The definition of success can be tricky to put your finger on, that’s because succeeding requires a lot of different things…
…and those things will be both different and the same depending on what story for success you’re trying to create.
That’s coming off a little confusing. Let me clarify.
For success in life, you will need to DO certain things, right?
And, those things that you must DO are different depending on your goal…
For example, if you want to be healthy and fit you’re going to need to work out regularly, eat supportively, and manage recovery.
But, to build a successful business the DOing is going to be different.
And, for a successful relationship … again, different.
With me so far?
Now, what are the key success principles needed in all 3 examples to be successful?
I’ll give you a hint – it’s not about what you DO…
It’s who you BE.
To be successful in anything in life there are certain things you will need to DO and there are certain things you will need to BE.
In fact, who you BE precedes what you DO.
You’re unlikely to DO the things required of you to achieve your goal if you’re not first willing to BE the person who does those things…
Does this feel like another riddle?
It’s not meant to … but it is meant to get you to think.
Let me bring this to my original point and why I started off by saying, “Good Luck Succeeding Without It.”
Now, there are a number of things you need to BE to succeed, but the ONE that I believe is the definition of success is…
Commitment is defined as “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.”
And, it’s something that I see people struggle with quite a bit – in both fitness and in small business.
I’ve always loved Ken Blanchard’s quote:
Over the last 25 years, I’ve come across a LOT of people interested in a body transformation, but I’ve seen far fewer who are actually committed to it.
Commitment is a funny thing because we actually do it all the time, for far less important things…
For example, I recently committed to another term with our internet service provider. And, that was no short-term commitment – it was 5 years!
Sure, I could have paid more money each month to not commit and go with a month-to-month agreement, but I’ve already committed to keeping The Transformation Club open by also committing to a new lease.
Because we’re committed to our business, our vision & our clients!
That’s our definition of success.
Now, you might be saying, “yeah, but that’s different.”
And, you may even have some seemingly legit reasons.
But, it’s not.
How is committing to the success of a business any different than committing to our health?
And, why would committing to our health be any less important?!
Why will people gladly commit to a 2-year contract with their cell phone provider but would never even entertain doing that with a personal trainer?
“Something might come up.”
“Things could change.”
Really? Why don’t you do that with your cell phone?
Well, one, they don’t really give you much choice…
But, really, it’s because you’re committed to having a phone, specifically a smart phone.
You can’t imagine life without it … even though most of the people reading this are of the age to remember when we got along just fine without them.
And, don’t tell me “times are different.” Most people don’t actually need a smart phone.
Let me pause here for a second and say that I’m not coming at anyone. In fact, many people who read this are super-committed to their health and fitness.
I just want to stir some thinking – for all of us – because this can be applied to any area of life that you want to improve.
Let’s play a game for a minute…
Imagine that “something comes up, things change” and as a result, you take a financial hit. Let’s say you’re going to see an income decrease of $200 or $300 a month for a period of time.
What are you cutting out?
You just found out what you’re least committed to…
And, that will, for sure, correlate to your results.
I’ve seen people cut out all their streaming apps, downgrade their cable, stop drinking alcohol/lattes, and even trade in their car for one with a lower payment so they can keep their personal trainer or group personal training membership.
Hell, I’ve seen people determine their new home purchase based on their commute to the gym. Not a financial decision but a convenience/lifestyle decision. Another decision that’s based on their commitment to their health & fitness program.
On the small business side, I’ve seen clients where the first thing they cut is business coaching. At the same time, I’ve seen many clients say that’s the last thing they’d cut out.
Can you guess who comes out better in the end?
I gotta tell you; I really wish there was a way for me to know how many people who started reading this didn’t make it this far…
I’m sure I triggered some people.
I may have even triggered you.
That’s the point.
Me triggering you isn’t about ME. It’s about YOU.
If you were triggered by this message:
- Congrats for still being here 🙂
- Now you know something you need to take a closer look at
And that brings us back to the original point one more time…
What are you – truly – COMMITTED to?
What’s Your Definition of Success Going to Be?
If your health and fitness are at the top of that list:
- Reply and shout it out 😉
- Let me know if there’s any way I can support you – what’s your #1 struggle/roadblock/fear/frustration/challenge
Finally, if you haven’t figured it out yet…
I’m COMMITTED to educating, motivating, and inspiring you to complete YOUR Story To Success! 🙂
And, that may require me “poking the bear” once in a while…