Think about something your good at. It could be playing an instrument, writing, playing a sport, or anything you like.

Now, think about how you got good, or even really good, at that thing.

  • Did you practice?
  • Did you study?
  • Did you ask for help?
  • Were you coached?

All these things and more come into play and they make a significant impact on our ability to perform and achieve what we desire in anything we do.

And our health and fitness is no different.

With that said, however, what may go unnoticed, and perhaps is the most important thing, is the spark that lights the fire within us that grows and grows creating a positive attitude and belief for us to put forth the time, effort, and persistence it takes to be good at that thing (i.e. practicing, studying, etc.).

What is that spark?

Encouragement.

And in order to achieve the level of health and fitness we want encouragement is vital.

I’ll use myself as an example.

I like working out. Why? Not just because it’s good for me, but because it’s an activity that I truly enjoy. It’s as simple as that.

The fact that it also helps me become stronger, helps relieve stress, and makes me look how I want are all added bonuses.

I didn’t always feel like this, however.

For a good amount of time I didn’t work out and resented it, even though early on in my childhood I played plenty of sports.

Once I reached my sophomore year of high school, I was significantly overweight for my height and age which, unfortunately, killed my confidence and self-esteem, let alone the health problems that started to ensue.

I just felt terrible.

But, one day something truly remarkable, yet seemingly ordinary, happened that changed my attitude and perspective of how I looked at working out. To an extent it changed my life. My best friend, one day, invited me to workout at his house after school and he said it would be fun. So, I went and thought I try because he was my best friend.

Our workout started and by five minutes in I was already winded and thinking of giving up. But, he did one thing that helped spark the passion that I now have for fitness to get through my workout.

He encouraged me and said, “You can do it.” 

He encouraged me that I could get through every rep, set, and mile run, in order to finish my workout. He believed in me by encouraging me that I could do it, especially when things got a little hard.

This created an emotional belief that, “Yes, I could get through this and come out on the other end okay.”

From this, I started working out more and more and eventually I became a lot more interested and started to learn how to workout properly, and most importantly, I came to enjoy it naturally. That enjoyment lasts more than ever today.

So, what does this all mean?

In my humble opinion, is that a word or gesture of encouragement can go a long way. Whether it’s saying, “you can do it,” or a pat on the back, encouragement works wonders.

I’ve been the recipient myself with my health and fitness, so I know how powerful it can be. It’s easy for us to think negative sometimes, and Lord knows I’m guilty as anybody, but recognizing that we can do it is extraordinary. And, being that person to offer encouragement to those around us can make all the difference for their potential success.

So, if you’re in a position to give someone a word of encouragement give it. Not because you’re better than them, but just to genuinely help them be the best they can and want to be. That’s all.

I think it’s all our duties as loving human beings to do our best to do so.

And, if you need encouragement and a little help yourself (myself included) ask because it will be answered.

As always, thanks for stopping by and reading because I truly appreciate it. And, if not already please subscribe.

Until next time, be strong and be you!

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