Mental Toughness – How to Stay on Top of Your Game

Whether it’s working out or learning something new, people have a tendency to take the path of least resistance. In a way, it’s part of our DNA program. Perhaps part of it is because of our ancestors and heritage or your own upbringing.

Today, so many people settle for average or status quo. They are afraid to step outside the comfort zone because of the “fear of the unknown”.

Instead, people prefer doing things that they are comfortable and familiar with because change can be risky. However, is that really a satisfying way to live out your life? Is that what you want for however long you are on planet earth? Don’t you deep down desire to have something meaningful?

For example, we all know the dangers of smoking and drinking too much. Yet, many people continue to abuse themselves knowing full well that it will likely have negative consequences in the future. Maybe you like to eat out because of the convenience of fast food restaurants. Again, is this because you lack the necessary skills to cook for yourself, lazy or you don’t have time? Look, we all have 24 hours in a day.

In reality, this only becomes a distraction to avoid the real reasons on why we do things. I hear people tell me, I will quick smoking tomorrow because I need time to prepare myself. Seriously, there is no time required. You simply stop smoking and accept the fact, it will be uncomfortable for a few days for the actual addiction part to wear off.

It’s the mental aspect of our game that needs work.

Below are several suggestions and ideas to help you stay on top of your game – both on a health perspective and healthy mind.

I need a plan to start.

Oh really! While I do agree having a plan can make it easier to follow. The underlying issue from the sounds of it is procrastinating.

Just start moving and taking action is the key to having better health. The worst thing you could do is get into what’s called “analysis of paralysis”. That simply means you over analyze everything and get ready to get ready. If you want to improve your fitness level, you will need to actually make some changes in your life.

If you only have 10 – 20 minutes each day to exercise, then alternate on aerobic and anaerobic.

For example, go for a quick brisk walk on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s. On Tuesday and Thursday, do a whole body workout in your home that works out all areas of your body. Again, the main thing to keep in mind is just taking action.

You’re out of shape – you don’t know where to start?

The main points to keep in mind when you have those types of feelings, is to just take action like I mentioned above. By following through each day on doing something, even if it’s for a few minutes only, is to be consistent. Remember, it’s not a race. Instead think of it as a journey.

Sometimes when we start new challenges like getting into shape, we can stop ourselves before we even begin because we look at it 6 or 12 months down the road. Forget about the future because it’s not even here. Focus in on the now and what you can do this minute to do something to move your personal goals 1 step closer to reality.

I can’t cook

Lots of people can’t cook, but that shouldn’t stop you from making a few healthier choices at home. Here’s a few examples below of some of the meals I have most days that are easy to make and healthy.

  • Green smoothies – all you need is a good quality blender. Buy some organic baby spinach salad, kale and arugula. Add 8 to 10 ounces of purified water with a handful of mixed greens. You can add in some extra protein powder to add in even more nutrients.
  • Bean Soup Mixes – I buy the non-gluten brand from Frontier Soups called Hearty Meals. They come in dozens of different kinds of flavors like fisherman’s stew. You simply soak the beans for a few hours. Preferably overnight. Rinse them off. Add water and package to a pot and let it cook for a couple of hours. You have a healthy and great tasting bean soup.
  • Stew – very easy to make healthy and delicious. Find a cut of meat you want to use, chop in a variety of carrots, peas, potato, onion etc. Add in some beef stock or water and let it cook on medium heat for a couple of hours. Season according to your own taste with salt, pepper etc.
  • Lunch time – I usually have organic baby spinach, kale and arugula with some chopped up peas and carrots. I add in a can of tuna or salmon with some balsamic oil dressing. This provides me with a very nutritious meal at lunch. In fact, many times, I will eat this for supper too.

The main point here is you can experiment and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Go and watch the food channel or better yet, download an app on your smart phone that will walk you through each step as you make your next meal.

I prefer to work out with other people for motivation

Look, mental toughness and getting into shape is all about you taking personal responsibility to just go and do it. Yes, if you have a workout buddy to help keep you motivated, that’s great. However, many people simply don’t have that available to them.

I used to like working out with other people because it helped keep me in great shape and held me accountable. You can go online and search out for apps for your smart phone that will help you keep track of your workouts.

The bottom line, whatever it takes to get you motivated and actually taking action today is all the matters.

I can tell you that getting started is the hard part for getting into shape. The same applies to mental toughness too. Some days I’m just not into writing content for my blog, while other days I wake up early to get an early start. However, you have to learn how to push through adversity and overcome those challenges.

Until next time – you have a fantastic day!

 

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