Are you in or are you out?

I was at the gym today and watching a few others train. The gym I go to is quite small, there are no mirrors and people make as much noise as they like, sweat is part of the criteria to attend. People turn up to get results. We are not talking your standard gym where people turn up to look good.

Most people I train around understand you have to train to improve. However even though they know that they have to put in the work to get the result, it does not always mean they approach the bar with that attitude. I participate in the sport of weightlifting which takes a strong mindset, skill and flexibility.

In the sport of weightlifting you basically throw a heavy bar above your head and jump underneath it and catch the bar before it falls on your head. This is going against your natural survival instincts. So you have to be fully committed. Lack of commitment, hesitation, and doubt or basically anything less than giving it 100%, results in one of two things, you either get injured or you miss.

I have noticed that some people can commit 100% all of the time, some people can only commit 100% when all the duck are lined up and it is easy, when it gets challenging they bow out and miss. So what does this have to do with life?

What I know is that if you do something in one place in your life it is likely you do it in several others. For example if you bow out or give up when the going gets tough in a challenge at the gym you will probably be doing it in the real world outside the gym.

Commitment is not about keeping going when it is easy. Commitment is about keeping going no matter what, until you have finished the job and achieved the goal.

Are you ready to commit?

When you do you can have everything you actually want.

So who wants to celebrate today?

It is coming up to the time of year for us where we get to celebrate our birthdays. We are all pretty close together. Most of our birthdays are all within 1 month of each other so it is a really fun time fuelled with celebration and remembrance of how far we have come in the last 12 months.

This time I have been reflecting back on just how much we have achieved and changed in such a short space of time and what is really possible when you set your mind to it. I wondered why do we wait to these certain designated times of year to reflect and celebrate all that we are and all that we have accomplished? We can give ourselves permission to celebrate who we are and what we have done each and every day. Imagine how your day would be different if you could identify 5 things that you could celebrate, five wins or five things you are proud of.

I think we would be much happier people if we celebrated ourselves and our success on a daily basis. After all we are amazing. We have the right to choose how we recognize ourselves, we can give ourselves permission to say yes I did great. No longer do we need to wait for someone else to recognize what we have done. It all starts and stops with us.
When you are assisting a child to build self confidence you encourage them to acknowledge themselves and their own achievements before you step in so they learn how great they are. So why is it any different when we are adults?

Pat yourself on the back today, count your success and celebrate.

What does it take to be successful?

I have always used to wonder; what makes a person successful what does it take? Is there a secret formula that I need to crack that I have never been told.

I think there is a flaw in thinking that successful people have a secret that you do not know; this thinking just results in believing that success is outside of yourself, outside of your reach.

So what does it really take to be successful? From all I have learnt along the way and getting a great new fresh look at success; care of my little girl I realize that success really is simple. True success is available to everyone if we choose. So what do you choose, are you up the challenge?

Are you willing to commit, consistent, persistent, learn and grow, correct your efforts along the way?

Some simple words that if applied are the keys to success. So many people attempt something a few times and give up. If we had applied that theory in our first few years of life we would have never walked or talked.

  • Commit – decide what you want and go for it
  • Consistent – take steps everyday towards your goal, when you were learning to walk you practiced over and over again non stop
  • Persistent – Keep going in the face of challenge and adversity (and there is likely to be some challenge)
  • Learn and grow – Be willing to work on yourself and your mindset. The fastest way to success is believe you are successful. Learn from your efforts and correct along the way.

Are you willing to fully commit to success?