We can all envision ourselves walking down the street looking and feeling great. Or strolling down the beach and noticing others glance over their shoulders to admire your beautifully ripped abs. Feeling so confident, realizing all of your hard work has paid off. You pinch yourself and realize it’s not a dream.
Most fitness enthusiasts would love to have a six pack. Can everyone archive this goal? Yes. We were created for excellence and a six pack is possible! Although some may find it difficult to reach personal goals, anything is achievable if you maintain an optimistic and positive mindset.
Most of us wake up with a positive outlook and extremely motivated, but by the end of the day, we fall victim to the procrastination monster inside us. We tend to enjoy the path of least resistance; justifying our excuses and making up reasons why we can’t go to the gym. Discipline is what helps us reach our goals, even when the motivation disappears. Don’t be a victim to these common excuses: “I would love to workout, but I don’t want to be sore for tomorrow’s barbecue.”, “I will have a cheat day this weekend therefore I will stuff my face with cookies and milk.”, “I love the gym, I just don’t have time to go.”
The interesting thing is that we start to believe these things. When in reality it’s bogus. The secret to success is being in control of your thinking and keeping your discipline at 100%. These 3 tips to staying motivated will help keep you on track when you feel like giving in to your excuses:
Always tell your friends and family about your goals. Telling your acquaintances about your goals is a great way to stay the course. They will keep you in check at your weakest moments and remind you of your dreams. It’s a great way to be held accountable. You will stay on track after vocalizing your competition goals with those closest to you and may even motivate them!
Set goals with your significant other or a friend. It will be much easier to team up with those closest to you; same goals, same mindset. A little competition and a some encouragement from a workout buddy makes a huge difference. Pick someone that you enjoy being with and someone that you know will help you when you feel a bit down on yourself. Friends are incredible at picking us up and making us feel great.
Writing down your aspirations and visions. Get a notepad right this moment, and jot down all of your goals and aspirations. Make a line down the middle, on one side, write your “goals” and the other, your “aspirations.” For example: Goal #1 Lose 10 pounds this month. Aspiration #1 Lose 10 pounds so I can buy a new pair of jeans, etc. Make sure they are detailed and try to make them very personal. Soon you will develop these mental changes that will change your life forever. Also, take note of the times you are at your lowest in energy, pull out your journal and read your goals out loud: I want to compete in June! Might sound kind of weird, but it works. Professional athletes do it everyday. Why not you?
Gearing up for a fitness competition is no easy task. It takes discipline and full commitment. The rewards are priceless and the amount of confidence you will have is worth the journey. Stay focused, stay in the fight and we will see you on on stage… and on the beach sporting your ripped abs.