They say “success leaves clues.” I’ve always liked that quote, which I first heard from Anthony Robbins, and which I’ve heard re-quoted by many others over the years. Unfortunately, most people don’t follow the advice contained in those three words. They keep pursuing the lean, “hot body” the hard way; trying to figure it out on their own, starting from scratch without a mentor or guide, following the masses, buying into gimmicks and making the same mistakes over and over again. There is a much easier way.
Don’t re-invent the wheel. If you want to be successful, then study the most successful people. In their quest to climb to the top or enter new territory, body transformation successes have left in their wake everything you need to know to complete the same journey yourself. You simply need to look back at the trail they blazed and follow it.
But contrary to popular belief, winners and achievers don’t leave a trail of pure success behind them. They make countless mistakes and leave a long string of failures. Show me a person who hasn’t failed much and you’re showing me a person who hasn’t achieved much.
As you study the most successful people, you begin to realize that they failed their way to success. It was trudging onward through adversity, learning from their mistakes and persevering that allowed them to reach their goal. “Ad astra per aspera!” Through hardship to the stars!
So when you study success, keep in mind that success is the result of failure. However, if you study the mistakes and failures that came before the success and learn what doesn’t work, you will get results even faster and easier than if you only focused on what did work. That’s right. Failure leaves clues too….
Learning from the mistakes of others doesn’t mean you won’t encounter unique obstacles of your own. But it does allow you to pinpoint weaknesses to strengthen, identify your biggest priority areas, shine a light on dangers to avoid, skip an enormous amount of trial and error and short cut your learning curve by weeks, months, or even years.
For decades, my mission has been to make the body transformation process simpler and easier. I’ve devoted my entire life to studying the most successful bodybuilders, physique athletes and fitness success stories in the world, becoming one of them myself, and teaching these strategies to all my readers, members and clients. This is called “modeling” success – it’s the process I teach in Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle – and it’s the only real type of “short cut” there is.
Body transformation success is not an un-researched, unexplored frontier. It is not a secret held by an elite few. It has already been achieved by many, and it didn’t happen by accident. I’ve achieved it and thousands of my Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle students have achieved it. Fat loss and fitness success has been studied. It is already a proven science. The fastest path has already been mapped and is available for you to follow. But part of navigating that path also means steering around the potential pitfalls.
Below, you’ll learn the 10 biggest body transformation mistakes that will sabotage your success. It appears to be a short and simple list, and these 10 mistakes might not be the ones you expected. But don’t underestimate the power that awareness of each mistake and application of each solution holds to propel you to greater success than you’ve ever experienced before.
Body transformation mistake #10
Training without intensity; going through the motions
Training with intensity, effort, focus and passion
Body transformation mistake #9
Using only willpower; trying to change consciously with force
Using habit power and programming your subconscious mind to change automatically
Body transformation mistake #8
Giving up at the first obstacle or failure
Persisting through every adversity until you succeed
Body transformation mistake #7
Inconsistency with nutrition and training
Consistently following your nutrition and training plan, every single day
Body transformation mistake #6
Chasing quick fixes; doing the least you can get away with
Developing a hard work ethic; doing whatever it takes
Body transformation mistake #5
Short term perspective: “I’m going on a 12 week program”
Long term perspective: “This is a lifelong journey”
Body transformation mistake #4
No goals, fuzzy goals or lightly taken goals
Success strategy #
Specific, written goals and total commitment to them
Body transformation mistake #3
Blaming something or someone else for your lack of results
Taking personal responsibility for all your results; better or worse
Body transformation mistake #2
No progress tracking or accountability
Tracking, measuring and becoming accountable for everything you want to improve; weight, body fat, performance, etc.
Body transformation mistake #1
Not believing it can be done and/or not believing you can do it
Believing in yourself; cultivating and growing that belief every single day
How many of these mistakes have you made? How many more might you be making?
Author of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle
Author of The Body Fat Solution
Founder & CEO, Burn the Fat Inner Circle
About Tom Venuto
Tom Venuto is a lifetime natural (steroid-free) bodybuilder, fitness writer and author of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Fat Burning Secrets of Bodybuilders and Fitness Models (e-book) and the national bestseller, The Body Fat Solution, which was an Oprah Magazine and Men’s Fitness Magazine pick. Tom has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Ironman Magazine and Men’s Fitness Magazine, as well as on dozens of radio shows including Sirius Satellite Radio, ESPN-1250 and WCBS. Tom is also the founder and CEO of Burn The Fat Inner Circle – a fitness support community for inspiration and transformation