I have been considering wether one of the reasons I consistently fail to achieve my goals is because I push too hard too soon, treat myself too often or I am just not consistent enough in my training. All things that really are within my own sphere of influence.
One solution is to engage a coach to push me that bit further. Ideally a person who understands my goals and can help me make good choices, keeping me on track and not allowing overindulgence or training mistakes to creep in.
Whilst a coach is nice in theory, I am not sure I have quite the athletic ability or income to justify the expense. But what if the solution is staring me right in the face. – become my own coach.
Now I know that sounds a bit strange – surely we all coach ourselves every day. Bear with me with me here and I will explain.
I am talking about a more conscious visualisation of a separation between mind (coach) and body (athlete) to achieve my goals.
As a coach you need to have a clear understanding of the athletes goals and make sure your athlete knows what is ok and what will damage their chances of success. Then work hard to keep them on track.
A coach has to constantly educate the athlete and ensure each choice they make is internalised and challenged before action is taken.
Do you need that treat, are you really tired, can you push harder?
Some simple areas I have failed to control personally are as follows;
– When to push and when to rest
– Consistency of training
Now I have to ask myself – if I was in control of the training and lifestyle choices of a ‘proper athlete’, would I let them drink more than is healthy, go to bed late, put on weight and in good conscience still be able say they were doing everything possible to achieve their goals and moreover that I was excelling as a coach?
No of course not – I would challenge them to make sacrifices to achieve their goals. To be strict and focussed.
I would work hard to recognise when they are slacking, but equally hard to recognise when they are pushing too hard.
And if I would do all this for someone else, surely I should be doing this for myself!
The ultimate goal is to have my inner coach and athlete coming together in synergy to achieve all my goals for this year and beyond! – not letting my automatic (lazy) choices sabotage all of the hard work I do.
How do other people keep themselves motivated and on track?
The mind is a powerful thing, it knows what it wants and can be extremely self serving in gaining those things. Society’s behaviour shows that we need to consciously work harder to put others first – looking after your body is an extension that: and what should be the constant urge to nurture.