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Goal [gohl]; the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
Goals are an imperative part of our everyday lives, aspirations are critical. In 2017 I want to be fit, strong and look good naked. Next year I’m going to eat better, be better and feel better. Daily we scroll through our social media feeds and down our timelines at the endless motivational pictures whilst reading the quotes from people who have truly lived. Every day we mutter our personal affirmations to ourselves whilst we put the kettle on.
I can appreciate that we need these reminders, I can appreciate the motive and the drive. A picture of a perfectly defined physique on our fridge doors to affirm our direction. Brilliant.
However, regardless of the amount of motivation out there when it comes down to actually applying ourselves, let’s admit, we could do a hell of a lot better. Those people who are exceptionally strong, who do look incredible naked and those that are achieving their personal goals on a day to day basis most definitely did not get there by talking about it.
Why is it so prevalent in our society to set a goal and then give up on it, without even acknowledging the limits we place on ourselves? Why is it that one person can accomplish what would be perceived as the impossible and others can disregard their hope so easily?
No matter how distant your goal may seem to others, do not let them deter you, do not allow someone else’s pessimism and opposing attitude effect your belief in yourself. Nothing is impossible, the only person in the way of achieving your goals, is you.
It all boils down to mental fortitude, it’s about seeking the challenges and overcoming adversity. You are only truly strong when your mind has overcome its fears and has taken ownership of its weaknesses and downfalls. That fear for some may be that last rep of a set in training, you can either fight through the anguish or throw in the towel. I always say it, and I will say it again. Your mind will give up before your body ever does.
The heart of training and exercise is in being mentally tough. Those personal aspirations you have, shaving 5 minutes off your trail run, adding another 5 reps to the pull up bar or simply fitting into the skinny jeans you bought 5 years ago. You are not going to get any of it if you don’t get through the gruelling work, this perseverance is what makes your goals an achievement and not just a vision.
There is a direct relationship with your mental toughness in the gym and your personal life. Overcoming a trial in physical strength or fitness can transpire into you taking back your life. It is not just about being able to push through when your body thinks it can’t, it’s about the backbone it takes in getting there.
We need to begin by taking ownership of our failures, we as humans are too quick to make excuses for why we are unfit, overweight or out of shape. We constantly feel the need to justify our shortfalls. We are eternally looking for motivation. Instead of searching your timeline for motivation, be the motivation. We need to be tougher, go harder and see clearer. Take ownership, take responsibility and make the commitment to overcoming rath than always trying to justify ourselves.
The most important lesson I could pass on to you is that in gaining mental strength, the key is to not lose focus. There is no excuse in the world that could justify a weak mind. Everyone has their burdens and afflictions. We all use our vindications as reasons as to why we could not overcome something.
Truth is, it’s only you standing in the way of you taking back control.
It’s the mental game that gives the biggest reward.
Now go out there and do something epic.