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Written by Tom Terwilliger   

Let’s face it, getting in shape takes some effort.  But getting into peak shape, shredded, or ripped is an entirely different game.  Comparing the two is like comparing going out for a jog to running a marathon.

Getting in shape requires discipline while getting into peak shape takes discipline as well as grit, determination, single-mindedness, and the ability to push past the pain barrier.

Getting in shape  requires desire while the getting into peak shape requires heart.

Getting in shape can be a fight.  Getting shredded is a battle.

A fight can go as long as 15 rounds and is fueled by a desire to win.  A battle is a “must win” that can last months or years.  Your fitness goal and current condition will determine whether you are facing a fight or a battle. 

Take a look in the mirror and compare what you see with your ultimate vision of fitness.  How large the gap is between the two will give you some indication as to whether or not you will need to pull out a pair of 12oz gloves or a Howletzer.

Other factors might include:
  • Your support system
  • Coaching Your level of desire and
  • ability to apply discipline

If you are going into a battle, the most important thing is to have a plan.  You must be prepared.  Part of that planning is recognizing or predicting in advance the obstacle and challenges you are very likely to face along the way.

There’s an old saying, “Never show up to a gunfight with a knife.”  Meaning if your fitness goal will require six months or more of effort and your thinking "12 weeks to a total transformation" you may wind up a little disappointed.

If your going into a fight, a burning desire to win may be enough to carry you to victory.  If your going into battle you need to be armed with much more than just desire.  Victory has to be more than a could, would, or should… it has to be a MUST.

A good success strategy begins with matching your goal or objective to your level of desire.  If your desire to be more fit is at a level 4 and you take on a goal that requires a level 10 commitment your setting yourself up to fail.

About the Author

Tom Terwilliger
Tom Terwilliger
Tom Terwilliger is a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistics Programming) Master Practitioner, Hypnotherapy practitioner, Life Coach, ACSM personal trainer, and a regular contributing writer for IDEA Fitness Journal, and Fitness Management. He is also the author of several books and training programs including ‘The Inner Game of Confidence', 7 Rules of Achievement' and ‘Telecoaching For Profits'. Tom is also personal growth and development trainer/speaker for "Peak Potentials" one of the largest personal development organizations in the world. Learn more success strategies from Tom Terwilliger at

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