OLYMPIC ATHLETE’S “3-D FORMULA” TO
HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS!
By Shana Daniels, 2002 Ms.
Fitness California, B.S. Sports Science
A couple of years ago I had the
good fortune of meeting two members of our U.S. Olympic Gymnastics
Team. I asked them if they could give people one key bit of advice
on how to reach their fitness goals and stick with them for the long
haul, what would that advice be.
Both of these accomplished
athletes said to set realistic short term goals as a foundation and
build from there. For example, if you haven’t worked out in months,
setting a goal of a daily workout may not be realistic. In fact,
you may be setting yourself up for failure. Instead, decide to
start out by getting in 1-2 workouts the first week and ease into a
new routine. You’ll feel successful as a result of meeting your
goals. Then you’ll be ready to take it to the next level because
success breeds more success.
The gymnasts also said they
believe their success formula was based on the “3 D’s.” You can
apply these to any area of your life and I believe it is what sets
elite athletes and other great achievers apart from the crowd. Here
are the “3 D’s.”
1. The first “D” stands
for Desire. This is where it all begins. It begins with a deep
burning desire for a certain result…whether it is to get into the
best shape of your life, be your own boss, make a difference in the
world, etc. In other words, like I always say, “How bad do you want
2. The second “D” stands
for Dedication. Come up with a plan of action. Then take the
necessary action steps to work that plan until you attain your
specific goal. That’s dedication. Let’s say it’s your desire
to make your health and fitness a top priority but you don’t feel
you have enough time in the day to fit it into your already tight
schedule. You’ll need to honestly review that schedule. We can
always find some things that we do regularly that are time wasters
such as idle chatting with co-workers or spending extra time on the
computer. Once you identify these things, you can change them to
fit your new goal. Perhaps you can catch up with your co-workers
while taking a brisk walk together at lunch. You could also hire a
personal fitness trainer to set you up on a routine that will help
you reach your goals in the most efficient way possible, thus saving
you precious time.
The second part of this
equation would include fueling your body properly with healthy food
so that it will be able to perform optimally. When you treat your
body with love and respect, it will honor you back with greater
health, more energy and a better overall shape. This is the law of
cause and effect in action.
3. The third “D” stands for
Determination. This means that NO MATTER WHAT, you will not be
derailed from following through with your commitment to yourself.
Let’s face it, stuff happens.
Expect it. Kids get sick, cars break down, etc., but if you are
truly determined, you’ll find a creative way to carry through and
persevere. Remember, “A will can always find a way.”
The victory is even sweeter
when you overcome obstacles along the way. Sometimes they make you
a stronger person in the process. It’s your attitude that will make
the difference. You can choose to look at obstacles as roadblocks
and make excuses for yourself, or you can view them as stepping
stones to further your success. The choice is yours.
Ian Adamson, three-time
Adventure Racing Champion states, “Sticking with the program is all
about attitude. See challenges, not problems; lessons not
mistakes. Use those lessons and they’ll take you to the next
The “3 D’s” can be your formula
for success. This is your life we’re talking about. You do have
the power to create it anyway you want, so why not make it the best
it can be. Live a life to be proud of. Live a life that inspires
you to get up in the morning. Dream big dreams and work hard and
smart to make those dreams come true! I always say, “You’ve got to
scale the mountain to enjoy the view!”