Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Winners vs Losers: Mindset to Reach your Goals

Winners vs Losers: Mindset to reach your goals

One thing that is paramount in determining whether you succeed in your fitness goals (or any goals for that matter) is mindset. Unfortunately this isn't discussed enough. People always discuss about what is the best training method, program, exercises, diet etc but mindset always takes a backseat. But I would say in the long term mindset is probably the most important determinant in determining whether you succeed or not. I've seen this over and over again in people who start a fitness endeavor.

What separates Winners, those who succeed in their goals, and Losers, those who fail, is winners never give up. Winners have a vision or clear goal of what they want to achieve and they KNOW they will succeed with their goals. Winners don't throw in the towel and give up when faced with obstacles, setbacks, or when the going gets tough. They stick at it and power through. If they fail at something then they try a different way and keep going at it. They have just learnt one more way something doesn't work and learnt more about themselves in the process. After all you only truly fail when you give up, failure is just a temporary set back where you learnt one more way something doesn't work.  

"Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something" - Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

Losers, on the other hand, don't have a vision or clear goal. They might be really riled up and excited about starting a fitness endeavor, but when the going gets though, when they reach a plateau, they throw the towel in and give up. This is what separates those who succeed and those who fail. It isn't "luck" or "genetics", those are just excuses for people who don't have what it takes, it's their mindset and how they approach obstacles. When someone overeats during a meal, a winner would accept what they have done and adjust their future meals or if it isn't sustainable make adjustments to reach their goals. Losers would say "I messed up my diet, I give up" and binge for the rest of the day. With this approach to dieting and training you will never achieve anything meaningful. 

In fact histories most successful people have failed the most (Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Albert Einsten, Colonel Sanders...etc). I'd go so far as to say failure is a necessary step to success. Thomas Edison said it best with:

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

This is what separates those who start a fitness journey and two years later make a complete transformation and those who look exactly the same because as soon as the going gets tough they binge and throw in the towel. 

Action Steps:
  • Set a clear goal (have a vision) of what you want to achieve
  • KNOW in your mind that you will achieve this goal, no matter what
  • Create a plan, take action and reflect in the process

Those are my 3 steps to success. Hopefully this changes some people's approach to training. Until next time.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas Edison

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