Habit Resilience — Your fitness goals may be the ideals holding you back from achieving those realities.

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Calculated Success Training Inc.

1 month ago by fitness

There is a difference between doing something multiple times, and it becoming a habit.

Having a fitness goal is not enough, a person must also go through the steps of achieving that goal. These steps require clarifying the right process objective, prioritizing time effectively, and executing throughout that time despite the many uncontrollable occurrences of life that arise along the way.

The mere task of understanding the process objectives required to achieve a desired result is a skill set in itself, let alone competently operating the strategy required to meet each of those objective. Even if a person is able to competently conceptualize, define, and implement the perfect strategy toward their goals, there are still unlimited variables that can bring their plans to a halt, such as: their emotional response to life events; lack of foresight due to naivety or inexperience (normal trial/error); and just the general fluctuation of both energy and mood on a daily basis.

Therefore, even if a person can clearly define their goal and goes on to hire a trainer to take care of the strategy, their success will still come down to how they respond to the events of life that are unplanned for along the way. There are ways that a trainer can help their clients attain new perspectives through education but there is a line that no trainer or any other professional, family member, or friend will ever be able to help a person cross — and that is whether or not they choose to step forward after a tragedy or decide to otherwise take action when barriers arise.

With any person who does end up achieving their goals, they have consistently and purposefully crossed that line and have stepped into adversity when it was necessary regardless of any logical reasoning, advice, fear, pain, or discomfort that may have been present at the time. They chose to book a call with a trainer despite their insecurities. They chose to show up to the appointment despite their shyness or lack of energy. They chose to get up and to the gym every session along the way, despite their tight schedule and already full life.

The average person understands what they need to do for their fitness but does not take action past a certain point, sooner or later. They may book a consultation and tell their goals to a trainer, but they will not hire them. They may get a gym membership, but they will not use it. They may even work hard and loose 100lbs, but the whole time have been envisioning the end result as some kind of exit at which the discomfort will somehow end.

In reality, they had only achieved a goal with an attitude and lifestyle that was not sustainable and now they are unprepared and unwilling to cross the next line which will maintain their results and progress them further.
The successful person will eventually reach the conclusion, and accept, that they will always be purposefully placing themselves into controlled adversity in order to continuously build that resilience. This sounds great on paper, but will never be easy for anyone regardless of their experience levels simply because the difficulty of progression is always relative to the strength of the individual. The illusion that success comes easier to someone who is already more fit, more financially wealthy, or has some other type of advantage is an extremely common misconception that is used by the average population to justify their complacency and inaction to themselves.

Dictionary.com Definition:
hab·it
noun
a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.
“this can develop into a bad habit”
synonyms:custom, practice, routine, wont, pattern, convention, way, norm, tradition, matter of course, rule, usage —

Because a habit is actually difficult to not do, a habitual activity is much more ingrained in our character than a one-time task or achievement. Even if a person consistently gets to the gym three times per week for a year, it may still not be a habit of theirs yet. Just because they lost 100lbs, does not make their lifestyle changes part of who they are from that point on. The only test is taking time off from the gym. Their itch to get back to the gym will either grow the longer they do not go back, or it will vanish completely.

The risk, therefore, of overestimating success before the actions that led to that result are habit is that a person can prematurely let their guard down and take more steps backward (or delay their progress) more than necessary.

In conclusion, a person can significantly arm themselves against unnecessary pitfalls simply by understanding the following:

  • an individual must take certain risks and steps through adversity, pain, and discomfort, based on their own free will and choice. Their success will always depend majorly on their own actions and will never arise solely from support or advice of their trainer or of anyone else.

  • hiring a high caliber personal trainer is the best way to resolve the variables associated with having the right plan and implementing a lifestyle that not only achieves the desired result, but is also sustainable and maintainable after the goal is achieved.

  • unless a person behaves a certain way without conscious effort, they are vulnerable to overestimating their achievements in a way that will distract them from the actions that got them to that achievement and furthermore let their guard down — which can lower the effort and focus dedicated to maintaining those behaviors.

  • when a person is able to maintain their new behavior without much conscious effort, that energy and focus can be dedicated to the next improvement that needs to be made. If they are not consciously improving a behavior, they are living complacently and will eventually plateau in results.

There is a major difference between taking action against our nature to achieve a result, and building habits that become embedded within a person’s nature which will inevitably lead to that result. The goal of a quality fitness program will be to implement sustainable habits that lead naturally to desired results and not to simply achieve results through means which are not maintainable throughout the rest of an individual’s life.

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