By Peter San Nicolas
What does it take to be successful? First of all one must define what success is. Is success making a ton of money, being famous, or living in a mansion and driving fancy cars?
Or is success doing what you love doing for work, being able to enjoy your kids and having the health to see them do the same with their kids 20 years from now? Is success having time freedom to do what you want, when you want to do it?
I believe it is a combination of all of the above.
I recently was interviewed by an industry leader about what I believed to be three key components to success.
Passion, Vision, Determination
— To begin your path to success in work or in play, you must follow your passion. For me as a young teenager, my passion for fitness and bodybuilding led me toward working in the industry. With this passion, I have been able to have longevity in the business of fitness. If you try to earn the money, time freedom and health, but do it in an industry or business that you are not passionate about, your fire for getting there will soon be snuffed out. You will be working for the weekend.
— When I was young, I would imagine owning my own gym. I would image what it would look like, sound like and even smell like (yeah, weird, I know). This vision spurred me on. This vision inspired me. This vision became a cornerstone for action.
You must envision that healthy body you want. Close your eyes and envision yourself in peak condition. Envision what it takes to achieve that optimal you! Envision eating right, sleeping well and working out daily. Envision how it feels when endorphins are pumping through your veins after finishing an grueling workout. "When you can conceive and believe you can achieve" is true when joined with the next key.
— That fact is that if it’s worth having, it’s worth the hard work. On your path to success you will encounter roadblocks, detours and dead ends. You must be determined to work when others are sleeping. You must be determined to be creative and find an alternate route. The towel will not be thrown into the ring. Use the towel to wipe your brow, but be determined to get back in the fight.
Building a business, career, body or life will require discipline. Discipline is doing what ought to be done even when you don’t want to or don’t feel like it.
Be inspired to live the life of success you want and be proactive about getting there. Good luck and check out www.ramonafitness.com for articles, workouts, videos and how you can get started on your path to you, only better!
Peter San Nicolas owns Ramona Fitness Center. A fitness professional certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he also is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and a golf fitness professional certified by Titleist Performance Institute.