I cannot count how many times people have told me (either directly or indirectly) that “it’s never going to happen” – – and it HAS.
For instance, I’ve always had a dream of working for myself – doing my own thang – and yet, over the years, EVERY time I’ve announced this dream to someone I’ve got the same response.
“It’ll never happen”.
“You’re better off doing what everyone else does”.
Yada, Nada Schana.
The vast majority of people “do what everyone else does” because deep down, they believe they don’t have a choice – even though we ALL have a choice.
Ever wondered how the great achievers of our world achieved what they did?
They didn’t sit around waiting for “others approval” to do it. They didn’t “ask for permission”.
They weren’t in the least bit concerned about what others thought of ’em.
Edison was branded a failure practically from the age of 6 or so – and yet, years later, his dogged persistence and his refusal to “accept the norm” led to him becoming one of the most celebrated inventors in the whole world.
Ditto for Napoleon Hill, whose by far one of the inspiring figures I’ve read about (and continue to do so). Hill went through several years where everyone “doubted” him – included his own family – and was urged repeatedly to “take the safe option”.
Yet he didn’t. He persisted. And look at the results today.
When I first started writing my books, EVERYONE told me it wouldn’t work.
Even those that were supposed to be the closest to me told me “it was an useless pursuit”. That “no-one will buy from you”. You’re better off doing it as a “side thing”.
And if I had ever announced doing what I do now – which is to work from home – they’d probably fly off the rooftops in shock.
‘Tis astounding, but the negativity (either intentional or unintentional) you get when you announce your goals to others is so strong that you’re better off NOT telling anyone what your goal is.
I highly recommend this if you have goals that “scare” the average person deep down inside. Goals that they’ve never achieved – and yet see fit to lecture others about.
As Napoleon Hill said “Tell the world what you’re gonna do – but SHOW ’em first!”
In terms of fitness, what does all this mean?
Well – simple – if you’re currently 400 lbs and at beached whale status, the LAST thing you want to do is tell the world how fit you’ll become (well, other than those you really trust and those you think won’t impart negative momentum to your journey – but its still best to keep such goals to yourself).
Believe me, I’ve been there. If I had told the doubters what I was going to do “back then” – I would have received nothing but scorn and derision.
Not that it would have stopped me. It never has – but I’m about as a stubborn in these matters as Jonah’s mule (I believe it was Jonah? Hehe …)
If you’re currently at the stage you cannot do a single pull-up, for instance – here’s what you do – you take ACTION.
You crack open “Pull-ups – – from DUD to STUD within a few weeks” – and you implement what’s been written.
If you’re currently obese, then start with 0 Excuses Fitness, and quietly begin to IMPLEMENT what it says.
Before, and along with implementation make sure you have a mental picture in your mind of what you want to achieve, and keep revisiting that mental picture OVER AND OVER again in your mind whether or not you think it makes any sense or not.
Believe me, this visualization works. ‘Tis something I talk about often, and with good reason – and you can use it in ANY area of your life.
As for the naysayers?
Well, use their negativity as a force to propel yourself towards what you want.
When I get a negative comment, I often raise my hands to the ceiling afterwards and let out a whoop of joy. This was something highly recommended by Dan Kennedy, master marketer and public speaker (amongst others) and it is something I recommend YOU do as well, my friend.
And after this, I continue on with whatever it was that I was doing – with vim, vigor and GUSTO – and utter disdain for the naysayers. Let them “neigh”, hehe.
As Emerson rightly said, “nothing great was achieved without enthusiasm”.
‘Tis true, my friend. ‘Tis true – both for the physical self as well as other accomplishments.
Ok, thats it for now. I’ll be back again later!
P.S. – If this email fires you up and has you “raring to go” – well – congratulations. You’re officially in the very ultra rare group of DOERS whose willing to brave any and ALL obstacles and do what it takes to achieve your goal. Fitness wise, here are the tools to do it with – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/