How many circles have you been around in your life trying to get fit and healthy?
How many programs, DVD’s and magazines have let you down?
10, 20, hundreds?!
The media, especially the internet with all it’s videos, has messed with your head.
Humans used to be quite sensible.
Then we started getting ahead of ourselves.
See life, success, fitness, business it’s all down to how to get from A to B.
But here’s what happens with fitness….
Athletes know what B is.
They want to win their next fight.
They want to improve their 10km time by 10%.
BUT…they are NOT very good at knowing their Point A is in the gym.
They may excel at their sport, but they are like a 4 year old on their first bike when it comes to weight lifting, have all sorts of movement issues and generally need to downgrade their expectations of where ‘A’ lies right now if we’re going to successfully establish the steps to get to B.
I’m guessing you’re probably in the ‘Joe Public’ category.
You DEFINITELY know you’re ‘A’.
You know you feel like shit.
You know you’re tired all the time and have no energy.
If anything, you probably think you’re more useless than you really are!
But you don’t have a clue about what B really is.
Any effort at goal setting is based on language and stories fed to you by other people’s lives either at work or in the media.
YOU GET ANGRY!!!!!
YOU GET ON THE INTERNET AND WATCH SOME FITNESS MODELS PRANCING AROUND IN THONGS!!!
YOU WATCH BAYWATCH (OR IS THAT JUST ME?)
YOU WATCH RE-RUNS OF EPIC BATTLES OVER ADVERSITY!!!!
YOU GET MOTIVATED!!!
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE YOUR POINT ‘B’
Except you don’t.
You have a Point Z.
You’re NOT going to run 20 miles next week.
You’re not going to have 9% body fat by the end of the month.
You can’t suddenly train 15 hours a week for your IronMan.
All you are doing is setting up an epic fail.
And every epic fail does even more to convince you that it’s just not meant to be.
Let’s hold Point Z as a vision but downgrade what Point B is going to be.
– Focus on successfully getting your trainers on three times this week and running for 45 minutes. If you need to stop so you don’t die, stop, then carry on.
– Focus on doing 4 gym sessions without talking to one person or sending a text.
– Get yourself a coach and show up to every session for 4 weeks
– STOP doing some stuff so you take the brakes off and can get to ‘B’ faster.
Once you’re there, give yourself a pat on the back for getting to B, don’t berate yourself for not getting to Z yet, especially if you’re doing it just because someone else has.
Now at Point B, decide what Point C is.
– Extend your runs to an hour
– Turn one into a more intense interval session
– Get a specific gym program to follow and nail every set.
– Work with your coach to progress further instead of just churning the cheese at the same speed.
– Cut out more stuff that drags you down so you can get to the next level.
This is the secret to success.
Not BIG SCARY GOALS.
Well not just yet.
Have the big goal, but FOCUS on the little steps.
Doing one pull up extra by next week might feel crappy to you.
But imagine if you did one extra every week for a year.
That’s 53 pull ups!
You might only be able to deadlift 20kg right now but the models are doing 150kg.
Well what if you added 2 x 1.25kg plates every week for a year.
That’s an extra 130kg and your 150kg deadlift. If it takes you two years so what?
You’re lifting more than most people!
The bigger the river you try to jump over, the more effort it takes and the more chance there is you’ll back out at the last second.
Because it took more effort, it’s even more annoying when you fail.
Jump over some streams and learn to love playing in the puddles for a bit.
Then move on.
The only Z’s you should be worried about day-to-day are the ones that help you get to B then C then D.
Get some sleep then go again.