A few weeks ago I checked out the audio book version of Gavin De Becker’s “Gift of Fear” from the library to while away some of the boring driving time between my apartment and the homes of my parents and my boyfriend who live 35 minutes away across town. I reached the chapter on assassins today and was struck by something De Becker wrote regarding the number one pre-incident indicator of a successful assassination.
He called it “ability belief.”
To summarize, successful assassins have the absolute belief that they have the ability to successfully achieve their goals. They are aware of the security measures surrounding their targets and of the factors that are working against their success, but they are confident that they have the skills and abilities needed to overcome these obstacles. What others consider unthinkable and impossible, these individuals view as completely doable with the right preparation.
Funny, isn’t it?
Successful physique transformationists have the same trait of ability belief.
Regardless of where they are starting out–100+ pounds overweight, 25 lbs underweight and scrawny, or at the correct weight but flabby and afraid to appear on a public beach in a swimsuit–when they make the decision to change, they know they will become the lean, fit “After” photo in their minds.
While others around them are saying,
“There’s no way I can ever be that fit because my genetics are against me, my job is too hectic, my family takes up all of my time, and I don’t know what I’m doing in the gym and the kitchen. I cannot succeed, therefore I shall not bother to try,”
the successful transformationist is saying,
“I am a fit person just waiting to come out of my cocoon. I will become the best version of myself given my genetic gifts, I can make time before work to fit in my workouts, I will engage my family in my efforts, and I will make the effort to gather knowledge and seek the advice of those who have succeeded before me. There are no valid excuses for not succeeding, just minor obstacles that I can work around with proper planning.”
So the next time you feel yourself faltering in your path to fitness, ask yourself if it’s really a matter of a lack of willpower, thyroid issues, a faulty nutrition or workout plan, or merely a lack of faith in your own ability to succeed that is holding you back.
Nutrition: Training Day Menu
(SGX nutrition details omitted by request of trainer)
1: 3×1 spinach omelette, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal, 1 T. wheat bran, 1 t. brown sugar
2: 2 slices protein brownies
3: Hawaiian chicken oat bran pita pizza
4: 1/2 portion steak and shrimp noodles, 1 slice protein brownie
5: SGX Meal
6: SGX Meal
Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum
7:00 AM HIIT Run (4.5-9 mph / 0% incline / 20 minutes)
7:30 AM LISS Incline Walk (3.5-4.0 mph / 10% incline / 30 minutes)
9:00 PM YF (30 minutes)
The Awful Truth:
1. Not enough sleep again, dang it. 😕
1. 14/31 Perfect LMH Challenge Days
2. Organized desk.
3. Filed away all new paperwork.
4. Defrosted and grilled more chicken breast and legs.
1. Update HandBase workout module.
2. Read a few chapters from NASM book.
3. Choose pattern and sew Halloween costume.
4. Make some TVP burger patties and freeze them.