With only a few weeks to go until I step on stage this year, I have been spending more and more time acknowledging and examining the mental state of where I am and where I need to be. It seems that the physical aspect of training and nutrition is more concrete and determined than the mental state. Mentally I find it a challenge because unlike training there is no set plan as to how to think, what to feel, and when. The mind is powerful and that is where the most discipline must be given. One cannot measure the state of one's mind. You can't log it or track it like a training log and check back to see your progress or how much more to add this week. Thoughts are fluid, ever changing, and sometimes seemingly beyond our control.
The truth is we can control our mind and our thoughts, but it takes great work and some disciplined soul searching. For me, it has been more of deciding what it is I want and committing, or re-committing to doing it. Each morning I get up and know what must be done that day to move myself one step closer to achieving my goals. I know the meals I will eat. I know the workout I will put myself through. Can I do it? Absolutely! There is never a question. But it is gut check time. Each morning I ask myself - Do I want this? Yes. Will I do this today? Yes. Why? Because I want to go from where I am now to where I want to be tomorrow. There is no other way around it. In the quest to be better than I have ever been, I must go through the work and put in 110% effort every step of the way. If I quit for the moment, or the day, or a meal, or skip a workout...I can't get that back. That is then done and I have to move forward from there. But I won't skip out on any of it because that means shortchanging myself in the end results.
Is this hard? Yes. But it is meant to be. Accept that. Will it challenge and push you harder and further than ever before? Absolutely. But you want to do this, not because you have to, but because you have made the promise to yourself to set a goal, achieve a goal, and you will hold yourself accountable. Yes, you are capable of achieving whatever goal you set for yourself. The only thing that could hold you back is you. It is your mind, your fears, and your own self-doubts that can stop you. Set your mind right. Control the mental journey and you will not only reach your goals, but exceed them and accomplish what you once thought impossible.
By: Guest Writer and long time follower of the Fitness Motivation for Ordinary People FB page
Frank Gigante, Natural Pro