How to Train Your Mind Like You Train Your Body

Is it really possible–or realistic–get up at 5 in the morning to go to the gym four days a week for a whole year? Perhaps not for most of us…but for some it is. They understand the benefits of training the mind the way they train the body.

You can implement techniques to keep yourself committed. For example, you can sign for fitness classes that begin early in the morning. With an instructor expecting you to be there, the additional pressure can force you to attend.

At any rate, however, this involves more than training the body; you must train the mind to commit and follow through. Below are three key tips on how to train your mind like you train your body:

  1. Stay positive

Whether you believe it or not, success is based on the ability to transform your mind and your behaviors. So many of us enthusiastically lay out a long-term workout plan…only to have it last a few days or weeks. This is because the mind sets up a barrier and thinks it’s enough. If you can push yourself past this barrier, you’ll succeed in your workout program and make long-term behavioral changes.

Staying positive is a common cliché, but it’s not that simple in practice; you need to work hard for it. To help accomplish this, set realistic and attainable goals. If the goals are too high, you may end up disappointed and discouraged. Set achievable goals and and never give up.

  1. Get support

When looking at people who have achieved their fitness or diet goals, you may think they are always willing to go to the gym, or that they love eating healthy food. But that is not always the case. The hassle of life, emotions, and stress can make it hard to stay on course for anyone.

However, the most successful people have managed to overcome these issues. One way to do so is to get support from others. It’s hard to achieve diet or fitness goals alone. Hence, surround yourself with the right people. Whether it is friends, family, trainers, or just others in the gym, getting the right support plays a significant role in your success. If you surround yourself with people who fail and make excuses, you are bound to do the same. You need positive feedback to achieve your goals.

  1. Set larger and smaller goals

For you to achieve your health or fitness goals, you need to do many little things. Even though they might seem small, they are vital to your success. When you concentrate on the smaller tasks, you will get where you want over time.

If you ask successful athletes how important the little tasks are to their success, they will tell you they are key. Many people may not monitor and track the small steps, as it seems tedious. But without the small steps along the way, the long-term goal can never be achieved.


Overall, it’s very important to condition your mind along with your body. Remember, fitness programs and healthy diets will always be available, but to adopt and implement them, you need to make positive changes in your mind.