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What is the most important training tool when it comes to fitness?

I had a question proposed to me the other day… ‘What would you say is the best and most useful training tool? After a brief couple of seconds scanning through all the equipment I have, and have read about, it became blatantly obvious. The answer… Your mind.
As part of my profession within the Health and Fitness industry, I have had an opportunity to get great insight in to the way people think, and see the differences in those who succeed and those who don’t.
The way you think plays a crucial role in determining whether or not you reach your health and fitness desires or not.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. LeGuin

 What is the most important training tool when it comes to fitness?

Setting goals will immediately lay out the floor plan for what you must do to achieve them. Now think about this. The new you is a different person to the one you currently are. The way you think at this moment in time, and in the past, has brought you to where you are at present. In order to become that new person, you have to step in to the shoes of that new person. If you looked in to the mind of the person you would like to be, would they think like you at the moment? The obvious answer is ‘no’. Why? Because if the person you would like to be thinks the same as you right now and as you have in the past with regard to health and fitness, wouldn’t you be that person now?
Its funny, we seem to always be looking for the best diet, food, exercise program, or supplement that will help us lose fat, gain muscle etc. What is even funnier is the fact that those 10 minute abs infomercials are still around and people still believe it!!! I think we may even be down to 6 minute abs now. Soon we will be down to ‘click your fingers abs!’ The media are rubbing their hands together collecting pennies off of the way the majority of us think.
Right about here is where most of us have difficulty. Here’s a motivational fitness tip that takes more ‘understanding’ than ‘doing’. We literally have to step outside of ourselves, create new habits, and a new way of thinking. In return, you will reach your goals. Simple really isn’t it! In theory it is, but in reality there’s a good mixture of emotional and psychological pain associated with this. Hmm, could that be a good reason we see soooo many people not achieve their desires, not only with fitness, but also with business, relationships, and finance?
Not the motivational fitness tip you were after was it?
Don’t let that ‘emotional and psychological pain’ thing scare you though. Let me put it this way, if you don’t face up to it you will never change! You will never have the chance to taste success. You will never know what endless possibilities await you in this life. You will go on looking for the next best thing whether it be a fad diet or 6 minute abs.
Facing up to the emotional and psychological pain guarantees success.