why do we give up and quit

how can you be the exception

where it begins

With a great idea, you see something and decide to give it a go and you totally love it! So why in a matter of months would you quit your new found thing that you love?

A lot of the people start a new routine, hobby, or gym membership because they want to completely redefine themselves. “New Year – New Me!” (We have all heard that one).

Unfortunately, this is often not the case. More than 90% of these people will quit after three months of starting a new venture/ routine / hobby.

 

What can we do to ensure we are successful with our goals that we initially set out to achieve?

But the people that are training frequently, reach success

Set Good Goals

Realistic goals follow the SMART-rule

Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. Losing weight is not a goal, losing 5 kilograms of body weight in the next two months is.

I want to stress out the realistic aspect of goal-setting. Start really small. Having big goals will only frustrate you in the long run. Read about it on forums and then determine what is reasonable. Change one behaviour at a time. Make it sustainable.

 

Also make sure that you will write your goal down. There’s magic behind a written goal. You will be far more likely to stick to it, if your goal is engrained in paper. Remind yourself of your goals daily – write them on a post-it note and put them on your fridge.

Accountability

Writing your goals down and putting them on your fridge also have the benefits of creating accountability within your family. Your family will support you and ask you how your journey is going. This makes you more likely to stick to your goals.

Get to know the people you train with – The people that train with a friend will generally train more often and harder. They are more likely to reach their goals.

Ask a friend to go with you on this fitness journey. Post your goal on Facebook and create accountabilityUse accountability to your advantage.

Learn To Deal With Setbacks

The line to your goals won’t be straight. The sooner you accept this and learn to deal with it – the better. This in fact is in part what Krav Maga teaches us.

Accept that the diet that you will start doing will not always be clean. The workouts that you will be doing are not always amazing. Don’t beat yourself up about it. These setbacks are simply one of the keys of the game that we all have to play. Accept the setback and immediately move on.

 

“Krav Maga is about accepting set backs and dealing with them – If it was easy it wouldn’t be worth having”

No one said it would be easy

Quitting Makes Nothing Better

I am not a believer in the never quit – mentality. Sometimes it definitely is a reasonable choice to do so. No one would argue, that quitting smoking is a bad thing to do. Quitting can be a reasonable thing – but not in Krav Maga.

Remember that you’ve started going to Krav Maga because you had a big need to fill. You wanted to get in better shape, get healthier, feel confident, and learn something valuable.

Quitting something good is a set back in life, something that actually affects and translates in to other aspects of our lives (often subconsciously). 

If you are having a doubt, a negative thought – just think back to why you first started, look to your peers in the group and remind yourself of your goals.

In 1,3,5 or even 10 years time think of the person you will be, if you keep showing up?

 

And remember, all you have to do to reach your goals is show up.

 

Jeff Hollows is the Cheif Instructor of Krav Maga Newcastle and Founder of Krav Maga X – He runs Krav Maga classes in the North East of England and offers specialist training and seminars accross the UK. 

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