1. Be disciplined.
Know what you need to do and just do it, even if you don’t feel like it. As great as it feels to be motivated, it is important to understand that motivation alone will only take you so far. Motivation will come and go in waves, however discipline is simply consistency. You don’t need to be motivated to succeed. What you need is the self-discipline to put in the work whether you want to or not.
2. Focus on what you can control.
You can control you’re training and what you put in your mouth. Focus on the process, not the outcome. No 2 people will respond the same to the exact same training program and diet plan. Jimmy might be doing the exact same as you but getting far better results. Be prepared for this to happen. Focus on the outcome and other people and you’ll get distracted. Focus on doing things right yourself and the results will take care of themselves.
3. Accept the fact it will be difficult.
Staying in good shape is not easy. It’s a simple fact. Personally I don’t particularly enjoy eating healthy, that’s the truth. If it were up to me I’d have chinese every day of the week, topped off with a Graham’s 99 covered in chocolate dip. However, I’d turn into something resembling a walrus. The benefits of eating well and training every day outweigh the task of choosing chicken and veg over pizza most of the time. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Accept it will be tough, suck it up and the to enjoy the journey.
4. Be sceptical of bull
New exciting things are great. Sally says this new detox diet made her lose 3 stone in 10 days. The only way to lose weight is to do X, Y and Z. No matter how good it sounds or looks, it always boils back down to common sense, consistency and effort.
To summarise, embrace motivation when you’ve got it but do not depend on it. Be disciplined. Accept it will be hard. Put in the effort that’s required. Don’t get distracted by anything or anyone else and the results will take care of themselves.