I was the girl that hated the gym. I spent most of my youth in a dance studio, so I was more comfortable with dance as my method of fitness than I was with lifting weights. Unfortunately, where I currently live doesn't have a decent studio so I've resorted to Gold's Gym. I never thought fitness could teach me so much about success, but after realizing how it has impacted the growth of my business and career I had to share.
Sustainable Progress Takes Time.
I was always told that you have to work for anything worth having, and my fitness journey taught me exactly that. What I learned more than anything is why sustainable progress takes so long - habits have to be created.
I had to change what I chose to eat, start working out regularly, and choose long-term satisfaction over short-term pleasure. I also monitored emotional eating and kept bad food outside of my house.
The woman I used to be would nearly be in tears at the thought of a workout, and now I see it as a great way to relieve stress and get excited about my workouts. I became a different person and made a true lifestyle change.
Others See Your Success Quicker than You.
My before and after pictures were the most important part of my journey because they allowed me to see myself through a comparative lens. My friends and family saw the results I was making because they didn't see me every day, so they saw how much I was changing.
When you're trying to achieve a goal you are probably waiting for the big moment, but the truth is the magic is in the little moments. The magic is in the little decisions you make to ensure your goal is priority number one in your life.
You may think what you are doing now is small because all you've seen are micro-wins, but people who knew were you were a year ago see the progress much more drastically and clearly.
People Want the Results, Not the Work.
I wish I had a dollar for every person who asked me how I did it, yet never took the initiative to make those same changes. I understand the perspective of the Gary Vees, ETs, and other major business influencers who are willing to share every secret they know regarding business.
I'm learning that most people want the results, but when the work is mentioned they decide it is not a priority. That's why as a whole we have to be careful about what we ask for, especially if we don't know what it takes to get it or sustain it.
You Will Fail. Just Get Back Up.
I never knew it would be so difficult to get to where I once was when I was younger, but I was in for a much longer ride. I assumed that if I went to the gym and ate right I would be in shape in no time. Now more than a year later I still have a lot of work to do.
I started at 33% body fat and I'm now down to 26%, but my goal is 20%. In the time in between, I've decreased only to see my percentage jump right back up after I had slacked off for a few weeks. I plateaued for a whole 4 weeks simply trying to find the right mix of macronutrients and cardio to get me back on the right track.
I say all of that to say you will fail even when you are doing everything right. What matters is that you don't give up after failing and that you focus on the end goal no matter how far away it seems.
Change the Method Until You Win
Remember that when I was failing it took me four weeks to see progress. I would gradually decrease my calories and shift my macronutrient ratios until one day I saw results.
Imagine if I had settled on week one, two, three, or even week four? I would have never know what I would look like at 26% and now that I have an entire year to get to my next goal of 20%, I can't wait to get through it all over again.
Whether you are a new gym junkie like myself or the person dragging their feet to yoga class, I hope you take these lessons to heart and apply them to propel your business and career to the next level of success.