Our fitness journey is defined by our ability to persevere through the difficult seasons that it will bring.
The definition of persevere is…continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.
After almost 22 years of being on my fitness journey and almost 20 years of helping others on their fitness journey I can confidently say that perseverance is the ingredient necessary for success. There will be several seasons through out your fitness journey that will cause you to be discouraged. It is how you respond in those seasons that determines your success long term.
How do we persevere?
Focus on the positive even when it is hard to find anything positive. Maybe you are starting a new exercise plan and are feeling incredibly sore. Your body aches. You are tired and feel like you should have more energy. You know this is exactly what you need but your body and your mind are trying to talk you out of continuing. This is where you MUST think of the things that are good about this season. For example, you have started exercising, that is positive. You enjoy the people at the gym, that is positive. You have the physical ability to exercise and are not handicapped, that is positive. These positive thoughts are powerful. They fuel your ability to persevere.
Perseverance is an attitude.
People who persevere are not complainers. They embrace difficulty. They have hope amidst chaos. They are the type of people who are following the meal plan and even if they do not lose weight short term they play the long game and believe in the long term benefits. They have a perspective that is greater than most people. This overflows into other areas of their life as well.
Do you persevere when things get hard or don’t go your way?
This is the most important question for you to answer today. If the answer is no then you need help. You need to be encouraged and reminded that you can do this. This is vital to your success.
I am here to help. Your time is now.