9 Helpful Tricks to Break Through the Struggles and Finish What You Started

Motivation, determination and habit are all keywords to help you move forward in life and achieve your goals. These concepts help you break through the struggles and achieve the desired results, but they're not always easily found.

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Here are some more great strategies to help you break through the struggles and conquer your goals:

Trick #1 – Enjoy Yourself

You know it’s much easier to do something if you enjoy it. While it is difficult to make this true for every aspect of your life it is possible to find enjoyment in almost everything you do.

men playing baseball For example:

  • When exercising, choose activities you enjoy doing. This will increase your chances of finishing.
  • When faced with a stressful daily meeting with your boss, think about the about the positive aspects of your job. It will either help you to cope with the stress or you’ll know it’s time to look for a new job.

The fear of change is often one of the biggest reasons that people avoid following their dreams and undertaking activities they actually enjoy.

Change is usually a good thing; it challenges you and forces you to break through the struggles and find a way to achieve the desired result.

Trick #2 – Moderation is Key

We live in a society that demands instant gratification. Unfortunately, this leads to unrealistic expectations like losing weight in the shortest amount of time possible.

balanced scales representing moderationThere are certainly enough products which promise this even if they don’t pan out as advertised.

The fact is that if you attempt to radically change your diet and workout 7 days a week, you will quickly find yourself exhausted and unwilling to do even one training session. Research indicates this approach can do more harm than good.

Too much exercise can actually increase your chances of heart attack or stroke.

A realistic approach to working out will help it to be appealing and enable you to finish the full routine.

Trick #3 – Technology Can Help

When you find it difficult to attend your latest exercise class or gym session you know it’s time to turn to technology to help you break through the struggles.

lean muscle workoutIt’s easier than you might think!

Start by using an electronic calendar and booking all future sessions.

Then add in a reward for achieving each session. Obviously, if you’re looking to lose weight you can’t make your reward food based!

You can also use an app to track your performance and your movement towards your goal.

The apps can remind you of what you need to do and help you to feel motivated enough to keep it up.

Trick #4 – Keep Your Goals Small

If you want to 50 pounds or more you’re likely to start dieting and exercising. If after a week you’ve lost one pound you’re probably not going to that happy.

napkin with long-term goal strategies to stay on trackBut you just made the first step towards the overall goal.

Break through the struggles by selecting small goals; you only need to lose one pound a week to achieve your overall goal 50 lbs in a year.

By creating small and achievable goals you'll be feeling great at the end of each week when you lose that pound.

This will make a huge difference to your motivation but the overall goal and timescale remain the same.

Trick #5 – Music Can Inspire

listening to music while working out break through the strugglesHave you ever been running and heard a good song come on your MP3 player? You know how good it makes you feel and you’ll suddenly run faster and for longer.

Music can really make a difference to your attitude and your ability to move past any struggle.

Create your ultimate playlist today!

Trick #6 – Advance Meal Prep Beats Temptation

When losing weight and building muscle it’s important to look at what you’re eating. In principle this is straightforward. You can gain inspiration from the Fit father Perfect Plate.

the perfect plateHowever no matter how good your intentions it is easier to stray than you think. After a stressful day, you’ll probably prefer to grab easy food rather than cook the healthily options you know you should eat.

A great way to break through the struggles is to prepare the meals in advance; then they are always ready when you need them. No matter how bad the day has been.

Trick #7 – Visualization Empowers the Body

One technique which has been proven to work is visualizing your success.

Arnold flexing break through the strugglesThis is the technique that Arnie used to achieve his success in bodybuilding and life.

All you need to do is visualize yourself achieving your goal; no matter how small each goal is. Once you can see yourself as the way you want to be you will find the extra motivation and determination to help your break through the struggles.

It really works!

Trick #8 – Positive Thoughts

As well as seeing yourself as you want to be you need to believe that you can achieve your desired result.

This links with both visualization and setting small goals.

When you set small goals and visualize your success you’ll find that you’re self-belief grows; the result is you’ll achieve more than you thought possible.

Trick #9 – Phone A Friend

Being both accountable and competitive can help you to break through the struggles no matter how big the issue.

phone a friendThe approach is simple, start training with a friend or connect with someone at FF4L and you’ll instantly have a friend who can help inspire and motivate you.

Most importantly you’ll know that you have to report your results; this is a great way of motivating you to keep going even when the struggles seem impossible to overcome.

The Bottom Line – You Can Break through the Struggles

Self-belief is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. But every one of the strategies and tips will help you to find a way to keep going even when you don’t feel motivated or inspired.

All the support, help and advice you need is available to help you break through the struggles. The first step to take is joining us at FF4L.

Your new friend & health coach,

stuart-headshotStuart Carter
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project

Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.

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