As a trainer, it is almost second nature to tell you all about the success stories I’ve helped to create...

In fact, this article will kind of go against the grain as I discuss with you the “not-so-successful” stories. The message I’m conveying to you today isn’t going to be about successful folks who have lost 50 or 60 pounds on a program (any program) and then continued to lose on their own. Instead, I’m writing about individuals who may have done well on a program, but then lost their momentum after its completion.

At a live in boot camp like ours, I like to say we use focused intensity.

We’ll work out for 4-5 hours a day, doing various activities for several weeks. This is what I like to call a big lever maneuver. Like a “Hail Mary” pass, it can move you toward your goal with great strides. These maneuvers feel great because they move you far enough away from your starting point that you feel you’ve really made progress. And as many success coaches will tell you, success is one of the greatest motivators. Any good strategy will figure in a few of these big lever maneuvers, but we can’t rely on them solely. A great strategy will not only take these big lever tactics into account, but it will also recognize that these tactics alone cannot produce the long-term results we so desperately seek. A great strategy plans for the lulls between the booms.

For instance, I’ve seen people lose 50, 60, even 70 pounds, only to gain it back.

The ones who plan to follow through, however, ultimately wind up being the most successful. The absolute most successful people are those who make the most out of both the big plays and the small plays.

So what about these so-called small plays? The small lever tactics don’t move us forward in big, sweeping movements. Instead, they employ slow, steady ones. Sometimes the forward movement is so gradual it is almost imperceptible, but it’s there.

About a thousand annoying cliché’s come to mind as I try to describe these small lever tactics … “slow and steady wins the race”“inch by inch it’s a cinch”“a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” … You get the idea. These catch phrases have been around for decades – and for a very good reason:

They’re absolutely true.

Small lever tactics include things like getting your workout in every day, and making good choices at meal times over and over. The monotony can just about drive you insane, but it is absolutely necessary if you want results. These small lever tactics may not be glamorous or heroic, but they work!

Of course, small lever tactics can become so tedious that we get bored and quit. Thus they are not the answer in and of themselves either. A true strategy must be comprehensive enough to include both the small lever tactics and the big lever tactics.

So if you’re looking for a quick fix, no matter how great the big lever tactic may be, you’ll ultimately fall flat. Instead, work on developing a great strategy that encompasses both kinds of tactics.