There are a lot of good reasons to get fit: have more energy, feel better in your body, improve your focus and increase your overall health.
But the best reason to set some personal fitness goals and stick to them is the confidence it will give you to go after your goals in all areas of life.
Everyone wants to be fit, but not everyone has the motivation and determination to make it happen. Why?
As life and business coach Tony Robbins will tell you, it’s all in your head.
Whether your goal is to run a marathon, lose 10 stone or just have the energy to run after your kids all day, the journey to fitness begins and ends in your mind.
In order to succeed, you need to make the decision every single day to go after your goals. When you struggle to find the motivation to keep going, turn to these 8 tips!
The first step in changing anything in your life is to shift your focus. If you want something badly enough, everything you do will align to make it happen.
Bring this kind of focus to your fitness goals by focusing on one specific goal and making a plan to get there. Surround yourself with people working towards similar goals. Make it your number one priority.
Use the power of visualisation to be crystal clear on what you want to achieve.
Science shows that visualisation can actually help reprogramme your mind, and many top athletes use it to help them achieve the impossible.
Don’t just picture yourself as thinner or more muscular, either. Think about what impact achieving your goal would have on your life (more energy to play with your kids, the ability to do a world-class hike) and visualise that happening.
Looking at the big picture will help keep you motivated when roadblocks pop up.
Tony Robbins says, “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you.”
Pay attention to how you feel after you work out, when your endorphins are up and you feel a sense of accomplishment. Focusing on those pleasurable outcomes will help motivate you when you don’t feel like putting in the effort.
Tony often says that it’s not a lack of resources that stop people, it’s a lack of resourcefulness.
Don’t have access to a gym? Workout at home or head out for a run. Lacking time? Make the time by getting up earlier and working out before your day starts, or go for a walk on your lunch breaks. If you truly want to achieve your goals, you can find a way.
Life gets busy. Embracing an adaptable fitness routine will help keep you on track even when life gets in the way.
Find a routine you can do anywhere and don’t make excuses!
One of the major reasons that people stop working out is that they get bored with their routine. Keep this from happening by embracing different forms of exercise, like hiking, swimming, playing sports and doing yoga.
Mixing up your workout routine will also help keep you from plateauing. When our bodies become accustomed to one form of exercise, they stop working so hard—so keep it interesting and keep it challenging!
When you are really struggling to get going, find a little inspiration with an empowering quote.
Here are a few to get you started:
“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” -Tony Robbins
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” -Abraham Lincoln
“All great achievements require time.” -Maya Angelou
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi
“Nobody you know ever made it without putting in the work.” -Gary Vee
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan
Making a goal means nothing without action.
Even the smallest step can move you forward. Consider this your chance to get out there and do it—now!
Did you know that one entire day of Tony’s 4-day Unleash the Power Within event is dedicated to health and fitness?
That’s how important Tony considers the topic. Learn more about Unleash the Power Within and how it can help you achieve your life goals here.