Persistence + Focused Effort = Success

I thought I would share a Monday Motivation post… …What you see in these pictures apply in fitness, health, business, or any other goal. The pictures show three recent dates but those who know me would tell you this work started way back in 2016.

From 2016 up to recently this year, when I mentioned that I worked out, the person who didn’t know me would think I was lying. In fairness to them, I didn’t exactly represent the results of the hours I was putting in so why should they believe me. I constantly reminded myself I was doing this for myself 1st and my family 2nd not for others to believe that I was working.

I honestly faced road block after road block, obstacle after obstacle, injury after injury, and many months in a row without losing a single pound on several different occasions. I stayed at it and I stuck to the plan…

How does that apply to business or your other goals? Its simple, most failure is not the result of the inability to complete an impossible task. Rather, it’s the result of the inability to continue when things don’t go as planned, or the lack of willingness to continue when it takes more time than expected.

In business it’s the decision to make call 213 after you’ve heard “No” 212 times. In health it’s sticking to the healthy eating habits when you’ve been eating right for six months and your blood work is still not in the best range. In fitness it’s sticking to the workout routine when the six pack doesn’t come in three months. In any goal you have its continuing to push forward when your initial efforts don’t end with the intended result.

Life is teaching me that almost anything is obtainable with persistance and focused effort.

Persistence and Focused Effort have served me well in fitness, health, and business so I thought I would pass the word…

Do You!!!

The summary of the message below is Do What Makes You Happy! I mean that ishh.

You can try as hard as you can for as long as you are alive and you still will NEVER satisfy everyone

So the 1st person of your Satisfaction List should be yourself… …

The only difference between the two pictures in this post is the smaller version decided to put his family, his health, and his happiness first.

The bigger guy was giving time all over the place to A LOT people. At least 90% of those stopped associating with him as soon as he stopped giving them his time, experience, and expertise…

Which of these two do you think is the happiest? Of course, the smaller one! That’s why I say do you!

My message is not for everybody. My message is to the overlooked, the underestimated, the doubted, the UNDERDOGS. I’ve been all those my whole life BUT Never Once Excepted It or Acted Like It…

Mindset really is EVERYTHING! You Can Reach Your Goals! Think You Can’t? Hit me up and watch I change your mind!

Do The Work!!

If you truly want something you must be prepared and willing to consistently show up and Do The Work!

Then, do the work again. Then when you are tired, do the work again, Then when you are just about to give up, do the work again. Then when you feel like you have nothing left, do the work again!

Too many expect instant success and are not physically or mentally repaired when the rest doesn’t immediately show up.

Your

Success is on the other side of you consistantly showing up and doing the work!

My Three P’s to Success!

Hello to whoever is currently reading this!!

Let’s get to it! I sat down to write a few encouraging words because I had a young guy approach me in the gym today. He has been coming to the gym for a little over a year and we are often in there at the same time. Today he walked up to me and was like man, how do you do it? I asked what he meant. He explained that he has been watching me come to the gym for over a year and I kill it every single day. He admitted that he remembered seeing me a year ago in the gym and didn’t have bad wishes for me but at the same time really didn’t expect to see me in the gym a year later. He added it was not like I wasn’t killing it back then, but he felt like I was just getting started and it would some how slow down or come to a complete stop. He asked again, how do you do it?

I said three words. PERSEVERE * PERSIST * PROCEED
I added that every now and then I need a little more help and I would add in a little quote from Young Jeezy, “Trust Ya Process”.

NOTE:  Definitions of these words. (Courtesy of https://www.merriam-webster.com)

  1. PERSEVERE “To persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter-influences, opposition, or discouragement.”
  2. PERSIST “To remain unchanged or fixed in a specified character, condition, or position.”
  3. PROCEED “To continue after a pause or interruption.”

He looked a little surprised but didn’t ask what PERSEVERE * PERSIST * PROCEED meant but I shared more details anyway. I explained that from the beginning of this journey I understood it was just that, a journey. Mindset is everything!

If I had of started this journey this trying to get fit over night the discouragement of not reacting my goals would have eventually taken its toll on me and I would have likely quit. From the beginning, my game plan was to simply proceed. No matter the obstacles and setbacks persist and persevere. Believe me, there were so many obstacles and setbacks.

Those obstacles and setbacks included a lower back injury, shoulder injuries, multiple knee issues/injuries, sleeping less than 3 hours a night, work/life not permitting me to hit the gym the way I planned it, and many more. I just kept going, understanding that results won’t come over night and they won’t come if I stop. In that same sense, I understood results would not show over night, but they would show if I proceeded.

I’m really doing nothing special. These health improvements you’ re seeing are the results of nearly two years of Preserving, being Persistence, and Proceeding. I am no where near my goal, but I find joy in seeing how far I have come.

If I can add one thing that may help someone else, it would be to understand that the goal you are working towards is a journey. Success takes time. Don’t set your happiness only in the end result. That can make for a lot of misery as there will be times when the path will get tough and seem unbearable. Find ways to enjoy the journey (the process itself) and you are more likely to make it to the final destination.

As often as necessary whisper three words to yourself. PERSEVERE * PERSIST * PROCEED Better yet, scream them to the roof tops! Next; Do Just That!

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Now or Next!

Now or Next? I know what you’re thinking. You are saying to yourself, it’s it Now or Never? 😉

Sure, that’s how the saying goes. Recently I’ve found great results in occasionally reminding myself that for me it’s Now or Next.

First, I don’t want you to think that when I say Now or Next I’m implying Now or Never is wrong. That is not the case at all. That saying has been around for many years. It’s a manta that holds so much power when its use is necessary. Its helped many people through some very tough times. Truthfully, even I’ve used it a few times in the past.

Now or Never is that mantra that comes to mind when someone feels:
– My back is against the wall;
– I’m at the end of my rope;
– This is the end of the road;
– It’s me against the World;
– This is my last shot; or
– I’m at my wit’s end.

I wouldn’t dare suggest this manta is not effective. I’m simply sharing a mindset switch that has brought me tremendous success in health, weight loss, and business over the past 12 months.

As I mentioned before, I’ve been in situations where I needed to whisper to myself that the time is Now or Never. That alone triggered a response and understanding within myself that it was time to turn on the tunnel vision, forget everything else that needed to be completed, ignore everything going on around me, and focus all my efforts and energy on the task at hand. I did just that! Many times it worked. I knocked out whatever it was that I was working on with an even better result than expected or anticipated.

There were also times where I did not get the desired result. I went all in. I turned on the tunnel vision, forgot everything else that needed to be completed, ignored everything going on around me, and I focused all my efforts and energy on the task at hand. Still the result was failure. Failure was fine. Failure was not my concern. My concern was that I noticed in those situations where all my efforts did not work, I was not able to restart or even continue the project.

I had all that time, money, and effort put into something and I couldn’t even figure a way to use what I had gained from the failure to launch that particular idea or project again. However, this didn’t hold me back from starting new things. In the meantime, I was able to start other tasks and complete them. After a while another situation would pop up that was a Now or Never scenario, I would go through the process again and many of those scenarios ended in success while some still ended in failure. Those failures still sat on the self.

I grew frustrated that I was not able to restart those tasks. I was like, I have about 5 things I have now put time, money, and effort into and they are sitting on the self and I can’t even start. I grew to a level of frustration where even thinking about thinking of a way to restart was irritating. I must have said something to myself like “On To the Next”, or “What’s Next”, or simply “Next”. I’m really not sure what it was, I just know NEXT was in the saying. That Next stuck.

I went back through all the things that were sitting on the self. I relived them at the beginning of their Now or Never phase. I walked myself through each time I turned on the tunnel vision, forgot everything else that needed to be completed , ignored everything going on around me, and I focused all my efforts and energy on the task at hand. I relived the failure at the end and I really think I may have been about to say Now or Never and some how Now or Next came out.

I won’t tell you that the sun instantly starting shining bright, or that beautiful flowers started blowing in the wind, or even that colorful birds were chirping like in the movies or story books. What I can tell you is that almost instantly, I felt a mind shift. Almost like to say to myself, oh wait! You mean to tell me it was not Now or Never, it was really Now or Next? You mean, this project is not junked? You mean I can start it again? The questions were being asked in my head but I answered out loud with a big HellZ Yea!

To speed up this story and not hold you much longer… …Let me just say, everything that had been on the self was completed by the end of 2018. I thought there were about 5 things on the self but there were actually 8 and all were completed. One of the biggest things on the self was my weight loss goals. I had been battling to lose weight since 2013 (tried everything out there) but ended 2018 with the weight loss of 63 pounds (working on another 40 lbs. now).

Through out 2018 and at least 3 times so far in 2019 I ran into situations that were considered Now or Never in the past. I employed the Now or Next strategy instead. Multiple times, the result did not end with meeting the intended outcome. Each time scenario that ended in failure I was able to start back up; a couple times took more than one restart. Nevertheless, by the end of 2018 they were completed. So far in 2019, I am 2 for 3 in completing the Now or Next tasks that I have faced. You can bet that last one will be accomplished pretty soon!

What works for you? Is it Now or Never – or – Now or Next?

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I typically try to keep these fairly short as I know few people have the time or patience to read long text these days. This one ran a little longer since the backstory was necessary. I hope you were able to get something out of this. Feel free to share your thoughts. I would love to hear how the Now or Next mindset works if you give it a shot.

HT3Stacks…

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