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Fail-safe Plan To Success

Fail-safe Plan To Success

Charlie Sims

I had a Dentist appointment in my calendar from 6 months ago. My reminders started going off 2 weeks out, and started getting more frequent as it grew closer. And the day before my appointment, I got a phone call asking if I’d be there. I didn’t miss the appointment.

In fact, I had plenty of opportunities to schedule other appointments on Tuesday at 9:30am. And each opportunity would have been a far more enjoyable experience than that. But because healthy teeth is something that’s important to me, I kept my appointment.

If it were up to me to just decide to show up to the Dentist office when I felt like it, or when it is convenient to me, I’d never go. I would always find an excuse to wait till next week. I already know that I’m going again in September.

If you’re reading this as a member of my gym, you’ve probably heard me say on multiple occasions that the key to succeeding with your goals is to simply show up. We’ve done all the hard thinking and organizing so as to make your experience as simple as possible. And we’re really good at our job.

So your job is to just come in and let us do ours. But I have so many conversations with people who complain about how difficult it is for them to find the time to get into the gym. About how something always comes up.

Here’s the secret to success. Listen closely. This is the secret the “Pro’s” don’t want you to know.

Rhythm.

Life happens as a habit. We all settle into routines that are harder and harder to break once they’re set. So, simply put; set a habit around showing up to the gym.

The key is to organize your schedule in a way that makes your trip to the gym the expectation, rather than the exception. Do you want to come at your lunch break? Make the appointments in your calendar, and keep your appointments. Don’t stand me up. That’s rude. Schedule other things around your trip to the gym. It’s an unbreakable appointment, as important as keeping your Dentist appointment… Multiple times per week…

Are you someone who needs to come after work? Set the appointment. Don’t go home first. That couch can become a trap. Don’t assume that you’ll have the motivation. You’ll be wrong. Just come in. You’ll be glad you did. Don’t just come when you’re motivated. Sometimes you wont be motivated, but you still need to show up.

Do you need to come before work? Kill the snooze button, and get out of bed. Make the appointment, and keep it. No exceptions.

The point is to set your rhythm and to have accountability. Set up your calendar. Put in your gym appointments. Tell your coach, a couple friends, and a few of your classmates.

Keep your appointments.

It may be a little difficult at first, but before long you’ll be accidentally walking through our doors and well on your way to that six pack.

What To Do When You’re in a Leaky Boat

What To Do When You’re in a Leaky Boat

Charlie Sims

Imagine yourself in a small boat.

Maybe you’re there with your husband or wife. Or, maybe you’re all alone.

And suddenly, you notice that there’s water coming in.

What do you do?

The way, I see it; you have three options.

Option One
Do nothing. Ignore the problem and hope it goes away on it’s own. After all, sometimes things self-correct. This is likely a poor long-term strategy. Most of the time, they don’t.

Option Two
Grab a bucket, and start bailing water. As long as you can bail faster than the water is coming in, this is an effective method. If it’s about just getting to the shore as quickly as possible, by all means bail, and deal with the problem later. But this also is likely a poor long-term strategy. Fatigue eventually sets in.

Option Three
Find the hole and plug it. Fix the problem before it becomes catastrophic. Short term, this may be a bit risky. But, in the long run, the the water won’t have any way of getting back in without a hole.

We all have “leaky boats”, and life gives us these three options all the time.

– The check engine light.
– Cancer.
– Relationships.
– Debt.
– Health.
– Business.

Option One doesn’t usually fair well.

Option Two “works”, but is unsustainable.

Take the time and find the hole. Plug it. It’s the only long term solution.

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I realize that this is all metaphor.  If you have a real problem and you’d like some perspective from an unbiased third party, I’d love to help.

Monday!

Monday!

Charlie Sims

It’s Monday.

Most people hate Monday’s.

For some reason, Monday represents the drudgery of life. People see the start of their week as walking into some kind of self-induced 5 day long prison sentence.

I am not one of those people.

I love Mondays.

I love that the whole week is laid out in front of me filled with possibilities and potential.

I love the fact that I’m fresh from a weekend of recovery.

I love the anticipation of what may happen this week.

It’s easy to find something to complain about, or to be grumpy over. It’s easy to look around this world and see all the things that are frustrating and broken. It’s easy to let it get to you.

It’s easy to wish away the time, living for the weekend. It’s easy to blaze through the week, putting our heads down and gritting through the monotony.

It’s not easy to look through the eyes of wonder. It’s hard to pay attention. It’s hard to appreciate. It’s hard to be grateful. It takes work to see the beauty and life that’s hidden behind the clouds of your Monday.

It’s worth the effort.

It can change your whole week.

It can change your whole life.