By the way, in a few days we’re releasing a women’s only program with a full year’s worth of training, complete dietary guides, and a whole section on mindset and motivation. Update: HOTBOD is live.
Today we’re talking about Mindset and about Motivation.
Your mindset is crucial to obtaining your desired outcome, whether it be a tighter waistline, more muscle, and strength, or to fit into your favorite dress. Motivation is necessary to ensuring you actually keep up the process. But staying excited about your goals can be tricky, though. It’s impossible to be motivated all the time, and as a result, action should most always precede motivation.
So instead of trying to be motivated all the time by external goals, and what you think you should be doing, what if you just committed to a process? This process is a series of daily actions you must take, and if you do, you’ll reach your desired outcome.
The only problem is we can’t always put an exact timestamp on when that outcome will arrive. So instead of becoming obsessed with that end goal and what you dream it to be, you’re much better served by getting so obsessed with the process that you’ve no time or energy left to think much about the outcome.
What does this look like?
When you’ve embarked on a new training program, it’s sticking with the plan all the way until the end, or when it’s time to make a change as determined by your program, or your coach.
When you’ve decided to make a change to your diet with a specific outcome in mind (ie: lowering your body fat, fitting into a certain clothing item, getting healthy), you follow through on a daily basis by planning your meals, tracking your intake and being accountable to yourself.
When you’re trying to reduce stress, it’s sticking to ritualized bedtimes, and habits associated with respected rest and wake times.
All of these motions contribute to the outcome you want, but they’re process-oriented because you have to actively work on these things on a daily basis. And if you soon get obsessed with the daily tasks, you’ll start to realize it’s pretty freeing, and kind of fun not worrying about the outcome so much.
And before you know it, you’ll have achieved your outcome, even if it took 30 weeks as opposed to your initial 12 week estimate.
This is what process-oriented goals look like, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
In my upcoming fitness program, HOT BOD: Your Guide To Getting Strong And Sexy, I dedicate an entire section to Mindset and Motivation where I teach you the importance of accepting and working your own process and progressing at a pace that makes sense for you.
We cover topics such as:
- Habits — what they are, practical application, and how to build new habits that suit your fitness goals
- Mindfulness — how it’s applied to training, nutrition, decision-making, and a quick exercise in mindfulness meditation
- Individuality — how to make your goals your own, and not compare yourself to the progress of others’
- Personal Objectivity — how to assess your progress properly, and how to apply the proper course-corrections
- Progress — how to track it the right way, and how to stay motivated during the lull periods (they will come)
Ideas of the mind are rarely talked about with most other fitness programs. In a few days, I’ll be releasing a women’s only program with a full year’s worth of training, complete dietary guides, and a whole section on mindset and motivation.
Update: HOTBOD is live.