The whole concept of “motivation” is kind of nebulous: what gets one person motivated to go to the gym and put in a good workout may not work for someone else and vice-versa. Yet to some extent we all follow the same path: attainable goals and solid objectives of what we want to accomplish in the gym will act as a road map to whatever level of success we seek. Because when it comes to strength and fitness it’s true: you achieve what you believe!
However, let me add that if it was that easy we’d all be bouncing in to the gym every day, tossing 45 pound plates around like they were wafers and packing on the muscle! So what gives?
Short-term goals allow for long-term muscular grow and development,. Sure, genetics plays a part, but so what! When it comes to lifting weight you achieve what you believe! Take the tools you’ve been blessed with (that would be your body) and work it to its maximum affect to achieve the best physique you can!
I heard someone say once that the “road to success runs through Detroit.” In other words, anything worthwhile is gonna take some hard work. But you can do it.
Secret #1: Set Short term Goals (with specific dates)
If you really want to achieve what you believe in the gym, then you’re going to have top visualize a goal or goals. Like anything in life. If you do something well, you’re going to want to keep on doing it. So it stands to reason that in order to do something well you first have to try and then you have to keep doing it until you see results! Once you see the results you will continue doing whatever it is you’re doing.
When I first got turned on to the benefits of push-ups I probably couldn’t even do 10 reps. So guess what my first goal was! It was 10 push-ups, 5 times a day ON MYKNEES. And I gave myself 10 days to accomplish that. Then I progressed to extending my legs (you know – a regular push-up) for the same amount. The collateral affects were stronger, firmer arms and pecs. And you better believe once I saw my body responding I was hooked.
Secret #2: Long term Goals
My long term goal was 500 push-ups a day and I gave myself a year to get there. To reach that milestone I incorporated a lot of other exercises that further improved my health and stamina.
Secret #3: Think it, Visualize it and Write it Down
O-k, so you want bigger arms. Welcome to my world! Thinking about it may get you started but the real roadmap for you to achieve what you believe it to visualize the goal and write down you strategy. Maybe your bicep routine is set to last 6 weeks and focuses on 20 x 10 sets of curls with each set increasing the weight by 2 pounds. I love it! But you need to track your workouts and also your results.
A daily gym-diary monthly agenda helps. You can list your workouts stick a “before and after” photo in there and track your diet and supplement intake.
Remember, a goal without a date attached is just a wish. Believe that you can accomplish whatever you commit to, visualize the outcome you seek every day, and develop a daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly plan to attain those goals.
You really can achieve what you believe! So start believing and achieving today!