It doesn´t matter what goal you´re working on whether it´s a fitness one like losing weight or gaining muscle or improving body composition or whether it´s finishing a career or starting a project there is not just one way to achieve your goals.
As human being we´re all meant to grow, to get better, to keep challenging ourselves and become the best version one of the ways to do this is by setting goals, setting goals help us gain clarity of what we want, they give us a destination but the path or road we follow is on us.
Once you are clear on what you want to achieve your first step may be to make some research on it, look for people who has done it before and the more you research the more opinions and options you find. You´ll come across people who claim that their strategy is the best and the only one that will give you results, you´ll come across many people who thinks that there is just one way to achieve that certain goal, but unfortunately this is not true. What works for someone may not work for others.
It´s clear and obvious that if you stick with the basics all of us are going to make progress and get results but as you keep moving forward on your journey you need to keep researching, learning and acquiring knowledge so that you can take those basic principles and adjust them as necessary according to your own results, to your lifestyle and your body.
With a weight loss goal for example some people may get incredible results just by lowering calories and moving more which is the most famous advice, they can stick to this for a long period of time and get in amazing shape while others may find it hard to stick to or may not lose that much weight and probably hit a plateau, for some people the IIFYM can work amazing while for others is not a good option, other people prefer to stick to a clean diet for 6 days a week and have a cheat day, others may need to follow a low carbohydrate or even ketogenic diet. The same happens with exercise, some people may only do resistance exercise and not a single minute of cardio and get amazing results, others can do resistance exercise 4 days a week and one day of HIIT cardio, others may need to do resistance training 4 or 5 days a week and do 10 to 15 minutes of moderate intensity cardio every day.
As you can see there are different options you can try to find out what works best for you, in almost all cases the first principle you need to consider to know if something is going to work for you is whether you like it or not. Discipline and consistency are crucial for any goal or you want to achieve so if a diet or exercise program is based on something you don´t like or enjoy you won´t stick to it for long periods of time.
When you´re looking for the best way or strategy to achieve your goal the first step is to look for something you like or enjoy doing, if you´re not sure if you like it or not then give it a try, do it for a couple or days or a week to find out, sometimes just by doing it one day you know if you like it or not. If you don´t like it try another option until you find one you like and enjoy, one that you can sustain for long periods of time. You can copy and do exactly what others are doing or find out what your biggest influence or inspiration did or is doing and do the same for a couple of weeks and see what results you get and how you feel, do you like it or not? From there what adjustments or changes can you make to fit your lifestyle better?
If you find something that seems logic to you and you want to give it a try even if it goes against the grain and what everyone else is doing and saying then give it a try just make sure it makes sense. Doing something just to follow the masses because everyone else is doing it even when it doesn´t make sense is the biggest mistake you can make.
There are always new options you can try, there´s not just one way to achieve your goal so always keep your mind open for new ideas, information and knowledge, look for what´s makes sense and is based on actual facts, from there figure out what you like or enjoy doing and create your own path.
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