Is your exercise plan about to fire you? It’s time to pull out the big boss guns.
Not long ago, I read Donald Trump’s book Think Big and Kick Ass. And while he doesn’t know it—and certainly doesn’t show it—Don’s success tips prove solid when it comes to working out and staying out of the cupboard.
An unlikely connection, I know. But bank on Trump’s principles, and you’ll be raking in exercise n’ diet gains like you won’t believe.
The six Trump keys to a billion dollar fitness regimen?
“Don’t do things you don’t like just for the money,” the Donald says in his book. And at the gym, don’t take up a new regimen because it burns the most calories—even though you freaking hate it. You’ll tap out fast. Instead, get rich: Pinpoint your passions (preferably fun and highly effective ones) and you’ll be so busy loving your workouts, you’ll barely even notice the results have come flooding in.
“Always think positively and expect the best.” Positive thoughts have to be the best-kept secret, in fitness and otherwise. For some reason, it would never occur to most people that they could accomplish good things just by thinking they’re accomplishing good things. But it occurs to Donald Trump. Multiply your self-esteem by a thousand, Trump-style, and suddenly that 1-month injury or massive diet cheat are mere “bumps in the road.”
The Big Mo.
“When you start something new you have no momentum. With every action you take and every task you complete, you are building momentum.” There, see? Little positive changes (called “baby steps” in the industry) are actually the most powerful move in your fitness venture. So do 10 minutes of yoga. Take a rusty-wheeled joyride around the block. Trust Donald: You’ll earn “mo” points, which you’ll soon be spending on longer, better workouts. (Just, for heaven’s sake, don’t give it your all in your first go.)
“Never take your eye off the ball” is the golden rule in Trump Town. Want to eat healthy? Stay focused on your flat stomach and those snacky cravings will fade faster than Paris Hilton. A rock-solid focus on your rock-hard body? Just what you need to get moving from smoothie bar to spin class. Oh, and don’t forget: “Worry destroys focus” (see #2).
Sign a metaphorical prenup with your fitness advisors. Listen to the advice of personal trainers, doctors and nutritionists, but always be looking out for number one. Would Donald let love, or credentials, cloud his judgment? No. You know your body best. And you’re the one who’ll have to live with an injury, or paltry diet results, from taking generalized advice you knew didn’t work for you.
“How big you think determines how big a success you become.” Why settle for mediocre fitness results, when you could feel fabulous? Big goals (and big deadlines to match) will ixnay every excuse you can possibly think of, and get you on your way to greatness. Donald doesn’t have a comfort zone. Neither do fitness rockstars like our friend Belinda Benn, who took up body-building and surfing in Panama while her mid-40’s colleagues were still calling “taking the stairs” a workout.
Now, think big, pull yourself together and start the 12-week challenge. Week one is underway.