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Thursday, September 15, 2011

"Why Am I NOT Succeeding"

    My mom once said to me, "I should try to positively influence someone else’s life on a daily basis." This can be simply done by making another person smile, crack a joke to make them laugh, or even just ask them how their day was. Never underestimate the positive effect that reaching out, showing that you care, can have on other people.

    A couple of month’s ago, a close friend of mine, Chris Flo of Flo Fitness, positively influenced my life by giving me a book called:
 “212 Degree’s, The Extra Degree” 
by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson

    To make a short book even shorter, it basically talks about how 1% can take something and completely change it into something that can only be imagined. Water is extremely hot at 211 degrees, but at 212 degrees this same water boils, turning it into steam, and is powerful enough to move a locomotive.

    Now, you are probably wondering what this has to do with fitness or health, wondering if I am losing my mind, or turning into Dr. Phil. The answer is yes, yes and yes.
Everyone knows of someone that has tried to make a commitment but just gave up. This can range from joining a gym, starting a nutrition program, or even just starting to walk every day for 20 minutes. 
What is stopping them? 
Is it: 
Purchasing the membership?
Buying the nutrition program?
Going out and buying a $3000 treadmill?

    You know what stops them? It is that 1% of extra effort that takes hot water and turns it into steam.
In "212 Degree’s", it talks about Actions. Just because you want something, it does not mean you are ready to get it done. Stop making excuses as to why these things are not being done, and just GET IT DONE. Find it in your heart and soul to grasp that 1% that you know is in you and complete the task. This will not only affect the area that you are concentrating on, but most importantly help you with aspects of your life that you never thought can be affected.

    Another aspect of life that "212 Degree’s" talks about is Persistence. We have a tendency to give up on things when it does not come easy, or even if we had already grasped the task but is too difficult to complete. My father once told me that his favorite soccer player, averaged per year, 8 shots on goal per game in a 35 game season. Do you know how many goals he had scored? 12! YES! 12! That means that in the 35 games he had 280 shots on goal and only had 12 goals. 

Do you know what that is? 
Persistence. 

    He could have given up at any time, but pushed through it and made a career best season. 

    In order to become successful in your weight loss journey, or for that matter, anything in life, you have to first take action. If you do not take action, don't expect to get anything accomplished. Second, you must be persistent.  Any problems in life are just speed bumps in your journey.
I could be the greatest Strength and Conditioning Coach, Personal Trainer, or whatever you want to call me, but if you do not take action and are persistent, then not even I can help you.