Hope you had a fantastic weekend. We did.
Well, except I made a critical mistake in my training.
And it showed up in a lack of output – some missed lifts – which almost never happens.
It was a “rookie mistake” – here’s what I did.
I’ve set myself some strength goals but I didn’t set a hard, fast, FORMAL deadline.
And I didn’t put any money on the line.
I’ve found for me these types of deadlines –
Hard & Fast Date + Money = Success.
I think one of the Productivity Gurus said that nothing gets done without a deadline.
I’d go one further and say nothing gets done without a deadline AND skin in the game.
And I was reminded that those 2 things, for me, anyway, equal the “Magic Pill” for achieving my goals.
I was literally standing there in failure last night when I was reminded of this timeless and powerful quote:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Johann Friedrich von Goethe
So, if you’re struggling – not seeing the results you wanted so far this year, take a good hard look inside and see if you’re really committed to your goal.
Or if it just sounded like a good idea at the time.
Commitment breeds consistency.
And consistency breeds habit.
And habits breed a life.
PS – I often say that “consistency is king.”
The easiest way to reach your goal is to put one foot in front of the other every single day after you’ve committed to reaching it.
For burning fat, you’d be surprised to know that daily, or near-daily, short kettlebell workouts are one of the simplest, easiest ways to get the job done.
PPS – Almost forgot – got home last night after my “failure,” emailed a friend about a deadline, and plopped down $66 and change.
See? Put my money where my mouth is.