It’s your time!

I heard an inspirational song this weekend when I was cooking dinner for my family. It’s catchy and the lyrics are motivating. The premise of the song is to really go for what you want. It makes references to God being behind you and on your side. Now whether you believe in God or not, there is something to be said about belief and faith to power you forward. Whenever I have achieved notable things in my life, I’ve had to struggle and fight with fear and laziness, and kick them in the ass. Faith is the way to do it.
Faith is what pushes you forward when there is no evidence around you that things will work out. When watching high level performers, the unifying factor they all have is belief in their abilities.
Do you have faith that you are going to achieve the goals you have set for yourself?
Belief might be the most important factor.
Before I signed up for total warrior this summer, I was undecided about whether I was going to take part. As soon as I made the commitment and signed up, my actions became easier. I trained consistently, got into good aerobic shape and performed really well on the day.
I had faith in my ability to succeed and did not entertain the thought of not competing and giving it my all. Here are my top tips for keeping and strengthening the faith.

Unleash the beast!

Unleash the beast!

1. Take action!!!!!!!!!!! Activate your beast mode.

Before Total warrior, my fitness was not up to par, so I set myself a challenge. Every Monday, I would set myself the challenge of running to the bottom of West Vale, and then turning back and running back uphill all the way to the peak. To put this in context, This hill is constantly uphill for about forty five minutes. At points it’s so steep that I never imagined that I could get to the top. Every Monday I would lace up my trainers and go for it again with the simple mantra of one more step than last week. After two months, I conquered the hill. Not only that, but I started to thrive on the hills and enjoy the feeling of dominating what I once thought was impossible.
I have never felt so powerful from running and this pumped so much belief and faith into me that I couldn’t wait to get to the race day and push myself. Beast mode is a state of feeling but you can’t just tap into it straight away. You have to develop it through persistent consistent effort no matter what the memes say.
2. Have a partner in crime.
Having someone training with you or helping you develop a skill or capacity is extremely powerful. You have that person then who knows what you are going through and can encourage you, as well as keep you accountable to what you agreed to.

3. Visualise yourself succeeding.
I had never really practiced visualisation before until I came across the practice in Tom Venuto’s book ‘Burn the fat feed the muscle.’ It then seemed like every book I read on personal development and health talked about it’s power. I have not yet made this a consistent practice yet and it is something I am incorporating far more these days. However the early benefits warrant the reviews. It gives me clarity and purpose and is a daily reminder of what I want to achieve with my life.

4. Study those who have done what you want to do and learn from them (mentorship)
Nothing is more powerful than a role model. They give you the faith that what you want to achieve is possible because they have done it themselves. If you can speak with some of these people, then you are on the fast track to success because they can share their strategies and ideas with you that might make the difference between struggling alone and really blossoming into your true potential. My mentor has really helped to develop my mind-set and as I grow and develop, I will look to other mentors to learn even more from.

There are four strategies that would go a long way to helping you develop your belief and faith in yourself and the things you want to make happen. Now go get it!
Are there any other strategies that you would include in this list? Do you already use any of these techniques successfully. If so it would be great to hear from you.
I wish you the best
Shaun

Post 012: Be faithful over a few

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23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

I have been really trying to develop my consistency. I have realised that consistently high standards will inevitably lead to the improvements and progress I want to see in my life. I think this principle taps into other things that may not be obvious at first glance.

In the past, I was a sucker for the promises of rapid results. You know what I mean. Claims like: ‘Lose 20 pounds in 30 days’ ‘Get ripped in 3 weeks’ ‘The secrets to riches. Become a millionaire in 3 weeks.’ This stuff is clearly non-sense and the people who make these claims are using the dreams of others to make profits. I don’t trust any quick fix scheme because I know the person behind it is hooking people in with the promise of an easy life in areas where the only thing that actually works and produces results is hard work.

Yes hard work! The one thing that the successful understand and the unsuccessful are in denial about. Since forgetting about looking for the next big thing in fat loss, I’ve started seeing results. As an example, here’s how I decided what to do for my physical training program. I looked at my current life situation (One young toddler, another baby on the way) and used that to decide on the fitness regime that I could be the most consistent with. I then made a commitment of 12 months worth of no questions asked hard work. I then got started .For me it was as simple as that. Just get going.

I’m not constantly looking over my shoulder and thinking that I could be getting faster or better results if I was using different equipment, or training in the gym, or working out at a particular time. I stopped buying fitness magazines and consuming their articles, and obsessing over never ending variables. I discovered that when I was stuck for results and asking questions like this I wasn’t getting to the root of the problem. Consistency, being faithful to an approach will bring results because the dogged persistence must bring some sort of change.

This principle of faith, consistency and persistence can be applied to anything in life and will produce results. The results can be positive or negative. The principle cannot be avoided as it works on us all. If you are unfaithful over your responsibilities, then eventually you will pay the price. If you neglect your health, it declines. If you neglect your family, your spirit, anything you can think of, we can clearly see that growth and progress cannot take place.

Now when I initially made this distinction in my head, I was overwhelmed. It seemed like there were too many things that needed my attention and that I couldn’t cope. How do we juggle all these things and make the steps needed to progress? My results have been improving when I took deliberate steps to maintain and enhance my emotional state. I have had to learn how to get a grip of myself. This has been a very challenging but rewarding experience. I will write a separate blog post to explain what I mean by this further.

I became faithful over a few small disciplines and they are starting to pay off. I exercise most mornings by walking or jogging whilst listening to audiobooks. Before my day gets busy and hectic, I take the time to mediate and connect with my spirit.  I write my goals and dreams daily and try to create a task list in alignment with these few important areas of my life. I take the time to give thanks for the gift of a new day and another chance to get a little bit closer to my goals and aspirations. Will power is now not relevant, because these practices are now a part of who I am. I see the value in them and so make the time needed for them by getting out of bed early in the morning.

If we can try to stay focussed on the things that will bring the most benefit to us in our lives, then we can see how making progress is a process that has to start small and then grow and develop through a series of steps and breakthroughs. This is a law of nature that permeates all things. My mistake was that I was trying to get massive results before I had developed consistency. Now, I am focussed on the consistency, and I have faith that this will eventually translate into the results that I have always wanted.

Choose success!

Shaun