What if I told you that… you are always reaching your full potential…?
What I mean by that is, if you spend your time… ‘upstairs’ believing that you are only capable of performing a certain exercise under certain conditions OR if you believe that you will ALWAYS plateau at a certain weight, those beliefs will typically come to fruition.
Once these beliefs break through the blast doors of manifestation, they become your reality. Then you will have a whole new set of challenges… challenges that could have been avoided altogether.
“Those who think they can and those who think they can’t are both usually right.” – Confucius
Willpower can be trained much like any other set of muscles… just in different ways.
Here are a few ways you can strengthen your discipline and maximize potential:
1. Delay instant gratification – A significant part of impulsivity is the innate desire for instant gratification. Especially in today’s day and age. If we can learn to delay our gratification little by little, we can then learn to live in a place of gratitude meaning that we are never ‘dissatisfied’ with where we are currently. This is a beautiful thing. If we can learn to delay instant gratification, then we can learn to work toward our goals without becoming obsessive and reliant on a certain accomplishment for our self-worth.
2. Set realistic goals – Ambition is a beautiful thing… there is great value in pushing yourself by setting the bar higher and higher. However, if goals become too grandiose (or unrealistic) then you are essentially planning to fail. Set goals that are big enough to break down into sub-tasks, but small enough to yield completion in a timely manner. Ultimately, the accomplishments following goal achievement will boost your self-esteem and empower your willpower. The feeling of making progress can be powerful!
3. Work on stress levels – A rational mind is a good friend of willpower. When fight-or-flight signaling is active, actions are impulsive and emotional. The goal is to manage and reduce stress levels to keep a level-head and maintain control over your actions. Focus on things like diet, mindfulness and overall moderation.
We’ve heard it before, and we’ll hear it again and again throughout life… it’s always mind over matter. A healthy mental fitness regimen is vital to resisting distraction and impulse as well as boosting productivity. Therefore if you want to optimize your performance in fitness, maintaining a healthy mind is vital.