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Something really strange happened at the gym today

Something really strange happened at the gym today

February 12, 2009

Something strange happened to me while I was working out at the gym this morning.

(No, I didn't flex for a fat, Russian guy in the locker room again. If you don't know that story, I'll have to tell you about that another time.)

Here's what was so strange: there were very few of us there!

This time last month the gym was packed. The weather wasn't much different today compared to a month ago. It was the same day of the week. There was no snow or ice this morning that kept everyone off the roads. The only difference is that it was February instead of January. Seems like the new year resolutions are already fading into memories.

In fact, the only people there were the same faces I've seen for years - the regulars who you can count on being there no matter what time of year it is.

I think everyone, at some time or another, gets inspired to work out and try to get themselves in shape. But why do some make the commitment and others don't? Better yet: How can we do a better job of keeping our commitments, whatever they may be? I think I have an answer that will help.

The biggest reason people fail?

I was talking with a real estate investor friend of mine yesterday and he asked me something very interesting. "What do you think is the biggest reason real estate investors fail?" Now, you have an advantage because I've given you a hint already, but I was stumped. The biggest reason most investors fail is because they lack the commitment or discipline to keep moving forward.

I think that's true in just about anything. I see it with some of my clients all the time. They're excited about an idea one day and the next, they've totally abandoned the idea. It's still a good idea. The market didn't drastically change from one day to the next. The only thing that changed is that they're no longer committed to it.

I have one client, however, who I'll call Paul. He's the master of commitment. At 59, he's very successful and he has his own indoor gym. So while visiting with him, we decided to work out on the stationary bikes. Now, I work out regularly and even bike to work most days when it's nice out so I was ready to smoke this guy!

Throughout our "race" he's telling me to keep the RPMs over 60. I was dying! Meanwhile, he's the one pushing me! He's telling me, "Just 3 more hills Jon! Keep it up! Keep up your RPMs. It's the burn that matters! It's the burn."

It's the burn that matters!

That one statement really stuck with me because he's absolutely right. The self-discipline really comes when you're willing to work through the burn, especially when others aren't. And there's a certain joy that comes from working through the burn.

Sounds like a lot work doesn't it? Here's the secret: it doesn't have to be at all. The toughest thing is just getting going. Trainers I know tell us all the time: If you only have 15 minutes to exercise, then just do it for 15 minutes. That's better than nothing!

Take small steps. It's all about changing habits. And the more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your regular habits. Think I'm still talking about exercising?

There's one woman, who calls herself the Fly Lady, who helps stay at home moms (SAHMs) get control of their lives and their homes just by doing very small things each day. For instance, she tells her readers to just take 5 minutes a day to clear a path in your worst room - the one you don't anyone to see. And over the next month, it will be clean.

Another Fly Lady tip: "shine your sink" each day. Keeping the sink clean of dirty dishes is just a simple way of having a sense of accomplishment. Check her out at www.FlyLady.com. My wife loves her.

The difficult part is just getting going - and then when things get tough, work through the burn.

What's one habit you want to change? Pick one. It could be setting aside 60 minutes a day to write or work on a project you've been putting off. I like to have what I call a Golden Hour. It's an hour I spend each day doing something that I know will benefit me or the business in the long-term.

And when boredom starts to creep in or the inspiration begins to wear off, work through the burn! Do it for just one month and you'll see an enormous difference. Here's to working through the burn and to your success!

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