Mind and Motivation: "We Become What We Think About, Most Of The Time..."
Mindset and motivation are critical aspects in forging a lean physique. Earl Nightingale said, "The strangest secret is that we become what we think about, most of the time." It all begins in the mind. Thought is the cause. Behavior is the effect. We think, and with those thoughts, we create.
In The Inner Circle Mind And Motivation department, you will find information and resources that will teach you how to set and achieve goals, help you direct your thoughts, sharpen your mental imagery, train your mind, transform your self-image and develop the mental strength needed to create the body and health of your dreams.
How Long Does It Take To Form A Fitness Habit?
It takes 21 days to form a new habit right? Everyone knows that. Well, hold on a minute - recent research suggests that this isn't quite accurate. Can a simple habit be formed in 21 days? Certainly. But if you look at the psychology research that was recently done to answer this specific question in "real world" situations, you see it may take quite a bit longer.
Top 10 Ways For Regular People To Get Motivated
"What's the best way to get motivated?" That's one of the questions I'm asked most often. Look, almost everyone has up and down days, mentally as well as physically. Fortunately, you can learn how to get motivated instantly, you just need the right strategies. Here are 10 of the best... (Number 1 and 2 were no-brainers... but number 8 was a huge surprise!)...
The Burn The Fat Goal Card - New "Expect Success" Edition (Download)
This simple but powerful tool - The Goal Card - is much more than a focusing device - it's also a mental training tool that will train your brain for success, programming your goal into your mind like a target is programmed into the guidance system of a torpedo... BOOM! Goal achieved! Download your card and read the new tutorial to learn how to use your card most effectively:
Breaking Bad... Habits: How to Stop Any Self-Defeating Behavior With 1 Simple Mind Trick
You want to stop drinking soda or eating chips (or, insert other indulgence you know is not helping your fat loss), you sincerely do. But you've tried so many times, and it always seems like there's a mysterious magnetic "pull" drawing you back to your old ways - it's like a groove you slip right back into. That's the bad news about the power of habit. The good news is, there's a secret to breaking bad habits and this is it.
Mind The Gap: Handling the Transitions In Life And Fitness
Fitness comes from living a lifestyle that improves or sustains our physical well being. But every life and every fitness journey goes through transitions, such as changing fitness goals or going from competition mode to off season mode. In a broader sense, life itself is full of transitions: school, marriage, children, divorce, career, retirement… And, each transition comes with some risk. This is where it pays to heed the advice to mind the gap.
7 Keys to Effective Goal Setting For Bodybuilders
The principles of effective goal setting are the same no matter what your desired outcome, but bodybuilders face some unique challenges, especially as they progress to the advanced level after years of training. Knowing how to set goals effectively is the key to staying motivated and continuing to make progress,
Body Transformation And the Hero's Journey
Everyone who goes through a body transformation challenge has an opportunity to engage in a hero's journey. The hero's journey, famously described by mythologist Joseph Campbell, appears in all cultures and eras because it represents the universal process of personal change. The changes may appear physical, but they are every bit as psychological as well. The end result is a both an inner and outer transformation. The hero's journey has with three major cycles: a departure, an initiation and a return...
Instead of Making Resolutions Set S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals
Why do new year's resolutions usually fail? Why do you start with guns blazing on January 1st, but by February, you're losing motivation, cheating on your diet, skipping workouts, and slipping back into old patterns? The dictionary definition of resolution is the mental state or quality of being resolved; a firm determination. With the arrival of every New Year, however, resolution usually ends up meaning "to re-solve."
Mindful Muscle: Merging Mental, Physical and Spiritual Strength
Want to maximize your strength training, your body and your life…like Tom? Then take a break, sit quietly and relax! That is, don't limit your definition (or development) of strength to the physical. Strength is also mental and emotional and should be developed and balanced. Self-hypnosis and visualization have long been an integral part of most professional athlete's daily regimens; but whether you are an athlete, fitness buff or entrepreneur, taking a few minutes each day to be "mentally mindful" is soooo important. Here's why
Go Ahead Talk To Brick Walls: Making Goals Real With An Online Journal
Why keep an online journal, even when - at least in the beginning - it sometimes feels like you're "talking to brick walls?" Since 2007, Jan has kept a journal on the Inner Circle, and started a new one several times each year. Since then she has also become the poster girl for continuous and never-ending improvement and goal achievement. What is it about writing down your goals, your struggles, your victories and all your other innermost thoughts that seems to translate into more learning, more action and more success? read on and find out ...
Looking Out For #1: Why It's So Important To Be "Appropriately Selfish"
When Oprah Winfrey wrote her famous article about her weight control struggles, writers and bloggers everywhere grabbed their keyboards to jump into the fray of speculation about why she's had such a hard time managing her weight. Because weight control is a complex problem, spanning across every area of a person's life, there were probably many reasons. However, Oprah wrote something in her own article that leaped off the page, at least it did for me, about why she thought she gained the weight back. It's very likely that you might be doing the same thing and it not only leads to weight relapse, it could kill you...
How To Protect Your POSITIVITY
Life's ups and downs affect every person, but how each person responds to them can vary dramatically! Some people become emotionally stable while others become emotionally volatile. There are secrets to staying positive and steadying your emotional ship, and unless you learn them, you'll experience a life of turmoil as your attitude and emotions bob up and down between wonderfully exciting highs to confidence shattering and saddening lows. How do some people stay so positive and stable? read on to find out...
The Little Thing in Your Head That's Keeping You Fat
A scientist somewhere just read the title of this article and said out loud, "YES! Venuto is right! That little thing in your head - the hypothalamus - it IS the thing keeping you fat! By George, that Venuto guy isn't a dumb bodybuilder after all - he's been doing his research!" At which moment, I will be shaking my head and thinking, you need to get out of the lab and into the real world, with real people, buddy." To be fair, Neuro-endocrine control of appetite and body fat really is fascinating. But today, I'm talking about PSYCH-ology, not PHYSI-ology. The little thing in your head that's keeping you fat is actually just a...
What Now... That I've Reached My Goal?
You set a big goal and now you've reached it! At first, you're on top of the world - ecstatic, exhilarated and proud! Then something strange happens. The high doesn't last. You start feeling a little down... lost... empty... directionless... and strangely un-motivated. If this sounds familiar, don't worry - it's normal. But there are several things you must do if you want to re-capture and keep that motivated, exhilarated feeling and keep going strong...