How do you encourage people to take on a self-improvement project?  Like exercising or fitness-training.  Many of us would like results, but we are not always able to sustain our effort long enough to achieve those results.  I’m not going to speculate here on why that is, but I believe that sustained effort calls for a great deal of informed motivation.  Motivation, by itself, may not be enough.  You have to be informed.  You have to know what you are getting yourself into – what to expect.

Here’s my perspective on that, and my solution.  This may burst your illusion bubble, but you will need a long-term view (a month is probably a reasonable timeframe).  Initially, you should expect a bit of chaos as you change your routines.  You may feel physically tired and, if you are working your muscles, they will probably feel stiff and sore.  This shouldn’t be more than discomfort and shouldn’t last more than a few days.  If so, you are probably overdoing it.  You will need at least TWO WEEKS to normalize your new routine/schedule.  And it may take THREE WEEKS before you really feel any kind of physical improvement.  I`m suggesting you’ll need FOUR WEEKS before you actually start enjoying the workout and how you are feeling overall.

So, can you put out an effort for THREE WEEKS with no guarantee that you’ll feel better in that time?  That’s the question we all need to answer.  And this is exactly the fitness challenge we are throwing down for you to consider.

Here is my solution to the problem of sustaining effort for a month (or more).  A Mentor.  Mentors are people who have traveled a bit further down the road of experience than we have.  They aren’t necessarily older.  They just have more experience in the particular area we are interested in.  I propose that if:  a) you are fairly active, b) you are not afraid of regular physical exercise, and c) you enjoy sharing your experience with those who want to learn. . . you qualify!  Be a FITNESS MENTOR.

Here is my challenge to any qualified fitness mentor:  find at least five people who are interested in doing a fitness challenge this February, step into their life, and mentor them through this challenge.  All six of you will benefit.  By the way, with the Internet, you can do this from anywhere on the planet.

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  1. Happy New Year all!

    Love the challenges Richard. With your commitment and swift words you have captured my fitness attention. FITNESS MOTIVATOR I say.

    I am working on a bit of a routine for myself, but would love to hear what others are doing for a routine.

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