The transformation starts in your head. Your mind is the difference maker every single time. I have sat down with quite a few people at consults, trained a lot of members who have gone on to transform their life (and bodies), and I have also seen a lot of failed attempts (hopefully temporary). Your thoughts are things that will make or break you. A few tips below (and some great books) on controlling them so you can reach the next level and reach any goal….

• Believe and Visualize ..you have to see it first, because no one else will. Take some time to write down those goals (figure out your why) and then actually see them in your head or it will not happen. When you can see the body you want, or the goal you want to achieve, you are off to a great start.

• Stay away from negative people…if they can’t do it then guess what they will tell you? If you do it, you will be faced with even more negativity. One of the major reasons for the success of our members is that they are surrounded by others who have done what they want to do. You will never escape the fact that you are the average of those you spend the most time with. Find a mentor to show you the way and surround yourself with positive people.

• Handle adversity like a champion … How will you respond when life punches you in the face? Will you find a way, or an excuse? Will you give up? Or Realize that the only possible way to get better is to learn from bad experiences. Having a positive attitude and a stoic mindset will allow you to find the positive in every single situation. I don’t know about you, but I have never learned anything or become better when things are going right. In the moment you will not understand, but hang in there and realize that everything happens for a reason.

I sometimes wonder how my life would be different if I was not cut and told “you are too weak”.. if those teachers would have taken the time to write a reference letter, instead of telling me “don’t choose a profession where you have to talk in front of a group.” Would I have left coaching to start a fitness business (my dream job), without the death of a close friend?..

Finding a way, or getting a yes, is nothing more than a percentage of the failures and no’s you must get. Learn to take a punch, because this fight is going to last 12 rounds… that is a guarantee

• Get focused on your one thing… “success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right”-Gary Keller We have more information and things on our to do list these days, and this makes things extremely difficult. It’s a problem when I get more questions about supplements or a “new exercise” when compared to food prep., packing, planning, or improving on the exercises that count.

• Long term thinking .. it will come down to your habits, rituals, and routines. Nothing worthwhile happens overnight. In the case of a transformation (or any worthy goal) all of these people have strong habits. Even if some diets work (they are just good principles with fancy names to sell), the diet mindset will always lead to long term failure. If you are trying to improve a skill or get better at your craft, then focus on the next 10, 000 hours.

• Embrace fear. It tells you what to do, and when to do it…every. Single. time

• Motivation… “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”-Jim Rohn. Start your day off with some form of quote, prayer, video, song, reviewing goals, or whatever gets you going.

• Do the work and Embrace the journey… When it comes to my members I like to start with showing up consistently and doing something, anything. This is where most people fail at commercial gyms. You will never “figure it out” if you don’t show up to begin with. Find the hardest path and take it. If someone is asking about a few weeks (or even months) then they don’t have the right mindset. If you are chasing a calling, starting a business, improving your fitness level, or pursuing anything worthwhile then you better learn to LOVE the process. Commit to putting the work in every single day for the rest of your life.