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Get 1% Better everyday – Two feet in!
- Fall in love with the process
- Do it everyday
- Celebrate your commitment
- Track your results
Set the intention, love what you do, think about it everyday and you will be successful in anything in life. That if you want it badly enough, you will achieve it. It can’t be that simple…or is it?
We can all fall short of our goals despite our best intentions. This is particularly true in the health and fitness world. For me, I’ve learned there’s more to it than loving what you do. Wanting it badly enough is only half the battle. Creating the necessity, falling in love with the process, and doing it everyday is the second half. I call that PASSION.
Understanding What It Means to Have Passion
Love is an intense emotion that can be the push to get you started. But love is just an emotion, and it’s fleeting. What happens when you’re faced with the reality of what it really takes to achieve your goals? That’s where passion comes in. Passion is where I live with everything I love to do. It is the emotion that drives me to be the best I can be. 24/7. Passion creates the necessity to perform and get 1% better daily.
Unfortunately, the word passion is thrown around and it’s completely misunderstood. The word passion comes from the Latin root, Pati—which means to suffer or endure. The intense emotions of “love” or “wanting something badly” enough are just the first layers of passion…the first steps of an endless journey.
Getting to The Second Layer
When your passionate you constantly asking yourself questions. For me, there are definitely times when I take a step back, look at what I am doing, where I want to go and asked myself, are my current actions and thoughts going to help me get there? How do I get to the next step? How do I get better? What is new? It is on my mind everyday.
So when I ask myself these questions, and reexam my goals, I realised that they helped me uncover that second layer of passion.
I encourage you to do the same. Ask yourself questions, daily.
Goals are often centered around losing weight or looking better. We will pledge to “lose 30 pounds” or be able to fit into a particular size. Or we will aim to be able to do 20 push ups in a row or run a 5 minute mile.
These are all great goals that will provide you with short term motivation but ultimately, focusing on these benchmarks is not enough for the long haul as they don’t help guide your behavior. Losing weight is a great feeling, but they are temporary at best and can be replaced almost instantly by something else that new and exciting.
What we need to focus on is our everyday habits. And that starts with asking yourself:
Who do you want to be? (CLARITY)
Asking yourself who you want to be means focusing on everyday behaviors that support that identity. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, commit to being the highest functioning best you, everyday. This entails developing the habits of fueling your body to perform with excellence daily. It also means taking the time to eat better and saying no to short lived sugar temptations. It especially means moving your body—for example, walking if can’t train, doing yoga, boot camp, or just standing up mid-day because you have been sitting too long. The key is to start with baby steps and building on them over time. But work on it daily. Get 1% better each day!
That’s when I fell in love with the process. I fell in love with the grind. When you see progress, you will find that passion for what you are doing… and that helped me push on to reach my goals.
I encourage you to also take a step back and re-evaluate your own process. I’ve learned that all results are a by-product of our every day actions and habits, and that’s when the passion begins.