Last night I wanted a drink really bad…
…you see, it was a hot, sunny, summer’s night here in Toronto. Ol’ Bally the Dog had just been swimming down in cool, clear Lake Ontario, and by the time we walked home my throat was parched and sweat was dripping off my forehead (we live at the top of a very steep hill).
I would have loved a bottle of cold, refreshing, bottle of Canadian Grower’s apple cider. Or better yet, Sommersby Pear Cider (but that’s really hard to find here in Toronto).
But as I just texted to Joel Marion last night as we compared dinners (he had fajitas with homemade guacamole while I had a filet with guacamole from Madmexican.ca):
“It was tough not to have a drink tonight, but that’s the power of being accountable to 200,000 people!“
And that’s the truth. Accountability is key, as you’ll learn today in my top 11 Motivational Tips for staying on track to success for
EVERYTHING in life.
So here are my top inspirational tips to help motivate you to stick to your fat loss plan and transform your body & life forever.
11. Never Give Up
If you fall off the wagon, cut your losses. Don’t let it weigh on your mind and hold you back because it’s only minor damage that can
be dealt with. The important thing is to get back on track, immediately. Never, ever, EVER give up. I believe in you.
10. Don’t Procrastinate
Do it now. Whether you’re thinking of cleaning out the pantry or finally starting to exercise, STOP procrastinating and DO IT now!
9. Identify Exactly What It Is You Want…
…then don’t let anything stand in your way of getting it. By setting specific goals along with deadlines you are providing
yourself with a measuring stick.
8. Do Your Best With Everything You Have Control Over
Most people fail to control themselves, and end up only with regrets. We trade minutes of pleasure (i.e. fast food) for days,
weeks, months, and years of regret.
Remember that the pleasure of eating lasts for only minutes, but you inhabit your body 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for life.
Rather than trying to “out-cardio” your bad diet, you must PLAN ahead to overcome obstacles. Otherwise, you’ll never succeed.
7. Replace Bad Habits
Everyday you will be tempted to fall back on old bad habits. To make a lasting change in your health and appearance you must do
everything you can to resist that. Try adding a new healthy habit each day to replace an old unhealthy habit.
6. Be Consistent With Baby Steps
The best approach is to build your life one positive step at a time and the way to do this is by taking baby steps to improvement
each and every single day. Be a little better than yesterday.
There are no failures, only good and bad tests.
You should always be trying something new, monitoring your body’s response, and deciding whether or not that food or exercise belongs
in your “tool box”. Do everything you can to learn more about your body. The more you know, the faster your success will be.
4. Accountability, Social Support & Role Modeling
You must hold yourself accountable to others. That’s the power of putting out your goals to the public on Facebook or the TT Forum, or simply sharing them with a positive person that you can trust and that loves you and wants to see you succeed.
I’m grateful that I have over 200,000 readers on my email list that I can’t let down. I’ve made a promise to you during this month of Diet Depletion, and I’m going to keep it – and help you keep the promise you made to yourself.
That’s the power of positive people – and yes, they do exist!
As one of my mentors once said to me, “You Can’t Soar Like An Eagle When You Hang Out With Turkeys“.
By hanging around others who want to lose weight, you can leverage their knowledge, commitment, support, and success to push yourself
harder than you otherwise would be able to.
3. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
People will do almost anything to stay in their comfort zones.
If you want to accomplish anything, get out of your comfort zone and strive to increase order and discipline in your life.
Discipline means doing the opposite of what you feel like doing. Setting goals and deadlines are the easy roads to discipline.
Planning is the ultimate key to fat loss success.
With a weekly plan of meals and workouts in place, you will be much less likely to hit a road bump that takes you down the wrong path.
Try setting aside one day a week to map out your weekly itinerary and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your body transforms itself.
1. Realize YOU Are In Charge of Your Success
At the end of the day, whether or not I break my Diet Depletion promise comes down to me and me alone. (Of course, I won’t let you down!) But personal responsibility is the KEY to our success.
You must take all of these tips and apply them so that you stay strong and get stronger as time goes on.
Always remember this quote…
Og Mandino once said, “I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can
clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose; only I hold the key to my
Translation – Everyone can succeed and reach their goals.
It’s a just a matter of how badly you want it.
I know you want it. And I know you can do it. And I’m really looking forward to your success.
If you have more motivational tips, please let me know in the comments section below.
Your friend and coach,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
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