The goals you set out to achieve don’t just happen.
A process must be followed in order for you to reach them.
The process always trails back to your mentality.
You must stay positive.
Every single negative thought you have will affect your process in a bad way.
And a negative outlook on the process can develop quickly.
Much quicker than a positive one.
A positive outlook takes work to build.
Negative influence will come from yourself and it will come from others.
It will come daily.
You must be ready to kill it the very moment it tries to enter your mind.
First, do you believe in yourself that you can attain the goal?
You have to.
If you don’t, you will be pounded into the ground with self-doubt. You will let what others think and say about you hold you back. You’ll never even give yourself a chance from the start.
In addition to protecting yourself against your own self-destructive thoughts and from other people’s pessimism, you’ll have to train yourself to deal with day-to-day impulses and discouragements.
Are you going to be mentally disciplined enough to order the right thing from the menu, or will you succumb to ordering the burger basket?
Are you going to be mentally tough enough to push all the way through five reps (when the first three felt amazingly difficult), or will you quit and let the temporary discomfort win the battle?
If your visual body inspection doesn’t turn up the results you expected, will stay on track and order a salad from the menu, or will you give up on the process and go for the burger basket this time?
Will you be patient enough to keep drilling and fine-tuning your bench press (even though you’ve been stuck at the same weight for 6 months), or will you even begin to think to yourself that this will never get better?
Thinking to yourself that your bench press will never improve, or thinking to yourself that your body isn’t changing for the better is exactly what you need to avoid.
These thoughts are negativity.
These thoughts are going to happen.
There are going to be times that you feel you are making no progress.
There will be times that you question if you’re even going in the right direction.
This is when you find out where your mind is at.
This is your opportunity to improve your mindset.
It’s what you need to reach your goal.