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Importance Of Positive Attitude

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!


  1. I’m in the same situation you were in Josh, a lot of times I’m not able to start my workouts until 9, 10, or even 11 PM, but to be honest it’s not so bad once you get used to it. I’d say the only negative is if it’s on Tuesdays, as my neighbors in the the apartment below me probably wonder what all the jumping around and banging going on upstairs is. I’m in the last week of strength training before the final recovery week and looking forward to reaching that 90 day goal.

    One thing I noticed though, is that sometimes I felt like I wasn’t where I needed to be or that I was never going to get where I wanted to be. I guess a lot of people see the results that others get, and to be honest, a lot of the times, at least in the recent before and afters I’ve seen on the TV ads, the people in those photos were in fairly decent shape prior to starting the program. I guess its just important to keep things in perspective, as its not whether you are getting the exact same results as other people at the same speed (although i have to say if you stick with it you will eventually reach that same level) its about seeing results and making sure you push yourself each and every time you put the dvd into the player. I also sometimes had this fear that I wouldn’t reach my goal in the 90 days and that I would some how have failed in my endeavor, but then I realized that the 90 days shouldn’t be seen as a deadline, but more like a launching pad to take your new found fitness and bring it to a level you probably never thought you could achieve.

    I’m looking forward to being able to go through my second phase, and instead of focusing mostly on the fat loss, actually build up muscle and really get stronger then I’ve ever been, although I have to say I’m probably stronger now then I’ve ever been even though I have been sticking to a fat shredding diet instead of the other phases. I had one question for you Josh, I’ve just ordered some Jack3d and was wondering if you took it every day or just on your strength days? I know in the past when I took pre workout supplements they usually were good when i was lifting but when doing cardio they tended to make me a bit nauseous. Thanks in advance, and keep up the good work, your site has been extremely helpful.

  2. Jonathan Langan /

    I hear you loud and clear coach! Did you really start your workouts at 1am? Your crazy man!

  3. Yeah, people have to understand that this program is not just a 90 day program, but a lifelong commitment to a healthy style. It might take you 4-5 rounds to get where you want to be, so there is a ton of patience involved! Just keep pushing along, committing yourself to both the diet and workouts, and you will continue to see results!

    Also, I take Jack3d before each workout, including the cardios.

  4. Haha yeah man. There were some nights I wouldn’t get done until 2 AM!

  5. Andrew /

    Great post, Josh. It goes along with one of my favorite quotes, “Do what you’ve always done, and you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” It seems simple enough, but most people don’t get it. They wonder why they can’t reach their goals, and all the while they continue to keep running into the same wall. JUMP OVER THE WALL!

  6. Well said coach!!! I agree, I’ve had some discouraging things happen during my journey too. But you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, take a look at where you’ve been and where you’re currently at…and then just BRING IT. I always find it helpful to take a look at my progress photos and remind myself that it IS a lifestyle change….and I didn’t get this way in 90 days…so its not all going to be “cured” in 90 days either. Also doing a few sets of pushups helps with any amount of frustration. hahaha


  7. chama /

    I need your advice and help , but i am a little embarrased of writing here, could you give an email.


  8. Right on buddy. In my 2nd week of Power 90 the scale said I didn’t lose any weight. That’s alright though. I know my diet has been good and I’ve been working out 6 out of 7 days. I will continue with the Power 90 workout plan and meal plan. I will let my 90 and 180 day pictures be the judge of my accomplishments.

  9. Yeah man patience is a virtue! Just keep committing yourself to both the diet and workouts and you will see results!

  10. You can email me at

  11. Haha that’s right! It’s not sprint, but a marathon. You are definitely on the right track!

  12. EXACTLY man! Love the quote! Going up on Facebook now.

  13. Greg Ashton /

    Just did Yoga for the first time last night. Some of the moves were really tough for a beginner like me. Trying to stay positive and just doing my best.

  14. Andre /

    I finished my first round working 80-100hrs/week so I know it’s possible! Did 110+/week over the last 4 weeks and only missed 2 workouts. Anything is possible when you make it your priority rather than an option =)

  15. Andre /

    I used that quote as a motivational chant over 10yrs ago! “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got!”

  16. Haha i love how your so straight forward with people Coach. People (including myself) expect to get great results or acheive great things through minimal effort and this is a ludicrous idea. ESPECIALLY when your talking about working out. You can’t just put some belt on that jiggles your fat around and expect to get a six pack while your eating a bowl of cookie dough. Or expect a pair of shoes to tone up your butt when you walk when your not doing anything extra or sticking to a good clean diet. IT’S CRAZY!!! If you want results in ANYTHING, you’ve got to put in work!!!

  17. Yeah it’s a tough workout, but just keep pushing yourself!

  18. Right on bro! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Haha that’s right bro! I’m so tired of hearing excuses from people. Stop the excuses and BRING IT!

  20. Kevin /

    This post is so beautifully timed it’s ridiculous. I just had day 30 yesterday, and my results in the pictures really weren’t what I was hoping for. I was feeling a little discouraged, but just for giggles I took my measurements again. I’ve gained half an inch in each arm and lost an inch to my hips and chest. I also reminded myself that before I even started p90x i lost 37 pounds to prove to myself i was ready, so a lot of the fat loss that i’ve seen in the videos happened beforehand for me. I’ve got to say thank you josh. you’re you tube video is what really showed me what p90x can do, and your website always has just the things I need for a little encouragement.

  21. I’m glad the post helped man! Remember, patience is everything! Just keep committing yourself to both the diet and workouts and you will continue to see results!

  22. Carlos B /

    First and foremost I must say, I love your site Coach! I started P90X 3 days ago, I can barely move, I can barely walk, and I absolutely love the feeling! I am 21, 5’10” and 200lbs, and out of shape, but this site and your story has really put my feet firm on the ground and pushed me to get back on track. For those people that start and quit early on because of the reasons stated above, are obviously people who instead of looking it as a challenge, they look at it as punishment…which is absolutely ridiculous. As for me, being a former football player, I know the hard work that it takes and I strive for this kind of challenge. Hopefully the doubters out there can break out of their safety net and really learn what it means to BRING IT!!

  23. Josh /

    Thanks man! Haha welcome to the X and the soreness that goes with it! Yeah, it’s unfortunate, but most people don’t have the attitude or commitment it takes to succeed with this program, so I have seen many people come and go. Anyways, it’s great to hear that you’re highly motivated and ready to BRING IT!

  24. Nick /

    Hey man great site. I am in wk 2 of phase 2. When i started P90X i was 5’10” 211 lbs. I have been hard at it and keepin with the diet pretty close and I have only lost 6 lbs. I like to think that i am putting on muscle and thats why the weight hasn’t dropped. Any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks.

  25. Josh /

    Thanks man! 6lbs is actually good progress for just 2 weeks! You have to be patient man. Also, have you made me your coach yet? If not, you can do so by clicking on this link:

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