Then an unexpected appointment comes up, and you miss the next workout. From there you continue to waver off until finally you haven’t been to the gym in 3 weeks.
Does this sound like you???
(Raises hand quietly…)
It’s incredibly easy to get motivated to hit your new goal…only to crash and burn a few days later like a sugary energy drink. I put together plenty of motivational tips below, but before you dive into those you MUST understand what it really takes to hit your goals.
Unlike most fitness gurus out there, I’m not here to lie to you and tell you “this is gonna be easy” or “just take these pills and you won’t need to workout”. I don’t have a magic bullet to sell to you (and neither does anyone else). Real results don’t come from miracle diets, infomercial ab machines or shady weight loss pills. They come from three basic things…
- A good nutrition program that is followed correctly (NO CHEATING!)
- A good training program that emphasizes intensity
- A relentless effort and dedication to your goal
I know that’s not “sexy” or what you probably want to hear, but it’s the TRUTH.
As my buddy Mark Rippetoe says, “There are no shortcuts. The fact that a shortcut is important to you, means that you’re a pussy”. That might be a bit vulgar for some of you, but it’s the truth. Too many people these days are looking for a quick fix for everything. Whether it’s weight loss, or making more money or finding a mate in life. Anything of significant value takes hard work and patience to achieve.
By being a “doer” instead of an excuse maker, you’re one of the few who actually is taking control of your life and paving your own path. There’s an air of confidence that comes along with taking charge of your life instead of just being along for the ride.
What it boils down to is life is too short to settle for mediocrity. Do you really want to go through the rest of your life wondering if you could have done better? Do you really want to just put it on cruise control and coast to the finish line? You have an obligation to be YOUR BEST SELF. Do it for yourself, or for your wife, or for your kids, or for whoever means something to you in your life. Stop making bullshit excuses and commit to 31 days of being your best self.
Now I know a lot of you are probably still afraid. “What if this is really hard” or “what if I mess up and look like an idiot at the gym” might be running through your head. If getting in shape didn’t take hard work, everyone would have a nice set of abs at the pool this summer. It’s actually a good thing that it’s hard. This way all the slackers and excuse makers get weeded out, and the only people left at the end are the ones who TRULY want it.
Deep down, you have to REALLY want to hit your goals. If you’re out with your friends and they coax you into slamming 6 beers with them and eating McDonald’s afterward, then you really need to reexamine your willpower. We’re talking about 31 days here… You can do almost anything for 31 days. Seriously you could prolly stand on one leg for the better part of 31 days.
It’s time to commit to being your best self…
Now that you understand that, here are some strategies that will help you hit your goal…
- Picture yourself as the person you want to be – When it comes down to it you have to see yourself as the person you want to be at the end of the challenge. Whether that’s stronger, skinnier or more muscular…we have to see ourselves as that person. You’re prolly thinking “Vic this sounds like some new age mumbo jumbo”. It’s not. If you always think of yourself as being fat, you’re going to “snap back” to being a fat person no matter how much you workout. You’ll find some way to mess it up and fail because at your core you think you are fat. And if you think you’re fat, everything you do in life will be in relation to that. See yourself as the person you want to be at the end of the 31 days…
- Action item: Take 10 minutes each day and picture yourself how you want to look and FEEL at the end of the challenge. Think about it in the present tense though. As if you have already achieved your goal. Think about all the feelings that will go along with reaching your goal such as smiling more, being more confident or even fitting into your old jeans. Do this for 10 minutes each day and TRULY feel what its like to be the person you want to be.
- Compete only with yourself – If you are trying to get rid of lower belly fat and you lose 6 lbs in 31 days, DO NOT be discouraged if someone else loses 9 lbs. If you are pushing yourself and giving it your all for 31 days, you have nothing to be ashamed of. NOTHING. Listen, you’re part of the 5% of people in the world who actually care enough about their health to partake in this challenge. You’re taking control of your own life, and that’s something not very many people can say they do…
- Set a SPECIFIC goal for the challenge and write it down – Vague goals mean nothing to the human brain. We are geared to strive for specific things that we want to achieve. If you want to increase your deadlift by 15 lbs, then make that your goal. If you want to lose 8 lbs, fit into your old jeans and be comfortable taking your shirt off this summer then make that your goal. Whatever it is, make sure it is specific amd WRITE IT DOWN.
- Action Item – Get out a notecard or piece of paper and write down your exact goal for the 31 day challenge. Tape it up in your room or at your desk at work. Wherever will motivate you the most.
Take action today on these. Our challenge starts on Friday, May 1st. I will post all of the workouts and nutritional info on Friday. I am sorry if I don’t respond to all of your comments right now, I am busting my ass to put all of this together before Friday!
I’m really looking forward to this, and can’t wait til we start. See ya Friday!
P.S. – I will send all updates for the challenge via the newsletter. If you’re not on it yet, just put in your name and email below and you will receive Shredded For Summer updates!