“You can have results or excuses. Not both.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger (7x Mr Olympia Winner)
Several years ago I was out of shape and unhappy with how I looked and felt.
I had gotten so busy with my business coaching career, that I let myself go physically.
I used to use the old excuse “I don’t have time to train”…
…whenever I was reminded of what I knew, deep down, that I should be doing.
Exercising & looking after my body.
The only body I’d ever have.
So one day I had enough.
I had enough of feeling like crap.
I was fed up of looking in the mirror and “wishing” and “hoping” for a better body and more energy.
I knew that the only way things were going to change, is if I was going to change.
So I decided to step up.
I decided to set a goal of transforming my body.
And I made up my mind that I was going to make it happen, no matter what…
…and no matter how long it was going to take.
See, I knew time was going to pass anyway… whether I trainer or didn’t.
So the only real question was…
“How do I want to look and feel, when the future does come round?”
So I headed down to my local gym and signed up.
I made my first external commitment.
That was the easy part.
Now real work was about to start…
So I just started.
I didn’t wait or procrastinate until I had it all figured out before I got to work.
I just educated myself along the way…
I invested in mentors to help me…
I just did whatever it took…
I’d run to the gym in the sun… and even in the rain.
I trained when I felt like it… and even when I didn’t.
I used the unexpected loss of my dad, and even hate for past experiences, that I had bottled up in my heart over the years…
…as a focused, pulsating desire…
…and driving motivation to create something positive.
To create a better me.
To become a better role model for my loved ones.
And hopefully even inspire others too.
I was on a mission.
Many times would train with my headphones on and hoody up, not speaking to anyone.
I wasn’t trying to be anti-social…
I was trying to get better.
Months later, after tons of sweat…
…and yes, even tears, whilst I would punch and kick the crap out of the heavy bag…
…or deadlift & squat weight way outside my comfort zone…
I was a completely different man.
And the truth is, it was HARD.
Not every day… but much of the time.
Physically and mentally.
But I didn’t care. I knew what I wanted. I had resolve.
I had to shed all the excuses that had been holding me back…
…I had to stop lying to myself.
I had to invest time, energy and money.
I had to make sacrifices.
I had to stop spending time with folks who were still heavily entrenched in making excuses.
Folks who thought it was ok to prioritise making more and more money, whilst their bodies went down the drain.
Don’t get me wrong…
I think making money is great, in fact it’s essential, but not at the sacrifice of our health.
It doesn’t have to be a trade-off.
We can do both.
Health and money.
So, as much as I cared for them…
The reality is, they didn’t care for their own health & fitness.
…or mine for that matter…
So the answer was obvious.
I just had to make a decision.
It was tough. But I made it.
I felt alone.
I questioned myself.
But I kept at it.
I had carved out a completely new me.
I developed priceless virtues I had never had as a teenager…
I looked and felt better than ever.
In fact, I looked better in my mid 30’s than I did in my mid 20’s.
I later went on to share my journey by writing a book to help inspire others to start their own fitness journey.
The testimonials started coming in from people all around the world.
I’ve also gone on to coach & train folks all around the world, using the lessons I’d learned, first hand, over the years.
And the reality is, none of this would have happened, if I had tolerated excuses.
If I hadn’t made up my mind, that NO MATTER WHAT, I was going to succeed.
So my friend, if you want to transform your body…
…and look and feel better than ever, I believe you can do it.
But don’t expect it to be easy…
…in fact, save yourself the delusion and just accept the reality that it will be very hard at times…
…But also know this…
…it WILL be worth it!
Not just for the external rewards.
But for the inner rewards.
For the man or woman you’ll become in the process.
You just have to decide, once and for all, that no matter what, you will make it happen.
To your success.