We’re going to discuss first things first and how it applies to fitness. Faced with a big, multifaceted task like hitting fitness goals, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. This can easily lead to negativity and demotivation, particularly when you might be feeling an injury come on or despair at the lack of tangible results.

Author Justin Bariso has devised a simple rule to overcome negativity.

I’ve discovered a rule that helps me to push through those negative feelings, move forward, and do what I need to do. I like to call it “first things first.”

The principles

When facing a seemingly difficult situation:

Focus on first things first.

In other words, narrow your view so as to focus on the first few things you need to do.

This avoids you getting overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of the situation, or the huge mountain of tasks before you.

Instead, I make a new list of only two or three things that I need to get done to get you started.

Then, look only at the first one, and start chipping away.

How it applies to fitnessPush up bars in use first things first

If you’re aren’t feeling great about doing a particular workout or run, then maybe one solution is to get changed any way. Then have a drink or a stretch and usually that banishes your doubts and you are away.

Slowly but surely you are probably doing the things that you would have done to get going but you have had to be a little less spontaneous.

Either approach should end up with you doing the workout.

Believing it can be done

This first things first approach gets your mind to see the steps necessary to achieve a goal.

Seeing the path forward turns into hope, and hope turns into reality.

Following the rule of first things first is how:

“Entrepreneurs turn complex problems into simple solutions–and then build companies out of them.

Championship sports teams claw their way back from huge deficits.

Singers turn melodies into albums.

Authors turn words into books.

Artists turn sketches into masterpieces.”

See the original article here: Why Emotionally Intelligent People Embrace the Rule of First Things FirstPush through negative feelings, move forward, and do what you need to do.

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