All three of these aspects or factors are intimately linked and therefore are not mutually exclusive. Self-confidence is the belief in yourself and your abilities. Vision is your fitness goal, whether short- or long-term. Process is the method in which you must use to accomplish your goal. You cannot achieve your goal without a road map or plan (the process) to get there--a good personal trainer can help by designing the appropriate workout program. The process is dependent on what your goal is (your vision)--you must have a goal in order to go from point A to point B. Your vision is dependent on self-esteem, optimism, motivation, and a good attitude (self-confidence)--this must be inherent or else your success in accomplishing your goal will be fruitless. A personal trainer can lead you on the path to your goal but you must believe in yourself and your abilities in order to make it happen! Your focus, determination and motivation to succeed while exercising is essential in order to achieve your fitness goal.
Another factor which will affect your success in accomplishing your fitness goals is called imagery. Imagery relies on imagining the performance of an exercise or movement in your mind before actually doing it. Athletes such as powerlifters, sprinters, football players, etc. use this technique in order to perform seemingly unimaginable feats.
Here's the imagery technique:
- Close your eyes
- Imagine the ideal posture to achieve the movement effortlessly
- Go through the exercise or movement in your mind
- Think about each joint and muscle involved
- Open your eyes
- Now perform the movement
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."