We started the week thinking about celebration and into the weekend I go with celebration thoughts on my mind. I am now officially 7 days away from being 30 years-old, 8 days away from my bachelorette party in Miami South Beach, 21 days away from my trip to Bora Bora and 23 days away from being Mrs. Trisha Blackwell Synan. To say that I have a lot to celebrate is an understatement, to say the least. I’m sitting a Starbucks in Centerville right now with my Venti Gold Coast Blend and thoughts about the peaks and valleys of life.
Wherever you are in your life right now, whether you are in a peak or a valley, where you are is worth celebrating. There is no way for us to appreciate the beauty of the peaks if we didn’t understand the patience and perseverance that the valleys demand of us along the way. I’m battling some excruciating lumbar back pain right now, it’s a valley. It feels like it’s never going to get better. But it will; and, in the meantime, I have a new found appreciate for the gift that being pain-free actually is. We take so much for granted in our lives, in our movements and in our circumstances, so I challenge you to asses your valleys differently. A valley is a gift of perspective.
I’m reading Grant Cardone’s book, The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure and in it there is some insight on pushing through the valleys of life that is perfect to share with you:
This is the focus of the 10x Rule: You must set targets that are 10 times what you think you want and then do 10 times what you think it will take to accomplish those targets. Massive thoughts must be followed by massive actions.
Pretend you’re being recorded as a model by which your children and grandchildren will learn how to succeed in life. Attack everything with the ferociousness of a champion athlete who is getting his last opportunity to claim his pages in the history books. And always remember to follow through completely: That is the great common denominator of all winners. They see every action through to completion. Make no excuses, and adopt a “take-no-prisoners” attitude. Approach every situation with an “in-it-to-win-it-whatever-it-takes” mind-set. [Underlined emphasis mine]
Be in-it-to-win-it, whatever that means for you. Figure out what is most important to you in life and start chasing it. Once you take on the mindset of a champion, no longer will you be tied to your old habits or distracted by nah-sayers.
Reflection of the Weekend:
Are you in a peak or a valley of your life? If you coming up upon a peak, are you properly celebrating? If you are in a valley, are you willing to bite the grind and adopt the 10x Rule?
Workout of the Weekend:
Do 75-minutes of a cardio type that you normally would not do. If you hate the stairclimber, do it. If you hate running, get ready for a long running session and if you lean towards over-training, then do a 75-minute yoga or stretching session. Whatever it is, I want it to be hard for you mentally. I want you to start the workout with a ferociously positive attitude and I want you to FIGHT to keep that attitude the entire time.
What a gift it is that we can teach ourselves life lessons through physical exertion. Don’t waste that gift. Don’t stop pushing yourself through the valleys because they are gifts as well.
Celebrating and always living out the 10x Rule,