1. Start with the right mindset
      In fitness, as in life, form follows function.  The right function begins with the right mindset.  Are you using the right compass? In other words, are you defining fitness in the right way?  It is tragically short-sighted to sacrifice long term health and wellness in order to have a 6 pack.  May an honest and well-rounded concept of fitness be your North Star.

 

    1. Write down your “why”
      Similar to #1, your “why” is what will not only drive you, but drive you in the right direction.  Writing your “why” down has a profound effect on a person’s psyche – we see it is a launch pad, a commitment made.  By writing your “why” down you will cement this reasoning into your mind to draw upon when you inevitably reach obstacles.

 

    1. Display a reminder
      Display a reminder of your goal somewhere that you will see it every day.  It is easy to get sucked along with the momentum of everyday life and lose sight of our underlying aspirations and dreams.  By displaying your goal, you will have a daily reminder of the goal you have set before you and why you have set this goal.

 

    1. Make smaller goals
      Goal setting is not a simple task.  Making appropriate smaller, intermediate goals takes a bit of wisdom and maturity.  For example, someone new to fitness may not know what an appropriate 4-week weight loss goal should be.  Is it realistic to lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks? Setting appropriate intermediate goals is important for long term success.  Do your homework, and set achievable intermediate goals.  Never forget to celebrate these smaller achievements.

 

    1. Don’t seek high motivation
      Motivation comes and goes.  High motivation is awesome – it makes doing the work seamless, but maintaining high motivation is impossible.  When motivation wanes, the goal remains.  You need something more resilient than motivation in order to get the work done week in and week out for indefinite periods of time. Seek the correct orientation (ie your “why”).  With the proper orientation you will have the mental tools to complete the work on days where motivation is low.

 

    1. If you are tired, rest don’t quit
      Everyone gets tired.  Everyone questions why they are doing something.   Achievement does not come without obstacles and difficulty.  If you become tired, learn to simply take break.  A break can actually do you good in the long term as long as you see it as a break and not as quitting.  Quitting is something that can become a habit.  You can begin to expect quitting from yourself and to regard yourself as a quitter makes future endeavors difficult to convince yourself you are capable of. This is a corrosive mentality that can build momentum in your life such that it becomes very difficult to reverse.When you get tired, decide you will take a break and revisit the goal after some period of time.  Never decide in a fatigued state that you are giving up on the goal.

 

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