We’ve all heard the time tested phrase “get ready”.  Many of fighters and coaches in the opposite corner have muttered it to me time and time again.  “Get ready, Jaime, cause here we come!”  Ha, ha!  Well okay than!  But personally I prefer to BE ready first.

What’s the difference?

Well, believe it or not, you need to be ready in order to get ready.  What I mean by that is, you need to be ready mentally before you can actually follow through with the preparations of getting ready – Your mind needs to be fully prepared for the challenge before you can execute it successfully.

Perfect example:  About 3 weeks ago my boyfriend challenged me with an elimination diet, where I eliminated soy, corn, dairy, gluten, sugar and alcohol from my diet for two weeks.  I actually did a pretty good job of it for the most part.  However, I did find that at times I was just not eating at all and by day 12 willingly tossed in the towel and indulged in a glass of wine and yam fries.

Ironically, it wasn’t the difficulty of the diet that got to me; by day 12 I had pretty much formed a habit of not eating certain foods.  The truth is, my heart just wasn’t in it.  I wasn’t mentally prepared to take on this challenge, and I found myself doing it because I was “told to”.  So when I decided to “quit”, I made the conscious decision to give up without much thought to the consequences (which proved to be shock on Richards part. I’d come so far! Why?).

So I’m currently doing the elimination diet again, and this time I’m going to crush it!

What’s different this time around?

Well I’m ready!  I’ve mentally prepared myself to take on this challenge and not let my “lack of heart” cause me to quit.  It’s not a question of whether or not I can do it, I did 12 days, and wasn’t really into it. I can do 14 days and I can do it well, and this time around I WANT it!  Richard keeps telling me, “It’s hard, I don’t know anyone who’s been able to do it.”  Well baby, get ready to know someone who did it! (Love the revers psychology by the way – ya, I’m on to you.)

This concept pretty much applies to everything in life.  If you want to be successful then you need to BE ready to go after it.  I don’t know anyone who’s every achieved a goal, done their best, or been successful (tho their own standards) unless they’re mentally ready.  You just have to want it and be prepared to do the work to get it.

So a few tips on how to be ready:

  1. Make the decision to do it on your own.  You need to come to the decision of wanting to start an exercise program, or diet, or to win a fight.  Your partner, coach, boss can tell / ask you until they are blue in the face, but YOU need to be the one to finally decide.
  2. Research.  What do you have to do, what challenges will you be faced with? What are some speed bumps that you may occur that may tempt you or hold you back?  Once you know what you’re up against you’ll be better mentally prepared to face them.  No one really like surprises…
  3. Tell people about it.  Once you make yourself accountable to someone you’ll work much harder to achieve that goal.  This is one of the reasons I’m so active on Facebook.  The more people know about my goals the harder I work, because I don’t want to let them down!
  4. Recruit! Having a team to check in with and suffer with you is always beneficial. See if you can get others on board, but remember tip #1.  They need to make the decision on their own, so if they flake out half way, don’t get discouraged.  Just recognize that maybe their heart wasn’t in it.
  5. Reward yourself.  If you plan a reward at the end of your challenge you’ve got something ELSE to look forward, besides the success of completing a challenge.  My “would be” reward was home made chocolate mint waffles.

I wish you all the best of luck in your challenges and successes!

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