**WARNING: this post contains pics of fitness models i.e. beautiful women in tiny bikinis! But a friendly reminder that this is a fitness/health related blog. Glad we got that out of the way….
“It’s not the work that’s hard, it’s the discipline.”Anonymous
For someone who wakes up before the crack of dawn Monday to Friday, a Saturday is a very precious day, a Sabbath of sorts….a rest day, without the religious connotation. Another lesson that I’ve learnt since starting this challenge is that we often don’t realise the true cost of our desires. We want something really badly but when we look at the price tag, we simply aren’t willing to pay the cost.You then have to ask yourself this: “do I REALLY want it?”
The truth is that unless we are willing to pay the price, we have to face the reality that we might not want it as badly as we say we do.
The equation that keeps changing my life: [Desire + Discipline] = Delight
We all desire various things but in order to achieve them (get to a stage where we delight in our desire) we need discipline. That means consistently doing that particular thing.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
And I’ve found that one of the best ways to stay on track is to set a visual goal of what you want to achieve. You have to see what you want to achieve. This may be in the form of a vision board, flash cards, or even pics of your goal on your cellphone (wallpaper/background etc). The key thing is to have these visual goals in places where a) you will see them often and b) you might be tempted to eat the wrong thing—hence the pics on your phone being a good option. Whenever I go out with friends or family and I know that I may be temped to eat something I shouldn’t, I take a quick scroll through the pics on my phone of the bodies I am motivated to achieve. Sometimes I look at motivational sayings or quotes. Yes, I don’t always do this but I can say that whenever I do, I make the right decision.
“What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.” Aristotle
So I’ve pasted a few examples in this post. The first pic is my current screen-lock pic.
**Note: It’s important to choose pics that are similar to your own body shape. I’m not, and will never be, a slender, lithe, model-type shape so it doesn’t make sense to choose pics of bodies that are not realistic for me to achieve. However, more often than not you choose pics that are what you potentially can become. It’s incredible how your mind knows your potential. That’s why it’s good not to get into a mindset of comparison – your body is YOUR body! To compare is unfair. There is a picture out there of what you can achieve , find it, put it up and get going! Don’t focus on anyone else’s figure or progress. Focus on you, get inspired by others but only to achieve YOUR outcomes.
In fact it’s so amazing to see the pic I chose to paste on my vision board over a year ago and the similarities in my own physique as it’s transforming (vision pic attached with updates from the last month).
I have always been quite muscular and although I do not want to ‘bulk up’, the shape of a good fitness model -like the examples below- is a great form of inspiration and motivation, and guess what: some of the women are over 40!!!
So….What’s your excuse?
My current screen-lock pic
A glimpse of a section of my vision board, created just over a year ago. Compare the model’s abs above and how mine have developed below ( I took the pics last week). Your mind knows what your potential is, you just have to give it the chance to allow it to come to pass!
Some motivational pics and sayings:
“Develop the winning edge; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results.”
“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your promotion.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” E.M. Gray
Pics Courtesy of Facebook: Female Fitness Models http://www.facebook.com/#!/FemaleFitn3ssModels and Instagram