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Importance of Positive Thinking: Part I

Positive thinking is something that I haven’t wrote about for quite a while now, and really is something I should incorporate into my coaching every day. It’s hard for me to explain how mental this program is as much as it is physical, but I will try to do so now. Please take the time to read through this, because I think that this will help you have success with not only your diet and workouts, but with everything else in life as well.

Many of you have heard this story already, but I will share it once again. When I was about 17 years old, I had a problem with negative thinking, and it affected everything I did, especially my baseball career. I was the one who always threw his helmet after a strikeout, always let others get to me and tear me down, and never could let go of anything. My father noticed this, and one night while I was upstairs in my room, he came up and tossed a book on my bed. He didn’t ask me to read it, he told me to. The book was called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. Of course I cooperated, and my life completely changed from that day forward.

So what is “The Magic of Thinking Big?” Well, it’s just as it sounds. It is a book that teaches you how to stop making excuses about your failures and to have a positive outlook about life. Schwartz preaches that if you believe you will succeed, then you will, but if you believe you will fail, well then, you will fail. Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about “excusitis,” or the “failure disease” and how it relates to P90X, or any workout program for that matter.

Excusitis is something that many, many people suffer from, and is a HUGE reason why so many people fail at getting into great shape. As a Beachbody Coach, I hear excuses all the time about why they can’t do this, and why they can’t do that, and guess what, those people are the ones who never make it through the program and again, make excuses why they quit. It’s really sad, but is something that happens all the time! Here are some of the most common excuses I hear and how I would respond to them:

(1) “The diet is too hard. There is no way I will be able to eat clean all the time.My response: Think about something for a minute. You began this program to get into the best shape of your life, and did you think it would be easy? NO! You knew that the program would be hard from the beginning, and hard work and dedication leads to success! You are going to have to make sacrifices, and yes, that means refusing to have a piece of cake when offered, but that sacrifice puts you one step closer to reaching your goal. If you stick to the diet plan for the entire 90 days, you will be a whole new, extremely confident person in the end!

(2)”I don’t have enough time to do all the workouts.My response: If you want something bad enough, then you will make time for it! When I first began the X, back in March of last year, I was just beginning a career in Financial Planning, and do you think I wanted to work out after getting home at 10 PM, when I haven’t even eaten dinner yet? Of course not! I was tired and wore out, but did I work out? Of course! Every day in fact! There were some nights that I didn’t get to work out until 12:30 or 1! Yes, I worked out at 1 AM some nights (mornings I should say)! I was so determined to succeed, that I was going to do ANYTHING possible to stay on track and reach my goals. Look where it got me. I not only got into the best shape of my life, but I won the $1,000 Transformation Contest, I’m a finalist for the $10,000 Quarterly Contest, and I made a career change to become a Coach for the company who’s product changed my life!

(3) “My genetics won’t let me get into great shape, so I’m not even going to try the program.” My response: Let me share a quick story. Back before I started the program, I thought the same thing. I thought that there was no way that I could be “ripped” like everyone I saw on TV or in magazines. As funny as it now sounds, I swear I thought this was true! But instead of giving up on myself, I decided to take a leap and try something new, something that I wasn’t sure I would be comfortable with. That something was P90X, which I discovered from a late night infomercial. I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a program that I had no idea about, but thought that it just might work. Guess what, it worked, and now I’m that person who I never thought I could be: the “ripped” guy! What I’m trying to say is that you never know if something will work if you don’t try it! Step out of your comfort zone, and you will have success!

So next time you think about making an excuse about why you can’t do something, think about the reasons why you CAN do it and HOW you are going to go about it. If you are able to cure yourself of “excusitis,” then you will have success with your fitness program and every other aspect of your life as well. Think about it!

Coach Josh

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