Be Exceptional – We all have equal opportunities with health and fitness.
Even the worst of days end; and it is true that time is the biggest healer. In the case of health and fitness, having an off day might well be a set back, but once it is done, it is in the past and cannot be changed. It is therefore essential that you move forward with a positive attitude and a level of preparation that is going to enable you to deal with the hard work that is coming your way. Every day will eventually finish, and as you lay in bed, confront the weaknesses and mistakes you have made, accept them, learn from them and promptly forget the negative with absolute focus on what you are going to do better. The meal you won’t miss again, the drink you won’t buy again or the set you won’t forget again. If you want to achieve something in health and fitness you have to be able to accept your mistakes, learn from them and move forward towards the next challenge with a better chance of success.
“At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.” – Erin Cummings
“At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.“ – Jesse Jackson
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” – Colin Powell
What is it that you fear above all else, that you will be judged? That people will think less of you? That is their weakness, not yours. You are doing what needs to be done to be happier and more content in and with yourself. To make yourself the person you want to be. You are embracing your nature, your soul, your being. You are taking yourself to a new plane of existence; a place where you can be happy with who you are, what you are doing and with the direction you are heading in. You have no reason to be afraid. No reason to fear the shallow-minded, the bullies, the haters, the doubters and the naysayers. You can do whatever you want to do and be whoever you want to be. Forget about other people and lose your fear of their opinions… If you really, truly want to see a change in yourself, then take a leap of faith, commit wholeheartedly to your cause and refuse, absolute refuse, to give up until you’ve achieved your goal.
Be Exceptional – Honesty is a huge part of your journey.
The reality of getting fit, losing weight or improving your diet is that excuses are entirely in your mind. They are all that is ever going to stop you from achieving you goals. Every time you start your journey towards the achievement of a new health or fitness target, you are setting out from a positive and productive place. As dedication wains, your resolve weakens, and things that were previously only minor annoyances or brief moments of weakness become full blown excuses that will interfere with your ability to reach your goal; Stop them in their tracks.
1.) Approach every excuse you offer yourself with the same question… Which will reward me with the most self-gratification?
2.) If you have resolved yourself to eat correctly, will you feel more positive for having eaten your chicken, broccoli and lentils, or more positive from eating a bar of chocolate?
3.) If you have settled yourself to training hard every single day, would you feel more positive having completed the leg session that has left your hurting but focused and determined, or sitting on the sofa watching television?
Excuses are your own personal weakness.
- If you are struggling for time, perform regular, shorter workouts, or be more active through the course of your day.
- If you are struggling for meal prep, eat natural, raw ingredients such as nuts, seeds, raw vegetables and fruit.
- If you are struggling for focus, get a training buddy with similar goals (or a personal trainer to give you their expertise and guidance).
- If you are losing motivation, take a good hard look at yourself and honestly appraise your achievements; are you seeing what you wanted to see, if not, what needs to be done?
- If work is getting on your way, wake up earlier or stay up later, just make sure you get that session in no matter what it takes.
The reality of trying to make physical improvements to yourself is that it will never be easy. Nothing worth having, ever comes easy; if it was easy then there would be no value in the achievement. It will never happen quickly because these things take time; athlete’s spend their whole lives preparing for a single chance, a single moment. There is never any shortcuts; the only way to make your journey easier is to seek knowledge, challenge yourself and push yourself harder. It is a struggle, a battle and often times an all out war with yourself. But at the end of it all, you will look at yourself and you will feel:
…and generally in a great place!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J.M.Barrie – Peter Pan
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao Tzu
Here’s a great story for those seeking motivation and proof that anyone has the ability to “be exceptional” if they desire it enough.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Occasion: Sydney to Melbourne – 544 mile endurance event
The newspapers are rife with talk of Cliff Young, a 61 year old potato farmer from the outback who has decided to enter the race. The press treated his entry as a joke. When the press asked Cliff how he trained, he explained, because he did not have a horse, he was forced to herd the farm cows on foot. He had never run a marathon before and had no understanding of accepted ‘strategy’. Cliff Young had no coach, no trainer, no team and he showed up on the day of the race wearing only a pair of long overalls and old, well-worn shoes.
By the time the race finished, Cliff Young was a national hero.
Not only had he stunned the nation by finishing at all; he had comprehensively dominated the entire field with a record breaking time a day and a half faster than the previous record.
The commonplace strategy for running in an event such as this had been to run for 18 hours out of every day; Cliff Young didn’t know about this ‘strategy’. Instead of sleeping the 30 hours the other competitors slept over the period of the race, Cliff Young slept a meager 15 hours.
Cliff Young believed his way was the right way, he believed he had no boundaries and set no limitations upon himself and as a result, Cliff Young succeeded in a way nobody else previously had. Since Cliff broke the record, it has been repeatedly broken numerous times and the running style of Cliff Young has been adopted as the most efficient means of travel.
Source: Personal Coaching For Results – Lou Tice (With Joyce Quick)
(A fantastic and inspiring book that i would recommend everybody to read at some point in their life!)