When undergoing preparation for an athletic event or a transformation, many of us always focus so much on the end goal that we get frustrated because we don’t get there fast enough. Unfortunately this creates a downward spiral of frustration and stress which will lead to losing motivation and ultimately, even giving up on our goal.
This is a situation where we can’t see the forest because of the trees. We are looking so far ahead to that final victory that we don’t acknowledge the steps we take along the way that will lead us to achieving those goals. Committing some time to recognize these small victories and celebrate them every day can keep us mentally focused and inspired to keep working day in and day out.
- So what are these small victories that I write about? They are right in plain view. It’s just a matter of looking for them. Here are some examples of minor tasks that can be considered daily “wins”.
- Did you eat each of your five to six meals today? If so, that is five or six victories.
- Did you finish each minute of your cardio? If you planned on 20 minutes on the elliptical and got it done, that is 20 victories because you did more than many people did.
- Did you train in the weight room? If so, then that too is a win.
- How about your supplements? If you got each of them in without being late or missing any, then that is more to celebrate.
- Some of us are not fans of water. If you got your minimum eight glasses in, then chalk up eight more wins.
Now these are the things you are supposed to do but these aren’t your only successes. Let’s discuss the things you didn’t do.
- Did you hit the snooze button when you know you should wake up? No? That is a win.
- Did you fix a bowl of cereal when you know you should’ve had a Lean Body Shake? If you passed on the easy way out, congratulations.
- How many fast food restaurants did you pass on your way to the gym? How about the office? Were you tempted? Did you give in? You saying no is just as important as saying yes to your healthy meals.
- Did you get that “2:30 feeling” and want to go to the soda for the jolt of energy? No, you eat healthy and train hard because you committed. This is a mark in the win column.
- Did you go to the gym at the end of the day or just stay home and watch TV? If you passed on the comedy for cardio then do your touchdown dance.
This seems like something that shouldn’t be taken seriously but there are several things you did in one day to help you reach that goal that many people wouldn’t have done. That is to be respected, appreciated, and celebrated. You meeting your commitments day in and day out will help you reach your goals. You recognizing and enjoying each of the steps you take along that journey will help you reach your goals too.
About the Author
Roger “ROCK” Lockridge is a writer whose work has been seen all over the world. He is most known as a writer for Iron Man Magazine and Bodybuilding.com. In 2009, he was named Bodybuilding.com Male Writer of the Year which along with the Female award is the highest award for writers in the bodybuilding/fitness world.
Roger is also known for his work against child abuse and domestic violence and he was featured as a part of the domestic violence documentary “30” as the only child survivor and the only male survivor in the film.