How honest are you with yourself?
I know this is difficult; as humans it’s in our nature to make excuses to justify our failings or to blame someone else.
However, this doesn’t have to be a negative thing.
Self-reflection is an excellent tool when setting and your achieving goals.
If you can learn to be honest with yourself and use this to positively address failings in your training and nutrition then your going to get better results.
I see it myself all the time people claiming to be eating next to nothing but gaining weight.
Making excuses and blaming failures on obscene reasons rather than just accepting a simple truth. I’m not pointing fingers here’s we’re all guilty of this including me.
This also affects goal setting you need to select the correct goals at the correct time and this can be difficult if you don’t have a good sense of reality.
It’s easy to take the wrong path if you lie to yourself.
I’ve recently experienced this myself following a long cut I was all for upping the calories and trying to pack on the size and strength.
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and seeing everyone else smashing heavy lifts was infighting a fire in my belly.
However the truth was I’m not ready for that yet.
I still have fat to lose and I know I can make solid progress without upping the calories too much and re-gaining the excess fat I’ve spent 5 months getting rid off.
Having a week away from training and the influence of others gave me a chance to set my head straight.
To accept that I still wasn’t where I want to be and that as long as I stick to a steady plan and keep doing what I’m doing I’ll be in a better place for it by the end of the year.
Like I said this isn’t easy.
When you are motivated to chase a goal it’s hard to rein yourself in and tell yourself that you need to wait and that you’re not ready but doing so will prevent you from slipping into a cycle of failure and repeat.
Don’t lie to yourself, be positively self-critical and allow time for self-reflection away from outside influences.