When I was building Awesome Supplements I had to overcome a few mental barriers.
Likewise, the biggest barrier to succeeding in your endeavours to achieve optimal health and fitness is you.
Does that sound harsh? It’s true. If you harbour any resistance to change, any amount of self-doubt or any fear, stress or anxiety then your levels of motivation will definitely falter.
In the first instance, before any action can take place you need to be really honest with yourself about your intentions and expectations.
To do this I would suggest you write down your ‘end goal’ – this is the one thing you want above all else and is the primary reason for you to be embarking on this journey. For example, if you are overweight and want to lose, say, 30 lb of fat this is your ‘end-goal’. However, is this REALLY your true goal?
See, the weight loss isn’t your reason, it’s a measurable target, but the real reason might be something more intrinsic. Perhaps your father and grandfather both died early through diabetes complications (morbid but common) and deep down you don’t want to be next in-line for an early funeral. Or it might be something lighter like having the self-confidence to wear a bikini on the beach next year.
So, explore these concepts, make a list and spend some time deeply contemplating your true ‘why’ then visualise yourself having just achieved that goal and experience all the positive emotions associated with your success.
Once you have done this and you are clear on what your end-goal is and WHY, you then need to work out what it’s going to take to get there and a rough timescale.
For healthy fat loss a target of 1lb per week is realistic. This means that if your target is 30 lbs of fat then you are looking at a minimum of 30 weeks or 7 ½ months. Is that longer than you expected? This is where it’s necessary to have realistic expectations and if you go into this believing that you can drop 30 lbs of body fat in a month then you are sadly deluded.
Likewise, if you desire to look like a fitness model, the kind we see on all those fat shaming memes posted online, then you have to be completely clear on the exact level of work that is required to get there and you will not put in that work and make the necessary sacrifices if deep down it doesn’t resonate with your life-purpose.
For example, if you are aiming for a specific sporting goal and you know that drinking a bottle of wine each night will likely lead to failure in that pursuit then you won’t have the whole bottle.
However, if you think you want to have a bikini model body but it is based on perceived expectations rather than deeply personal desires the wine will win every time.
But, so long as you are honest with yourself and have got in-touch with all those positive feelings then clarity on this makes it much easier to make the changes needed.
Basically, if you follow the above advice and are in touch with your inner hopes, desires and have realistic expectations then you will never struggle for motivation. Here’s a longer article I wrote a while ago.