Ever feel like throwing in the towel?
Ever wish that it could be easier and happen faster?
Ever wonder why the hell you ever decided to go for it in the first place?
We all feel this way.
I feel like quitting at least once per week.
If you don’t then you’re not doing anything great.
When you get closer to the goal it will get harder.
Embrace the burn.
Look, it has to get messy before it becomes magnificent.
Messy is part of the process of any new emergent. If it’s not messy it absolutely cannot be anything new. Use these frustrating feelings as a good sign.
If it’s not messy it cannot be anything original or new. The only thing that ever goes continuously smooth is repackaging of the same old thing.
One of my personal coaching clients was working with me on getting himself back into “fighting shape” physically.
As an entrepreneur this is an integral part of your job!
Please read that again.
I submit that working out and doing whatever necessary to have high levels of energy is mission critical. If you’re going to climb the mountain it’s going to take a lot of energy to do it.
As an entrepreneur working out and maintaining high levels of energy are part of your job. If you think you’re going to climb the mountain of power carrying 30 pounds of extra weight, please think again.
I encouraged him join my 4AM Club. Most are not real excited to even entertain this idea. He wasn’t at first either by the way, but he finally stepped up.
I love getting up early. I just get so much more accomplished in my day.
~ Richard Branson
He emailed me completely excited with his early morning routine and the results he was seeing for himself from his morning workout. This was about 2 weeks into his new practice.
I replied telling him that there would come a time when it would become hard and he would feel like quitting.
You see, my experience proves that if I can prepare you in advance for what’s to come, you’ll be better equipped to deal with it masterfully when it arrives.
The University College of London’s research concludes that it takes 66 continuous days to develop a habit. Until that 66th day it takes a tremendous amount of discipline and will.
It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to change and grow. New behaviors must be habituated.
If you want to change your life change your habits.
I love working out because it’s such a great metaphor for life. One of the 7 Laws of the Universe is the “Law of Correspondence” which simply states, if you want to know how anything works, look at how something else works.
Fractal geometry tells us that all things in this Universe are repeating patterns. If you want to know what it takes to build a business, observe what it takes to build your body. Get busy. Enjoy the burn!
Everything leading up to the last two reps is merely preparation.
If you quit before muscle failure you don’t get the benefit. Quitting when it hurts wastes all the effort you put in to get to that point.
Are you following the metaphor for your life and business?
If you’re going to quit when it’s hard and it burns, you’ve wasted all the effort it took to get there. You might as well not even start at all! Learn to love the burn!
As a competitive bodybuilder in my twenties I learned (as every athlete does) to love the burn, to love going to failure because in the gym, as well as in life, when you fail you actually win.
In the gym when you push your muscles to failure you win.
They adapt, recuperate and grow!
Same is true in life. Get busy and ‘fail’ fast.
Please think about that long and hard.
Pushing your muscles to failure is what causes them to grow bigger and stronger. They adapt, recuperate and grow.
Same is true with your spirit and mind.
I can ‘fail’ and fix it faster than you can analyze to perfection.
I want to ‘fail’ fast. Actually there is no failure in life only feedback.
And feedback is the breakfast of champions.
Get one more rep.
Make one more call.
Get up one hour earlier
Don’t quit when you’re tired… quit when it’s done!
Stay the course.
Enjoy the burn.
Stay Awake, Love Life and Be Epic!