• Jack Everett | Personal Trainer at Planet Fitness

Where There's a Will, There’s a Way!

Mind|set (NOUN) - The established set of attitudes held by someone. Our mindset is the essential driving force behind what we do and why. Your mindset is what allows you to achieve. The New Year is upon us, and we’re settling down after the silly season. With the New Year comes our resolutions, without a doubt each and everyone one of us has set a goal. No matter how big or small, achievable or un-achievable, we have all set at least one goal in our life and we may or may not have achieved it.

Goal (NOUN) - The object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Many people feel as if they're working hard day in and day out, but don't seem to get anywhere. A key reason for feeling this way is not having spent enough time thinking about what you want to achieve in life, or setting smart and achievable goals. Goal setting is a powerful tool for thinking about your ideal future and motivating yourself to achieve it. The process of setting goals helps you decide where you want to go in life. Successful business people, athletes and everyday people have all set goals. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation.

Mo|tiv|ation (NOUN) - 1) A reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. 2) Desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm. Motivation is what provides the drive to accomplish our goals, maintain our responsibilities and solve any problems that may get in our way. Every day I deal with people that are on their own journey to achieve the goals they have set for themselves, whether it’s to lose 5kg, run faster, or lift more weight. My passion is to help people achieve their goals and create their ideal life; this means I am with them every step of the way, for good and bad.

We all find motivation in different ways. Some of us through our role models, others through friends and family - some days the only motivation for someone to stay focused and take one step closer to their goal is me! Having someone hold you accountable is a great way to get you started and to help you break the unhealthy habits you may have developed.

Each and every step you take is getting you a little closer, no matter how big or small, as long as you keep moving forward and remain consistent. Health and fitness isn’t just a part-time thing; it is a marathon, not a sprint. That doesn’t mean that you solely must go to the gym, you should aim to stay active, consume a nutritious diet, create a body to support your longevity.

Con|sist|ent (ADJECTIVE) - Acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate: Unchanging in nature, standard, or effect over time.

Too often we give up on something that we are working towards before we have achieved them, not just in fitness but other aspects of life. Why? Because sometimes (often!) we give up on a goal even though we know that what we are working towards is going to improve our quality of life and deep down it is something we want to achieve. Why isn’t that enough motivation for us to keep working hard and make the sacrifices required to do what we want to do? Perhaps that is because you simply need to break those bad habits, perhaps you don’t know how to make the first step. I would advise in any case, seek help from a professional, have them hold you accountable until such time that you are ready to continue your journey solo.

Consistently I see people giving up on themselves for reasons that do not call for them to do so. So just back yourself! Overcome the obstacle that is pushing you to take the easier path and have confidence that you’re going to achieve what you set out to do and be satisfied with what you do achieve, every bit counts.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln.

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