Throughout my career, I have helped countless men and women lose weight and reach their ultimate health and fitness goals. In almost every instance, the most challenging part of reaching their pinnacle and achieving success is not all of the physical work each client endured, but the mental battles each person confronted throughout their journey. The one constant in each person and their program who successfully reached their goal was that they kept a positive state of mind throughout their journey; viewing any obstacle as a challenge rather than a problem.
Exercise is not easy. While we all wish for the weight loss magic pill, unfortunately, there is no such thing...
There is no doubt, however, with the proper training program a person will achieve their goals in time. This means a lot of sweat and hard work and a little bit of soreness is inevitable while following a weight loss plan. I’ve had many clients train so hard and push themselves to the limit that a few of them may have even lost their lunch during a session (It should be noted that I do not wish to push a client past their limitations in a manner that can be detrimental to their health). And even then, the most challenging aspect of their weight loss program is the mental battle of staying consistent and committed to their program over time.
The only way to succeed throughout this journey, in my opinion, is to keep a positive state of mind. There WILL be days where you are sore and tired and want to skip your training session. There WILL be days when you want to stray from your nutrition plan. There WILL be days you don’t want to get out of bed because you’re so tired. And that’s when your positive mindset must take over. If you succumb to the doubt and temptation of taking the easy way out, you will ultimately fail. I like to remind my clients the next time they think about straying from their program to remember what my high school football coach used to tell me, “Don’t sacrifice what you want most, for what you want right now.” That little reminder will help keep them focused on the big picture and thinking positively about their situation instead of listening to the negative feelings that might be creeping into their head.
Henry Ford once said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Meaning, it’s all about perspective and your state of mind. You can either look at each challenge in a negative light that will stop you from going where you want to go, or you can look at it positively as another objective for you to overcome on your way to reaching your ultimate destination.
Coach Chris has been helping elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts reach their goals for over the last ten years...read more