How to build muscle and stay goal-oriented

Some people sabotage their goals before they even begin.  If you want success with your home workout program, you cannot afford to have this happen to you.  Some tips to help you to be goal-oriented may be exactly what you need to transform your workout program into an exciting, successful experience.

There are two common mistakes which are often made in home workout programs.  One mistake is to focus on your ultimate goal, and nothing else.  If you use this method, you may soon begin to feel overwhelmed, overburdened, and frustrated.  After all, nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished overnight.

Rather than making this mistake, you should consider the entire process.  Instead of looking at your ultimate goal, you should appreciate every step you take to get there.  Each dayâ€s workout is a success in itself, as it takes you that much closer to your goal.

You can set smaller goals along the way, and reward yourself for each one you attain.  With this method, you are not only moving closer to that perfect body, you are also enjoying and appreciating all of the effort you are putting into it.  This will help you to look forward to each workout, and see each one as progress.

The other common mistake is to overdo the focus on individual workouts, thinking that each one should provide miraculous results.  If you find yourself stepping on the scale or reaching for a measuring tape after every workout, you are likely to become frustrated and disappointed very quickly.

Being sensible about what you can expect from your workouts can solve this problem.  If you view each workout as one step on the ladder, you will find them much more satisfying.  It is a positive way to appreciate your hard work.

One idea is to keep a diary of your workout program.  Jotting down a brief note after every workout can help you to keep track of what you are doing.  It will give you a basic framework of how much you are accomplishing, and how much more you still need to do.  It is also something nice to look back on once you have reached your goals.  When you notice how much effort you have put into your workouts, you will appreciate your success even more!

When you first decided to try a home workout program, you may have had a different method of being goal-oriented.  Perhaps you had seen someone on television, and admired how great the person looked.  Perhaps you saw a picture in a magazine, and wished that you could look so amazing.  When you are goal-oriented, it does not need to be merely wishful thinking!  You can have a prefect body, just like those people you see in the media.  All you have to do is know where you are, where you want to go, and how to arrive.

There is a little something extra to this aspect of being goal-oriented.  If the person you admire the most is clearly showing his natural body, without any photographic enhancements or anything else unnatural, this can be a very good way to become more goal-oriented.  Instead of envying the person with the perfect body, you can remind yourself that he had to work to get to where he is.  He was not born with handsome muscles and a lean physique–  he had to work hard for many months, possibly years, to look this way!

Reminding yourself that anything good takes time, hard work, and a great deal of patience, is the right way to become and to stay goal-oriented.  While it may sound odd, or even a bit childish, posting a picture of someone with that perfect body where you can see it on a regular basis can be more useful than you realize.  You can also tape or glue it onto the cover of your workout diary.  It can provide that little extra bit of motivation, just when you need it the most!

Being goal-oriented does not mean focusing on your goal.  Emphasizing the results you want can be counter-productive if it is not accompanied by the process.  Like the old saying “Rome was not built in a day,” the perfect body was not achieved overnight.  No one can gain all of the results they desire from one or two workout sessions.  It requires the commitment of being both oriented to your goal, and appreciative of everything you need to do to get there, for you to have that body of your dreams.

It can take a long time to reach your goal of a perfect body.  When you think of it in terms of redesigning your entire body, changing everything that has been adequate or neglected thus far into something spectacular, you cannot afford to be in too much of a hurry. After all, whatever your current age may be, you have gone this far in your lifetime without the workouts your body requires to be in top-notch condition.

A year, or perhaps more, is not too much to expect.  When you do not demand overnight results, you will see results much sooner.  Every small success, when it is acknowledged and appreciated, brings you that much closer to your ultimate goal.

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