In the midst of a high-energy, instructional workout video, Greg Plitt (arguably the world’s greatest fitness model) uttered a few sentences that ended up inspiring me on a different level than working out – though it’s tie ins to working out are obvious:
“For one time in your life, one time, follow through with what you say. You will feel a high that you’ve never felt before. When you follow through with things in life guys, you achieve the confidence, the mentality, that anything’s possible.”
Now, I will say that while I thoroughly enjoy some of Greg’s fitness videos, and they have helped me better my exercise regimen ten-fold, I wasn’t watching this video to get inspired, but the end result was a bit of inspiration.
I think it was something about the passion that was on display that riled me up when I heard it, and between the passion it was said with, and the substance that was so true, it was a few sentences that will most likely stick with me long term.
So many times in life, we make excuses why not to do something – whether it’s something so small and minuscule in the big scheme of things, like helping a neighbor, or a major life decision, such as leaving your job and starting a company. Bottom line is that we all make excuses, and we do it well don’t we?
Rarely do friends and family question our excuses. Most of the time, your (our) excuses are so good, that because nobody questions it, we even start to believe it ourselves, and tell ourselves that this and that is why we aren’t doing what we want to. We can easily fall into the trap of never moving forward, and become stuck in a never changing, stagnant live, that we aren’t happy with.
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” We have to believe in ourselves and we have to want the effect after the cause that comes with following through with what we want to do.
I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum numerous times. There have been things in my life that I wanted to do, but didn’t (and had very good reasons excuses), and there have been times where I was scared (some super excited), but followed through anyways and succeeded.
I will tell you, whole-heartily, that every time I follow through with something, I grow from it. Even the times I follow through with something but don’t get the result I want, I still love the feeling of following through.
It’s probably quite obvious, but the times I had my desired result come to pass, it’s an ultimate high that evolves from a mix of emotions ranging from adrenaline to confidence to peak happiness. That high helps you grow as a person ten fold.
What also helps you grow, that you may not realize, is following through and not getting the things you want. Learning how to deal with disappointment (I still haven’t), learning how to cope with undesired results, etc. can help you mature on so many different levels, that you might actually grow more from the times you followed through and didn’t get your desired outcome and that high, than the times you got what you wanted and everything went your way.
Regardless of what your goal is, and if you don’t have any you should definitely make some, I strongly urge you to follow through and see what happens.
Following through with things in life truly improves your character and who you are as a person, regardless of the outcome.