Our Struggles Determine Our Successes

Rob Lagana BodybuilderHow Our Struggles Determine Our Successes

It sounds like one of the biggest contradictions in the world – our struggles determine our successes. At face value it doesn’t make much sense and it’s much easier to write it off as some old wisdom that was never useful in the first place. But take another moment and read it again, but slower this time.

Struggles Determine Successes

If only for a second, linger on the words and forget your logical approach. All of a sudden it starts to seem more realistic. The subtle hint that our perspective on life is the dictating factor on how happy we will be begins to shine through.

How many times did you have to fall off your bike before you managed to master it? In fact, when you tried daring tricks you also fell, even though you knew how to ride. This is because you challenged yourself. You took it to the next level, but before you could reach it you had to struggle first.

The greatest teacher you can have in life is your mistakes, and it’s your choice whether you want those mistakes to take you forward or hold you back. Thomas Edison failed about ten thousand times before he successfully invented the light bulb. Walt Disney was turned down by several editors with feedback that he didn’t have enough natural talent. Albert Einstein was thought to be a dumb kid, because he only started reading at the age of seven.

All these people, and so many others who have reached great levels of success, had to endure self-doubt, setbacks and struggles. The only difference is that they saw their struggles as opportunities to learn. They didn’t give up because they couldn’t get it right the first hundred times. But they knew success was eventually going to come – they just had to keep on struggling to get there.

But how is it that our struggles determine our successes? In what possible way can something we consider as bad be so good in the end? For starters, struggling allows us to face our demons. While on our journey to reaching our goals we will be introduced to skills we lack and characteristics we might not like very much.

More importantly, struggling will show us what we need to change in order to reach our desired level of success. So when it comes down to it, struggling teaches us how to be successful. The more you struggle the more you are going to learn.

If you think these people are all special in some way or another, you would be wrong. They have the same weaknesses, emotions, tempers and flaws like everyone else. You might also be thinking that they were at the right place at the right time, but this isn’t true either. The simple truth is that their perspectives about life were determined by their desire to keep moving forward.

The thing to remember when you’re struggling and making mistakes is not to beat yourself up about it. Instead, learn to accept that failing is part of the process, and struggling only makes you wiser. It’s understandable that you’ll become negative at some points, everyone does, but you also have to get back up.

The reason why nobody can tell us the meaning of life is because we all have our own meaning. But there is something everyone can agree on, and that’s the journey we take. When you reached the end of your journey and you have had your share of struggles, then you can proudly say you lived. You took the time to get to know your limitations, to work on your weaknesses and to perfect your skills.

It’s true that we get caught up in the success stories of people like Henry Ford and Albert Einstein, but what is the story we all want to read? We want to read about how they beat the odds and how they made it to where they are now. We want to read about how they struggled until they achieved success. That will remain the most interesting part of their stories, because it’s not the success that matters. It’s about the struggles that got them there.

Your Key To Success: Your Goals And Your Mindset

IMG_3654Your Key To Success: Your Goals And Your Mindset

Great tips to ensure continued success with your fitness related goals.

  • Today, write down what you expect to benefit from this expert fitness program after a one month period of using the program. Do the same thing, 6 months from now and again 5 years from now.   Read your notes every week or when you feel like you need more momentum.
  • Repeat at least 5 positive affirmations about your self-image out loud or under your breath every day.
  • Visualize your progress and goals directly relating to your fitness and health every day, preferably before your workout or before going to bed.
  • Welcome change into your life and change your beliefs that may limit your success.

Positive Affirmations for Goal Setting

  • I now set new and higher standards for myself and I step up to every challenge in a state of absolute certainty and unstoppable confidence
  • I increase my hunger, ambition and desire to achieve my goals everyday
  • I now eat all the right foods for optimum health, energy, and peak performance
  • My body is now trained to burn fat and build muscle
  • I consciously control my biochemistry by putting my body into peak emotional states, by healthy eating, exercise, and adequate rest everyday

Steps to Start a Fitness Blog

  1. Decide what sort of fitness blog you want to start, a personal or informational blog. Many people just want to have menus, thoughts and progress, while others have knowledge and want to share medical and nutritional information with workout plans and tips.  What works is making it personal !
  2. Use a good blog provider, like WordPress. Get to know how it works.
  3. Log your daily, weekly, monthly and overall goals. Discuss how you feel about each goal, what you still need to do to achieve it and how you feel once you’ve accomplished it.
  4. Write about the workout plans you’ve already tried, what has worked, what hasn’t, and what you would like to learn more about in the future. Leave yourself notes and progress reports to keep you motivated.
  5. Take your stats. Blog about your weight, body fat percentage, hours of sleep, resting pulse, measurements, endurance and pounds and inches lost. List your current dumbbell weights used, or any other workout statistics that can help you track your progress. You would do this at the start and then on a weekly basis.
  6. Use your blog as a way to track your nutritional facts to stay healthy and fit. You can take pictures of your meals and talk about how your energy levels are with food. The more honest about your eating habits the better.. people love to know what you are eating.
  7. Communicate with other fitness bloggers to give and get new ideas and tips to keep you motivated. One of the great things about having a blog is instantly belonging to an Internet community filled with others interested in health and fitness.
  8. Make big big plans for change! Share examples

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Success Begins in Your Mind

onfidence1When I read this poem, I though it was the perfect poem to send to my clients and to share with every one that has doubts and fears over their abilities to surpass, progress and achieve their success (had to make that rhyme…since it’s poem time 🙂

Success Begins in Your Mind

 

 

 

“If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are:
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.”
― Walter D. Wintle

Top Five Inspirational Fitness Quotes

yo1_1280Top Five Inspirational Fitness Quotes

Working out is the key to a healthier lifestyle. Being active greatly reduces your risks of developing a number of health conditions, helps you feel more comfortable with your body and can even help fight depression. However, staying motivated can be a challenge.

The following inspirational fitness quotes should help you!

Staying motivated is all about adopting the right mindset. Regardless of your current physical shape, you can achieve your goal if you have willpower. In the words of Indian nationalism leader Mahatma Gandhi, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Take a few minutes to think and find your willpower before a workout. Remind yourself about your goals and think back on what you have accomplished so far.

Bruce Lee, the man who revolutionized the world of martial arts, said “There are no limits. There are only plateaus; and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” How does this apply to your fitness program? It means you have to keep challenging yourself. Once you can easily complete a workout routine, find new ways to challenge yourself, for instance by introducing new exercises or by doing more reps.

Hippocrates, the Greek physician who is often considered as the father of modern medicine, said “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” The simplest exercise methods and diets are best for you. Do not spend your money on a class for the latest fitness fad or on a weight loss program. You can get in shape and stay healthy thanks to a very simple program that you can easily create yourself in function of your needs and interests.

Working out is hard and you might not be able to meet your goals. How can you deal with failure? Keep the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger in mind: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.” The truth is that you cannot achieve your goals without experiencing some setbacks. Keep trying until you succeed or consider making some changes to your fitness program to give yourself more time to build your strength.

Deciding to work out regularly can be a life-changing decision. However, looking at the big picture can be intimidating. The key is to set some goals and establish a plan that will allow you to reach these goals. Divide your goals into smaller steps and give yourself enough time to complete each step. English novelist Agatha Christie once said: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Keep these wise words in mind as you plan your first workout routines or as you begin a workout session.

These inspirational fitness quotes will help you adopt the right attitude toward your workouts. Exercising regularly is a very rewarding activity but staying motivated is not easy. Take a few minutes to think about these inspirational fitness quotes and remind yourself why working out is important to you before each workout session.