Happy New Year! Now, it’s time to clean out your fitness closet. No, this doesn’t mean I want you to purge the impulse fitness gifts you bought yourself on Amazon (new gym clothes, weightlifting belt, maybe some wrist wraps, etc.). I’m talking about cleaning out your emotional closet.
Oftentimes, we hang on to emotional baggage that drags us down. This is especially true with our health and fitness. Exercise and eating can be tied closely with our emotions. As with most things in life, if your mind is not in the right place, you likely won’t reach your potential. I want to touch on a few important concepts to maximize your fitness goals in 2020 and rid yourself of any emotional burden that will hold you back.
2019 Problems Aren’t 2020 Problems
I think one of the most treacherous habits is dwelling on old problems. If you were known to overindulge in food or drinks in 2019, that doesn’t affect the 2020 you. If you made excuses in 2019, don’t bring them into the New Year. While we don’t need the New Year for permission to lose our emotional baggage, it can certainly help. Why not use 2020 as an excuse to do something new and different (better).
One of my favorite phrases is, “We left that [problem] in 20XX (insert previous year)!” Meaning, forget that problem even existed and lets focus on the future. You’ve got plenty of ass-kicking to do this year and you cannot afford to expend energy on the issues you’ve faced in your past.
Upgrade Your Identity
I think one of the most powerful ways to make change is to change your identity for the better. Liza and I have always said that moving across the country was one of the best things we have ever done. Moving to a new place encouraged us to seek our new identities – essentially, to become the people who we wanted to be. The same can be true of the New Year.
Upgrading your identity is not a phrase you repeatedly tell yourself. It’s not a post-it note you leave on your mirror. It’s not even your commitment to doing something differently in 2020. Upgrading your identity involves a complete transformation of who you are. It typically involves some form of “burning the boats,” and leaving your old self behind. The power of upgrading your identity is only realized if your actions follow suit. 2020 is your year to leave the old you behind and become the person you truly desire to be.
Focus on The Positive
Negative thoughts are a true productivity killer. Negative thoughts have kept me from making progress my entire life. No one is immune to negativity. However, I do my best to minimize negative thoughts by focusing my energy on the positive thoughts. It sounds like a simple concept, but it can be applied to many facets of our lives.
I am a huge believer in the Law of Attraction. When I tend to focus on negative things, somehow, they end up manifesting themselves in my life. The same goes for positive things. It’s an easy choice in theory, but I have trained my brain to focus more on positivity. A simple exercise for this is practicing your gratitude each morning when you wake up. For me, I use brushing my teeth as a time to focus on a couple things I am really grateful for. This is a part of my everyday routine and it has helped me tremendously. I encourage you to find your own way to practice gratitude and make 2020 your most positive year yet.
I honestly believe in order to make progress in 2020 we must ‘clean out our closets.’ With regard to fitness, that means to forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made in the past. Don’t hold your past decisions against your 2020 self. What a great time of year to try something new: Perhaps a new nutrition plan, exercise routine, workout partner, or training environment. Either way, it’s time to move forward. Let’s learn from the past, but keep charging on, and make 2020 our best year yet.