I hope you got those 3 Important Questions yesterday.
If not, you can download them here.
Answer them correctly and you quite possibly can erase years, if not decades of frustration.
For today, though –
Did you know that most lottery winners – you know those people who win those big $60M powerball lotteries, soon go broke?
Imagine winning millions of dollars and then losing it all.
How upset would you be?
Yet it happens all the time.
More often than not.
(In other words, it’s the norm.)
Because those people know nothing about managing and investing money.
So they squander their winnings.
(It’s the same reason why so many pro athletes go broke after their careers are over.)
The exact same thing happens every New Year.
Only it’s with “weight loss” –
Specifically under the guise of “diet and exercise.”
And you know what?
Literally 3 weeks after the New Year – by January 21st –
Gyms become ghost towns.
Because of “diet and exercise.”
What’s wrong with them?
It’s the same thing we talked about Monday:
The focus is all wrong.
And because the focus is all wrong – there’s no staying power.
Nothing to keep the individual going.
I NEVER diet.
I FOCUS on my Nutrition - foods that promote the health of my body.
By doing so, I can keep my body’s hormones balanced so I’m not in a “fat-storing” state.
And yes, I do eat “whatever” I want. I just don’t eat a lot of junk food because I don’t want it. I don’t feel good after eating it. And quite honestly, it doesn’t taste that good to me.
So I have a LIFESTYLE.
(Which coincidentally, is what the word “diet” means in Greek. Too bad we’ve corrupted it.)
For example, as I sit here writing this, I have a cup of coffee next to me with gelatin, butter (ran out of coconut oil – my preference) and Himalayan Pink Salt.
It’s the “anti-stress” part of my “diet” – my healthy lifestyle. (You can learn more about that here if you’re interested.)
And because I have a lifestyle of eating food that promotes and maintains my health, I’m not worried about getting fat.
So I’m not prone to the the latest celebutard diet trends.
I’m certain in my own mind.
You can be too.
Same thing with “exercise.”
I don’t exercise.
In fact, I don’t even “work out” – even though I throw that term around loosely.
“Well what’s the difference?” you might be thinking.
Training has a purpose and is goal-centered.
Exercise and working out usually aren’t.
They’re just activities.
And they’re usually tied to some nebulous goal like, “This year I’m gonna lose some weight. So I need to go on a diet and exercise more.”
And as a result, they’re easy to blow off.
“I don’t feel like working out today… I’m too busy.”
“I don’t feel like working out today… I’m too…. tired…”
Like the lottery winners, it’s a management issue.
It may seem like semantics, but I assure you it’s not.
Words have power.
That’s one of the reasons there are so many of them.
To go slightly metaphysical on you – that’s why it’s so important to choose and use the right words correctly –
Because they direct your life.
And that’s why I don’t “diet” and I don’t “exercise.”
I FOCUS on what I want, NOT what I don’t.
I don’t want to “lose weight” and therefore I don’t associate what I do – train – with words associated with “losing weight.”
If I wanted to “get lean” – I would “train” in such a way that stimulated my body to burn excess body fat for fuel.
And that type of training must be goal focused – the goal of which is to do more work.
(More work, if you recall, burns more calories, which burns more fat.)
So remember, what you focus on grows.
This is not some hocus-pocus new age mumbo-jumbo.
This is a Law of the Universe.
Just like inertia.
You may not believe me, but all you have to do to prove it is look at the goals you’ve accomplished.
You focused on achieving them right?
I mean, you didn’t wave your magic-fairy wand in the air three times to have them magically appear, right?
Of course not.
You set a goal.
Broke it down into steps.
And took action.
And you course corrected when those actions didn’t yield the exact results you wanted, right?
Likewise, I focus on eating healthy so I can have a lean, strong, well conditioned body.
And I do that so I can live a long, long time and enjoy all that life has to offer.
And in the short term that means being the best father I can be to my kids.
I can’t do that if I’m fat, weak, sick, with no energy.
And as a result, it’s no real surprise that I’m strong, healthy, and lean.
In the same way, you can be too.
So what’s the takeaway here?
What’s all this mean for you in this New Year of 2016?
1. Resolve to get off the “diet” bandwagon.
If you’re overweight, own it.
Liberate yourself by admitting to yourself that you alone are responsible for being overweight.
It frees you from the victim mentality which will leave you trapped in the “diet cycle” –
You know – the frustration you feel when “your diet fails” and the momentary high and feeling of hope you get when you start a new one – thinking “this time – this is it – this is THE one!”
Commit to a lifestyle of healthy eating and making simple yet highly leveraged changes to your current way of eating.
What does that look like?
Many people have had long-term success with “The 24-Hour Diet.”
2. Resolve to train for something – preferably some sort of strength goal – both short and long term.
This can be anything.
Press the next size kettlebell. (Or pair of kettlebells.)
Do a Get Up with half your bodyweight in one hand.
Do 100 snatches in 5 minutes or less.
The point is, in training to get stronger, your body will naturally change shape.
Especially if you’re eating in a way that supports it doing so.
3. There is no #3.
It really is as simple as those 2 steps.
Pair them with the 3 Important Questions To Ask Yourself This New Year, and the path you should follow – the actions you should take –
And the kettlebell workouts you should do will be pretty much self-evident.
Speaking of paths –
No promises here – but I should have that New Special “Mountaintop” Report done for you tomorrow.
Put these 3 resources together and you should be unstoppable not only in 2016, but forever.
PS – Remember, taking a negative word like “diet” and replacing it with a positive word like “nutrition” can be a game-changer.
It’s focusing on what you want instead of what you can’t have. And that’s the difference between success and failure.
Don’t believe me?
Don’t think about a big ol’ gooey chocolate chip cookie.
Can’t do it, can you?
Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t.