Changing your body (whether through weight loss, weight gain or muscle bulk) is not only about eating right and working out; one of the most important things is getting in the right frame of mind. You have to commit yourself 100% to achieving your goal and truly believing that you will reach it.
Have you ever made a decision to change something, and the next day something else comes up that makes it even harder to stick to the decision? As soon as we decide to make a change in our life we are tested to make sure it is something we really truly want. The important thing to remember is that these bumps in the road are just tests and with perseverance and belief you can achieve what you want.
Here are some ideas to help you:
Write your goals down
It’s important to write your goals down on paper. Writing them down makes them seem real and helps you identify exactly what you want. It is not enough to just say I want to lose weight – you have to be specific. How much weight do you want to lose? How much muscle do you want to gain? Where do you want to gain it? Being specific gives you something exact to work towards.
Goals need to be written using positive words in the present tense as if you already have it. For example if you wish to lose weight your goal should be written:
I weigh 9 stone 8lbs and I am a size 10. I feel healthy and have lots of energy.
Don’t write the goal once and then leave it in a drawer and never look at it again. This will not work. You need to look at it every morning and evening and say it out loud. To really affirm the goal, write it out fresh every day. The more your mind sees it, the more it believes it.
Imagine your goals
To help keep you in the right mindset, regularly think about how different your life will be once you achieve your goal. Picture yourself once you have achieved it – think about how good you will feel and imagine hearing what people will say to you. Picture how your new body will look, what clothes you wear, what you will be doing that you don’t or can’t do now…
It can be easy to lose focus, especially if you are having a bad day and have negative thoughts floating around in your head. When you start to doubt that you can achieve your goal you will find it harder to stick to your plan. If that happens, picture your new body, really concentrate on how you feel in it. This will reinforce why the goal is important to you.
Changing your body is not an easy task and it will definitely not happen overnight. But if you can get yourself in the right frame of mind, you are half way to getting that amazing body you want.