I wrote this post for my other blog.Â But as I looked at it more, I decided that it really fits here.Â
But instead of rewriting it, I’ve decide to just post it as is here and let you substitute it to your situation as it applies to you.Â I’ve also added some personal mission statements from some great figures for you to exam.Â It’s currently under the strategies section but that may change as I flesh it out.
Let me know what you think about having a mission statement.
Building a Lean Body by Building Your Vision First
Our founding fathers did not start out by stating that the US would be democracy, and then go about the business of setting it up.Â Rather, they articulated a compelling reason for what they wanted to do in the Declaration of Independence.Â In articulating a compelling reason, they laid out a vision of what was most important.Â And then, they wrote a mission statement to guide them and us, the future generations.
Our nation stands strong because for all things controversial or questionable, we have our constitution to guide us and our nation’s vision to keep us in the right direction.Â And on occasion when we stray off course, our vision and mission statement bring us back on track.
In the same way, your quest to lose weight or gain weight must begin the same.
You must have a compelling reason for why you want to lose weight and a vision of what the end result will be.Â Then, you must write a mission statement – a personal constitution to guide you.
It is not sufficient to say that you want to lose 50lbs in the next 3 months.Â This you know.Â You know you must have the “why.”Â But for many, their why is shallow.Â Some of those whys are no more seeds thrown on thicket or shallow ground, to paraphrase a wise parable.
Your why must be thrown on deep, rich soil.
So, what is your compelling reason and vision for building a lean, muscular body?Â Why do you want those stunning midsection and arresting gluts?Â
Because at some point, you will hit a plateau, or two.Â Because at some point, you will binge eat.Â Because at some point, for reasons beyond your control, you have some bad days.Â Because you will get sick.Â For all those “because’s,” if your vision is not strong enough – it’s over.
Before you jump into a routine, sit down and look deep at why you want to do what it is that you want to do.Â
For me, it really had nothing to do with getting back to where I was physically 7 or 8 years ago.Â
I mentioned in other articles about how I lived at Gold’s, lived a lot, looked decent, blah and more blah.Â Fast to a year ago and me getting softer and weaker by the day.Â I knew I needed to get in shape.Â My blood pressure was high, I was getting gout attacks and I was 48, feeling like I was going on 68.
Frankly, I had been talking about getting back into shape for past 4 years, or maybe the past 48 years.Â All except that I had all these “because’s.”
I found my compelling reasons and the vision of what I want to be.Â And it all involves my children and my life with them.Â When the “because’s” hit, I look to my children and it reaffirms my resolve to be there for them, for a very long time.Â I overcome the “because’s.”
But what my compelling reasons are not important to you.Â What is important to you is discerning your compelling reason.Â Not making it up, but discerning what is already important you?
Once you have your compelling reason, you can begin to write your mission statement for living your life.Â Your mission statement is not a goal.Â A goal is a target to hit.Â But what if the target moves.Â Well, your goal changes.Â Your mission statement ensures that your goals change in alignment with your vision.
What can of mission statement do you need, or should you write?Â For starters, you could look at what others have done.Â I wrote about Ben Franklin, which you can read here at www.ezinearticles.com.Â Also, head over to my other blog, Landing On Your Feet, for a look at mission statements by other well known folks plus a few anonymous ones.
In general, you should identify a few, key values and principles that you hold to be important.Â With regard to developing a leaner, more muscular body, you should center your focus on the obvious – nutrition, diet, exercise, rest, etc.Â
- You could focus on what type of physique you would ultimately want and why.Â
- You could focus on what your life will be like once you achieve this objective.
- You could focus on your health metrics like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body fat, etc.
- You could focus on your life metrics like family, finances, job, and hobbies.
Under that principle of healthy, you could write something like, “value myself and my family by living a healthy lifestyle focusing on good nutrition and regular exercise.”Â For that value you could then formulate the following long term goals:
- Within the next 12 months, reduce current body fat of 21% to 14%
- Within the next 12 months, reduce pant size from 40″ to 34″
- Within the next 12 months, gain 24lbs of lean muscle mass.
Once you have your long term goals, you can then formulate your month by month game plan for hitting your long term goal.
Again, there are no hard and fast rules for this, only what matters to you.
If all this is too complicated or unnecessary, go the bare minimum route.
Take a picture of the body you most admire and plaster it all over your place.Â Tape on your refrigerator.Â Tape on your medicine cabinet.Â Tape wherever you see it.Â
Get a pair of pants in the size you want and try it on weekly.Â Whenever you feel like binging, try on the pants.Â Whenever you feel like skipping a workout, try on the pants.
All this – everything – is about you finding your “why.”Â And using your “why” to keep you on try.