Updated: Jan 28
How do you measure success? Financial gain? Body fat percentage? Instagram followers? The truth is ‘success’ is a concept unique to the individual.
Ask any successful person what the key to their success is and more than likely you will hear the answer “consistency” When Thomas Edison passed his 9000th failed attempt in his quest to develop a new storage battery did his confidence falter? Did he give up at his lack of results? No. Considering his response to a “lack of results” was “Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won't work!” it seems he was able to take a positive from the situation and continue his work, and ultimately succeed. (1) This is the right mindset for any fitness goal.
Separate yourself from your results
Realise that there is more to you as a person than the outcome of your endeavours. There will be set-backs, which are hard to overcome, loss of motivation and doubt. Injuries, missed training sessions and dietary slip-ups happen, it is how you react that determines your overall success. The key lies in thinking positively and keeping your resolve. Accept the set-backs and acknowledge that nothing that is easy is worth doing.
Form good habits
Form good habits e.g. aim for 8-10 hours of sleep every night or to be physically active every day. Humans are creatures of habit and human behaviour can be both helpful in, and detrimental to, the pursuit of our goals. Making an effort to evaluate and change your behaviour will allow you to achieve them.
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Learn from your mistakes
Use them as a stimulus to rethink, re-plan, restart.
If you fail, it is important to identify a “breaking point”, the point where failure was first experienced and study the sequence of events leading up to it.
Embrace the pathway you have chosen, acquire the necessary skills to succeed in each step of the journey and continue to set new goals once the original goal has been attained. Most experts started as beginners who purposefully selected methods which decreased the time and effort required to become successful. This efficient behaviour is rewarding when challenges are overcome and goals are attained consistently, however, one must be prepared to spend many years refining the process in order to benefit regularly and for the long term by avoiding random actions which may make progress slower (2).
Surround yourself with positive influences
Those around you influence your decisions and actions. Making new friends with similar interests or fitness goals, or training with your partner can make the transition between your old lifestyle and new lifestyle easier.
There is no need to distance yourself from people who are not supportive of your lifestyle as a large social group can make us feel better. What is important in these circumstances is to remain focused and avoid negative influences. Getting drunk on a work night or eating takeaway pizza because your friends enjoy fast food won't do you any good - unless you followed our pizza recipe!
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
John Maitland is the co-founder of 'The Evolved Way.’ A personal trainer with over 10 years’ experience, he has worked alongside a wide range of leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and medical professionals. John is a keen athlete and holds a black belt in Shaolin Kung fu. A fan of the great outdoors, he can often be found exploring the British countryside and mountains...or breaking pine boards with his fingers.
Co-founder of 'The Evolved Way', and experienced personal trainer, Samson practices what he preaches. His own healthy lifestyle, which informs this site, is based on understanding the right way to eat and exercise, not excluding of course going out and enjoying life knowing you can still feel and look good.