Ramona’s Trainer: ‘The X Factor’

By Peter San Nicolas

Why is it that some people start a fitness program and quit soon after and others dive in, are dedicated and are determined to succeed and nothing can stop their directed mission to accomplish their goals? Is it internal, external, mental, chemical, or an emotional reason?

Here are my Success X Factors

Never Quit Attitude

Set Goals

Be Accountable

Find Your Reason

Get Comfortable with Uncomfortable

Never quit attitude: I remember as a kid in elementary school a teacher telling the class this saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”

“Try Try Again” by T. H. Palmer

‘Tis a lesson you should heed,

If at first you don’t succeed,

Try, try again;

Then your courage should appear,

For if you will persevere,

You will conquer, never fear

Try, try again;

Once or twice, though you should fail,

If you would at last prevail,

Try, try again;

If we strive, ‘tis no disgrace

Though we do not win the race;

What should you do in the case?

Try, try again

If you find your task is hard,

Time will bring you your reward,

Try, try again

All that other folks can do,

Why, with patience, should not you?

Only keep this rule in view:

Try, try again.

Set Goals: If you are going to fire a weapon you need to set your sights on a target. The same is true for succeeding in fitness. What is the number one thing you want to accomplish in fitness. Be specific and make it clear. Set your crosshairs on that and be focused.

Be Accountable: Let others know what you are trying to do and ask them for support. Be transparent and let them into your struggles and failures. If they are a good friend they will help build you up and get back on track.

Find Your Reason: Years ago I ran a whole campaign on finding your reason for fitness. Is it so you can keep up with your kids, lose weight to do that zip line in Kauai? It might be to look better for your spouse or compete in an athletic event. You have to have an extrinsic reason for putting in those hard hours in the gym or on the road. Find a picture of your reason and post it on the fridge, the dash in the car or even on a lanyard around your neck.

Get Comfortable with Uncomfortable: You heard me. Success is not easy and is going to take monumental effort at times. It’s going to hurt and you need to be mentally prepared for discomfort and pitfalls. Knowing this in advance lessens the blow. Fitness and proper eating isn’t always fun, get over it and do it anyway.

I’m here to help motivate, create and inspire better living through health and fitness, so please let me know how I can help. Visit me on Facebook at Ramona’s Trainer and Ramona Fitness and post questions and comments. I and my team of fitness professionals can be contacted at the club at 760-789-3500 or visit www.ramonafitness.com for more information.

Peter San Nicolas owns Ramona Fitness Center at 558 Main St.

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