Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

Attitude = 100 per-cent

If A ,B, C, D….X, Y, Z  equals 1, 2, 3, 4…..24, 25, 26 then K+N+O+W+L+E+D+G+E = 96 per-cent and H+A+R+D+W+O+R+K= 98 per-cent.
 
Both of these are important but fall slightly short of full marks, but A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E = 100 per-cent. Is this a coincidence or not?
 
I posted this picture on my CORE NI social media accounts and received a lot of interaction.
 
It is something so simple and coincidental but holds a lot of meaning.
 
You may have also heard the saying ‘that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’.
 
You will see it plastered on the walls in gyms or sports teams changing rooms, and it is true.
 
But can you work hard if your attitude isn’t right?
 
Mindset, belief and focus all fall under attitude. If you get these right along with knowledge and hard work then you have just become an unstoppable force.
 
In my many years of coaching I’ve witnessed short-term and long-term effects of a negative and positive attitudes.
 
Teams or players who adopt a negative attitude before a big game, even if all the preparation is perfect may already be beaten before the match even starts.
 
Take someone who is trying to lose weight and starts off with the wrong attitude.
 
If they commit with the attitude of it being a quick fix or aren’t in it for the long-haul they will find themselves dropping off on their commitment and desire to reach their goal.
 
On the flip side, going into any scenario with a positive attitude sets you up on the right path.
 
This doesn’t guarantee you results.
 
You still have to have the knowledge, work hard, dedication, commitment and sacrifice to name a few but if the right attitude isn’t there at the start then you might as well forget about these other elements.
 
For me commitment and sacrifice are key to reaching any goal whether it be in health and fitness or life.
 
We can get ourselves motivated to work hard in the gym once we are there but the commitment to consistently be there comes down to your attitude.
 
You could easily say ‘I’ll go tomorrow’ or ‘one missed session isn’t going to do any harm’.
 
That’s your negative attitude taking over.
 
Your positive attitude will say get your backside of that sofa and let’s do this.
 
The same can be said about sacrifice.
 
Are you willing to get up early, change certain types of eating habits, kindly decline when friends or family ask you to do something when you know it will interfere with your goal?
 
A negative and weak attitude can give into these temptations.
 
Even worse you may still carry out the tasks that will help you reach your goal but not enjoy them or feel guilty.
 
In this case you feel you HAVE to do it rather than you WANT to do it.
 
There is a massive difference.
 
When you want to do something you will have a positive attitude towards it, you will get up early knowing that it is going to help you reach your goal, change and enjoy your new eating habits, and explain to friends and family why you are declining their invite and ask them to support you because this is what you want to do.
 
The thing is, attitudes can change.
 
They can even change daily or hourly.
 
But hold onto that positive attitude towards reaching a goal and the times you know when your attitude is strong is when you are at your weakest.
 
Feeling tired, hungry, have too much on, or you are feeling stressed, all play a part in testing your attitude.
 
So remember do the things you want to do and attack it with a positive attitude.

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