Getting “real” with yourself

Let us be honest, getting real with yourself is hard.

Shoot, its downright miserable sometimes, and that is exactly why we avoid it.  But if we can’t be honest with ourselves, how can we expect to ever change?

There are a million areas in which you can chose to be honest or dishonest with yourself, but for the sake of this blog, we are focusing on fitness and diet.

Fitness

Most clients have no problem pushing themselves hard during a training session.  Once they walk through the door and hit the warmup routine, they know its game time.

But what are you doing the other 23 hours of your day?  What are you doing the other 5 days of the week?

Are you constantly moving for work?  Are you chasing kids from point A to point B?  Are you taking a walk around the neighborhood or downtown?  Or are you sedentary?

Are you stretching and foam rolling on your days off?  Are you icing!?  Proper recovery is essential for growth and gains.

Strength takes years to build and requires constant maintenance.  Atrophy begins in as little as 48 hours of inactivity… not fair but that is the reality.

Diet

What you put into your body matters.  All of it.  Snacks, liquids, meals, etc.

Only you can decide what your ideal body image is, and only you can make that happen through how you choose to fuel your body.

Only you can decide how much of your diet are you willing to change.  How much you are going to alter your food and drink lifestyle to achieve your goals?

Realize it is damn hard to earn and maintain a “fit” body image, and the diet component needs to be on point, day in and day out.

Be honest with yourself, are you doing that?

Action item

Get yourself a journal and start writing your inner most thoughts in it.  This is a difficult habit to create, realize that and do not beat yourself up if you happen to miss a day or two.  The point is to get used to being “real” with yourself, in a safe environment.  Practice writing out what really happened that day or weekend.  Do it often, daily would be best!  There is no right or wrong, just flow.  They are your thoughts, your opinions, do not write what you think others would like to hear… Be ruthlessly honest!

After you have taken the courageous step of committing your thoughts to paper, read it over.  This combination of journaling and reflection creates association and memories in your brain.

Stick with it, it will get easier as time goes by.  Also, it will start to manifest itself in your daily life.  You will realize some of your weaknesses in real time and catch yourself.  You will start to think about the future, and what it will feel like to have to account for your actions in your journal later.

Getting real with yourself on paper will soon lead to getting real with yourself in real life!

If you work at it, learning how to be totally honest with yourself is an extremely powerful skill.  If you know exactly who you are, you can walk through life with the ultimate confidence.

If you know exactly how hard you have worked… when you truly earn something, no one can take that away from you!

 

P.S.  If you enjoyed this article, forward it on to anyone you know who could benefit from the message.

 

P.P.S.  If you are interested in starting a journal, but do not yet have one, I have just the one for you!  Mention this to me next session to receive your free “Wealth Management Journal.”

If you are not yet a member and would like to claim your free journal, click here

 

Your trainer,

Alex

1 Comment

  1. It is hard at times for all of us to get moving! Easier to turn on the tv and grab a snack. When hitting the 241lbs mark and hitting the big 70, I realized how I wanted to look and feel for the remainder of my life. Diet is always a challenge, but I log my meals everyday and it helps me be aware of how much I consume. It makes that little voice in your head kick in and and ask me if I really should have had that donut .
    My objective is just to keep moving. Find something to do to stay busy.
    Thanks Alex!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.