1. You must dedicate yourself to your own journey.
For many of you, it will only be you on your path. Sure, it’s nice to have a friend along on your journey, but you can’t rely on other people to guarantee your success.
It’s hard to be alone, doing your own things, but understand you are the only one who wants their own dreams to come true. No one else wants it as bad as you do.
2. Consistency is more important than the details. People want to argue with me about protein and cardio but they haven’t even gone to the gym in the past two weeks.
Shut up and hustle. Then focus on the details, but never focus on the details before the hustle.
3. Getting your body in peak condition might make you hungry for other goals in your life.
Starting to change my body has made me aware of the other limitations I have in my head. It has forced me to set my goals even higher and in turn make me hungry for new horizons.
I don’t view it as a bad thing, but just be ready for possibly wanting to change your entire life once you realize what you are truly capable of.
4. You must trust in the process.
You can’t go from out of shape to ripped with abs in a weekend. There is a process that you must follow. Trust in this. Put in the work and show up, even if the results are slow.
You’re still lapping everyone on the couch.
5. Commit to the lifelong process.
This requires finding your deep “why”. What really gets you in the gym? Why do you really want this goal?
When I was going to the gym for aesthetic purposes, it never lasted long. A few weeks at best.
When I found myself at rock bottom, I realized that changing my body had more to do with creating a stronger foundation to rebuild the foundation for my entire life, well, I haven’t missed a gym day yet. Each rep now stood for a better future instead of just doing it because I felt like I “should”.
There will be times when the gym hurts. When you don’t want to be there. There will be times when you’re exhausted. What will keep you going back?
I want to find out what my body is truly capable of. I want to push it as far as it can go.
No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable” – Socrates
6. Setbacks are normal.
You only fail when you quit forever. If you keep starting again, you are never truly a failure. If you get injured, skip a week, cheat on your diet, who cares?
I know, I know, I just said consistency is important and to burn all the bridges on your way to your goal, but we are just humans. We will always have setbacks.
Just a few weeks ago, I was on a diet, but I allowed myself a girls night out and while I was only supposed to have a small meal and two drinks, I instead had all kinds of food and eight drinks.
It wasn’t in the plan, but the next day I just got back right on the horse with my diet and exercise. It was worth the break, and considering I only go big or go home a few times a year with my diet, why not?
I’m committed to the long-term process and know that this is a lifetime journey.
Always just get back on the horse.
7. Take advice from people who walk the walk.
There is a quote I heard a long time ago that I never forgot:
Only take advice from people who have what you want.
There are thousands of people out there who want to tell you what to do when it comes to diet and exercise. Only about 1% of them actually follow their own advice.
I follow programs from Jim Stoppani because he has his PhD in this and is ridiculously fit.
I absorb all the articles from Chad Howse because he’s walking the walk every day not just in fitness but in life. He just went on a spontaneous trip to Italy, a great reminder of how important it is to take action and to not just dream.
I follow Elliott Hulse (and his strengthcamp channel) because not only is he fit, but his blending of the body with psychology is exactly what I want in life.
“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
If I don’t have what you want, don’t listen to me. Find someone who is living a life you want and has the body you want.
8. Real food matters.
Learn how to cook a good meal. Cook all your meals on the weekend. Be prepared! Stop being weak to your food cravings. Sure, a cheat meal can be great for your mind and for a break, but if you find yourself having a cheat meal three or four times a week, you’re not preparing well.
Learn where your food comes from. Grow a garden if you can. Stop eating so much processed crap.
9. This journey is about who you become.
Fitness will build your character in ways you never expected. The commitment and dedication will pour into all areas of your life.
You are becoming a stronger person internally every time you go to the gym. Keep going.
10. It will hurt.
Sore muscles, exhaustion, that last rep that burns… None of it is easy.
This isn’t a fact that most people want to accept, but life is pain. Life is about being uncomfortable, but everyone is searching for comfort.
A couch is comfortable, but it won’t get you closer to your goals.
It’s uncomfortable to pitch a new client, to ask someone out, to ask for a raise, to get in shape, to try a new diet, to learn a new hobby… The best things in life are surrounded by pain and discomfort. You have to cut through it to get to the good part.
Embrace the pain and discomfort and you will have all those things you always wanted.
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