There are a lot of "keys" to achieving your fitness goals. I would say one major factor in determining whether or not you will achieve your fitness goals is how you balance thinking about your past with your future.
We’ve all heard that we need to be in the present moment, but as humans we often times think about the past and the future. This is not a bad thing. The key is whether you think negatively or positively, and also whether you keep each in balance.
Thinking positively about what you have done in the past to lead you to your present moment is a very valuable thing to do. There’s nothing you can do about the past, therefore putting yourself on the back for what you’ve learned up until now is vital.
It’s also important to think positively about the future. Knowing that even if you set very large goals, you can still achieve them. This is a very valuable lesson.
The problem comes when you get to out of balance one way or the other.
Too much thinking about the mistakes of your past and you don’t have the energy to continue to the future.
Too much thinking about your future goals, and you may forget about the successes that you have had up until now.
It takes a delicate balance to do both at the same time. On one hand, you want to be proud and happy with your achievements. On the other hand, you never want to be satisfied. You always want to be pushing forward.
There’s no special "technique" to do this. Just knowing that you should do this is usually enough to help you gauge whether you are too far in the past or too far in the future.
So yes, be in the present moment, and balance the past and the future.
Thanks for reading.
I wrote this and many other posts in response to conversations that I have with clients. I hope this helped you, too. If you have any other questions I can answer, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks!