In order to achieve a goal, you first have to clearly define it.
Have you always wanted 6 pack abs? Or to feel healthier? Or maybe just to be a bit more confident in your skin?
If you’re anything like me, I’m going to guess the answer is yes.
From lanky to 6 pack abs
You see, I used to be the “lanky kid” at my high school. I was 6'5" and 170 pounds soaking wet. While I certainly lived up to my nickname, I could never escape it. It defined me. And it also really pissed me off.
Eventually, I had enough and vowed never to be the ‘lanky kid’ again. I wanted to be big, strong, and athletic with a 6 pack.
My goal was to destroy my previous nickname and create an entirely new one.
In order to achieve that fitness goal you’ve always wanted, you first have to define it. Without knowing where you want to go, you can’t begin to create it. If you’ve always wanted a 6 pack, set that as the target and let it guide you.
Where do you want to be? What do you want to have? To look like? To feel like?
Whether it’s 6 pack abs, running a 7-minute mile, or simply feeling better, take the time to clearly define what you want out of your fitness journey.
Next, you have to take action.
Real results come from actually doing the thing that will get you closer to your goal.
It's one thing to want to run a marathon. But to actually do it, you have to start running first.
When I set my sights on banishing my ‘lanky kid’ nickname, I immediately joined a local gym and started exercising. I was 18 years old and had never lifted a weight in my life. I was clueless.
Nonetheless, I just got started. I took the first step. Looking back on it, It certainly wasn’t the best step I could have taken. But, it was better than not taking a step at all.
In order to achieve your goals, you have to take some sort of action.
Try. Attempt. Fail.
It doesn’t matter how big of a step you take. Or in what direction. Or for how long. What matters is that you take some sort of action. And that you do it consistently over time.
Why People Fall Short Too Often
The biggest reason people fail is that they look at how far they have to go instead of just the step right in front of them.
They say, “I have to lose 30 pounds before my abs will show.” instead of saying, “I just have to lose one pound this week.”
Focus on the short term. The next immediate step. Focus on getting closer to your goal on a daily basis rather than how much farther until you achieve the goal.
Everyone wants to feel healthier, look better, and have a 6 pack. However, not everyone wants to put in the work required to have those things. While it does take a lot of work, on a day-to-day basis not much effort is required.
The key is consistent action over time. By focusing on just the next small step in front of you — instead of the entire staircase — you can stay motivated and consistent over time.
You need to have a short-term focus with a long-term mentality. Focus on winning the day. Stay consistent, and eventually, you will reach the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Ultimately, the separator between those that succeed and those that don’t is action. It’s what differentiates those that do and those that don’t. Those that win and those that lose. And those that get healthy and those that don’t.