Overcoming Roadblocks and Setbacks – Part One
What’s up my Facebook family? Coach Jimmy here. It’s 102 degrees outside here in Dallas Texas today. I did have a leg day this morning, but I am sipping on my Energize. Best stuff the planet and I’m actually walking over the Katy Trail trying to psych myself up for a little afternoon cardio.
Let me know if this is streaming live. I’m always curious when I’m out here walking how my stream is…that sounds dirty. This chick was obviously way more important than I was, because she just came flying out of that parking lot in a Range Rover like she had someplace to be. Don’t mind pedestrians! God. I’m going to New York City this week. I’m really excited about it because pedestrians kind of rock and roll over there. Alright, Adam. Thanks, man.
So for those of you that follow me on Snapchat, and I really really hope you are, you saw that on Mondays that’s leg day for me. That’s squat day. Jimmy with them good squats. It was a lot of squats, not a ton of weight, but a lot of reps. It’s been maybe the most productive Monday I’ve had in a while.
Building a Business Isn’t Easy
The alarm went off. I was up before 5. I listened to Steven Furtick sermon. I went and lifted with my trainer. Hi Ashley Olsen. Thanks Kimmy. Then afterwards I sat at Starbucks and I’m reading a book that Carl Daikeler recommended. I think, I hope I don’t butcher the title, it’s something called like The Hard Things About the Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. Again, man, I really hope I’m not butchering this book, but it’s basically talking about like all the hard shit about building a business that nobody talks about, about being a CEO or an entrepreneur, and so far I really like it.
Nobody ever wants to talk about how shit’s hard and it’s not sexy showing up every day.
There’s so many and that’s really want to talk about here like why is it hard to stay motivated, right? And with nobody, you know everybody wants to talk about these self-help books, this rah rah stuff for staying motivated, but nobody ever wants to talk about how shit’s hard, right? And how it’s not sexy and showing up every day. I’m sitting at a stoplight here trying to see where I won’t get killed.
So it’s called the hard, I think it’s called The Hard Things About the Hard Things and there’s like a subtitle and normally I get audio books, but this one I actually had got the hard copy and so I sat at Starbucks and read about a chapter of that because Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler recommended it and nine times out of ten he and I have a lot of the same taste in books and music and musicals and whatnot.
And so what was going to be next?
Make To Do Lists
Oh, and so then I got home…so while it was there what I’ll do a lot of times is I will brain dump. Sometimes it’ll be in the morning, sometimes it’ll be during my workout, stuff like, “Oh, I need to get this done.” So what I do is I put the note section of my on my phone and just write stuff down like as I think. Like, “Oh, I have got to get back to so and so. Oh, I need to tell my assistant this etc. etc. etc.”
None of these lights want to change. I’m literally standing here forever. It’s okay. It’s giving me more time with you and I got home and I hugged my family for a second and then my son is in zoo camp all week, so…yo fuckin a dude! Sorry guys, people don’t pay attention to pedestrian when a pedestrian has the right away. Now you get to see…I damn near got fucking run over.
So he decided to pull over. I’m just watching around make sure everything’s cool. I know, man. I totally lost my train of thought. Well, I guess live streaming gives you a real-life. Damn. That happened the other day with my kid. Yeah, I can. Hold a second. Let me stop.
Overcoming Roadblocks and Setbacks – Part Two
Alright. So, we’re going to try this again. Hopefully my audience that was here comes back around.
So if you missed the first part, I damn near got killed by some asshole that decided not to pay attention to the pedestrian right of way walk. Because, that’s twice, that was twice in that walk I almost got run over by people in cars that move faster than I do because wherever they were going was super-duper important.
Which probably means that if you left on time, you wouldn’t have had that issue, but it’s my fault as the pedestrian. I know.
So, what were we talking about? We were talking about my productive morning and we’re also talking about why people say it’s hard to stay motivated. That’s where we were going with this! As I’m walking outside in 100 degree heat sipping on my energize, getting ready to potentially do a run even though it was a leg day this morning. I think that’s where we were.
So I jotted all that stuff down. I went to Starbucks, read the book, we talked about the book, The Hard Things About the Hard Things. I think that’s the name of it, Ben Horowitz.
Thank you everybody that you’re concerned about my life. I do have one more intersection I have to get through so we’re not done yet. You can still see bloodshed.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
All morning long as I thought of the things I needed to do, I jotted them down. So I’m just giving you little tips and little things I do to help stay productive and motivated. So and then as I thought, “Oh, I need to do this. Need to do this.” All those things get jotted down in the notes section of my phone. Came home. Said hi to the family. Kelly was getting the kids out of the door because it came…oh, I’m crossing the street. I’m not going to die. I’m not going to die. I’m not going to die.
Because Kelly is getting kids out the door. My son was going to zoo school.
Multitasking is one of the biggest lies we’ve all been taught. You’re running at less than 50% capacity when you do two things at once.
So I literally didn’t shower. I’m still the same stuff from this morning. You can call me nasty if you want to that’s just the way things roll sometimes. I sat down and I just started attacking this to-do list. What I allowed myself to do is to only attack one thing at a time, I shut down all other tabs, and really focused. Multitasking is one of the biggest lies we’ve all been taught.
People like pride themselves in multitasking and its bullshit because you’re running at less than 50% capacity when you’re trying to do two things at once. You’re going to do two things really half ass and God help you if you’re doing three and four.
Ok. This, technically, is the last street I have to cross and if we can survive this I think that’s an accomplishment.
Take Action Daily
Ok. So, but there’s been a theme today as I’ve talked to other leaders and even people on my team and shit like that. The entrepreneurs I work with, we just came out of like our biggest event of the year last week and there’s already people that went to that event that aren’t taking action daily and I just…I mean I literally just had a leader that I was texting with ask me about how do you keep your people motivated.
I like to think that I’m like the motivation guy, other people are like, “Jimmy, you’re so motivating,” but you would have realized? I can’t. I don’t. At the end of the day, somebody’s going to do something or they’re not because they decided to not because I said some shit. I spoke yesterday to 1,500 entrepreneurs in a room and my inbox has been flooded with how impactful my talk was.
I appreciate those, I really do, because public speaking is one of my favorite things to do, but sadly, I know that I could message most those people back a month from now and ask them what they did with that inspiration and they’re going to say nothing. Because motivation is nothing, but an emotion. It’s just like being happy or sad. It comes. It goes. If you’re waiting to only move when you feel really good about yourself or really move when like, “Oh, my song came on and I can jam.”
Create Your Own Motivation
I don’t want to run this right now. Hell no, I don’t want to run this right now! I’m going to put on some music to help me. I’m going find ways to motivate myself, maybe put on little YouTube video of maybe some CrossFit games or some really fit person doing something awesome as I sit here and stretch. That’ll be like, “Aw, yeah!”
Now when I take my first five steps in 100 degree heat, it’s still gonna suck. I may pick my favorite playlist to jam along, but I have to have a reason. I want to be out here not because somebody called me and patted me on my back and told me I was cute and you better get going because that shit doesn’t work. The people that you think are so motivating, they got fed up being where they were. You can tell it’s hot here. My phone is fogging up.
They decided wherever they were wasn’t good enough anymore and they had to get uncomfortable and put some urgency with that uncomfortable and move and remember why.
So why I’m out here?
Well, I’ve been inside all day. I need some vitamin D. God knows I could use a tan. I’ve been on this kind of little lean out journey. I’m digging it, but I don’t see that six pack yet. So I still got some work to do. Maybe I’m going to see two abs before the summer’s out and may not be able to show off a six-pack, but maybe I can peak out two before I have to put on a sweater the rest of the year.
Know Your Reason
Well so why else am I out here? Why did I bust my ass investing into a team that 90% of them don’t do the shit I say?
Well, at the end of the day, I’m a teacher and I feel motivated to do it. That’s why nine times out of ten, the people that actually like activate the shit that I say aren’t on my team. They don’t pay me. I don’t make a dime off of it. However, I do it because there’s some fulfillment on my side of somebody taking something I said and doing something with it. That’s pretty cool.
There’s other ways to get paid besides money.
I literally feel better about myself when somebody comes up and says, “Hey Jimmy. I watched one of your YouTube videos or saw a live stream and I activated it,” and that’s I think that’s the greatest…you can’t put a number on that for me.
So, what’s the moral of this thing? How to stay motivated?
Why are you’re doing this? Why is it you want what you say you want? People are like, “Well, I want this. I want to build this business. I want to lose this weight. I want to do this thing.”
There’s other ways to get paid besides money.
I want to drink this water right now. Damn. That’s some hot water. You know it’s hot when the fountain’s hot.
But you just…you gotta have a reason beyond…if you really want to change your life and if you really want to change your life, just show up every day even when you’re not going to feel like it. My goal is to get out here and get this run done and that way…I was so productive this morning and to get back. My family will be home by then and I’ll be done with my work. So I have to go back in my office the rest of the day. There’s always more to do, but I could shut down for the day and know I had a productive day. I had a great lifting session, got a little cardio in, had a little fun, invested in my team, and send out some emails. Hopefully got some new people started in my business. (Business with me as I coach them.)
It’s because I want to leave my mark every day. I want to be the best version of me, but just because I do it, I can’t keep somebody else motivated. They gotta decide that and if you don’t stay motivated, I’m going to question if you really want whatever the hell you say you want. You’re just full of shit.
Have Go-To Daily Motivators
Find those things those mornings that…I usually have three or four go to things that I’m like shoo. You think when my alarm goes off at 4:40 every morning I just pop out of bed and like, “This is awesome!” No! So I have some go to things, some playlists, and people I find inspiring that I plug into that change that mindset to get moving. The fact that these people are running by me right now making this look way easier than I’m going to do right now, it’s kind of motivating.
I’d love to hear from you. What are those things that…do you have to go to things? Do you have like a playlist or song or video or things in your tool belt to get you moving on the days you don’t feel like it? What I think would be awesome is if the thread under this live stream became a sharing spot where you guys all share your best shit. Like, “Alright, here’s a video that I like when I don’t feel like working out or when I’m going to move my business. This is something that really inspires me to move.”
What I would love is, man, you guys do me that favor. Start commenting under this and I’m going to come back here after my run and I want to see some awesome shares. When I get back home tonight, I’ll pop in here and I’ll pop a couple of my favorite videos underneath this as well. So, post under here. Kind of some things, maybe it is. Kimmy said something like she posted she’s going do something so that she feels obligated. I think that’s great.
I’m gonna probably put on some really angry gangster rap playlist right now because I wasn’t on my positive motivational stuff this morning. Sometimes it’s positive motivation and sometimes it’s just getting pissed off. 100 degree heat that’s about to piss me off.
So I love you guys. Thanks for being with me. I’m glad I didn’t die and it’s 3:20. I gotta knock this shit out. Bye.