First of all, I have to apologize about not putting a new post up during the past few days, but things have been crazy hectic around here because of the launch of the new P90X2 program. For those of you who don’t know, P90X2 pre-order just started yesterday, and will be going on for the next 4 days. Anyways, P90X2 has absolutely nothing to do with the post I’m writing today. What this post is about, though, is the importance of never settling. As you all know, I get inspired to write certain blog posts from things that I have experienced or seen happen recently, and this idea comes from the Beachbody Coaching Opportunity Webinar that I did on Tuesday. As always, towards the end of the webinar I talk quite a bit about people “accepting” the positions that are at in their careers, financial situations, and even relationships. People settle because they are afraid of change, and that’s why I’m going to focus some attention on helping you all understand that you can accomplish anything you believe you can accomplish.
First understand that I don’t write these posts to get anyone upset, but rather in the hopes that harsh reality will slap them in the face and help them understand that what they’re currently doing isn’t working, and maybe, just maybe, this will inspire at least one person to change! That’s my goal, my mission, to change lives on a daily basis. Some people might argue, yell at the screen, write me nasty emails or responses, but what I write about are things that I have witnessed or experienced first hand, and things that I know people need to read to better their lives. OK, now that the little disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get on with the post.
Let’s face it, the majority of people aren’t happy with where they are in their lives. They sit in front of the television, eat potato chips, play video games, work their 9 to 5’s, and talk bad about other people because that makes them feel good about themselves. They are the 95 percenters, the people who are consistently making their way down the failure curve (Slight Edge). They put down people who succeed and come up with every excuse in the book why they can’t succeed themselves, whether it’s being too old, too young, not enough money, not enough time, too overweight, and the list goes on and on. I hear these excuses all the time, and if you read my posts on a daily basis, you know I can’t stand them. I feel that if you want to succeed in life, you have to get rid of the excuses. The moment my life changed was the moment I decided to grab the excuses and throw them out the window. You won’t hear me make excuses, and you won’t hear any other successful people make excuses either. It’s not a coincidence.
People settle because they feel they don’t have any other choice. They are unhappy and might want to make the change, but the fear of changing causes them to settle, which in turn causes them to be unhappy. Interesting isn’t it? What happens is that this process goes on and on for years and years until they get to a point where they are 65 and wondering how in the heck they are going to afford retirement. They finally come to the conclusion that they won’t be able to and will have to work until the day they die. Don’t think it’s possible? I hear story after story about this happening, and if you think that Social Security is going to save the day, think again. Have you looked at the situation with SS lately? It’s not good. Let’s say that SS is still around, is a $200 check a week going to allow you to enjoy a happy retirement? I don’t think so. Most of that money will be going towards medical bills anyways since health has been put on the back burners in terms of importance, so now there are many people who are obese with serious health issues and have to stay home or are bed ridden at the rightful age of 65. Sad situation, but that’s reality.
What you have to do is ask yourself if what you’re doing now is going to take you to where you want to be 30 or 40 years from now. Stop focusing on now, and start looking towards the future. American society has gotten to the point where they are blind when it comes to where they are heading and only see and are only focused on what’s happening now. That’s why obesity is on the rise. People eat junk food today because they only care about instant satisfaction, and aren’t worried about the compound effects of making unhealthy choices day in and day out. Are the actions you are taking daily going to allow you to create financial independence for your family, be active and healthy when you’re 80 years old, or have a long lasting relationship with your husband or wife? That’s what you have to ask yourself. If you choose to ignore those questions and settle, chances are you will be one of those people that I talked about above. Don’t allow yourself to settle. Sure, taking a risk, making a change is scary, I’ll be the first to admit, but without doing so you will never be able to succeed in life. Those are the facts.
Understand that you can accomplish your goals, your dreams, but it all starts with you truly believing that you can accomplish them, so much to the point where you can close your eyes and literally visualize yourself reaching them. You feel how you will feel, see what you will see, experience the joy and happiness that you know you can experience. Once you have that true belief, watch out because nothing is going to get in your way of you sprinting to get there! How do I know? Because I have done this myself. I know this is getting to be a long post, but I want to share a story with you all that I shared on the TNL Team Call last night.
Last year I was at the Beachbody Coach’s Summit, watching other people get recognized on stage while I sat there and attempted to eat my dinner. I couldn’t, though, because I was sick to my stomach for allowing myself to settle and not put forth the effort necessary to accomplish my dreams. I was embarrassed, ashamed, but at that very moment something changed in me. As I was watching the Top Beachbody Coach in the entire nation walk out on stage and accept the championship belt, I actually visualized myself being the one on stage next year. What was so awesome was that I literally put myself in his position, feeling that excitement, being proud of myself, and the best part about it was that I truly believed that I could be in that position next year. When I went home, that visualization was stuck in my head day in and day out, and what happened was that it kept me focused, determined, and constantly reminded me of the work that I needed to do if I wanted to reach that goal. To make a long story short, a year later I was the one who walked on stage to accept the Top Beachbody Coach 2010 championship belt.
You should never settle. I didn’t, even when I was broke and living on my own. I took a chance, made a change, and focused on improving every aspect of my life on a daily basis, and still do of course, and now I have created financial independence for my family and I, am living a healthy lifestyle, and have an unbelievable relationship with my fiance. Life is good, but I made it that way. You can make it that was as well, but you can’t settle.
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