Do you have fitness goals but find it hard to commit to your workouts?
As you go through your athletic journey, have you been discouraged that you might not ever achieve your ideal health and performance?
Motivation comes from within. You need to be honest with yourself, take full responsibility for your actions, and own your journey. No one, including a coach or trainer, can do it for you.
I recently finished reading “Awake The Giant Within” by Tony Robbins. This book has inspired me to share with you what I learned and relate those lessons to athletic performance.
Here are 10 action steps from Robbins’ book that will take your fitness journey into a new stratosphere.
- Get focused. Fitness goals are often focused around change. These changes come in many forms; decreased body fat, increased strength, or a personal record marathon time. Whatever you desire to achieve, you need to focus on taking the right actions and committing to them fully. Actions, people, actions! Be crystal clear with your decisions and then stick with them. The more you do this, the easier it becomes. When you make a mistake, don’t be discouraged - simply learn from the mistake and refocus yourself. Try to see everything as a learning experience - this will help you maintain your focus.
- Form habits. Creating good habits is key to success in your fitness journey...fully commit to the process of creating new routines and take things one meal at a time, one workout at a time, one night of sleep at a time. Remind yourself of what makes you grateful for your these new habits. Convince yourself that your positive habits are what you need - because they are. Believe this and equate it with your wellbeing. Tell yourself repeatedly that these great habits make you happy.
- Believe the evidence. Look at the results of your actions. For example, do you feel better when you eat healthy? Are you more energized after a great workout? Examine this evidence to breakthrough unhealthy, habitual beliefs. Look to others that live the lifestyle you are creating for yourself to inspire you.
- Words become actions. Your vocabulary shapes your thinking and perception. There are 3,000 words in the English language that describe emotions. Surprisingly, there are twice as many words for negative emotions as positive ones. Is this the reason people tend to experience negative emotions more frequently? It might be part of the reason. Don’t use negative words to overdramatize the reality of your situation. If you did not achieve your intended weight in a set of squats, don’t call yourself a “failure” or a “disgrace” or an “embarrassment.” Use strong words for great workouts and use less intense words for bad workouts. After a great workout, think of it as a “breakthrough” or “game changer” or “best of the best.”
- Ask questions. Tony says that our thoughts are a series of questions and answers. Interesting perspective. Robbins believes that the quality of our questions has an impact on the quality of our lives. This is so very true. When you have a bad workout or race, ask yourself the right questions. Don’t ask, “Why am I such a terrible athlete?” and get discouraged by the answers. Ask “What went well in that performance?” and/or “What can I do to enjoy the process and minimize bad performances from happening again in the future?” Before every workout, ask yourself questions that reinforce your progress, such as, “What’s great about my health?” or “What accomplishments am I proud of?” Empower yourself. This will put you in a more positive mindset which will lead to better performances and results.
- Write it out. Know your goals and put a pen to paper. Before you can achieve big goals, you need to first figure out what they are. Where do you want to go? List your goals in order of priority. Include why you added these goals to your list. Does a lower body fat percentage help you fit into your favorite clothes? Do you feel more alive when you achieve a personal record? Is a consistent workout routine important for your mental health? You might realize that you need to reorder the priority of your goals and/or adjust your goals.
- Standards. A successful workout plan will mean that you set new standards for yourself. These standards should be based on what you can control, not on the actions of another person. They have to be standards you can meet on your own, without the interference (or failure) of someone else. That said, it's essential for loved ones to know what your standards are, because they can help you succeed. Share your new standards with friends and family so you can fly to your final destination as quickly and directly as possible with tons of support.
- Get deep. Master your emotions. This is not easy but it is possible. In order to gain this level of control, you need to first identify your true emotions. How do you feel? Next, reflect on the cause of these emotions. Identifying the cause will make it easier to transform negative emotions into positive ones. Only by identifying the underlying cause of an emotion can you begin to change. The next step is where most people quit: take action to change whatever it is that’s creating your negative emotions. Start today. Meditate. Visualize. Train your mind, not just your body.
- Think big. Leaders tend to look at the big picture. You’ll drive yourself nuts if you don’t. What stresses you out today will most likely not stress you out days, weeks, months, years, or decades down the road. See it for what it is and keep your eyes on the bigger prize.
- Help others. Now that you have learned how to help yourself, contribute to helping other people achieve their goals. You don’t have to be an Olympian to help out another athlete. There’s always someone you can inspire. Make it bigger than you. Recognize that your actions impact other people. Someone driving past you during your run. Someone you see in the parking lot on the way to the gym. Someone watching you eat a healthy meal.
Small decisions have a huge influence on your fitness improvements, other people’s health, and the world.
Don’t hold back any longer. Stop blaming. Stop complaining. Stop making excuses. If you have a workout to complete, be certain that you do it well.
Bust your ass. Work hard and commit to getting things done. I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, but it’s definitely worth it.
Yours in training,