When you understand yourself and you understand the enemy you cannot be defeated. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
What is the biggest cause of failure in fitness, besides my buddies Ben & Jerry, and Mrs. Butterworth? Honestly, it has nothing to do with the details of a diet or training program. Most people know what to do. Since I’ve dedicated my life and career to this game, I’d love to make it seem more complicated in order to validate my credentials, schooling, and personal obsession. But it just isn’t so.
The “what to do” is straightforward and simple.
So why do some breeze through with ease, while others constantly get stuck in a rut?
Well, nothing can cure outright laziness and entitlement to be honest. But beyond that, if you have sincere goals and are willing to put forth an honest effort, I think it all comes down to having the right mindset and the right strategies. Some may write this off as self-help nonsense, but if you haven’t gotten to where you want to go, you have no right to criticize. In fact, you might want to throw an ear in and listen.
I recently had the honor of writing an article for Men’s Fitness about this very topic: 5 Key’s to Conquering Any Fitness Challenge
Here are the 5 Strategies with a little bit of a summary of what we covered.
1. Know What You’re Fighting For
Pure vanity is rarely enough to see things through ’til the end. I know we all are chasing that glorious 6-pack and gun show. But is that really enough to motivate you when the challenges and distractions of modern life start to pile up? Even a childish, dumb ass like myself has had to dig a little deeper to ultimately get the job done.
2. Be Accountable
A good coach can help you design the game plan and call the plays. But you, and only you, can run them on the field. You’re the one on the battlefield of life that has to face your foe—and everything it is going to throw at you—head on. No one can do it for you, no matter how much you are willing to pay them. Oops, did I just write that out loud. Any current or future clients, please disregard that last statement. Put enough zeros on the end of that check, and I’ll lie straight to your frickin’ face and say I can absolutely do it for you. Don’t you know I’m a descendent of Merlin and have all the magic pills?
3. Know Your Enemy
You must know everything about the challenge you face. What are the specific skills and tools you need to succeed? How and when are you going to acquire them? What are some common roadblocks? Where have others failed in the past? Why did they fail? What are you going to do differently?
Paralysis by analysis is the end result of fear. Should I do this or do that? What will I do if my chosen plan doesn’t work as expected? What is the antidote to this poison that kills our warrior spirit? Action. Do something, anything, immediately.
5. Embrace the role of the Underdog.
Only a few of us are born into privilege. Only a few of us are born with elite genetics. Only a few have every possible advantage handed to them. The odds and obstacles are stacked against most of us right from the start. How does any underdog ultimately win? It’s nothing fancy. It’s nothing complicated. It’s simply by having the discipline and determination to do whatever is necessary to break on through to the other side, regardless of the situation.
If you’d like to check out the full article on the Men’s Fitness website, here’s da link: