For extraordinary results, one must elevate themselves to an extraordinary standard, and conduct themselves accordingly and accept or yield to nothing less.
Recently, I looked around at my life and that of others my age. While some were in excellent shape, living successful and rewarding lives; a majority were like me, declining in many ways with no sense of hope or purpose. As I continue to assess my situation and the circumstances of failed relationships, no children, separation from family, illness, premature aging, financial loss and even death, all I could see was a bleak future. In addition, my energy was depleted. I was mentally unable to overcome personal challenges and all of this negatively impacted my livelihood. I was a broken man.
Even though I had previously completed the Body-for-LIFE® Challenge I could not understand why I had returned back to this point in my life. I began an inward journey to seek the explanation for the failure. I refused to live a mediocre life. I knew Body-for-LIFE® could inspire me to greatness in just 12 weeks. You see, I was not trying to lose fat to make room for muscle; I was doing just the opposite. I was a tall, skinny man and I was determined to change my physique, have more energy and become more focused. I knew Body-for-LIFE® could show me the way. I know I had to create a diet to add proteins and carbohydrates and minimize fats to increase and expand muscle into size and strength. To me this became an insurmountable task. First, I realized I had to organize my mind, body and spirit, in perfect union. Next, I knew Body-for-LIFE® called for detailed preparation, and an investment in “self” and a desire to reach out to others, meet life challenges and face weaknesses without them destroying you. Finally, I realized the mission and goal was much larger than any one individual or circumstance. It brought me to the greatest lesson of all. I wasn’t striving to just win or be first; I was learning to develop a new life both inner and outer. I went from 165 lbs to 200 lbs. I increased my muscle to 35 pounds with very little body fat; I was ecstatic!
I incorporated daily discipline, which included meditating, reading, and spiritual growth and knowledge. I mastered meal planning, scheduling, and adherence to exercise regimens with no exceptions. I started to teach others so I could continue to learn and improve. We all improved, strengthening our inner self first, which manifested outer extraordinary results! My building blocks once again resurged, reassured and recharged my mantra:
“Extraordinary mindset, extraordinary purpose, extraordinary persistence, extraordinary change, extraordinary effort! 1 more rep, 1 more pound, 1 more minute, Body-for-LIFE!”
The Challenge has taught me to confront my fear of failure as a repeat contestant. To stay committed to the whole me, not just my immediate circumstances. It helped me to discover the importance of supplements to improving health; and to cleanse my body of harmful toxins, stress and nutrient depletion. Most of all it introduced me to the fundamentals of physiology; which taught me what the body requires in any one area to make that move from small mass to a greater size and strength. Friends and colleagues that see me want to know what I have been doing. So often I’m asked to talk about the program. Now I persist, I do not confirm, I celebrate that with Body-for-LIFE®, I have transformed. I recently met several people, who are accepting the Body-for-LIFE® Challenge: we’ve started a new financial venture and life is wonderful.
*Individual results may vary.