If you’re like most people, this is the time of year when you make big promises to yourself. “I’ll lose 50 pounds.” Or “I’ll run the Boston Marathon.” Or “I’ll stop drinking diet soda.” Resolving to get fit and stay healthy is one of the best things you can do for yourself. But there will come a time when a little voice in your head will try to tell you your goal is too hard… or that you have something better to do.

Maybe your motivation is already taking a dive. If so, here’s a quick way to get your enthusiasm back. Tell yourself: “I’ll do it anyway.”

No matter what goal you are trying to talk yourself out of, these words can get you back in the game. Say them over and over again. In your head, you’ll hear…

“I do not want to work out today… but I’ll do it anyway.”

”I don’t want to drink water instead of Mountain Dew… but I’ll do it anyway.”

“I don’t want to do another push-up… but I’ll do it anyway.”

“DO IT” are two very powerful words. They trigger an action response rather than just a feeling. Give it a shot.

[Ed. Note: For a jumpstart on your fitness and weight-loss goals, pick up a copy of nutrition and fitness counselor Jon Benson’s book, 7 Minute Muscle. It’s a complete system for dropping fat and building muscle that’s guaranteed to work for you. Try it for 60 days and prove it to yourself.]

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