Welcome to the part 2 of ’10 tips to help you stick to your goals.’ If you haven’t read part 1 yet, you can read it here.
6. FLEX AND SHOOT
Take pictures to document your progress, regardless of whether they show dramatic gains. Think you might see your serratus anterior muscle poking through when you raise your arm overhead? Record the moment to provide yourself positive feedback and motivation to keep training hard. Photos will also allow you to look back and have a record of how far you’ve come, which serves as additional motivation as well as validation.
7. KNOW WHY YOU WANT IT
There’s a saying, “If the why is great enough, the how no longer matters.” Getting over, under, around, or through all those obstacles that stand between you and what you want is going to require a sizable chunk of sustainable motivation. If your drive is fueled by weak, superficial purpose, it will fizzle out long before you get to the finish line. This deeper motivation will help you overcome the obstacles.
8. BECOME YOUR OWN HERO
Cut out the cover model from this issue, place a picture of your face over his, and post it on your fridge. While your physique and genetics are unique, there’s nothing wrong with training to emulate someone else’s if it motivates you. It will help you visualize how you want to change your body and realize what it takes to get there.
9. HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
There’s evidence suggesting that sharing your goal with others actually reduces your likelihood of achieving it. Telling the world that you’re starting a new exercise program will make you feel good about yourself for the moment but will also short-circuit the desire or need to actually do the work. Other than a trainer, coach, or close friend, few people will hold you accountable.
10. PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Even if it’s just a team of one, you need to psych yourself up, especially on days when you’re not entirely motivated. Music can help you do this. Play tunes on your iPod that get you pumped up to train. Studies have shown that music can play a significant role in getting you in the mental zone to work out.