What does it take to succeed?
Most everyone on this planet has, at one point or another, tried to get healthy, lose fat and get fit. Because old habits die hard, the number of people that actually succeed at reaching their health, weight loss or physique goals is small compared to those who start the journey.
What is it that sets those that succeed apart from those that fail?
Anybody can exercise and eat healthy for a day, a week or even a month. That is not going to create lasting change. One thing that that will create lasting change is commitment. Making healthy choices day in and day out over a long period of time.
“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said in has left you.” – Unknown
When it comes to health and fitness, it takes a minimum of three months to see real results – not only in your health and body – but to develop the habits that will allow you to live a healthy lifestyle for a long term.
In fact, if one is new to the lifestyle it can take much longer to create, maintain and sustain the new habits.
The bottom line is that it takes commitment over a long period of time. Success with fat-loss (and any other life endeavor) doesn’t happen overnight.
2. Following a well-designed plan:
A well laid out plan created by professionals will create the PATH that will allow you to succeed. There is no trial and error on your part and it cuts out all the guess work.
- Am I eating the right foods?
- How many calories should I be eating? And in what percentage?
- When should I be eating?
- Can I eat before bed?
- Can I ever eat sugar?
- Am I doing enough cardio?
- Am I lifting enough?
- Am I doing the right exercises?
- ….. and the list goes on and on….
By following a well designed plan day in and day out – you will slowly and surely change the behaviors that have been holding you back into behaviors that will empower you and allow you to reach your goals.
Then one day you will be able to break free from the training wheels and ride on your own for the rest of your life. Empowering.
It’s human psychology – if we have someone to report to when working towards our goals, we are more likely to follow through with action. From personal experience, the simple act of knowing that I have a weigh in or measure in coming up encourages me to follow through with my plan.
“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.” – Bob Nardelli
Having a personal coach is having someone that is not only there to motivate you, push you and help you reach your maximum potential; but is also there to help answer your questions and troubleshoot any problems that you may have along the way.
In my opinion, the most important factor in success is YOU! YOU are the one who determines whether or not you succeed. You are the one who has the free will to make the choices to either add to your health or subtract to your health. You can have the world’s best program but if YOU are not truly willing to make the changes to make it happen, it’s worthless.
You have to WANT IT, COMMIT TO IT and PRIORITIZE IT!
You have to BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN DO IT!
And on a side note, something personal I would like to share…
I have been into health and fitness my entire life. I have been through the process of trial and error and sometimes it was like chasing my tail in circles.
When I first hired a coach when I was a competitive cyclist, I saw my performance increase dramatically and moved up the ranks very quickly. Prior to working with a coach I was the so-so athlete. I had the ability but it was all over the place.
When I was struggling with my weight and trying to lose it myself, the results I had were small. Then I hired a nutritionist. Not only did my health improve dramatically – but that extra weight just melted away. Then I wanted to change the shape of my body, I tried for a few months using generic programs off the internet and saw some results. It was when I hired a professional coach that I really began to see results.
The bottom line of the story is that I know, from living the process, that the process works. This is why I am so passionate about what I do.
Best of luck to you and much love!