Mike Tyson in his hey day as the undisputed World Heavy Boxing Champion used to get up in the morning at 4am to do his morning jog of 6 miles. So what you say? What has that got to do with you getting into great shape this year? Getting incredible legs? And an incredible body?
Simple, your success is all dependent on your mind. Build a strong mind and the body will follow. When you do challenging things you are not just challenging your muscles. You are building your mental strength.
Build Mental Strength So Will Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution
When asked why Mike did ran so early in the morning he replied because he knew none of his competitors were getting up that early to do the same. Could he have run later in morning? Sure he could. But it takes a heck of a lot more mental fortitude to get up and run at 4am.
That has an affect on your mental strength. When you know you are doing things that most other people just won’t do you are exercising your mental strength and it begins to get stronger. You start to pride yourself on your ability to get it done when most others give up or give in.
The same is very true for your New Year’s resolution. We are in the midst of the holiday season and many of us are already resolving to get in shape in the New Year. But most of us won’t stick to that goal. By starting now you are beginning to be unreasonable with yourself.
That is part of the key. No you don’t miss workouts. Yes you do eat clean most of the time. And you are unreasonable about doing otherwise. You become hard-headed, OCD, or just plain fixated on doing exactly what you have to do to transform.
If you were to start your New Year’s resolution now, in the midst of the holiday season and squeeze in 3 to 4 workouts in each of the next two weeks you would not just be fighting the holiday weight gain, you would be building mental strength. You got it done when most people weren’t.
Heck many people that do work out regularly work out much less if at all over the holidays.
Work Your Mind Like A Muscle
Your ability to get in your workouts and eat well (when not at a holiday party) is you exercising your will power. Doing it now will help keep you going in late January and early February when the temptation to slip back into old habits starts to rise. To resist the urge to fall back into your old routines will be harder than any exercise you have to do.
At the end of the day, mental strength is what changes you. The mind controls the body. Work your mind and your body will follow.
You can do it. You just have to start somewhere.