05 Jul It’s Going To Take More
The human mind loves to make assumptions and try to predict the future. Our brains use past experiences, things we’ve learned, and cognitive biases to envision how we believe something will go. While this is a very complex process in the brain, involving a lot of motor neurons and brain activity, it is very inaccurate. We are wrong, a lot! Thanks to the self-fulfilling prophecy, we don’t count the losses as much as we should. We tend to forget the many times we are wrong, but the 1 time we are exactly right, we go “I knew it, I’m always right”. It’s human nature and we shouldn’t blame ourselves for how our mind is wired. This is why educating yourself, giving things a try, and asking others is so vital to our success. Nobody just gets it 100% right on the first try. I tell people all the time that my success as a trainer came from my education, people I’ve met, but most importantly all of the BAD workouts I’ve done. Yes, the reason I’m such a good trainer/strength coach is that over the years I’ve done more bad workouts than good. That’s just how it goes, and every success story I read has a similar path. The mistake people make when it comes to their workout, diet, or athletic goals are they think they can do it on their own.
Again, we are wrong a lot, especially when trying to pursue something new. There’s a learning curve involved, even for the so-called “naturals”. People go about their workouts and diet plans without an in-depth knowledge in workout programming and nutrition planning. As a result, they get little to no results and wind up frustrated. Another mistake people make is they read success stories of incredible weight loss, strength gains, and/or transformations and assume all results are typical. What happens in this industry is marketers tend to highlight the outliers, those exceptions to the rule who responded really fast to a workout routine. Now there’s nothing wrong with looking at success stories but the message that gets lost is, how long it takes to get results. Let me keep it real with you, whether your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, run faster, pretty much anything, it’s going to take TIME! When I say time, I mean at least 1 year of commitment to following a meal plan and exercise routine. Honestly, 1 year is even a little short. It’s going to take the average person years to really transform. Now, that’s not to say you won’t look better and better as time goes on but too many times people act as if the results are going to come all at once. This is why the cliche, “trust the process” is so important because the end goal tends to be so far away, if you only focus on that you will get discouraged very fast. Instead, if you focus on the things it takes to reach the goals and master those, there’s gratification in knowing you’re working towards them.
One of my favorite books is 10x Rule by Grant Cardone. His message in this book is that with anything you want to accomplish, it’s going to take 10xs the amount of effort you think it will. This is powerful, especially when it comes to diet and exercise. Most people underestimate how much work it will take to reach their goals, how much time it will take to reach the goal, and overestimate their knowledge in getting it done without help. Don’t get caught in the trap in comparing your progress to an advertisement or social media post. All you need to do is focus on what you’re doing daily to reach your goals. When you understand it’s going to take a lot of time, effort, and trust the process, you’ve officially shifted your mindset to one who will be successful. The moment you start looking for a shortcut, stop getting help, or worrying about others is the moment you get yourself in a failure mindset. The choice is yours!
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