To achieve what you want in life, it takes patience and determination. But those aren’t the only things required for true success – both in business and at the gym.
The lessons you learned while getting into shape could be the very thing you need to get your business off the ground.
5 Ways Business Goals Mirror Fitness Goals
One of the most common things I hear entrepreneurs and business owners discuss outside of the office is how they need to get back into the gym and focus on their health.
Take a look at the similarities below.
1. Results don’t happen overnight.
You aren’t going to build a successful business, drop 10 pounds or develop a shredded six-pack in a matter of days, weeks or even months.You have to be willing to put in the work — many people fail because they expect to see immediate results.
This also means being aware how much easier it is to start something new, than it is to stick with it and be consistent. We can get fired up about a new plan and burst into action, but keeping that flame lit and staying active and dedicated is often a struggle. Start out your new program – either business or fitness – knowing that it isn’t just about starting strong, it’s about sticking with it.
2. Success requires a complete plan.
You can’t just wing it and expect to be successful — you need a detailed plan to get from start to finish.
If you arrive at your office daily without a plan you start every day in the hole and at a disadvantage. You should have yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals, whichall work together to create a “big picture” plan.
3. Step away from your comfort zone.
Both starting a business and adapting a healthy lifestyle require that you become far removed from your comfort zone. When you start a business you place a huge weight on your shoulders. Your success or failure not only affects you, but now it directly impacts your family and employees and their families.
One of the best ways to encourage growth is to force yourself out of your comfort zone. If you want something to change – to be more fit, to make more money – you’ll never get there by doing the same things you’ve always done. Push yourself to new limits, in new environments, and you’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of!
4. Make your goals attainable.
The same principle applies to business. If you just launched a new software-as-a-service product and are working with a limited marketing budget it might be unrealistic to set a goal of acquiring 1,000 new customers in your first month. Instead, spread that goal out over a few months and work in some creative strategies such as referral and affiliate programs to help you reach your goal.
Often the issue with unreachable goes is simply your timeframe. Before you try limit your goal, instead expand your deadline and see if the goal becomes more attainable.
5. Embrace the lifestyle.
Whether that means getting up earlier in the morning to hit the gym and preparing your meals for the week every Sunday evening — or putting in long hours at the office every night while your friends are home watching TV and spending time with their families.
If you aren’t willing to accept the hard work and effort required, then you will quickly resent your business. Failure is certain once you begin to dislike what you are doing.
Do you see any parallels in your own life between fitness and business?