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Separating Yourself From Others

The reason most people live an average life is because they never do what it takes to make themselves above average. It could be because of how they were raised, their experiences through life, or a combination of both, but most people don’t understand that they have the power to separate themselves from others and become successful. We all have the same exact chance to become successful, but yet only a small percentage of us are? Why? How do you separate yourself from the rest of the population?

From studying people and their habits, I have found that the “average” or “below average” people have certain traits in common. The first trait is that they make excuses for their failures. Because I have coached so many people through Beachbody programs like P90X or Insanity, I have found that only a small fraction of the people who start the program actually succeed, and yet even a smaller fraction of those people get outstanding results like I did. Why? Because most people come up with an excuse as to why they can’t succeed. The most common excuses I hear are “I just don’t have the time to work out every day,” “The diet is just too hard to follow,” “The workouts are too long,” “I can’t afford the healthy food,” “I’m too young,” “I’m too old,” and I could go on and on. People need a reason to fall back on if they fail, and that’s why they use excuses. What if you didn’t use excuses? What if you found the time to workout, even if you are busy? What if you eliminated every excuse and just did it? Well, I can tell you one thing, that you would succeed with a hell of a lot more things in life. One thing I hear often from others is there is no way they can get results like me. Why not? What is holding you back? Yeah, it might take longer to achieve the results I did, but if you really wanted to get into amazing shape you can. Most people actually don’t know this, but the day I started P90X I told someone that I was going to win the transformation contest, and that nothing was going to stop me from achieving that goal. Guess what, I ended up winning the contest in January of 2009. If you truly believe you will succeed, you won’t use excuses, and your mind will pave the way to success.

This isn’t with just following a workout program either, this is with everything in life. Have you ever found yourself saying, “Well, I’m just unlucky, that’s all,” or “The economy is so bad, which is making it hard for me to succeed with my business”? Excuses are why people never really reach their dreams. You have the opportunity to be successful with P90X, Insanity, your relationships, your career, but first you have to eliminate the excuses. I never use excuses, and is the reason I have been so successful with everything I’ve done, from my career, my fitness level, my relationships, etc. How many of you are unhappy with your job? Is it something your passionate about? If I asked 10 people these questions, I bet you 8  out of 10 would tell me that they aren’t happy and most definitely aren’t passionate about what they do as a living. Unfortunately, 99% of the time they all wouldn’t do anything about it, go through life unhappy with their careers, but just maybe one of those people will stop and think, “Well, what is stopping me from having my dream job?” and actually do something about it. Why can’t you be that person? You can achieve your goals and dreams! Stop the excuses, and you will succeed.

Another common trait of the “average” or “below average” is that they work as hard as most everyone else, which is not very hard.  When I was young, my parents always taught me that if I wanted to succeed in life, I must work harder than everyone else. My hard work over the years was the reason for my success with baseball. Sure, I had some talent, but if I wanted to go from a good to an excellent player, I had to work twice as hard as everyone else, which is exactly what I did. To work on my swing, I would go down in my basement every night and hit 300-400 balls off the tee, focusing on proper form. Every Saturday morning, I would wake up very early to go to practice inside a Sport’s Dome with my dad, another player on my team, and his father. Guess what, we both got scholarships to play baseball in college, and both ended up with national honors. Coincidence? No. We worked harder than everyone else, and we succeeded.

Why did I get such excellent results with P90X? First, like I mentioned above, I eliminated all excuses. Second, I worked twice as hard by pushing myself to the limits with every workout. When I get tired, I continue to push myself. If I feel like I can only get two more push-ups, I get 5 or 6 more. Instead of doing Cardio X, I do Cardio Intervals or Interval X Plus, which are twice as intense. Most people might settle for a less intense workout and be happy just because they got in their workout for the day, but not me. I’m not happy until I know I maximized every single one of my workouts. That’s why I’ve had such great success with P90X. Why can’t you do that? The only thing holding you back is you. You have to get beyond that mental block and push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Once you figure out how to do that, be ready to take your fitness to the next level.

How do you think I have become so successful with coaching? Do I know some sort of “secret” that has taken me to the top? Not at all. My philosophy is that if I maintain a positive attitude, believe I will be at the top, work twice as hard as every other coach, focus on helping others, then I WILL be at the top. Instead of being stubborn and believing that I have all the answers, I shut my mouth, open my ears, and listen to others who have been successful with coaching. I soak in little tips from other coaches and put them into action. If they don’t work, then I move on to something else, but if they do, then they become part of my coaching philosophy and help me reach my goals. I take the training that Beachbody has to offer, the Game Plan Training, and put that into action as well. It’s proven to work, but the reason most people don’t have success with it is because they don’t work hard enough for it. They might try out something for a few days and find no success, so they stop and make up an excuse as to why it didn’t work. Becoming a successful coach is all about making adjustments, working hard, being passionate about helping others, and listening to others.

Most of you have seen that I have been posting quite a bit on becoming a Beachbody Coach lately. Why? Because I know how it feels to have a career that you aren’t passionate about. To be honest, it sucks! Why would I want to live the rest of my life doing something that stresses me out all the time, and work 14 hours every day doing something I don’t enjoy? Sorry, that’s not my definition of happiness. Once I realized the possibility of making the Beachbody Coaching Business a full-time job, that was it. I was going to do everything to turn my dream job into a reality. Why? Because I knew with Beachbody Coaching that I could do something I love doing, be passionate about it, help others, and become financially independent to where I never had to worry about bills again. Guess what? I’ve reached that point in a little over a year and a half. What is holding you back? Why not join this business with me? If you’re ready to learn more about it, then email me at Remember, the only thing holding you back is you!

If you want to separate yourself from others, you must elimiate the excuses and work twice as hard as everyone else. Excuses are the failure disease, and unfortunately, it’s something that most people do over and over again to justify their failures. Why not stop the excuses and learn from your failures? I did, and have been successful with everything I have done in life to this point. If I fail at something, I discover the reason why I failed, correct it, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. You need to do the same! What’s stopping your from becoming financially independent or getting into the best shape of your life? The only thing is you. If you work hard, stop the excuses, then you will find success.


  1. Thanks Josh, this was a very good read. I have been reading the Magic of Thinking Big again because of you. I have struggled with finishing 90 days of P90X but I know this is the time I will complete it. I have to say I owe that to You, The Magic of Thinking Big, Dr. Oz and Jamie Olivers Food Revolution. I am trying to absorb all of the healthy that I can. Listening to all of you talk about health, food and exercise has really made me open my eyes. I dont think I have ever been an unhealthy person but now I know that I am what I eat and I will be healthy and fit. I am turning 40 in December and I plan to be in a bikini on a beach somewhere feeling better than ever. After 3 kids it is easy to put yourself on the back burner but I know this is it, these last 20 pounds are going bye bye.

  2. I love it! Thanks Coach!

  3. Will Ponce /

    Great post Josh .. I needed to hear this .. BRING IT!!!

  4. Josh,
    You have once again mastered another area of life, “The Art of Motivation”. Every once in awhile we all need this speech to help us weed out all the rest for our success. Thanks bro.

  5. jstnthrguy /

    hey Josh,

    just a few more quotes, which i love quotes, about success. enjoy Have an awesome day and keep bringing and pushing 🙂

  6. Great post, Coach.

    Excusitis has been killing me the past few days, and today I just got fed up with it and started nipping the problem in the butt. Tomorrow is gonna be a better day.

    Believe you can achieve, and you will.

  7. Blake /

    What’s funny is when I started doubles last week, I told my brothers that I would be the next beachbody contest winner. I still believe that and you can bet you will see me in your success storys. This post is all about what I have become and what will become of me. When I first read this post, I laughed to myself because you and I think a lot alike. When I did plyo earlier, the mother, many times during the workout my body was telling me to quit. Not only did I ignore that urge of quitting, but I pushed myself way past that limit when I could have easily paused multiple times because I was tired. You cannot create excuses like Josh said. You have to finally quit making excuses, if your that guy, and start making decisions and commitments. If you do not get your priorities straight and are an excuse maker, you will always just be that guy and will continue to fail or will not accomplish your goals. Thanks Josh for the amazing post, if this is not a wake up call or an insane motivation for people, then I don’t know what is!

  8. Carlos A. /

    Great advice. I will definitely read this everyday. I am going to start pushing even harder on my workouts to get great results. Thanks man. Oh and by the way I’m on day 27 and my results are great. Thanks man

  9. Thanks for the link!

  10. Alex Kue /

    Hey Coach!

    This post could not have come at a better time! You want to know something? I just got back from a two-day trip and pigged out, and I mean PIGGED out, man do I regret that. After I woke up this morning, I felt like crap and was so tired. I was going to take the day off but not now! I’m now going to incorporate Insanity into my round 3 of P90X! In fact, I’m going to do Pure Cardio in 30 minutes! No more BSing around, TIME TO BRING IT!

  11. Time to get back on track bro!

  12. Eric, "San Jo Stuntrider" /

    Great post Josh!
    Today starts my final two weeks of p90x! An I am more pumped then ever! I am already looking forward to starting the X all over gain. I had such great results, that I got my lady to commit to starting the X ,too! She saw me start day 1 @200lbs. Then hit my first goal of 185lbs. Then pass my 2nd goal of 175lbs. I am currently at 173lbs. I am, in the Best shape of my life at age 34! I wanted to say thankx again Josh for all your coaching.
    Excuses are not for me, Just Bring it in everything you do in life!

    “San Jo Stuntrider”
    San Jose, CA.

  13. Alfredo /

    Hey, Coach

    Very encouraging, I agree the only thing that stops us undoubtedly is us.

    Thanks I will bring it

  14. Jason /

    Ive either been skinny (in my younger days) or on the heavy side in the late 20s/early30s. I have never gained muscle for some reason. I think I ran too much. This is the first time that I have really had a program to follow, so I think Im gonna like what I see down the road.

    I will succeed….

  15. Awesome man! You can achieve anything you put your mind to!

  16. Awesome man! Glad to hear that you have committed to a healthy lifestyle!

  17. Jason B /

    Well said sir!Thanks for the pep talk!

  18. No problem man! Glad the post helped!

  19. Preston /

    Hey coach. I was wondering how quickly I will see results. I read your motivation posts on your site and I know it’ll take a while for me to see results, but I was wondering if you could give me a time frame after I gave you my background. So I did one round of p90x already but I didn’t follow the nutrition plan. I’m starting a new round and I’m committing myself 100% to the diet now. I lifted about 3 times per week for about 2 years before I started my first round of p90x. So I was wondering how quickly I’ll start seeing results with my background. I’m trying to lose weight. Thanks coach.   

  20. Josh /

    It doesn’t matter what your background is or how much you commit to the diet because I still won’t be able to give you an exact time frame. Each persons’ body responds different, some quicker and some slower, so there’s no way for me to tell you when you will start seeing results. Commit yourself to the diet and workouts, and you will see results.

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