How To Win
Updated: May 18
Two years ago, I was a year away from turning 40, and saw myself at a crossroads. One path led to complacency; "I'm turning 40, I don't need to be in great shape anymore. This is good enough." The other would lead me to personal excellence; "When I turn 40, I want to be the best version of myself." Already being a disciplined person, I decided to go all in. Why give up at this point in my life? So, I set out to do the work.
I began studying the benefits of intermittent fasting with Melissa McAllister and eventually implemented a 16/8 fast. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. each weekday to get in my workout before teaching school. Weekends were a non-negotiable for workouts as well; even if one day was an active rest day, I still got in some type of movement every day of the week. I also established what I call a "supplement" routine with 1st Phorm products (more on the specific products I use coming soon).
The biggest component of this journey was the mental toughness I developed. I read books on habit formation, characteristics of highly effective people, and financial freedom to name a few. I began listening to Andy Frisella's podcast while getting ready for work. The lessons I learned have made it possible for me to sustain this new way of life. I would like to share a few that have helped me "win"...
Self-discipline, mental toughness, and grit are necessary for true evolvement.
Establish good habits and practice them daily.
Goals are important, but it's the repetition of small routines that will get you there.
Do the work, no matter what.
Aim for 1% better each day.
There's never a bad time to do the right thing.
Put out into the world that which you want back. The universe is watching and listening.
Manifest your dreams and work your tail off to make them a reality.
Don't stop. Ever.
Have I achieved personal excellence? Probably not yet. But I'd like to think I am much closer than I ever was before going on this journey. Bottom line is this: if you find yourself at a similar crossroads, don't settle for the easier option. Take the hard road. Invest in yourself. Do the work. Your future self will thank you.