STAYING FOCUSSED ON YOUR GOALS
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So heres the thing. Im doing it even now as I write this blog. Its called distractions. This post isn’t specifically about fitness but can be applied to your training as much as it can to most other aspects of life. I’ve noted many times that good habits formed in the gym create a whole host of positive and transferable skills for the ‘real world’.
For me personally, I don’t have a problem with committing to my body, improving my movements patterns, building applicable strength and allocating the time to progressing my performance. Since focusing on me I’ve attained a level of patience that I never knew I had, I’ve learnt to analyse movements and apply them into real life strength, and I’ve understood how to break down difficult skills into attainable stages in order that I am able to pass on my knowledge and skills to others.
There is however a “but”. The “but” is that all these skills I have sometimes get lost along the way of building my business and the less stimulating tasks of my day get pushed to one side time and time again. Finding ways of powering through when theres so many other lights flashing in the background is not easy. Heres a few tips on how to stay focused and and on track. Note- these skills can be applied both in the gym with your fitness program, and out in the real world.
- Constantly remind yourself of how far you have come and how good that achievement feels. Especially when those tired and lazy moments try and strike its important to keep in mind how easy it is to keep on track and also how easy (and destructive) is to fall off.
- With the positive mindset of tip #1 actually set aside an appropriate amount of time to work towards your goal. For example, you could say to yourself ‘I’m not going to do *fun thing X* until Ive completed this task.” OR My phone/computer/TV/social arrangements only get attention once I’ve done everything on my important list today.
- Break down large tasks. See the individual stages as separate tasks. Tackle them one at a time until all have been complete. With exercise and movement in mind this could be breaking down each part of a movement and then putting back together the perfected motions once each part is accurate.
- Sleep and Nutrition - Getting plenty of quality sleep at the right times and balanced nutrition is key to staying alert and energised. Keeping point #2 in mind, learn to say no to things that get in the way of good sleep patterns and healthy eating habits.
- ASK FOR HELP - take the support of a professional to analyse your downfalls and teach you new tools and techniques to lift you out of your rut and push you on to new achievements. Theres no shame in admitting you can’t do everything alone, and even a small financial investment in training can reap huge savings elsewhere.
So before you click on another link or continue scrolling down Facebook, ask yourselves these questions -
- Have I eaten well yet today, and have I planned my next few meals (including meal times, buying the necessary goods, and preparing in advance what ever will save time later on)?
- Have I moved enough today? Did I stand, walk, lift, stretch like i need to in order to keep my body efficient? (if not get up, go for a walk, put the gym in your schedule)
- What am I going to achieve before the day is out in order to remind myself of the sense of satisfaction that helps maintain a positive attitude and a drive to succeed?
And on that note and until the next time, Good Luck!