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Sunday, February 16, 2014

What Successful People Do...

When I first started working out, I came to the realization that what I was setting myself up to do was going to be monumentally difficult. Not just "this is going to be inconvenient," but everyday, and basically every hour of every day was going to be a practice in discipline. (This word would later become very important to me, but more on that in a sec.)

I looked for role models. I found some strength and support in my friends who at the very least did not constantly tempt me or belittle my goals, but I didn't really know anybody that was trying to do the same thing as me or had done so the way I was trying to go about it. So, I do what most people do: I turned to the internet.

I found a lot of motivation. Lots of people have transformed their lives, changed their bodies, saved themselves, all sorts of stuff. Plenty of people lived by example, but I didn't necessarily need to know that it could be done, I knew it could. I just needed the right words.

Enter Elliot Hulse.

Elliot Hulse is a YouTube fitness and philosophical guru. He takes training beyond the mere physical and brings it into the metaphysical and the psychological. He doesn't bull shit you or feed your ego, he gives you answers to your questions (directly or indirectly) in a way that explores more than just your basic problem, but looks into the root of your woes, opening the wound and exposing the very essence of the issue at hand.

One day I stumbled upon this video entitled "How Successful People Train."

This video changed my life, and it's classic Elliot. The absolute perfection that is this advice is his quotation of the book "The Luck Factor" by Brian Tracy.

"Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not." 

This mantra became imprinted in my mind. "Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not."

When I'm retired from the stage and I no longer need to have my body untouched by ink, I'm going to have it written on me.

"Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not."

You think Ol' Yeargain doesn't want 2 more ours of sleep? He loves sleep. No time to train in the afternoon.

"Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not."

I love cookies. If cookies was a person, I'd take a bullet for him/her. But they weren't a part of my goals.

"Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not."

 My quads are sore from running around all day, but I gotta get in my squat workout. I know its not going to feel good.

"Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not."

You get the point. And please don't take this as shaming (although it does appear so). This is just a very important saying to me, and its one that continues to help me on the toughest of days. I had some rough days and some weak points in my journey, and sometimes it was this saying that was the only thing that pulled me out of my bed.

My best friend Bryan (who is also my boss) is a master of discipline. We often say this to each other when we're obviously doing something unpleasant or the motivation is lacking. 

I'm nowhere near as disciplined or driven as I was when I first started, but I'm way more intelligent, so I can get away with a lot more. However, this leads me to my purpose of writing this post.


One of my first heroes.

I lived the majority of my life not being disciplined in the majority of my pursuits. It was only when I started taking my music training seriously that I was able to turn that eye inward and seek the faults that would hinder me from a successful future. I wasn't new to discipline, but I did feel that it only had one place in my life: The Practice Room. Eventually discipline become more than just something I did everyday, for a while it was something I practiced every second. Now that I've done most of the leg work, its something I practice every once in a while. More specifically, I practice every time I go to the gym and once a week when I eat a very low carb diet on my non training day.

Discipline is something that must be practiced or it will disappear. However, discipline for disciplines sake has no purpose. Your discipline has to have an end goal or you will not see it through.

If you're a person who finds that they can't get themselves going, you can try what I did and find yourself a mantra. ("Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not.") Or, just start off small, and make it a habit. Find something you can easily accomplish and conquer it. I don't care if its taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator. If you're able to commit to something and stick to it, that is monumental.


I've said it once and I'll say it again. Fuck motivation. You can't take a pill for it and you can't borrow it from a friend, its something that has to stir inside of you. The moment you stop waiting for the motivation tree to grow delicious fruit for you to partake in and start making your successful patterns habits and daily practices, the sooner you will reach your goals.

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