October 28th, 2013 Milan
I tripped over this Slovakian qoute on Facebook recently. And it stuck in my memory. It sums it all pretty much up. It says: Drz picu a makaj. The exact translation would be: Shut the f#€k up and do the work required. There was an overweighted guy on one picture and right next to it was the same guy with six pack abs
probably a year later.
Some people might find it inappropriate. And it is! But the clarity of the message it delivers is fantastic! We are all after all human beings that seek comfort. And majority of time the thing that stands between us and our goals is laziness and unwillingness to actually do the work necessary to succeed.
I hope it motivates you a little. It certainly does motivate me. I am a strong believer in putting the work in.
I don’t exactly know what you are trying to achieve recently. And it doesn’t matter. If you really do what the Slovakian quote says, you will achieve it. So, drz picu a makaj! Enough said.
October 14th, 2013 Milan
Struggle is where everything valuable in life happens. Seek it. Stay in it longer. Embrace it. Enjoy it!
The paradox is, that once you do that, your life becomes actually easier and more fulfilling. You will be achieving things in relatively short time, comparing to what many people work the whole life’s on and never really achieve.
Things like loosing fat, getting six pack abs, starting million dollar company, learning how to play piano, learning new language, improving health by perfecting your diet. They all require struggle. Struggle is at base of all these activities. And that’s primary reason why so few people master them.
The struggle and frustration you feel at the edges of your abilities – that uncomfortable burn of “almost, almost” – is the sensation of constructing new neural connections and moving the threshold of what you can handle further and further.
Six pack abs require struggle and everything you really want out of your life does too. Get to work! Enjoy it! Yes, struggle can be enjoyable. And achieve anything you really want.
September 9th, 2013 Milan
So what is the best advice in the world that also applies to your six pack abs
achievement? I think it’s this one: just hang in there. Why do I think so?
It really worked for me.
I hung in there to finish college. Barely! But nobody asks that anymore.
I hung in there when I was trying to make a team in rowing. Barely! But you guessed it right. Nobody cares how.
I hung there to get visas to US for 10 years. It took a lot of persistence to get them. But I hung in there and now I have a green card.
I hang in there when I barely spoke any english and I didn’t understand what customers ordered in restaurant when I was serving them. I screwed up the most orders in the history of TGIF. These were my beginning in US and nobody cares anymore. I managed to make some money to pay for rent and food. Now my English is great.
How about you? Are you thinking about giving up? Let me give you advice. Hang in there!
If you’ve been working on your six pack abs for a long time now and they are still not visible? Hang in there!
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December 30th, 2012 Milan
The saying goes, that you are suppose to play it safe in life. Go slow to avoid fall. Don’t rock the boat. Stay in the line, so you are not exposed to the danger. Right? Wrong!
Life in every aspect of it becomes more dangerous, the more you play it safe. Michael Jordan said that he rarely got injured because he never played at half speed. Life is only rewarding if you play it at full speed. And it is not only more fun, it is also safer.
This rule is not meant to only young. It is especially meant to old. And the older you are the more it will mean. It applies to not only your exercise, healthy living and healthy eating. It applies to everything – to love, finance, art, sex, everything.
In mid century when Brits were testing the speed of sound many plains crashed, because pilots were advised to slow down right after they reached speed of sound. Many life’s were lost. Until one pilot did the opposite. As soon as he reached the speed of sound he decided to push through and speed up even more. The result was big success. The speed of sound was successfully broken and the pilot survived.
Are you getting older? Do you think you already did it all? Tried it all? Time to slow down? You might do the biggest mistake of your life. It can cost you your life. If you want to save it, speed up. Keep pushing the wheel forward. Enough said.
November 15th, 2012 Milan
Are you not happy with your overall fitness level. Do you struggle to loose weight? You don’t feel well most of the time and you get tired often? You hate those love handles, when you look into the mirror? Do you feel weak?
On the other level. Do you you hate you job? Do you want to do something else, but don’t seem to find anything you are good at? Are you broke? Are you depressed because of all of that?
The answer to all these is: Practice.
I just came to the realization, that my writing is for the most part crappy. I make a lot of mistakes, I don’t write often enough, I only write when I feel like to write. I get a lot of negative feedback. Rarely a positive one. My English grammar still pretty much suck. And I find a lot of words that I don’t understand.
Does this bother me? Of course it does. Am I depressed because of this? No. I am not. There is actually reason for my writing being crappy. I realize that in order to get better in writing I need to practice more. I need to practice harder. I need to work on a writing craft more intensively. I am very far away from paying enough frustrating mornings and nights dues of writing.
I simply need to practice more. The reason my writing suck is because I don’t practice enough. The reason you are overweight is because you don’t practice hard enough. The reason you are often tired and out of energy is because instead of practicing your health honing skills in gym or outdoors pool and learning about good diet and applying what you learn, you are watching your favorite show in the evening.
The reason, you hate your job, is because you don’t practice the skills to get a job you love. First, you have to show the world something valuable you can offer and than you get a great job you love. And that takes a lot of practice.
I can go on and on about the problems people have and it always comes down to practice. Or better said, not enough of it.
So if the practice is the key to the success in almost everything, why there are so many unhappy, mediocre people? It is because people hate to practice. It’s uncomfortable. It’s not fun. It hurts. There are always better things to do.
But if you manage to defy gravity and you practice and hon your skills in spite of not wanting to, your skills will improve. You’ll get better. As one of my palls used to always say and I think it is truth: “If you do easy things, life will be hard. If you force yourself to do hard things, life will be easy”. So, force yourself to practice. And your success is certain.
June 18th, 2012 Milan
Recent heat wave brought a lot of people to the fit club I hang out a lot. Usually, these club is very empty and peaceful. Suddenly for few days it turned into a very busy place. All stations in the gym were busy. All lanes in the pool were used and people were sharing them and others were waiting for one to get open. The heat wave is gone and the fit club is empty again.
What happened? Fair weather exercisers. I have been noticing this pattern for few years now since I work in many fit clubs.
Fair weather exercisers
Fair weather exercisers are not fit, nor they are totally out of shape. They desperately want to get fitter, but somehow they lack the discipline. But when the weather gets really nice, something goes off in their head. They are starting again. This time for real. They will persist. But several days later, they don’t even realize what they promised themselves. They stay home or find something other to do until another set of nice days roll in.
Another interesting thing happens when there are too many nice days in the row, like for example a week or so of nice, warm, sunny days. Fair weather exercisers will certainly come and keep coming for few days, but after about 5 or 6 nice days they stop coming. What happened is, they realize that weather is just nice, it’s nothing special anymore. It’s just nice weather after all. The switch needs to be turned with a specially nice weather. And there is nothing special anymore about 7 straight nice, warm days.
Are you one of these people. Are you a fair weather exerciser. If you are, you are probably kind of fit, often sore, but you seem to be getting nowhere with your overall fitness. To bring it to the next level you need to stop being a fair weather exerciser. You have to make a commitment and stick with it. Very hard thing to do. Hard but not impossible.
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June 7th, 2012 Milan
Whatever your goal is. Either it is to loose weight, run marathon under 4 hours, start a million dollar company, get you own six pack abs or to become invincible, the only thing you can control is effort. How much effort are going to put in it is your choice. Are you going to spend your evening watching fun movie, or you are going to get closer to your goal. Yes, that’s ultimately under your control.
I know few people, who really have dreams. In fact they have these dreams for a while now. Dreams like, loosing weight, getting six pack, learning Spanish, quitting their job and starting their own business, writing a book. And when they have some spare time, they hang out in the coffee shops dreaming about their dreams. They are dreaming, it feels good to have a dream that you could someday achieve, but they are not really doing anything to achieve it. They are just having fun dreaming.
If you want to reach certain goal you set yourself to reach that is meaningful enough to you, it won’t be easy. And the only way to reach it is to put an effort into it. And this effort is 100% in your control. Are you going to hit the gym and do your workout on Saturday morning, or are you going to hang out in the coffee shop with your friends. Are you going to finish the project on Friday evening? Or, are you going to watch that favorite show you watch every Friday evening? These things are ultimately in your control.
It’s not fun to go to the gym, when your friends go out. It’s not fun to work on the project, when you can go for a fun dinner out. It’s not fun. And if it’s not fun, it’s likely that very little people are doing it. But those who manage to achieve their goals do.
Anyway, the effort is in your control. Are you putting enough of it toward achieving your goals? if you have to ask that question, you are probably not.