What is the thing your most proud of achieving in your
You may not know the answer right now so think about
it for a minute……..
Was it graduating college?
Pressing the Beast?
Getting your RKC or SFG?
Having kids? (Wait, maybe that’s not the best example.)
Ok, got it?
Now let me ask you another question:
Do you know WHY you achieved that goal?
And better yet, do you know WHY you haven’t achieved
a leaner, stronger body using your KBs?
Before I answer that question – you probably have a
question or two for me, namely –
“Ok Mr Smart Guy, what’s your biggest accomplishment?”
Honestly, you’re going to think this is silly. Maybe even
But here goes:
When I was junior in high school I broke my arm wrestling
six days before our wrestling championships.
It was my Mom’s biggest fear about wrestling come true:
That I would get injured.
But it was one of the BEST things to EVER happen to me.
While lying on the cold metal table in the X-ray room of
the hospital, choking back the waves of nausea, waiting
to be seen by the Orthopedic doc on call, who was out
finishing his however many rounds of golf, I decided in that
moment that no matter what it took, I was going to win.
I was going to win it all next year – my last year – my senior
Whatever. It. Took.
Fast-forward about 3 1/2 months when I got my cast off,
I remember walking up to my locker between classes and
knowing that I needed to immediately start strength training
I couldn’t bend my arm past the range of motion I gained
inside my cast from wiggling it around because of the
In fact, I still to this day remember looking down at my arm
as soon as they took the cast off – yellow from the dead skin
and the size of my wrist the whole way up to my shoulder.
So, back at my locker, I open it up, put two books in my back-
pack, and proceed to try and hold the back-pack by the loop
on the top.
A string of profanity at the top of my lungs as I think my arm
straightened under that whopping 2 to 3 pounds and my
back-pack went crashing onto the floor.
Not to be deterred, I decided on regaining my range of motion
sans weight first.
I spent the summer lifting weights – religiously – and even
forewent football in the fall at my wrestling coach’s advice –
“If you get hurt playing football, you’re wrestling career is
done. Why don’t you run cross-country instead.”
So that’s what I did.
nothing more satisfying to a 16 year old boy, then wearing a
tank top and having one of the cheerleaders say, “Wow!
WHAT have you been doing? You look GREAT!”
The only thing more satisfying is destroying opponent
after opponent, week-after-week, on the wrestling mat,
exacting your vengeance on your nemesis by knocking him
out cold one week, and making him fear facing you again
in the semi-finals.
And of course, setting out what you set out to do:
Win. It. All.
Breaking my arm and training my butt off with the singular
focus of winning the entire championship the following year,
an unlikely event for sure, was probably the single most
important accomplishment of my life.
Because it taught me something.
And it’s the same something that you had when you
accomplished your most important thing in your life –
AND you still have deep inside you now, today, right
And it’s –
SECRET #4: PERSEVERANCE.
Yes, you need a strong, clear vision of what you want
Yes you need the faith, the belief that it will happen.
And yes, you absolutely need to take action to get
But you also need PERSEVERANCE.
And unfortunately, our instant iPhone society is starting
to forget that perseverance is what enables you to actually
ACHIEVE your goals.
It’s the action of repeated action.
One foot in front of the other in front of the other in front of
Unfortunately, in our instant world, we have grown accustomed
to the “easy way.”
We take the path of least resistance and minimal effort
and wonder why things don’t turn out the way we expect.
We live in a world where almost everything is resolved
in 48 minutes, not including commercials.
We have been subconsciously conditioned – brainwashed
if you will – to believe the same holds true in our reality.
And this explains why so many of us – maybe even you –
start a workout program – and then stop just a few days
The results aren’t coming fast enough – instantaeously.
So after a whole week of working out and watching what
you put in your mouth you only lose a measly one pound.
Life’s so unfair!
Kim Kardashian lost 10 pounds last week!
Or that pair of kettlebells still feels kind of heavy – how
come you don’t look like that Hugh Jackman pulling
that deadlift that’s circulating around on the interwebz
“Man, this stuff’s not working!”
Remember that Aristotle quote from yesterday –
“We are what we repeatedly do.”
If you want the results you’re looking for, there’s no getting
around it –
You have to work for them. Repeatedly.
You have to persevere to get them.
Reminds me of that scene in Rocky IV after Ivan Drago
kills Apollo Creed in the ring – Rocky’s driving his
Lamborghini through the streets of Philadelphia and the
music’s blaring –
“There’s no easy way out.
There’s no shortcut home.”
If you want to get stronger – you’ve got to lift those KBs
even when you think you can’t or don’t feel like it or had
a bad day at the office – screw the boss and the horse
he rode in on!
He’s not going to dictate how you live your life outside of
the office and he’s not going to get you down!
You’ve gotta clean and press and clean and press and
clean and press!
Until you reach your goal or decide it’s no longer your
You wanna get leaner and shed those extra pounds
around the middle?
Then you’ve gotta swing and snatch and eat the right foods
and stay away from the wrong ones until you stand in front
of the mirror and finally see who you want to see –
Regardless of what any celebutant, your best friend, or
your spouse is doing or not doing.
Look, man, life is not a dress rehearsal.
You only get one chance, one shot to live – to truly LIVE.
And dogged perseverance – a relentless determination
to achieve your goals come hell or high-water is how
you’re going to get it done!
Fired up yet?
Now go out and do what you need to do to get it done –
P.S. Don’t forget to replay your vision in order to help