Goal Setting, Motivation, and Mental Fortitude With anything in life, success is a matter of effort. Physical fitness is no exception. One must have the motivation to begin and the mental fortitude to continue. Once the motivation is in place, a person must set goals and a plan to reach these goals. Various strategies may be used simultaneously to achieve a goal or set of goals. For example, if a person wishes to drop fat, improve cardiovascular performance, and build muscle, he or she must have a strategy for each. While overlap will occur, each goal is different and therefore must have a different strategy.
Mental fortitude comes into play when things get rough or the process is not going as planned. When a person is achieving his or her goals with ease, the process is easy to follow. However, when the fat loss slows, aches and pains set in, or other negatives begin to occur, this tests a person's staying power. To succeed, a person must be able to stay the course. It can be hard, but the payoff is worth it.
There is no one way to approach or teach mental and physical toughness. One must learn. Part of the determination will come naturally, but some will come simply by pushing through. The more a person pushes through, the easier it becomes to push through next time.
Clearly, this is not all-inclusive of the steps to take to be successful in physical fitness, let alone life, but these are key concepts and ideas that a person must embrace to achieve his or her goals. This includes you.
Giving Up Giving up means you no longer care about your goals—or at least you don't care enough. Giving up can take many forms; you might give up completely, start missing workouts, start slacking in workouts, or exhibit some other type of behavior synonymous with giving up. Much like the more a person pushes through, the easier it becomes to push through next time, the more a person gives up on a workout, the easier it becomes to give up next time.
Every time you decide to shortcut yourself, you are hurting your results. If you have a nutritional plan, follow it. If you have an exercise plan, follow it. If you shortcut, slack off, or give up, you're only hurting yourself.
Now, we are not zealots here at Nathan DeMetz Personal Training. Things come up and we understand this. If you get sick and miss a workout, fine. If something comes up in your personal life and you have to miss a workout, fine. However, when thinking about skipping a workout, ask yourself if you can fit it in and just don't want to. If you just don't want to, then you need to have the mental fortitude to push through and just do it.
The same idea applies to nutritional strategies. If you have a strategy, stick to it. Of course, you can have fatty foods, sweets, alcohol, or other "bad" things, but you must consume them in moderation. The majority of the time you should stick to sound nutrition in order to hit goals.
Again, this is not all-inclusive of the steps to take in order to be successful in physical fitness, let alone life, but these are key concepts and ideas that a person must embrace in order to achieve his or her goals. This includes you.