A Post About Weight Loss Motivation with Lessons From Thomas Edison by Cape Town Personal Trainer JP Steyl
If there is one word associated with Thomas Edison, it is persistence. And if there is one thing you need in order to continue with your fitness routine, it is persistence.
You may be familiar with Edison’s remarkable ability to invent. We owe the first phonograph, video camera and light bulb to him, among many other useful inventions. But what you might not know is how doggedly he kept after his goals.
It is said that it took Edison over 10,000 attempts to finally create the light bulb. But he didn’t view those attempts as failures. In his own words, “I have not failed at each attempt; rather I’ve succeeded at discovering another way not to invent an electric lamp.”
Edison understood a crucial truth: no journey is made without some stumbling. What makes a successful person isn’t that he doesn’t stumble, but that he gets back up every time.
The key is persistence. The key is knowing what you want and deciding that you are going to keep pressing in until you have reached your goal.
Thomas Edison was in favour of sweat!
As someone who lived in the trenches of hard work, Edison said, “Invention is 2% inspiration and 98% perspiration.” In other words, he considered most of his success due not to his genius, but to his effort! And sweat!
And this is the same kind of effort required of you as you move toward health and fitness and strength.
Let’s be completely honest with each other. It isn’t easy to lose weight, get strong, eat well and discipline yourself for the purpose of health. If it were, we wouldn’t have epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in Cape Town. The norm is to attempt and then fail and then give up.
But do you want to be normal?
Think of people who have lost large amounts of weight! Was is all downhill and fun? Were there not challenges and bad days? What made the difference for them? Why did they succeed?
The answer: They were persistent. They hung onto their goal and would not let go for anything.
On the days you feel sluggish, you have to keep going. When the scale moves in the wrong direction, you have to keep going. Accept that there are going to be bumps in the road and decide now to take them in stride and keep moving forward.
Celebrate Thomas Edison’s innovation today by taking one step toward your goal. Decide what you need to do to, and make it happen. Look at any past failures as lessons that are helping you succeed. In fact, expect some setbacks! If you have a realistic expectation of the occasional difficulty, you won’t lose your way when it comes! You will be prepared for it. And you will keep moving in the right direction: toward success.
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GREATEST VICTORIES ARE BORN IN THE HEART
JP Steyl- Head Coach at ForeverStrong
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