Believe To Achieve!
Have you ever wanted to achieve a goal be it lifting a certain weight, reaching a weight loss target, earning a certain amount of money, whatever it is but you never really bought into it or 100% believed that you could? If this sounds like you or somebody that you know you probably gave up and found an excuse as to why you didn’t get there. People tend to blame ‘a lack of time’, work/life commitments, the plan wasn’t good enough and a whole host of other reasons instead of digging a little deeper into their own mind and thought processes.
Your mind is a very powerful tool. Studies have shown that with the goal of lifting more weight people who performed mental ‘workouts’ increased their muscle strength by as much as 13.5%! Add this to real training sessions and it’s closer to a 30% increase. This can also be used for other targets in your life. I am not saying that you should be deluded if you run the 100m in 30 seconds and in three months you want to break Usain Bolt’s World Record but you have to believe that you can achieve the goals that you set yourself and focus your mind on them; Muhammad Ali didn’t just say ‘I am the greatest’ for publicity, he truly believed it and few will argue that he didn’t reach it.
I have seen countless times in the gym and in competition people who for example can regularly bench press 105kg for 5 repetitions and they want to hit 110kg for one but fail the lift and say ‘yeah, I didn’t think that I would get that one’ and my response is always ‘well there is your problem right there!’ How do you expect your body to achieve something that your mind is telling it that it can’t do?
So what to do now?
If any of the above sounds like you or you are new to goal setting and the importance of self-belief and mental focus here’s what you are going to do:
1.Be clear on your goal – Make sure that it isn’t just ‘I want to lose weight’, it needs to be precise; ‘I want to lose 2 stone’. Make sure that it is achievable but challenging…if your goals don’t scare you then they aren’t big enough!)
2.Write them down - Write them down and put them somewhere that you’ll see them every day, the bathroom or beside your bed works well.
3.Make the time to put in the work – This could be training time or meal prep time etc. people a lot busier than you and I make time to train, eat healthy, have families and work.
4.Focus on them every day – If this is a body/performance related goal then go into your training sessions with the focus to give your plan 100% effort. If it is weight loss you are after then focus on sticking to your nutritional plan.
5.Believe! – Believe that you can achieve your goal and visualise yourself lifting that new weight or walking around with the body that you’ve always wanted.
So in a brief summary believe in yourself! You can achieve a lot more than you ever imagined if you do.
Have the confidence and positive energy that you are getting closer to your goal and that you WILL achieve it.