Success is always just around the corner!
What does success mean to you? Is it losing weight, winning a fitness competition, beating a personal best, buying your dream car or your first home. I guess success is different for everyone, but there are basics or fundamentals that are required to achieve success in any endeavour. In fact this issue has some great content to help you reach some of your health and fitness goals. We have a superb article by Fitness Model/Dietician Mark Robinson on how to achieve success in the world of Fitness Modelling. I have included an article in this issue entitled “Success 101 - What Does it Mean To You?” No doubt success is a popular topic but why do so many fall short of reaching their goals despite the sea of information readily available to most people via courses, magazines, books and the old faithful “Google Search Engine”. With such a bounty of knowledge so easily accessible why is it that there are still only a handful of people that achieve their goals? I do believe I have some of the answers, not all of them. One of the biggest mistakes that most people make is looking for the easiest way to get from A-B. Let’s take weight training as an example, as we can all relate to this. Time and time again I see gym goers train with no real thought, planning and more importantly “Work ethic”. That’s right you need a well thought out plan and you have to apply it with ferocious work ethic. You have to know where you want to go and how to do it effectively. It may or more than likely will NOT be the easiest way, in fact it is going to be pretty damn hard work. The question is...Are you up for it? How bad do you want it? A common trait these days is the “I want it Now” syndrome. To build muscle, lose weight, find the perfect partner, big house, flashy car....and the list goes on. Wouldn’t we all love this! But the reality is, getting what you want right now is merely a pipedream, or wishful thinking. But hang on, why does it appear so easy for some and yet so hard for others to reach their goals? Well, when most people observe successful people they only see the rewards that come from the hard work NOT all the hard work that has gone into achieving those rewards. Many will just put it down to luck, or some other crazy reason. It could never be from hard work right! People are never shy from making excuses to why they are in the position they are in and why others are successful. However one common trait that successful people have is, they are NOT afraid of “Hard Work”. They are generally willing to do what others are not. They think, they plan, and most of all they have solid “Work Ethic”. What about the old saying “knowledge is Power”? Or one that I hear often these days “When you know more, you can do more”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just completing a course or getting a degree means nothing if you do not apply than knowledge with a solid plan founded on “Work Ethic”. There are millions of “Knowledgeable” unsuccessful people in the world. And there are just as many “know-it-alls” that think they know but really have no idea. Knowledge is nothing if it can’t be applied in a sensible, methodical and well executed approach that is “powered” by relentless “Work Ethic”.
Jumping back to gym workouts so I can make a quick example. Take barbell curls, you can either lift the weight or use the weight like a precision tool. Merely throwing weights around, flicking swinging or using momentum to get the weight from point A to point B in the easiest fashion is NOT going to get results. Yes, you could call it working out because you are moving the weight, right! If I use the last example and relate this to working on a computer which I do for many hours a day. I could sit at my desk just moving the mouse around in a random or sloppy fashion OR I could harness its powers and my creativity to produce an incredible poster or video! Now, if someone were to look at me from a distance the actions look the same but the outcome is completely different! The same applies to working out or for success in anything for that matter. To succeed you have to look deeper, think deeper and DIG DEEP to harness the power you have within. Back to the barbell curl which from a distance looks very simple. But upon closer examination there is so much more to it. You have to break down every rep, paying attention to the time under tension of each given rep, the speed each rep is performed, the negative part of the movement and positive part. Once you have mastered a “Single rep” everything grows from there. But if you can’t apply precise “Work Ethic” to one single rep what hope does your entire workout have? Yes it’s true things are most often not what they appear to be. Merely observing without close attention to detail will typically ensure you fall well short of your goals. I do agree that observing is one of the best ways to learn, but just like reading many people only “see between the lines”. In all honesty I could spend hours discussing success and the mistakes that people make trying to achieve it. That’s why I am working on a new book that covers everything I have learned over the years in my journey in both the fitness industry and life in general. It is a work in progress, but I am sure to let you know when its available. Be warned, it is going to be full off hard facts, a no BS approach to achieving success. Believe me, I am no soft mentor, but if you follow the steps you will succeed. One thing I can promise, it will be a real book for those that truly want to achieve success in the fitness industry. I will leave you with this ammended quote... “Good things come to those who wait WORK HARD”
Yours in health and fitness
Natural Bodz Magazine