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The Mental Side To Fitness Goals

Let's paint a picture.....


There is a cute girl or boy sitting across the room from you


Extremely attractive, and you want to ask them for their number


The only thing stopping you is the feeling of embarrassment if he or she rejects you


Or the feeling of nervousness, because of how attractive they are


However, the actual act of asking for their number is simple and easy.


So, you decide to think positive thoughts only and hope for the best, and somehow that helped you get up and ask for it.


Fitness goals are the same way.


The biggest barrier you face, will always be your mind.


The act of getting in good shape is fairly simple, not easy, but simple.


But, the negative thoughts tend to always take us over.


For example,


Let's say you know you are supposed to workout


However, you decide to cancel


A reason why you might've justifyed canceling that workout


Could be because you don't genuinely think that workout could get you any closer to your goal


Because if you had constant belief that EVERY TIME you hit the gym, EVERY REP, EVERY SET, you were creating a proper stimulus for your butt or your arms to grow


You wouldn't skip your workouts


This whole idea is known as "self-sabatoging" your fitness goals


And if you do this, you are not alone


Several of us struggle with this, I personally have struggled with it a lot as well


How do you win the battle?


Accept the negativity for what it is, but don't let it dictate your actions


There will be multiple times when you are pursuing your fitness goal, where you will look in the mirror and think nothing is happening


There may be times where other people tell you they don't notice a difference


There will be multiple times where you will compare yourself to someone else, and wonder why aren't I there yet?


These thoughts are absolutely normal, and they WILL continue to happen


You can't stop it, but you can't let it stop you either


Flood your brain with overwhelming positivity


If your clothes fit differently, remind yourself


If you've dropped a pound this month, remind yourself


If your booty looks bigger in pictures, remind yourself


If you have more energy throughout the day, remind yourself


KEEP THE POSITIVE THOUGHTS FLOWING!


I promise, that is probably the toughest battle you will face, and the worst part is others can't help you with it, you have to help yourself


Once you've mastered that, everything else becomes drastically easier


Next, is the importance of your social circle


You've probably heard the quote "If you hang around 5 confident people, you will be the 6th" and then the second half of it "If you hang around 5 idiots, you will be the 6th"


In terms of fitness goals, your friends matter.


Whether you like it or not, you are not "self-made", or whatever you want to call it

All of us are influenced by the people around us, what we read online, and what we watch online


So, use it to your advantage


If you want to get in better shape, you are probably best suited to become friends with those who are already in good shape


Why?


Because, they carry a lot of the habits that you still need to find consistency within


And, they know how to find balance between life and fitness


This will benefit you greatly


So much so, they did a study on it in 2016


The study at the Robert Woodson foundation found "heavier people with more interactions with thinner people lost increasingly more weight on average than those who only interacted with heavy individuals"


And obviously I'm not telling you to just go drop your friends who have bad habits and pick up new ones


I'm just saying, having people with similar goals, makes the journey that much easier!


Lastly, the last mental trait that separates you from your fitness goal is your RESILIENCE.


Truly, if you don't give up


Eventually, you will have to reach your goal


Inversely, if you do give up you will never reach your goal


I like to think of the story of Tom Brady here


Tom Brady was drafted as the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft


If you can't tell, that means 198 people were drafted to play before him


So, clearly nobody was anticipating that he would be any good


Athletics and performance wise, he didn't look so great


Tom Brady could've easily settled as a back up quarterback and made some money to support his family


And, that's what everybody expected from him


Nobody get's drafted that late and makes an impact on the NFL


But, he had other plans, he was going to prove all of us wrong, regardless of how bad he performed previously


He went on to become a starting quarterback, and lead his Patriots team to 6 Super Bowl wins.


And in-between that run, he lost many of them.


Not once did he think about quitting, instead he was always aiming to get another championship.


And now, he joined another team and one his 7th.


Point being, he was resilient since the day he stepped into the league.


You must be the same.


Be resilient, don't accept "no" for an answer, don't give up on your goals


Eventually, you will have no choice but to make it


In conclusion, here is the game plan


- Think positive thoughts and don't let the negative ones dictate your actions

- Make friends who share similar interests and goals

- Be resilient, learn not to give up on yourself


Hope this article helps, as always feel free to reach out with questions, or try out my FREE 14 day fitness challenge! :)



References

Andersson, M., & Christakis, N. (2016, May 26). Desire for weight loss, weight‐related social contact, and body mass outcomes. Retrieved February 19, 2021, from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/oby.21512





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