Yesterday, when I was working out with my fiance Melinda, we got to talking about my past, and where I learned about hard work. Everyone who knows me knows that I work very hard with everything I do, from my workouts, diet, business, to my relationships with others. I never half ass anything, and always push myself to succeed. I would consider myself successful, but that’s only because I learn from my failures and never, never give up with anything. But where did I learn this? Have I always been this way? No.
When I started playing travel baseball when I was around 12, I was an average player at best. I hit in the #9 spot and played right field. However, I had a passion for the game, and my father saw that, and knew that he needed to guide me in the right direction if I wanted to improve. His philosphy was (and still is) that if you work harder than everyone else, then you will be more successful than them. So what did he do? He made me hit over a 1,000 balls off the tee each week, focusing on proper form to improve my swing and hand-eye coordination. At first I was reluctant and hated doing it, but after a few months I quickly realized that my game was improving. It didn’t take long for me to understand the importance of hard work, and I began practicing more and more on my own, without my father forcing me to do so.
Before I get to the point I’m trying to make and how it relates to P90X and working out, I want to share a quick story that Melinda reminded me of last night. After a few years of hitting off the tee every night, I decided to start attending hitting camps to improve my swing even more. During one camp, we were all sitting in a large circle with the instructor up front and he asked us a question. He asked, “Is there anyone here who thinks they can get up here and hit 50 balls off the tee without hitting the tee once.” Of the 30 or so kids, I was the only one to raise my hand. He was surprised because he didn’t think anyone had the confidence to do so, but of course from hitting so much off the tee on my own, I was very confident that I would be able to complete his challenge without failing. Wouldn’t you know it, I got up there and hit 50 balls without hitting the tee. He then said, “OK, son, now I want you to close your eyes and see if you can do it again.” I closed my eyes and again completed his challenge. Surpised again, he then said, “Now switch to the left side and hit left-handed without hitting the tee.” Not knowing if I could do what he asked, I went to the other side and tried it and succeeded. He then said, “I’m going to turn you into a left-handed hitter.”
After he told me that, I went home and hit just as many balls off the tee left-handed that I did right handed. I understood that I would have a significant advantage over everyone else being a left-handed hitter with a dominant right eye, so I was determined to work hard enough to get to the point where I could become a full-time left-handed hitter. After years of practice, I was ready to make the transition. During my junior year in college, being lead-off hitter, I decided to hit left-handed full-time, and succeeded. I ended up getting numerous awards my junior year, and then got even better awards my senior year. I got awards like First Team All Conference, First Team All-Region, First Team NCCAA, and the Ozzie Smith Gold Glove award. Why did I succeed? Because there wasn’t many people who worked harder than I did.
How does this relate to P90X? Why do you think I’ve been so successful with my P90X transformation and have become one of the top coaches in the nation? Because I work harder than everyone else. My determination to succeed, my confidence, and my work ethic have led me to success. The point that I’m trying to make is that if you want to succeed with not only getting into great shape, but with everything else in life, you must work hard towards it. Nothing comes easy. The P90X workouts and diet are very hard, but with hard work comes success. Whenever you think about quitting because something is too hard, remember that not only are you giving up on yourself, but you are paving the way for failure for the rest of your life. Do you want to be average? I hope not. Never settle for average because you don’t deserve it. Everyone has the same opportunity to become successful in life, but the ones who work hard towards that opportunity are the ones who will succeed with it.