5 Ways Lifting Weights Right Is Like Living a Successful Life

I have been lifting weights for at least the last 20 years. It’s one of those things that I absolutely love to do! It makes me feel great on the inside and feeling healthy helps me stay really focused on my goals during the day.  I actually have never really thought too much about my weightlifting until just the other day.  But it came to me as I was doing a tough workout! I was thinking about how having a successful weightlifting routine is like living a successful life.

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5 Ways Lifting Weights Right Is Like Living a Successful Life

  1. You Have to Be Tough – A great workout is tough, just like life at times. Let’s face it! Life can definitely be a bumpy ride at times.  In order to get through those times, you’ve got to be tough! You must do the things you think you can’t do. Battle through it and see amazing success and happiness on the other side.  Your goals in life aren’t always going to be easy.  There will be really hard work required at times. But is it worth it? Definitely!  Weights
  2. It Requires Focus – In weightlifting, in order to get the most out of it, you really need to focus on great form. When you’re focused on your form, you will get the most physically out of your workouts. And of course, in order to be successful in life you have to be laser-focused on achieving your goals!
  3. Consistency is Important – If you want to be really good at lifting weights or be successful in life, you have to be consistent at what you are doing. You can’t just do it once and forget about it. In order to achieve results you have to keep at it. So develop great habits and consistently do them. Positive actions forward is key!
  4. You Have To Do What You Think You Can’t Do – You can build up to lifting those heavier weights and you can achieve what you want to in life. You must believe in yourself. You must step out of your comfort zone and do what you think you can’t do. You can lift heavier than you think and you can achieve much more than you think! You can do it.  You just have to go for it!
  5. Celebrate the Successes – After a great workout I think of it as a success and I reward myself after a tough workout by eating something healthy that keeps me going strong. Just like celebrating a good workout, we need to celebrate our wins in life in general! Remember that continual, positive steps forward will lead to big wins down the road. Celebrate your successes along the way.
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I would love to hear your thoughts on living a successful life. Which of the 5 things most resonate with you? Post your comments below! I would love to hear from you!

 

2017-05-21T06:39:48+00:00By |Inspirational Articles|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Dave Moore November 3, 2015 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Great post my friend.
    Always a pleasure to read these, especially the lists. I love the way you chunk down into a few bullet points all that is necessary to make a positive and constant change in life.
    Consistency is key. Repetition is what makes things easier. Pushing to do the things we fear or what are perceived as hard helps us grow. It’s all there.
    You don’t get this stuff from business school or textbooks.
    You get it from real life experience.
    You get it from someone who is authentic in what they do, what they say and what they write.
    Proud to know you.

    Dave

  2. Jane November 3, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Every word, true, Cynthia! When I started lifting weights, I was taking a class to learn how to do it right for the greatest benefit and without injury. There is proper technique and learning how in the beginning assures a successful ending. Having a goal, building up to it, being consistent – all great advice. Doing what you think you can’t do, is my favorite. I remember telling my instructor that I didn’t want to go to the next level because I didn’t want to have sore muscles all over again. She raised her eyebrows and said that I could stall if I wanted to, but either way I was going to do all that work. It seemed to her that I would want to see the most benefit for all that effort. She was right. I added on another 2 pounds.

  3. Geoff Conn November 3, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Hi Cynthia, I take #1 and #4 to heart. Being tough and stepping out of your comfort zone. Sometimes I look back on the nearly 4 years I had between full time jobs from 09-13 and wonder how I got through it. At the time, I never really thought of it as being “tough,” just trying to stay positive and know that something was on the horizon. Turned out perhaps I was tough and something did come along eventually.

    Doing something you have never done before is also very important. I was pidgeonholed into a job for 8 years, I thought I knew or could do nothing else in the profession. I was so wrong. Constantly learning is key in life. In everything.

  4. Sage Bramhall Ouchark November 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Great post. I love you consistent and clear points in your success blogs ~ they are so easy to follow. This one reminds me of my Yoga training. I’ve done yoga for years. But I dropped off some years ago due to a surgery. Well this was my year to return. I was ready. I was going to tough out the start to get to the good part. I tore a rotator cuff right before I was to start and has set my classes back but I’ve decided to start training what and where I can! Got to just go for it! Love your post!

  5. Franca November 4, 2015 at 4:07 am - Reply

    As usual a great post Cynthia!

    #4 resonates the most with me. You know you can’t lift those heavy weights at ones. You know you have to work towards it with small steps and the right mindset and you’ll get there for sure. So if applied to your other goals in life you must get the same positive outcome!

    Thank you for sharing & have an awesome day my friend!,
    Franca

  6. Tracy Cotton November 4, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Just this morning I decided to switch from my current 8lb dumbbells to 10 lb in several of my exercises. I decided to up the weight in the exercises that are now feeling easy at the 8lb level (although there are still some that 8lb is challenging because my core muscles are still weak). The point of all this is all of your blog is pertinent but the idea that, “You Have To Do What You Think You Can’t Do” is really hitting me hard lately. I am realizing that part of me doing what I think I can’t is DOING it. If you had told me on January 1st that today I would be 65lbs lighter on the scale and exercising with 10 lb weights when I could barely use my 3lb weights, you’d have gotten a snort of doubtful laughter from me.

    Because I am continually doing what I think I can’t. However with this comes the belief you CAN do it and that confidence is also amazing. Thanks Cynthia for another great blog!

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