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6. Avoid "Toxic" relationships.
Hey, I'm not telling you to break up with your significant other right now, but be careful: there may be people close to youwho sub-consciously want to see you fail! Guys and girls are BOTH equally vulnerable to the havoc that toxic people canwreak! If you find yourself in conflict with someone close to you regarding your fitness plan, ask yourself 3 questions:1. What is their motivation for trying to bring me down?2. Whose happiness is REALLY important to me?3. Do my fitness decisions represent the best option for me? OR for someone else?!?Avoid toxic relationships whenever possible, and remember: Don't take ANYTHING personally. People with toxicpersonalities have LOW self-esteem and "misery loves company." Don't let 'em bring you down to their level!
7. Don't SABOTAGE yourself.
Don't sacrifice your goals to peer pressure! There will ALWAYS be parties and bars and restaurants and LOTS of funthings to do. But you don't HAVE to do any of them! Until you reach your ultimate goal of an amazing body, the quest forthat goal should consume 100% of your effort. Don't do ANYTHING that counteracts your progress until the ultimate goalis reached. Every time somebody pressures you to go out and forget about your goals, remind yourself about how BAD iffeels to NOT feel confident with your body when you're out and about! None of your friends know how badly you want toimprove your body... they can't feel your PAIN... your burning DESIRE ...and they don't care! Besides, the more youDON'T GIVE IN, the more people will respect you! (...Envy you too!)
8. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN.
If you fail to plan, plan to FAIL. It's that simple. Getting in great shape is NOT easy. You WILL encounter countlesschallenges along the way. Anticipate your challenges; plan solutions; 'nuff said.
9. Motivate a friend.
Help a friend take steps towards breaking their "failure cycle". Teach them what you have learned. Doing so may helpYOU more than it does them. However, be patient... and DON'T TRY TOO HARD! Give your friend tools, suggestionsand support, but try to let them figure most things out alone, and on their own time... Remember, you can lead a horse towater, but you can't make him drink!
10. Drink LESS.
Hey, most of us like a drink once in a while. I like a cold beer or a Jameson, from time to time... BUT in truth alcohol inexcess is NOT good for you, especially if you want to get phenomenal results quickly. It's that simple. Yes, one drink doesmatter. Remember: it's all about the little things. if you think one drink doesn't matter, then one missed workout doesn'tmatter, or 10 fewer minutes of cardio doesn't matter, either! Lots of "little failures" add up to BIG FAILURE. If that's OKwith you, then, by all means, have that drink; if you can stop at one that is. Admittedly, some drinks are less "bad" thenothers, but they'll all slow your progress. Wanna get results QUICK? Sacrifice the partying 'til you get your beach body.
11. "Burn your ships".
A great scene from one of my favorite movies of all time, "The Hunt for Red October", sums this up. In a meeting with hisofficers, the captain of a submarine tells the story of how Cortez, the conquistador, burned his ships upon arrival in thenew world to eliminate the option of retreat! What does this mean to you? Well, if you REALLY want to get an awesomebody, "burn your ships". Tell everyone who'll listen about your goals, and what you plan to do. Then, you CAN'T fail! If youdo, you'll look like a FOOL. How else could you "burn your ships"?
12. Utilize visual reminders.
Use Post-It notes! Write your goals on them - short and long term. Then post them on your mirror; mark them off as youaccomplish them. (Yes, REAL people... real SUCCESSFUL people actually do this when no one's looking. Why shouldn'tyou?) Also: put motivational pictures up. Post a "before" pic somewhere you'll see it daily... it'll be a painful deterrent toSLACKING! AND paste your head on a picture of a really great body and post that up too! Sure, you'll feel silly, but itWORKS and that's the bottom line!
13. Purge your house.
Grab a trash bag and throw out all of the "bad" food in your house. Do it now! Temptation: reduced!
14. Break up with your TV.
That relationship has gotten too "comfortable" and is costing you your health and your goals. Media images aremisleading, and INNACURATE. It's almost impossible to watch TV without comparing yourself to the "perfect" bodies yousee ...and that's BAD NEWS! Turn it off and go exercise; NOW! As a matter of fact, cancel your cable. I did, and I didn'tmiss ANYTHING! (But I sure did have a lot more time to exercise!)