If you grew up playing sports or you still play sports, competitively or recreationally, you have been made privy to the need for mental focus. If your head is not in the game, your performance will suffer. Different sports require different amounts of mental focus, as well as different levels of sports, i.e. professional versus amateur. Sports are not the only aspect of life that require mental focus. School, tests, speeches, driving, listening to a talk, etc. all require you to exert mental focus.
Mental focus can also translate into your workouts at the gym. You can go through the motions and tackle any aspect of life with apathy, and your workouts at the gym are no exception. Everyone has their own story and reasons for making the choices they make. When you are at the gym, you need to have a goal in mind. The same is true of life. If you are always striving for accomplishing tasks and goals, your life will be fuller. It takes the ability to get your head in the game and say goodbye to apathy.
At the gym if you have a focused goal, your experience and results will be exponentially greater. If you can honestly say you don’t suffer from certain instances such as mental illness or situational depression, you really don’t have an excuse for not giving it your all at the gym (or in life!). Everyone will have different fitness goals, and this is perfectly normal. Your task is to find a method that allows you to focus mentally on achieving whatever goal you have set.
What do you think separates you from your favorite athlete, actor, or fitness model? Is it just genetics? Are they just blessed with killer bodies, never having to workout? They can just eat whatever they want right? No! Genetics and body type play a small role, sure, but it’s the continual effort and mental focus that gets them to where they want to go. You don’t have to think hard about a talented person whom you see as larger than life. This person may have actually been larger than life in the not too distant past, meaning they may have been overweight. They are blessed with perfect genes, but you just picked up a magazine at the store and they look amazing! How did they do that?
They set a goal, got focused, and got their head in the game! Continual effort set them free from their burdens. It wasn’t a magical formula, pill, or secret. You can do the same thing! Is your head in the game? Are you at the gym, but not really at the gym? Are you sitting at home trying to workout on the shag carpet instead of getting to the gym? You know you always feel better. All it takes is a little mental focus. You have to decide how you can find your focus.
Music could be your answer. Silence could be your answer. Group classes, a personal trainer, yoga, pilates, or Zumba, could be your answer. Don’t stop searching. Keep giving the effort even when you don’t feel like it. You’ll be amazed at the results once you find your focus and get your head in the game.