Rule #4 is pretty awesome, but it’s a scary one…
Most people lead average lives because they don’t follow Rule #4:
To achieve anything extraordinary you have to BE BOLD.
You have to be willing to get a little uncomfortable and challenge the norms.
I remember back when I did my first powerlifting competition, 30 years ago (scary)…
The thought of stepping onto a platform in front of hundreds of people was terrifying. At this point in my life I was DEATHLY afraid of public speaking, and while I wasn’t speaking with my mouth, I was speaking with my body! Plus, when I first made the commitment to do the competition I was an absolute novice to the goings on at meet day!
But, I was willing to challenge myself and step WAY outside of my comfort zone to accomplish a goal I previously only dreamed about.
Signing up for that competition and then actually showing up on the day of the show was a BOLD choice.
I did it again another FIFTY plus times…
Nine years ago, in honour of my 40th birthday I decided to do another meet, this time on Australian soil. I wanted to see if I could get around the same total I did when I was in my “pomp”…
Once again, I didn’t keep my goal quiet. In fact, I ran a special challenge program that helped many novices at MUS get in for their first meet – it was awesome!
Sure, I could have kept the whole thing quiet and given myself an out if I needed it, but that would NOT be bold, would it?
By the way, when you step out of your comfort zone and do something bold…sometimes you’re going to miss. I won’t say fail, because I don’t believe anything is a failure – so long as you made some progress and/or you learned from it for next time.
For example, with our upcoming 6-week Winter Warrior Challenge, we DO have people who miss their weight loss or performance goals. As awesome as the program is, it’s not a foolproof plan… Individual medical/nutrition/health histories/conditions do play a role.
But, is losing 4 kilos instead of a targeted 5 in 6 weeks really “failure”? Is increasing your push-ups by 15 instead of a targeted 20, really “failure”?
Unless of course, you give up and allow yourself to gain it all back again…
However, if you relish in your awesome results and continue to work you’ll ultimately hit your goal (maybe the very next week) and continue on to accomplish even more…
So, my advice for you today, and my Rule #4 for LASTING weight loss, is BE BOLD!
Instead of playing it safe and avoiding risks, commit yourself to your goal and GET AFTER IT!!
Oh, and besides the challenges and struggles, you’ll also get weird looks and probably some not so supportive comments from your closest friends & family, too – weird how that works; the people who you love and who love you the most are often the LEAST supportive… because they’re not willing/ready to be BOLD themselves!
The secret to being bold actually goes back to RULE #1: Get Clear.
Getting clear is CRITICAL because when you have a mission/WHY/purpose that’s truly meaningful to you, you’ll be able to push through/over/around the obstacles/naysayers/setbacks that you’ll inevitably encounter along your way.
I can assure you that the rewards of being bold FAR outweigh any benefit that comes with playing it safe.
When you’re crystal clear, everything else unfolds…
You get the willingness, the drive to KICK-ASS AND TAKE NAMES, the ability to make the right decisions, and you’re able to get past the obstacles in your way.
It’s a beautiful thing! 🙂
Let’s bring it guys and gals!