Are you someone who frequently starts a new fitness program but can never seem to stick with it? You may start off by joining a gym and follow your diet plan religiously for the first few weeks, but eventually you slip. You start missing workout sessions and eating junk food, and before you know it you’ve stopped the program altogether. It’s as if there’s something making you quit, and you don’t know what it is or how you can train your mind to comply with the rules and follow through to the end. It’s time to get you on board once and for all.

You may not have guessed it, but what affects you is the way you think - what you believe you are capable of achieving. The way you view yourself may include both positive and negative assessments. For example, you may think all or any of the following: “I am fat. I am attractive. I am hard-working. I am lazy. I am not good enough. I am a failure.”


Your personal beliefs about who you are affect every aspect of your life, from personal relationships and friendships to work and your body image, among many other things. They influence your behavior and your actions on a daily basis. If you constantly tell yourself: “I can’t do it. I’ll always be fat,” or “I’ll never have what it takes to look like a fitness model,” then your behavior will remain consistent with your beliefs.

If you see yourself as a lazy person then you’ll never discipline yourself to go to the gym. If you see yourself as someone who loves food, you’ll never recognize that you can sacrifice the junk and still enjoy eating. If you see yourself as someone with a slow metabolism then you won’t bother to try and transform your body into a fat-burning machine.

When it comes to achieving your goals, you need to eradicate all the negative thoughts that are holding you back. By controlling the way you think, you’ll subconsciously be changing your behavior and your daily habits. So how can you go about doing this?

The first step is to decide what your dream body looks like and BECOME the person who’s going to achieve it. For example, if you want to have six pack abs or to shrink down several sizes, you need to first change your thoughts in order to fuel your actions. Thinking thoughts such as: “I am fat. I am lazy. I can’t be bothered. I’ll never get there anyway,” will never get you a body that you’ll be proud of. Instead think: “I might not be the size I want to be yet, but I’m on the way. I CAN be bothered. I want it so bad that I’ll do whatever it takes. I WILL get there. I will be patient and stick through until the end. I am good enough.”

You need to begin thinking like the person you want to be. You may not have a six pack yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t THINK like someone who does. Next time you’re tempted to skip the gym and hit the bar for happy hour instead, think to yourself: is this what someone with a six pack would do? Then mentally say to yourself: “Fit people don’t skip their gym sessions. I’m a fit person and I’m achieving my goals.” Next time you find yourself reaching for chocolate, do the same thing and tell yourself: “Healthy people don’t eat junk on a daily basis. I’m a healthy person and I don’t need this snack.” Once you start seeing yourself as a person who is consistent with their goals, it’ll become easier to stick to your program until your actions become daily habits.

Every action you perform will either move you closer to your goal or take you further away from it. Always dismiss the negative thoughts that are trying to divert you from your goals and replace them with positive ones that remind you of all the reasons you want to get to where you’re going. Remind yourself of your goal every second of the day and take whatever action is necessary to move closer to where you want to be. When you feel yourself getting weak, remind yourself that you ARE someone with willpower, commitment and discipline.

Don’t envy others who don’t take care of themselves, eat junk and never exercise. I promise: it’s they who envy you.

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