2021 is not your average year, nor will this be your average summer. So, this coach isn’t going to give you an average “How to get ready for summer” program!
Here are 5 unconventional tips that are sure to make you say WTF and LFG!
Be Confident. If you’re not confident, get confident! Researchers have consistently found a correlation between confidence and success. Confident people are perceived as being more attractive, they're better at communicating and do well in the front of the room. Confidence creates an aura that draws people in. Because many people lack high self-esteem, they are intrigued by people who have high levels of confidence. They want to learn how these people live their lives with hopes of emulating their energy. So, if you get confident, you’re already one step closer to being summer ready!
Be Instantly Gratified. We have been told that instant gratification is a negative. If that’s true, why does it feel so good? This is the basis of how you should set your summer goals. We set goals because we want them now, and let’s be honest with ourselves... setting long-term goals is just a way of satiating our innate desire to want to be somewhere else down the road, but without expectation of actually getting there. There is not a lot of immediate action with long-term goals. So, my second tip is to make them short and impactful! Short-term goals minimize procrastination. Set concise, clear, succinct and defined goals to ensure success, with a singular focus.
Be Idealistic. Everyone talks about setting realistic goals. Well, realistic goals are boring and often fall short of your true desires and expectations. It’s summertime, so stop being so responsible and set out to really achieve something great. It’s more about mindset than about responsibility. If you have a vision of showing up to the beach or lake looking your best, do whatever it takes to make it happen. As a trainer I would set up 30- to 60-day challenges for my clients. Many gyms and studios offer similar get-ready-for-summer programs. Getting that body you want as quickly as you want can seem impossible if you aren’t willing to make some changes. You must reprioritize things in your life to hit your milestones. I’ve seen miracles happen in very short periods. Look what happens on shows like The Biggest Loser, as contestants eat right and crush workouts, losing an incredible 10 to 30 pounds per week. And, on the other side, if you’ve scrolled Mark Wahlberg’s feeds lately, he’s gained an extraordinary amount of fat in just a few short weeks for an upcoming film.
Be Complicit. Find a PIC (partner in crime). Having a workout partner can mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to your fitness goals. Unless you're consistently a highly motivated self-starter, your chances of sticking to your plan without a partner are significantly lower than they are with a partner. It’s important to be accountable to someone besides yourself and so the likelihood of canceling your workout session is dramatically lower. It can also make time go by faster.
Treat Yo-Self. Reward yourself and have fun! Make an adventure out of it. Don’t just reward yourself at the end but reward yourself throughout at each milestone. After a long hike get yourself a great breakfast. Find the local gems. For example, a gym near me serves mimosas on Saturday morning and has a hot yoga and wine every Friday evening. Another gym has a recovery lounge for post-workout massage, using JAWKU Muscle Blasters and reclining chairs. A local body builder gym has doughnuts for all members every Saturday morning. And my buddy’s gym in LA has a live DJ and neon lights.
Are these conventional approaches? No. But effective? Absolutely. Put these approaches to work and make it happen!