If you have not already done so, please read Part 1: The Power of Commitment before proceeding with Part 2.
Now that you have developed the strong habit of commitment, it is time to start working your way towards your goal. The next step in this process is designing the journey/path that will get you there.
Every destination requires a journey. If you want to improve your health, your physical appearance, the quality of your lifestyle, your happiness, the level of fulfillment with any area of your life. You must design the right journey that will get you there.
Whether you like it or not, you are constantly designing your journey anyways. The difference is some are aware, while most aren’t. Those who are aware have a goal/dream in mind, in other words, a destination. The unaware ones don’t, therefore they mindlessly design and proceed to an unknown destination. They are then surprised when they reach a destination they did not hope for (poor health, finances, career, lack of fulfillment etc).
To put it in simple words: Design will save you from living life mindlessly.
There are many ways you can design. You first need to seek the appropriate knowledge. You can also reach out to experts or people who have done it before to help you design your journey. This is basically what we do for our clients. We help them design the journey that will get them to their goals, permanently! You never want to reach a destination with health (or any other area) temporarily. If you choose to do it alone then you must invest some time and money into learning what is the best and quickest way to get there.
After you seek the required knowledge out, you need to map out the process. Write it down in a journal, type it, use a planner, use mind maps (our favourite, see Figure 1: example from a client’s journey) etc. The point is, your design must be 1) mapped out in detail and 2) physically accessible, mental design is not enough at this point.
Once you design the appropriate journey. You will be ready for Power #3, which is the most powerful of all, and the step where people fail/give up the most.
Step: Allocate 1-2 hours a week (preferrably on an off day when you are relaxed) to design the process of getting to your goal. Even if you’re not sure what to do, sit down and start designing. It will come to you eventually.
Make sure you keep committing in writing and verbally every day (as per Part 1). Habits are only habits if done regularly.
To your success,
Mohamed Rezk, RD