Make It Happen Monday


One of the most common stumbling blocks for people is that they get caught up in the process of everything, rather than the actual achievement of a goal. I’m watching it happen right now to one of my friends. He has a very concrete goal. In this case it’s weight loss and there’s not much easier to measure success on that weight loss. You have a scale, time, and an end number. As time goes on, is the scale getting closer to the end number, or not?

In this case… not. I believe that for the most part he wants to achieve his goal. He has the knowledge to do it. He has extraordinary social support AND social obligation. And yet he’s not really been making much progress, despite “doing the right things”.
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I just had lunch at one of my favorite local restaurants, Miguel’s, which is a killer Mexican place here in Bangor. In addition to the usual Mexican restaurant stuff they serve a Paleo menu (love the cauli-rice), a great steak, and locally grown, organic greens. That and they actually grow their own peppers and tomatoes for salsa on the roof!

Combine that with great staff and you’ve got a pretty awesome place. If you’re one of the lucky few to attend Elliot Hulse’s Northeast seminar, here in Bangor, then you might get a chance to try it… *hint hint*

Anyway, so I’m at a booth on the bar side, enjoying my steak (and yes, a beer) with my notebook and smart phone out trying to get some work done (think of it as a “mini-working-vacation”) and there’s this guy at the bar chatting up a stranger.

And he’s got problems.
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Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. Every year we observe this holiday to remember and thank our military service members, particularly the fallen, who have allowed us to have the greatest country in the world. It’s through their service and sacrifice that we enjoy the freedoms that most of us take for granted, let alone the ones that we recognize.

Memorial Day has also come to encompass remembering all of our loved ones who’ve passed, regardless of military service. In my mind, this is also important. I’m not one to live in the past anymore, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve turned my back on those who’re no longer with me. I love and miss all of you.
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Not him, but close.

I was dog-sitting over the weekend, which is a nice way of saying that I was spoiling the crap out of someone else’s dog. I’m good like that.

It worked out for both of us; He was able to give me feedback on my cooking (apparently I can throw down in the kitchen) and I was able to give him his medicine.

That’s right, the pooch was a little sick.
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live life aggressively aggression mindsetI spent my birthday weekend around a bunch of very successful fitness entrepreneurs talking shop on business, lifestyle, and of course getting amazing results for our clients.

There was lots of wisdom in the room and some killer “nuts and bolts” info shared about autoresponders, calling services, delegating logistics tasks, running a smooth business where your clients have fun, etc. That was all great stuff.

What really stood out to me, though, wasn’t the knowledge of these guys…
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It’s Monday, that means that it’s time to make it happen.

Everyone gets fired up on Mondays. Ask anyone who’s ever been in a gym and they’ll tell you what the busiest day of the week is… Monday.

That’s because everyone’s trying to make up for their sins of the weekend.

Everyone has done some soul searching on Sunday and decided that this is the time it’s going to change.
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Every day in the gym I push people through and beyond what they think are their limits. I take them to places where they’re uncomfortable in order to make them better. In my own training I do the same thing. However, that’s not what I really need. Sure, I train hard, but honestly I’m pretty good at it.

For me training hard isn’t really out of my comfort zone. I’m comfortable with momentary discomfort because I’ve been doing it for years. I like it. That’s one of the reasons why I’m a trainer.

If I want to continue to improve as a man and as a person, I need to seek other outlets that push me beyond my comfort zone. In order to do that I drove to the Jersey Shore this weekend to attend one of my Mastermind meetings. These Mastermind meetings are closed door sessions with other fitness pros in which we talk not only business but also lifestyle and mentality stuff. There are no holds barred here and it can get pretty damn uncomfortable sometimes.

Like I said, these are closed door sessions, so what’s said in Jersey stays in Jersey, but I’m going to let you know that I got called on some bullshit this weekend. It sucked, but it’s what I needed. Was I called a bad trainer? Hell no. Did someone say I wasn’t a good writer? Nope. What about that I didn’t care about my clients? That wasn’t it, either, because that’s obviously not true.
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The other day I opened up my email (like I do far too often for wise time management) and was pleasantly surprised to see an email from one of my former South Carolina clients, Seth. Upon reading the email I was floored, and frankly, I was humbled. It’s sometimes hard as a writer to know if people are really reading your stuff, and even harder still to get the sense of what you’re trying to put across is getting through to them.

To put it bluntly, I don’t write this stuff for my health… I write it for yours.

Well, this letter let me know that at least one person is “getting me”. I won’t steal his thunder, but what I want to point out here is that Seth has internalized what’s truly important for success: Making things happen even when it’s not perfect.
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This weekend I had the good fortune to get together with some buddies and have a brewing party for this coming year’s Oktoberfest beer. I don’t know if you’ve ever actually brewed beer before but it’s a fair little undertaking, especially for the home brewer trying to do about 30 gallons at a time. Given that we also tend towards “seat of our pants” operations, it goes without saying that the whole beer brewing adventure was a string of minor emergencies from start to finish. And, like all good disaster situations, there were some things to be learned if you kept your eyes open.

One of the first steps in the process is grinding about 50 pounds of grain so that it can be used in the as the base. With an old school hand grinder, this turned out to be a much more substantial undertaking than we’d envisioned. There were some sad faces as realization started to set in that it was looking like it could be a very long morning of delay and sore elbows for everyone until my client Lee channeled his inner Marine: Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome
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I put this video up on the Facebook Page a while ago, but after some of the talk I heard this weekend I think it needs to go here, too.

I’m not a big fan of basketball, and Michael Jordan has proved himself to be a monumental douche, but the truth remains that he could straight-up game. He was the best player, at the highest level of his sport, for years. And he worked for it.

People that are at the top of their game are on another level, and it’s very easy for those below them to point out their talents. Spending your time pointing out the winners’ gifts and successes allows you to stay right down where you are: Moderately successful at best or more commonly unsuccessful… and comfortable. It allows you to avoid the hard work necessary to elevate to their level.

That’s Fear Thinking, not Vertebrate Thinking. Fear Thinking has no business in a successful person’s mindset.

Stop that shit right now and sign up on the right to take your game to the next level.