BELIEVE- that you can reach whatever goal you set for yourself. If you are going to achieve any goal be it a new deadlift max, winning a competition, gaining or losing weight, you must believe that you can. There is no other option. If you fail at this step there is no step 2. Believing in yourself is what will lead to the next two steps.
ACTIONS-Take the necessary actions to reach that goal. Its not enough to say this is my goal, you must next get to work on the very steps that will lead to it. If I wanted to walk from Ohio to Colorado I would have to actually take a first step. The first actions should be writing down your goal. Then break down that big goal into smaller goals, and then make a plan necessary to reach each small goal. Studies show that you are significantly more likely to reach a goal by writing it down. Once you have your goals and plan written down its time to start implementing the plan and take action.
DISCIPLINE- Its not enough to write down a goal and do the actions once or twice, you must have self discipline to continue those actions over and over again until the goal is reached. Self discipline has been described as the ability to force ones self to do something even when you don’t want to. That means preparing that food, not missing your training, doing your stretching and myofascial release even when you don’t want to. No one has ever reached any great goal without self discipline. It is perhaps the single most common attribute of successful athletes.
Now with these three steps alone I believe you can achieve alot and go far. But I believe there are still 3 more steps that can be taken. That’s right its the A.S.S portion of B.A.D A.S.S.
ASSESS-Once you have taken the actions and maintained discipline for a good amount of time you should step back and assess what is working and what isn’t. This doesn’t mean try a nutrition or training program for a week or 2 and declare that it does or doesn’t work. It means really giving something a shot and then taking a step back and see where you are at. Everybody is different and even on the Starting Strength or 5/3/1 I know some things will work for some and not for others. The goal is to identify those things for yourself.
SIMPLIFY-Now that you have assessed what is working and what isn’t its time to trim the fat. This doesn’t mean make things easier, or do less, it simply means cut out what isn’t working to reach your goal and replace it with more of what is. Not everything is going to help and through trial and error you will learn how to streamline your plan in order to reach your goal.
STAY THE COURSE- If you want to reach your goal you must sell out to it. When things get tough and life gets in the way, or you have some failures despite following all of the other steps, you have to pick yourself up and soldier on. This is why belief is the very first step. If you believe in yourself you will press on and ultimately reach that goal that you knew you could. In my own life I believe in myself because I believe in the one who created me. It is in that belief that I find my strength to press on.
Be honest with yourself about if you are really taking all of the steps to reach your goals. If not I believe you can follow these steps and be well on your way to reaching B.A.D A.S.S goals.