The most transferable skill fitness training has afforded me…

When people think about fitness or training…

Most likely they picture the biggest benefits as weight loss, strength gain, injury prevention etc.

And yes, it does create those byproducts.

But if you really go on the journey…

Training can provide something even more impactful…

It can build a highly transferable skill!

If you aren’t familiar with this idea of transferable skills…

It merely means a lesson learned in one specific discipline can then be applied across other different disciplines.

That transferable skill is how to build mental toughness and survive adversity.

To anyone that has not developed a deep practice with physical training, this may sound absurd…

But I promise you it’s true.

Within an extended training practice, you are going to experience moments of pain, fear, injury, questioning yourself, general uncomfortableness…

And in those moments, you will have plenty of opportunities to ask yourself if you want to quit or push through.

And everyone will respond differently to those impulses.

But I have discovered an ability to breath, challenge myself to go a bit further and reevaluate how I feel before making a decision, and if quitting is my option, I think about how I can sharpen my strengths and sure up my weakness so next time…

A momentary surrender is no longer necessary!

But when you actually push through the doubt your mind creates…

And get to the other side and feel the success of enduring momentary discomfort…

You realize you can do this in other aspects of your life..

With work, with relationships, with finances, with your passions…

When it gets hard, you want to give up, and the chatter in your mind is telling you “stop”…

This skill of pushing through that was developed in fitness is now a tool in your tool box to help you succeed.

So if you are starting fitness to lose weight or get in shape…

Cool…

But I think you should demand more of your efforts and commitment.

And this can be something other than fitness…

But put in the deep work…

And start to examine if the skills you are building are transferable.

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