Anybody who’s been going to the gym for any length of time will tell you that sometimes the biggest battle is not with the weights, but with one’s own mind.
Even those of us who enjoy the blood, sweat and tears of the weight room occasionally struggle with motivation. Let’s face it, there are a lot of distractions — things to do, people to see, delicious foods to eat.
Oh, and did I mention delicious food to eat?
Given all this, how do you stay motivated to work out? Quite simply, you don’t.
Yes, you read that right — you don’t. Look, we’re not trying to be flippant here, but motivation waxes and wanes. Think about it: How many times have you been determined to work out and had something come up? You suddenly got tired, the weather turned nasty, your mood turned nasty — whatever.
No, the key is not staying motivated, but staying determined.
What’s the difference, you ask? R&B superstar Usher explains it well: “Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you’re on the journey. But you’ve got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.”
With that in mind, here are three ways you can stay dedicated and meet all your fitness and/or dietary goals:
1. Come Up With a Plan of Action
Perhaps the best way to stay dedicated and achieve your goals is to develop a plan of action. As the French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, aviator and — just a hunch — singer/songwriter Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
By coming up with a fitness/meal plan (a good place to
start is the soon-to-be-released Bang® Anti-Diet™ book), you give yourself a path to
success. I mean, imagine if Dorothy had no Yellow Brick Road to follow, where
would she be today? If you answered “under a bridge, eating moldy bread and
sun-wilted cheese,” you’re right… kind of morbid, but right.
So, try to plan your workouts and your meals, at least loosely.
2. Set Specific Goals
The key word here is “specific.” A vague goal too often leads to a vague plan of action (see above). So, do as the great bodybuilding champion and movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested and set very precise goals.
“Without that vision and without that goal, you’re drifting around and you never end up anywhere. People aren’t successful by accident… You need a specific goal,” the Austrian Oak said.
As part of this, Schwarzenegger suggests creating a timetable for when you want to achieve certain things.
“For me, the most important thing is always to have a deadline,” the seven-time Mr. Olympia said. A deadline creates a “sense of urgency,” Schwarzenegger explained.
This sense of urgency will not only help you reach your goals, it will keep you dedicated as well.
3. Push It
As the noted philosophers Salt and Peppa once observed, sometimes you need to “push it, push it real good” to achieve your goals.
Hey, you’re at the gym — get off your phone, quit talking
to the cute girl or guy at the squat rack and work! You’ve heard the expression
“no pain, no gain?” Well, fatigued fingertips from texting don’t count!
One of the quickest ways to lose motivation and dedication is by exercising only your jaws at the gym, thereby short-circuiting your plans and goals and not achieving the “gainz” (always with a “z,” my friends, always with a “z”) you otherwise might have.
So, there you have it — three ways you can stay dedicated to your fitness and dietary goals and begin living the rich, full life you deserve.
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