Ask any pro bodybuilder or fitness model the following question:
What is more important, having a good workout routine or following a good nutrition plan?
Anyone who's worth listening to will tell you neither. Having the right mindset is the most important element. Without having the right mindset first, you're bound to fail and you will never reach your goals. Believe it or not, just as you can work on your exercise routine and carefully chose what you eat, you can also work on developing the mindset of a champion. Self-discipline, commitment and motivation are not personal attributes that can be acquired overnight. You need a systemic approach to working on your mindset and as is often said, physical fitness must be a long-term lifestyle change.
So with that in mind, how does one develop a winning mentality? Lifestyle changes are best sustained when they are made gradually, that is, rather than going from no exercise and poor nutritional habits to 2 hour workouts 7 days a week and 8 meals a day spaced every 2.5 hours apart overnight is probably not the best way to achieve your goals. Few individuals have the willpower to make such drastic changes to their lifestyle overnight and you'd be lucky to maitain this sort of change for more than a few days. Unless you have the willpower of a professional athlete, gradual changes to your lifestyle will yield better results in the long-term and you will not be discouraged as easily. Having the right mindset is what keeps you going to the gym day in day out and eating healthy whilst avoiding temptation. There are a number of proven techniques and a set of beliefs that must become engrained in your mind to become a winner like The Situation. We will explore these crucial tricks in a number of posts over the coming weeks.