If you want to make 2006 your most successful year yet, seize the opportunity and go for it! Never settle for mediocrity again and reap the rewards you know you are capable of!
I hope that you had a pleasurable Christmas & New Year, and if you were anything like me you would have overindulged on more than one occasion.
Hey, what's the point of training hard all year without being able to let your hair down and "living a little" from time to time?
Also, if you were like me you would have done the whole "New Year's Resolution" bit as well, though we might have had slightly different factors driving us.
I learned a long time ago not to dwell on the past, so if I ate too much Christmas pudding then so be it - I am not going to beat myself up over it and neither should you. But you know, because we cannot change the past doesn't me we cannot learn from it, or use it to fuel the upcoming year. That's what I do.
The factors that I felt let me down in 2005 become my priority for 2006. We are surrounded by opportunities to improve every single day and if we fail to take advantage of them, then we fail - pretty simple stuff!
Look Back To Move Forward!
Before we rush into things, we need to make a few assessments on where we are now and where we have come from as this will help us build direction for where we want to go. If 2006 is going to be your breakout year - the year you will achieve great results - then why is this year going to be so great?
What are you planning to do that is going to make such drastic changes and more importantly, what didn't you do in the past to obtain them sooner?
If you don't take the time to reflect over the previous year and isolate the factors that you feel could have been better, do you think that things will be any different this year - how could they be?
For example, let's say that your diet for 2005 had been anything but good. If you do not acknowledge that as one of your weaknesses, why would you change it? That's right, you wouldn't - and the cycle continues.
Then before you know it, you are sitting in this exact same position 12 months from now determined to make 2007 your best year yet. Don't waste another second, do it now!
So, that first thing you need to do is make a list of all the things that could have been better for the pervious year. Training, nutrition, recovery - anything you can think of. (I should note though to be realistic. Falling off the wagon a few times such as overindulging is okay, just as long as it isn't a habit.) Then from there, list some ways in which you could improve.
As an example let's look at nutrition and supplementation. After careful review, you have found that you failed to incorporate effective post-workout nutrition and supplementation after every workout. So for 2006, one of your resolutions will be to apply better strategies to the best of your abilities.
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Here is a sample that I have created to reflect what I mean:
- I will capitalize on my training efforts with my post-workout shake (PWO) and supplements after every session.
- I will follow that lead with a second highly digestible meal within 1 hour after completing my workout.
- I will ensure I never run out of supplements so no training session is never not supported 100%.
- Most importantly, I will always eat on time.
Make The Commitment
And Stay Consistent
Often I get asked what is the best way to train, what is the best supplement to take, what is the best for this and the best for that. But you know, unless you are consistent with your approach, then second best will be what you get. Successful training is just as much about habit building as it is bodybuilding.
You need to develop the habit of regularly going to the gym, eating the right foods, taking the right supplements and staying consistent with the plan. There is little value to be gained of having a great lifestyle 3 days out of 7 every week - it takes a little more than that.
So if you are new to training and envision 2006 as the year you turn your life around, your number one goal will be creating a new lifestyle that you enjoy and most importantly, one you can follow consistently.
Speaking Of Goals...
Now as you know, you can't get anywhere without knowing where you want to go, and the same can be held true when thinking about your physique. How can you expect to build a great physique if you have not defined what you are trying to accomplish and more importantly - why you want it?
What is it that you are trying to accomplish, when do you want your results by, and why are they so important for you? You really need to put yourself in the hot seat here and make yourself accountable for everything.
Without taking responsibility for your actions, and more importantly your prospective outcomes, why would you think that this year is going to be any different - any more productive, to be precise?
|WHAT'S YOUR GOAL?|
Without the new direction that only comes from setting some meaningful short, medium and long-term goals, you are just going to do what you have done in the past and therefore guaranteeing the same results. Why would you expect anything different?
OK, time for some soul-searching. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and disappear into yourself for awhile and just write down whatever comes to mind. The whole point of this exercise is to see what really makes you tick. What is it that you really want?
Make sure you list it, no matter how big your dreams are. Plus, putting all your goals down on paper makes them real - no longer are they a pipe dream or something you 'hoped' might happen. They become something tangible that you can now work toward achieving.
I took this challenge myself and here are a few things that I came up with:
In 2006, I will ...
- Get to the gym on time for every session.
- Take advantage of every training opportunity and give it my best effort.
- Be consistent with my nutrition, not only throughout the week but also on the weekends.
- Take all my supplements on time.
- Schedule in allocated recovery periods, to ensure all my effort is not in vain.
Time To Put The Plan Into Action!
With the insight that you have gained from reviewing your previous years and by determining ways in which you could have performed better, you are already off to a better start. Keeping acquainted with your goals and what you are trying to achieve on a daily basis again puts you in a great position to achieve success. The next step is to simply take action.
Treat each day as a new opportunity to improve on the day before. Go into the gym and try lifting a little more weight/pumping out a few more reps. Stay determined to stick to your nutrition plan and do whatever needs to be done to achieve success.
Getting a great physique is never easy. Many times the challenge seems too great or the obstacles in your way seem too daunting. It's just easier to sometimes admit defeat before you even give it a decent shot. But that is what makes it so rewarding. If this game was easy, everyone would have a great physique, but where is the accomplishment in that?
This is something that you are doing for yourself, maybe even your yearly mission. That's reason alone why you cannot fail and why this year will be your best yet. When you want it bad enough, you can achieve anything!
About The Author
Josh Dickinson is a Natural Bodybuilder, Fitness Professional, and Contest Coach based in Australia. Josh runs the highly successful physique-essentials.com. Feel free to contact Josh for Natural Bodybuilding advice, via this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.