As in most careers and professions there are many aspects in which you can be successful. There are many ways in which you can either become very successful or very unsuccessful depending on the choices you make. Your professionalism, your talent, your knowledge; there are many factors which help determine just how successful you are in your career! The most important factor that directly effects your professional success is what people perceive you as. Perception is the act of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind. What does this mean? This means is that a majority or people will determine just what type of person you are or professional you are depending on what they see, hear and notice about you! In order to overcome being seen as unprofessional and to help yourself become more successful in your industry is by improving how people perceive you as. The best way to improve how people perceive you as is to ALWAYS act like a champion!

Why is perception so important? “Perception is everything” is a saying that has been thrown around in our society for hundreds of years. Whether we like it or not, perception IS everything! People will see what they want to see, hear what they want to hear and notice what they want to notice, but it is up to YOU as a professional and an individual to help make sure that you give the best version of you that is possible. There have been many instances where everyone has determined or set their mind on who people are based on their first impression and their first encounter with someone. As a professional you need to make sure that all of the people you encounter are getting the best version of you in order to become successful in the fitness industry. However, there are some instances where people still will not get the best first impression of you or set their mind on who you are despite you having done everything you can to help make them see you in the best light.

One of the main reasons that perception means everything is because perception IS reality! If you are intelligent, skilled and professional but you give off a different vibe or you don’t keep your “image” in mind and someone sees you in another light, how they view you is what you are! Why? It doesn’t matter how you really are, if you give off another vibe or show yourself in an unflattering way that is exactly how people see you as and that is, more often than not, what you will always be viewed as when it comes to that individual. It is crucial that you do your best to help discourage people seeing you differently than you are! Word of mouth is everything in almost every professional, if you give someone a reason to dislike you or discredit you as a professional you can bet your bottom dollar that they will tell the people in their life exactly what they think of you. As a professional your image is everything you do not want to do anything to hamper your success as a fitness professional.

The best way to help put your best image out there in the professional world is to act like a champion. Wherever you are, no matter what you are doing, you NEED to be playing the part of a champion! This is the most effective way to make sure that people you encounter professionally will get the best results that you will be seen the right way! What happens when you start acting like a champion? When you sleep, eat, breathe and act like a champion the result is seen by all of those that you come across. Very simply, people take notice in champions! You can always tell the difference between a seasoned champion and a rank amateur. Which are you more likely to turn to for help? Exactly! It is the essentially the same in the fitness industry. When you come off as a champion, someone who knows what they are talking about, act professional, be sincere and helpful you will see that you will draw clientele like a magnet. People are drawn to champions; it’s a natural way of life.

When you act like a champion you ARE a champion! That is something you need to keep in mind at all times! After all, it is your professional career that you need to be thinking of! There is a lot of merit behind being a champion. People are far more likely to talk to you, come to you for advice and help and seek YOU out as a fitness professional! Why is being a champion so important? The state of mind that you have will ultimately determine just exactly how people you encounter perceive you as. Do you want people to say that you “have potential and could maybe help”? Or do you want people to say that you are “knowledged and can definitely help”? Acting like a champion makes all the difference when it comes to your professional career.

Perception isn’t just everything; perception is reality! You need to make sure that you put your best professional image forward. How you act, how you speak, and who you are in a professional setting means everything in your industry! You want to give the best image possible that people want to see. People don’t want to see you as unprofessional, insincere and that you do not know what you are talking about. They want to see that you know what you are talking about, are professional, that you are sincere and you can help them achieve their goals. In other words they want a champion in their corner! You need to make sure that the image you put forward is that you ARE a champion! What is the best way to be perceived the right way? Act like a champion!