Sunday, January 5, 2014

Motivational Monday

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” 
-Zig Ziglar

From our experience, he is spot on.  As a species, humans tend to drift towards ease and comfort.  We set out with good intentions and goals, but we never quite get around to turning those intentions into reality.
Those good intentions, while important, tend to go unaccomplished, mainly because they are often vague and too general.  These general, vague ideas are impossible to focus on because they are always changing, they are moving targets so to speak.    

Are you focusing on moving targets?  Maybe one of your goals for 2014 is to eat a more healthy diet, or lose some lbs that have crept on.  Maybe it's just establishing a regular training routine and actually sticking with it.  
Your success comes down to two things: picking a steady specific target and creating a "snowball" effect.

Imagine a target shooter trying to hit a small bull’s eye on a distant target.  He begins to aim, but then the target suddenly moves to the right, and before he can position himself to aim again, the target darts to the left.  Will he ever hit that target?  Not likely.
Without setting specific goals, your good intentions are exactly like that moving target.  You would like to lose some weight, feel a little better, make a change in your diet--but without clearly defined goals and methods, you can’t focus and make it happen.
The way to steady the target so you can finally hit the bull’s eye is to define your goals and write them down: 

How much weight do you want to lose?
What nutrition strategy can you sustain? (ahem Precision Nutrition Coach @AMP)
How many days are you going to train? (ahem AMP)

Once you have a destination, you can start creating a plan, and with a plan you are more likely to get there.  But you have to start moving toward your goals.  

The Momentum Principle of Success (Brian Tracy) states:
“This principle says that although it may take tremendous amounts of energy to overcome inertia and get started initially, it then takes far less energy to keep going."
The hardest part of reaching a goal is just getting started.  That first day, that first step, that first temptation can be rough.  It isn't easy and it certainly isn't fun.  If it were easy, everyone would do it.

So how do you get that momentum, that snowball effect?  How do you start moving?  Accountability!!!  Having someone else involved in your efforts can be the most important factor in your success.  It's hard to change lifelong habits.  Set deadlines, make commitments, find something that will motivate you.  Hold yourself accountable!!

Once you get started, and once you start to see semblances of SUCCESS, everything will snowball and you will find that momentum kicking in.  Then it becomes easier and easier to keep going.

Focus your goals, set specifics, make a plan and be accountable.  Success is there for you to take!! You can do this and AMP will help every step of the way!!

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