The Perfect Mindset for Fitness Success
on January 10, 2020 • Grace
If you have a history of starting training with the hopes of getting in shape, losing weight, completing a marathon or winning a race, only to abandon your plan within a few days or weeks, you know that your mindset has ultimate power over your fitness success.
Before you can achieve your goals, you must first obtain the perfect fitness mindset.
This is the type of mindset that will keep you moving forward, even when you face obstacles and doubts. It will motivate you to stick to your training instead of making excuses and giving up halfway. It will make each workout count.
Ready to achieve some serious fitness success both in 2020 and in years to come? Here’s the perfect mindset to help you do just that:
Focus on Why Instead of How
Sometimes it can feel like a habit to resolve to get in shape this month, or year, or decade. But if you’re just doing it because you feel like you should, you don’t have the mindset that helps you achieve your goals.
Get the mindset of success by re-evaluating why you wanted to start your workout routine in the first place. Did you want to get fitter, become stronger, lose weight? Did you want to achieve your dream of completing a triathlon or scoring a winning goal? Did you want to have the ability to pursue a physical activity that you’ve always wanted to try? This should be based on your own personal satisfaction and goals, rather than the goal of satisfying others’ expectations.
In order to determine your why, ask yourself:
- Do I want to do this for myself?
- Why is it desirable for me?
- How will it improve my life?
- What are the consequences if I give up?
It is important to see yourself after the transformation and to envision what success looks and feels like after the transformation.
Knowing why you want to face your challenge will give you that extra burst of motivation whenever the going gets tough. It keeps you emotionally engaged in the process, and, therefore, more likely to push through any obstacles. That’s because it keeps you focused on greater fulfillment rather than negative outcomes.
Write your why down, and keep it somewhere visible for every time you start your workout.
It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination
While you always want to keep your true purpose in mind when working toward fitness success, you shouldn’t allow a single long-term goal to restrict you from the here and now.
In other words, your perfect fitness mindset, like many other things in life, relies on enjoying the steps you take along the way.
Trying to surpass these steps and get straight to the destination — in this case, whatever your ultimate goal is — will only leave you burnt out and, usually, right back where you started. In fact, trying to make too many changes at once is a surefire way to get overwhelmed and give up before seeing any results.
Instead, remember this: Small changes slowly but surely add up to big results. If you have a mindset that takes satisfaction out of each part of the process, you will be motivated to continue making these small changes until they eventually give you the results you are looking for.
This mindset will also better prepare you to face any hurdles that come your way. More often than not, a journey is full of twists and turns, backtracks and steep climbs. If you take your fitness journey one step at a time, it will be easier to accept these challenges than if you are only focusing on getting to your destination right now.
Don’t be a Perfectionist, Just be Consistent
So you’ve changed your mindset to value small steps rather than immediate results. Now it’s time to do the same with your idea of success.
For many of us, in order to complete each step successfully, it should be perfect — a perfect set of squats, a perfect mile, a perfect throw.
However, perfection is not what helps you achieve your ultimate fitness goals. For example, someone who runs a perfect mile once is not as close to completing a marathon as someone who runs a mile with breaks and imperfect form, but who runs it every day.
When you focus too much on perfection during your training, you only see how far you have left to go rather than the progress you are making. This only supports your excuses not to continue: “I’m not perfect, so what’s the point?” or “If I can’t do this perfectly, I’ll never be successful.” True perfection is not realistic, and trying to achieve it will use up all of the energy that you should be putting toward additional steps.
True success comes from consistency, from showing up every day or every week and giving your all. Think of your fitness success as something sustainable that you can commit to for the long haul. The perfect fitness mindset makes training a lifestyle, not a series of perfect achievements.
That means that there’s no excuses to wait to start your fitness journey! Just show up and do what you can. That’s still better than waiting to be perfect and never showing up at all.
Lose Your Fixed Belief System and Gain an Open Mind
Did you know that both losing weight and working out more often made it on the top 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions list in 2018? While that may not be very surprising, this next statistic is: as many as 91% of people who make resolutions give up on them sometime throughout the year.
There are many reasons for giving up on your fitness routine, but one of the main excuses is a lack of flexibility. Like perfectionism, a fixed mindset involves holding yourself to out-of-reach standards, then ultimately blaming external circumstances for your lack of results.
In order to achieve fitness success, you must let go of this fixed mindset and the negative thoughts that come with it, and instead embrace a growth mindset.
A growth mindset embraces change, instead of seeing it as a failure or a reason to quit. Challenges become opportunities to improve on an ability or learn a new skill. In other words, failure is a springboard for growth and success with this type of mindset.