There are fitness success principles that can help you achieve the body you want and help you shed weight, but as I often tell clients in Calgary, they also can help you in other parts of your life. For instance, goal setting is part of getting fit. You have to know where you’re going, before you create a map to get there. Setting goals that are achievable or broken down to achievable steps with a time frame and steps to getting there is part of getting fit. It’s also an important lesson you can use for success in other areas of your life.
Some times you have to do things that are hard to get great results.
Getting fit isn’t easy. It can be tough work, but when you see the results you’ll be glad you put in the effort. When you first start a fitness program, you may think you’ll never reach your goal, even if it’s a small goal like doing ten push-ups in a row or losing three pounds. You keep pushing through the hard work and you’ll reach your goals by achieving it in small steps. Before you know it, you’ll be doing twenty push-ups and have shed twenty pounds. Hard work and focusing on the steps that get you toward your goal is just as important at home or at work.
Mental toughness is important in both the fitness world and in business.
Mental toughness is the ability to continue on and persevere, even after others might have quit. It’s pushing past that exhaustion and doing one more lunge or another set of squats. It’s adding a few more pounds to lift and stretching yourself to reach achievements you didn’t think possible just a few months earlier. Whether you’re working out at the gym, trying to reach your fitness goals, aiming at the top position in your company or working toward a bigger home, perseverance and mental toughness is important.
Even if you aren’t the strongest person in the gym or the most athletic, you’ll get the best results if you’re more consistent than others. Bruce Lee once said, I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. That consistency is the key. You won’t get anywhere exercising for two hours one day and then skipping sessions for a few weeks. You need to workout regularly. The same is true for healthy eating. It’s being more consistent and choosing wisely.
- Learning that one slip-up shouldn’t negate weeks or months of healthy eating. If you overindulge, you don’t throw out healthy eating entirely. Start back on track the next day. The same is true for any mistake you make in real life. Identify the mistake, correct it and continue on toward your goal.
- Hard work and consistency pays off but it doesn’t always show right away. Everyone wants to see instant results, but getting into shape takes time. So does any goal worth pursuing.
- Don’t spend time waffling about whether you want to be fit. If you’re unhappy with your fitness or any other part of your life, do what it takes to change it.
- Focusing on what you want and what it takes to get there will help you achieve your goal. You have to believe it’s possible, then forge ahead. That’s true about every aspect in life, especially fitness.