5 Pillars of a Successful Transformation

by Allen Gil January 26, 2015

5 Pillars of a Successful Transformation

Photo Credit: thewondrous.com

Craig Ballantyne, a Toronto-based strength and conditioning coach, Early to Rise Editor and author of

Turbulence Training, has some great programs to help you reach your health and fitness goals, and he’s a prolific writer that will keep you inspired to live your best life.

For this article, we're focusing on Craig's 5 Pillars that can be applied to transforming your body, mind, health, fitness, business or anything else you may want to transform.

But since this is GetYourFitTogether.org and I’m a fitness coach, we’re only taking on the fitness perspective in this post.

1. You need better planning and better preparation

You ate that donut not because you wanted that donut, but because you didn’t go grocery shopping, you didn't plan your meal and you didn't pack your lunch the night before. 

You missed your workout not because you’re lazy, but because you didn’t pack your workout clothes. You fell off track not because you “can’t do it,” but because you didn’t take an hour to plan your goals or explain why they are important to you, what pleasure you will achieve in reaching your goals and what pain you will experience when you don’t.

Try to step your planning and preparation up to 3x, 5x or even 10x what you’re doing now. If you think 10x sounds a bit crazy, then this post should help explain things a bit better.

2. Professional accountability


As a trainer, I've seen firsthand how being accountable to a professional such as a trainer, nutritionist, doctor, or other health professional can actually help you lose more weight. So, if you’re serious about your success, sign up with a pro for some accountability. Don’t just tell your mom or your bestie the great changes you’re going to make.

Not only will the accountability help but the expert advice will help you find the right balance for your lifestyle and body type, so you’re not carb and cardio-ing yourself to frustrationville.

3. Social support

You’ve got to have a crew of positive people in your life that are helping you to raise your standards. If you haven’t been successful in the past, it’s time you evaluate your relationships and whether or not they’re helping or crushing your dreams.

An interesting article from the New York Times explains that obesity can actually spread among social circles. So if your friend starts to gain some weight, then you might be susceptible to gaining weight as well. People that hang out with smokers tend to smoke so there are definitely some similarities here.

Remember, you are the average of the 5 people you hang around the most. Who are you hanging around and how can you associate with people you respect and admire, even if it’s through a forum, books, or seminars?

4. The right incentive

Some of us are motivated by the invisible carrot dangling on the stick. Maybe even most of us for that matter. And maybe money motivates you more than anything else. So why not put your money where your good intentions are?

Head over to stickk.com and sign yourself up to pay a painful amount of $ to a cause you despise in order to light a fire under your butt. After all, why would you want to throw your money away for no good reason? Of course you could be nice and donate the money to a charity you actually like, but that might not be motivating enough.



Finally, there must be a firm deadline in place for radical transformations to take place. Do you think the contestants on the biggest loser would lose insane amounts of weight if they were getting weighed “every once in awhile?” Getting started gets you fired up, the right support and incentive gets you through the middle, and the looming deadline helps you pour it on, right to the end of your astounding transformation.

So go forth and put at least 1, better yet all 5 of these pillars in place for an “I didn’t even recognize you” transformation.

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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