January 2011 – Happy New Year!
The New Year represents new beginnings. It is a great time to create something new and wonderful in our lives. As a result, a lot of people turn to health and fitness at this time of year. Why? Well, everyone knows health and fitness will definitely increase the quality of their life. However, year after year, most people give up on their health and fitness goals or resolutions after only a few weeks. In this article, you will discover one of the KEY reasons why people lose their drive and quit?
In truth, the benefits of health and fitness are too numerous to list. However, I would be committing a huge injustice if I did not list at least some of these benefits.
- Physical Appearance – less excess body fat, look better, look younger than actual age (anti-aging), clothes fit better, more attractive, better looking skin, muscles look and feel firm or toned, etc.
- Emotionally – feel better about ourselves, more confident, not embarrassed to wear clothes that reveal our body such as beach wear
- Physically (Musculoskeletal System) – strengthen muscles, core and bones, back (spine) and joints are more stable which all reduce chances of pain, degeneration and injury
- Physically (Organ Systems) – strengthen heart, balance hormones, improve blood circulation, digestion and detoxification, increase metabolism
- Energetically – more energy to do the things you enjoy, keep up with (or even surpass) people younger than you, more productive, make love longer
- Athletically – increase athletic performance and abilities such as strength, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility, power, endurance and balance
- Longevity – manage stress better which decreases risk of ALL diseases (cancer, heart disease and diabetes etc.)
As you can see, I have kept the benefits quite general and yet, the list is still quite long. Try completing this exercise for yourself and see how many benefits you can list. Once you are finished, create another list which includes all the benefits of NOT exercising, eating right and living a healthy lifestyle. You would be surprised what this simple exercise can do. It is a real eye opener for some people.
Need vs. Want
One of my favourite authors, the famous Napoleon Hill, wrote this about 100 years ago: “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” In this quote lies one of the key reasons most people do not achieve their goals. The problem with a lot of people is that they ONLY want to achieve their health and fitness goals. In other words, it is only a wish or hope and not a true, burning desire. A burning desire is like a need, you must have it or soon enough, you will feel its burn.
Day after day, I hear people saying, “I want to lose weight”, “I want to get ripped”, I want to start working out” and they rarely follow through. Why? These statements are weak; they represent nothing more than a wish or hope. In order to succeed, you MUST need to exercise; you must need to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. Do you notice the difference? Can you sense the difference in urgency, priority and importance?
A ‘want’ and a ‘need’ which are not fulfilled have a different level of consequence. When you want something and you do not get it, the consequences do not usually affect you as much as when you need it. For instance, not winning the lottery you want to win would not be as stressful as not earning the pay check you need to pay your rent. In the same way, when you NEED to achieve your goals and you miss a workout, eat an unhealthy meal or live an unhealthy lifestyle, you will FEEL the consequences (burn) a lot more.
Fit For A Champion Challenge!
This year (2011), I have established a new resolution for SmartPath Fitness. In the past, I welcomed everyone into my business without pre-qualifying them. Consequently, I took on some clients that were not conducive to my business model and success. How? Well, I measure my level of success not by the number of clients I coach/train, but by how many of my clients succeed at achieving (and surpassing) their goals. Therefore, if my clients are not successful, I am not successful.
Fortunately, I have been blessed to train some really amazing people over the years. These people are my success stories, my ‘Champion’ clients. I have realized that they are the reason why I love my job so much. As a result of this realization, I have made a special resolution to only take on ‘Champion’ clients from now on. And in order to do so, I will pre-qualify any prospective client and make sure they are ‘fit for a Champion’.
How will I pre-qualify a prospective client? I have written a new report called “Protocols For Success: 5 Principles That Separate Those Who Succeed From Those Who Fail!” which you can get for free on the SmartPath Fitness website (or email me for a copy). In this report, I describe 5 principles that a person needs to become a goal-achieving machine or what I like to call a ‘Champion’. Over the years, I have discovered certain intrinsic values (principles) commonly present in the people who achieve their goals and at the same time, absent in the people who are not successful. Please note, that if you are looking for a quick fix, or ‘Band-Aid’ solution, then this report is not it. These principles are not easy to live by which is why the majority of people who set out to achieve their health and fitness goals fail. Instead, this report focuses on the root cause of success and it is intended for people who are looking for a realistic and permanent solution to their problems. After reading this report, if you believe that you can be a ‘Champion’ client then I invite you to take the ‘Fit for a Champion Challenge’. To find out more about this challenge, be sure to get your free copy of the report today.
It’s a new year and it’s time for a new attitude. I have been in this industry for over 10 years now and I am tired of carefully, tip-toeing around the truth. From this day forward, I am going to be less diplomatic and completely forward about every topic. This new writing style will help make my message (resolution) extremely clear; I will only work with people who are serious about health and fitness and who will become another one of my success stories (testimonials). Are you one of them? Are you my next success story?
By: Sal Crispo
Vaughan Personal Trainer
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