The Art of a Successful Transformation Part 1
In this new series I will be discussing exactly what it takes to change your body considerably and get into the best shape of your life.
Firstly I want to talk about mind set. For me it is the most important part of any transformation. No one has ever changed his or her body appreciably without having the right mind set. I could write the best training program in the world and offer the most up to date and tailored nutrition and supplement advice, but if you do not have the right mind set from the off, it would all be worthless.
When I take on a new personal training client this will all be discussed in the initial consultation, I am not afraid to tell people if I do not think they are ready. Every person I see may think that they want to lose weight and make a change but if you follow statements such as, “I want to lose 6kg by the summer” with phrases such as, “But I don’t want to change my diet / give up chocolate / stop drinking 5 nights a week” then I’m afraid you’re not ready.
Every client I have ever had who has changed their body significantly, had an unwavering level of determination and commitment. They were ready to change and adapt any and every aspect of their life to reach their goal. They were willing to make their fat loss goal their number one priority.
This may seem daunting to some people, and if it does, then again it probably highlights the fact that you are not ready to make the changes necessary to lose weight.
Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. He was fairly clever guy so probably someone who is worth listening to.
Another quote I like is “Success leaves clues” which I heard from a mentor of mine, world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin. He has coached some of the top athletes in the world to Olympic gold medals in a range of sports, so again, is someone worth listening to. If someone has coached many people to get in great shape, and you have never been in great shape, who’s advice would be the best to follow? Just a thought.
Most people I see will need to make changes to their lifestyle. I am yet to carry out a consultation where at the end I say, “Carry on doing what you’re doing”. The clients that are willing to accept changes go on to make great strides in their fat loss journey, those that sit and try and argue the case about why they should be doing or eating X, Y or Z are always the ones who fail.
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
I am a big believer that stepping out of our comfort zones is a key feature to personal development. Challenging yourself often makes you a better person. It is this stepping out of your comfort zone that is going to be the key to your success. Expecting to carry on living exactly the same lifestyle and doing a few workouts here and there is misguided.
In conclusion, if I can give you one piece of advice about changing your body and getting into the best shape of your life, it would be to write down your goals and then do everything possible in order to achieve them. If you are ever unsure about something ask yourself this question “Will doing this help me reach my goal?” if the answer is no, then don’t do it. It’s as simple as that.
In the next 3 parts of this article I will discuss nutrition, training and end stage prep of how to get into the best shape of your life.
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