Searching for Success
For many of us searching for the fastest way to achieve success is a constant process. I was just on a trip to Yosemite National Park near Mariposa, Ca. On top of being there with my wife of 26 years and some great friends I was able to take some time to appreciate nature, think about the future and feed my brain with a couple good books! Both of the books I have been reading lately focus on reaching new heights of success. Not just with fitness, but in any area of life! One of the powerful aspects of the Training For Warriors philosophy is that is addresses more than exercising your body! Improving who we are as people and the lives we lead is part of our mission within our dojo here at TFW East Metro as well as other dojo facilities around the country.
After essentially being involved in health and fitness for over 27 years I can tell you that common things set back many people. I can also share that I have read many of the leadership, self-improvement, and change strategy books out there. A common misconception is that working out harder will help you achieve success. Working hard is a great thing to do and is relative to the individual. What equates to working hard for someone just starting out with exercise versus someone who has been involved in fitness for years is completely different. The longer I Coach students in improving lifestyle and health I have come to appreciate what it takes for both types of students to attain success.
New Ideas Regarding Life Changes
I have to say I have found a couple of books that I believe take a new look at a few things and apply some very practical success suggestions for both categories of fitness enthusiast or those looking to improve health!
What Is Your Vision?
The first mindset suggestion is that one needs to develop a solid vision for what you want your future to look like. I am not just talking about fitness (physical strength, % body fat, weight, flexibility etc..). This also includes a vision for your job, career, family life, friendships, life as a parent and so on! This first suggestion comes from a book “High Performance Habits” written by Brendon Burhcard. In this book Burchard suggests the following (establish a vision):
- Writing down three words that will describe yourself in 5 years or 10 years. Set reminders in your cell phone or other technology that remind you of these words and your vision for the future.
- Write down three actions/behaviors that will enable you to attain your vision through developing new habits.
- I would suggest setting a time to assess your progress (maybe every 3 months or so). Keeping a progress journal writing down your initial thoughts and action steps.. then progressing from there. Every 3 months read your last entry, write down your thoughts on your progress. Then set new action steps based on your results to that point in time.
These three words that you choose will help start the process to defining your “why”! This is the key to your success. With out a meaningful why backing up your changes, sustaining your new habits with be much more difficult. Your “why” must be strengthened by your vision for your future and deepening the meaning for your choices you make.
Another book I am reading as of late is Bryan Dodge’s book”Good Life Rules” he mentions four things that trap YOUR why from working for you. These four items listed are:
- Distraction-overwhelmed by day-to-day responsibilities
- Complacency-when laziness takes turns to a permanent habit
- Arrogance-thinking you know it all due to some achieved success in your life..
- Fear-scared to accept the results of your own plan versus someone else’s plan (e.g. my boss told me I needed to ..)
Dodge also shares a concept he calls E.A.T.. As he explains this acronym he summarizes it as follows:
E=Eagerly pursue new opportunity to learn new things and create change to get to a goal! A deep understanding of your why is where you need to start! Your WHY is the key to all changes that will be sustainable. Any body can go exercise, but will you change what you need to change to create sustainable life change? You will do it with eagerness if you understand your “why” and persist in pursuit of living out your “why”!
A=Argue to understand. Be sure that what you’re doing has purpose and it is sustainable! Learning to have a healthy discussion about why you are doing what you’re doing in pursuit of a goal is key. Often, people around you will not be on the same page with changes you are making. You need to establish clarity on why you are trying to change and create healthy discussion around those changes that are healthy for both parties. Addressing problem areas in your life is critical and having purpose is key to long-term success. The lack of addressing struggles with others in your life adequately and with clarity is why most fitness programs fail. Anyone can give you a work out, but will the program make you better over time? Do you get this from your fitness facility? After 27 plus years of working in fitness I can tell you that most facilities and programs focus more on the facility and the workout as opposed to focusing on your life!
T=Thankfulness for the things that are working! We all have things that require changes in our life, however we also have things that are working just fine! Stepping back and taking inventory of what is working and then being thankful for those things is the last step in this process. This can also mean being thankful for some of your struggles. Getting to a higher level of health or fitness may never happen for some without some challenges. Those challenges can take you through different doors of change that will land you successful changes that productively get you moving in the direction you want to go! In other words, appreciate the struggle.. or “Embrace the process”!
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