Like every New Year, gym goers will set their sights on a change, dive head first into the challenge, then fade within 2 weeks of a freshly established gym membership eventually losing complete vision of their goals and returning to their same old habits. But why does this trend continue?

Simple..Losing focus.  We all hear about ‘Set a goal and don’t quit’ as well as other motivational phrases that revolve around goals.  I firmly believe everyone wants to make a change, it’s just keeping focused on the goal thats actually the hard part.  Walking a tight rope can be discouraging when you look 200yds away and see your finish line and realize how slow you’re going.  Or you can look ahead one step at a time and focus on making each step count.  This is called the Process.

Fitness goals and life goals in general are the same.  Today’s generation is surrounded by key words that misrepresent hard work with terms such as fastest, quickest, easiest, most effective, etc,  which are all ‘Get rich quick’ terms in the fitness industry.  Plain and simple, there is no shortcut to success.  Embrace the hard work and understand it’s all a part of the process.

Things you may want to consider for your New Year’s Resolution in the gym:

  • Pick goals that are obtainable within each training session..Make every session count towards the outcome.
  • Don’t make complete lifestyle changes, introduce changes gradually in small increments.  This includes diet, workout routines, quitting bad habits, beginning good habits.
  • Enjoy the process, good and bad(workouts, dieting, etc).  Keep the outcome out in the back of your mind, it won’t happen overnight.  We can’t control the outcome immediately, but we can control the process at that exact moment which are building blocks to the outcome.  It’s never easy, thats the beauty of this challenge.  Nothing worth your time should be easy.
  • The only easy day was yesterday.  Once again, set obtainable goals, embrace the challenge,  complete the task..if it becomes habit, it becomes a lifestyle.
  • Frustration is normal, it’s okay.  Learn to REFOCUS.  Remember, this is a change you are making because you WANT to, not HAVE to.  It has to come from the heart and be genuine. If you truly are seeking a change, you should be able to refocus and get back into the present moment with your immediate goals.  This is what builds mental toughness.
  • Understand the body needs rest, no need to hit the gym 6 days per week.  It’s the quickest way to burn yourself out and as a beginner, possibly injure yourself trying to push through that wall, which is your body’s natural way of saying “Hey we’ve never done this movement before, why are we doing it as fast as we can and as many times as we can?” Listen to your body.
  • BE CONSISTENT!  Need I say more.  Good routines lead to high percentage results.  Have a chip on your shoulder if you didn’t complete your goal because you quit.  After all, you are your toughest critic.  Turn those obstacles into opportunities to perform better.  Refer back to refocusing.
  • Things will be tough at times, suck it up, so is life.  No need to sit and have a pity party, thats the weak link in your thought process currently.  Tough times don’t last, tough people do.  This is what living is all about, until now you’ve just been going through the motions in life.  Provide solutions to your current problems that are within reach..goes back to step 1.  Set obtainable goals.  This mentality is for in and out of the gym.
  • Last piece of advice…Enjoy it.  There is nothing more satisfying than completion of each day and true appreciation of being alive.  All of these moments will define who you are and who you become.

“There’s nothing more dangerous than a man on a mission”

bensonfaber