5 Steps to Achieve Your Career and Fitness Goals

On the surface, your personal fitness and your career appear to be two completely separate and unrelated things. After all, what does that last set of deadlifts have to do with getting the TPS reports to Bill Lumberg on time?

That said, the relationship between fitness and career success is a lot stronger than most people realize. They both stem from one simple concept: Progress.

Advancement in your career and the improvement of your physique both stem from the continued performance of a series of small efforts repeated consistently over time. If you plan effectively, these small efforts will form the rungs of a ladder that allow you to climb to the top. Here are five simple tips to help you do just that:

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Figure out What you Really Want

It's great to tell yourself that you want to be a nurse's aid or a bartender for the rest of your life. But what is it you're really after? Do you enjoy every single second of every day you spend doing your job? Do you get excited when you wake up in the morning and it's time to go to work? If not, you're in the wrong line of work.

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Do you get amped up when you think about going to the gym each day? If not, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. You need to find something you enjoy, an event to train for, or another reason to get excited about getting in shape.

Play the "5 Why's Game"

Whether you're focused on fitness or your career, your actual motivations are generally not the same as the reasons you tell people you're working towards your goal. It's common to not actually be conscious of this, so this exercise can help you to get some clarity and identify your motivation.

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About the Author

Travis Steffen

As a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (NSCA) with his Master's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Iowa, Travis is a Former Division 1 Football Player, Muay Thai and MMA Fighter. He utilizes these experiences to train his clients and create unique and challenging workouts. Additionally, while Travis was attending Graduate School, he trained numerous Division 1 football players entering the NFL Draft as part of the UNI Strength and Conditioning. Travis merged his two passions business and fitness to create WorkoutBox.com.

As a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (NSCA) with his Master's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Iowa, Travis is a Former Division 1 Football Player, Muay Thai and MMA Fighter. He utilizes these experiences to train his clients and create unique and challenging workouts. Additionally, while Travis was attending Graduate School, he trained numerous Division 1 football players entering the NFL Draft as part of the UNI Strength and Conditioning. Travis merged his two passions business and fitness to create WorkoutBox.com.

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