Look Great, But Also Do Cool Shit
If you're currently on a fitness journey and you're not happy with where you are, I want you to visualize what your life would be like when you've reached the finish line.
I want you to picture both the good and the bad. The first pool party of the summer and you're confident with your body, all the compliments and praise you'll get, and maybe even a new love connection.
On the other side, I want you to picture the sacrifices you've made and feel how much effort it took to get there. Imagine the hours in the gym and the pain of not eating what you really want when you go out with your friends.
This is a powerful trick to motivate yourself to get off your butt, but that's not why I want you to do it. I want you to visualize all that because the question still remains: Now what?
After the finish line, you'll soon realize that people are too focused on themselves to really care how you looked at that pool party and the compliments only really come once. After you're fit, now it's the norm. But you still have to keep up the workouts and you still can't slack on your diet or you'll go right back to where you started.
So now what?
Now it falls back to why you started in the first place. Did you go for the shiny object, or did you want more? Do you want your body to just look good, or do you want it to be able to do cool shit?
You have to have something more than just your physique to keep you motivated. You have to keep working out for the rest of your life and you're going to get pretty bored if all you care about is the mirror.
When you focus on getting better at moving around, a whole new world opens up. Suddenly things that were torture become fun. You can go hiking without having to take breaks, you can play a soccer game without spending the next week limping around, and you can try new things without embarrassing yourself.
All you have to do is change your mindset. Focus on the process of getting better and put the results out of your mind. If you follow the plan and focus on what you have to do in the moment, the results will come. Guaranteed.
Training for the mirror is focusing on the result. It's asking yourself what is the fastest way to six-pack abs? When you focus too much on the results, the shortcuts start looking real attractive. But as you already know, there are no shortcuts.
You see it all the time, everywhere you look someone is selling you a 12-week transformation program. There is nothing really wrong with them, except for the fact that most people aren't happy with their results. And if you don't look like a cover model after 12 weeks, it's easy to think you're a failure. They'll show you pages and pages of people who succeeded but what they don't show you is what those people look like 2 years after their transformation.
Maybe you only need 12 weeks to get in shape, but maybe you need 52 weeks or even 3 years. It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get there, the only thing that matters is that when you get there, you can happily stay there.
I want you to build your body from the ground up strengthening not only your beach muscles, but also your stabilizers. I want you to take a rest day when you need it because you know its ok to take one step back to take two steps forward. I want you to build a routine that excites you and even if it's tough you can look back and be proud of what you accomplished.
But most of all, I want you to do cool shit.