One of my main goals for Iron Will Sports and Fitness is problem solving…Fixing the otherwise un-fixable issues. This generally looks like identifying a flawed habit and replacing it with an appropriate one. This is certainly a process and what you usually see first is “bad” improve to “good” or “acceptable”. This can be removing pain in the body or steering someone away from junk food and towards whole, “real” foods. The thing that is so exciting for me is that good is NOT the end goal. While people often stop at acceptable, average or just good…the real goal is phenomenal! We are born to live phenomenally…physically, mentally and spiritually every day of our lives!
We will be exploring this topic of good vs GREAT (acceptable vs phenomenal) much more in the future with adaptations for your nutrition, movement and much more. Today I want to build off of the Negatives Fast that we did a few weeks ago…removing all negatives from our thoughts and speech for a week! I got great feedback about the negatives fast. People were saying it is something they plan to repeat several times a year just to make sure they stay refreshed and free of those negative/contradictory thoughts.
Have you ever been around those people that just always seem to be on a different level than everyone else? They see things bigger and more extravagantly. They enhance everything they touch and merely being in their presence makes everyone around them a better version of themselves. Well, congratulations. You are now “that person”!
My challenge to you for this week is to replace good/acceptable thoughts and words with phenomenal ones. I suggest trying to apply it to as many different aspects of your life as you can. Here are a few ideas.
- “I want to get in shape.” vs “I am training to be able to swim the English Channel in the next 24 months!”
- “I want to make more money.” vs “I am building wealth and financial independence for my family as well as the next 7 generations!”
- “I am making friends.” vs “I am the type of friend that everyone wants to have. I enhance and enrich the lives of everyone in my life.”
- “I am learning as I go.” vs “I am on a mission to be the best possible version of myself and an expert in my field. I have so much to offer the world!”
- “I am a spiritual person.” vs “My destiny is revealed to me as I relentlessly pursue a deeper relationship with my heavenly father…the creator of the universe!”
To illustrate this further, I want to share with you a few of my thoughts where I replaced acceptable with phenomenal.
I grew up playing hockey. I was always a good player but often labeled “a little slow” by my coaches (really encouraging, right? haha). However through incredibly intense training (the methods I currently teach), I completely transformed my athleticism. By my last year of pro hockey, I was actually one of “the fast guys”! So my recent thought has been that sometime in the future, I should take up speed skating and make an Olympic run. I figure that would be the culmination of turning a bad thought (“slow”)…into a good thought (“fast”)…into a phenomenal thought (“fastest”). Fun!!
A while back, I was competing in a ninja warrior training competition leading up to the TV show, American Ninja Warrior. A friend of mine badly injured his pinky finger on one of the obstacles. It was completely swollen and full of blood and he couldn’t really use it at all. He was pretty despondent about it and just kept saying how he was going to have to go to the doctor and get it drained and how he wouldn’t be able to train or compete, etc.
As I prayed for him and then simply suggested that maybe it would get better faster than he thought…maybe it would heal extremely quickly…maybe it would even be better by the end of the day! He didn’t share my optimism at first (to say the least ha). But sure enough, a few hours later, he came up to me and the blood had drained and he was competing again…PAIN-FREE!
We have the ability to dictate our “normal” daily level as we shift our perspective and expectation from bad to good…and from good to incredible! To me, that makes things very exciting. Have a phenomenal rest of your week!
Now, go out there and have a blast being epic, legendary world-changers! Feel free to let me know how it is going in the comments below.