"J'Que, how do you stay Fired UP all the time?" I've been asked this question so many times and it's a great question. News flash -- I'm not Fired UP all the time!
"I'm sorry to say so but, sadly it's true, that bang-ups and hang-ups will happen." Dr. Seuss continues, "unslumping yourself is hard to do." This quotation is from one of my favorite books, Oh, the Places You'll Go, by Dr. Seuss. It acknowledges what every one of us will deal with troublesome times in life, and some of us will have more "bang-ups and hang-ups" as we dare to do things differently and challenge ourselves in different ways. When you push the envelope in whatever you do -- you may fail -- failing is a fact of life -- the key is understanding that you only truly fail if you never learn from your "failures". Thomas Edison once said he learned over 5,000 ways not to invent a light bulb -- I learned thousands of dollars and wasted hours later, how NOT to launch a fitness product -- in other words, you're not learning if you're not failing!
So the real question is how do you stay Fired UP to keep trying -- to keep doing -- to keep from quitting -- to keep from giving up -- to keep persisting -- to keep pressing on after you've had your failures, or as Dr. Seuss would say, "your hang-ups and bang-ups."?
Having failed at many things in my life, I humbly offer you a few of my "secrets" for staying Fired UP in the face of adversity:
1. Define the purpose of your goals. When you set your goals, take the time to understand and visualize why these goals are important. I wanted to create a fitness company -- its purpose to me was working in an industry that would always be a part of my daily life and the joy I receive from helping others take control of their bodies is immeasurable -- furthermore, I want financial freedom and scheduling freedom to be with my family and friends. I've linked this purpose so strongly to my goal that failure is not an option -- it's a similar linkage I had when I was diagnosed with cancer, my attitude was that I could never give up trying to survive. I promise you, if you spend the time defining the purpose and importance of your goals, and you visualize both the pleasure of achieving it with the pain of not achieving it, you will have a created a foundation for tireless perseverance and there will be no brick wall thick enough or tall enough to stop you.
2. Get yourself in shape! The bigger your goal the longer it will take you to accomplish it -- which means you need to have the stamina and strength to maintain the course when things get tough. I've always found and firmly believe in the concept that a healthy body = healthy mind. Your brain relies on your body for nourishment. To give yourself the best possible chances for success, you need to keep your brain and body partnership thriving through exercise and great nutrition.
3. Assuming you have the stamina to press on through thick and thin, you'll still need protection against the "quitter demons" -- these are the little voices you'll hear in your head from yourself, and those you love and trust. To beat these demons, use the weapon of perspective. Remind yourself of your position in life compared to those less fortunate. The key here is appreciating the perspective of your situation in comparison to other things in life. It'll keep you grounded and on track when others might want you to join their misery...after all misery loves company! Link perspective with your personal purpose and you'll create the most powerful weapon needed to accomplish your goals.
As you attack your dreams and goals, I hope you're able to use these suggestions to keep your persistence engine stoked. At the end of day, persistence will keep you going to achieve your goal. I'll leave you with a quotation that I recall when those quitter demons come to attack me: