By Dan Romand
I was asked by someone recently: “What is the difference between success and failure when it comes to losing weight?”
My answer: Dedication.
Not ability. Not being smarter. Faster. Stronger. Nor, having insane levels of willpower.
Not some crazy fad diet (none of them work) or those exercise videos you see in the infomercials.
Not the magic pill, potion or formula a certain TV doctor seems to push every week.
What is dedication? I define it as this:
Making small changes each and every day to continuously improve.
In the business world this is known as Kaizen. It is a Japanese business philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement of working practices and personal efficiency.
Put another way its not about making huge fast changes instead you focus on making small improvements to thoughts and processes each and every day that in the end lead to huge improvements.
And its something that can be applied everywhere in life. Family, work, school you name it, if you dedicate yourself to making small changes that keep you moving forward towards any goal you want to achieve you can get there and overcome any obstacle
What does that mean for you now and moving forward when it comes to say losing weight and getting healthy?
It means deciding to eat right. Not just for a few days or a few weeks, but for life. Yes, you can have the occasional splurge but let’s face it the definition of occasional for most of you has been every single day
It means making sure you workout and when you do you go as hard as you can.
Notice i didn’t say harder than someone else. Instead you should strive to go a little bit faster, lift a little bit heavier weight or go just a little bit longer than you did before.
And it is not about working out for hours and hours. You don’t need to. If you give it your all for 30 minutes you’ll get more out of it than if you go at a slow pace for an hour or even two.
You should leave your workout knowing you gave it 100 percent and you couldn’t give anything more.
It means when life gets in the way making your health a priority instead of finding lame excuses.
We all have to work late occasionally (I average 80 hours a week).