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If you’ve tried to get in shape, but gave up along the way, it’s because you were probably driven by the pain…When you begin your mission for a better body, you’re either driven by pain or by gain. That’s why to reach your goals, you might need to rewire your brain.

The Pain Driven Brain

The oww brain: pain driven by brain.

The image above shows the journey of someone driven by pain. This person is also usually driven by extrinsic motivating factors. Things like impressing others, avoiding ridicule, fitting in, and are all powerful motivators for the pain driven person.

Take a look at Step 3 in the image. As this person makes progress they begin to compare themselves to their ideal end results. This is where the pain kicks in. It doesn’t matter how much progress has been made, if it isn’t perfect, they get discouraged.

These discouraging feelings lead to complete drainage of mental energy, effort begins to diminish, they begin to miss workouts, procrastinate, make excuses, and eventually quit all together.

The Gain Driven Brain

The wow brain: grain driven by brain

The image above shows the journey of someone driven by gain. This person will be successful, and they will have unstoppable resilience. Why? The desire and progress can be the exact same as the pain driven person. The difference is in step 3 (the measure of progress).

The gain driven person measures themselves against where they started instead of their ideal outcome. This breeds a sense of accomplishment, builds momentum, confidence, and inspires more action and focused effort.


Only this time shift your perspective. Instead of looking ahead at an ideal outcome, appreciate the progress you have made. Remind yourself of how far you have come, inspire yourself, motivate yourself. You are capable of building your body, losing the fat, feeling and looking how you want. The resilience manifested by the Gain Driven mind set is all you were missing.

There is no perfect. You just need to get a little further today than you were yesterday.

By Fitmo Coach Mitch Heaslip

Mitch is going to get you into the best shape of your life! But what’s his secret? Mitch has developed solid methods that work for both men and women in losing weight and building muscle. With his very flexible approach, Mitch can tailor his methods to anyone. When it comes to building strength, muscle, and losing fat, his approach is second to none!

Learn more about Mitch, and working with him via the Fitmo app here.

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