Last week Brookings Best Personal Trainer brought you a blog on the slight difference between Success and Failure. I left you all with the questions about: What is it you want to achieve…your goal(s)? They could be work, financial, family, or health related.
Did you write your goals down? Did you find an accountability partner to help you? If you did, awesome job. If you didn’t, I’d suggest doing it!
As Brookings Best Personal Trainer, I am always looking for ways to help our clients, and I feel this is the ticket to long term success instead of long term failure. Again, I was inspired, and Billy Beck talked about a lot of these concepts that I’m sharing with you.
Let’s take a look at this simple formula:
Thoughts = Feelings = Actions = Results
What are your thoughts? Are the positive? Negative? Do you think you can achieve? First you must believe you can, before you will. There is HUGE power in positive thinking and visualization. There is a reason the most successful people role play positive results in their minds. It’s because your mind cannot tell the difference between self visualization or real life. It’s human nature to doubt and have negative thoughts. But this often turns into negative results. This formula is why.
Often times this becomes our identity. Our identity is the lens we view the world thru–the way we think and see situations. Beliefs are our repetitive thoughts.
If you feel you can achieve, this will change your actions. Actions taken over time will achieve results, whatever those results that you wish for may be.
There are 3 things that are easy to do but can help in a huge way:
- Self Awareness – Think of this as a mirror in front of you. If we are aware of our actions or thoughts and how they affect our results, we will achieve more.
- Self Honesty – If we are honest about our thoughts and feelings, we can then change our actions and our results.
- Personal Responsibility – Only we can change ourselves! No matter how much someone else wants it or wishes change for us, we are in control of our own destiny.
The difference between Success and Failure is very small, and the difference between Great and Weak are the little things done over time.
Little things, like not having an extra serving at supper or hitting workouts 3-5days/week, can have a huge impact. Not directly today…but repeated over time, they add up! Put $1 in a jar each day. On day 1, it isn’t much…it’s a small amount, 1 dollar. But if you put $1 in a jar everyday for 5 years, what does that do? It adds up to just over $1825 bucks! That’s a pretty good chunk of money!! It wasn’t created overnight…it was consistency over time. Consistency in thinking about it = the Action of putting it in the jar = Results!
For a great read on Small Steps taken over time Read The Slight Edge
So my friends, do the little changes over time and stick with them! Find an accountability partner to help hold you to it and achieve what you never thought possible.
Yours in Health,
Eric Peterson, MS, CSCS