The other day I was working out in the early morning as has become my habit, but this particular day I really did not feel like being there. The mental roadblock was particularly bad on this day. I had gotten to the second group of exercises in my workout and kept thinking that I should just quit and go home. I felt as though I should just give up. I could hear my internal voice saying that the workout was already ruined, so why continue? I knew that if I gave in to that temptation it could easily become a habit. As a result, I decided to try one of the mental tricks I am accustomed to using.
I sat down on the bench and told myself that I was going to complete 10 repetitions. By pushing myself to hit at least 10 repetitions I was setting a mental goal that was easily attainable, yet avoided giving up at all costs. Upon reaching 10 repetitions I pushed myself harder and finished the full 15 repetitions. I was victorious in avoiding giving up. This small victory enabled me to regain control over my workout. I overcame the mental attitude that was creeping into my workout. I noticed my strength increase over the course of the rest of the workout.
By stringing together multiple small victories I was able to completely overcome the roadblocks I was facing. The key is that I did not let giving up appear as an option. I forced myself to complete my workout. Failure wasn't something I was willing to give in to.
When you are on a fitness program, pay attention to the small victories you obtain daily. These are the things that will propel your program towards success. They also make you mentally stronger. It is an amazingly simple idea, but one that few people actually execute.
Vow to change your mental attitude. Tell yourself that you will accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. The end result will be success.