How to Achieve Your Greatness
I wanted to play football in the NFL when I was younger. With this desire I started working out, lifting weights, going to camps, reading about being a badass.
My father, legend that he is, built me a gym in our garage.
When I was 14 I had a power rack, bench, lat pulldown, reverse hyper, and glute ham raise, along with blast straps a pull sled and hurdles.
This is how I was going to make it.
Bigger, stronger, slower! (I will out muscle everyone!)
Ultimately, I missed my goal. Devastated? Nah, that isn’t really me.
Yet, I then was without a goal. There wasn’t something to shoot for, and I didn’t know where to focus my efforts. I had failed what I sought out to do.
Or had I?
This is where most people get caught up when they make a goal. There has to be an exact result that matches their process.
What if however, your goal brought you far enough along one path that you veered in another direction?
Remember my gym? I had what would become “functional training” equipment and powerlifting as a base. I watched Force Training by Louie Simmons when I was 14. Dave Tate was just a model in the video back then, in a grainy VHS tape. My dad subscribed to powerlifting USA. I got a book on plyometrics. I read Vern Gambettas book when I was 16.
I realized late I needed to be faster, I found Defranco and books on speed training.
What happened makes total sense now when I look back on it.
I was being groomed to be a strength coach.
The first step in any goal is to want it. There has to be an end result that you desire.
Lose 10 lbs. Throw 90 MPH. Run a 4.5s 40 yard dash, bench 300.
Each desire is an end result, the process can then be formed. Yet, if you don’t desire the result truly, you won’t invest in the real work.
You see, people want to lose 10 lbs, but often don’t think they need to. This makes for a shaky diet, and less then intense workouts.
The want doesn’t hold their attention.
When you really want something, it consumes you inside, you become focused on it. You still should enjoy the process, but that is from working hard at something that truly drives you.
I wrote this article on motivation to show how to get the want. Check it out to find more on this stage.
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.”
Your thinking can change your life. If you think positively, or that you can achieve, you will. If you think you can’t, you will limit your own actions. It is in our mindset that we shape what we will achieve.
When I began to be a strength coach I was also afraid of taking that step. The people I had read about since I was 13/14 were still training people. The information that I had absorbed obviously was understood and utilized by coaches and trainers everywhere.
I believed that everyone else was so far ahead that I didn’t attack my goal. I was set in my mind that I couldn’t be as good as these people.
So I waited.
Yet my thoughts were dominated by me doing this. I was engrossed with becoming a trainer and a strength coach. I loved teaching, coaching, helping. I loved sports and performance. I read more books on training, and had studied business.
My thoughts swelled.
It all came back to my thinking. As I thought about goals, I attacked them. As I believed in myself, I achieved them.
“…You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.”
Think it. Then…
I couldn’t sit still anymore; I started working with athletes and general population people more. I went from 1 client to a dozen in a few weeks. One of my first clients was training at a huge center that trained pro athletes.
He said this: “It is crazy that I am training at this place and paying so much, when you are doing the same kinds of things in your garage”
It hit me then. I was good. I knew what I was doing and I could compete on that level. Maybe not the national level yet, but if the top local place and me were similar, why wait?
I eventually went to New York Sports Club and realized how little there was there in terms of quality training. A few trainers knew 50% of what I was doing. Within 6 months I was a top 10 trainer in the region.
Knowledge without action is wasted knowledge.
Once you have thought about a goal, and it is ringing in your mind, you need to act on it.
My actions led me to be successful.
I then was working with more athletes and eventually took over at Prospect Sports, Which I have now turned into Superior Athletics.
Where are you limiting yourself? Where do you think about a goal but fail to act? If you want to lose the 10 lbs, you need to act on those objectives:
Eat more vegetables
Eat less crap
Work out a few times a week
Just act on the goal and make a process. Enjoy the process and learn about being better.
I wanted to be an NFL football player
I became a strength coach.
Did I fail?
Some would say yes, but I frame my thoughts better. I have a successful growing career, I enjoy the people I work with, I enjoy the people I train, I enjoy writing for you.
These things would be missing if I was playing.
I got what I wanted. I wanted a career where I enjoyed what I did, where I got to be physical, where I got to be around athletes and accomplish goals.
You may not lose 10 lbs, you may lose 15, you may lose 3, you may lose none because you gained muscle. Yet your life is better for learning how to do this.
Having more knowledge of nutrition, strength training, cardiovascular training are all worthwhile acquisitions. Knowing this and thinking like this, makes the process more enjoyable.
My goals are written down. They change and morph as time goes on and I gain clarity to what I truly want and am trying to achieve. Often times I don’t know my true goal till I am attacking one. This makes action a requirement, because with that we can be amendable to change.
Always have a goal. Always have action.
Enjoy what you get, because it was what you wanted all along.
If you have a goal that you are looking to achieve, let everyone know if the comments
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