An important tip is to always keep in mind the ‘why’ behind what you’re doing. Too often, we work toward a goal in a blind manner having forgotten the real reason we’re doing it. You know you want to get into shape and that means that you need to train for half an hour 4 times a week. But you don’t keep that in mind during the actual training. Instead, you just hit the gym, grumble about it and then push your way through the gruelling workouts.
What you need to do instead, is to focus your mind on the reason you’re training and to really feel the emotion that drove you to want it in the first place. This is where visualization can come in handy.
For instance, if it’s getting into shape that you’re interested in, then you need to think about why you want that and what it’s going to feel like for you to be in the shape you want to be in.
Many people want to be in great shape because they want to look and feel good about themselves. They want to fill out a suit, they want to attract members of the opposite sex (or same sex), they want to feel powerful and they want to wake up with tons of energy and vitality every morning.
To find the will to train, you need to remember that each workout is a stepping stone to that end destination. So close your eyes and picture it: picture being highly muscular, or lean. Picture looking great and turning heads for all the right reasons. Picture putting on a top and knowing it looks amazing on you.
You can also use visualization in other ways. One good one is to picture the alternative. Imagine what will happen if you keep putting your goals off. Maybe you end up working in the same dead end job for the rest of your life. Maybe you get fat and flabby and lose all of the hard work you’ve already put into your physique.
I also like to encourage myself to see the situation as a challenge and I do this in a similar way by visualizing defeat. I imagine that I’m exhausted, depressed and far too crushed to train. And then I ask myself if I want to take that, or if I want to get up and kick ass. The tireder you are, the harder it is to work at your goals, the more ass you can kick!