About a year and half ago, I began working with a new trainer at the gym. The first thing she did was put me on a tough new regime – so tough, that when she ran through it the first time, I started crying.
“Dianna,” she said, “you’re much stronger than you think you are. You just don’t know it yet.”
No one had ever said that to me before – and I found her words to be the motivation I needed to get to the gym and do my workouts.
You can see the results in the photo. (I was amazed when she showed it to me. Wowza!)
But here’s what happened in the last few months that I’ve found quite interesting.
Shortly after she posted the photo, I began slacking off. I’d miss a workout here and a workout there – and sometimes a whole week would go by without my getting to the gym.
I found myself making excuses: I was busy. I got sick. My muscles needed a break (right!).
This lack of discipline affected other areas of my life, too, from my diet to sleep habits. I didn’t feel very good.
I finally realized I was slacking off because I needed to increase my resistance.
Resistance helps us reach our potential
When you lift weights – or do any type of endeavor including a mental one – your muscles develop and get used to the exertion. What was once difficult becomes easy.
The stronger or more capable you become, the more challenge you can handle.
The problem, however, is that if you’re not mindful of what you’re doing, you get stuck in the “easy” rut and end up performing below your potential.
Your body and mind are both primed to work harder, but you hold yourself back – without really knowing you’re doing so.
It’s at this point you have to increase resistance, otherwise you become bored and lose focus. And, working below your potential really isn’t good for you either.
As the late Jim Rohn said, a tree doesn’t stop growing because it reaches a certain height. It keeps growing.
Once I figured this out, I added 5 to 10 pounds to my various exercises. The added resistance not only felt good – but it got me motivated and focused again.
Do you have an area in your life where you’ve slacked off or lost focus? It could be anything from writing a book or meditating more to growing your business or getting out and meeting people.
Take some time to figure out why you’ve lost focus – and then jot down a few simple ideas on how you can re-motivate yourself.
The added “resistance” doesn’t have to be much:
- Working on your book the first hour of each day
- Adding five minutes to your meditation time
- Replacing stress eating with a walk around the neighborhood
- Attending one networking event a month
- Getting up 15 minutes earlier each day
- Increasing your savings rate by 2%
The trick is to add enough resistance where you feel challenged – but not so much where you can’t follow through and then give up.
Once the added resistance becomes easy, add a little more.
Have you used this method to reach a goal or over come a challenge? I’d love to hear your story. Feel free to share it in the comments section.