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Ok so we are well and truly into the start ofthe year and I am sure many people have already hit their first snag or setback, and as a result, have slipped backwards in the mental focus and motivation department.
What I discovered a while ago was that Setting specific goals in writing is an essential step to your success, but how do you stay focused on them?
One effective technique I have used with my clients and myself ever since my very first bodybuilding competition 25 years ago, is…
The “contest countdown calendar.”
I have used this simple trick ever since, through my Bodybuilding competitions and it will work for you too,regardless of the fitness goal.
I purchase a desk or wall calendar – the type that shows each week stretching horizontally across the page with an open block of space for each day.
After I set my goal and place a deadline on it, I do NOT stop there. I take out my calendar and start counting backwards from my target goal deadline to the present day.
T-minus 45 days….
T-minus 15 days….
I also log in my workouts for the entire 3 month period with my fit book, which is the typical length I allow for my mid-range goals like contest prep.
Deadlines are absolutely critical to your success. Little gets done without deadlines.
In your fitness endeavors, if you dont have IMPENDING deadlines that give you that twinge in your stomach that says “take action now, or else!” then you find it very easy to say to yourself, ‘ I have plenty of time so this one cheat meal doesnt matter… it doesnt make much difference at this point if I skip this one workout… I have time to make it up…”
Inevitably, you succumb to crash dieting and overtraining or other unhealthy fast-weight-loss madness, which eats up your own muscle like a hungry cannibal and sends you spiraling into the dark pit of metabolic damage and the inevitable plateau and weight gain that follow.
But the solution is so simple: Count your way down to success!
At Reafit we offer our clients Fit Books which is another great and simple technique…They log there book give it to our trainers we check it and guess what we both play above the line,yes it’s confronting but it give’s it honesty… because it’s often the simplest motivational techniques that are the most powerful of all!