Designed for Success

Life is Hectic – Make it Easier

Are any of these situations familiar?

1) You intended to go to the gym, but you forgot throw your gym clothes in the car. Now your thinking that by the time you run home to grab your stuff then get back to the gym, there’s not enough time for a workout. It’s not going to happen today.

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Who’s in Your Tribe?

I saw a t-shirt once that said “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe”, at least, I think I saw it on a t-shirt… Pretty cool, either way. Then yesterday, I was out for a run when the phrase from this t-shirt came back to me. It was a gorgeous sunny day outside, and I decided to go for what may be my last run outside in Columbus for a long time. I was running along the sidewalk of a fairly major strip of road when I passed another runner. He gave a “thumb’s up” and kept running. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this from a runner; it could be a “thumb’s up” a friendly wave or nod…I’ve seen various gestures of support (Maybe they’re feeling pity for me, since I’m not a natural runner?).

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Come On, You Can Do It!! (Why it helps to have a workout partner: My perspective.)

Today I had a fantastic workout with my sister, and it brought my attention to the benefits of working with a partner. Here are my thoughts. The first benefit to having a partner is the accountability that comes with having a partner. Today may or may not have included a workout if I didn’t have someone to workout with today. It was just one of those days.

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Move Through the Pain to Reach for the Pleasure (How to Find Your Success)

I’ve seen this on Instagram posts…I’ve heard this from bosses when teaching sales…I don’t know if it holds true, scientifically, but it makes sense to me due to personal experience. Here is the idea/phrase I’m talking about: People tend move away from pain and towards comfort, or pleasure. And, this does make sense. Pain is uncomfortable. Why wouldn’t someone move away from the pain and towards the pleasure?

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You Have to Want It Badly Enough! (Does that phrase annoy you as much as it does me?) Does This Motivation Work?

“You have to want it badly enough.” Have you heard that phrase before? Or, has your level of motivation ever come in question from your personal trainer, family members, or friends? Have you been offered an incentive such as some branded swag, gift cards, money, etc. to reach your fitness goal? These statements and actions try to address and improve your motivation through external factors or guilt when you’re not hitting your goals. In my experience, guilt does not work. It just doesn’t. I feel that it’s easy to lose the sense of support in a personal trainer/mentor/teacher when they guilt or shame you into performing differently. That’s just poor coaching. And, offering incentives doesn’t work either, long term. In fact, offering incentives can have the opposite effect.

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Failing Successfully

I wasn’t sure what to start writing about this week, but it came to me this morning after waking up from a slightly rowdy night with the boys while on vacation. Let’s just say the healthiest decisions regarding food, beverages, and fitness behaviors have not been made since leaving home. Yes, I did get a quick workout in yesterday, but I’m going to say it was half-ass, since admittedly I was still recovering from the night before and running on too little sleep. This is not a game plan for success. “Failures” came from every direction. Food – failed. Fitness – failed. These are the times it’s easy to beat up on yourself; potentially contemplate giving up.

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