Note: this post was actually inspired from my experience in childhood athletics. I grew up playing a variety of sports, and a common theme that kept coming up is that kids learn just as much playing a sport as they do in the classroom. My parents, teachers and coaches told me that sports taught us things like discipline, respect, and how to work as a team, and that’s true, but nobody told me what I’m about to share with you in this article. This is one of the most valuable lessons that a lifetime of athletics has taught me, and I wish I had learned it sooner.
How Physical Transformation Can Be Used as a Springboard For Life Transformation
Of course, you’ve heard that success is a skill (If you haven’t, then read part 1 of this article). Like any other skill, success itself can be practiced, trained, and developed over time. It’s not some rare phenomenon that happens by accident. It’s the result of applying a simple formula and taking a lot of deliberate, focused action until your goal is achieved. The skill of success is no different than any other physical skill such as martial art or fly fishing. Something else that’s cool about success is that it can be self-serving. In other words, experiencing success in one pursuit can lead to a greater likelihood of being successful in others. This means that you can actually take the skill of success and translate it into other areas of your life.
For the last few years, I’ve used the pursuit of physical goals as a model for achieving other goals. In my case, it’s mostly been familial, business, and career goals, but the success formula can be applied to any endeavor. A physical transformation enables you to experience a sort of lifestyle testing grounds – boot camp for mastery over yourself. If you can achieve a fitness goal that once seemed impossible, then you develop a better ability to achieve seemingly impossible goals in other areas of your life.
By simply striving for a health, fitness, or athletic goal, you are unconsciously programming your mind to succeed when you pursue other goals. A physical transformation creates a road map for how to succeed in the future. This has immense, life-changing implications! Imagine finding a formula that guaranteed success every time you applied it properly. Not only could this formula be used for fitness-type goals, but for almost any life goal, whether it be business-related, relationship-related – anything. Applying this technique can change your life, like it has mine.
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