Quite often it is not the gym programme or eating plan that fail to deliver results, it is a lack of compliance that sabotages our goals.
I believe that there are two key reasons behind this failure to comply:
1. Lack of belief
2. Lack of desire
Lack of belief
Lack of belief applies to two areas; belief in oneself and belief in the plan itself.
Self belief is hugely important in reaching your goals. Some questions worth asking yourself are; Do you truly believe that you will stick to your training/eating during the tougher times? Do you believe that you are worth all this hard effort? Do you believe that you can actually reach your goals? If you answered “no” to any of these then you should do some work to do! Otherwise it is only a matter of time before the “what’s the point of all this?!” question rears it’s ugly head and puts a spanner in the works.
Believing in the plan, or in the process is also very important. Results can sometimes take a long time to show and fear of wasting time and/or effort can sometimes lead people to question the effectiveness of their plan. This then leads to decreased motivation and ultimately it leads to switching plans needlessly, or worse, stopping altogether. Make sure that you have your plan set by someone you trust and believe. If you need assurances then ask for them. A good trainer should understand what you are going through and know the right words to say to keep your motivation levels high. Also, don’t forget the basics. The fitness industry has an annoying habit of trying to reinvent and re-market everything. Just because something isn’t the latest fad it doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. Try not to be swept away with every new gimmick that gyms and (some) trainers push your way.
Lack of desire
This may sound like a seemingly obvious point but some people don’t achieve their goals as they simply don’t want them enough! This could be because they haven’t set a clear enough goal, or they haven’t set a compelling enough goal, or they simply don’t have a goal!! Here are some tips to ensure your desire isn’t lacking:
- Spend some time each day visualising your goal. Make it as real and as appealing as possible.
- Describe your goal is as many ways as possible. Build a picture of what that goal would mean to you, physically, socially and mentally.
- Make it more compelling by being accountable to someone. Set up a wager, or a challenge and put the ‘fear of failure’ factor into it!
- Set dates to hit specific milestones. That way you reach your main goal by achieving several mini wins along the way
- Choose other goals to run parallel to your main goal. For example, train to run a 5k as part of a weight loss plan. Each will help the other and satisfaction is potentially doubled!
I hope I’ve got your cogs turning and you are maybe putting a little more thought into your training. If you have any questions feel free to email me.