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Weymouth personal trainer | How is YOUR mindset?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

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Mastering your mindset
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The importance of your state of mind cannot be underestimated when it comes to getting in shape, or staying out of shape, and I’m going to give you just some of my thoughts on just what is necessary in order to succeed in not only your fat loss and fitness goals, but also all of what I’ll say will relate to life in general.
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Very simply, if your goal is ‘to lose weight’, but what you really want is to look hot, you’re not going to get the body you want. If your goal is one which is specific in nature, and clearly defined, such as ‘I want to lose a clothes size by my friends wedding at the end of February this year’, then you’ve got a MUCH bigger chance of succeeding.
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I think it was Earl `nightingale that first said ‘a true goal is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal’. So, look at your goal, whatever it may be, and decide whether you are progressively taking action on a daily basis in order to achieve that goal. It may be that you have changed your diet, by cutting out all the junk, and eating fresh, and you may also be exercising every day or every other day too. If this is the case, you’re already onto a winner to achieve your goal (so long as you’re doing the right exercise and eating the right foods of course), and probably doing much more than the person who simply wants ‘to lose weight’.
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Regarding realisation, is this goal of yours becoming a reality, or is it remaining a distant dream? Are these steps you’ve taken actually benefiting your mission? In other words, for the above goal, are you doing the right exercise and nutrition programs to get that clothing size dropped?
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When we look at the word worthy, we ask is it actually worth something to you? In other words, will achieving it make you feel good, and are the steps you take to get there worth it in order to achieve your goal? Maybe it’s a case of making ’sacrifices’ like not drinking booze for a while, or getting up half hour earlier to exercise. Maybe it’s a gym membership that costs you financially. Maybe it’s a time thing. So is your goal worth it? How bad do you want to get that clothes size dropped? If you want it bad enough, it IS worth it, and much more too.
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Finally, is it ideal? So is the goal that you’re going for ideal, or is it simply a ‘this’ll do’? If you have 50lbs to lose, but set your goal at losing 10lbs, is that the ideal? It’s massively important to spend some time thinking about your goal, and really depicting exactly what it is that you want. Don’t settle for second best, half way, or even less. Always strive for excellence. The only, or certainly the best way to keep dreams alive, is by keeping them big and bold enough to ensure you keep on pushing for them. In other words, if you are a size 16, but want to be a size 10, don’t settle for a 14. Always push for what you truly want.  If you want to look like a swimwear model, go for it (but remember the goal should be realistic too of course!;-)
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You need to make sure that you’re actually passionate about achieving your goal. So are you doing it because you want to, or are you doing it because you think you have to? Do you trulywant to get in great shape, look and feel better? If the answer is yes, then you’re half way there. Being passionate about achieving what you want it essential to getting it. If I had no passion for competing at Ironman triathlon (2.4mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) there’s no frickin way I’d get anywhere near achieving it. I’d probably give up in training, or not bother eating right. If I did have enough passion to get to the start line, I’d probably bottle it in the swim as soon as I got a kick in the head. Even if I did last the swim, I may well end up pushing my bike up the first hill then give up by the next one. Or even if I did have a little more passion, maybe I’d get halfway through the run. But without being 100% committed, there’s absolutely no way I’d cross that finish line. It’s exactly the same with you and your goal. Whether it’s getting in shape, becoming a millionaire, or running a happy home. Without being passionate about it, and driven to achieve it, you’ll NEVER cross your finish line.
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If the thing you want is worth achieving, you’ll be prepared to ‘do the time’ to achieve it. You’ll be prepared to get up early and workout. You’ll be prepared to eat healthy. You’ll be prepared to get to sleep a little earlier when you can, and you’ll be prepared to succeed.
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So, in closing, decide where your finish line is, and do whatever it takes to get there. If the feeling you get when you cross the line is even 10% of what I feel when I cross the line after 140.6 miles of pain, it’ll be immense, will last a lifetime, and will inspire you to maybe even set a brand new target, which after the success of your last goal, has now become realistic.
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I hope this is of some use to you.
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To your success!
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Andy
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