Between 2006 – 2016, my reasoning behind attempting to get the physique I dreamed of was not strong enough. My motivator every year was ‘to get an amazing beach body for my summer holiday to impress the people at the pool’. Upon reflection, I realised that having an okay body on my summer holidays was something I was actually totally comfortable with. For that reason, I never felt the need to break my bollox in the gym or be extremely strict with my diet the months prior to going away.
Once I identified this, I went back to the drawing board and asked myself ‘is there any other reason why getting in shape would motivate me?’ Looking good for next year’s summer holiday was definitely one reason, however, I knew that this reason alone wouldn’t hold up. You know the quote –
‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’. My reasoning had to change.
For some time prior to this journey, I had felt that I had not achieved much independent success in my life. I have a business with two other partners and as we are a trio, sole success in an area of its success was hard to quantify. This was having a negative effect on my confidence. To overcome this, I knew it was necessary to accomplish an independent goal. Getting my body into the shape I dreamed of was a way to challenge and overcome this self doubt. For the first time, I had a rock-solid internal motivator.
The beauty with your body is that its shape is purely based on the independent work you put into it.
Whether it’s a number of times you go to the gym or the food you put into your mouth, these are personal choices you have full control of everyday.