YOUR MIND IS THE STRONGEST MUSCLE

Sunday, 16 March 2014 21:43

When we hit the gym, most of us aim to lose weight, get strong and look good, but before that can happen, we must first be able to visualize it in our minds. Our mind is a powerful tool. The reason is because it involves thought and ideas that shapes how we perceive certain things. Here are 7 tips on how to use your mind to achieve your goals in and out of the gym!

First off, let's define the word 'mind': (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.

With that being said, different stimulus will allow us to believe in different ideas, and most of the time, to be relevant, to blend in, we began to create that certain image that we should behave or be like.

A lot of times, we tend to look out so much and neglect the things that are within us. We often get too obsessed with the things that are popular and unknowingly it may seem like it’s our goal, but in reality is that the thing that we truly desire? Or do we just want to please the world/someone?

People like bill gates don’t want to run a marathon or lift 500lbs off the ground; he wants to connect people with technology. Getting a very low body fat percentage (4%-8%), wanting to look like the people in the magazines? Is that where you want to head to, or do you want to be able to be functional and fit to excel in that certain sport that you play? (Take some time to think before moving on.)

So here are some practical tips that can condition our mind to reaching the goals that we desire. As cliché as it sounds we have to set SMARTER goals. But this time, let me break it down further and walk the steps together with you. (SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACCOUNTABLE, REALISTIC, TIME BOUND, EVALUATED, RECORDED)

1. VISUALISE AND SET SMARTER GOALS
First off, I will begin by Visualising what I want to see happen, then, I would write them down according to the SMART model above. I’ll look something like that, “I want to be able to lose 10kg by the end of this year.” After which you will also set some short term goals, like lose 3kg a month. At this point of time, you will be pretty psyched up and might even feel your blood pumping through your veins. But when it comes to the next day where you’re going to be executing it might be totally different. Why? Because it has not been a habit and it requires sacrifice and change. (Be sure that you’ve already set out time to do the things required reach your goals the day before)

2. START OFF BY DOING A ONE WEEK CHALLENGE
So, what I would recommend is starting by doing it for a week. I call this a one week challenge. Of course a challenge comes with a prize, so reward yourself after reaching that goal. After that, take a break for a day or two before getting back into the game. (But ensure you’re not straying away). This time instead of doing it for a week increase the time frame to 2 weeks and challenge yourself again! Before you know it, it becomes a lifestyle!

3. BUY A NOTEBOOK FOR JOURNALING

As we’re doing that one week challenge, it’ll be good if we bought a log book and start writing things down, so let’s say that we want to cook our own meals, and hit the gym 3 times a week. Write down how we feel when we wake up at 6am to prepare our meals, write down how we feel when you exercised and of course write down the progress that you made. (It might not seem like it’s a lot, but it’s just the first week!) . At first it may look like it’s a drag, but instead of looking at them as a chore, think of it as it’s something that will propel you towards that stronger version of yourself.

4. EVALUATE YOURSELF AT THE END OF THE WEEK

With that handy notebook that you have, summarise your week by writing down what are a few things that you did great, and of course what could be improved on. This way we are able to constantly move forward and reach our goals. This is also something that can really encourage us when things get tough further into our journey.

5. HAVE SOMEONE YOU CAN REJOICE WITH
Have a community of friends and family you can be accountable to, this way they can also be a source of motivation and help when needed. They can also be people like personal trainers, coaches or even a religious leader.

6. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR THOUGHTS AND WORDS
Speak words of affirmation to yourself and others. As the saying goes “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” A very good way is to condition our minds is to be an encouragement to others, say nice things about them. It could be simple things like “nice shirt”. This way we shift our focus from negativity to positivity.

7. EDUCATE AND EXPERIMENT
Change being the only constant, we have to keep an open mind so that we’re able to constantly improve yourself. The last thing you want to do is to put yourself in a routine that has no dynamics and fun. Constantly explore and hang out with people and are looking to move forward. This way we will be able to find out new things that might help us in this journey of becoming the strongest version of ourselves.

YOUR MIND IS THE STRONGEST MUSCLE.
With those 7 tips above, it brings me to the summary of this article. A step to action is never easy; our minds are always constantly battling to keep us in our comfort zone. To reach that certain goal, we have to always go through the fire, but as long as we persist, as long as that desire is the desire of our hearts, we’ll always have this source of strength to tap to. Even when things don’t go our way, or when things look so far away. So what if we make mistakes?

This is not school, there ain’t going to be any teachers marking the “paper” of your life. Make your mistake and learn from them. The worse thing we can do to ourselves is to be afraid of making mistakes and not take that step. If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you cannot get growing.

Before I go, I just wish you guys all the best. Keep pursuing your goals and don’t look back!

 

Writer : Marcus Yap (@MarcusTCyap)

Marcus Yap, a certified personal trainer. Pursuing diploma in sports and exercise, he aims to be as strong as superman. Being not very media savvy he enjoys making Youtube videos and messing around on the social media He also loves to slay dragons. Here's an example of a heavy-ass dragon he has slain : 

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