Not “all the steps,” just the next step. If you feel overwhelmed by a goal right now, it’s probably because you are thinking too far ahead in the process. When this happens, instead of trying to organize your thoughts into immediate next steps, you stop. Which in turn means you do nothing. Fear wins.
We need big-pictures goals from time to time like training for a marathon or fitting into a favorite pair of jeans, but for most of us, the small, everyday victories can be just as important.
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Stay focused on today and your tomorrows will bring you closer to your goals. For example, today, tell yourself you will eat a good breakfast, fit in that workout, and drink more water.
Every completed rep takes you one step closer to your goals. It all counts. But you have to be accountable to yourself. No more half reps, no more cheating on your diet. If you’re not learning and improving yourself by taking responsibility, then your goals are just fantasies.
And never forget, progress doesn’t need to be perfect. Two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward!
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. We all feel like some days we don’t have enough time to tie our shoes, must less get to the gym. But it all comes down to building better habits.
Look at how you are spending your time throughout the day. We often find tasks we procrastinate on and waste time with. By mixing better habits into our day, we’ll be more productive and have a more positive mindset.
Instead of focusing on the obstacles we may face, focus on the opportunities. We have to direct our attention to what we can do, not what we can’t.
Strength and growth come through continuous effort. The physical strength you gain from working out has a powerful impact not only on your body but also on your self-esteem. Fitness improves strength of character, strength of mind, strength of willpower, and discipline.
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t do. We don’t always get what we wish for. We get what we work for. Don’t let anything hold you back from creating the life you always wanted.
We can’t make a temporary change and expect a permanent outcome. Be addicted to getting stronger.
Remember, fitness is not a destination. It’s not a goal that you check off your list. It’s not a sprint to the finish. It’s not a lifestyle or fad. It’s more than a way of life. Fitness is a way to live.
This article was written by Matt Molnar who is the owner of Atlas Fit.
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