There was a great little book written in the early 1900’s (I believe) by Wallace. D. Wattles entitled “The Science of Getting Rich”.
A highly recommended short read (short for me, at any rate) and I don’t care if you’re interested in making money – or getting rich – or not – the principles outlined in the book are GENERAL principles of success in all spheres, much like the 10 Commandments of Physical Success in 0 Excuses Fitness.
While Wattles tailored his book for those that want to accumulate riches (who doesn’t, hehe) and I tailored mine towards those that want to get – and stay – in the very best shape of their lives (and stay that way, mind you!) – the principles are the same for achieving success in any sphere of life.
Now, there was a great line in that book I just spoke about.
It goes such – “Getting rich is NOT a matter of doing certain things. It’s a matter of doing things – a CERTAIN WAY!”
Now, what does this mean, you ask? What does it have to do with fitness anyway?
Well, I’ll explain.
How many times have you woken up in the morning with a “rum drum” feeling of “Oh, I gotta get through this again”.
“Oh, no. I gotta wake up and put in the mileage anyway – I can’t miss my running goals!”
“Oh, I gotta finish my pushups even though I don’t feel like it!”
And so forth – and anyone that’s been exercising for a while knows what I’m talking about here.
There are times you just dont FEEL like doing it – and you end up going through the motions anyway and having a mediocre workout.
THIS is precisely what Wattles cautions against, and is the certain “way” he’s referring to.
As Emerson once said “Nothing great was achieved without enthusiasm” – and the same holds true here!
When you’re doing something – anything – don’t just “do it” without any emotion or thoughts behind it!
If you’re bored and depressed out of your skull at your current job – and want a change – don’t just “go through the motions” at your current job. Do whatever it is you’re doing at your current job with the end GOAL of getting a better one – – and believe me, when you put that thought and goal in your mind as you go through your routine, it’s nigh impossible not to be “aroused” at the deepest levels (if you do it correctly!).
THIS, my friend – is one of the keys to achievement in any sphere – fitness included.
Now, back to fitness – what happens on those cold winter mornings when you just don’t want to wake up to “git her done”?
What happens when you’re tired after work – and the wife is nagging – and the kids be CLAMORING for your time, hehe – or a combo of all the above and more?
And so forth?
How do you put yourself into an enthusiastic frame of mind and import that same gusto into your workout?
Well, simple, my friend.
You go into what I like to call the “Theater of your Mind” (although you call this whatever you like) and you VISUALIZE – yes – the perfect scenario.
You visualize, for instance, not being tired after a hectic workday – and not coming home to an “uncomfortable situation” – and so forth.
Or, you could visualize your goals. For me I often spend 10 to 15 minutes before a workout going through the entire workout in my head – but most importantly, with FEELING!
The feeling, my friend is how you really change your emotional state from negative to positive – and keep it there – and this good feeling is what imports into ANY Activity you do while in this frame of mind – including workouts.
And the results follow, my friend. Oh yes, they do.
I’ll write more on this in the future, but for now, remember what I just told you above is one of the most powerful tips anyone can give you.
Implement this little gem into your routines – – and watch your life change!
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