Fitness success stories are a great source of inspiration. They provide you a glimpse into the life before and after major health shifts – showing the payoff of hard work. Following these stories can help make your path easier, spurring your own motivation and providing you with the tips and tricks required to achieve your fitness objectives.
After reviewing multiple success stories, we have compiled a list of points that are common across them and can be of use to you as you seek to achieve your fitness goals, whether for weight loss or gain, endurance, stamina – the sky’s the limit!
Patience and determination
The people who eventually achieved their fitness goals were the ones who were determined throughout and never let their sights waiver. At the onset of their journeys, they were clear in setting achievable goals. They were optimistic during hard times, and realistic during periods of vast improvement. Those that succeed realize there are bound to be setbacks (perhaps a result of a heavy night of drinking) and accept them in stride. Those with the best results are dogged and relentless, even in the face of stretches where it seems like there are limited external results.
According to many success stories, people achieved excellent results when self-motivation kicked in. Without self-motivation, every workout, every step, is a chore. Finding that source of motivation – whether a goal, a feeling, or someone else’s approval – makes your work that much easier. Inducing self-motivation requires a personal vested interest – understanding why you are doing what you’re doing and aligning incentives and drivers. If we are interested in something, love doing it, and feel rewarded, the chances are higher that you will stick with it even when it seems like the whole world is conspiring against you.