JUST DO IT. The mindset of a winner.
I`m a Nike girl. I worked for the company in the past, sport only Nike and live by the motto “Just Do It”. Such a simple yet powerful statement – JUST DO IT. Today I want to outline that this motto will help you in every struggle you encounter in the health and fitness world, as well as pursuing any goal in your life.
If you haven’t set goals recently, or re-evaluated please go find my blog on Goal Setting, and take my challenge. Once you know where you’re going, you can put your actions into motion by doing what you need to do to accomplish them. JUST DO IT.
You may have lofty goals like becoming a professional athlete, or compete in some sort of competition, or maybe your goal is smaller like lose 10 pounds, run a 5K or be able to walk for 30 minutes without huffing and puffing. Whatever your goal is, you will experience some feelings of doubt at times. Doubt often comes from our negative views on ourselves; such as feelings of inability or inadequacy. I want to encourage you that these doubts are LIES! Focus on your goals and do what it takes to reach them. JUST DO IT.
1. Put In the Work – There is no Substitute.
If you are willing to put in the work, you will UNDOUBTEDLY reach your goals. It may take you longer than it takes someone else to have what you want to have, or the ability that you’re working toward, but your goals are about YOU. You have to have the passion, the desire, and the will to succeed to overcome these doubts. Please, do not sit here and make excuses as to why you cannot do something. So maybe it takes you a little more time to accomplish; okay! Does that mean that you can’t do it? No! Of course not! So, when you doubt yourself – JUST DO IT anyways! Just do what it takes. Stick to your game plan that you set when you set your goals. If you set goals without a game plan, you will fail. Plain and simple. “Fail to prepare and prepare to fail”. I suggest getting your game plan set now. Start today fresh. As my trainer tells me “Today is a new day”.
2. Re-Direct Your Energy from Negative – Always Revert to Positivity
You’re probably thinking this is difficult. You’re right! Some days, it can be. Some days everything and everyone seem against you right, but you know what? You’re goals are not about others – they’re about you! If your goal is driven by negativity or driven for the purpose of others, you will experience a lot more negativity then you need to. This is dangerous ground to walk on because anything done out of negativity or fueled solely by negativity will attract more negative energy. So rid yourself of this and think about why YOU want this. What positive change will accomplishing your goal bring to your life? What opportunities will you open up if you keep a positive attitude when things get tough?
3.Do Not Quit – Ever.
Sometimes we will work and work and work and work and work, and see minimal result. Sometimes we will even fall flat on our faces and fail. You know what Michael Jordan said? He said: “I have failed over and over again, and that is why I succeed”. The best part about failing? You will learn how badly you want something. Even though you failed once, twice, three times… are you going to give up? No!
DO NOT QUIT.
Sometimes, we will be told by parents, mentors, bosses, coaches, friends that we just aren’t going to accomplish something, or it’s just not our time or that we should probably choose another route to take. Another profession, another goal should be the focus, we should do something that makes us more money, or we should choose a sport more appropriate for our body type. These are things most of us have heard. Ask yourself, how bad do YOU want it?
DO NOT QUIT.
Sometimes life happens. We have stressors that show up out of no where. Everything is going good, and then BOOM! When it rains it pours. There is a very specific sense of confidence and achievement that you breathe in to your life when you overcome roadblocks and obstacles. You will gain strength that you can pull from the next time you need it.
DO NOT QUIT.
4. Accept that you are a Work in Progress. Progress is a Process.
Any person who is successful at achieving their goals will tell you that PROGRESS IS A PROCESS. As a Personal Trainer, I see more people give up because they want instant results, and they don’t get them in the timing that they want them; so what do they do? They give up. You know what else they do? They come back to my desk the next year or before their next vacation asking, begging, pleading for help.
Do not get discouraged! Some of you say “I know this will take time” , but you’re not in it for the long-haul. Sometimes (more often then not), life does not go our way! All of us want instant results, but we don’t get them. Why? We are subject to processes. In order to be successful, you must accept this principle. There is nothing you can do to change it. You can speed it up or slow it down based on your attitude and actions, but you are subject to progress being a process. Accept this.
Once you accept this, and go through this process, you must never get too content with yourself or where you are. While it is okay to enjoy establishing your stability or maintaining your current ground, it is also dangerous because the next person will pass you up.
“I believe if you put in the work; eventually the results will come.” – Michael Jordan