The following are my three personal tips on how I manage to remain focused, disciplined and on track. Many people ask me "how" I do it. I am just like any one else and some days need more convincing than others to get moving. But with a vision and a plan all things are possible!
1) Find a sense of comfort in the uncomfortable. You cannot be afraid to work hard.
If you want to be successful, you have to STOP looking for the easy way out. Do NOT surrender yourself to find a short cut. There is no magic pill or instant fat loss fix. You will not miraculously drop 30 lbs in a month, or somehow shape your flat butt into a beautiful round set of glutes in a week. One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned over my last 10years of training myself is that nothing happens overnight. You have to be willing to dedicate time to work hard, day in and day out with passionate consistency for weeks, months, even years to get to where you want to be. Hard goals require a hard focus.
2) Accept personal responsibility. Don’t point fingers, do not pass blame, and don’t expect others to step in and assume responsibility for you. Be a self starter.
By quoting Arnold Schwarzenegger he said that “the mind is the limit, that as long as the mind can envision something, it can be done.” Physical strength is directly correlated to mental strength. You cannot build a strong body if your mentality is weak. The two mirror one another. And ANYONE who is successful knows that personal responsibility is the foundation of a strong and efficient mind. Personal responsibility builds mental strength. Know that NO ONE is responsible for your life other than you.You have the power to choose- whether to eat well, or eat junk, whether to skip the gym or whether to hit your training hard. Blaming others for your problems, for your lack of willpower, of self control, or lack of dedication is nothing more than weakness, and you cannot be strong in the gym if you’re weak between the ears.
3) Find what works for you, and do it. Don’t worry about whether it’s the right way, or the wrong way, or even the best way. Find YOUR OWN WAY.
The fitness industry is full of trends, and full of enticing information about the latest miracle exercise or the newest weight loss fix. And I’m sure we ALL know that one person who seems to always be on whatever the latest and greatest diet or training plan is. Despite all their efforts and their constant search for the next miracle fitness fix, they never seem to ACTUALLY improve how they look. That’s because they’re more concerned with being up on the latest trend than they are actually formulating a plan that works for them. You have to find what works for you, and do that. It doesn’t matter if the latest trend is to eat 3x a time and do intermittent fasting, if those methods don’t work for you and don’t fit your lifestyle or goals, then don’t use them! So many people are constantly swept up in re-evaluating their own approach based off of what is working or not working for others rather than focusing on doing what works for you
The bottom line is that you HAVE to be strong minded, consistent, independent, and unafraid to get a little obsessive with your goals. The word “obsessive” has such a negative connotation to it. And yet one of the synonyms for obsession is PASSION. And passion means intense desire, fervor, zeal. Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it because it means that much to you. Passion is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition materialized through action..