I dont really know if this is a "trick", but I have noticed that successful people in ANY endeavor tend to systematize and plan things, and general seek out objective measurements. Meaning the more of a schedule you can get yourself on, and the more thinking you can take out of it, the better your chance of success will be.
For me, this means:
- Eating the same thing every single day, at the same times. There is NO guesswork here. I know exactly how many calories, carbs, proteins, fats I am eating. This makes it VERY easy to adjust when the time comes to increase/decrease cals or carbs.
This style of eating/cardio progression makes dieting almost EFFORTLESS. Simply eat the food, measure and log your results, and find 70-100 calories to remove from one of the meals every week. This is as simple as removing a single egg, a piece of cheese, going from Half an avocado to 1/4 of an avocado. The same rules apply for weight gain, except you add in food here and there. Same with cardio, burn 600 cals this week. 900 the next week, etc... Effortless. Effective.
Training on a program that has an easy progression model built in: I do the same workout on the same day every week, after I wake up. The goal is ALWAYS to lift more weight, or the same weight for more reps. This eliminates any guess work out of the progress making process by objectifying it... If your bench goes from 225x6 to 315x6 over a years time, and your chest is 3 inches bigger, you have damn sure made progress.
I have sex with my girlfriend M-W-F from 6:00pm to 6:06pm. This is currently TRIPLE the amount of time I use to do this, I call that progress (for the lulz here people)
I know this might sound boring and maybe even robotic and monotonous, but "winging it" does not work for me and I derive a great amount of personal pleasure from executing a plan and seeing results. This is the ONLY area of my life I do this with and it it actually FREES UP quite a bit of time to do the other things in life I enjoy, after I get home from the gym (and I dont have to work that day), the ONLY thing I have to do is hit those meals and I can do whatever the hell I want. Movies, Piano, Write, Hang out with friends, Film...
I guess if I had to some up the tip into a formula it would be - More Structure = More Freedom.