Chapter 12 : The Psychological Factor

Achieving the perfect abs can do more for your brain than any other part of your body.  Sure, your body will look good and you will be healthy looking as well.  You will feel good about your health and happy about the way that you look in clothes.  But the way that you feel mentally will be even better than the way that you feel physically.  This is because you will have a renewed sense of self confidence.  Not only because you are happy with the way that you look, but because you have set a goal for yourself and achieved that goal.

Few things enhance the confidence level more than setting a goal and completing a goal.  This will make you feel like a worthwhile person and give you a higher sense of self esteem.  If you want to feel good about yourself, one way to do so is to set a goal and follow through with that goal.   The psychological impact of attaining the perfect abs will be enormous. 

There is also a psychological component to achieving the perfect abs that you need to explore when you are trying to achieve this goal.  How bad do you want it?  You need to ask yourself how bad you want to have the perfect abs and what you are willing to go through to get them. 

In order to achieve this goal, you need to want it very badly.  Many people will complain that they cannot lose weight or cannot quit smoking.  They are usually defeating themselves when they say this.  Of course they can lose weight and quit smoking as this is done by people all of the time.  If it was impossible to lose weight, quit smoking or attain the perfect abs, then no one would do it.   But people do this all the time.  So it is not impossible unless you say that this is so. 

While the psychological impact of achieving the perfect abs is very powerful, the psychological factor that enables you to achieve the perfect abs is very important in this goal.  If you are geared up towards achieving the goal, believe that it is possible and behave accordingly, you will be able to have the perfect abs. 

Knowing that you can do it and believing in yourself is just as important as eating right and exercising when you are trying to achieve this goal.  The first thing that you will want to do is to recognize the goal for yourself.  If you are overweight, find the right weight that you want to be and start to lose, based on the tips and secrets found in this book.  Think of your perfect weight and make that your long term goal.  You will have to reach the weight goal before you can attempt to define the abdominal muscles so that you have six pack abs.  However, you can still continue with the same exercises and diet ideas described in this book. 

After you have come up with the ultimate goal, you need to set little goals to get there.  Each time you achieve a little goal, you will feel empowered and your self esteem will rise. This will make it easier to achieve the big, ultimate goal. 

Instead of telling yourself that you want to lose 20 pounds, tell yourself that this is your ultimate goal, but your goal for the next week is to lose 2 pounds.  Begin your regimen of diet and exercise and you will easily lose the 2 pounds.  You will feel good about yourself as you have achieved a small goal that is on the way towards a larger goal. 

The same way of thinking must be used when you are trying to achieve the perfect six pack abs.  When you have reached your goal weight and are ready to define your abs so that you have the perfect six pack, start to break the goal down into smaller goals.  It is often too overwhelming for someone to only focus on the large goal when they are trying to attain a big improvement in their life.  And a perfectly sculpted body is a big improvement.

Instead of looking at the entire picture, break it down.  Set your smaller goals so that you can achieve the large one by saying that your goal for this week is to make it to the gym every day and achieve a certain number of reps or maintain a certain amount of time on a machine.  One of the best aspects about the cardiovascular exercise machines is that they can give you results right away as to how much time you have spent on them, the calories you have burned and the workout you achieved.  If you try to attain a little bit more each time, you will be not only working towards your goals, but you will also feel good about yourself. 

You will find that by exercising regularly and eating healthy foods you will start to develop a positive mindset as it is.  Exercise is like a wonder drug and can rejuvenate you.  You will notice that you have more energy and feel better about yourself when you are exercising your way towards the perfect six pack abs.   Your entire body will feel and look healthier. 

It may take a couple of months before you can achieve the six pack abs that you want, depending on your current weight and health.  It may even take longer.  But if you set small goals for yourself and work towards achieving those goals, you will continue to feel motivated about having the perfect six pack. 

Occasionally, you might indulge in something that is not good for you or skip exercise.  If this happens, do not let it deter you from your goal.  One of the reasons why many people fail to achieve their goals is because they give up the first time they encounter adversity.  They go off the wagon by eating something that they should not eat, or not exercising for a day or two and figure that they should just give up.  People who diet and try to quit smoking also make this mistake.  One of the biggest secrets to having the perfect abs is that you cannot give up.  If you fall off the wagon, just jump back on it again.  Do not beat yourself up over a failure because that is self defeating. 

Hang a picture of the perfect six pack abs where you can see it every day so that you can continue to work towards your goal.  Motivate yourself by small rewards for a job well done by giving yourself small gifts or treating yourself to something that you like each time you reach a goal.  Have a motivation in mind for when you actually achieve the large goal, too, although having the perfect abs and achieving the goal of realizing this is reward enough for your endeavors. 

Once you have taken the steps outlined in this book to achieve the perfect abs, you can use the same type of goal oriented motivation to achieve other areas of greatness in your life.  As you see how you worked towards this goal, you will also see that it is possible to achieve other goals as well.  Goals that, at one time, you might have deemed to be impossible. 

Anything is possible if you have dreams, ambition and goals. If you are willing to do what it takes to move towards that big goal by accepting the challenges of smaller goals and overcoming them, then you have what  it takes to do just about anything that you set your mind to in life.  Including getting the perfectly sculptured body and gorgeous six pack abs!

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