So, what’s it going to take? Consistency. The sum of small efforts repeated day after day.
For fitness-related goals, consistent efforts need to be present both in and out of the gym. This means that you need to train yourself to push all excuses aside.
Shut off the inner voice in your brain that tells you all the things that you should be doing instead of working out.
Learn how to say no to the junk food at the grocery store and the extra piece of desert at the restaurant.
How bad do you want to reach your goals? Bad enough to develop the discipline it takes? If you don’t know where or how to start in the process of acquiring consistency, stick to these important steps:
- Gather Motivation
Write down your goals. Read them to yourself often, especially when the motivation starts to fade away. Look at photos or watch videos of those who inspire you when you begin to lose sight of what got you started.
2. Get Moving
This is where you need to train your brain and implement the “whatever it takes” attitude, even if it means you are just rolling through the motions at times. Take advantage of the motivated honeymoon phase, and use it to your greatest advantage to instill positive habits. Develop the consistency right away, and do not hesitate to start your journey. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to start.
Remember: motivation does not last forever, so get moving as soon as possible! Once the motivation and inspiration fades, you will want to have your consistent habits already in place, so much that they become second nature. Discouragement, setbacks, and life’s interruptions will mean nothing to you if you have already developed consistency.
3. Challenge Yourself
When you start to struggle with reaching your goals, regardless of the origin of the struggle, you need to challenge yourself, both physically and mentally. Understand that the loss of motivation after a period of time is normal, but it doesn’t have to displace you from your journey. By recognizing that consistent efforts are necessary, no matter what your state of excitement is, you will build the foundations of long-term habit.
Challenge yourself mentally by asking how you are going to feel if you skip the gym today or how it will feel to lose track with your nutrition by buying junk food at the grocery store. By putting it into that kind of perspective, you bring emotion into the picture. Train yourself to realize that every little effort you make that adds to your end goal deserves an inner reward.
You can also mentally challenge yourself by picturing your life in five years. Imagine the good, or bad, choices that you are about to make and what kind of impact they will have on you. If the choices will add to your health and happiness, do them, but if they are only going to take you further from your goals, then you probably want to reconsider.
While you may think of your goals as so far away that it will take you months to achieve them, remind yourself that great habits are formed daily. It is the result of small daily efforts that will create consistency, which is the only way that you will achieve and maintain long-term results. Stop listening to the voice in your head that is telling you it’s going to be too hard or take too long. Don’t wait any longer to take control of your life and get started towards feeling good about yourself. Gather all the motivation that you need, get moving today, and challenge yourself, especially when the going gets tough.
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