One of my mentors, Precision Nutrition’s John Berardi has a couple “laws”. You may have heard them before but they bear repeating:
Berardi’s First Law states:
If a food is in your house or possession, either you, someone you love, or someone you marginally tolerate, will eventually eat it.
The corollary of Berardi’s First Law is:
If a healthy food is in your house or possession, either you, someone you love, or someone you marginally tolerate, will eventually eat it.
Forget “willpower”, it is limited.
Forget “motivation”, it comes and goes like the wind.
Set yourself up for success.
The less you have to think the better.
If you have only healthy food in the house, you don’t have to make a choice. You just eat the healthy food that is there.
Is that easier than what you are doing now?
“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think” – Bene Brown
That quote has been so true in my own life.
How many times have I shrunk back because I was afraid of what people might think?
I put off starting Get Fit NH for months because I was afraid I would flop.
But the results of the encouragement I received and the courage to act has resulted in some pretty cool things.
What can you contribute to the world if you are willing to be vulnerable?
I hear it all the time:
“I want to lose weight…
“I want to be healthier…
“I want more energy….
So what is stopping you?
In my own life the person that stopped (and still stops me at times) from getting what I want, is me.
I stress out about the “what ifs?”
I make myself busy to avoid the work.
I hide behind my circumstances.
And then I say “Well I guess it just wasn’t meant to be”.
Kyle Carpenter was pronounced dead – and he came back.
If he can do that, what are your possibilities?
From the article “Five Surprising Things Super Successful People Do“.
3. They embrace boredom.
Super successful people generally have the resources to go on adventures, travel, try new things and learn new skills.
In the face of all this stimulating opportunity, many embrace boredom. Why? When it comes to business and personal development, they realize that growth is often the result of slow, incremental improvements.
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps didn’t become the fastest swimmer in the world overnight. Instead, he embraced a rigid, repetitive series of pre-practice actions that primed his mind and body for success in the pool.
We look at successful people and figure they got there “overnight”.
But the reality is that most success has a back story of 10 or 15 or 20 years of hard work before the “lucky break”.
Funny how hard work proceeds all that luck, huh?
It has been said that “nobody likes change”.
But it that really true?
When we are uncomfortable with change it is because it makes us, well, uncomfortable.
And none of us really like being driven out of our comfort zone.
But what if the change helps us grow?
What if it stretches us and makes us better?
What would happen if the butterfly refused to change from a pupa?
To stay in the the chrysalis?
It would die.
Change is inevitable.
We can embrace it for what it is, or curse it because it is.
But a choice that can make all the difference.
Results are simply the outcome of our repeated actions.
Those actions are what determine what kind of results we get.
We get results whether we like it or not.
Sometimes we just don’t like the results.
That’s different than not getting any.
If you are not getting the results you want, question your actions.
Today I want you to head over to James Clear’s blog and read his tribute.
My take home was this:
“People don’t want to do this journey alone.”
What is your “take home”?
Sometimes quitting is the right thing to do; quitting smoking for instance.
But sometimes when things get tough we want to quit things that are hard but benefit us in the long run.
Regular exercise. Reading Books. Cooking Dinner.
After all it’s a lot easier to sleep in, watch TV, and eat out.
Here’s my advice when you want to quit one of those good things.
Always quit tomorrow.
We have talked about the fact that willpower is a “limited resource”. You only have so much.
The take home: When willpower runs out, habit takes over.
Think about that for a second. My habits are more powerful than my willpower ever will be.
Coach Steveo (one of my coaches) dishes on this subject: