One of my all time favorites movies is the Russell Crowe starrer The Gladiator, and if you’re in any way, shape or form even REMOTELY a movie buff, you probably know what the next line(s) refer to.
In fact the lines are not only GREAT – SOLID lines – probably one of the best ever said especially when you consider the SHEER EMOTION infused into the scene by Crowe (and of course the other guys responsible) – – they’re also Oscar winning lines, and for a damn good reason!
My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
Now, before you think I’ve gone nuts and “jumped off the edge” so to speak – hold on to yer horses for a sec, will ya.
Why do I mention this – well, certainly not because I’m trying to sing Crowe’s praises YEARS after the Oscar was given and all the plaudits received, etc.
Certainly not because I believe in revenge – if anything revenge is a dish not best served cold. It’s a dish BEST NOT served at all – a negative emotion if there ever was one, and though there may be instances where it’s warranted, holding to the emotion of revenge won’t do you ANY good in getting to whatever goals you’ve set for yourself.
That above bit is a good enough reason as any for telling you this, but here’s the main reason.
I’m telling you this because of the SHEER VISCERAL EMOTION that these words invoke in the viewer – – and the sheer PASSION! Cross my heart if I’m wrong, but don’t those lines and the movie in general take you to another world altogether – the GLADIATOR’s world?
Doesn’t your living room suddenly morph into the Coliseum?
Well, given by the reactions to the movie I’ll bet it does – and believe me, these movies are nowhere near as powerful as the mental movies you play all day long – the ones you visualize in other words.
And yes, we all visualize – whether we know it or not. Chances are that if you DON’T know you’re visualizing your unconsciously focusing upon the wrong things (as I stated in a prior email) – – and this is something you need to correct.
But the topmost reason I’m mentioning this is that sheer emotion that is shown in the scene IS the sheer emotion YOU need to bring to your mental movies of success, my friend!
‘Tis the emotion of DESIRE – which is one of the strongest emotions human beings can experience.
Napoleon Hill states over and over again in his various publications that “Desire is the starting point of all achievement”.
Nothing great – fitness included was ever achieved without that FIRE burning within! Nothing of note was accomplished without desire – INTENSE, WHITE HOT flames of DESIRE fanning your goal to eventual fruition – – and it certainly ain’t just me saying those words either.
Mix this emotion of desire into EVERY GOAL you have – -and you’ll not only accomplish your goal in THIS life – but way, way sooner than you realize, my friend.
Lots of folks make the mistake of setting goals but not “desiring” them enough.
They do everything else right. They visualize – they take action – but somehow, somewhere that intense spark of DESIRE is missing!
YOU, my friend are the only one that can kindle this spark – and rekindle it OVER AND OVER AGAIN until it becomes second nature for you!
If you’re looking to get fit – you don’t just “wish” you’ll get fit!
You don’t just do a few exercises and hope you’ll drop excess flabbage – – and keep it off!
No – you set a goal – a real, concrete goal – and then you EMOTIONALIZE that goal with sheer intense white hot desire – – the same way I did when I achieved some of the best things in my life.
And let me tell you this right NOW.
Along the way you’ll need GUTS in spades, and why?
Because it takes guts to set worthwhile goals and continue pursuing them regardless of how the world “feels” or reacts about it.
It takes guts to set goals – and continue on in the face of STAUNCH opposition, either direct or indirect, often times for folks that “should be” close to you (family being one prime example for many people including yours truly).
It takes guts aplenty to forge your own path – run on your own steam – and do things that you previously never thought possible (such as do a 100 pull-ups per workout, for instance), but guess what – it’s all so worth it at the end, my friend.
It takes guts to continue on when you see ZEROS aplenty in your bank account – and even more so to keep doing your BEST WORK – and keep the faith that those zeros will soon be preceded by plenty of more numbers!
It takes guts to do things you’ve always been told you could never do – do ’em – and do ’em successfully at that!
And so forth.
I think you get the point, and how do I know all this?
Not because I’m some sort of a “seer” or “Jesus” or “modern day Gandhi” or “Yoda” (and YES, I’ve been called all that, haha).
It’s because EVERYONE that accomplished anything of note has gone through this – including myself – and so will you, my friend.
So will you. It’s a test from the Universe, and if you’re ready for it – there is plenty of bounty to be reaped right after “dem gates” open up.
So thats today’s message. Set some goals – drop that excess flab – get into a handstand – do 500 Hindu squats – bang out 250 pushups – I don’t care what it is – but set it.
Once you do, look at yourself in the mirror and say this to yourself.
“Victory shall be MINE in this pursuit – either in this LIFE or the next!”
Mix in those words with sheer emotion and DESIRE like you never have before – – and watch the world literally start to change before your very eyes!
Try it, and let me know how it went!
P.S. – I talk a lot about doing a 100 pull-ups per workout, and that is great, but have you ever considered doing a 100 HANDSTAND PUSHUPS per workout? As my buddy from the Marines once told me “those are tough for anyone” (the pull-ups) and I responded with “well, try doing a 100 handstand pushups per workout!”. His response was along the lines of “Goddamn right!”
And yes – you CAN do these in high repetitions too. I’m currently at a mix of 75 pull-ups and 75 handstand pushups – – and the way I got to those numbers was to keep following the basics and stick to them with DESIRE. Here is where you can learn how to do this magnificent exercise as well – – http://0excusesfitness.com/shoulders-like-boulders/
P.S. #2 – If you haven’t yet gotten the advanced course on pull-ups, what are you waiting for? Hurry up while stocks last- – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/