Week 9 people! I got to be honest… I’m addicted to this lifestyle. In other words, to most normal people, I’m nuts. I’m a little bit insane and crazy to think that this is awesome and love it the way I do…
So is that a good thing? Well depends how you look at it I guess, but of course since I’m the insane one… I’m going to have to say yes; yes it is a good thing!
My reason for it being a good thing is because I am 100% committed and motivated to living this lifestyle. By being this committed and even somewhat addicted, I will succeed without a doubt.
Now does it suck not being able to go out to dinner with friends or go have a beer whenever I want? Of course it does.
Does it suck not having a cheat meal once a week? Absolutely.
But is the pain of not having those two things as often worth the pleasure of being in the best physical shape I’ve ever been in, in my entire life? HELL YES!
You see, now that I am in the best shape of my life and continually growing further on that track to what I truly want with my body, I have accumulated so much more than a good set of abs.
I have gained confidence, built self discipline, enhanced my motivation, and created inspiration that feeds in to many other people I’m involved with in my life. Those priceless things right there… are worth FAR more than my abs, but the abs are a nice bonus!
The point and lesson I want to get to with this article is the exact thing that helped me associate what is important and what is not. What I need to succeed and what is bringing me down. But ultimately, what it takes to become fully committed to making the biggest and most positive change I could make in my life.
What I am talking about here is PAIN and PLEASURE.
You must associate the pains and pleasures of each endeavor in your life and how you can utilize them to change your mindset for success.
Take any situation you want to improve on, for the sake of my blog and this article I will use my fitness/nutrition journey.
In order for me to achieve the body I desired I needed to first determine what was the pains and pleasures associated with this mission.
Determining this was simple, the pains associated with this journey were meal prepping, not having cheat meals, sticking to the diet 24-7, limiting my food intake, and being consistent with the training program [I love training, but the cardio every single morning is the painful part].
The pleasures associated with this journey were achieving the body I’ve always desired, being in my best shape, competing in a physique show, being more confident, and earning more respect from clientele and the peers around me.
Now that I have determined WHAT those pains and pleasures are, I need to utilize their powers to control my mindset so I can stay committed to this mission.
I have to understand [I suggest writing them down] that the pain of not having a cheat meal is worth being in the best physical shape of my life.
That sticking to the same diet, day in and day out, is worth the feeling of overall confidence in my appearance and myself.
That being 100% consistent on a daily basis with my cardio and training is worth achieving the physique I’ve always desired.
That stepping on stage for a physique show is worth gaining the respect and trust of all my clients and the new ones to come.
Because now that I have stated these pains and pleasures, also physically wrote them out for me to visually see them, proves to me without any excuse that this is completely worth it.
I have no excuse, no doubts and no misunderstanding about the fact that this will help me grow and achieve the success I desire in multiple avenues.
So why would I not be able to complete this journey? No reason, at all!
This was the most powerful tool I have used in my journey thus far and I continue to refresh my memory on it to make sure that I do not slow down or lack any motivation.
And just like every other lesson I teach with these episodes, you can use this in any aspect of life.
Is the pain of not paying for cable TV worth the pleasure of saving enough money to take a trip to Hawaii next summer with your family?
Is the pain of waking up 30 minutes earlier each day worth the pleasure of reading 30 minutes a day to help educate yourself in the direction you want to be successful in?
Is the pain of taking breads out of your diet worth the pleasure of losing that extra 10-20lbs of fat?
Apply this PAIN and PLEASURE practice to part of your life that you struggle in, wish to be better in, or need that extra push in to help you achieve something.
I promise it will be the most useful tool you can possible use. If you want more on this subject and how to use it, check out Tony Robbins book “Awaken The Giant”.
If you’re too lazy to read the entire book, check out this audio on YouTube for it that is only 1.5 hours long! If you can take that little amount of time to better yourself, you’re going to have a tough time fixing these problems. Take action, make yourself better and achieve greatness.