I know it’s a cliché, but exercising regularly really is one of the keys to achieving your goals in life.
If you want to start a side hustle that you will build into a new, fulfilling direction to get you out of your rut, you’ll need to fix yourself https://www.excellence-expected.com/edge emotionally, mentally, and physically.
I’m a tall guy at 6’2” but a few years ago I only weighed about 154 pounds. I dove into exercise. I lifted weights, cardio, and high-intensity training. I followed a regimen solidly for three years and got up to 200 pounds.
While I was still exercising I had the idea for Excellence Expected https://www.excellence-expected.com/, my own personal brand. Two weeks after launch, it led to the idea for my current main business, Podcast Websites.
When I was training, clear of mind, ideas flowed. I was focused.
For the last couple of years, as we’ve been building Podcast Websites https://podcastwebsites.com/, I’ve slacked off my exercise. I was transitioning out of Hacksaw and I also had a lot of personal shit going on. Life got in the way, and I dropped the ball.
My mood gradually got worse. I became a bit of a pain in the arse. We were building a new business, but I didn’t have the clarity I once did.
I talk more about this in podcast episode 434 of The 7 Minute Mentor https://www.excellence-expected.com/7-minute-mentor/
Why Exercise Renews Your Mind
Over the last few months, I got back into exercise. I’m lifting weights and doing high-intensity cardio every day. I can think more clearly. My focus is back. My devotion is renewed.
If you’re not doing anything to keep your body fit and healthy then, honestly, you’re not preparing yourself to succeed.
Sure, there are some people who are in terrible shape who are successful, but I know for a fact they succeeded despite their bad health, not because of it.
I was recently talking with my good mate Wayne Smallman (@Octane on Twitter https://twitter.com/octane). At 43 he’s working hard on his business while keeping his body very trim. He looks great. He’s as buff and fit as you could want to be.
I asked him for his key to staying active, staying focused, and staying in great physical shape. He said most people will go to the gym with a goal in mind. They want to build a certain amount of muscle or lose a certain amount of weight. They see exercise as a means to an end. Once they achieve that goal they drop off.
That’s exactly what I did. When I got to 200 pounds I had achieved what I wanted to, and I dropped off. He went on to say it’s not about achieving some single goal. It’s about deciding this is a commitment you’re going to make every day.
It’s about training yourself to value fitness. That will lead to long-term health.
When he said that, my mindset changed. I started exercising again, this time with a different goal: To build commitment (not muscle) every single day.
Some days I lift weights in my garage and afterwards, if I’m feeling particularly tired, I’ll be tempted to not bother with my usual couple-mile run.
I don’t give in to that temptation anymore. It’s not about whether I’m tired or not. It’s about the commitment.
Are You Really Committed To Success?
If you’re too busy to exercise, you are too busy to succeed.
Find the time and build in a program.
If Richard Branson can do it, trust me, so can you. Richard, incidentally, answers the question of how he remains so focused and productive with two words: “Work out.” https://www.inc.com/julian-hayes-ii/richard-bransons-secret-to-being-more-productive-i.html
I’m not going to tell you what type of exercise you should choose. That’s not my domain. But here is my general formula for increasing your mental stamina and focus:
Somewhere in your day carve out 20 minutes of good quality exercise.
It can be a run, weightlifting, high-intensity cardio, or just a good walk. Just go and do something.
What do you want to be? How committed are you to breaking out of your lifestyle prison https://www.excellence-expected.com/my-business-my-prison/ ? If you can’t fix yourself physically, you’ll be mentally and emotionally frail, too.
Get it sorted. No more excuses.
You’re never too busy to exercise.
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Don’t forget, the more you expect from yourself, the more you WILL excel!
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