Success is a very lonely road, look around and you'll soon see that the majority of people out there are alive but they aren't living - as Henry David Thoreau said "“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” They're squandering their time with a plethora of negative, epicurean habits.
Most people complain about their job and work for the man.
Most people wake up late.
Most people fail to build muscle following conventional fitness advice.
Most people are more concerned about obtaining a small reward today as opposed to a big payout tomorrow.
Most people watch the news, gossip and get caught up in pointless drama.
Most people would rather turn off their brain and watch a movie than stimulate their brain and read a book.
Most people believe they're a victim of their circumstance.
Most people start their day off with a warm, relaxing shower.
Most people form strong opinions with little to no experience (they take the word of others).
I have one small piece of advice for you to ensure you never end up like them.
Do the exact opposite.
I've been thinking about this for a while now - my progress towards my goals, my quality of life and my happiness has increased exponentially since I started doing the complete opposite to everyone else.
You see, common folk do what is deemed to be normal, they take the conventional route without questioning WHY they're doing the damn thing. These are the same people that give up and quit when they don't see results... simply dismissing the endeavour as a failure due to an external factor which they supposedly have no control over.
If you want to build an aesthetic physique, acquire riches and live a life of choice you need to take ownership of your actions and do the opposite of the no-getters.
Let's take a look at some of the decisions I've made that go against the grain:
I'm an entrepreneur - I do not complain about my job or try to scurry out of the office early because I'm working on what I want.
I wake up early, generally between 4:30am and 5:00am regardless of what day of the week it is.
I researched optimal muscle and strength building techniques and have since been training in the low rep ranges (4-6) and will never go back to the conventional 10 rep style of training.
I don't watch the news, follow celebrity gossip or any other subliminal messaging advertisement bullshit - I now have more time, more money and less anxiety.
I opt to read as opposed to watch movies, my vocabulary, articulation, overall knowledge and comprehension have quickly improved.
I start every morning off with an ice cold shower in order to reduce anxiety, boost testosterone, improve my hair and skin as well as get me energized to destroy my upcoming workout.
I try things before forming opinions - bodyweight only training, CrossFit, Olympic Lifting, Plyometrics - before so much as writing or voicing an opinion I ensure I've tried the thing and know both the pros and cons.
I'm more concerned about the destination than the vessel - I do not care for the specifics e.g. the paleo diet, carbohydrate cycling, flexible dieting... I follow what works, I make small pivots based upon results - I refuse to become a close-minded cult member of a certain diet, workout regime or anything for that matter.
When you make these changes in your life people will start to question you and tell you why you shouldn't. Don't listen. Move forward in your journey and keep building momentum - don't ever cease with your positive, goal achieving habits.
"The higher you climb the lonelier it gets. Losers stuck at the bottom want to pull you back down. But fuck 'em." - Victor Pride of Bold&Determined
What're your thoughts on doing the opposite? How has your life changed since you've gone against the grain?