These 3 Words Can Work For You!
There are 3 words that can make a huge difference in whether or not you achieve your fitness goals. These 3 words were instilled in me at a very young age.
I grew up in a dance studio. When I say grew up, I mean I was there every moment other than when I was at school or sleeping. It was a very strict studio that is focused on producing professional ballet dancers. At age 13, I decided I wanted to be a professional ballet dancer one day. So I lived and breathed dance.
The three words that were instilled in me from day one was:
Discipline, Determination and Dedication
3 Words Can Make A HUGE Difference
One of the 3 words is: Dedication.
The definition of dedication is”A feeling of very strong support or loyalty to someone or something” – from Merriam Webster dictionary
You may have heard this or even said it yourself “I could stand to lose 10 lbs”…”If I could only get rid of my gut?” These may have been fleeting thoughts…but if you find yourself saying them (or something similar) quite frequently you just may be ready to set a goal for yourself.
Dedication is important when setting your goals. If the goal is someone else’s goal or one that you “might” want to do you may not put forth the dedication you need to accomplishing said goal.
Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when setting a goal:
- How strongly do you feel about your fitness goals?
- Are your goals something you think about when you are trying to put on those tight jeans?
- Do you think about how to accomplish your goals every waking moment?
- Are you loyal to your goals?
- Are you able to pass on the take out food and desserts a majority of the time in order to reach your goal?
The second of the 3 words is: Discipline
The definition of discipline is
“Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.” – from the FreeLibrary
I might add to the above definition “moral, mental or physical improvement”. Discipline is a test to see how much you want those fitness goals that you have picked.
I LOVE doughnuts!
Especially, fresh-mom-and-pop bakery style doughnuts! I am sure you have a kryptonite food yourself??
Being faced with your favorite food can put your discipline to the test. Even worse is if you’ve had a stressful or long day and you feel you “deserve it”…do you eat it? Do you really “deserve it”? Is it really a prize that will benefit you in the long run??
It does NOT mean that you can NEVER have a doughnut (or replace the doughnut with your favorite foods). It just means eat it in moderation. If you are stopping at Dunkin Donuts 7 days a week…try to do 6 days…then 5 days…etc. I am not saying live an all or nothing life…that will for sure throw the important three words out the window and sabotage your fitness efforts.
It can be hard to keep at those goals which is where the next of the three words comes in….
The third of the three words is: Determination
The definition of determination is
“A quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult.” – from Merriam Webster dictionary
Things are waaaaay too easy in our current society for most of us.
Pick up the phone and have it delivered.
Do you remember when you had to get up to change the channel on the television?
We used to have to go to the library to get information. Now, just “Google it”.
There are definitely advantages to all the technology and advances we have. However, some areas in our life we are suffering the consequences. If we didn’t have all these modern conveniences we may not be in the obesity state we currently are in.
This adds to the complexity of our fitness journey.
Weight loss (fat loss) and or muscle building is hard work!
If it was easy then we would all be in great shape.
True, permanent fat loss and muscle definition takes time. It’s not going to happen in 1 week or 4 weeks. It’s more like 1 -2 years to get in great shape (depending on how far you are from your dream physique).
Our bodies need to move, eat real food and be happy! Never give up on your goals. Have the determination to push through your failures until you reach your finish line!
A Trip Down Memory Lane
This past weekend, I found some old videos of my former professional ballet career along with some dance photos from when I was 10 years old. As I took my trip down memory lane, I couldn’t help feel sense of pride.
While I was dancing, I worked incredibly hard.
I remember being 10 years old and I wanted to be Clara in the Nutcracker. I wanted nothing more than to play that role. I would move the furniture in our family room out of the way and I used my mom’s stationary bike as my “Nutcracker Prince” so I could dance the choreography that involved a partner. Everyday, I practiced any free chance I had. I am sure my mom was sick of hearing the Nutcracker Suite all year round.
When it came time to audition for the role of Clara, I was ready.
Not only did I get the role of Clara but I was one of the few dancers that played Clara for two consecutive years.
Flash forward to when I was a professional ballet dancer. Not only would I go to every ballet class every day but I would stay after and work on steps I had trouble with. Trying to perfect my pirouettes and stretching until I thought my legs would pop out of my hip sockets. I would review dance footage of great ballerinas, read anything dance related (especially books on how to eat for dancing…hmmm maybe I was prepping to become a personal trainer?? :-). In rehearsal and ballet classes, I would video tape myself then critique my work afterwords.
I did everything in my power to get better.
And I did get better.
The focus I had was one of discipline, determination and dedication.
Now granted, I wasn’t married and didn’t have any kids so it was easier to have laser beam focus but this is the type of focus you need for any of your goals you have set for yourself.
Say one of your goals is to get great abs!
Say you know exactly what you need to do to get your body in great shape (and if you don’t click here).
You can have the best plan ever but it does nothing for you if you do not take ACTION.
You still need to put for the effort and drive to reach that goal.
Your 3 Words:
- It takes determination to never give up on your goal until you have reached it.
- It takes discipline to do your workouts or eat certain foods you may not want to eat.
- It takes dedication to yourself to know your goals are important to you. Be vigilante with knowing you are going to be a better version of yourself once you get to the other side of your goal.