I’ve spent a lot of time over the years looking at the similarities and differences between the most effective workout routines.
Why? Well, besides the fact that I just have a nerdy obsession with this sort of thing, it’s because when you start to notice what they all have in common, you start to realize that it’s not the workout routines themselves that are effective… it’s the handful of fundamental principles that they all employ.
As long as your workout routine gets all of these fundamental principles right (and your diet plan supports it), then it’s pretty much guaranteed to work. Well… pretty much.
The Success Of Your Routine Comes Down To This
You see, all of the stuff I just mentioned is what makes your workout routine actually work. Those are the fundamental principles that MUST be in place in order for positive results to come. The problem is, I’ve realized that there is still one lingering X factor at play that can prevent even the greatest routine from working like it should.
In fact, I’d be willing to call this X factor the final requirement that must always be in place in every workout routine in order for it to produce the intended results.
What is it, you ask? Well, simply put… the confidence that what you’re doing WILL work.
If you don’t believe in your workout routine or diet, then it will almost always fail to work. Yes, even if it’s all set up perfectly and working amazingly well for everyone who’s doing it the exact same way. If you aren’t 100% confident that it will work for you, then you will somehow end up not allowing it to work.
This lack of confidence will lead to you questioning certain aspects of it.
- “Maybe I should do this like this instead?”
- “Maybe I should add a little more of this?”
- “Maybe I should replace this with that?”
- “Maybe this other workout routine would be better?”
These are the types of thoughts that prove that you don’t believe in what you’re doing, and without that belief being fully present at all times, it’s going to be damn near impossible to consistently give it your all and stick with it long enough for it to actually work.
And without that… no workout routine can work.
Just having the possibility in the back of your mind that you could work hard and execute everything correctly and STILL not get the results you want from your workout routine is ironically what prevents you from working hard and executing everything correctly in the first place.
The truth is, a workout routine that’s just “okay” executed by someone with 100% confidence in it will always work better than the absolute BEST workout routine executed by someone who isn’t completely sure it’s right for them or will work like they want it to.
The sole difference maker is just the belief that what you’re doing IS right and WILL work. That belief is what allows you to remove all doubts and the possibility of failure from your mind and just work your ass off doing what needs to be done to get the results you want.
Do You Believe In Your Workout Routine?
So here’s the question you need to ask yourself. Do you fully believe in your workout routine? Do you trust it completely? Are you 100% confident that it’s going to work for you?
If so… then it probably will. But if not… then it probably won’t.
And it’s not because your belief is actually right. That’s irrelevant. It’s just the presence (or lack of presence) of the belief itself that could single handedly make or break your workout’s success. Even with all else being equal and the fundamental principles set up just right.
If you’re not fully confident in what you’re doing, you will somehow (consciously or not) find a way to prevent it from working.
What’s the solution then? It’s pretty simple. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, stop wasting your time doing it. No matter how “right” it might be, it’s not going to work for you because you’ve already decided not to let it.
Instead, find a workout routine that gets the fundamental principles right AND makes you feel comfortable putting your complete trust in it. Something that you believe without a shadow of a doubt WILL work for you as long as you execute it.
Having that type of confidence in your program is the key to adherence, consistency and just allowing yourself to work hard enough to actually let the program and its fundamental principles work for you.
On second thought, that confidence IS one of the fundamental principles. It’s always present in every effective workout routine. Make sure it’s present in yours.
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