I have noticed a trend with some of my most successful clients when it comes to reaching their fitness goals and it’s not just going to the gym on a consistent basis or eating a lot of protein and vegetables.

Although diet and working out are an integral part of getting the results you want, these four characteristic traits will undoubtedly make or break you when it comes to achieving your goals.

1. Consistency

Being able to be consistent is a major key because you’re going to need to build momentum in order to see any progress towards your goals. If you lack consistency, the chances of you progressing will decrease which will also inhibit motivation. If you crush your workouts and nutrition for two weeks but don’t make it back to the gym for another three and/or fall off the wagon with nutrition, those two weeks will be canceled out by the lack of consistency you exuded the following three. Set realistic expectations and goals for yourself you know for a fact you will be able to adhere to in the long run.

2. Commitment

Showing up and prioritizing yourself is the second major key when it comes to getting the results you want. You should be able and willing to rearrange your lifestyle and schedule in order to commit to your goals. Sacrifices may need to be made temporarily in order for this to happen and you should be OK with that.

3. Attitude

You will have good days and you most definitely will have bad days- this is a given. Being able to cope with stress by journaling, meditating and talking to your friends, family, and coaches is important. You won’t always be positive- hell, I’d be skeptical if you were! Change is one of the most uncomfortable things for humans, but your attitude towards it can make your life easier or much more difficult. My most successful clients have a positive attitude despite what obstacles are in front of them. They usually have helpful strategies to cope with stress in order to keep a positive mindset. Being patient with yourself and understanding the obstacles you face will only build more character and create a stronger version of yourself, which should also help in keeping a positive attitude.

4. Perspective

Having perspective means you are able to trust the process and see the bigger picture instead of fixating on the immediate short term. Short term goals such as wanting to weigh a specific amount only work temporarily because the scale fluctuates on a daily basis. Progress is not linear and having the awareness and perspective to not get frustrated with yourself especially at times when you feel like progress is stalling is the last major key my most successful clients show. If you’re putting in the work on a day to day basis but the scale is not reflecting much change, you should still be able to trust the process, especially if you know you have been putting in the work. Having perspective will help in keeping you consistent and not getting discouraged. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀