As most of you already know, I attended the Game Plan event in Chicago this past weekend. When the event was over, we all were given a book to read called The Slight Edge. Since I had over a 7 hour car ride back home, I decided to read through most the book, and there was one particular part stuck out in my mind, and that’s doing small little positive things now that lead to a successful future. I already brushed the surface about this during one of the previous posts called “Patience is a Virtue,” but I didn’t really go into detail like I will now.
One of the problems with our society is that we focus on what is happening now, instead of what will happen in the future with every action that we take. For example, when just starting a new workout or diet program like P90X, the majority of people will expect to see results right away. This narrow minded thinking causes people to quickly get discouraged, quit the program, and go on with their unhealthy ways. As a coach, I’ve seen it hundreds of times. However, take a second and think about the people that have had great success with P90X, like Tommy Mygrant, Jeffrey Armbruster, Mark Briggs, Robert Hudgens, Barbie Decker, and on and on. Each of these people who have had tremendous success all have one thing in common, and that’s that they have focused on the bigger picture instead of what was happening now. Tommy at his heaviest was around 280lbs, which is about the time he started P90X. As an obese but determined man, do you think he started P90X and thought to himself after the first day that since he didn’t see amazing results he should quit? Hell no! Tommy knew that it would take a lot of dedication and hard work to both the diet and workouts on a consistent basis if he wanted to make a great change for the future. Tommy and I are a lot alike in that we set super high goals, and understand that it takes time to reach those goals! He truly believed that he would be one of the most successful weight loss stories ever, and guess what, he did it! He knew and understood that it might take him a year to reach his goal, but he was going to do little positive things every day to reach it.
It isn’t a surprise that everyone I mentioned above and myself have all have success with the Beachbody coaching business either. Are you starting to notice a pattern? The people who have had great success with their transformations have built a successful business as well! Why? First of all, starting your own business is highly comparable to starting your own fitness journey, or a program like P90X. You start out at the complete bottom and then work your way to the top. Your determination, hard work, commitment, and ability to make sacrifices every single day all have an affect on how quickly you reach the top. We are a rarity. We completely understand the amount of effort it takes to reach the top, and don’t let any obstacle or any negativity keep us from reaching that goal. Will we fail along the way? Yes, of course. However, we learn from our failures and move on, making the necessary adjustments to make sure that that particular failure doesn’t happen again. Most people get discouraged when they fail, and don’t have the mental toughness to move forward. We are different.
Second, we pay no attention to immediate results because they don’t exist. From working eight to ten hours today on coaching, I won’t see any results in my income or growth tomorrow. So why work eight to ten hours? Because I know that it will have a HUGE impact on how successful I am in a year, two years, 5 or 10 years from now! If you eat a Big Mac every day will you notice a difference the next day? Probably not. However, in a year or two you might find that your cholestorol and weight have increased. These tiny negative actions lead to a bigger negative outcome in the future. I have super high goals for myself, and will do little positive things every single day to build up a successful future, and you need to do the same. I don’t picture what my life will be like tomorrow, but what it will be like in the future, and that’s why I’ve had success with everything that I’ve done, from my fitness transformation to my Beachbody Coaching Business.
If you are someone who focuses on immediate results, take a second to think about this post and how it can affect what you do from now on. I can tell you right now that if you stop focusing on what is happening now, and focus on imroving little things from day to day, you will have success wtih everything that you do. Again, you will fail from time to time, but stay mentally tough and learn from your mistakes. You are in control of your future!