Sunday, March 1, 2009

I Want Results!

February/March 2009 – Understanding Results!

Defining the Term

Result:  to proceed or arise as a consequence, effect, or conclusion (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

Allow me to simplify this definition - a result is a consequence of action.

I guarantee results!

Actually, the Universe guarantees results.  Newton’s third law of motion is:  for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Therefore, no matter what you do you will get results (constructive or destructive).  The question is - are you getting the results you want?

What are the results you want?

You need to be able to define the results you want.  The clearer you are about your desired results, the easier it will be to determine whether or not you are on course towards them. 

How do you know if you are headed towards or away from your desired goals?

Most people only use a weight scale to monitor changes but this method alone is not enough.  In fact, only using a weight scale can sometimes be misleading.  I recommend using an effective measurement system which is usually given by fitness professionals.  (Please feel free to contact me for more details)       

How long should it take to achieve your desired results?

First and foremost, I believe that the best results are realized by the individuals with the right mind frame.  When you decide wholeheartedly to persistently move towards achieving your goal(s), you are already half way there.  This is because you will need to choose to act towards your desired results every single day.  The better your daily choices, the faster you will achieve results. 

However, you should not worry so much about achieving your desired results in a certain time period.  The key is to understand that each day you choose not to act, the further you get from your desired results and conversely, each day you act towards your goal(s), you are creating a better version of yourself. 

Therefore, your worst enemy is INACTION.  Inaction is failing to act when you are supposed to or acting in a manner that is counter productive to achieving your desired results.  Inaction is also considered an action.  To choose not to act is an action.  Every choice has a consequence or result therefore, every choice is an action.  You must understand that choosing to do nothing has its consequences too.  For example, if you choose not to eat, you will lose weight, however, there are a lot more consequences accompanying this choice than just losing weight.  For instance, many diseases such as bulimia and anorexia can result with the choice of starvation.  Remember, if you want results, you must not allow inaction to run your life.  

Finally, I believe the best strategy for achieving your goal(s) is to have a life-long ideal in conjunction with your short-term goal(s).  Here is a simple example of a life-long ideal:

“I, ___________ (your name), pledge to do my best to live each day in a healthy manner.  I am committed to making the choices that I believe will improve my health and well being.  I know that the summation of my actions determine my results therefore, I will avoid inaction by taking constructive action when necessary.”

If you are unsure about making a life-long commitment to your health and well being then hopefully the quote below will motivate you!

"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning."

~ Catherine Aird

By: Sal Crispo
Vaughan Personal Trainer

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