We are so close to the holidays again, it seems like this year flew by! When I get close to the end of a year I like to look back at my progress throughout the year. Of course this post is geared towards fitness progress, but you could apply this to any aspect of your life you wish to improve upon.
Let’s say for example your goal this year was weight loss or muscle gain. When you look in the mirror do you see the progress you have made this past year, or are you only looking at the progress you have yet to make?
I’m going to come clean here, the idea of this fit tip came mostly from my wife. She, like many women, struggle with her image of herself. Still trying to lose the last bit of baby weight from her last pregnancy, she gets frustrated when she looks at herself. She realized that she has been only looking at where she wants to be, instead of how far she has come. When the focus is on how far she still has to go, she begins to tear herself down and lose hope. Then eventually she stops making progress and begins the cycle again. The real epiphany she had was to change the way she looked at her progress. Now instead of looking at how far she has to go she looks at the progress she has made. Maybe there has only been a few pounds lost instead of the bigger goal she had. However, what she has seen is strength gains, smaller clothes size and muscle definition improvements. Looking at the improvements she made helps her to stay on track and keep motivated.
So the next time you look in the mirror,
don’t see where you need to go, see where you have been! Look at what you can do now that you couldn’t do before. Far too often when we reach for a goal we get in our own way and hold ourselves back! Looking too far ahead at a distant goal instead of the victories of today and yesterday can hold you back from reaching that goal. If you are what’s holding you back, it’s time to get out of your own way and step aside and let progress happen as it will. All you have to do is keep stepping forward!