mindsetWhen you enter into the world of fitness, fat-loss, muscle building, or whatever your goal is; you need to be mentally prepared. There is more to getting results than just finding the right diet and exercise program. To really get long-term results you have a strong mindset before even starting, or else your first setback will leave you destroyed and defeated.

A successful person must have a healthy mix of desire, determination, patience, and willingness if they want to transform their body. So lets look at the components of having the right mindset.

1. Have Strong Desire
This is the most important one; because anything that you want in life begins with desire. Be sure that you are very clear about what it is you want to achieve. The more clear you are, the better your chances of obtaining it. Write it down, find a picture that motivates you… and then ask yourself why. Focus on building a few strong reasons behind the question “Why?”

2. Build Conviction
This is a defining trait of the most successful athletes in the world. The real super star athletes are mainly in two categories. One group has very strong religious beliefs and believes in a higher power. (That’s the group I would be in) The other group is ego-centric and believes in themselves so much that they believe they already are the superstar. Point being is both groups have such a strong conviction, that it will carry them through.

An example of the first group might be:
All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
So no matter what happens, it was meant to happen! (You can see how having conviction in this belief will carry someone through a trial.)

Focus on being open to building conviction in beliefs that support your fitness goals.

3. Be Committed
Keeping commitment strong is vital to your fitness success. Here is a little tip that I learned from Jerry Seinfeld of all people! He didn’t use this for fitness but it does apply. Take a calendar, (The type where you can see all months on one page) mark an “X” for each day you follow through. What this creates is a “chain link,” and has a very powerful psychological aspect to it. By not wanting to break the chain link, this can hold us accountable. Try it!

4. Be Flexible
The world is not going to revolve around your fitness efforts, so you must be ready to adapt when things don’t happen exactly as planned.

Ultimately you have the ability to make this next year your best by starting today. When you get in the proper mindset, your perspective of “today” changes. When this occurs, things happen naturally without much effort. It all starts in your mind, and is why its important to have the correct mindset.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” -S. Covey

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