How to Stay Motivated

Have you ever told yourself that you are going to get SIX PACK ABS for the summer only to find yourself embarrassed to take your shirt off at the beach? The problem may be that you can not stay motivated enough to do it. We all struggle to stay motivated. Motivation is often the difference between success and failure.

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We have all heard about the underdog who against all odds becomes victories. People love the underdog because they are not gifted or aided in any way. The underdog fight through adversity until success is within grasp. You are the underdog in your life. You must overcome obstacles, avoid distractions and stay focused on your fitness goals.

3 Rules to Stay Motivated

Rule #1: Write Specific Goals

If you want to go on vacation, you must first pick a destination. You have to be specific about where exactly you want to go and  how you are going to get there. If you want ripped SIX PACK ABS, you must do the same. To see your abs you must be under 10% body fat and your body will lose approximately 2 lbs of fat a week. Knowing this you can begin writing down your specific goal. Do not just write down “I want to get fit.” Instead write “I want to have 5% body fat.” Writing down you goals makes your goal more clear and forces you to really think about what it is you want to achieve. It may seem like a petty task but people who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them. Write down a long term goal and some short term goals you must reach in order to be on track to achieve you long term goal. Be Specific!

Rule #2: Set Realistic Deadlines

Getting SIX PACK ABS is not easy and does not happen over night. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to believe they can transform their body in days or weeks. In reality it takes months or even years to transform your body. Your body can only burn 2lbs of fat per week. If you try to drop weight too drastically it will most likely come at the expense of your muscle tone. Drastic weight loss will leave you looking thin and flabby, so take your time and set realistic deadlines. Your deadline should be challenging but it should be realistic.

Rule #3: Share Goals and Deadlines

For years I tried to get ripped but I was only able to get SIX PACK ABS after I told all my friends and family that I was going to compete. By sharing your goals and deadlines you create a support team. People will begin to encourage you and hold you accountable to reaching your goals. I even had my younger brother yell at me if he saw me holding food that was not on my diet while I was preparing for my first body building competition. I think he really enjoyed the opportunity to yell at me but I did not give him too many chances. The point I am trying to make is that we all make mistakes and get discouraged but by sharing our goals with others, they remind us of our goals and help us stay focused.

Bonus Tip: Join Contests

A great way to stay motivated is to join a contest. Fitness contests set goals and deadlines for you. They have specific standards that they are looking for and have a deadline that must be met. They also encourage you to share your participation in the contest with friends and family. I am currently competing in a number of contests.

I am participating in the Men’s Health Fittest Friends Contest and have recently been picking up some good momentum. You can show your support by logging onto your facebook account and voting for me once a day at this link

I am also competing in the NPC as a National Men’s Physique Competitor. This is a brand new class that allows men to compete in the NPC with more of a fitness model look instead of the bodybuilder look. I love the fact that I can compete against guys who are not 50lbs heavier than I am!

I hope you found this information useful.

Committed to your Success,

Erick Ruiz Salgado

About The Ab Pro

Fitness Model, Personal Trainer, Writer

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