When it comes to building physical stamina and staying focused on fitness and body-building goals, there are no better examples out there than professional athletes. And even if you’re not competing at the tracks, the habit of “thinking like an athlete” will ensure that those 30 difficult pounds melt away long before your motivation does.

Wake up your `inner-athlete’ with these 6 tips that will keep you in competition with yourself until you have achieved your fitness goal.

# 1: Set Goals The Way Athletes Do

Break up your long-term fitness goals into a series of realistic, short-term ones. Seeing success with short-term goals keep you motivated to stay on course with your fitness program.

# 2: Have A `Process’ Plans In Place

Outcome goals will remain “ideas” unless you have a process plan in place about how to make them a reality. Set up daily/weekly workout timetables, nutrition charts etc. and keep a logbook to record your progress.

# 3: Visualize Your Success Like It Has Already Happened

Did you know that most successful athletes have received their dream trophy a thousand times before they actually won it? Adopt this winner’s habit of doing daily visualizations of your own fitness goal. See yourself in the physical condition you want to be in. Feel what you would feel once you have lost those 30 lbs. Know your target outcome to already be a reality.

# 4: Be `Coachable’ Like An Athlete

Take your ego out of the equation and accept all the knowledge and practical advise you can get as you push your fitness threshold every day. The moment you let your ego get in the way, you’ll find hundreds of reasons to fall back, lose momentum and finally give up. It’s compliance – not defiance – that prepares an athlete. Be that way.

# 5: Compartmentalize Your Emotions

Emotions, both positive and negative, is par for the course for athletes too. They suffer from episodes of anxiety, fear and unease like the rest of us. The big difference is that athletes know how to compartmentalize their emotions. When they step into the game, they leave their daily concerns behind and focus only on performance. Same way, you have to leave your negative emotions in the locker room when you go in to train.

# 6: Make Time For Rest And Relaxation

A professional athlete always incorporates periods of rest and relaxation into their training schedule. However much you are focused on outcome goals, unless you are balancing training with mandatory periods of rest, you will quickly burn out and quit.

# 7: Recover Quickly From Setbacks

If you’re adopting the athlete mindset, tell your inner-athlete this: there is no such thing as giving up. There will be days when you’re not on your A game, and there will be times when you’re failing miserably with your short-term goals. No matter. Treat these setbacks as learning experiences, and move on. Stop now, and you risk stopping forever.

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