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Fall in love with the process.

~Eric Thomas

Wooh! We’ve passed the 21 day mark by finishing week 3 which is a huge step towards establishing a habit. Some people believe it takes 21 days. Others believe that it’s 30 days, 60 days, or 90 days. I’m not 100% how many days it takes to solidify a habit, but I do know that all of those are huge milestones. Here’s a recap of day 22 to 28.

Day 1 (Monday, Nov. 28, 2016): Long Run (6 miles)

If you remember from Week 3, my legs were out of commission from the football game, and I figured I’d be good to go two days later. Nope. It was awful. I was only able to run 2 miles before I switched to power hiking the treadmill on an 11 degree incline for another mile.

Day 2: 45 Minute Bike + Back & Tricep Weight Lifting

My legs were feeling a little bit better at this point, but still very sore, so I’m glad it was a pretty chill day with the stationary bike (9.3 miles). Topped it off with some quick weight lifting in the gym. Even four days later, everyone from the football game was still talking about how sore we all were!

Day 3: Intervals [5 min WU, 3x(7 min @ 10:00 + 3 min @ 9:30 + 3 min recovery jog), 5 min CD]

Hallelujah! My legs work again! Just in time too. I landed in Las Vegas for a conference, so I was VERY excited to run outside in temperatures greater than 40 degrees! This was a pretty crazy intervals run, but running on the Vegas Strip made it go smoothly and a ton of fun! Running outside is definitely way more interesting than the treadmill. I ran 5.19 miles at a 9:51 pace! I think the reason I ran harder was because I was running near so many people! Knowing that they might be watching made me push forward, just like how public accountability can push us to do what we don’t feel like doing.

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Day 4: X3 Yoga

This was much needed after a solid hard run. Although it was a rest day for my legs, I probably walked at least 3 miles taking in the sights in Vegas!

Day 5: Easy Run (3 miles)

You would think that Las Vegas would still be in the 50s or 60s, but this day was in the mid 40s. I didn’t escape Wisconsin just to run in this weather! Today was the first full day of the conference which would be a full 12 hours straight, so I ran in the morning. I wouldn’t have time to supplement the runs this weekend due to the conference, but on this day, I did a different kind of plyometric workout!

I had the privilege of seeing Tony Robbins speak! It was an unreal experience! The majority of his talk was focused on having and maintaining high energy so this meant we were on our feet for about 70% of the time. He had us jumping, screaming, dancing, hugging, chest bumping, and completely just go bananas! I think I jumped and danced around more in the 3 to 4 hours with Tony Robbins than I ever did at a concert!

If you plan on attending a Tony Robbins event, bring tennis shoes.

Day 6: Easy Run (3 miles)

I’ve realized that my pacing when running outside is much faster compared to running on a treadmill. I ran a 10:15 in Day 5 and a 10:23 on this day. Although my legs were a little tired from Tony Robbins the previous night, it was still a solid run.

Day 7: Long Run (5 miles)

On my last day in Vegas, I ended the trip with a long run that ended a bit further than 5 miles because I knew that my total mileage for the week was super close to breaking the 20 mile mark! During the run, all I could think about was hitting this milestone, so I “ran through the finish line” on this last day of the week. My 4-week mileage ended at 62.08 miles! This was so crazy! That’s more than I’ve run in my entire life!

 

These first four weeks have really set the pace for my training to qualify for OCRWC. A lot of people go on challenges and don’t even make it past week 2, so to be able to make it to week 4 is a huge accomplishment that I’m super pumped about.

However, there’s one thing that a lot of people feel during a challenge to improve. It’s the desire to see significant progress! Some people start a weight loss challenge and expect to lose 20 to 30 lbs in a few weeks. Some people start a new business and expect to be rich by the first month. I’ve been running for 4 weeks now! Shouldn’t I be able to run a 4 minute mile?! Of course not.

Too often we set these crazy high expectations for ourselves, and when we don’t see the results we desire, most of us quit. Even during these runs, I sometimes wish I was at least running under a 9 minute pace. But I understand the power of the compound effect. Although I may not see any progress now, it’s all about the daily decisions and actions every single day over time that will compound into huge results in the future.

So instead of focusing on the scoreboard, we must focus on the things we can track. We must focus on the daily activity. We must focus on the small wins. We must trust the process.

You are what you eat. You are what you read. You are what you think. And you are what you hear. Everything you allow into your life shapes or influences the person you are in some way, so it’s important to be in control of what’s coming in. A great way to control what you hear is through awesome podcasts which can be listened to in place of music when you’re driving or working. Below is a list of my favorite podcasts that have added a ton of value to my life and many others.

1. Entrepreneur on Fire

EOFire is a 7 day per week podcast hosted by John Lee Dumas. Value bombs are dropped everyday as JLD interviews entrepreneurs big and small to learn about their story and share their experiences of building a business. I love EOFire because of the amazing stories and wide range of people from different backgrounds and industries. It’s a podcast that you can plug into daily to stay inspired.


2. The Charged Life

The Charged Life is one of the top self-help and personal development podcasts. Brendon Burchard delivers massive value on motivation, high performance, success, and how to live a fully charged life. Brendon is a #1 NY Times Bestselling author, a thought leader in the personal development industry, and has amassed over 4.7 million followers on Facebook. Brendon has taught me to bring the joy and passion into everything I do.

 

3. The School of Greatness

Lewis Howes is a former professional football player turned lifestyle entrepreneur. Each week he interviews amazing guests such as Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Elizabeth Gilbert. Not only does he interview entrepreneurs and people in the personal development space, but he also interviews actors, athletes, and artists. Lewis and his guests will share their inspiring story and message to help you unlock your inner greatness!

 

4. The Model Health Show

The Model Health Show will help you take your health and your mindset about health to the next level. Shawn Stevenson and his co-host Jade Harrell are a dynamic duo that will entertain and more importantly educate you on the latest in health. Shawn is a top fitness & nutrition expert who can help you lead a more productive life by keeping your health in check. Mixed with a little flavor of personal development wisdom, this podcast must be a part of your audio arsenal.

 

5. Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle 2.0

YEL 2.0 is a podcast dedicated to helping millennials step up their game in the new economy. Author, speaker, and serial entrepreneur, Peter Voogd, will give you value without any fluff. His bluntness will light a fire under you to get you to start living life on your terms. Not only will he motivate you, but he’ll give you actionable strategies that you can implement to take your business and life to the next level.

 

6. The Secret to Success

Top motivational speaker, Eric Thomas, and his CEO, Carlas Quinney Jr. (aka CJ) bring you a more urban element to personal development and motivation. From their discussions about the latest in sports to sharing their struggles of their past, ET and CJ are able to teach valuable lessons in living authentically and conquering obstacles during your journey to success. This podcast will help you defy the odds so that you can create the life you deserve.

 

7 Network Marketing Pro

Eric Worre is on a mission to elevate the profession and industry of network marketing. For those that are looking to take their network marketing business to the next level, this podcast will teach you the fundamentals on how to build and develop leaders within yourself and your team. Eric will not only teach you how he’s built his legacy through network marketing, but also will interview guests who have surpassed the million dollar mark in their business.

 

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In the comments section below, share some of your favorite podcasts that have brought value to you!

 

There is one significant factor that is holding you back from achieving your next level of success in any area of your life. The culture of your environment can either push you towards your goal or pull you away from it. If you are in the same environment today as you were a year ago, chances are your life has not dramatically advanced forward.

Now you might be successful in your current context whether you hold a high position in your company or you just graduated at the top of your class, but you’ll never achieve past that level until you shift the culture around you. Would you agree that a high school freshman who hangs out with middle schoolers would not succeed as well as a high school freshman who hangs out with seniors at the top of their class? Of course! Although they still “advanced” to the next level, they won’t achieve at that level. So why wouldn’t this same concept apply to other aspects of life?

Someone who hangs out with friends that eat fast food all day and go out for drinks Thursday through Saturday is much less likely to be in great health than someone who hangs out with a group friends who have a health conscious culture. A college athlete who just got drafted to play professionally wouldn’t continue to practice with his or her college peers but instead practice with their new teammates to quickly pull his or herself up to the standard.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t remember where you came from, but in order to start living your ideal life, your current environment needs to become just a memory. Your past IS NOT your future. Your past environment is there for the times you return to share your story and to show others that they can achieve what you’ve achieved.

Shawn Stevenson, bestselling author & creator of The Model Health Show, and Eric Thomas, world renown motivational speaker, dives deeper into the topic of how your environment is the most influential factor in determining your success in the latest episode of podcast. Check out the video below to see them drop knowledge bombs that can take you to your next level!

Have you ever set off to achieve a new goal only to find yourself off track a few weeks later?

When I made a decision to take full responsibility for my health, there were 3 key factors that contributed to my total body transformation of losing 70 pounds. I’ve attempted to take control in the past and did have some success in losing weight, but it always seemed to find its way back. I was stuck on the roller coaster weight-loss ride that so many of us get stuck on, until I discovered the missing pieces. These 3 keys can be applied in any context to help you achieve your next level.

1. Find a mentor

You’ll need to find a mentor or coach that has already achieved what you want to achieve. This can either be an industry leader you hire or even a friend that just has more experience than you. They’ll help you map out a gameplan that will show you the path to success. They will be a resource for you to utilize whenever you have a question or ever get stuck during your journey.

2. Find accountability partners

Accountability partners are a critical piece to keeping you on track. These are people that are riding the same struggle bus with you and are striving to achieve similar goals. Not only do they keep you on track, but you’re there to encourage and support them as well.

3. Want it bad enough

This is the biggest key that will determine your success. You can have all the mentors in the world and the greatest accountability partners, but that will mean nothing if you don’t have the ambition and drive to achieve your goal. When you want it bad enough, that’s when all of the other pieces fall into place like consistency, habit development, persistence and motivation to push past any self-limiting beliefs.

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With these 3 keys in place, you’ve set yourself up for massive success. Now it’s time for you to execute!