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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

5 keys to long term success in health and fitness


I know. Long title. I titled this post like that for a reason; it's a great reason.

Lately I have had the "No Limits" concept on my mind. When I think about "fitness" and "health" it's not a bout a "goal" or a "number" or an "event"...it's about YOU and it's about you being more.

The more will change. The goal will change. It may be weight loss today and an Ironman next year. Who knows? There are no limits to what you can do.

Today's post if for someone trying to lose 10 lbs. But is also for someone trying to lose 100 lbs of train for a 5k or an Ironman.

I don't want to pigeon hole anyone. It's about and it's for YOU!

How do you succeed with becoming more and being better long term? Here are 5 keys that I know can help you.

1. Begin with WHY.  I like listening to books on my iPhone. I usually listen when I am doing the dishes or driving. It makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something. It also helps me to learn and to grow as a person. The book that I am listing to now is called, "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek. It's about successful businesses but the principles work great for you and I and out health.

Why are you doing what you are doing? My friend Brittany has an awesome why. She wants to lose 150 lbs so she can start a family. This means something and it will FORCE her to make good decisions each and every day. Your why may change but the importance needs to stay the same. Doing anything hard is never going to work long term if you don't have a compelling reason to do it.

2. Seek support, shed the anchors. There are a couple of concepts at play here. First of all, don't be that person that has a secret goal and does things in private. These people are afraid to fail and in the end the thing that we fear most almost always happens. Be bold about what you are doing and seek out people that are on the same mission as you.

You would be amazed at how many people are trying to get healthy and to become more. TRUST ME. I know a ton of them. Make new friends and support one another. This is vital.

It is also vital that you shed from your life the people that want to bring you down. In my life the minute someone tries to bring me down they are GONE. I don't accept that from people. I un-friend people on Facebook almost everyday. I also un-follow people on Instagram everyday. If you are not going to support me well then you do not have the privilege of being part of my world. PERIOD.

You need to have the same thought process. Who are your biggest cheerleaders? Get around them! Who are the people that bring you down? Shed them from your life. 

3. Start with YOU on your calendar. If you don't use some sort of calendar system you should. How do you know when to do stuff? Gosh...I would forget EVERYTHING if I didn't use my Google Calendar. 

We all start with some sort of blank calendar somewhere. What is the first thing that goes onto the blank page? My suggestion is that the first thing you schedule is YOU time. Now this is different for everybody. I like to workout a lot so I schedule my workout time. Unless my house is on fire don't call me during workout time. I will not answer. (HINT: text me. I will likely read in then finish my workout and pray the fire department can save my house!)

You need to schedule things like reading time, workouts, food shopping, meal prep.... all the truly important things that most people simply hope they do then someone claim, "I didn't have time..."

4. Set goals. I'm not just talking about your big goal. I'm talking about daily, weekly, monthly, hourly.... GOALS all the time. If you are doing something you'd better have a goal. My goal RIGHT NOW is to get this blog post out there by 9:30am. I have 33 minutes. I'd better get cranking. 

You are not on an inter-tube on a fast flowing river. Life doesn't just happen. You PLAN and you DESIGN your life. Get to work planning every aspect of it so that life doesn't happen to you. You need to HAPPEN to life! 

5. Read books. If you are not growing as a person then you are not succeeding. Personal growth is the spark that lights all fires. It's been said the only difference between you now and you 5 years from now is the people you hang out with and the books you read.

I believe this 100%. Shut off your stupid TV and pick up a book. Be more that average. Be more than the person that zones out in front of the TV every night with a beer and a bag of chips.

Grow, learn and be more. The time is going to pass anyway. Why now work on yourself instead letting others try to sell you crap?

There are no limits to what you can do. Fight for the body you want and fight to FEEL the way that you want. It's already inside you. All you need to do is let it out!

Did you find this post helpful? If so I would appreciate a share no social media. Someone out there may need some motivation and this could be his of her trigger.

Would you like to be personally coached by my wife and I? Its what we do for a living. Shoot me a quick email and I can go over the options with you. My email is: rick@yourbestfitensscoach.com. Teresa's email is teresa@yourbestfitnesscoach.com . We would be glad to help.

To your success!











Rick Copley | Your Best Fitness Coach  | "Empowering YOU to be a champion" 
Your Best Fitness Coach Facebook Page |Instagram: @rickcopley 
352-989-6795 | rick@yourbestfitnesscoach.com

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