Two Powerful Motivation Tools to Build a Better Body

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motivational posterLately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about motivation.

“Srdjan, how do I stay motivated?” they say. “How do I get back on track? Why do I keep losing motivation?”

Valid questions.

It seems as though many of us have trouble keeping ourselves motivated. We have good intentions. We want to achieve great things, we want to reach our goals, but too often we lose our rhythm. We stumble and can’t seem to find the focus and motivation to jump back up and keep pushing.

recent study has found that 92% of people don’t achieve their new year resolutions.

Think about your last resolution.

You were probably super pumped to get started. Motivation and excitement was brewing inside of you. You exploded off the starting blocks without a worry in your mind.

But suddenly you hit a bit of a roadblock. You started feeling the resistance of the wind and the unevenness of the ground underneath you. So you slowed down. You stumbled a bit. And you just couldn’t regain your balance. So you slowed down. You started seconding guess yourself. You started looking for reasons to stop. To justify why quitting was the best option.

And you let the resistance of life overcome you.

92% of us experience this on a consistent basis. We start off strong, then lose focus, lose motivation, and never regain our rhythm. And so the goal gets swept under the carpet, possibly never to resurface.

The truth is, life does a damn good job of testing us.

It regularly throws curve balls our way to see what we’re made of. It puts up obstacles to see just how serious we are about achieving our goals and our dreams.

Many of us, unfortunately, let those curve balls throw us off our path.

And we never have what it takes to get back on and continue our journey.

Today I want to change that. I want to give you two very powerful motivation tools that you can use on your journey to a better body. There’s some homework involved, but it will be well worth your time. I promise.

Let’s dig in…

The two tools are as follows:

  1. Find your purpose [template included]
  2. Visualize your end goal [template included]

Let’s look at each in a little more detail.

Find Your Purpose

There is an incredibly important component of goal setting that many of us forget to consider.

Without this ingredient, the goal has no foundation. It’s too fragile and very difficult to keep stable when life decides to shake the ground underneath us.

So what’s this ingredient?

It’s your purpose for setting the goal in the first place.

The purpose – or reason – behind the goal is what essentially allows us to dodge and withstand life’s curve balls.

Whether it’s to have more energy to play with your kids, to be more focused and productive at work, to attract a special someone, or to be strong enough to play with your grandchildren one day, it really doesn’t matter. The reason is yours. It should be personal. It should trigger your emotions.

Without a purpose, we’re lost. We’re too fragile to fight back. We have no foundation; nothing keeping us grounded when times get tough.

Without a strong, deep-rooted purpose, a goal becomes a mere wish. It becomes a hope.

This is why the first thing you need to ask yourself when you start this journey is…

Why?

Why do I really want to build a better body?

Why is this so important for me? What does it really mean to me?

What would happen if I didn’t achieve this goal?

These are important questions to consider and you must be as honest as you can with yourself.

If you realize that there is no real, honest purpose behind the goal, then don’t set the goal. Don’t waste your time.

Having a purpose – a deep-rooted purpose that strikes an emotional trigger in your mind and soul – is what’s going to help you fight the wind and get the motivation you need to get back on your path.

So how do you set this up exactly?

Here’s how:

Click here to open up template 1.

Inside, you’ll find a simple fill in the blank.

“I am building a better body because __________________.”

I want you to print this page.

Search deep inside for the answer. For your purpose.

And when you do, write it in big bold letters on that sheet.

Visualize Your End Goal

The second tool is all about visualization and there’s a little bit more involved here.

One of the most influential books I’ve ever read is Napolean Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. One of the ideas Hill writes a lot about is visualization, specifically of the things we want to achieve in life.

In your mind, he says, you need to create a clear cut view of your end goal. You need to have such a detailed picture in your mind of what it is you want that you can almost reach out and touch it. Almost feel how real it is.

The mind is very powerful. Everything in this world that you see was once first conceived in the mind. What we see around us is just a manifestation of our thoughts.

So what we want to do is leverage the power of the mind to set ourselves up for success.

We need to be visualize our better body before we can conceive it.

So this is what I want you to do:

Click here to open up template 2.

Print it off and grab a pen.

You’ll notice a circle in the middle with four areas surrounding it.

Before you start filling it out with information, I want you to first close your eyes and visualize.

I want you to think about what your better body will look like. Imagine every little detail you want to manifest into reality. Be as honest and real with yourself about what you want to achieve.

Think about what’s important to you. Think about how your better body will look. How it will feel. How it will move and think. Every little detail from the deep inner workings of your body to the superficial should be constructed in your mind.

What you should be left with is a clear idea of exactly what your better body looks like and feels like.

Now I want you to look online for an image that exactly (or closely) mimics the image that’s in your head. Find the better body that you want. Print that image off and paste it in the blue circle on the template I gave you.

Around the circle, I want you to fill out (in bullet-point form) the four areas identified. Every little detail that was constructed in your mind should now be put on that piece of paper.

If you’re struggling to figure out what to write, here’s the key:

The words that you write down should trigger the exact image of your better body in your mind. When you read these words, that image you had just constructed moments ago needs to pop up. And it needs to be detailed enough for it to feel real.

That’s when you know you’ve used the right words.

Take your time on this. It will serve you greatly in the future.

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You now have two very important pieces of paper with you.

The first is a very powerful visualization tool with words that trigger the exact image of the better body you want.

I want you to put this paper up somewhere so you can see it every single day, preferably in the morning when you wake up. When you see this paper I want you to look at the image and read the words you’ve written in each category. Let them trigger the images of your better body. Close your eyes and focus on that image. Picture yourself in that body Let it sink into your subconscious.

The second is your purpose. It dictates the reason as to why achieving this better body is so important to you. It should trigger an emotional response powerful enough to pick you up and get you going whenever you need it.

I want you to take this piece of paper and put it up directly beside the first one. I want you to see it every single day and repeat it to yourself so the purpose becomes engraved in your mind.

Together these two papers will help you fight whatever resistance life challenges you with.

When life makes you fall off course, they will help remind you of exactly what it is that you want and the reason you want it.

They will help you get up when you get knocked down. They’ll help you conquer your biggest obstacles.

They’ll help you persevere and move past the excuses, the negative thoughts, and doubts that run through your mind.

Together, these tools will be the motivation you need to achieve your ultimate goal of building a better body.

Feel free to share your purpose and/or your visualization tools in the comments below. If you put them up somewhere, take a picture and show it off on the Bloom to Fit Facebook page.

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Comments

  1. Wasil Farooqui says:

    I REALLY REALLY liked this post Srdjan! I’ve known about your blog since 2011 but just recently started reading it this year. I liked your facebook fanpage and that’s helped a lot in getting your posts. I especially liked your bad eating vs. smashing phone analogy you posted a while back. Keep up the good work man! I’ll keep reading

  2. Great post,

    I use your video of jumping rope to motivate myself – this is what I want to look like in the gym when I jump rope. I want other people to see what I see. I started in September 2012, and every so often I come back to the same video and see that I have made progress, and that is a nice feeling. Teresa Amabile has a book called “The progress principle”, it shows how people seems to succeed despite seemingly overwhelming obstacles. It was a very nice and easy read.

    • Videos are very powerful motivators for sure. There are a number of videos I keep going back to as well for motivation.

      And thanks for the book tip, Kun. Sounds like my kind of topic. I’ll make sure to check it out.

  3. Great post,
    As always, it was very informative for me. Keep up your invaluable work.

    Thank you so much.

  4. Srdjan,

    These are a couple of great tools to help people stay on track with their goals. I’ve read that people who write down their goals on paper are more likely to achieve them, but the picture builds on that even further, particularly if you are a visual person like myself. I get way more motivated from images than anything else. Good stuff!

    Alykhan

    • Alykhan, it’s true. If we put something on paper we are much more likely to stay accountable and follow through. Most people are visually dominant, meaning they respond best to visuals. That was the idea behind that picture in the middle.

  5. This website has been an absolute inspiration! Thank you so much :) I just love that you combine the principles of Think and Grow Rich (phenomenal book), getting fit naturally (as in inexpensive and portable “equipment”) the philosophy of low carb “primal” clean eating, IF, and so many more motivational things that I aspire to, all in one blog! Absolutely perfect :) lol

    I also really enjoy your writing style, very clear and honest, but still humerous and easy to read. Very inspiring. I especially love that quote where you were saying basically whether you eat junk today or a salad you’ll look the same way tomorrow. It really spoke to me, and convinced me that I need to stop looking for immediate results. I also loved that whole post about comfort zone and the relationship with Results… By the way, if you don’t mind my asking, how exactly do you pronounce your name? Best of luck with all your endeavours and keep doing what you’re doing! :)

    • Jhana, thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it. I’m really happy that you’re enjoying the blog and the topics I cover.

      And my name is pronounced like the word ‘surgeon’. I guess my parents forgot to include vowels in my name :)

  6. Hey Srdjan,

    Excellent post.

    That’s true, a lot of people “try” fitness but many get strayed one way or another.

    I think a huge reason for this is their: lack of focus and realistic goal setting.

    In my opinion, fitness is a very mental sport. You have to be mentally strong to succeed because you’re essentially putting your body through a lot of stress (it rather be doing less caloric dense activities like: watching tv..).

    That’s where mind over matter comes into play. A strong mind will keep you motivated. A solid action plan (focus) and tracking system (mini goals) is your key to achieving fitness success.

  7. Thanks for this post. My purpose is to improve my life introducing good habits to my daily routine like exercises and better food. It´s very important for me because my self esteem grows and that produce a change in my existence that affects others in a positive way. If I don´t achieve this goal will keep being as I am right now, and that doesn´t make me happy or satisfied.

    • What you’ll notice quickly, Anna, is how everything is tied together. As soon as you start focusing on your health and building positive habits, every other aspect of your life is uplifted as well. It’s a beautiful chain effect that inspires others around you too.

  8. Hi buddy
    i read your blog with a lot of interest, and its helping me as well. am gaining my confidence back. the idea of visualizing ones’ goal is very significant as it keeps you awake all the time.
    one question,
    i want to strengthen my upper body, can you suggest some tips on this?

    Paresh

    • I’m happy your confidence is coming back! When it comes to strengthening ANY part of the body, just focus on compound movements (exercises that require you to utilize multiple muscle groups – bench, squat, deadlift, sprint, etc.) and progressively increase your resistance. Every workout, try to increase your weight or rep count – your intensity – from the previous workout. Eat lots of whole, natural foods and you’ll be on your way to a better body. Hope that helps!

  9. Loved this post!! Visuals and really detailed realization are very helpful! Just thinking over it in my head really encouraged me. I will print these out later when I have more time.
    My personal goal: to be the healthiest I can be and to fight again the Amerian unhealthy epidemic to be the most useful to God, the most caring and loving wife and mom I can be, and to have a productive and fulfilling life. :) pretty steep goal, I know but not impossible!! Just will take dedication and hard work. I need all this motivation!! Thanks again Srdjan!

  10. This exercise is just what I needed. Thanks so much Srdjan; in-fact I am printing several copies and I’m headed to the dollar store to buy frames so I can hang them on my walls. I’m coloring them and putting some glitter on them so they will look cool. I’m on a mission, so I’ll do whatever it takes to keep me reminded of my goal and I need all the help I can get. Lol :)

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