Success means many different things to many different people. For some it's career driven by money, nice things, and promotions. For others its lifestyle driven by losing some weight, having more energy, spending quality time with family, or maybe even excelling in their golf game. For me, I find that my definition of success is really a mix of both.
When I first started my own solo fitness business, my goal was to mimic the atmosphere of the gym I was previously teaching group fitness classes at with 50+ participants in every single class. I will admit I was extremely naive to "business." Never having any business training and being a Registered Nurse, I simply thought if you build it, they will come. Fast forward to two years later and I realize my success in the last year has been because I'm putting in A LOT of blood, sweat, tears and time along the way.
It took me a year of learning to define myself. It took me a year of not being afraid to fail to succeed. Did you catch that? It took me a year of not being afraid to FAIL, to succeed. Over this past year, I had to phone in a lot of favors to my husband to help me take care of our household, our newborn son, and the day- to -day life we've created for ourselves. This year has been my most productive, satisfying, "a-ha" moment kind of years, and I'm excited to see where the next one will take us. Why did that happen? I realized that success is not convenient.
It took me a year of not being afraid to FAIL, to succeed.
I recently became a lifestyle and health Coach. I wanted to align myself with the movers and shakers in the fitness industry and learn from the best. One of my first conference calls that I dialed into, I first heard those words from our top coach Trina Gray, "Success is not convenient.....but a lifestyle you make after it, is." Wow. HOLD THE PHONE. WHAT?
What did those words mean to me and what did I do about it? I stopped watching mindless television for an hour at night and began reading books for personal development. As soon as my son went down for a nap, I ditched the housework I had to do, and I began writing more blogs, taping quick fitness clips that give value to people, and listened to playback inspirational and business calls. The housework always got done in the end, but I began to OWN my brand, OWN my business, and take control of my OWN health and fitness.
I began to OWN my brand, OWN my business, and take control of my OWN health and fitness.
What does this mean for you? Maybe you want to lose 10lbs. Maybe you want to get a promotion. Maybe you want to start eating cleaner and ditch the junk. No matter what your goal is, I will tell you, you can reach it, but your success will not be convenient. You need to do the things that others are not willing to do.
You need to do the things that others are not willing to do.
Get up at 5am to workout before the kids wake up; not convenient. Sit down and plan your meals for the week and cut up fresh fruits and vegetables to have on hand as quick snacks; Not convenient. Instead of rolling over in bed as soon as your head hits the pillow because you are exhausted, give your spouse a kiss and tell them one thing they did today that made you feel good; Not convenient. Take five minutes in the morning at your desk to organize your day so you can be more productive, get out of work on time, and spend quality time with your family; not convenient, but all of these things are extremely important and pave your way for a better future.
What small things can you start doing RIGHT NOW, although inconvenient, will make a huge impact in your health and happiness? I'd love to hear about it!