One of the most fundamental forms of learning, we as humans employ, is imitation. We imitate others’ speech and actions very early on in life. We imitate their actions, manorisms, and their ways of thinking in some ways; until we form our own. This type of learning is just as relatable to fitness related goals as it is in cognitive and social behaviors. We all learn differently, but in my experience, a mix of self experience and a little “been there, done that” influence is the best recipe for success.
I recommend two things:
- Find someone with a similar goal. Surround yourself with a presence that you feel instills in you a positive influence. Have you ever heard the phrase, “You are the company you keep?” Well use this with fitness just as you do in your personal life. This can be by asking someone at the gym, or walking club, or a family member for advice or continued interaction, but just ask. This could also be a personal trainer or a blog author! Surround yourself with a positive driving force that will facilitate consistent progression.
- Compete. The most vital source of competition you should feel is the one with yourself. Genetics, time frame, and resources play a role in one’s ability, yes. But, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to compete against your mentor. Odds are, they once had a mentor who they looked up to. Those who are more fit than you, are no different than you. They have made more of a commitment to fitness. There is no reason you cannot be where they are, or even higher, once it is all said and done.