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You probably know by now that I love old movies. Every once in a while one gets stuck in my brain. You know, that mental “earworm” that you can’t seem to shake.

“The Jerk” with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters is one I consider a comedic classic.
My favorite scene is when Steve Martin’s character, Navin Johnson’s eyeglass (“The Opti-Grab”) empire has crumpled. Martin dejectedly begins leaving the house telling his wife Marie, played by Peters:

“I don’t need this stuff… I don’t need anything.” And as he is stumbling out of the house he begins gathering useless trinkets. “I don’t need anything except this…”

Well, you watch it here:

That really gets me thinking.
How many of us hang on to things we think we need to be successful in our fitness routines (or anything else, really).
In fact, the fitness industry advertising spends about $378,000,000 ($378million dollars) convincing us we need something to be successful.

I found these 4 things from a fitness business consultant colleague, Pat Rigsby and I wanted to share them with you

Only 4 Things You Need for Fitness (or any) Success

Vision – I think we all need a collection of goals that inspires us. A destination to actively pursue that reflects where we want to be, what we want to achieve and what we want to be known for.

You could simply call it your vision.
See, I think we can all do great things and make a meaningful impact – but it won’t likely happen if we don’t think bigger…and our vision is what will inspire us to step out of our comfort zone to reach our potential.

Plan – If your Vision is your destination, then your plan is the roadmap.

It’s your bridge to get from where you are to where you want to go.
See, I think most people have dreams of where they’d like to go…but no map to take them there.
Your plan is that map of the path you’ll follow.
But not unlike your GPS guiding you to a destination…there will often be course corrections as you follow your plan…but you’ll always be moving forward.
That’s why, at 614Fitness, every prospective member gets there very own Fitness Success Roadmap. A guide that will give them the best chance for success.

Drive – You can have a destination and a map – but you still have to travel that route.

You have to be willing to actively pursue your vision as it won’t just magically become your reality.
In fact, you’ll have to be willing to overcome challenges and obstacles that most won’t if you want to go places that few go.
Fitness is hard and getting started (or restarted) even harder. Drive, commitment, consistency and perseverance. Those are an important part of your formula for success.
As Tom Hanks said in A League of Their Own…

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great.”

Team – If I’ve learned anything in my years of coaching tennis and owning a fitness business – it’s that no one succeeds alone.
We need people to challenge us and people to cheer us on.
Group Cheering
We need people to coach us or inspire us and people to work with us to execute our plans.
Success is a team sport if there ever was one.
Every year about this time, 1000’s of people flock to their local gym and try to get fit on their own. The majority fail.
We all need support and guidance to get over the rough spots, encourage us to grow and drive us to exceed our own expectations.

I’m sure there are many more things we could add to this list, but these 4 apply to everyone…and virtually everything, not just your fitness.

As you decide what you want to accomplish in 2022, I’d encourage you to spend some time on your Vision, your Plan, your Drive and your Team.

Together they’ll carry you far.


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