Changing your life for the better is typically a process. It usually starts with a goal, then a plan, and then after some period of execution, boom! You may end up where you want to be.
But it’s never an overnight process, nor is there an end destination.
You should always be striving to get better. Every. Single. Day. If you aren’t better than you were yesterday, you are wasting your potential. Each and every one of us is capable of great things. I truly believe that. It’s just up to you to believe that about yourself.
Now while there is no such thing as overnight success, there are things you can do right now that will change your life for the better.
#1: Drop Negative Influences Out of Your Life
This one is huge!
The key to being successful is being confident and having a positive attitude. Negative people are your enemy.
I don’t care who they are either. If they aren’t firmly entrenched in your corner, supporting you through thick and thin, or having a positive influence on you, get rid of them. Unfortunately, I had to do this with my own mother. She was/is battling substance abuse and just general bat sh*t craziness since I was a little boy, and after years and years of trying to help her, I realized I had to cut the cord.
Some of you may think that sounds harsh, but some people you just can’t change. But you sure as hell better believe that you can change yourself and who you associate with.
#2: Simplify Your Lifestyle
This kind of goes with #1 up there.
The more sh*t you have in your life, the more complicated it is. Bottom line.
I was reading a muscle building book a while ago and it had this awesome discussion on “free will”. It talked about how so many convicts are jacked but yet a lot of people with fancy gym memberships and all of this freedom still were weak and average looking.
The author chalked it up to “free will” and how each decision we make takes a little bit of energy out of our tank.
Convicts really have no choices in their daily lives. Life, as funny as it sounds, is simple for them because they don’t have to make many decisions. The decisions they do make are how they pass time in their cell and how they spend their rec yard time.
But for “normal people” like us, all of our free will is eaten up by the thousands of decisions we have to make every day. When do I go to bed? What tv show should I watch now? Should I buy this? What am I going to wear? Where should I go out to eat for lunch? Do I fold laundry or wash the dishes?
Somewhere buried in all of those decisions is the one to exercise. To spend that extra 15 minutes to stretch. To do that extra set of good mornings.
Inmates are working with a much fuller tank than we are. So you may need to even the playing field.
The more simple your life is, the more freedom you have. And you could use that “free will” towards making yourself better.
#3: Stop Watching TV
This one is a biggie.
I’m just as guilty as anyone on this. I do watch a lot of sports and some occasional trash tv when I’m trying to get my newborn to sleep, but turning off the tube can be one of the best things you could ever do to fuel your productivity.
I did a little experiment a while back where I stopped watching tv, and in one week, I had cleared out my reading queue of 3 eBooks and finished a book on Dan John that I had been trying to finish for several months.
Some of the most successful people I know don’t watch any tv at all. They don’t have time for it because they are too busy hustling, kicking ass, and doing better for themselves.
#4: Clean Up Your Diet
There is a direct correlation between what you eat and how you feel.
So if you want to feel good, you need to eat clean.
Lay off the fats and heavy carbs. Eat quality proteins, a diverse array of veggies, and never drink your calories.
The reality of it is, you could have the best muscle building program in the world, but if your diet is crap, you will see no results. You will never be able to out-train a bad diet.
#5: Find a Passion
It doesn’t really matter what it is. Just find something that you really care about and immerse yourself in it.
Passion breeds success and allows you to focus on something that you think is much bigger than yourself. It just so happens that my passion is strength training and getting stronger. And in training myself, it carries over to when I train others. I do my best to motivate and help others reach their goals.
Showing your passion to the world is an inspiring thing. It’s infectious! And when you are doing things that you want to do, you feel better about yourself. You have a sense of purpose.
So even if it’s only for an hour or less a day, live your passion. You need it for yourself, and the world needs it from you.
Alright Primal nation, time to take action! You have an opportunity to make a difference right now, this very second!
Don’t waste it…
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Underground Strength Coach