How to change yourself

It is simply in theory to change into the body you want or become the person you aspire to become. In reality it will take a long grueling journey with everybody including yourself l trying to keep you in the same position.

I am going to use myself for example whenever I tell people my goal is to get down to single digit body fat most people ask why? or say you’re already a lean person why do you want to lose more weight you’re fine how you look now. Now that doesn’t sound like a negative statement in fact most people will take that as a compliment. This is how I view that comment. When I hear this comment most people are telling your not to change. They are telling you to be happy with what you have and stay in your comfort zone. People are telling to stay where you are and just enjoy it.  The reason why is because if you change who you are as a person the people around you will have to change as well. If you decide to stop eating out during lunch and start bringing lunch to work. Your co-worker, friends, family will have to start bringing lunch with them as well if they want to keep socializing with you or they can continue to eat out during lunch and they may not socialize with you during the lunch break. When you decide to make a change the people around you will have to make changes to accommodate the “new” you. If you decided to start saving money that could mean change in activities or less time bar hopping with your friends/family on the weekend.  When something changes it effect everything around it.

Don’t think that the people around you are the only thing that keep you from your goals. Your biggest enemy is yourself. Whenever you want to make a change: Losing weight, gaining muscle, saving money, etc. You are making changes to who you are as a person. I can tell you first hand it is very difficult for me to lose weight. I was a basketball player and athlete, I was either the strongest or one of the strongest people on my team. My strength was something I took pride in. I had worked hard in the weight room to develop that strength. Now my playing days are over I no longer need the strength any more. My life has changed. Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to let it go. Just to let you know that I have the body type that if I look at a weight room I put on weight really quick. So in order for me to lose weight I would have to have a complete change in the way I worked out so that I can obtain my goal. I was afraid of changing what I have done in the past. I loved putting up heavy weight and now I had to give that up. I was comfortable with being strong and always lifting the same way but it was keeping me from my goal of losing weight. When I did change my workout I would get the results I wanted but.. I was getting weaker and I would fall back into old habits or I would look at the mirror and I felt I looked really skinny.( look skinny at 260 lbs ha ha). Mentally I was defeating myself I was afraid to let go of the past. Letting go is very difficult. Saving money is another exam. Spending money and going from check to check is easy. Saving is difficult because it is forces you to show restraint.

If you want change in your life then you must be willing to sacrifice or part ways with old norms in your life. From personal experience in order for myself to change I must be willing to sacrifice the strength numbers that I had worked hard to developed over the years. I must also change the way I workout to reach that goal as well. What I have done in the past in terms of training must be changed in order to become the new me. If I want to have more money in my savings account I must show restraint in buying goods, eating out as much.  The willingness to let things go will allow you to make changes in your life.

Very simple in theory hard in application if you want to make changes in your life then write down what needs to be done to achieve your goals. Write down what needs to change in your life to reach that goal. Then follow the plan without looking back. That is how you make changes in your life

Author: Smithfitness

A former basketball player now fitness professional. Alex holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and certified NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS). Alex loves lifting heavy things repeatedly and going for long runs or rides and helping others achieve high levels of fitness and health. If you love fitness and health follow this blog and submerge yourself in all the fitness and health knowledge.

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