Ever since I first started training and coaching clients several years ago, I always believed that if I could somehow impress upon them the same mindset that I use to stay ‘on the bandwagon’ then ultimately the eating, the training and everything else in between would naturally fall into place and they would see sustainable and long-lasting results.
What I have found to this day is that everyone generates momentum and therefore consistency with their health and fitness goals in slightly different ways.
So I’ve decided to share with you my thought processes and to a degree the ‘techniques’ that I use on a daily basis to remain consistent with the lifestyle that I have chosen.
1. I plan the things that are important to me – Just as you might plan and holiday in advance because you don’t want to get stuck somewhere without an airplane ticket, I plan ahead so that I know exactly when I’m training, what I’m training and how long that should take me. With regards to nutrition and eating, I identify at the start of the week which meals are going to be difficult for me to either make or sit down to eat and I MAKE time to do what needs to happen. Quite often lunch is a tricky one for me so it’s one of the main meals that I prepare on a Sunday.
2. I fucking crush negative thoughts – No one is free from negative, self-destructive thoughts. But everyone has the choice to either overcome them or let them overcome you. I always refer to a very simple and logical truth and that is I probably have less than 60 years left on the Earth to do what means most to me, so do I really have time to let negative thoughts and obstacles slow that down? Obviously the answer is hell…fucking…no. Negative thoughts often manifest themselves when we react to some sort of stimulus or cue. Often times it can be fearful anticipation of something to come i.e starting back at exercise after some time off and thinking you’re going to die in the first session, or simply a fear of the amount of effort required on your part to prep a few healthy meals when you are tired and get back from work. Either way, what is most ridiculous about fearful anticipation is that it hasn’t even happened yet and you have already made a choice to let it cripple you.
3. I welcome change and unavoidable routine-breakers – Inevitably, as much as stick to tip #1, things just don’t go to plan and because my goals are very important to me I make a conscious decision to overcome change and either move with it fluidly or I choose a more productive and efficient path that aligns with my goals. People naturally reject change and it’s because it upsets their routine (whether it be healthy or unhealthy). That’s why starting to eat healthy feels a bit uncomfortable for some people because you are literally attempting to break apart old habits, things that your brain has done automatically for so long that even it probably *sighs* when it has to develop new ones. But ultimately I believe in going into a problem solving ‘mode’. I immediately try to identify what the obstacle is, how to overcome it and most importantly, I take ACTION on it.
It’s these very simple and very basic tips that has gotten me to where I am today. I wasn’t born with this engrained within me, on the contrary I was quite the procrastinator. I always used to put the hard stuff last and hope they would somehow miraculously disappear or sort themselves out. If there is one thing I’ve learned about consistency with anything of importance, it’s that you can’t be afraid to ‘bite the bullet’ and do what you KNOW you need to do.
How long do you think you have left here? Stop wasting your time. Get it done!
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