I got this in my email box from IFBB Pro Nancy Georges and thought it was wonderful enough to share. Whether your goal is fitness or musical excellence or anything else, this applies.
THE ATTITUDE OF EXCELLENCE
What does it mean to be excellent? How do you define it? For me, how I define excellence, is when I am personally lined up with my own values, goals and vision as an athlete and in all areas. When I am doing whatever I can to achieve my goals and I am not slacking off “according to me” then I know that I am being excellent.
This is challenging to do, especially around the holidays when we are around more people who have their own ideas of what is good for you. In addition to that there is an extreme slacker mentality during the holidays.
Now I am not against relaxing. And I have to admit, it is not always easy. I get recharged pretty quick, so taking off an entire week to lounge around the house and eat, really doesn’t work for me. But, like I said, that is just me.The trick with the holidays is to have a plan. If you plan on gaining 10 pounds, then go for it, but don’t put on 20. If you plan on staying in contest shape, then you are not going to be able to sit around drinking wine and eating cheese doodles all week with the gang.Decide what you are going to do this holiday season. Write it out. Are you going to actually lean out, maintain, put on a few pounds, put on a lot of pounds? How many, how much. Are you going to improve weak body parts, get those glutes to sit up higher, build a little muscle? Write our your plan for the next 6 weeks. Once you know what you are planning on doing, then you will know what needs to be done to get there.Being excellent, has to do with listening to your own internal monitoring system. Even when people around you are encouraging you to eat. Maybe they are even badgering you to eat. Now this goes both ways, just because you have decided to be excellent, don’t expect them to remove that tray of goodies, because you can’t control yourself. They have the right to eat whatever they choose to, but it is their choice. Here is your Thanksgiving and December plan.1. Decide what you are going to do this holiday, in regard to your goals. Push yourself in a way that works for you. If you don’t have a show in December, I certainly think that a Thanksgiving feast is warranted. But you know your body, and you know your mind. Push yourself a bit, don’t be fooled by the “it’s just one bit” decide what you are going to look like on January 1st. Write out that plan.2. Be willing to do what it takes to achieve that. Period! That is all, it is that simple.Being excellent is a choice, don’t worry if others aren’t coming along, but don’t stop going just because they have taken a break.Whatever your goals, whatever your vision, whatever your dream, do what it takes to have it. You will feel so proud of yourself, and that is the ultimate feeling of satisfaction.Gobble Gobble, it’s turkey time.
- Speak Up: How Do You Feel About Indulging on Thanksgiving? (fitsugar.com)
- Cheat Day Strategies for a Hedonist (leangains.com)