Begin With The End In Mind

That’s what Stephen Covey wrote in “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Motivation, desire, and constant steps towards a goal are key to success. We use goal setting in other parts of our lives, so why not for obtaining the physique we desire? I devoted a chapter about this in my book, because most people fail in achieving weight loss due to improper thought process. If you don’t use goal setting and have a hard time getting motivated to workout, then give it a try. Here are some ideas:

  1. What the mind can conceive the body can achieve
    This means you should have a firm mental image of what you want to look like. Is it a six pack you’re after? If so, you should have a picture of the body you are working towards. Or, maybe it’s a picture of you in that prom dress back in high school? Pull it out and dust it off.
  2. Put a date to your goal
    Put a definite date as to when you will achieve your goal
  3. Make a short list of things you will do to reach your goal
    Plan your workouts a week in advance and review them
    Plan your meals out to insure you are eating the correct foods and proportions
  4. Review the image and your list twice daily
    Now you have a picture of what you want your body to look like and a list of things you will do to meet your goal. You need to review this picture and the list first thing in the morning when you get up as well as right before you go to bed. It is important for you to find a quiet place so to read your list out load and look at your picture. Hearing your voice saying the words will help tune the brain into your goal.

Here’s an example what this might look like:

By July 1, 2015 I will have the same waist size I had in high school: 32 inches. I will achieve this by following this plan:

  1. I will follow my workout plan outlined for each week
  2. I will eat the correct 30-40-30 proportions of proteins, carbohydrates & fats at each meal
  3. I will use low glycemic index choices for carbohydrates
  4. I will eat smaller meals 6 times per day

As you read this list and view the picture, you should imagine yourself already achieving the goal. After you read the goal and look at the picture, close your eyes and picture yourself meeting your goal and what that will feel like. By reinforcing these goals and believing that you are already there, you will find yourself doing the necessary things to achieve your goal in your day to day life.

This is not a new principle. These ideas have been written about by several authors. It is the basis for many books, including:


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey

Think And Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

While Mr. Hill wrote specifically about manifesting money, these principles can be applied to any part of your life.

The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne

The conscious mind can only have one thought at a time, so choose your thoughts rather than letting your thoughts choose you. Using #deliberatethoughts can change your life.

To learn more about “Efficiency in Fitness”, order my book, “Fat Burning Secrets.”

Thanks for reading, and THINK AND GET FIT! Be a part of the conversation by commenting on this post. I want to hear what you think.



Richard Webb is an entrepreneur, fitness author of Fat Burning Secrets, bodybuilder, blogger of fitness & technology, and a digital nomad working mainly from Mexico and travels frequently to Texas and California. He has 25 years experience working in software technology, so he truly considers himself as an unusual combination of bodybuilder-tech nerd.

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