It seems to be human nature to look outside ourselves for the answers we need. This is especially true when we want to make changes in our lives. To ourselves, we say we need the guru because we are confused and he or she can help us to understand what needs to be done to get where we want to be. The word “guru” means teacher, but in the sense of one who has followers.
The dawn of the Internet age resulted in a proliferation of self-appointed gurus in just about any subject you can imagine–money, love, sex, fitness and more. While there’s nothing wrong with looking to gurus for occasional guidance, it becomes problematic when we become overly dependent on them, constantly turning to him or her for guidance and direction.
In today’s instant gratification society, when we don’t immediately see the results we expect, we quickly determine that there is something wrong the guru or his approach. And because it’s the guru’s fault not ours, we simply move on to the next guru and start all over again, resulting in a never-ending cycle of guru-seeking followed by disappointment with the lack of results.
This is especially true when it comes to fitness. You see it all the time in gyms–guys bouncing from one trainer to the next because the trainer “doesn’t know what he’s doing.” The real problem here is that most of us never uncover the real source of the problem–us. We don’t want to admit that we are too lazy, too undisciplined or too unmotivated to achieve our goals. This is also the reason that countless Americans spend tens of millions of dollars each year buying the latest fitness books and programs being promoted by the ‘gurus.’
If this sounds like you, then read on because I’m going to let you in on a little secret–
YOU DON’T NEED A GURU TO ACHIEVE YOUR FITNESS GOALS.
Here’s why: Unless you’re willing to do what it takes to get what you want, you’ll never achieve your goals. You can spend your whole life jumping from guru to guru but unless you follow the directions exactly as you’re supposed to do, you’ll never get lean, muscular, strong or toned.
Once you have the knowledge you require, it’s up to you to take action. You should already know that no one can do that for you. And if you’re not willing to take the actions required to achieve success, your fitness goals will be nothing but empty wishes that never come true. Even though in theory that concept seems very simple, the truth is that for most of us, it is extremely difficult to execute. It’s far easier to blame someone else for our lack of results than to look in the mirror and admit our faults.
Over the years I have reviewed hundreds of different fitness programs. With the exception of a few ridiculous ‘fad’ programs, nearly every one of them presented a good program that if followed as directed, would pretty much lead to the desired outcomes. With all these great fitness gurus running around you’d think that we’d al be as fit as Spartan Warriors, but sadly, that’s not the case. Americans are getting fatter and more out of shape than ever before and there’s no end in sight.
If you are one of those guys who is continually looking to the next fitness guru to get in shape, follow the steps below and you can put an end to the cycle once and for all:
- Stop buying new fitness programs. Go back and re-read whatever you’ve bought in the past. It’s still good.
- Write down the key learning points of the guru’s program.
- Write down your goals.
- Review those notes and write down every possible action you can take to start seeing results and achieve your goals. Whatever actions come to mind, write them down.
- Start taking those actions every single day.
- Write down the actions you take each day and review them each night before you go to bed and write down your daily progress.
- When you wake up the next morning write down the actions you are going to take that day to continue following the program and make progress towards your goals. Take those actions.
- Repeat steps six and seven every single day.
I know that may seem overly simplistic but that really is all you need to know. The truth of the matter is that you are the only guru you’ll ever need. You just need to be prepared to take the actions necessary to achieve your goals. If you can’t do that, you’re situation will never change and you’ll always be frustrated. So here’s your chance to take action–so do it!