When I started to become more interested in fitness training about two years ago I had this preconceived theory that it was impossible to attain success in one’s personal and professional life. It had seemed to me that either a woman had a joyous and full personal life or a thriving career portfolio, but rarely have I encountered women who have both. I never thought I could be any different.
Planning for Success
A few years ago you would not find me waking up at 4:00 am to hit the gym before work or taking a couple of hours every Sunday evening to prep meals for the week. And never did I even consider I would be training for a bodybuilding competition. But here I am, doing all of that and working a full-time position at a financial services company.
To back things up a bit, I was fortunate enough to have worked my way through college and earned an education that aided in my career search.
Setting Goals for Success
About a year before college graduation I started to become more interested in pursuing a healthier lifestyle. It was then that I signed up for personal training sessions and paid closer attention to my nutrition. I purposely set a high goal for myself that would keep me accountable in the gym and to help motivate me to make better lifestyle choices. So what better than signing up for a natural bodybuilding show, right? Yeah, I’ll admit looking back on it now that seemed a bit extreme but I couldn’t be anymore thankful for my competitive spirit to do it.
You limit yourself the moment you think that you can’t do something.
It took about 10 months of training to get my physique to be in the best shape of my life. The dedication I had gave me the result I could be satisfied with. At the time, I was a senior in college working 3 part-time jobs totaling around 35 hours a week. I was taking 16 credits, and commuting 45 minutes to campus one way. Reflecting back to my days then, I had almost every minute of my day planned out starting from 4:00 am and getting up to go to the gym to train, all the way to 10:00 pm when I would lay down for bed.
Giving up would have made no difference in anyone else’s life.
I decided I wanted to compete and I wanted to change. I wanted to prove to myself that I could be successful in my career while growing personally through bodybuilding.
After graduating in May of 2016 I decided to begin training for another show in the Fall of 2016. I knew that I would be up for a new challenge with balancing a professional and personal lifestyle. Because I was no longer working 3 part-time jobs or commuting 45 minutes twice a day, I knew it was doable.
Starting a full-time position with a large company made my days easier. I still wake up at 4:00 am to train and make it into work by 8:00 am. By the time 4:00 pm rolls around, I’m usually already on my drive home for the evening. I have more time in my day than ever before.
Timing for Success
Of course, not every day is timed perfectly. There are some days I would come home at 7:00 pm wondering where my day went and feel stressed out and want to quit. However, practicing perseverance in personal and professional development will be the key to success.
Strategies for Success
Set a personal and professional goal for yourself. Set goals that you never thought would be obtainable, or goals that you can’t quite picture yourself achieving. Work towards them each day no matter what. Each day look for small improvements that you can make to get yourself closer to achieving them.
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