dignity | The willPower Method

Sacrifice, pain, love, failure.

If you go through those four things…then success is in your path and greatness is available to you.” ~Jerome Bettis (around minute 32)

We need DIGNITY to move through sacrifice, pain, love, and failure.

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At the 2012 Arnold Finals…my favorite moment on stage.

Dignity looks…a certain way. Chin up, shoulders back…abs engaged. Forward-thinking, forward-looking, forward-being. Before, during, and after…your losses and your wins. There is neither wallowing in defeat nor basking in glory.

We aren’t worthy from winning or unworthy from losing, we are worthy for reaching.

Dignity realizes…losing may be more advantageous than winning in the long run. Our biggest breakthroughs often come after our darkest days. Learning is always available. Whether we are open to learning is a decision we make for ourselves…our future selves.

Dignity doesn’t slack…even when the odds are stacked in your favor. Say you’re up by three touchdowns, a dignified player doesn’t try to rub it in through silly antics or lazy plays. Double-digit lead, crowd favorite, first callouts, no playoff implications…no matter. Act as if the outcome is not guaranteed and play your heart out. Dignity is a choice we make out of respect for our opponent, the endeavor…and for whomever gifted us with their presence today.

There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.”~Joe DiMaggio

Dignity is not enticed by…short-cuts, gimmicks, or indecent proposals. Dignity honors the process and everyone involved, and does the right thing even when no one is looking.

Dignity walks the walk that funds your future and fulfills your life. 

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”~Warren Buffett

Dignity in your fitness class or meeting is…good energy. Whether there’s one person in the room or a hundred, whether it’s your only class or meeting of the week or your twentieth, you act the same way. As the instructor or the attendee, you contribute to the collective energy. Turn off your cell phone, give a smile of encouragement to the person next to you, and check your baggage at the door…or better yet, leave it in the locker room!

Dignity in the workplace is…helping out when your boss isn’t around. You’re not looking for credit, you’re asking to be of service. Maybe you’re doing what you know needs to be done. Or maybe you’re going above and beyond the job requirement. The point is you care and you show it.

Dignity is acting like an owner…especially when you’re not the owner  

Dignity in your diet, regimen, recovery is…not complaining about it. Complaining about eating or having to do things a certain way to get the results you want is not helpful…and is certainly not dignified. When we feel acceptance and gratitude for our chosen path, our bodies release resentment and resistance, and respond more quickly.

Dignity in your workout is…how you workout. You’re not drawing unnecessary attention to yourself…like wearing booty shorts and sunglasses and climbing the stairclimber backwards…or dropping your weights clumsily to the floor and making animal sounds. (Yes, my husband and I witnessed both of those behaviors last week when we were training together!)

Dignity in your relationships is…loving yourself enough not to lose yourself. It’s our ability to see and know the truth of our loved ones despite what is happening right in front of our eyes.

Dignity in parenting or leadership…is role modeling the behavior you would like your kids or team to pick up. It’s not what you say, but what you do that is so closely emulated.

Beckon dignity. Step into your greatness.

Do you want to explore DIGNITY further? Click here for quotes, mantras, and our willPower dedicated weekly exercise. This week, we practice DIGNITY in plank switches.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.