Occasionally, I get emails from people who get frustrated with their P90X results and get very down on themselves. Instead of focusing on what they can do to fix the problem, they dwell at failing, get discouraged, and usually end up quitting the program. I’ve actually have seen this happen hundreds of times, which is unfortunate. Anymore, people don’t quite understand the importance of positive thinking or how to learn from their mistakes. On top of that, they will make every excuse in the book for failing. If you want to succeed, get rid of the excuses, man up, and push yourself to succeed!
Here are a few of the common excuses that I hear?
(1) “I don’t have time to do the workouts.” To be honest, this is the oldest excuse in the book, and is not acceptable. If anyone had to deal with time issues, it was me, but not once did anyone ever hear me use it as an excuse. When I first started P90X, I was a Financial Advisor working from 7 AM to 9 PM every day, and not getting home until 9:30 PM. I had to take my pre workout supplements, workout, and eat dinner before bed. There were some nights I didn’t begin my workouts until 1 AM. If I can do it without making an excuse, so can you. If you believe there is a way for you fit in the workouts, you will be able to.
(2) “The diet is too hard.” This is one that absolutely drives me nuts. If you want to get into excellent shape, you must commit to the diet, end of story. You can do anything you set your mind to. Right before I started the program, I skipped breakfast every day, had chicken fingers and loaded french fries for just about every meal, and ate a huge bowl of ice cream loaded with chocolate hard shell and whipped cream right before bed each night. Do you think it was easy for me to completely change the way I ate? No, but I did it anyways because I knew it’s what I had to do to get amazing results. Outstanding results don’t come without making sacrifices!
Excuses lead to failure. If you want to succeed, you must maintain a positive attitude and truly believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. If you are going through the program and not seeing the results you want, don’t give up like most people do. It just means that you have to make a few adjustments to keep the results coming! There were many times in the past 2 years that I noticed a plateau, but instead of just quitting, I talked to people, did research, or anything else that I could do to learn what I needed to do to get beyond the plateau. I’m always thinking positive, which is the reason for my success with everything I do! If you aren’t a positive thinker, you need to start. One way to do that is by going out and purchasing a book that I read and recommend called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. Sure, most people won’t buy the book, but I can guarantee you that those of you who do will come back and thank me when you finish it!