I wanted to share with you this morning a list that I worked on this weekend to help you be more successful in your quest of a happier and healthier life.

Each week I feature a transformation story on my website of my most successful fitness and weight loss clients. These stories are so motivational because they are so relatable to so many people. This is so important and reassuring to realize that you are capable of a major transformation yourself. It’s in there deep inside, if you want it.

That’s the important part. You have to want it. You have to want to change more than you want to stay the same. You have to fear staying the same more than the fear of change.

These common traits of my most successful clients are a combination of thoughts and notes of going through over 250+ names in my Transformation Tuesday features. I started writing notes about people as I went through of what either made them successful or unsuccessful. I then categorized these common characteristics.

If any of these traits sounds like you, it probably is. Don’t get upset, do something about it!

Steps to a major transformation….

1. Failed previously. 

What is surprising is that the majority of people who have success only get there because they have failed previously and other attempts.

Whether that be with our program, a traditional gym or a fad diet, they have failed before.

Sometimes it takes failing several times in order to realize the opportunity you’re passing up, the necessary steps that you are missing or the level of commitment that is required.

2. Delaying a life changing decision.

Ex: relationships, your job, deciding to have kids, retirement, marriage, moving on to bigger things in your life, etc….

Another common trait amongst my most successful clients is that they’re in a transition phase in their life. Some of them realize it and some of them do not.

Confidence plays a major role in this.

When we are not confident we settle for those things in our lives that we are sometimes not the most happy with. We are content. We are satisfied with not changing. Or we are scared of being outside of our comfort zone and attempting new things.

When we are confident we are eager to try new things, challenge ourselves, and get outside of our comfort zone. How you approach your fitness program is a direct reflection of how you live your life.

3. Prioritizing themselves after a life changing landmark.

Ex: kids about to graduate, just had a kid, retirement, marriage, divorce, new job, dating, etc…

Often times these events leave an emptiness inside, a void or a feeling of something missing in their life.

This is typically when the successful person commits more to themselves, challenges themselves a little more and pushes a little harder to reach their goal.

This is also when the typical person who fails at a fitness program falls off the wagon.

Train the Same = Go Insane    vs.    Train Insane or Remain the Same

They both mean the same thing. You need to make a change to see a change in yourself.

These people find an outlet for their stress, anxiety, depression and take a daily mental break for themselves.

Friendship, energy, strength, motivation and confidence is now taking the space of what was missing in their life.

4. Have a bad relationship with food.

Everyone is confused with what to eat, when to eat it and how much to eat.

The most successful people commit just as much to what they put into their mouth as they do their exercise. They use tools like MyFitnessPal to track their daily meals to ensure they are getting every nutrient and macronutrient that their body needs to thrive.

By thrive I mean becoming a lean, mean, fat burning machine!

Abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym.

Repeat after me, “I cannot out train a BAD diet. I cannot out train a BAD diet. I cannot out train a bad diet……”

5. They kept going even when it wasn’t easy.

Each person has overcome serious setbacks from the loss of a family member, injuries, surgeries, miscarriages, illnesses, loss of a job, etc…

The true character of a person shows when they are faced with adversity. When you continuously overcome previous fears and boundaries in your daily workouts, you are also conditioning your mind for the daily grind of ups and downs.

You become stronger physically AND MENTALLY!

But, if you never truly push yourself and don’t develop that mental toughness in your workouts, you will continue to crumble in pressure situations in your personal life.

The unsuccessful people make a mountain out of a mole hill. They turn a cheat meal into a cheat week. They turn a pulled or sore muscle into a multi week hiatus from any and all exercise.

The successful people have learned how to make the big problems that arise more manageable. They develop a goal, craft a plan step by step and execute the plan.

They hold themselves accountable to continue exercising when times get tough because they know that without exercise, things will only get tougher.

They know they feel better after every workout and never regret dedicating 30 minutes to their personal physical and mental health.

They do it for themselves because no one else will do it for them.

Just like no one else will do it for you except YOU!

Committed to your fitness success,

Derek Kuryliw, Fitness & Nutrition Coach

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