You want to get into better shape right? Join the club…most people are actively working toward an elusive fitness goal.
So what separates those who end up achieving their goals from the rest of the masses who are trapped in a fruitless struggle?
Winston Churchill hit the nail on the head when he said, “Never, never, never, never give up.”
The bottom line is that it is possible to achieve any fitness goal when you lock on to it and strive towards it every day. Unfortunately distractions are everywhere, making it easy to fall off track RIGHT!?
I’m in the middle of my own reconstruction right now, so it’ll help you to hear it from someone that’s in the same boat as you are right now…
This brings us to the classic Henry Ford quote, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
So, what does that mean? Simple: In order to stay on course it is vital that you keep your eyes on the goal.
Here’s a few things that I’ve taken note of recently in my journal…
Only One At A Time
When you’re feeling motivated, and decide to set a goal, it’s tempting to become over-ambitious by setting multiple goals. I did this early in the year and completely overshot what I truly wanted. It started out by the realization that I was far from my best fitness level and bodyfat percentage. I just wasn’t taking care of myself anymore. My sleep was all fucked up, stress levels through the roof, and mind you- this was all while I was still working out 4-5 times per week. But, guess what? No one could tell anymore. Add to that I decided to start training for my first triathlon. I mean, how stupid was THAT? My body wasn’t ready for running, biking OR swimming. I almost don’t want to laugh when I think about it now.
While it’s great that you want to improve many things about yourself, the pressure of trying to achieve more than one goal at once will cause you to drop all the goals and go back to status quo- which is what I did! Unfortunately, it set me back for MONTHS before I got back on track. Don’t make the same mistake.
Focus in on the one goal that you really want to achieve first (get my nutrition back in order/start losing weight again), and focus all of your efforts onto this goal with laser-like force. There will be plenty of time in the future to see to your other goals, but for now see your number one goal all the way through to completion.
Another pitfall that often results in dropped goals is the act of starting out too fast and too strong. If your goal in fitness is to drop 6 pant sizes and to exercise 5 times a week, do not (I repeat, DO NOT) go out and hit the gym hard for the next 5 days in a row. You’ll be so sore that I guarantee you’ll stop all progress the following week and your goal will be put back on a shelf.
Take a deep breath and remember that this isn’t a race. This is your life, and it’s you against yourself. Start out slow and steady and gradually build as you progress toward your goal. Don’t allow self-induced fatigue to get in your way.
In the first month of getting my nutrition back in order I just focused on the proper food and making sure I was working out 3-4 times per week. That’s it.
Know Your Reasons Why
Why is your goal so important to you? There are probably many reasons, and you should know every single one of them. Write down each and every possible reason you can come up with as to why your goal needs to be met.
Don’t just think about them either. And, by all means don’t write them down in your damn phone. (Put it away for a dang second of your day!)
Go “old school” pencil and paper and post the list up on your refrigerator! SEE THEM all the time! There’s something really special about putting pen to paper and seeing the words you yourself write, believe me!
Intimately get to know the ‘reasons why’ this goal is so important to you. You should have them memorized and should recite them every single day. Remember what Ford said – when you take your eyes off your goal you’ll see loads and loads of obstacles. Keep your eyes locked onto that goal by filling your mind with all of the ‘reasons why’ you’re going to see this thing through.
Think About It
Along with thinking about your reasons for accomplishing your goal, it’s also helpful to focus your mind on how you’ll feel once you’ve done it. Dedicate some time each day to picture your new post-goal life.
How awesome are you going to feel when you’ve accomplished this goal that’s been on your mind for so long? Pretty amazing. Fill your mind with that feeling of accomplishment well before you’ve finished the work. The more you feel connected to the end of the race, the more likely it is that you’ll make it through.
Put It All On The Line
It’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Invest in something that will help propel you toward your goal. When you shell out some of your hard earned money to aide in your progress, then you are going to take this process that much more seriously.
Even I enlisted the help of a nutrition coach to help me see through my own bullshit and keep me accountable. Sorry if the words offend you but this is serious business folks and it time to be real with yourself just as I had to be.
Redirect your finances to create a lifestyle that will ensure that you get things done this time. I’m gonna tell you from personal experience, no matter what the cost is, when you’ve dropped 15, 25, or even 50 pounds, no matter what you paid- IT WAS WORTH IT. It’s true.
I’ve made sure our programs are affordable, so that we could reach more people and it’s paid off, so make sure that you look us up if you’re in the Chandler area…
It’s time to seriously commit yourself to seeing this goal to completion. If your goal is to lose weight and to get into amazing shape then invest in one of my previously mentioned proven fitness programs.
My clients see results. I get results. We ALWAYS achieve our goals.
It’s time that you become one of my clients.
Call or email today and together we will get you to your goal. Until then, hope you enjoyed this and have a great day!