Most people are just plain lazy.
I know I am, and that’s why I always try to do things the easiest way possible. I like to save my time, money and energy for the things that really matter.
Because getting ahead in life is hard, and it gets even harder when there are 1,000 different voices online each telling you to do things a different way.
As many of you know it took me years of trial and error and 3 failed businesses along the way before I finally hit on something that worked, but once I did, it was like an avalanche of success and I started to feel like I couldn’t be stopped.
I want this for you too. I’m going to keep putting this information out (for free) and if you follow the advice I am going to give you then you can shave years off your journey and be living your easy life sooner than you currently think is possible.
The key though is you have to actually follow the advice and not just read it, or worse, skip it entirely because you see the words working out and immediately assume that I’m not talking about you here.
If this is you then I have some bad news for you, exercise is encoded into our DNA and has been since the beginning of time and any choices you make in this life are not going to change that.
People think they are too old or that they’ve let themselves go to such an extreme that they think there is no point to getting started.
But it gets worse!
If you are not actively working every day towards the life you want then you are going to keep digging yourself into a deeper and deeper hole.
And the further you get away from where you want to be the longer its going to take for you to get there.
There is no quick fix
It doesn’t make sense to keep choosing not to work out knowing that the longer you wait the harder it’s going to be when you finally realize you need to start.
I want to get this across to you before I move on because I am trying to teach you how I live my everyday life and how you can get that for yourself and exercise is an essential cornerstone.
People want to avoid anything that is uncomfortable.
Before I started to workout I would read and plan endlessly about all of these big things that I was going to do, and I would get excited and tell all my friends and family about them.
The only problem was once it came time to take action my confidence seemed to leave me. I was nervous meeting with important clients, that is if I even had the energy to reach out to them at all.
This went on for years and culminated in a health crisis brought on by bad habits and stress.
I considered myself an intellectual and thought that working out was a waste of my time and would only take away from the time I had to focus on more important things.
But now, I had a bit of a wakeup call, and I was determined to never let something like that happen again.
I started going to the gym 4 times a week to lift weights, nothing heavy at first, but I quickly realized the benefits of exercise and almost like magic things in my life began to change.
I don’t want you to take my word for it though!
I want you to get into the habit of taking what I say as a jumping off point for your own research and use what I say as a baseline that is going to save you from years of reading and learning the things that won’t actually get you results.
I started off with a book called “Spark” by John Rattey MD.
He spent years studying the effects of exercise and found that just 4 hours a week was enough time to drastically improve your life.
This is mostly thanks to a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) that can only be produced by working out and affects everything from cortisol (stress hormone) to serotonin (happiness hormone).
The important part however is its effect on the fight or flight response. This is the mechanism that controls how we act when stressed,
or we run
But in modern times our stress doesn’t usually come from situations that require us to run or to fight so a third option comes out which is to just freeze.
We’ve all been there and it is almost never a good thing.
But what Dr. Rattey proves in his book is that through intense exercise that puts the body under stress you can activate this fight or flight response, and each time you do it raises the bar of what needs to happen to trigger it.
People who had severe anxiety and were afraid to even leave their house were able to, through exercise, raise their “stress threshold” high enough to live a normal life.
Now imagine how much more you would be able to accomplish if nothing you did outside of the gym would trigger any stress for you.
You will have more energy and a clearer mind after just a few weeks and procrastination will just seem to evaporate.
Working out is hard.
Especially when you are just starting out, and even the most dedicated gym rats have some days where they just don’t feel like it.
I’ve got good news though
You’re more likely to want to recover what you’ve lost than to acquire what you lack.
Once you have started to get into shape and get a taste of what it feels like to function at a higher level you won’t want to lose all that you’ve worked for.
This is what we want to happen, it’s sort of a psychological trick that we can use to our advantage, and maintain the discipline needed to keep up with our workout routine.
If you’re still having trouble getting motivated I will link a video that I use sometimes when I need a little extra motivation.
I can’t promise you’ll love doing it like I do.
But we don’t get to live the easy life because we just lay around the house all day doing nothing, we get to because we know the difference between when it’s time to work, and when it’s time to play and we always make the most out of it.
We skip the nonsense and get right into doing the things that are going to produce real and tangible results guaranteed.
That being said
Now that you are working out often and starting to notice the amazing benefits you’ll notice that working out is slowly taking over your entire life.
You look better and people are starting to praise you for it and want to talk about it and make it your identity.
Don’t get wrapped up in this
People don’t want to hear this, and some are going to get flat out angry at me, but I am going to say it anyway because it is the truth
Life is easier for attractive people precisely because of this extra attention. There is enough data behind that statement I will probably have to do an entire video to explain it, but for now just know:
All of this new attention isn’t real and is only coming now because people are noticing that your status has improved.
Just because you are being treated differently though you have to remember these people didn’t change, you did!
They are the same as they’ve always been, they are just seeing you differently now and it can be addicting and you will think you’ve found the secret to unlimited attention.
Remember the law of diminishing returns and know that even though the benefits of working out are important they are not unlimited and there is a point where more working out stops making your life better.
Which workout should I even do?
Everyone loves to debate the best diet or the best workout, but there’s no magic bullet. If you spend any time in debates like these you are wasting your time. Any plan you pick with the right psychology and fundamentals you will see amazing results.
Keep it simple
I used to plan these complicated workout routines and would tell myself I was going to wake up at 5 AM everyday and get started.
Which, unsurprisingly, happened a total of 0 times.
Plan workouts in a way that was not going to cause too many changes to your life. If you are already up in the mornings, workout then, I decided to go straight from work to the gym 4 days a week and treat working out as an extra hour of work.
Initially my plan was that if I could just make it to the gym, then I would have to workout. So for the next month no matter how tired I was, on scheduled workout days, I went straight to the gym.
I didn’t always have a great workout, some days I was tired and didn’t want to go.
Don’t give yourself the option to miss a workout
Instead tell yourself you are only going to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes.
Even if that is all you do that day, at least you’ve made it to the gym and you didn’t break your routine, you never know, after your walk you may feel like sticking around to do a little more.
Once I had the routine of getting to the gym down I decided to split my time into 2 parts, 45 minutes of lifting followed by 15 minutes of cardio.
I recommend that you structure your workout similar to this. You might be tempted to do more, especially if you are really far from your goals because you think it will get you there faster, but more likely you will overdo it for the first few weeks and then give up entirely.
This is a good lesson for anything you will do in life and the sooner you learn this the easier your life will be
More is not always better
We are after long term success here and sometimes that means sacrificing the immediate results for the results that are going to last us the rest of our lives.
And believe me, if you take the time to come up with your own workout routine, one that you can stick to year after year, you will continue to reap the rewards for years to come.