“The body is wise, the confusion is from the mind” -Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

In life, an achievement mindset allows you to get everything you can out of whatever activity you commit to. From an exercise standpoint, you want to do everything you can to reach your goal and to keep progressing each day, each week, and each month. Having control of your mindset and thoughts is the beginning of preparing for every session. How do you start practicing this art of mindfulness and how do you implement it into your routine?

  • Prepare your body.
  • Allow yourself to put aside whatever happened during the day.
  • Soak in those 60 minutes and really be present in that moment while you’re working out. (Imagine how many hours of your day were already spent working.)
Photography by James Zamora

Photography by James Zamora

This is how it begins.  With every bit of time you put in, it’s time that’s all getting you closer to realizing your potential and reaching your goal. So to do this, you have to be willing to work on your craft (body) even when you don’t feel like doing it. This could mean waking up an hour earlier on the weekend after you’ve already worked all week or coming in after a stressful work day. It could also mean waking up earlier before work and getting the early workout in to start your day while everyone else is still sleeping.  

Your preparation involves doing the little things such as foam rolling at home, before your session starts, and continuing to do so until it becomes a habit. Your preparation involves learning about your own body and being aware of how you feel. Your preparation involves being open to new environments and letting your coach push you out of your comfort zone. Like everything, it takes practice and discipline. The better you get, the more people will take notice of your progress.

By shifting your mindset towards achievement, you can better align all your actions with your goals and reflect on what you can learn from every outcome. You must believe in the process. Believe in yourself to figure out the best way to achieve what you really want from your time and energy.

When I am in an exercise environment, I have found that music creates an energy that puts me in a good mood and brings my attention and focuses to the task at hand. I find that I am not distracted from other thoughts or things outside of the gym that could be bothering me. Through music, I am able to focus on achieving my mindset for that day and what I want to accomplish. The point of having an achievement mindset is to help reach a different level that helps you focus on accomplishing something greater. Whatever it is that helps you achieve your mindset, find it and OWN it!