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Incorrect Belief In Pursuing Your Fitness Goal

October 9th, 2009 · 5 Comments ·


Do not get stuck in an all-or-nothing mindset. Too often people have this “either black or white” thinking. Gray is never an option.

Now, I hope I can make beginners or people who just started weight gaining or fat losing program to understand an important point – they should not have “either or” belief.

Understanding this made a huge difference with the progress. Been there, done that and that is why I know.

You have change your diet plan, you have started exercising, but just because you cannot see any result within short time, does not mean you are not doing the right thing. Sometimes you might be improving your health in less visible ways.

It seems there is a prevalent “either/or” mentality that have disrupted many programs. Either you are perfect, or you just give up. Either you train at exactly 6 AM, or you simply do not train that day. The “either or”, or black and white syndrome, can interfere with a lot of progress.

Just an example – Someone might read that morning workouts are superior for burning fat. Without debating whether or not this is true or checking this is suitable for his lifestyle, the either/or mentality would say that if you cannot get your workout done in the morning, why even bother.

In reality, working out in the evening is still better than not working out at all. So if you cannot train in the morning, why not go ahead and try it in the evening? Be flexible and do not get caught in the black and white thinking.


Many people think, “It was so hard to discipline myself to get up at 6 AM to train. If I take a week from training, I will break out of that habit and not be able to start again.  So, I better think twice before stating the 6 AM training program.”

This is a great example, because let me rephrase: either I wake up at 6 AM to train, or I continue to sleep. But the fact is, there will never be a perfect 8 weeks or 12 weeks or whatever time frame you design your program around.

Thing happens, and obstacles appear. You can choose to have a rigid, inflexible standard for yourself, and allow the first bump in the road to derail your progress, or you can avoid the black and white syndrome, and adapt to changes while focusing on progress.

No more excuses. Pack your bag and go to gym now.




Category: Motivation

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5 responses so far ↓
  • Yin Teing // Oct 10, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Totally agree with this- it’s true about this either black or white thinking- or all-or-nothing mentality. It’s detrimental because sometimes we tend to also sent unrealisic goals and when we cannot meet them, we may just give up. A workout, even though less intensive and less frequent, is better than no workouts at all.

  • sylvesteR // Oct 11, 2009 at 1:01 AM

    Hmm I’ve been thinking this as well – quite true indeed. Maybe people should be enlightened and constantly reminded to set things right cause that’s just the nature of majority people!!

  • David // Oct 12, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    This “black and white” thinking is the exact reason why I’m having trouble going back to they gym to workout regularly. My schedule now is different from when i was physically active and maybe I’m subconsciously making that as an excuse to pick-up the weights and get fit again. Your post makes a lot of sense. In fact, it actually knocked some sense into me. Thanks a lot! ;)

  • Polprav // Oct 22, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  • David // Dec 16, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Working-out at home can be one method of maintaining regular workouts if spending time to pack your bags and drive to the gym becomes an issue. It’s convenient, flexible both in terms of scheduling and setting-up your fitness routine.

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