You don't need to read the blog of some random fitness professional to know that, right? It's pretty obvious that you need to keep at it long term to get the results that you want out of life. This is true with fitness, your career, your relationships.... pretty much everything.
I remember my favorite quote when I was young was, "He who persists shall conquer."
Those are all just words and mean nothing because... you know what... it's a bunch of crap.
Do I have your attention now?
Go ahead a take a survey. I bet 10 out of 10 people will tell you that if you persist you shall conquer. Of course.
How many of those 10 will persist and thus conquer?
A couple maybe.
Let's take a whole new look at a LAME quote that has no real meaning because there is no ACTION attached to it.
"He who persists shall conquer."
In my mind the real problem is the word "persist". The reason that most people don't "persist" is because they don't know just how hard it is going to be.
I once wrote an article called "Riding in the Rain" where I talked about hitting that point in a journey when something got hard. I mean, like REALLY HARD and the suffering was unreal. I knew it was coming but when it got there I was shocked about what it was really like.
People in general don't want to be uncomfortable. It's EASY to say that you are going to persist but it's also easy to make excuses and sneak away into the night what thing get hard.
You say that you will persist but most times you don't. The reality is that things just got to hard and you lost site of your goal and you lost focus on your purpose.
So what do you do?
STEP 1: Define a purpose that is so strong that if you are woken up in the middle of the night out of a dead sleep and asked, "What is you purpose??" that you speak with complete clarity exactly what you purpose is. It may be to keep up with your kids or to do an Ironman or simply to go to bed happy every night. Your purpose is your purpose but it has to be STRONG.
STEP 2: Let your purpose be known to EVERYBODY. This way when you want to quit you will have someone there telling reminding you of your purpose.
STEP 3: Believe. I would keep your daily plan simple. For one I would have your purpose printing on an index card and read it at least 3-4 times per day. You can also put it in strategic places. How about on the refrigerator if your purpose behind weight loss is spending more quality time with your kids. Do small actions everyday that bring your closer to who you want to be. Have MUST DO's instead of SHOULD DO's. This can go for almost everything in life.
STEP 4: Plan your day. This is key. Do you go to work everyday? Do you have a routine at work? Do you do certain things at certain times? Of course! Plan your life like that! Your boss at work isn't go to tell you to exercise or stop eating from the vending machine! You have to do that!
STEP 5: Do not accepts excuses and do not place blame. Whatever it takes for YOU to become the type of person that takes responsibility and REFUSES to give up. Use steps 1 through 4 to create a solid purpose and action plan so that when things get tough (and you KNOW things will get tough!) you are ready and you punch fear in the face!
I hope this message helps today.
I am so deeply saddened all the time when I see people struggling. In all my years doing what I do I have figured out that until someone makes a decision to start living a life by design he or she will continue to be pushed around by the bullies of life.
Make that decision. Step blaming everyone else for your lack of persistence and get to work creating the life you want.
Stand tall and DARE life to through an obstacle in your way.
Be persistent. Be a champion.
Is health and fitness your main goal? If so then I have a couple of resources that may help you.
#1: Teresa's blog. That's right. After many requests she finally gave in and started a blog. It is called "Lady Guru's Fit Kitchen". It's had a great response so far. Click here to check it out: http://ladygurusfitkitchen.blogspot.com/
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To your success,
Rick Copley, AdvoCare Gold 3-Star Independent Distributor
"Empowering YOU to be a champion"