At some point or other, we’ll all seek external solutions to achieving our fitness goals, my training programmes being one of them. They have been developed using my knowledge gleaned from over a decade of experience so that you can use it to truly achieve your desired physique.
That said, I’ll tell you from the outset, these body transformation programmes alone are not enough. You need to understand and believe that the key to your progress and ultimate success, lies within yourself.
The most powerful tool you have is sitting right between your ears. Yes, I’m talking about your mind and your mindset. For your transformation to reach its full potential, you have to quash all doubt, believe in yourself and know that what you realistically expect to achieve is in fact, possible.
For this to happen you must:
When you’re in a positive frame of mind, it’s a simple fact that you’re more productive, you feel great, your motivation is high and life feels good. In order to begin to establish this positive way of life, you need to alter, or re-frame, your thought process and patterns.
Here’s the truth… You control your own thoughts. Your circumstances may not be ideal, or where you wanted or expected to be, your shape/physique may not look how you want it to when you look in that mirror, but this is life. We all have highs and lows, some people have more lows than others, but you can help yourself. If you constantly saturate your mind with negative thoughts, then chemically you in avertedly change your brain process and therefore your physical state. If you think bad things will happen, chances are they will.
If you ever find yourself feeling negative, try these two simple things:
Tell yourself that you are happy
No matter what, tell yourself that everything is ok and that nothing can dampen your mood. Think positively, and if you drift back to negative thoughts, snap out of it and revert back to a positive one. You control your emotions and how you will react to people or events. Your emotions DO NOT control you.
Forget the past and focus on the future!
We can’t go back in time. So why dwell on the past? Why should we allow something that’s already happened and is therefore, irreversible, to affect our current situation and state of mind? What’s done is done. Look ahead and move forward.
Picture your future physique, focus on what you want to improve on, learn from your mistakes and make sure you don’t make the same ones again. Visualise happiness, smile and accomplish what you want to achieve. Believe in yourself and you’ll be surprised at what you can do.
More about negativity:
We can all too easily be influenced by the words of others. Too often, we allow the opinions of our peers to sway our goals.
Take this for example: a new client, an overweight man or woman, enters and joins the gym for the first time in their life and opts to be coached to make the healthy changes they desire so much. They train, and they train hard. They’re a great client and commit maximum effort to the session.
They then leave the gym feeling light-hearted and good about themselves. Once home, they tell their significant other, friend, or family member, that they’re set on their way to a healthier life and are immediately met with negative resistance:
“You’ll never stick to that routine”
“How can you make it to the gym three times a week?”
“That diet is impossible to stick to”
This negativity crushes their good feelings and saps their positive intentions, so they’re now less likely to continue on towards their goals. The upbeat feelings that were induced by the introduction of positive lifestyle changes were replaced with negativity and doubts about their ability to succeed.
So why are we so easily influenced? Does the dissent of others really matter when it comes to your own good health? Remember, these are your goals, NOT theirs. Don’t react to negativity, stay strong and be positive!
It isn’t easy to remain positive when negativity surrounds you, so remember, it’s you that ultimately has control of the situation. Negativity can’t bring you down unless you allow it to. So opt for the ‘positive path’ and make room for those positives to become a new, healthier, better-shaped, you.
We’re all products of our environment, so surround yourself with people who can help and benefit you. Cut loose those who hold you back or have a negative impact on your success. Take charge of your life and start making the right decisions for you and you alone. Allowing a negative environment to exist only results in a constant battle to stop it from consuming you. Take control; the next 12 weeks are yours to own and from here on in, your life can change for the better, for good.
Your mindset during training
Take what I’ve said above and apply this when you step into the gym. You need to learn to approach each and every workout, every set and rep with an enthusiastic and positive attitude. Believe that all your sessions are going to be productive. Learn to enjoy the pain and embrace the pump, as they will bring you closer to your goals. It won’t be easy, so don’t expect it to be – if getting into shape was easy, then we’d all be walking around like Adonises.
You need to focus when you’re in the gym. Switch off from work; concentrate on what you’re doing and why you’re there. Hold your head up high, make the gym your temple and a place where problems don’t exist. Remember why you’re there and what you’ve set out to achieve, and remember that this is the one place where failure can be a good thing.
Don’t get distracted by others and what they’re doing, stick to the plan and own your workouts. Afterwards, you can pat yourself on the back, and remember; there are many more workouts to come. Not all of your sessions may feel like a success, but never dwell on this. Every step, however small, is a step forward, so stand tall, learn lessons and move on, never sulk!
Have faith in your abilities. You must believe that you’re capable of obtaining your goals and with that belief; your confidence will continually grow.
If you think you can’t, then you won’t. If you think you can, then YOU WILL!!
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