Two Traits...

I remember the fist time watching Kaden try to walk…

He looked like his legs were jello, stumbling all over the place.

I remember my first year as a business owner…

I was stumbling all over the place, mentally, physically, emotionally.

I remember the first time I stepped foot in a gym…

I had no clue what to do, how to use it, or anything.

We all have those memories of the early stages of something, when it was hard, when we had no confidence, and when we were trying something new.

But what happens?

How do we get past that?

When we’re looking to have a successful journey at something, anything, fitness or not, you can boil it to two traits that are required…


It seems obvious, but it’s why we preach it so much.

The perfect number of repetitions?

3 x 52.

3 Days a week, 52 weeks a year.

The fancy exercises, the quick-fixes, they never create any long-term success.

The only thing that does is being consistent.

Showing up when you don’t want to, prioritizing it over other “easier” things, etc.

Again, this is true for fitness, but also any area of life.

If you’re trying to build a relationship, you’re trying to have a better family.

It doesn’t matter if you have a great day, if the rest of the year you’re never around.

It’s about being consistent with your efforts.

Financial gains, same thing.

Contribute a small amount every month, consistently, and that always wins out over a big sprint, and then nothing for eons.

So the first trait you must have in any successful endeavor is consistency.

The second builds on it.


The ability to stick with it.

The grit to keep going when things get tough, or when an obstacle comes your way.

It’s that trait of perseverance that ultimately allows you to be consistent.

Remember, nothing worth having is easy.

In any journey that’s going to be life-changing, whether that’s physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, financially, or intellectually life changing, it’s not going to be easy.

Deep down we know that, but it’s these two traits that keep us going.



Whether you haven’t started out yet and are nervous to get going, or you’re 5 years into something, these traits still apply.

There are no exceptions to the traits.

We all need them.

If you’re 5 years in, you still need consistency, it doesn’t just stop being a requirement.

You still need to persevere, because if you remember from previous posts, growth just means better problems, not no problems.

Meaning, you’re still going to have problems you’ll need to persevere through.

No matter where you are on the journey, don’t get caught up in the detail, don’t keep looking for the shortcut or the “one thing” that’s going to turn things around or give you a dramatic result.

I’m afraid if you have that approach you’ll come up empty.

However, what you can do is continue to be consistent, and continue to persevere.

Continue to just keep getting better.

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling