This post is going to have a lot of people repost to their friends or they are going to unsubscribe. In fact, this question and a series of life events has motivated me to create a lifestyle blog that is independant of this blog. Don’t let me digress and let me post this up…
Questions: Zach, i see you post your hardcore workouts online, you consistently check-in at parks and gyms and always seem to have energy. I can’t seem to get motivated to be as perfect as you are at working out and eating well all the time. I work 60 hours a week, i have 2 children and an unsupportive girlfriend. Motivation and finding time are always a problem. What do I do to have what you have?
- Kevin F
Damn, Kev. There is a lot going on with this question. It upsets me a little bit in some parts, but it also inspires me in others that you still have hope to change. Today i’ve had 2 cups of coffee, a bad a$$ workout where I worked so hard I ripped 2 calluses off my right hand, i’m listening to gangsta rap, had 3 people give me crap excuses for not working out (one of which no showed me in an appointment today), had 2 sessions where people completely CRUSHED their workouts (Nice Job Blake and Alex!!!) and had 2 other INNOVATIVE people working to win a contest we are running. Let’s break down your question into digestable portions so we can get moving. You are asking me on a day where I might write TOO much.
Things have been going so well lately with Synergize that we have had a mixed bag variety of people coming into the program. Mind you, Synergize is about complete life and physique transformation. It’s a very open program catering to people of various shapes and walks of life. Each one of them have to have 1 ultimate and common goal: make the decision to change and commit to change their personal, professional and physical life. This is your first course of action… decide to change and commit to that change right here and NOW!!! No excuses, no whining, no bullsh!t, nothing holding you back. Commit right here and now to getting your a$$ into a workout program (notice I didn’t say gym and I will clarify this later).
Next, perfection is bullsh!t. There is no such thing and it crushes people and their expectation of themselves with their weight loss and life transformation programs. You are a human being and are prone to make errors. This isn’t an excuse, but it’s a fact of life.
Immediately get the idea of having a “perfect” meal plan, workout schedule or life out of your head. Instead, strive for consistent action on your goals. Do you have goals? A plan of action with exact deadlines and measurable results? That is a place to go immediately. The general consensus in the industry is if you eat correctly 90% of the time you are going to lose weight. I really put this into question and say it’s more like this… follow a meal plan (like that you get in the Weight Loss Plateau Busters program) completely.
Any meal plan or program should allow for some forgiveness about eating foods off of the plan. If they don’t, get off of the program immediately because it’s unrealistic. As I said, programs like Weight Loss Plateau Busters allow you to eat 1-2 MOO’s (meals of opportunity) per week and get you dramatic results.
Let’s address your time issue. Since you are comparing yourself to me I will continue to use my life as a reference. You realize I put in about 60 hours a week into Synergize and my other projects, I have 2 children, but I have a very supportive wife.
By the way, my energy is being connected with my passion and purpose in life, eating correctly 95% of the time and exercising without excuse. It’s the de-wussification (Thank you Frank Di Meo) of my life and the aggressive pursuit of what I really want. It’s easy to spring out of bed excited to hit my goals, grab 1 cup of coffee, organize my day to attack my goals and go at it. I MAKE that time, I am too busy to make excuses because i’m taking action and i use the JEDI Mindset (JEDI = Just Effing Do It). I recommend reading this blog post for further information about mindset and goal setting.
Brother, almost every major gym has a daycare, you can workout at a park WITH your kids in tow (see my video attached from Zach Even-Esh), or go run WITH your kids. They never have energy excuses, do they?
FYI: i’ve moved onto Electro House and ANOTHER cup of coffee… be prepared.. Afrojack, Take Over Control blastin…
Lastly, find reasons TO succeed and stop finding reasons not too. I constantly surround myself with points of inspiration, usually in like minded people. Let me give you an example of some of the people that I call friend and inspiration:
- My father: He taught me about business ownership, hardship, success, being a man, being a father, being a son, being an athlete, EVERYTHING!
- My mother: Held and holds me to a standard that the world forgives or let’s go of. Every time I type out or say a cuss word I hear my mom in the back of my head yelling at me to clean it up (I still do it anyway).
- Elliott Hulse: Elliott is a professional strongman, entreprenuer, dedicated father and all around inspiration for men looking to be strong physically and strong in character. Although I only know Elliott through a presentation at Fitness Business Summit, a sit down dinner afterwards, and hanging out at a bar after the dinner he left a lasting impression on me. Now, I am a part of his Inner Circle for gym warehouse businesses and pretty much consume everything he puts out on his YouTube channel. Here is an example of a successful muscle up he did exactly 1 week after several failed attempts at one.
- Zach Even-Esh: Zach has influenced me in a number of ways, but mainly being a person that is passionate about what he does and don’t allow what others think to stop you. In this video, my boy shows you how to workout without a gym. Any park will do and you can get incredible results with this type of training…
- Armando Cruz: This guy figured out the lifestyle he wanted to live (family man with loads of time for his family and friends while helping others reach their physical and personal peak) and then developed his life and profession around that. NO EXCUSES!
-Dug McGuirk: Dug is a Tony Robbins protege and works for Tony worldwide. He is a revolutionary in being a peak potential coach. Dug has tapped me to be his fitness revolutionary in a project we will release very soon. Check this interview I did with Dug on how to reach your goals…
This list isn’t exhaustive about my influences, but you are starting to get the hint. Kevin, i know if you take action on crazy amount of information inside of this post you will make a HUGE change in your life and take MASSIVE action. I’m at a point where I have to close out this email before i get more crazy.
About Zach Marcy, CPT, BS Psychology (GSU): Often referred to as energetic and passionate, Zach brings a unique blend of psychology and unconventional training tactics to the health and fitness industry. If any of his clients were to be pulled aside and interviewed about their experiences with Zach they would say he gives 110% to ensure his clients get results and he does so while genuinely caring. This native Texan has over 12 years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. He specializes in Life Coaching, Fat Loss Plateau Busting and Physique Transformation. In those years of being a professional he has a transformation story as well. What does this mean to you? To quote Zach, “I walk the walk and have been where you are. Join me in helping show you the path to permenant Fat Loss and reaching ANY of your Personal/Professional/Physical Dreams!”