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You might not think it, but many lessons you learn in the gym can come in really handy when it comes to your career. Not only are you building a solid booty when you’re squatting, but you’re also building up personality traits that are going to benefit you in the world of work.
Here are 5 lessons the gym teaches us that could help you climb the career ladder.
Self-analysis is vital for growth
After a bad session at the gym, you can either dwell on it or consider why it went wrong and how we can improve our performance for next time. Maybe you were short on sleep or skipped your breakfast that day.
Whatever it is, self-analysis allows you to come back better and stronger.
This lesson is vital in the workplace. Allowing yourself to be wrong and analyse how you could have done better, or even highlighting your strengths and working out how you can continue to improve them. This is a skill that will help you on your way to that promotion.
Step outside your comfort zone
If you keep doing the same deadlift weight every single week, you know you’re not going to improve. You need to step outside your comfort zone. Adding more weight or increasing your reps is known as progressive overload and is something that you can apply to your career.
If you continue doing the same things every single day then your progression may suffer – take new opportunities and try new things!
Failure is not a bad thing
Ever heard of training until failure? If you’re weight training, the chances are you do some of your sets until failure as this pushes your body and allows it to adapt. Therefore, rather than seeing failure as a negative thing, going to the gym teaches you that failure is a vital part of development.
Failure isn’t scary, rather it helps you develop your skills and learn from your mistakes – a crucial part of working your way up the job ladder.
It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how hard you work
In the gym, you’re probably not going to be the best in the room, and the same goes for in the office. After going to the gym for a while you soon realise that being ‘the best’ doesn’t matter – what matters is that you’re the hardest worker.
If you work hard and continue to put the effort in without getting complacent you’re a lot more likely to succeed in your career than someone who is naturally talented but doesn’t put in the graft.
Good things take time
Going to the gym teaches you that nothing happens overnight.
In order to see progress, you have to be willing to put in the time. If you apply this approach to your career, you’ll find yourself being a lot more patient and willing to put in the time to see the results you’re aiming for.
Training teaches us vital skills and if you start putting these into practice outside of the gym, you might find that you’ll be making a lot more than muscle gains!
What is the most important lesson you have taken from the gym? Let us know in the comments below.