Although it’s a well known fact that Napoleon Hill is a bestselling author – – most notably of the book “Think and Grow Rich”, along with scores of other lesser known books – – how many of us have actually taken the time to “read his story”?
Hill is a man whose legacy lives on FOREVER – at least in my mind – and his style of writing is something I can identify with 100% – – if just for the brutally frank and OPEN style he writes, as well as a down to earth demeanor infused with sheer passion.
All of these qualities, and more drew me to Hill’s books when I first heard of him – – and the more I read – – and re-read – – and re-read again, the less I can “get of those books”.
As Hill himself states in his books about many a success “the world sees a man after his success, but not WHILE he’s aspiring towards it” (these words aren’t verbatim – – but paraphrased, but the gist is essentially the same).
He follows this up by saying “Success requires NO apologies – – and failures permits NO alibis”.
Take a minute to ponder that last bit, and yes, that last sentence is a verbatim Hill quote!
There truly is no such thing as “too much of a good thing” – – when it comes to his books – – at least in my own not so humble opinion!
Now, here is the point I’m trying to make.
Amidst all the gems strewn out over the expanse of his writing, there is ONE little gem that is very often ignored, and not quite understood fully by most people.
That being, the Hill line where he says “The REAL turning point in a man’s life usually comes when he is FORCED to discover his “other self” due to an emergency or other pressing situation of some nature”.
And this, my friend is the topic of today’s post – and it’s so vitally important I could literally write TOMES on it.
It’s true as well.
A few years ago, I was confronted with a literal catastrophe – – except it wasn’t financial. It was emotional.
I say a “few years ago”, but it wasn’t that long ago, really. In fact I still recall the emotions bubbling inside of me during “those days” just as clearly as if it was yesterday!
This catastrophe had me PARALAYZED – quite literally.
Unable to do my work. Unable to make plans for the future. Unable to do anything else except put in long, tough workouts to “rid myself of the pain” – – and this one action paved the way for future successes for years to come, but I did NOT know it at the time.
I was “just doing it”.
I was doing what came naturally – – and more and more of it. There was a tiny little voice inside of me that was constantly telling me – – don’t let the situation keep you DOWN!
And as I worked it out in my mind, I gradually found waking up in the mornings more bearable. I found that life continued as before regardless – – if I chose to LET IT!
I had well and truly been acquainted with my inner self – – at that point.
In other words, we all have a choice to make.
We can either let the situation control us – – or we can do something to control the situation as it is NOW.
And finding the INNER YOU, my friend is key here.
A year or two before this occurred, I was in financial strife. I had NO options left in the “bank” – – and no savings whatsoever to live upon.
If anything, I was living in debt at that point – – not quite as “crippling” as some folks might imagine, but it was steadily mounting with no hope in sight.
And as often happens in these situations, the world didn’t “help me out” when I was down. As the famous line goes, “Life hits the hardest, and it’ll beat you to your knees and keep you there – if you LET IT!”
I doubt I need to explain who uttered those words, but the picture above says it all.
And the reason I’m telling you both of these intensely personal stories today, my friend – is this – if you’re going through a bad time (as many are these days) – then my #1 piece of advice to you would be to FIND YOUR INNER SELF … and do it NOW!
This, my friend is the very best thing you can do for yourself. And once you “find that inner self”, you’ll find a whole new world opens up to you almost instantly.
Believe me now and trust me later, the feeling of “calmness” that comes over you when you find this inner self has to be FELT to be believed.
I still remember that day my inner self visited me during a workout. Suddenly, I just KNEW everything was going to be ok, and subsequent events later that night proved this to be the case.
Now, in terms of fitness, if you’re faced with a “crippling” reality, such as being way too overweight to do a single pushup – – or squat – – what do you do?
Suppose you’re at the gym trying to lose weight, and you constantly get bombarded with pictures of models and “perfect bodies” staring you in the face – – and constantly saying “hey, this is unattainable for you!”
And so forth.
We’ve all been there, my friend, and the key is of course to visualize – – and everything else I’ve spoken about in the past – but the OTHER thing is, and this is perhaps even more important when the chips are down – is to find your inner self!
Fitness wise, when you don’t feel ANYTHING – – including visualization is working – – take time out to find your inner self as well.
DEMAND solutions from your inner self – – and if you do this long enough and hard enough with enough emotion, those solutions will COME!
And once you’ve got that feeling of CONFIDENCE coursing through your veins, get back on the stick in terms of doing.
Stop beating yourself up about past mistakes. That was the past – – you’re not living in the past – – you’re looking toward a better – – and fitter – – future – – and YOU!
So go out there and DO that first pushup. Go out there and bang out 100 squats in a row. Heck, go out there and surpass my 100 pull-up achievement … I’ll be the first one to congratulate you if you do!
Do these things, and write back and tell me about it – – I’ll share your tales with the world!
Hey – what can I say. As Marc the African Silverback Gorilla once rightly told me “I’ve got your back, buddy!”
And sometimes, that’s all you need to hear to discover your inner self.
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I should know. I was there once!
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