Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.

– Confucius

My equally brilliant interpretation and application to the fitness world: Find someone who has already accomplished what you want to accomplish, then learn as much as you can from them about how they did it.

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

– Dr. Joyce Brothers

My equally brilliant interpretation and application to the fitness world: Visualize, visualize, visualize. When you look in the mirror, see the body you are striving for, and watch as it conforms to your visualization.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

– Douglas Adams

My equally brilliant interpretation and application to the fitness world: If you see the effects that smoking, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise has on the people around you every day, then why in the world would you subject yourself to that?!

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

– Ben Stein

My equally brilliant interpretation and application to the fitness world: Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” Duh! Join the club of overweight Americans with equally uninspiring and generalized daydreams. Set specific goals, with small benchmarks along the way that will keep you moving forward: “I want to lose 20 pounds by 6 months from today. In 7 days, I will have lost 1 pound, and in 30 days, I will have lost 5 pounds.”

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.

– Grace Murray Hopper

My equally brilliant interpretation and application to the fitness world: Take chances, and get out of your comfort zone. If you’re stuck in the same dead-end routine that hasn’t been producing any results for months, unanchor yourself and set sail on a new course.

Stamina is utterly important. And stamina is only possible if it’s managed well. People think all they need to do is endure one crazy, intense, job-free creative burst and their dreams will come true. They are wrong, they are stupidly wrong.

– Hugh Macleod

My equally brilliant interpretation and application to the fitness world: Going all gung-ho for a week, or even a month, is not going to transform your beer gut into washboard, cover-model abs. Don’t think of diets or routines as separate entities or interruptions in your usual schedule; make them part of your life, just like brushing your teeth and taking a shower (you do do those, right?). Even when you do get the body you want, returning to your old bad habits will return your old body as well. Stick with what got you there, and you’ll maintain your results forever.

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Source by Brandon Johnsonn