If you’re doing all the right things – and yet are unable to lose weight – or as much as you desired – have you ever stopped and thought WHY?
If you’re dong all the right things in terms of LIFE – or making the amount of MONEY you want – and are still somehow not “getting there” (or not at all) – have you ever stopped and pondered why?
If you’ve got a strong desire – a desire that creates WHITE HOT tension in terms of where you are right now and where you WANT to be – and are yet dumbfounded as to why the results aren’t occurring – have you stopped and pondered why?
Napoleon Hill states very categorically in Think And Grow Rich that DESIRE is the starting point of all achievement – and he correctly points out that this desire must be CRYSTAL CLEAR in your mind in terms of the SPECIFICS you want to achieve!
Here’s a little story that should illustrate this perfectly well.
Frank W. Gunsaulus – clergyman and educator “back in the day” (way, way back!) once had a desire – a BURNING desire at the back of his mind, and Hill mentions this in his book “Think and Grow Rich”.
This desire was to be the director of an educational institution where students would be taught to “learn via doing” i.e. the school of PRACTICALITY as opposed to “rote learning”.
Great goal, you’d say? I certainly think so – and yet – despite this goal, the fact of the matter was it required a million dollars in investment to set up – and that was back then!
Though this young man KNEW that desire is the starting point of all achievement, as well as the other principles I refer to galore in my emails – after it was all said and done, he still had NO idea where to lay his hands on this sum of money.
Day after day, night after night he took this thought to bed with him – but nothing happened despite the desire.
Then one night about two years into all this, he made up his mind to get the money – but not just “get it”.
He made up his mind to get the million dollars – – and do so within a WEEK!
In his own words,
I made up my mind right there and then that I would get the million dollars within a week. How? I was not concerned about that!
The main thing of importance was the DECISION to get the money within a specified time, and I want to tell you that the moment I reached a definite decision to get the money within a specified time, a strange feeling of assurance came over me, such as I had never before experienced.
Something inside of me seemed to say “Why didn’t you reach that decision a long time ago? The money was waiting for you all the time!
After this, he immediately went to work on a sermon entitled “What I would do if I had a million dollars” – and preached a day or so later on this.
He was so excited before this sermon that he forgot the speech he had prepared – and ended up speaking “extempore” as it were.
After the sermon was over, a man rose from the crowd, and approached the clergyman slowly. He came to the pulpit – extended his hand – and said he believed in what Gunsaulus was doing – and believed that he’d do what he said he would with his million dollars – and promised to give him the money a couple of days later on a Monday morning!
Within 36 hours of making a definite decision – the million dollars was HIS – despite the two years of thinking that went into it, he got the money – 36 hours after he made a CLEAR decision on WHEN he’d have it!
When it comes to fitness, most people would do well to learn a thing or two from this.
Most people are vague to the extreme with their fitness and other goals.
“I want to be rich” is something we hear all the time – but do we ever hear HOW these people plan on making their goals a reality – and more importantly, how much MONEY (exact amount) they want?
“I want to get fit”, we hear all the time.
Great – but where are the specifics?
How much weight do you want to drop? How many handstands in a set are you aiming at? What exact number of pull-ups are you looking for?
These, and many other questions need to be answered before you can achieve your goals in a satisfactory manner!
And lest you think the story I mentioned is a one off, think again, my friend. This has proven true for me multiple times down the years as well.
A year or so ago, I was in a quandary with regard to one of my businesses.
The cash wasn’t coming in at that point – – and I had literally reached the point of no-return in terms of that business.
It was either shut up shop (metamorphically speaking) or find the cash to keep it going. So dire were the straits that a million grim thoughts passed through my mind every time I’d work out – or sit down to think about it – and my brain was barraged with a bunch of “what if’s”.
Finally one fine evening I had had enough.
I decided I’d go and do a 100 or so pull-ups and work this out with myself.
And while getting through my routine – I made a decision right there and then that I’d have the cash I needed to keep the biz going – no matter what – and I’d have it within the next couple of days.
I had NO idea on how I’d get it. That biz had no backers. I had no “angels” ready to help me out. And so forth.
And yet, I made that decision – and the MINUTE I made that decision, that same strange feeling of calmness and serenity swept over me.
“It’ll happen”, a voice inside of me told me, and that was all I thought of that as I finished one of the best workouts I had in my life.
Later that night, I was “doing the books” – and as I was doing so, my Inbox flashed – with a message – a message that completely changed the “fate” of my biz as it was at that point financially.
Today, that biz is well and thriving – – but the point I’m making is this – I got what I needed to keep it going – – AS SOON (or almost) as I reached a DEFINITE decision on when I’d get it!
There are plenty of lessons to be learnt here, methinks, my friend.
When I was getting to a 100 pull-ups and more – at NO time was my desire VAGUE in terms of the numbers.
In fact, 100 was always a magic number to me in this regard – and the fact that I ended up achieving MORE than what I set out to is a different story – but the fact also is that it would probably have never even happened if I had a vague “wishy washy” sort of wish in terms of what I wanted!
It’s the same thing with life – or money – or goals – or fitness goals – or what have you.
DECIDE what you want – and be uber specific with it – and really, really mean it deep down inside – and watch the Universe literally throw it’s bulk behind you to make it HAPPEN, my friend.
It’s true – and it’ll happen for you too – if you only let it!
Alright, my friend. Thats it for now. I’ll be back again with more later!
P.S. – If you want to read more on the mental side of getting to a 100 pull-ups – and MORE – in a workout – well, I’ve mentioned it all in the course – which you can grab right here – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/