It is also important to make sure that your goal follows the age-old wisdom of “SMART:”
- Your goal needs to be specific enough to objectively determine whether you are making the correct changes in your life. For instance, a specific goal would be to lose 30 pounds. A goal that is not specific would be something along the lines of “looking better.”
- That which you cannot measure cannot be effectively tracked. Choosing pounds as a good base point is often a good place to start. First figure out how much weight you want to gain or lose or add to a lift. Next, track that number throughout your training cycle.
- Don’t pick a goal that is going to leave you discouraged in 3 months. Thinking that you are going to come onto the scene and immediately start shredding off fat rapidly with no work will just set you up for failure. Choose a goal that you can attain and get after it.
- Does this goal help you achieve an overall better image for your life? Is this goal something that is going to make you better in the long run and contribute to your success? These are both things to think about that deal with the relevancy of your goal.
- Time Sensitive. Don’t pick a goal that you expect to achieve five years from now. Instead, develop short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals that you can constantly work towards. A short-term goal may be to add 10 pounds on your bench press. A mid-term goal may be to drop 10 pounds. A long-term goal may be to prepare for a bodybuilding show coming up next year.
The ability to maintain your goals and the steps needed to accomplish them is no easy task. There are literally hundreds of books written on that single topic. However, there’s no need for you to read any of them because I am going to tell you what you need to know to kill it.
We are fundamentally creatures of habit. We learn through analyzing our environment. Based on our analysis, we then construct a worldview and behaviors that will successfully play into that environment. Everyone does this. That is why we are all different. It’s why the kid from Brooklyn is different from both the country, corn-fed farm hand and the inner-city girl in Dallas. If you took all three of those people and put them in a room, they would be completely different. Again, this is because we are creatures of our environment.
Okay. So how does this help you to build slabs of thick muscle? When you first start out, everything is going to be new. If you have already been training for a while but not with absolute consistency (which is what you are going to have because you know better) you know what’s up. Either way, you have to start behaving in accordance with core values.
My biggest core value is hustle and work ethic. I have used those two words to construct an amazing lifestyle for myself. Effort is literally the only thing you have on the planet. If you take away everything else and strip it to the bone, the only thing you can control and a day-to-day basis is effort.
You can’t control the weather. You can’t control how your boss treats you. You can’t control what your family thinks of you. Get used to it.
However, you can control how much your pour into each and every day. I work consistent 18 hour days. That might not necessarily be on your level. You may not even be interested in doing anything even close to that. I understand and applaud you for having the self-awareness to realize that.
However, whether you are like me or completely different, you are going to have to establish a baseline of effort. If you aren’t a dedicated hustler that’s cool. But you gotta at least put in a certain amount of work consistently. That is the key. You can’t skip days. Maybe you only want to spend an hour a day on fitness. That’s enough time to get great results (more time every day would give you amazing results), but you need to make sure you don’t skip a day. One skipped day will mess up your entire week.
Now that you know we are products of our environment, creatures of habit, and the importance of consistency, you are ready for the final point on this topic.
Start building up your own environment that is conducive to your results. This means you are doing to have to cut out the things that aren’t helping you to get to where you need to go. That is perfectly fine and will happen. But, it needs to be done if you want to establish the foundation for long-term gains and success in fitness.
Once you start going to the gym regularly is might be tough. However, if you can keep it up for just a month, you will hit a groove and it will become just another part of your day. I promise you that. Do it and see for yourself!