The Steps


You’ve demonstrated your ability to follow through over and over again. You’ve done what was needed to build a great body in good times and bad. That’s what makes you special. That’s what makes you successful.

Sure. There’s always a higher level. There’s always people who are better than you. There’s always more you could do now or could have done in the past. I get that.

But what you’ve accomplished with your physical body is far beyond what most people on this planet can do.

Well, let’s think about that for a moment.

Is it what most people CAN do? Or, is it what most people are WILLING to do?

When you think about, most people COULD do much better with their fitness. They just aren’t willing to do the work required.

Maybe they truly believe they are doing enough. They aren’t. They just don’t realize it. They don’t want to take all the steps needed. They want to skip some of those steps. They want to keep living their lives the way they’ve been living them.

The people who struggle with their fitness want to take the same actions. They want to think the same thoughts every single day . . . and then squeeze in the working out and good eating habits when they think it’s appropriate.

How could they know what’s appropriate if they’ve never been there before?

They mistakenly believe that they’re going to think and act the way they always have, tweak a few things, and somehow look like us.

It’s not going to happen.

You sometimes need to rebuild your life from the ground up to achieve the success and happiness you want. You need to do this even when some parts of your life are going well.

But that’s what makes us us. We’ve earned everything we’ve accomplished because we paid the price. We took the steps needed. We didn’t skip any of the steps even when we wished we could have.

They gave up.

We kept on plugging away.

They settled with their mediocrity.

We fought for more.

They made excuses for their situation and blamed forces outside of their control.

We looked inward and found a way to succeed.

The interesting thing is that many of these people are smart. They’ve demonstrated discipline and a strong work ethic in other important areas of life. They aren’t lazy.

Maybe they have a really great family. Maybe they make a lot of money and have all of the options that come with that money. Maybe they have a great family, lots of options, and are genuinely happy in life.

They just struggle with their fitness. They “collapse like a house of cards” when the going gets tough. They don’t use the mental and emotional flexibility and work ethic that they demonstrated to build their great family or their wealth.

We need to keep this in mind when we can’t figure out why our relationships aren’t meeting our expectations. We can’t just blame other people.

We need to keep this in mind when can’t “crack the code” to creating more wealth and options. We can’t just say those things are for the morally bankrupt.

We need to use the same mental and emotional flexibility and work ethic that we demonstrated to create our amazing bodies.

We can’t skip steps.

We can’t just do what we think it takes if we’ve never been to that place before.

We can’t collapse like a house of cards when the going gets tough.

You have everything you need within you right now to be successful and happy everywhere in your life.

You know that.

It’s not too late to be great.

Set your entire life up like a contest (and win big there too!).

You’re just one step by step “contest prep season” away from the life you really want.

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About Author

Skip La Cour

Skip La Cour is a coach, speaker, author, and entrepreneur. He is the creator of the MANformation Confidence and Leadership personal development program for men and was a six-time national champion drug-free bodybuilder. La Cour helps ambitious men understand and execute effective confidence, leadership, and influence skills so that they reach their biggest goals in life with more control, clarity, and focus. Feel free to email Skip at any time at [email protected] with your questions and comments. Or, call (213)973-8790.

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