Easy or Hard: How Do You Want to Do This?
A quote by Hall of Fame college basketball coach Bobby Knight provided us with an easy way to understand how and why certain people achieve success, and others don't.
"The key is not the will to win... everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important."
At some level, and in some part of their life, everyone wants to be "successful." But how does one truly achieve that success?
That's a question you'll often hear when it comes to physical fitness and training. While each of answer might be slightly different, there's a common denominator to all of them: it comes down to your mindset and your motivation.
In other words, as Knight said: it comes down to your "will to prepare to win."
Let's learn how to develop that will so that you can Become Unstoppable.
If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It
The most common excuse you'll hear from people who want to improve their physical fitness is "I just don't have the time." To them, the idea of being able to carve out up to an hour to exercise seems complicated, when you consider the average professional, familial, and personal responsibilities we all have daily.
What separates the people who talk about the goals they want to accomplish, versus the people who accomplish their goal, is their level of commitment. In other words, talking about wanting to do something is useless without making it a priority, and creating a vision and plan for how you're going to accomplish your goal.
A lot of people harness their initial level of motivation to begin a fitness regimen. That's why you see such a big spike in new memberships in January at your local studio.
However, those people who achieve their goals are the ones who are also able to sustain that motivation. It takes a minimum of 21 days before you start to turn a practice into a habit. That's why you'll also begin to see a significant dropoff in the number of people at your studio by the third or fourth week of the new year.
As famous motivational speaker Anthony Robbins once said, "It's not the things you engage in once in a while that shapes your life; It's the things you do consistently." Instead of being the person who "dabbles" in working toward a goal, be the person who commits to a goal, develops a plan to achieve that goal, and moves mountains to ensure they stick to that plan.
Find Your "Why"
It's only natural for all of us to have a moment of weakness. We wonder whether all the work we're putting in is worth it and whether it's ok to quit. After all, even if you meet 70% of your goal, that's better than nothing, right?
Some positive change is always better than nothing. However, the most effective way to ensure you stay motivated through the peaks and valleys of training is to make sure you have a clear picture of what you're trying to achieve, and "why" you're trying to achieve it.
Generally speaking, people have the same goals when it comes to training: they want to lose weight, get stronger, improve their overall level of physical fitness, and feel better in general. Those are all very tangible and "logical" goals.
As human beings, we're generally more influenced and motivated by emotions than facts. So, making sure you focus on why you want to achieve a goal can be much more powerful than focusing on what goal you're trying to achieve.
For example: instead of fixating on a particular bodyweight you're trying to get down to, imagine how good you'll feel about yourself when you reach that number. Or, instead of focusing on dropping a certain number of dress sizes, think about how good you'll feel when you see yourself in the mirror wearing clothes that you haven't been able to fit into in a long time.
These intrinsic rewards of achieving your fitness goals can be far more satisfying than any other external reward you might set for yourself. Some people might try to incentivize themselves by thinking of a lavish meal they'll enjoy after they hit their goal, or buying new clothes that'll fit their new physique. Those same people often end up realizing that the feeling of accomplishment they'll enjoy thanks to seeing the outcome of all the work that they put in, is immeasurably more gratifying than the feeling of a great meal or stylish clothing.
If Nothing Else, Do It For Your Health
If goals like losing weight and looking better seem superficial to you, then reframe your training goals more toward improving your current and long-term health. Few things can be more motivating than being healthy enough to ensure you can spend quality time with your family, friends, and loved ones.
Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many health problems, including coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and depression. You may be able to reduce the chance that you suffer from any of these conditions as you increase the intensity, duration, and frequency of your training.
Even if you're not worried about those particular maladies, exercise has the byproduct of making you feel better in general through the release of endorphins. It's proven that exercise can improve your general mood and improve your self-confidence.
We Make It Easier For You To Train Harder
While it's important for you to come up with a plan that ensures you can make time for your training, the last thing you should be doing is expending all your energy worrying about how you're going to reach your fitness goal.
One of our core principles here at Gloveworx is that we want to make it as easy -- and as motivating -- as possible for you to come in, train as hard as possible, and enjoy the outcome of all the hard work you put in.
When you step into Gloveworx, our goal is to prove you with a state-of-the-art fitness studio that's particularly focused on providing you with a personalized training experience. Our coaches ensure that, as part of our close-knit tribe of contenders, you get the individual level of attention and motivation you need to keep you on your physical fitness journey.
All you need to do is come in and see for yourself!