It’s easy to decide in your head that you want to burn fat and lose weight.
But, do you ever think about how you’ll actually keep the weight off once you achieve your goal?
Do you fear that you’ll never even reach your weight loss goals to begin with? Coming up with a goal isn’t the difficult part.
We all have goals that we’d love to achieve. Whether it’s being healthier, making more money this year, starting a career, becoming strong and lean, traveling to a destination that you’ve always wanted to visit, be a better partner, etc.
The point is we all have goals in our head. But, following through on these goals and finding success is a completely different story.
I’ve written about the path to success in the past. You should definitely check out that article when you can because I am being a bit deceitful with the title of this article.
How you say?
Because success in anything isn’t really a step-by-step process. That line of thinking is a bad mindset that most people have. As a result, they never find consistent success because life isn’t a step-by-step process.
At the beginning of every year, millions of people make new year’s resolutions. Within 4 weeks, 90% of these people have quit and are back to their same life as before.
Why does this happen? Why do we lose motivation so quickly?
It’s as I said: success isn’t a gradual, step-by-step process. Once you understand this, you’ll already be better off than everybody else.
Whether you want to lose weight or build muscle, understanding the truth about achievement will make it much easier for you to reach your goals.
Like I said, around 95% of people do not understand how to achieve and succeed consistently. Sure, you may get random success, but it’s never consistent. It feels random and “lucky” when it happens.
This is because people don’t realize that failure is part of success. When most people experience failure, they get into a negative mindset and give up. Their mentality is backwards. You feel as if failure is a sign that it’s time to give up and go back to the way things were.
Back to when life was comfortable and easy.
This is why you fail.
Thomas Edison failed a thousand times before he invented the light bulb. But, he never saw this as failure. He saw it as a thousand ways to not build a light bulb.
His whole process was successful. The failures were a part of his success. There was no step-by-step process to discovering what worked. He simply learned what didn’t work and worked off that.
With that said, I’ve got some “steps” here that should help you get in the right mentality to keep you dedicated to your fat burning and weight loss goals.
1) The Understanding That Success Isn’t A Step-By-Step Process
This is basically what I’ve been trying to explain to you above. So, let’s see how this works for your weight loss goals.
The first step is understanding that you’re not going to succeed if you think you just got to follow some step-by-step process to get there.
If you think that all you need to do is read some articles, hire a coach, buy some courses and follow a workout routine, you’re going to fail like everybody else.
There’s no lack of information about what to do. Losing weight is easy. Weight loss is a science and if you stick to the science, you will lose weight. That’s not the difficult part.
What makes this tough is that life will throw you curve balls when you least expect it. You will wake up and have absolutely zero motivation to continue. You’ll have a battle every single day inside of you to keep at it.
There’s no step-by-step process to losing weight and burning fat. You simply stick to the script and it will happen week after week.
The book I’m writing is all about the mental battle you’ll face on a daily basis. It’s what separates the winners from the losers. If you win the daily battle, you get closer and closer to reaching your fitness goals.
Step 1 is simply understanding this truth. It’s the understanding that there is no such thing as a straight path to success.
If you want to lose weight and keep the fat off, change your mindset. Accept that the actual process is easy and scientific. But, the path isn’t straight-forward.
2) Keep The Weight Loss Process Simple
There are millions of articles on the internet about burning fat and losing weight. Some contradict each other while others are preaching the same thing.
What you need to realize is that the more information you consume, the more you scramble your brain. Gathering information is easy. You can be the most knowledgeable person in the world about losing weight.
But, does information actually lead to fat loss? Of course not. It’s execution and discipline that keeps the fat off your body.
If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself addicted to fitness information overload. Many people suffer from this and it causes you to procrastinate. Instead of getting yourself into the gym, you’re reading workout routines and training programs to delay.
You might convince yourself that you’re trying to find the best fitness program. But, you know that you’re actually creating delays. You know this to be true. If you really wanted to reach your goal, you’d stand up and get into the gym.
I provide plenty of fitness and weight loss information here on my site. The following articles are all you need to lose that stubborn fat and get in the best shape of your life:
- To Burn Fat and Lose Weight:
High-Carb or High-Fat Diet?
Can You Turn Fat Into Muscle?
How To Keep Your Body Fat Low
Jumpstart Your Metabolism With HIIT
How Can I Get Skinny If I’m Short and Fat?
All you need are those articles to get yourself started with your fitness journey. Consume those and leave it at that.
The more information you consume, the harder you’re going to make it for yourself. You must keep the fat loss process as simple as possible. It’s a science; not some abstract concept that very few people can do.
Everybody can lose weight easily if they just stick to the script that I teach.
3) Motivation Isn’t Enough To Lose Weight
It’s really easy for all these Instagram “experts” and such to tell you how easy it is to lose weight. They’ll motivate you and tell you take action!
But, it’s all B.S.
Yes, you’ll probably be motivated when you get started. You make the decision to lose weight and hit the gym. Motivation floods your soul. You can’t wait to get started!
Getting started is definitely an accomplishment. But, it’s not hard to get started. That’s the easy part. Most people find motivation in something.
Unfortunately, finding motivation doesn’t make you successful. You need a lot more than motivation to achieve your goals in life.
You might feel a fire under your ass right now, but how will you feel in a few weeks when you’re in a slump with absolutely no motivation whatsoever?
Will you still manage to pull yourself up off the couch and make it to the gym? Or, will you continue to weight out your foods and eat healthy?
That is the real test and it’s a big part of the book I’m writing. This is the battle you’ll have within you every single day.
Motivation won’t be nearly enough to accomplish your goals. The true test is yet to come.
4) Discipline and Execution Separates the Winners from Losers
By now, I hope you’re beginning to see how the path to success isn’t a step-by-step process. You’ll experience many ups and downs along the ways with plenty of sideways action as well.
This is simply how it is in anything you set your mind to. It isn’t unique to just weight loss and fitness goals.
While motivation is great to kick start your journey, it will play a very small part to your overall success. Eventually, you’re not going to find much motivation.
The key is that by the time you run out of motivation, you’ve already established a successful routine that becomes a habit for you.
The habit is discipline and the ability to execute each and every day. Yes, you can take a break here and there, but 90% of the time you are disciplined.
It takes around 3 weeks or 21 days to develop a habit. With this knowledge, your first goal should be following a diet and workout plan for 21 days.
It’s a terrible idea to rely on motivation for your goals. It’s an emotional feeling and emotions come and go. One day you’re super excited to eat well. The next you want nothing to do with that food scale.
So, fuck emotional motivation. Toss that shit away. You’re much better off investing $500 into workout gear and coaches. Why? Because tossing a ton of money into your weight loss goals becomes an investment.
The more you invest into something, the more financially motivated and “connected” to it you become. That’s really the only form of motivation I endorse.
It’s why I would never coach anyone for free. Whenever I give free advice to family and friends, they never follow through.
However, when people pay me money to learn, they’re financially dedicated. They invested into fitness training and want to make good on it. Spending money pushes you to become disciplined and execute.
A person will have a goal (let’s say… to lose weight) and then make it their New Year’s resolution to achieve it.
This is why motivation isn’t enough. Reading a course, looking at before and after pictures, listening to a podcast won’t push you to succeed day after day.
You want to get to the point where all of that stuff does nothing for you. Going to the gym is simply a habit at this point. When you don’t eat well or hit the weights, you feel like you didn’t achieve.
That’s the point you want to get to. You might even feel motivated to hit the gym simply because you haven’t been in two days.
At the end of the day, people who succeed in life got there through discipline and execution. You rarely see all the hard times they went through. All the days of zero motivation where they pushed through anyway.
But, they stuck with it. They didn’t give up. Slip ups happen with breaks here and there. However, they never stray too far from the goal.
5) Gyms Are Empty By February
Obviously this isn’t a step-by-step system I’m teaching you. These are 5 points that are very important for you to ingrain into your mind.
And, because people suck at motivating themselves to reach goals and succeed in life, the gym will be empty by February.
Most people will never make it 21 days to develop a habit of hitting the gym. They’ll go from 4 days per week to 1 day, if that.
This is good news for me and all the other Lean Warriors out here who like having access to equipment. So, if looking in the mirror doesn’t motivate you to stay disciplined, then don’t bother. Just give up now and go back to being a fat ass.
The rest of us who stay disciplined will continue to lose weight, get lean and build muscle while you remain fat and lazy.
It’s tough love but it’s the truth. If you can’t push yourself to change your life, then there’s no reason you should be rewarded for anything. The universe rewards those who push themselves.
Motivation is cool and all, but it’s not enough. But, if you can’t find motivation from looking at your unhappy self in the mirror, then you’re going to have a tough time on this path.
And, that’s the “secret” truth most successful people never reveal.
You think I’m motivated every single day to do what I do? To hit the gym, eat healthy foods and write thousands of words per day?
Hell no. In fact, I have zero motivation to write this article.
But, I do it because I know that motivation is a fleeting emotion. I know that writing this article will bring value to someone out there. Maybe you. And, if I can contribute in some way to improving your life, I’ve done my job.
That’s why I do what I do. I can’t paint so I write. This is how I create and contribute to the world.
Therefore, focus on becoming disciplined.
That is what will lead you to success. You’ll not only lose weight, but you’ll find joy and happiness in life as well.
It’s a psychological battle. The Enemy within you wants you to fail. It loves it when you procrastinate and push things aside for “tomorrow.”
Will you let that little voice continue to win? To push you towards unhappiness and mediocrity?
I certainly hope not. It’s a daily struggle that only you can overcome.
And, if you want to burn fat and keep the weight off, it’s a battle you’ll have to fight every single day.
Comment below and let us know about your day to day struggles. Put your thoughts to words. It will push you to succeed.