6 STEPS to resetting your goals for continued success
In an industry that is inherently driven by results we find ourselves constantly judging ourselves based on getting from A to B in the shortest possible time frame. Those magical before and after photos you see in magazines or on someone’s facebook page usually accompanied with start and end date. Impressive results are not uncommon these days and it can no doubt be attributed to a lot of hard work duringring that period of time. But what happens when we reach the he finishing line? Do you take a deep breath and orderr yourself a giant pizza to celebrate only to find yourself in the e following weeks slipping back to where you began, if not worse! I often see this happen to those that compete in fitness and bodybuilding events. They go so strict and ballistic in their preparation leading up to an event but once it’s over they blow out up to 10-20kgs above their competition weight within weeks of the competition. I liken it to running a race. You have your eyes clearly set t on the finishing line andd you work by our but off to get over the line in the absolute best shape you can possible achieve but once you hit the mark all the passion, drive and inspiration goes out the window. For some, not all I think the motivation to reach the finish line is the smell of a hot pizza or a bumper box of KFC! When your desire to eat overrules your desire to succeed it’s time to reevaluate the reasons why you are doing what you do. Every time you achieve success through reaching a new level of physical and psychological achievement you have to keep your hands on the reigns. Don’t drop the ball. You can never climb the ladder of success if you make it to the third rung and then slip back to the bottom rung. Once you reach that third rung you need to step up (excuse the pun) to the fourth and fifth rung so you can continue to climb to greater personal achievements. By slipping back you put a giant dent in confidence. You know you should be sticking with your plan deep down inside but yyou just let thing slip. This is one of the worst things you can do. It damages you both physically and mentally. I want to share with you a few tips on how to stay focused and continually reset your finish line. This way you can really start to climb to nnew levels of achievement that you never thought possible.
1. RESET YOYOUR FINISH LINE
This is the title of this article and the first point is one of the most important of them all. Once yoyou have reached your current goal at han make sure you re-establish a new goal and set your finish line a little higher. Make sure you do this straight away. DDon’t let it slip because it’s so easy to fall into a lazy zone and slip backwards really fast. For example if you have trained and diet hard for your first competition once it’s oover allow yourself a few days to chill out but make sure you set your next show on your calendar.
2. EVALUATE YOUR LAST ACHIEVEMENT
No matter wwhere you placed in a competition it’s still an achievemenachievement.nt. Placings are placings, they will change ffrom competition to competition depending on various things. Your condition, the judges, who you are up against on the day and so forth. The ONLY aspect you have control oveover and the only one you should be concerned about is your physical condition. So one of the best ways to
condition is to review photos and videos from the event and get feedback from credible people in the industry. Be brutally honest with yourself. Be critical because this will make you a better athlete in the long run. If you kid yourself that you were iin shape when you weren’t the only person you are kidding is yourself. Make notes on where you need to improve so you can establish a plan of attack for your next competition.
3. DON’T RELY ON FRIENDS FOR FEEDBACK
Your friends always have your back so whwhat’s going to happen when you ask them their opinion on how you look physically? ThThey are going to say you look amazing. Even if you look terrible they will not want to tell youyou. When it comes to genuine feedback you are best to approach someone you don’t have a close friendship with. If you competed in a show ask one or two of the judges for their opinion. Just keep in mind a judge sees hundreds of competitors over the course of an event. They may have to revert back to you once tthey have reviewed the competition photos to give you more solid feedback.
4. TAKE REGULAR PROGRESS PHOTOS
Two of my all time favourite sayings are, a picture is worth a thousand words and photos don’t lie! Taking regular progress photos is invaluable when it comes to tracking your transformation. If you are training for a competition or any event my adviced is to take photos at least every 2 weeks. Take them with the same background, same lighting and same attire so the variables are always the same. If you are a personal trainer that is competing or preparing a client for a competition taking progress photos is an absolute necessity. Images like this can be used in marketing your service as a trainer. Face the facts this industry is driven by visual imagery, especially with the rise of the social media trends like facebook and instagram.
5. CREATE A WORKOUT PLAN THATHAT FITS YOUR LIFE
You can nevnever achieve success if yyou over commit with a plan that does not fit your current lifestyle. Take all things into account including your work, family and other
commitments. Remember achieving a great body has to be something that can be maintained over a period of time. Not a fly by night 8 week effort that sacrifices your job, family and friends around you! Yes it’s a lifestyle but it’s not a lifestyle if it destroys the majority of your life in the process. Put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and write down the best times to fit your workouts and cardio sessions into your day. In most cases everyone has enough time to commit at least 30-40 minutes per day for exercise. In fact most people spend 3-4 hours a night watching mind-numbing junk on TV.
6. EAT TO LIVE - DON’T LIVE TO EAT!
I love reading about crazy diets in the media, including some so called fitness publications. So much confusion, so many diet-gurus it’s no wonder many folk struggle to get in shape. I am not going to go off on a rant I will leave that for an entirely new article. Let’s focus on what you can do or what you shouldn’t do when it comes to nutrition. Number one; do not become pre-occupied with food. Don’t stress if you can’t eat every 3 hours on the dot, you will not fade away nor will your metabolism crash and slow down to a snail’s pace. If your schedule only permits four meals a day so be it. I have prepared and won shows eating a mere four meals per day! Get the idea out of your head that you are dieting because this thought depicts suffering and deprivation. The more you think about what you can’t have the more you will want it. You shouldn’t get to the point where you are hanging out until your next meal! This is just a sure fire way to set yourself up for failure. This is food-preoccupation! It is bordering on OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder) and your obsession is food. Of course you have to be aware of what you’re eating and have a plan but don’t let it control your life.
THE FINAL EQUATION
Whether you goal is to enter your first fitness or bodybuilding competition or just get into the best shape of your life for a wedding or beach holiday the same rules apply. You have to continually reset the finish line. Once you reach your goal ensure you don’t fall into the comfort zone and drift backwards. It is so easy to do but it’s easy not to do, the choice is yours. Hopefully the tips I have presented above will help you stay on track and ensure your journey is continually full of success and not a short term climb followed by a crash and burn. This is a great lifestyle but it has to be one that can be maintained to truly reveal the essence of its greatness.
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