become bigger which means the results are in constant effect.
Following through with commitments you made for yourself establishes consistency and a virtuous act of self care. When you follow through on health commitments that you made for yourself, not only does your physical body get stronger, but, the strength of your mental health also improves. The CDC also reports the benefits of active people and the potential of being at less risk of disease and illness.
Reaching your goals is a perfect reminder that you have it in you to do what you always intended. Many people may say that day 1 is the start of a life changing journey, but, we now know that it is in fact day 2 that is the start of something new. Remember, any progress is good progress and any goal you have is absolutely possible with accountability and following through. There are no downfalls to getting ahead on your health. If you show up, you’re half way there. When it becomes a part of your daily routine, you’ve made it.