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10 Tips from Bill Phillips
Tip #1: Measure Results Fast!
One of the things Ive noticed is people who start a fitness program
dont measure their progress often enough. This is a huge mistake.
I call this failing in slow motion. People dont notice
whats working or not working until months or even years have been
The fact is, everyone fails. Its just some fail faster than others
and are quick to change direction and try again. For example, if I get
a hot tip on a new training program that worked great for
someone else but doesnt seem to be working for me, I dont
hammer away at it, hoping and praying things are going to change. I
usually give a new training program a good four- to six-week trial period.
If its not working, I dont do the same workout all year:
I drop it and move on to the next idea.
I recommend that you evaluate your progress at least every four weeks
by taking a photo of yourself and by having your body composition measured
every two to four weeks to see if youre headed in the direction
you want to go. If youre not, make a change, and keep changing
until you start getting the results you want!
Tip #2: Dont Be a Fool!
My definition of a fool is someone who doesnt learn from his or
her past experiences. For example, thousands of fitness buffs will continue
to do exactly the same things in the coming weeks which havent
worked for them in previous months and expect a different result! Dont
be so naïve as to think if you keep following the same training,
nutrition and supplementation program, youre going to get a different
result. Thats not the way it works. If you want different results,
you have to take a different approach!
Tip #3: Think Big!
Which goals are easier to reachones that are small or those which
are grand? Well, if youre like most people, youll guess
the former, but I am thoroughly convinced the correct answer is the
latter. You see, little goals dont have the magic
to create intense desirethey dont have the power to stir
your soul, which is why theyre so often not realized. However,
big plans and grand dreams create excitement and a burning desire that
give you the power to change! Make grand plans, and shoot
for the stars!
Tip #4: Honestly See Yourself!
Since we all see ourselves every day, we often dont
notice if were slipping. If were not careful,
before long, the image we have of ourselves in our minds will not be
in sync with reality! What you must do is have someone take a photo
of you, standing relatively relaxed with your arms at your sides, in
a pair of shorts or a swimsuit. (Seriously
you must do this!)
When you get the photo developed, take a good look at what you see.
Then, decide what you want to change: do you want less fat and more
muscle definition? If so, make that your goal, set out to achieve it,
and let nothing stand in your way!
Then take another photo every four weeks and put them side by side
on your refrigerator door, in your home gym or someplace where youll
see them frequently. This will help you honestly evaluate what kind
of shape youre really in and how youre progressing.
Tip #5: Get Focused!
Ive discovered that people who succeed in dramatically transforming
their physiquesthose who build a strong, healthy, muscular bodybecome
so empowered they can change many other things in their lives. By building
a better body, youll have greater self-esteem, more confidence
and a substantially better attitude. People will be drawn to you. You
might end up getting a better job and making more money; you might find
your relationships are improved and that you become a more powerful
The link between a powerful body and mind has been recognized for ages.
The ancient Greeks were convinced that only when a harmonious balance
between intellect and physical development was reached could a person
unlock his or her true potential. This philosophy is reflected in a
phrase admiring Romans used to describe the Greeks: Mens sana
in corpore sano, which means, A sound mind in a sound body.
So if you want to improve in any area of your life, start by focusing
on building a better body, and let that flow into other areas of your
Tip #6: Attack Fear!
Most people are afraid of change. Theyre afraid to get out of
their comfort zone. Some are afraid of failing, and others, believe
it or not, are afraid of succeeding! Whats amazing is most people
dont realize theyve become paralyzed by their fears. Millions
of people with great potential have been ruined (their entire lives
are being wasted) because, quite frankly, they dont attack their
fears head on.
Youll recognize people who are hiding out in their comfort zones
by their lack of action. They make a lot of excuses and rationalizations.
They often say things like, See that guy over there? Id
look as good as he does if I worked out hard
why dont you do it instead of just talking about it?!) Rationalization
and excuses have become the only form of daily exercise
most people get!
Tip #7: Decide Exactly What You Want!
It has been estimated that 97% of people who say theyre going
to get in shape never follow through. One reason for this is because
they dont specifically define their fitness goals and write them
down. (Please, dont make this mistake!)
Decide exactly how much muscle you want to gain and exactly how much
fat you want to lose! For example, you might decide over the next 12
weeks you want to gain 12 lbs of muscle and lose 16 lbs of fat. Imagine
what your physique would look like after such a monumental transformation.
Granted, this is a lofty goal, but it certainly isnt impossible!
(Remember Tip #3: When you think big, you light a fire that is ignited
by significant aspirations!)
Tip #8: Reprogram Your Operating System!
After youve committed yourself to achieving a specific goal, determine
which habits or patterns of action stand in your way and
which ones will help you.
It might have taken you years, if not decades, to develop the patterns
of action that brought you to this point. Fortunately, its not
going to take you anywhere near that long to debug your
operating system. In fact, it takes only four weeks of conscious effort
and repetition before these new patterns of action become automatic.
By then, it will feel more natural to do them than to not do them.
For example, if youve determined you need to adopt the pattern
of action of working out first thing in the morning, you need to stick
with it for four weeks, and the next thing you know, you wont
have to think about it anymore! Youll just do it, and it will
Tip #9: Dont Rely on Trial and Error!
If you want dramatic results, fast, relying on trial and error is one
of the biggest mistakes you could ever make! You see, trial and error
is a slow learning process. And, its an unnecessary one. You should
adopt plans and programs that have already been proven to work!
Think of it this waylets say you wanted to bake a cake
(or whatever). You could either follow a proven plana recipeor
you could rely on trial and error. Which do you think would produce
a successful outcome the quickest? The answer is, of course, following
the recipe! In fact, if you rely on trial and error, you might never
get the result youre looking for. (Sound familiar?)
The lesson here is
dont try to reinvent the wheel! Simply
find someone whos achieved the results you would like to experience
and do what he or she did. If you follow a proven plan, you may very
well achieve spectacular results as well!
Tip #10: Take Action!
Please, dont be ordinary! Dont do what average people
do, which is talk about getting in great shape but never do anything
about it. Success is created by action! People who get results keep
moving. They dont quit! Sure, there are always some forms of inconvenience
and stress in your life that seem like they might be obstacles that
would keep you from taking action. Your challenge is to succeed in spite
of all this!
Dont wait until youre ready. Dont fool
yourself into believing now is just too soon. If you wait
until everything is perfect in your life before you take
action, youll be waiting forever!
You can decide right here and now what the next 12 weeks have in store
for you. Will the next three months be a breakthrough for you in terms
of your personal achievements? Or just another 12 weeks in which you
almost got it together? You dont need a crystal ball
to answer that question: YOU hold the answer. You can be successful
at building a better body and a better life, but only if you take action
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