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Motivation isn’t the bridge that gets you to your goals. Ask anyone that’s been successful in anything what’s helped them achieve what they have. The answer is never going to include motivation. Successful people know they can’t rely on motivation to get them where they want to be. They understand it’s fleeting and unreliable. So what is it that we need then?
First, discipline…but this will only benefit you if you have a plan! What we really need to be successful is a plan. We spend so much time hoping, wishing and dreaming and not enough time taking action and doing. And taking action is hard when there isn’t a plan to follow though.
We all have goals, we all want things for ourselves. Most of us often think about these goals and how great it would be to achieve them. And that’s the problem…we’re spending too much time focusing on the outcome rather than the action.
I like to compare it to sports. Think of any type of sport where you have to keep score. Each team / player has a goal to score the most points in order to win, right? Well, winning doesn’t happen by staring at the scoreboard. Winning is achieved by taking action and adhering to planned strategies.
Same thing goes for your fitness and nutrition goals. You’re not going to get there by thinking about them all day, hoping that you make the right choices when it comes time to eat & crossing your fingers you’ll have the motivation to workout later. No no no no no. You need a plan!! You need to make specific decisions for yourself ahead of time. This takes the hoping and wishing out of the equation and replaces them with acting and doing.
So what does this look like? Well, it’s pretty simple.
1. Consider your goal.
2. Now write down the habits/actions you need to achieve that goal.
3. Take a look at your week & schedule a time and place for those habits / actions to take place. Like actually block off the time in your schedule. You can even do this for just the day ahead, allowing you to focus on winning each day at a time.
For some of you this may look like meal prepping on Sunday OR simply taking 10 min each night to plan out WHAT you’re going to eat the next day. If you choose the latter, you have to be specific! This could also be signing up for classes at your gym, scheduling sessions with a trainer or texting your friend to meet you at the gym at certain days/times.
You HAVE to have a plan. You need to know exactly when and where your habits are going to take place. This way it’s part of your schedule, the thinking is done you just need to follow through. The more you do this the more it just becomes a part of your everyday life. When it becomes part of your life is when you succeed.
Stop looking at the scoreboard. Make a plan and take action.
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