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Many of us lose track from time to time and we “float”.  This is a dangerous place in which to find yourself. I know from past experience that the devil makes its best work for idle hands. When we get bored, become side-tracked or get distracted from the task at hand, we very quickly fall off the rails. It may seem like a harsh statement, but what we tend to lose ground across the board: our diet slips, we miss sessions in the gym, our passion and focus wanes, and worst of all, we make excuses to perpetuate our poor decision making.

We don’t just need the correct mindset for the gym, but in life itself in order to be in the Elite category (and by Elite I am not talking social status, but personal satisfaction and achievement). There is nothing wrong in wanting to achieve, be the best and be number 1.

So many people in today’s society frown upon this attitude. Why? Because they are happy to live a sub-standard existence, a sub-standard life, and never really setting high goals in order to never feel disappointment. 

Is that you? Well, that is perfectly fine! It’s your life to live...who are we to judge? However, for the rest...do you want more? Do you want to achieve? Do you want to look back in years to come and feel a huge sense of pride at what you have achieved?  If the answer is YES then take a moment to read this article. 

  1. Being the Best Possible Version of YOU!

We are all born with different strengths and weaknesses in and outside of the gym. Our DNA and genetics are fixed and will give us advantages and disadvantages. However, they do NOT determine who we are. 

Instead of dwelling on your weaknesses, work on them, do all you can to improve them, but understand there is a limit and you can only do so much.  Be satisfied in knowing you have done all you physically can to improve, and that alone is what winning is all about. 

Focus on your strengths, and appreciate that we are all different and what makes you stand out. Don’t be afraid to be different in your quest for greatness.   

  1. Focus on the task at hand.

There are way too many distractions in today’s world. How often do you see people in the gym with their phones out, talking to friends, messing about with music, etc? In order to give everything you have and to be all that you can, it is essential that to focus on the task at hand. Give it your undivided attention and don’t allow any distractions to come between you and the task at hand.

Adopting this mindset will take your performance from average to superior in just a matter of weeks. The more practice you devote to applying yourself 100% to the task at hand, the better you will become at the given task. That goes for working out, family, relationships, and life in general.

  1. Never settle and always strive for more.

    The worst thing in the world for success is complacency. That moment when we feel like we have reached our peak and can afford to drift is the start of a downfall. Understanding that we can always do more is KEY. We can all be more efficient, better organized, and more focused. Learn to maximize your resources and educate yourself on a daily basis regarding all issues that impact or influence your daily existence.  

    1. It’s all about the RESULTS.

    Let’s get one thing straight: to be GREAT you don’t just participate. You enter a race, a competition or an event TO WIN. This doesn’t mean you have to be the arrogant or hateful person. It simply means that you are driven, focused and ambitious.

    Too many people bang on about the importance of taking part. Well, that is all good and well, and in some circumstances, I agree. For instance, if I’m playing Scrabble with my 5-year-old daughter, I don’t feel the need to win, but if I am entering a competition that I am passionate about, and have accordingly put the time, effort and sacrifice into training for, you are damn sure I want to win. 

    1. Use the latest research to continue self-development.

    There are countless scientists working around the clock to provide us with the latest information and in-depth understanding of how the body works. Don’t be stuck in a rut or too ignorant to listen, to learn.

    Commit the time to research a little each and every week, every little bit will contribute to a more holistic understanding of yourself and your body. Learn from those who are leading the way, be a sponge and absorb all that you can from thought leaders and practitioners of any subject matter. Collectively, this information augments your understanding and with it the strategy to progress that you develop for yourself. Empower yourself.  

    1. Use other athletes as inspiration.

    Don’t hold an ego so large that you cannot be inspired by another athlete’s body or performance. Finding individuals whose physiques you admire is a great way to stay motivated. Challenge yourself to strive to be at their level or beyond.  Find inspiration in the results of others, and remember that they all had to go through the same process as you to achieve those results.  

    1. Associate with like-minded people.

    I am a great believer in positivity breeds positivity. I’m not by any means saying only pick friends who make you look good in social circles, what I am saying is find a circle of friends who fill you full of positivity and energy. A close circle of friends who inspire, drive and energize you is important. As you become more successful in life you will notice people will come and go so be careful to be selective on who you allow in. The wrong people can be destructive in your quest for greatness. 

    1. The basics work.

    The reason they are called "the basics" is for the fact they work. Don’t try to over complicate or confuse yourself with scientific knowledge which you most likely don’t need at the stage you are at. Development is important, however, be patient and be sure to always start with a solid basic plan that you fully understand and know why it works. 

    1. If you think it, DO IT!

    If you say you are going to do the 50’s for 8, then do the 50’s for 8! Don’t give yourself stupid targets! Be sure the target is attainable. However, if it is, don’t approach the exercise in your head saying: “If I only get 5, that will do.”  Think strong. Be strong.

    1. Stop questioning your own ability.

    Don’t feel the need to ask others in the gym what your ability is. Ability means nothing without commitment and heart. You don’t need the acceptance or approval of others that you have potential. You need to earn that in time by doing the hard work and graft it takes to fulfill it.  

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