While embarking on this healthier lifestyle, it takes a lot of discipline and perseverance to stay consistent while maintaining a positive attitude. I'm not saying that you're going to feel pumped every time you go. Let's face it, a majority of the time you're going to have some obstacles that you'd have to overcome, but the key to that last phrase is "to overcome". We've all had situations happen where we've had the best intentions, but following through was on the shaky side. You know what? That's okay, because I'm going to give you what I believe are some of the best practices that has helped me and countless others. Everything isn't for everyone, but I only ask that you give it an honest shot.
One of the ways to prevent yourself from getting discouraged and not persevering is to make your vision as plain as possible. Now when I say plain, I don't mean dull or mediocre, but what we as ambitious people should do is to keep our vision as the forefront of our vision. Sometimes seeing your written goals, such as the body type that you're striving to get similar to, or seeing that vacation spot that you've been saving for on a consistent basis is just the drive you need to make it happen. Keep your goals on your bedroom mirror, your work desk, or as your screensaver on your phone to remind yourself why you're doing what you're doing. Use this to plant the seed that it's not only possible, but it's actually possible for you.
Don't Grow & Worry
You can't have peace and worry in the same house! They will constantly fight each other while leaving you drained and feeling defeated. Just for a second, can you recall any issues that worried you in the past that's effecting you today? A majority of us can count on one hand, if that, times where circumstances have kept us up late at night or has slowed us down from growing. Julie Andrews once said that, "perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." If we allowed our worries and fears to become full-term, there would be no room for motivation, inspiration, or creativity. When it comes to health and wellness, be sure not to allow those "ifs" to get in your way. That's just worrying in disguise. "What if I can't follow through", is a way for you to trick your mind into giving up before you even begin.
Set An Unlimited Belief System
If we are going to all be honest with ourselves, we can agree that we are a sum of our philosophies, experiences, and circumstances. Of course life happens to everyone, and even though the intensities of how life shows its face might be different for the other person, it still happens. The question you have to ask yourself is, "what belief system will you allow yourself to settle on your life?" If you believe you can lose those extra pounds while putting in the adequate amount of work, then you'll get it. It's that simple. Believing that you are design to accomplish any goal that you believe to be true to you is one of the most powerful abilities in the human race. However the same holds true for negative beliefs. If you see yourself as someone who always quits before it gets too difficult, than that's exactly what's going to happen. On the path of your healthy lifestyle, use the power of belief as fuel to drive your passion.
As a faithful reader, I do see you as a part of my family, and with that, I feel that it's appropriate to open up with my new found family members. When I first started my fitness journey, I didn't have the best attitude at all! I complained about the reps. I complained about the training. I complained because it's hot. I even complained about things that weren't even happening, so with that being said, I definitely know first hand how it feels to have to push pass myself to get to what I want in life. We focus mostly on the health and wellness industry, but this ideal applies to every area of your life. We want you to grow even as your mind grows too, so it would be counterproductive for us to want to build a healthy body with an unsharpened mentality. Practice setting "little wins" to get your mental muscles used to the feeling of winning. Same as working out, the desire is there, but some areas just hasn't been worked out in so long that you either forgot they were there, or you have to put in the extra reps to strengthen that particular area.
One other great way to strengthen your mental muscles is to gain a strong sense of gratitude. So many people, including myself, tries to divert their attention when they're working to reframe from a negative mentality, and that's not the best practice to apply. Energy is always moving. When you tell yourself to stop thinking negatively, that's teaching yourself that you should do the impossible task of stopping energy. Instead of saying, "I mess up everything I touch", replace it with gratitude by saying something like "I'm grateful that I'm learning better skills for the person I'm becoming". Just replacing your negative with gratitude is simply doing an energy transfer instead of an energy end. You were made to be powerful, wise, and ever-growing, so now is the time to stop yourself from getting in your way.