“The mind is primary. The mind drags the body – struggling behind it – rarely the opposite. When spirit increases, improved physical performance is a consequence. As performance improves, spirit soars, confidence evolves and character develops.”
As with most things in life, how successful you are will depend on how you visualise it in your mind. This will subsequently drive your actions and how you approach it. When it comes to working out, for every person having the time of their lives laughing (and sweating) their way through Zumba with friends, there’s a miserable individual grumbling his/her way through a regularly scheduled outdoor run.
The following is a strategy you can employ to help reframe how you view your exercise sessions. The original thoughts are from a blog post Mark’s Daily Apple.
In today’s world we judge (and track) our activity in terms of allocation rather than immersion – “this” amount of hours, sweat, pounds, steps, calories, etc. We view it in terms of points to earn rather than enjoyment to be had or actualisation to be fostered in a day.
As humans we’re wired for physical and creative play throughout our full lifetime. Throughout the ages we have played and competed. As kids we were constantly moving, racing down the street, setting little challenges for ourselves, and fighting adversaries (or older siblings).
Clearly, it’s important to move, and devoting an hour or so a day to some form of training confers many benefits. However, what if we thought less about “fitting in” our day’s movement and started identifying our lives with it?
It would mean viewing movement not as logistical chore but as a means of physical actualisation. How have you actualised your physical self today? It would mean shifting our thinking and living to revolve around our natural need and instinct for movement. Have you lived a natural life today?
So what does this mean for us? When we surrender the workout mentality the activity itself becomes a value. That shift then invites us to mold the rest of life around that value. In this way training can become part of us, just as movement has been for thousands of years.
Alongside a shift in mindset the following tips may help keep you focused:
1 – What You Do Right Now Is the Most Important Thing in the World
Every single action you take toward your ultimate health and fitness goal is important, but unless you make each step the most important thing in the world, you’ll never get the results you’re capable of getting. Adopt the mindset that while you do it, this training session is the most important thing in the world. However, once it’s done, it’s done. If you don’t perform as well as you want, it doesn’t matter anymore. If you did do well, it doesn’t matter either. The next workout is now the most important thing in the world. Keep focused and moving forward.
2 – Look for Effectiveness, Not Perfection
A training strategy doesn’t need to be optimal in order to be effective. An optimal strategy, without desire and determination, can be just as ineffective as a terrible strategy. Although perfect is great, you don’t always need the perfect strategy if your head and heart are in the right place.
3 – Let Yourself Be Motivated by Others
When you see people who are fitter or who have better physiques than yours, admire them. Use what they’ve accomplished as a source of inspiration. Don’t assume they have done anything extraordinary to get that body, were blessed with perfect genes, or are using drugs. Even though their physiques may be far beyond what you currently believe is possible for you, use them as motivation.
4 – Associate with People at Your Level or Higher
Spend your time with people who are at least as determined, optimistic, and driven as you are to reach their definition of success. This can be friends or online communities like the Facebook TNE Coaching Group.
5 – Keep Moving Forward
If you are in a slump or struggling just remember that it will pass. We all have a bad 5 minutes! Remember that it is all part of a process and that your moving average is what counts. Not every day can be your best.
6 – If You Think It, You Must Do It
Make the commitment to stop questioning that part of you that knows who you are and what you are capable of doing. Step up and trust your instincts. When you know you really should do at least eight reps during your next set, don’t rationalise and decide that less than eight reps is acceptable. Like your muscles, this mindset will get stronger the more you use it.
7 – Potential Is Meaningless Until Actualised
Don’t waste your time asking anyone what your “potential” is to build a great physique or reach a certain level of fitness. In life, you either do it or you don’t. You don’t need anyone else’s approval or validation to go for what you want.
8 – Measure from Start to Finish
The most successful person creates the largest gap between where they started and where they are now. The person who starts with few advantages but works hard to produce remarkable result is far more successful than the person who is extremely gifted and only ends up with good results. Stop comparing your current situation to other people who appear to be more advanced, and start focusing on crossing the longest distance you can!
This course has been designed to help you kickstart your journey to becoming strong, fit and active. Use it in the way that best suits you and your lifestyle. If you can’t do a workout on a certain day then change it to another day. If some exercises are too hard right now then choose an easier variation. Make the course work for you and do not be afraid to adapt it when and as needed. Remember the first 10 weeks are there as the start of your journey, once completed you will have access to the full Unlimited Library with many training sessions to pick from.
If you put the work in I can guarantee you will get great results from this course. Combine it with one of our lifestyle course (Limitless 30/30 or HERO) and you will be well on your way to achieving a great state of all round health.
Now start your journey to building a solid base of all round fitness!!!