The Power of Routines vs Resolutions…

The Power of Routines vs Resolutions…

Hi – Welcome to this first edition of Integrative Movement Insider™ for 2019.

Jenice and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and your 2019 is off to a great start.

We were in NJ – celebrating the holidays and New Year with my best friends – before heading back to Chicago on January 1st to begin 2019.

  Jenice and I on New Year’s Eve…

Over the past month, my attention has been focused on what we are going to be doing in 2019 to help make this year our best year ever…  More specifically, Jenice and our team have been specifically outlining a plan of how we are going to help health and fitness professionals like you develop your expertise so you can better serve your current clients, attract more individuals that want and need your expertise, and earn more so you too can make 2019 your best year ever.

My other best friend (since 2nd grade) Darin and I…shot before our teams meet in the playoffs this weekend with our game faces on…hope we’re still friends after the game 😉

My two best friends Carlo and Pete and their sons…

Many individuals that have ambitious goals such as ours, will write a set of New Year’s Resolutions…

Unlike most individuals, I will not be thinking about or even writing down my resolutions…

Rather, I’ll be continuing to create a purposeful set of routines to ensure our success this year.

Why don’t I create ‘New Year Resolutions’ as I used to in years past?

Because most individuals create their resolutions in a reactive rather than proactive mode and their resolutions are simply a reflection of what they’re reacting to at the time.

In other words, they’re reacting to what’s top-of-mind…

So, can you guess what the 3 most common resolutions – or top-of-mind items – are for most people in 2019?

They are the same 3 most common resolutions for 2018 and probably the same 3 things that most individuals write down every year…

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Save money

If you think about these 3 things, what’s most top-of-mind this time of year for most individuals?

I ate too much over Thanksgiving and the holiday season therefore I need to lose weight…

I gained weight over the holidays and now that I think of it, I didn’t really exercise as much as I should have this year so therefore, I’m going to join a gym…

I spent too much money at the holidays therefore I need to save money…

That’s why the gyms are full of newbies in January and February and by March the numbers of people going to the gym are back to the norm.

And by March, likely the initial weight that the individual had lost is stalled and the early enthusiasm they had for beginning their nutrition program has quickly turned to disillusion.

Also, by March, they’ve also likely returned to their usual spending habits.

Why do resolutions not work for 95% of well-meaning and well-intentioned individuals?

Because willpower fades quickly so the initial enthusiastic triumph over one’s willpower gives in to all the demands and stresses of everyday life – family, work, finances, etc. – and therefore the individual falls ‘off the wagon’ so to speak.

However, the much bigger and underlying reason that most individuals don’t remain consistent with their New Year’s resolutions is that they never created a powerful routine to support their resolutions.

Here’s what I mean…

If you look at any area of your life where you are successful, you’ve created a routine for it.

Even if you haven’t consciously thought about it, you created an unconscious routine to enable your success.

Take exercise for example because as a health and fitness professional, you have a consistent routine for making sure you get your workouts in.

You likely:

  • Determined when there’s a break in your schedule to get your workout in or you get up early or stay after your last client to get it in.
  • You keep your workout clothes with you at all times eliminating that as a potential excuse for not exercising.
  • You have a short routine you may do when something unexpected comes up in your day that keeps from doing your usual, longer routine.
  • If unexpected things come up during your day and you happen to miss a day of exercise, you don’t get frustrated or quit altogether, rather, you simply get back to your program the next day.

That’s because you have a routine to ensure that you get your workouts in and when needed, you have an alternative plan to make sure they get accomplished.

Now, think about most individuals…and even some of your clients that struggle with chronic tightness, discomfort, weight or other health issues…

  • They don’t have a plan to exercise every day so when something comes up, their workout is the thing they tend to skip…
  • They don’t keep an extra set of workout clothes in their car or office so when they forget their clothes, then they will skip their exercise for that day…
  • They don’t have an alternate or shorter workout program so if a meeting runs late and cuts into their workout time, they simply skip it…
  • When life gets in the way and they miss a day or two of exercise, they get frustrated and then they give up…

This happened because they made resolutions and not a powerful routine to ensure their success.

Remember this:

Success doesn’t happen by chance. It happens by the routines (series of habits) you create to develop and support your success.

Virtually, every single thing you’ve been successful at has been created by a purposeful routine (set of habits) to ensure your success.

Therefore, if your goal is to make 2019 your best year ever so that you:

  • Help more of your current clients achieve their health and fitness goals
  • Attract more of your ideal clients that want and need your expertise
  • Achieve more financial success so you can take more time off, save more for your retirement or kids college education, take the needed vacation, donate to your favorite charity

Then spend the first week or two (or more) of this year creating and where needed, revising a purposeful daily routine.

Don’t leave your success up to resolutions or randomness. Instead, create a purposeful routine.

With the right routine or set of habits, you can truly attract anything you want into your life and business and accomplish your 2019 goals.

I’ll be on Facebook Live for the first IMI of the year tomorrow at 12:00pm CST discussing the 3 things you can do to make 2019 your best year ever. See you there…

And if you’re not on Facebook no worries. All videos are uploaded onto our website ( and YouTube channel (Fitness Education Seminars).

P.S. FREE for you as a loyal subscriber to IMI…

Download this simple and easy-to-use 2019 Action Plan – it’s similar to the one I use myself.

Don’t underestimate the value of this one-page Action Plan

Make it a great week!

And here’s to you creating your best year ever…now, go make it happen!

We are committed to helping you make 2019 your best year ever!