I'll be honest, watching the Australian Open gives me a huge buzz. Seeing those athletes push themselves to the absolute limit both mentally, and physically is inspiring. I love it because it's all down to them. There's no teammates to pull the slack or give them a little pep talk when things don't go their way. Oh, and Roger Federer is all class - that man is a legend.
This had me thinking. A lot of what we see in the Australian Open can relate back to weight loss. I don't mean you should be training like they are, but more of what goes on behind the scenes.
Here are 3 powerful weight loss strategies we can learn from the Australian Open.
The Hidden 90%...
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know the Australian Open of tennis is in full swing Down Under. I know not everyone is a tennis fan, and that's cool because this article isn't about tennis itself, it's about 3 weight loss strategies we can learn from the Australian Open.
You see, all the professional athletes you watch on TV are like The Iceberg Illusion. You're only seeing what happens on the surface. You don't get to witness what happens behind the scenes when the cameras are switched off and nobody's watching.
That's what excites me.
When I played professional football in the UK, the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes is ridiculous. Gut wrenching fitness drills, fancy footwork ladders, strength and conditioning sessions and the added pressure of the media to perform. Now, before you start bagging an athlete saying "but they get paid to do that", hear me out.
Athletes are rewarded in public, for what they've practiced for years in private.
Weight loss is no different in the fact that a lot of the results you see on the outside, are as a result of what happens on the inside. Let's look at the 3 powerful weight loss strategies we can learn from the Australian Open.
3 Powerful Weight Loss Strategies We Can Learn From The Australian Open
#1 - Self Discipline
This aint pretty, let me tell you.
Self discipline is one of the hardest traits to accomplish when losing weight. What you do when nobody's watching is what counts for a lot of your weight loss progress.
The tennis players you see at the Australian Open are performing in an individual sport. They're there as a result of doing the things they were suppose to, even when they didn't feel like doing it. That's the definition of self discipline. Let me put that in quote for you:
Self Discipline = Doing the things you're suppose to do, even when you don't feel like doing it
There are parts of weight loss that aren't sexy and aren't fun.
There will be times you need to make sacrifices and be self disciplined in order to achieve your weight loss goal. Once you accept this, take responsibility and make the sacrifices needed, you will lose weight and succeed in the process.
How do I know this? I've achieved single digit body fat on five separate occasions.
The point is, the players we idolise in the Australian Open are at that level from the self discipline you don't see when the cameras are switched off. Adopt a similar level of self discipline in your goal, and you'll achieve a level of success you didn't think possible. Just like these guys.
#2 - The Best Plan Can Still Fail
For those that don't follow tennis, the World #1 & #2 were knocked out of the tournament in 2017 fairly early on by players I'd never heard of.
Even if you don't follow tennis, you know that Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were favourites to win (2017 that is).
Nobody expected those two to bow out as early as they did. The point is, you can have the best weight loss plan in the world but it still doesn't guarantee success.
Now, I'm not saying you need to be lucky to lose weight, not at all. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic aren't the best players in the world by luck, but they lost because their opponent had an unbelievable desire to succeed and that I admire.
What I'm trying to say is you won't always lose weight by having the best plan in the world.
You will lose weight by having a desire and belief that you can succeed no matter how strong the odds are against you. The most successful weight loss stories are from those who dealt with the bad hands they were given, and pushed through using self discipline.
#3 - It All Comes Down To You
Ultimately, your weight loss success comes down to you.
Just like tennis players, nobody can do it for you. Of course you can (and should) have a team behind you for support like a personal trainer/coach, family and friends, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to you.
What inspires me about tennis players is that the game is completely mental. It can be so frustrating at times and you see that when their racquets get smashed and swear words echo the stadium.
This relates to weight loss in the sense there will be ups and downs, and moments of intense frustration but once you're on the court, it all comes down to you.
It's the tennis player's choice whether to throw the racquet or use those emotions to fuel the next point. It's your choice whether to have that piece of cake or have an apple instead. The point is, sometimes things don't always go your way and that's life, but you have complete control of what you do next. Remember, it all comes down to you.
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