I am not a religious person, but I was raised Catholic and feel that I absorbed enough of the bible to confidently say that God is not going to personally help you. I’m sorry if this is an uncomfortable truth but nowhere in the Bible does it mention a poor woman with a failing business who is visited by the All Mighty and has her problem solved.
Nor does it mention the American Footballer who won his Superbowl ring thanks to divine intervention Or the man who was given incredible strength …. Okay maybe that one happened!
If it feels like I’m having a go at religious people, I’m not. My actual point is that people need to stop expecting that everything will just work out eventually. Your business will never get better if you don’t work hard, you will never succeed at a sport if you don’t practice, and you will NEVER get a six pack, or bulging biceps if you don’t put in the work.
Most people are probably reading this and thinking “well duh”, but let me ask you this “How is your training plan going?”
If it is a raging success then fair play, move on, you’ve got this bro. But if your training plan is in week 104 of planning, and your gym have given up on getting you to renew your membership, then I have to ask “What are you waiting for?”. Nobody is responsible for your body but you, and nobody can make you change your habits either.
So what brought on this mini-rant? Well I was reading a review of a well-known trainer’s book*, and the complaint was that the info wasn’t anything special. To quote him (roughly) “It was the kind of advice you would get from your mate in the pub if they were looking to give you some motivation”. He gave the book 3 stars out of 5. All I could think of was the many clients I had in my career who thought that the simple act of purchasing an online coach was enough to get them results.
“All you did was give me calorie and macro targets, you didn’t tell me WHAT to eat” They’d complain. Yeah, and I’m not about to fucking spoon feed you either! I’ll answer any questions you have, but I’m not spending 5 hours writing you out a meal plan that you won’t follow anyway. “What’s so special about this training plan?” well it’s suited to your unique needs and the equipment you have available (something 90% of online coaches wouldn’t bother with) but in all truth nothing is special about it. Just follow it and you’ll get good results.
Anyway back to Jamie’s book, it tells you what you need to do to succeed. If the negative reviewer has heard that advice enough times for it to be generic in his opinion, then why is he still buying self-help books? If he had tried following the advice then he would have got the results. Because the truth is, there are no secrets to success (in business or in the gym). There are tips and tricks that can help slightly speed the process up, but none of those tips will beat hard work and consistency.
See the people who try to buy success but don’t do the work, are expecting some Divine justice. They are expecting the Universe to go “Well Dominick spent £300 on a training program so he deserves results” but if you aren’t doing the work then the Universe won’t give a shit. Spending money can help (I wouldn’t have a career and many happy clients if it didn’t), but it only makes the path you need to take clearer, it doesn’t carry you across it.
Dammmn I clearly went full on philosopher there, better keep this up … erm ….
Matt “The Heretic” Smith
*Jamie Alderton’s Mindset with Muscle – a book on building your business and your body. I’m enjoying it so far
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.