Character Traits For a Successful Health & Fitness Journey
The key to a successful health and fitness journey has more to do with the right character traits then the program itself. Here’s 10 traits you need to win!
You train right?
You engage in some kind of physical pursuit to become a better human right?
If we all know exercise is good for us, then why is it so hard to get motivated sometimes?
It might surprise you but most of the conversations that I have with people looking to lose weight or build muscle, aren’t about the specifics of exercise or program itself – but more about developing the character traits to stick with what they need to do, long enough to see results
Character traits like:
1. integrity – doing things because you said you would
2. resilience – your ability to bounce back after adversity
3. commitment – faithfulness to stay the course
4. passion – the drive to do what needs to be done
5. courage – it’s not that you don’t experience fear, you just aren’t paralysed by it
6. mindfulness – you are not led by your emotions – you engage in the process
7. discipline – you adhere to guidelines that you’ve set for yourself to achieve a fixed outcome
8. strategic – you create a plan and work the plan
9. humility – you don’t let your ego get the best of you by comparing yourself with others
10. positivity – you don’t bitch, and you don’t complain, you do it with a smile
It would be nice if you could snap your fingers and voila, you were bestowed with courage and discipline, but just like a hard body, every single one of these traits takes time and consistent effort to develop
In this world of instant gratification, too many people are looking for the quick fix, the magic pill, to get where they want to be – or more specifically, what society promotes as successful
Everywhere you look on FB or insta, you’re bombarded with the latest and greatest training programs promising you the body of your dreams (or a body just liked the people selling the program)
Unfortunately, you only see the end result of the program and not the 1000s of hours of work, the ups and downs, the failures and the frustration of the journey
What you don’t see are the character traits that these guys and girls had to develop to achieve their goals
I recently turned 40, and I can honestly say that I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m madly in love with my wife, and have 2 beautiful daughters who I’m immensely proud of
I have a job that allows me to work with others on their health and fitness – and I’m surrounded and supported by a team of incredible coaches and health practitioners
What many people don’t realise is that 14 years ago (26) I was overweight, had high blood pressure and my marriage was on the rocks. I looked like shit, and I felt like it too. I had no idea what I was doing with my life and didn’t really care
It’s taken lots of hard work, lots of failures, lots of learning from those failures, blood, sweat and tears to get to this point but the journey continues
I’m actually really looking forward to the next decade and all the things I’m going to learn – all of which I’ll pass on to the people looking for help
I train every day because it forges a strong and capable body – it also builds the mental toughness required to succeed in life
I regularly refer to the list of character traits above and reflect on each to see how I’m tracking – and sometimes (actually quite a fair bit of the time) it makes me feel uncomfortable, and I realise that there’s more work to be done
Wrapping up, is there a list of character traits or behaviours that you come back to on the regular, and if so what stands out for you? Let me know by leaving a comment
All the best,
Coach & Owner