Motivation: How To Be A Hero

Motivation: How To Be A Hero

How to be a hero

If our 6 Week Transformation Challenge is on your horizon, this will be a welcome note.

I’ve run this challenge now for the past 3 years and in that time, I’ve learned a lot and I want to share some of those insights with you because from where you’re sitting, you could never know what I know.

It’s one thing to see an inspiring before/after picture, watch a video of people working out and say you “get” it, but it’s quite another to be in the trenches with those very people encountering their fears and limitations…and then smashing them to pieces.

So, let me share 3 lessons with you that I’ve seen time and again from clients in general, but especially from the 6 Week Transformation Challenge we run.

In this email, I’ll only cover 1 lesson (probably the most important one) and I’ll write to you again on Tuesday about the other 2.

Big Lesson #1  – When faced with a challenge, you summon incredible personal power.

That means you rise to the occasion. You shock yourself (let alone friends and family). You can’t believe how much you’re capable of achieving.

Here’s the thing; I can believe it and I’m not shocked. I knew you were capable of greatness, you just need the occasional reminder.

Here’s the real source:

The inner strength you experience is what happens when there’s consistency between your word and your action. 

Nothing saps your energy faster than saying one thing but doing the opposite, right?

It’s not that complaining is noxious, it’s complaining without any plan of action to correct what you’re complaining about!

You can’t say, “Oh man I’m broke and this sucks” while you’re scrolling facebook or watching cat videos. No one cares…starting with yourself, clearly! You don’t mean it. Your being broke sucks I’m sure but it’s clearly not painful enough for you to do something about it.

Instead if you said, “Man I’m broke…and that’s why I’m working 3 jobs, went from the iPhone to the Cricket and don’t have time to watch TV because I’m studying to earn my degree in petroleum engineering”.

Well, that’s not a complainer, that’s a hero.

You gotta be the hero of your own story.

When you take forward action, you’re doing what hero’s do. You are a hero.

That’s why you I’ve seen literally hundreds of people gain personal power.
That’s why those who enroll in my challenges experience breakthrough transformations.

They don’t talk, they do.

Committed to your success,

Daniel Aleksa

P.S. Early enrollment for the 2017 6 Week Transformation Challenge ends on 9/5. Your investment is $219 and you can learn more and enroll by following this link!

P.P.S. Since my original email on Friday, I have 6 enrolled and we typically cap it at around 25 so if I were you, I would become a hero real quick and ENROLL NOW or call me at 215-942-6698.

Standards: how you do one thing is how you do everything

Standards: how you do one thing is how you do everything

Standards: how you do one thing is how you do everything

If you’re particular about your work, I bet your home life and everything else demonstrates a similar quality; well-planned schedule, tidy living, clean car, etc…

If, on the other hand, you routinely do things in haste and without care, you probably take that with you just the same.

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
If it’s true that excellence is a habit, the opposite must also be true; that failure is not an act, but a habit.

One big idea I draw from this quote is about standards. Once set, you take your standards with you in everything you do.

Your standards are the lens from which you view the world and ask the question; “What is good enough for me?”

Low standards produce low outcomes and high standards high outcomes.

It begs the question, what are your standards?

If you’re unsatisfied with your results in life, perhaps the fastest way to fix that is by raising your standards.

When you do, you gain clarity around what you want and from that, equal clarity that your current station is unacceptable to you.

The key however, is protecting those standards from those that would diminish them.

An example:

You say to yourself one day; “I’m done eating crap food, I’m going to begin eating better”

…and on your own, you do pretty good.

…but then you go out and your friends question why you’re not putting your face in the double nachos like you always do.

…and they say you’re “no fun” anymore because you don’t drink as much.

Those are your standards at risk.

There’s a poem I read once and at the time, it had such big impact on me that I memorized it.  I still do.

Here it is:

“I bargained with life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more.
However I begged at evening,
When I counted my scanty store;

For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”

What wage do you ask of life?

Put another way, go to the ocean with a teaspoon or a five gallon bucket.

Friend, the ocean doesn’t care.

Committed to your success,

Daniel Aleksa

Success Leaves Clues

Success leaves clues

Generally speaking I’m a pretty nice guy, but when I’m training, I’m not a nice guy.

Actually, that’s not true. I’m still nice, it just appears otherwise because I maintain a high level of focus and refuse to have it disrupted.

The natural order of things is disruption, distraction and chaos which most permit and some even welcome.

Find me someone who fiercely protects their time and attention and I’ll show you someone who has incredible results. It’s virtually impossible to defy.

Conversely, find me someone who’s passive about their time and attention, who would readily sacrifice it to ever buzz, and I’ll show you someone who struggles.

Michelangelo is quoted as saying, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”

That’s instructive. Basically, work so hard that results don’t surprise you. Here’s a great example of that on a micro scale.

We recently got our Stairmaster up and running at Motivators and after climbing off, one client commented, “That’s brutal”.

In reply I said; “What do you think we bought it for?”

Success leaves clues and when you follow them, as Michelangelo said, “it wouldn’t seem so wonderful”

Here’s a simple method. Do things that turns heads. That could be level 20 on the stairmaster or it could be maintaining a level of focus where people mistake you for a jerk.

If it’s the latter, remember this sage piece of advice:

“You don’t have to go out of your way to be a prick, but you have to be okay with being thought of as one.”

Are you okay with that?

When you are, your results will show.

Daniel Aleksa

P.S. Oh by the way, do you and a friend want to workout for free this week? If so, go to this site and your first two sessions are on us. www.motivatorspt.com/free

Top 5 Training Mistakes To Avoid

Top 5 Biggest Training Mistakes To Avoid:

There are little mistakes that won’t be too costly for you but then there are the big ones that repeated enough will totally upend any and all progress. Here are the top 5 BIGGEST training mistakes you want to avoid.

5) Going about it on your own – when you attempt to piece together your own workout, what will inevitably happen is any one (or more) of the following:

1) you’ll get bored of doing the same routine. It’s either the program a trainer wrote you 2 years ago or it’s the home video which you can recite.

2) you’ll get injured having done exercises improperly

3) you’ll get frustrated from lack of results because you don’t know what you’re doing

I guarantee one of those 3 things will happen when you go at it on your own. When you seek out the help of a fitness professional, you are saving yourself time and money. The time factor is obvious enough but yes, you’re saving money too.

If you have to try every single program out there before you finally do it right, I guarantee the sum of all those programs is less than what you could have spent had you invested in a fitness professional to coach and guide you.

Everything I’ve ever been involved in and wanted to be better at, I’ve hired coaches. Here’s the thinking: you have what I want. Get me from where I am to where you are in as quick a manner as possible revealing all the mistakes I would make, but now won’t because I have you to tell me about them. That’s the Daniel Aleksa theory of coaching.

4) Not pushing yourself – You might be scared to push yourself, I understand that. You might not know what it means to push yourself, I understand that too. Frankly, you might also just put up adversity to hard work, which if that’s the case, you can’t be helped by me. You have to do your own soul searching on that one.

Whatever the reason, not pushing yourself is a big mistake. If you train for results, not pushing yourself is not an option. You gotta look deep inside and figure out what you’re made of.

Hard work – learn to love it and you’ll never be for want.

3) Not tracking progress – without measuring and tracking some set of numbers, you’re leaving your results up to chance. You measure your bank account monthly, weekly or daily to track your financial health, why not have some monthly measure of your fitness health?

2) No accountability measure – you need to have something or someone who’s explicit purpose is to keep you in line. We all get sidetracked, that much is expected, but it’s how you respond when you get sidetracked that matters.

Who or what is holding you to account? My recommendation is to have someone to answer to but don’t let it be yourself because you’re terrible at it!

Generally speaking, we’re terrible at holding ourselves accountable. I know this too be true and is why I have, on my desk in front of me, no less than 4 different items that hold me accountable to doing the things I said I would do.

I have to answer to them and that’s that. If you’re serious about your results, you should have to answer for them.

1) Inconsistency – this is far and away the biggest mistake you can make. You can have great form, great intensity, a method for tracking progress AND an accountability partner (who if you’re making this mistake is failing in their duty), but if you’re doing the start/stop thing, that’s a long and frustrating road.

Either be all in or be all out.

Once you decide you’re going to shed the pounds and get fit, just decide and be done with it. You don’t have to struggle making a renewed commitment each week, month or year. To be inconsistent is to be indecisive.

If you have a child, you probably decided early that you’re going to care for it. Once decided, you didn’t after 6 weeks say, “oh man, this is my busy season so this caring for my child thing is getting tough!”

That’s intentionally absurd to illustrate a point. Treat your fitness habit as such.

To start and stop is to decide one month to get in shape and be healthy, and then decide the next that, basically, that was a bad idea.

I don’t want to hear about your reasons why you stopped, I don’t care.

You do it and that’s it.

That’s all there is, you just do it.

Here’s a few Motivators for your Monday that decided only one time who they’re going to be and what they’re going to do:

My sister has 5 kids, oldest of 11. I can’t recall a time I ever heard her use her kids as a reason why she can’t exercise. She finds a way, and always has.

I got a client, in his 60’s, drives some 700 miles a week for his job. Does he call me saying “I’m tired and had a long week”? No, no he does not. He does the work.

The ultimate Motivator of them all, my wife, 7 months pregnant with twins. She will piss you off how much she’ll outwork and outpace you.

You want her to stop. You expect her to stop, to slow down, to take a breather.

But she does not.

She’s a motivator, as pure as they come.

Committed to your success,

Daniel Aleksa

P.S. You want to workout with her? She’s teaching tonight at 4:30pm and you can try it out FREE for you and a friend, just text FIT8 to 31996 and I’ll get you set up. Below is our summer schedule.

Fit Insights: Passing Thoughts On A Fitness Scene

Passing Thoughts On A Fitness Scene

Sweating and soreness are two common ways to evaluate the efficacy of a workout but a workout log crushes them both.

The terms “lean muscle” and “bulk muscle” don’t exist. In logical fallacies, they call that a distinction without a difference. There’s only muscle. “Lean” is just a sexier word so it’s used to make things appear different. “Lean” muscle, by virtue of its softened tone, is usually sought after by women while “bulk” muscle, the big, burly word it is, is sought after by men. Final analysis: there’s no difference, muscle is muscle. Build some.   

It’s a toss-up between what matters more in the recovery process, eating or sleeping. To think that some skip eating, at least in part, in the name of the results their after, is sad.

My brother was cooking eggs each morning on our trip to California. These were the best eggs I’ve ever tasted. I thought California just had better eggs. Maybe. Then I saw that he cooks them with 4 tablespoons of butter.

Doing yardwork on a hot day is just about as hard, if not harder than heavy barbell back squats.

Working out when you’re sore and fatigued is tantamount to continue drinking beers even though you vomited from your first few. Your body is sending you messages and you just ain’t listening.

Your behavior matters more than your feelings. Act happy and you will become happy. Act motivated and you will become motivated. If you’re awaiting internal change in your feelings before any external change in your behavior, you’ll wait a long time. And generally speaking, the only person concerned about your feelings is you.

The 11th commandment reads, “Thou shalt not wear sleeves while training arms.”

If you’re shaped like a pear and you lose weight, you will look like a smaller pear.

Powerlifting is cool, olympic lifting is too, but looking good doesn’t go out of style.

If you’re eating a crappy, burnt piece of steak, no amount of  seasonings or sauces is going to make it palatable. Attempts to “make fitness fun” are doing that very thing for people who don’t like exercise.

The history of fitness gadgets has been unified by one enduring, central theme: how to avoid hard work.

Committed To Your Success,

Daniel Aleksa

P.S. Here’s our schedule below. These are the times when people come get fit at Motivators. You should do it too, it’s cool. Text FIT8 to 31996 to test drive classes FREE.

Don’t take a vacation on your fitness

Don’t take a vacation on your fitness

Take a vacation from the stressors of everyday life but don’t take a vacation on your fitness.

If you’re going on vacation soon, my guess is you’re thinking most about the destination, the excursions and even the food and drink. My guess also is that you’re probably not thinking much about where, when and how you’ll find time to workout.

I’m here to tell you that if you really want to make for an amazing trip, you want to add it in time for it and here are 3 compelling reasons why you should.

Compelling reason number 1 to workout on vacation: It makes for a better trip.

Exercise is a stimulant and in the same way it clears the mind and invigorates the body in your day to day life, it delivers those same rewards on vacation too.

So now, you feel invigorated and energized and in all likelihood, you’re also in some beautiful destination. To me, that’s living the high life.

Compelling reason number 2 to workout on vacation. You can mitigate the damage.

You know you’re going to do plenty of eating and drinking, right? Probably more so than usual so why not at least mitigate the damage by getting a sweat in that day?

The fact is a few margaritas is not enough to undermine months of hard work in the gym but if you feel better mentally by “offsetting” one thing with the other, then I’m all for it.

The “damage” you’ll mitigate then is what you do inside your own head. You’ll feel better and therefore have a better time (see compelling reason number 1).

Compelling reason number 3 to workout on vacation. You will make yourself proud.

If you’re accustom to low activity-high consumption vacations, working out a few times will be a radical change from the norm.

You will feel so good about yourself having done something that’s hard (and maybe even unusual for you).

Sometimes you gotta take a broader view and look at that which is common, favored and easy, and then refuse it. Refuse it because you know that taking the path less traveled leads to uncommon results.

There’s pride in that decision.

Final thoughts and commentary on working out on vacation.

If the idea of working out on vacation is repugnant to you, I will now explain to you why you feel that way.

It is because you view it as a chore, not at all different than taking out the trash or getting groceries – things traditionally not done on vacation. Exercise is included in that list and gets similarly classified under “things not done on vacation”.

That said, just because you’re on a “getaway” doesn’t mean your health and fitness doesn’t come with. You don’t “get away” from it. Of course you can try, but it has a way of sneaking up and reminding you that you’ve gotten away for too long.

Your health is always there with you, packed inside the original “carry-on” that is your body.

Committed to your success,

Daniel Aleksa

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