Everyone who sets foot in a gym has a goal in their mind of what they want to achieve. Unfortunately, despite the good intentions and desires, some of those goals never get reached.
There are a number of factors that play a role in whether we attain our goals or not, including: lifestyle, exercise programming, nutrition, commitment and - what I think is most important -ATTITUDE!
I’ve put together six things to think about regarding your ATTITUDE, that can help YOU achieve YOUR goals.
1. Take responsibility
It doesn’t matter if your goal is to run a half marathon or lose 5kg, it’s your goal and you must be the one in the driver’s seat. Ultimately you are the only one who has the power to achieve or fail. Many people will seek professional advice from nutritionists and personal trainers, but remember as much as these professionals love seeing you succeed, they cannot do it for you. You have to take their advice and the tools they give you and bust your own ass! Take responsibility, it’s your goal.
2. Be honest with yourself
If your goal is more than just a random thought that popped into your head, you have to be honest in your desire to achieve it. Make sure what you are doing is in-line with what you want to achieve and don’t take shortcuts. If you want to run a half marathon, then going for a 30-minute walk, 3 days a week as your training is not going to cut it. Why don’t you run 2-3 times a week, gradually increasing your distance and continue your 3 x 30-minute walks as part of being an active, healthy human being. Ask yourself the question, am I honestly working as hard as I can?
3. Need it, don't want it
This is a Recreate favourite, if you need something then you’re a lot more likely to get it than if you just want it. Needing to reach your goals will mean you’re willing to make sacrifices and change lifestyle habits. A need also leads us into desperation, which means you’re more likely to stay after your PT session to do extras, or to get up and go to the gym even though you’re tired. When your need to achieve a goal is on the same par as your need to breathe, then you’re on the right track! ‘
4. Understand you’re not entitled to anything
We’re going to contradict what your mother said: ‘you’re not special’. Your excuses are not misfortune. No one is ‘lucky’, some people just want it more than others. Goals don’t achieve themselves and you’re not going to look like a fitness model just because you stopped eating your favourite cake or joined a gym. No one cares that you had a busy 10 hours at work, because so did a lot of other people. Get up, get out and get rid of the excuses!
5. Don’t be a quitter
To be blunt, quitters suck! Let’s be very clear, there is nothing wrong with failing. Failure and loss will teach you more about yourself than winning ever will. But if you fail, get up and try again. If you don’t lose your 10kg in 6 months, tough luck - but stopping won’t get you there either! Be persistent as that will get you to the end, and being consistent will keep you there!
6. Be proud and wear a smile.
Whenever you set out to achieve a goal, be proud of what you’re doing. Try and enjoy the process of getting to your goal as these are the memories that will last. Remember that you are lucky enough to be in the situation to pursue your goals, as a lot of people aren’t. So wear a smile and go out and be the best you that you can be!
- Nik #noexcuses