The power of habit is the corner stone of good discipline. Discipline is essential to have when cultivating a fit and healthy body.
I’ve been a fan of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I couldn’t help wonder if these same exact habits are applicable in fitness.
After doing some correlating, I discovered some fascinating things. Here’s what I discovered.
The Private Victory of fitness is made up of the first 3 habits that lead to independence.
Habit 1: Be proactive
Being proactive in your fitness is about having the initiative and responsibility to engage in the sport of physical activity of your desire. With or without the help of others.
If you want to get into a sport, activity or recreation badly enough, don’t let solitude, isolation or lack of money stop you. I’ve learned several styles of martial on my own initiative by looking for information and experimentation through just exploring those styles through practice.
As long as you have the genuine desire and a mind to learn with, you can just start.
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind
This isn’t just about having a goal but rather, having a goal that inspires you.
So, for you to be able to achieve your private victory in your fitness, base your programs, exercises, workouts and training sessions towards what you really want to achieve with your body.
What do you want to be able to do with your body?
What inspires you to the point that you yourself want to embody those skills or abilities?
What could you aspire to by developing or improving a specific skill, sport or physical activity?
If you master this habit of envisioning exactly what you want in your fitness and why, then every exercise, routine or workout you choose will naturally compel you.
Habit 3: Make first things first
In order for fitness to be a way of life it has to be prioritised. So, in order to make fitness first in your life, you either make it first in your heart or first on the clock.
What do I mean by that? If your fitness is geared towards a workout session or exercise routine around a sport or physical activity you are truly inspired and passionate about, then you will find a schedule that you know deep down you’ll be able to commit to consistently.
On the other hand, if your fitness is anything less than a burning passion and you struggle to show up, then you need to prioritise it in your day by either doing it first thing in the morning or if you can, first thing as soon as you come home or right after work. Make it the first thing before you move on to anything else and you’ll have one less excuse.
The public victory is about habits that supports your growth in a group fitness environment no matter what sport you play. They are also the 3 habits that lead to interdependence in fitness. Interdependence can be a powerful way to leverage collaboration to make gains and progress in fitness while at the same time being a source of leverage for somebody else in their fitness.
Habit 4: Think win/win
Whether you play competitively or you just play for fun, your likely to have some humbling moments where you experience defeat by a rival or just feel less adept than others.
Thinking win/win is about seeing the value in such humbling moments as for it is in these moments that are trying to get you to improve your game and performance by showing you some weaknesses.
Just see every defeat as an opportunity to ask some fresh questions and receive some fresh insights and information. You’d be amazed at how such humbling moments can open your eyes to something you weren’t aware of before. Even criticism about your technique is valuable because you can’t see yourself in 3rd person POV and I guarantee that from your 1st person POV, you miss some things.