Many feel that finding pleasure in working out and achieving success in your fitness goals are two separate things that do coincide – just not as often as most of us would like. The former usually requires less adherence and goal-setting while the latter needs commitment, motivation and drive. However, just because they’re not one and the same doesn’t mean that two have to be mutually exclusive.
In order for success to be realised, Gandhi once preached, “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”
Embracing this mantra will allow you to notice just how closely confidence and success are intertwined. To that effect, here are some motivational titbits that can be used to help you find success in your fitness goals and enjoy it at the same time.
1. Be selective with your training partners
It's important to surround yourself with a group that supports your growth to greatness. They might not all be like-minded individuals; opposites do attract after all. The important thing is that they help to hold you accountable for both your successes and failures. Be sure to share your goals with your training partner(s) and tell them how you plan on achieving them; they'll be your source of motivation when things start to get tough.
2. Be an objective and constant pursuer of new factual information about yourself
Sometimes, our ego gets in the way of training and we refuse to budge even when mistakes are obviously being made. It takes a lot of effort to be critical of oneself and even more to be honest with what needs to be done. Even the very best of the professionals seek help from other veterans of the same field. Staying hungry us not just about chasing greater achievements but should also be a reflection of the attitude you adopt towards learning. There is always something new waiting to be discovered and applied to your training; it’s all up to you to make it work.
3. Never lose sight of why you started
You have to believe that you goal is always achievable no matter how much or how little success you are having at the moment. Have faith that the work you put in today is what makes the dreams of tomorrow a reality. By all means: write your goals and outline the steps that need to be taken in order to get where you want to go. When you can physically “see” what needs to be done, adhering to it becomes that much easier.
4. Embrace the naysayers
There will always be people who doubt your ability to be successful. Some may even go out of their way to sabotage your efforts. The only voice that you need to be listening to is yourself. Don't get distracted or too affected by what other people have to say about what you are doing. If their advice is genuinely helpful, absorb it. If not, you’re better off discarding it. But remember: what you need to hear may not always be what you want to hear, so be sure to keep that distinction in mind.
5. Trust in the process
As cliché as this might sound, success is a journey. It's easy to bail when things aren't going your way, but if you do so you’ll never get to experience vindication. Every initial attempt at running starts with its fair share of falls. Yes, there are some people who do manage to taste success without having to endure setbacks, but these are rare exceptions. Don’t feel discouraged if you find that out that you’re not one of them; very few are.
Success in fitness requires a harmonious marriage of both the body and the mind. As you’d expect, this will take a significant amount of time and effort to achieve, and there will be some trial-and-error involved. Ups and downs aside, it is actually a fairly straightforward process. Keep your head down, put in the work, and be patient – you’ll get there soon enough!