San Diego Personal Training: Mind Games To Help You Lose Weight
Becoming more successful with personal training and weight loss and turning back the aging process isn’t about buying special supplements or cultivating an iron will – it’s about developing yourself from the “inside out” and using your mind to shape the body you want.
Here’s an example to show you what I mean.
There’s a story in the book The Talent Code describing how researchers figured out how to tell which children would be the most successful at learning an instrument based on one simple question.
Children were asked how long they intended to play their particular instrument (through this year, through primary school, through high school, all my life) and the answers were put in 3 categories: short-term, medium-term, long term.
When the researchers tested these groups and compared the results…The differences were staggering.
With the same amount of practice, the “long-term commitment group” outperformed the short-term group, by 412%. That’s crazy!
All 3 groups did the same amount of practice, yet 1 group improved 412% more than another just by deceiding that they were going to take the long term view on improvement instead of the short term. In fact, the long term group was better in twenty minutes of practice than short –termers at 1.5 hours of practice.
What does this have to do with weight loss?
Its all about perception of self… And this is the most important part of changing your body.
Do you know the personal story of Roger Banister? On May 6th, 1954, he was the first man in history to run a sub 4-minute mile.
They made a great movie about the feat…I think it was called The 4 minute mile, but don’t quote me on that.
The funny thing is, even after years of Roger getting close to breaking the record with his persistent training, still no one believed running a 4-minute mile was possible.
No one before 1954 was able to do it!
Only 46 days after Banister broke the record, his rival, Australian John Landy broke the record again.
After that, the record continued to be broken over and over again.
Today, the high school record is 3:54 seconds. High school.
Importance of believing
The reason high schoolers are routinely smashing Roger Banister’s record, is that every great high school runner already believes they can do it. It is no longer impossible.
By training ourselves to expect and believe in the impossible, we will continue to break down walls and reach our fitness and personal training goals.
Here in San Diego, we are lucky to see examples all around us of people who have already done what we are trying to do.
So how can we trick ourselves into believing the impossible?
1) Get into a group that is full of the impossibles.
The perfect group has a couple members who are worse of than you, and a couple members you aspire to be. This way, you can always pat yourself on the back for not being the worst, but your mind is opening itself up to new possibilities. You have visual confirmation everyday that you can be better.
2) When you come up with a new exciting goal, break it into 4 day spans.
Martha Beck, writer of The 4 Day Win found that when clients break their goals into 4 day spans, they are the most successful.
C’mon. We can do anything for 4 days right?
The cool thing is by the time 4 days were up (not 3 mind you) participants felt like they could keep going and attack the goal for another 4 days. 4 days + 4 days + 4 days… = doable.
Keep your goal short and actionable.
3) Commit to a goal like if you don’t complete it, it’s the end of the world
The idea with commitment is not about what the goal is, its keeping a promise to yourself.
If you commit to a program, you don’t want to cheat. Not because you would gain weight or lose weight or be more or less fit. Its because you are training yourself to keep commitments.
By realizing that your goal is about being honest with yourself, it gets pretty easy to keep.
Start with the smallest commitments, knowing each time you keep them you are personally training yourself to basically be able to do anything you set your mind to…and that sounds pretty fantastic to me.
To your success,