The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Warrior Athlete has been called many things by many people…Most of which have not been overly positive.  Insults such as “Idiotic”, “Over training” and “Irresponsible” have been some of my favorites thus far.  However, offenses such as these do not bother me.  Why? Because these colorful monikers have been applied by NORMAL people…and NORMAL people will never have what it takes to do what a Warrior Athlete is asked to do every day.

 

You see, when I write the Warrior Athlete programs I don’t have the “average” Person in mind.  These sessions are designed to be a line in the sand; it separates those that CAN from those that should stay behind the people getting it done. An easy day for a Warrior Athlete will break a “normal” individual…but being who we are, we are charged with the massive responsibility of protecting these “average” people who are so quick to judge. Their worst day and biggest fears are our Tuesdays.  Too many of them have forgotten what hard work really feels like and what the satisfaction of constant and never-ending improvement can do for a person.     

 

The sessions are made to strengthen every fiber of your soul, physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.  We are rebuilding something primal inside of each of us that a coddled, soft society has tried so desperately to breed out. Each and every day is a stretch.  Completing these sessions hardens us to the cruel reality of what is asked of us on the blackest days of our collective existence.  Days where if the strong do not rise, than all will fall…This is where we fit.  This is what we were put on this earth to do.

 

What separates us is not our genetics, skill or knowledge; it is our drive.  The drive I speak of is not an innate characteristic in any man. It needs to be fed, it needs to be nurtured, it needs to be tested.  It is the drive that tells you to keep fighting when the entire world around you is screaming for you to stay down.  It is the Drive that makes you keep pushing forward when every single solitary thought in your head is telling you to quit.  It is the Drive that will bring innocent people around us home safely to their families at night.  We are not building better bodies. We are building a better society.   

 

We have no time or energy for people who quit when things get hard, who give in mentally before their bodies give out, and who only train to look good oiled up on a stage.  We are a results and performance based team who strengthen each other, push each other to higher levels than we ever thought possible…and we will be there, running toward what everyone else is running away from when things go bad. 

 

This is our calling.

 

This is who we are. 

 

This is Warrior Athlete.

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

DO THE WORK

 

There is greatness inside you.

But somewhere, sometime along the way it died.

It could have been fear of failure. Fear of success. An injury. Harsh words.  Circumstances beyond your control. Substance abuse. Family issues…Whatever it was. You let it beat you. You let it win.

You are better than that. It is time to act like it.

 

Ever since you were a child a dream has resonated inside you, marinating deep in your soul.  It was a dream of greatness and a life full of true happiness.

But at some point you settled.

Maybe it was too hard. Maybe you didn’t have the natural gifts.  Maybe your position in life wouldn’t allow it.

So you quit. You gave in. you let it beat your soul into submission.

You are not a victim. 

You are better than that. It is time to act like it.

 

Did you want to write a book, paint a picture, start a business, be a doctor, become a professional athlete? It may seem cruel and uncaring, but when you cut it down to the very last remainder, there is only one difference between your failed attempts and the Individuals living your dreams.

They were willing to do the work.

 

That statement now made, realize that it is not too late. You are powerful beyond comprehension and the greatness inside you can become a reality. But it is going to take work.  Harder work than you have ever imagined.  Excuses, no matter how legitimate, have stopped you in your past up until this point.

You are better than that. It is time to act like it.

 

It’s time to Do The Work.

 

If you look at the top echelon in any field you will find one common denominator across the board. Individuals who, day after day, week after week, and year after year have ground away at their craft; they motivated themselves, created the time, made the sacrifices and overcame every negative obstacle in their way. They saw a path to a dream that was so impossible; yet spit in the face of fate and made that dream a reality.  Simply put, they wanted it more…  They were the ones creating when there was no inspiration, they endured when all resolve was lost, and they became deaf when all around them said they would fail…  They were the ones hitting the books and running the bleachers long after the “gifted” people had already gone home.  

Greatness is tempered in mundane discipline and consistency. It is won each and every day through intense struggle and strife.  Greatness is never born. 

 

When the inspiring author, Somerset Maugham was asked if he wrote on schedule or only when struck by inspiration, his reply was a curt, “I write only when inspiration strikes, fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”  This, in a phrase, is what it takes to be a professional.

Research has shown that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of focused intense practice before anyone reaches mastery in any field.  That seems like a lot of work at face value but consider this:  The average American watches approximately 34 hours of television a week (About 5-6 Hours a day) not to include recorded programming (DVR/DVD), video games, social media or time spent scouring the internet. If we are generous and only round that up to 40 hours of mindless entertainment a week, then that adds up to 2,080 hours per year. 

If you would have spent that time honing your craft, in less than 5 years you would have hit your 10,000 hours. Would you be willing to trade those 5 years of reality television, Call of Duty and YouTube for becoming an expert in what you are passionate about?

Do yourself a favor…take a moment before you click on Twitter, eat that cookie, or participate in the latest bitch session at work and ask yourself, “It this behavior going to take me further from, or closer to my goals?” Five years from now, the only difference between the person you are and the person you could’ve become is the collective weight of your choices.  If you are not where you want to be, you have no one to blame but yourself.  Decide to overcome today.

 

It may seem overwhelming, even insurmountable when you first step up to this mammoth challenge.  But it is not. Just make the decision that you will work on your goal Every. Single. Day.  Make it a priority, just as if it was a child that needs to be nurtured.  Feed your passion constantly. The Great Wall of China was build one stone at a time, the biggest explosion began with a single spark and the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time...However, the reality of the situation is that the clock is ticking away quickly and you have 10,000 hours to accumulate.  Do not wait until Monday, do not wait until you feel secure, do not wait for anyone’s approval.  

The time is now. 

Right now. 

Start. 

 

If you dream of being a writer, sit down and write something, anything. But do it now.  Get to a piano, sign up for a class, start a website, be bold, do something hard, push yourself…It doesn't have to be refined or good at first.  It doesn't matter if you misspell words, burn your first dish or are embarrassed to show off your painting. The important thing is that you started.  A strange thing happens when passion collides with new beginnings.  Great inspiration suddenly arrives, doors that were previously closed amazingly fly open and the world will begin to look like a place of possibilities.

You are not a victim. You have control.  Take it. 

 

There is greatness inside you.

Somewhere, sometime along the way it died.

You made excuses for where you are right now. You let them beat you. You let them win.

The past has only the power you give it and it can no longer define you.

You don’t need to settle anymore. You are not a victim.

You are better than that. It is time to act like it.

The time is now.  Right Now.

 

Do The Work.

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