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The most popular definition of success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” 
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The most popular definition of success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” When it comes to fitness, that “success” can be defined in many ways: losing 20 pounds, running a marathon, completing an obstacle race, or even climbing Mt. Everest. These are all examples of fitness success, but it can include other feats such as to learning to walk again after an accident or simply having the energy to walk around the block.

Achieving fitness success is purely subjective and depends on what each individual person is trying to do. No matter what that may be, achieving success will take hard work to make it a reality.



Nothing worth having comes easy, and this is especially true when it comes to fitness. To achieve fitness success, you must have absolute resolve and focus on achieving the results you want to obtain. Allow nothing to stop you from achieving your goals.


Fitness and willpower go hand in hand. Being fit requires eating healthy foods and avoiding processed foods that can sabotage training and results. It also means going to bed at a decent time to get adequate rest even if you want to stay up late.

Patience and perseverance

The majority of people who start exercising on January 1st will quit by February 1st. There are many reasons people quit, but one of the most common reasons is due to lack of results. It’s important to understand that results can take longer than anticipated, but they will come in time. Patience is of the utmost importance.


Excitement is a great quality to have when starting on a fitness journey, but passion is the fuel that sustains us once the thrill and excitement are long gone. Passion is what keeps us going after the raw reality sets in that this may be a longer, harder journey than anticipated. Passion is the pure love of the process and everything it entails. Without passion, there can be no success.


You can have access to the best equipment, personal trainers and healthiest foods known to man, but if you don’t have self-confidence, it’s all for naught. You will never achieve fitness success if you don’t believe you can. On the flipside, anyone with self-confidence will succeed whether they have help or not. The entire world can be against them and tell them they can’t succeed, but they understand the only person’s opinion that matters is their own, no one else’s.

There are many more tools that we can use for fitness success, but they all have one thing in common: they come from within. Having a belief in yourself and your abilities is the foundation for success of any type.


In addition to the above 5 traits, the following are the three biggest things to avoid:

Negative self-talk

By telling yourself something is too hard or that you don’t think you can do it, your subconscious mind believes it to be true. This is the first step towards quitting and ultimate demise.

Listening to naysayers

Sometimes, people will say something can’t be done not because it isn’t possible - but others simply say it because they don’t want to see others succeed. Avoid people who say something can’t be done and seek those who say it CAN.

Fear of failure

The fear of failure prevent you from giving it your all, or quitting when things become too challenging. Many believe if they aren’t immediately successful, it just wasn’t meant to be, they don’t have what it takes, or they fear being ridiculed and being labeled. This prompts them to give up before they should. Fear of failure prevents you from achieving any type of success.

Fitness success may be difficult to achieve, but it is not impossible. By having the right mindset, anything is possible. That includes achieving the most ambitious of fitness goals. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

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