Hopefully you know by now that improving your health and providing you with legitimate “no-hype” rapid fat-loss tricks is only HALF of what we do here at Get Lean In 12.
The other half is all about using fitness to focus on living a more fulfilling and remarkable life.
- A life that has purpose and meaning.
- A life that has a positive impact on others.
- A life that makes this world a better place.
That’s why I admire and respect all my readers who follow through.
Most of them start out overweight, depressed and frustrated.
Then they end up turning their whole life around with their results and soaring with new found confidence.
That’s because ANYTIME you take control of your body it automatically forces you to take control of your day-to-day life.
This is a bonus side effect of fat-loss that will never change.
After all, it’s the internal changes that take place that REALLY matter.
Although this is something everybody desires and wants, unfortunately only a few select people will ever achieve it.
That’s why I put together this blog post of a lifetime for you.
It reveals ALL the intangibles of fat-loss that NOBODY EVER TALKS ABOUT.
Consider these TOP 10 commandments as wisdom keys to get and KEEP you lean for life. This is the stuff real champions are made of and it’s the same philosophies I use with all my private coaching clients.
I can assure you these 10 nuggets will open your eyes to a whole new way of looking at fat-loss – and life.
If you take these 10 Commandments to heart and really, really, use them…prepare for some BIG changes in your life.
Get read for some awesome end-of-summer motivation to get you rolling.
Here. We. Go…
Thou Shall Feed My “Winner” and
Starve My “Loser” Daily
There is ONE poison that you must learn to avoid on a daily ongoing basis if you really want to stay healthy and keep your belly flat for the long haul.
What is it?
Your Evil Twin.
Seriously – lol.
Let me quickly explain and I guarantee it will all make sense. You’ll instantly “get it” and be able to relate. I promise.
You see, on the surface I may seem like a lean guy who’s in control of my life. And sometimes I am.
But MANY times I’m NOT.
Deep down inside I have an evil twin. He’s this guy who has no clue what to do with his life.
One guy wants to go get my workouts done, eat clean, be a great dad and husband, give back to the world, and change people’s lives.
But my Evil Twin wants to sleep in without an alarm clock, skip my workout, slack off, eat cheat food, surf the internet all day, and snuggle with my “blanky” on the couch.
BOTH of these people exist and are alive inside my head…
And they fight with each other all day long like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde trying to see who can win.
And guess what?
YOU have the same two people inside YOUR head too.
The “Winner” in you is who you want to be. In control and emotionally stable. Confident but humble. Driven yet balanced. Focused and productive. Unselfish and kind. Patient and persistent.
On the other hand, your evil twin is the person you must learn to despise.
It’s the person we’re embarrassed about. The one we’re not proud of. The one who opens their mouth and says stuff we regret.
The lazy ass that gives up when things get tough and makes usfeel like a friggin’ loser.
And here’s the thing…
Your Evil Twin is always there. Inside your head ready to take over and screw everything up.
But don’t try to ignore or deny your Evil Twin. Acknowledge their existence. If you don’t, they’ll take over your life.
Then STARVE them.
The ONLY way to do this is to FEED the “Winner” inside you BEFORE your Evil Twin takes over.
When you do, the “winner” in you becomes like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither… whatever you do will prosper (Psalm 1:3).
THIS is how you take away ALL the Evil Twin’s powers and paralyze him from taking over your life.
So remember: you have TWO people living inside your head…
The “Winner” and your Evil Twin.
The Winner in you wants to live everyday with a lean-healthy body and have an extraordinary life. Feed him like a sumo wrestler on his cheat day (not literally of course).
But your Evil Twin strives for mediocrity, constantly trying to beat you down and make you average.
Go ahead; acknowledge your Evil Twin’s existence.
Then stomp him out like a fire with by FEEDING the Winner inside you. It’s the only way to AVOID the everyday poison of your Evil Twin and prevent him from making you fat.
I’m thinkin’ you probably can relate to Commandment #1…but this is only the beginning.
I’m just getting started.
Thou Shall Use and Apply The #1 Law of Leanness DAILY
(The Law of Giver’s Gain)
I do everything in my power to follow this law on a daily-ongoing basis because I know the impact it has on my life to keep my stomach flat.
Not only that, this law has the ability to keep my body, my head, and my spirit in the right spot for maximum effectiveness AND overall happiness.
I’m extremely confident you’ll experience the EXACT same benefits if you apply this law.
I call it the Law of Giver’s Gain, which states:
“The secret to getting everything you want in life is helping other people get what THEY want by performing random acts of coolness and kindness.”
Now before you dismiss this as a bunch of B.S. or think this has nothing to do with living a leaner, healthier, more fulfilling life consider this fact:
The body you want, the health you want, all the material things you want, the relationships you want, and the LIFE YOU WANT is hidden inside this law.
And whether you believe in God or not — it’s just how the energy in our world is wired.
What you make happen for others, God and the world will automatically make happen for you.
Good OR bad.
You just gotta have patience and faith to know your good deeds WILL be rewarded.
I’m not saying you’ll get your rewards back DIRECTLY from the person or the relationship that you apply the Law of Giver’s Gain on.
I’m not that naïve. 😉
Think about it. I’m sure there have been times where you have done somebody right and bent over backwards to be a good steward or servant to help them out…
Then they turn around and do you wrong.
I know I’ve been damn good to people I love and care about (and even to strangers) whether it’s free advice, financial help, or just sacrificing my time and
And I never got a thing in return directly from them.
But you should still do your best to apply the Law of Giver’s Gain in your life as much as humanely possible.
Because the world has clearly revealed throughout mankind and history that when you follow this law…
The world will give it back to you 100 fold.
So never forget…the greatest exercise you can perform is to reach down and lift SOMEBODY ELSE up.
It’s human nature.
When we help other people it fulfills us on an emotional and spiritual level that can impact EVERY AREA of our lives positively.
And this is the fuel that ultimately will drive our health and fat-loss goals too.
In my opinion you’ll eventually feel empty, unfulfilled and unmotivated if you don’t try to apply this law in your life on a consistent basis.
At the end of every day and every week I ask myself this question and I highly recommend you do the same:
Did I make more deposits into other people’s lives than I did withdrawals?
I always try and make sure my emotional bank account makes way more deposits because I know this will drive my motivation to excel at EVERYTHING else.
So if you’re not feeling motivated or happy on a daily ongoing basis, maybe you should ask yourself what value you’ve added to other people’s lives.
– Have you solved any problems?
– Have you helped anybody lately?
– Have you contributed to a worthy cause?…or
– Volunteered your time or resources?
I wake up everyday with this goal in mind. And I really hope this reminds you to try and do the same.
That’s why Get Lean In 12 sponsors and pays for housing, food, and education for two kids in third-world countries.
And by the end of this year our goal is to buy a house for a family in need. Yes, a house. It’s the LEAST we can do when you consider two thirds of the world wakes up everyday without running water or a toilet to flush.
Plus, it just plain FEELS good.
Trust me, there have been PLENTY of times where my emotional bank account was in negative territory.
In fact, I’ve had seasons lasting more than a few years where I thought things would NEVER turn around.
But they eventually did.
And in hindsight it ALL came down to this law.
I was taking MORE than I was giving and it created some very painful consequences.
I’ve experienced enough emotional pain to realize we all need to stay focused on using this law as much as humanely possible.
What about you?
Are YOU using the Law of Giver’s Gain?
If you’ve never stopped to consider it, I encourage you to do so now.
I promise it will change your life.
Thou Shall Work My #1 Fat Burning Muscle EVERY
Day of The Week
Did you know that out of every 100 individuals who start something at the age of 25 and “believe” they will be successful – that only 5 will make the grade by age 65?
One will be wealthy. Four will be financially independent, five will still be working, and a whopping fifty four will be broke.
Now don’t get me wrong here, this isn’t supposed to be about money. However, money is one of the easiest measuring sticks.
As Earl Nightingale says is in famous 1950s audio cassette tape; “The Strangest Secret”, success by definition is…
“The progressive realization towards a worthy ideal.”
But whether it’s monetary or it’s your body or just overall health and happiness, the numbers don’t lie.
So what happened? WHY do so many fail?
THIS, as Earl refers to in his audio is:
The Strangest Secret In The World.
But ultimately the difference is working the ONE muscle we should be working EVERY day of the week.
Our mind muscle.
We must learn to focus our mind on worthy goals.
If you honestly think this is “no big deal”…I’m here to tell you that you’re sadly mistaken.
Just read how Earl reveals the undeniable facts about controlling our mind and the impact it can have on our lives…
[Directly from The Strangest Secret, by Earl Nightingale]
“The difference is goals. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
It’s that simple.
Failures, on the other hand, believe that their lives are shaped by circumstances … by things that happen to them … by exterior forces.
Think of a ship with the complete voyage mapped out and planned. The captain and crew know exactly where the ship is going and how long it will take — it has a definite goal. And 9,999 times out of 10,000, it will get there.
Now let’s take another ship — just like the first — only let’s not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm. Let’s give it no aiming point, no goal, and no destination. We just start the engines and let it go. I think you’ll agree that if it gets out of the harbor at all, it will either sink or wind up on some deserted beach — a derelict.
It can’t go anyplace because it has no destination and no guidance.
It’s the same with a human being.
Throughout history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers, and prophets have disagreed with one another on many different things.
It is only on this one point that they are in complete and unanimous agreement — the key to success and the key to failure is this:
WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT
This is The Strangest Secret.
Now, why do I say it’s strange, and why do I call it a secret? Actually, it isn’t a secret at all. It was first promulgated by some of the earliest wise men, and it appears again and again throughout the Bible.
But very few people have learned it or understand it.
That’s why it’s strange, and why for some equally strange reason it virtually remains a secret.
Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman Emperor, said: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”
Disraeli said this: “Everything comes if a man will only wait … a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and nothing can resist a will that will stake even existence for its fulfillment.”
William James said: “We need only in cold blood act as if the thing in question were real, and it will become infallibly real by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real. It will become so knit with habit and emotion that our interests in it will be those which characterize belief.”
“ … only you must, then, really wish these things, and wish them exclusively, and not wish at the same time a hundred other incompatible things just as strongly.”
My old friend Dr. Norman Vincent Peale put it this way:
“If you think in negative terms, you will get negative results. If you think in positive terms, you will achieve positive results.”
George Bernard Shaw said:
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
Well, it’s pretty apparent, isn’t it? We become what we think about.
A person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that’s what he’s thinking about.
Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear, and worry will thereby create a life of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry.
And if he thinks about nothing … he becomes nothing.
I personally think this says it all.
When we learn to consistently control our thoughts towards the progressive realization of a worthy goal…
– Health and Fat-Loss
– Career, Hobbies, or Passions
– Finances or Giving back to worthy causes
– Spirituality or Personal Growth
– Relationships or Family
We just “feel” better about ourselves and have a sense of purpose and fulfillment in our lives.
But don’t forget, it does require ACTION too.
You can’t just “think” your way to a worthy goal. BUT – your thoughts are the starting point.
They become the catalyst for massive action to take place.
Remember, God made the birds and the worms…but He didn’t go around dumping them in their nests.
Take action and learn to “control your thoughts”.
It’s worth the fight. And I promise you’ll see a positive impact almost immediately.
If you’d like a *FREE* copy of Earl Nightingale’s world famous audio, “The Strangest Secret” just click this link and download the pdf or listen to the audio:
Thou Shall Hang Around Like Minded Successful People
Commandment #4 probably contains the most powerful 2-minute exercise you’ll EVER do.
This has easily had the largest positive impact on my body and life of any other exercise I’ve ever performed.
However, there is a small catch.
It’s actually not a physical exercise. It’s a written one.
In fact, this is probably the smartest way to assess and measure your progress – or lack there of.
It’s also the easiest way to precisely predict your own future.
I know that sounds weird, but you’ll see exactly how this exercise works it’s magic in a second.
And without performing this 2-minute exercise you could easily be wasting half your potential in life.
In fact, every wildly successful mentor and role model that I’ve ever known or worked with (in any area of life) has used and recommended this ONE strategy.
Here it is:
Write down the 5 people in your life that you spend the MOST time with.
Next, take a good hard look at this list and consider the “influence” it’s having on your life.
Why is this so powerful?
Because this is your personal Crystal Ball.
It’s THE biggest predictor of what your future looks like.
In fact, I can 100% guarantee that the five people you spend the most time with will have the biggest influence on the outcome of your goals in every area of life.
I’ve experienced this first hand and believe me – I’ve been on both sides of the fence.
And every single time my success or failure is directly related to whom I’m spending my time with.
What about you?
Just think about the times you’ve been with great people vs. the times you’ve spent the majority of your time with losers or negative people.
There’s probably a HUGE difference in your experiences and outcomes.
Many authors and big shots have always said, “success is a choice.”…but it all starts with “who” you spend all your time with.
I’ll never forget the first time I actually did this exercise and really took it seriously over 10 years ago.
It was like a big giant punch in the nose.
I realized no matter how disciplined I was or how hard I tried to get ahead in life I was spending a lot of time in the wrong environments and with the wrong people.
And even though I loved and cared deeply for many of these people, I still had to make the tough decision to change it.
Since then I’ve focused on spending more of my time learning from higher level mentors, coaches, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders and fitness business experts.
If you’ve never done this exercise before it won’t take you long to see the light and reap the rewards.
The people you hang out with will determine the environments where you spend all your time and this will ultimately control your outcomes and your destiny.
I’m not saying you should ditch all your friends and family if they’re dysfunctional or abusive.
I truly believe we should make our best effort to have unconditional acceptance of everybody regardless of his or her shortcomings.
After all…every time we point the finger we always have three pointing back at us. 🙂
But it’s still in your best interest to do everything you can to spend time with quality people who support your goals and have a positive influence on your life.
So don’t delay.
Do this powerful 2 minute exercise today:
- Take out a piece of paper and write down the five people you spend the most time with.
- Make a column that says “pros” and “cons” and start listing the positives and negatives for all five relationships.
- Make the necessary changes to brighten your future and improve your quality of life.
It may be a big wake up call and you may need to find some new friends or seek a mentor or coach…
…Or you may give yourself a pat on the back because you’re consistently hanging around like-minded successful people who lift you up and improve your life.
Either way, I’m sure you can see why this exercise is great indicator of where your life is headed.
I’ll end this commandment with one my favorite sayings:
There are 2 types of people in this world.
- Those who brighten a room when they enter it, and…
- Those who brighten a room when they leave it.
So which ones are you spending your time with? Even more important, which one are you?
I have to admit it’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it because we ALL rise and fall to the level of who or what we follow.
And if you’re struggling with your health or fat-loss right now this exercise is something you should take to heart.
Maybe your friends can help make you thin after all. 🙂
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Thou Shall Seek and Find a Mentor to
Maximize My Human Potential
Commandment #5 is a great follow up to #4.
It hit me when I was meeting with a small group of businessmen recently and the head of our group asked,
“How many of you have a mentor or a coach?”
I was shocked when only two of us raised our hands – me being one of the two.
No wonder most of these men were struggling with their weight AND their business goals.
Having the right support system around you is critical to achieve consistent fat loss or any goal in life.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years…
There are two different ways we grow, learn lessons, and acquire wisdom:
- The mistakes we make
- The mentors and leaders we follow
And following a mentor is MUCH less painful than making a bunch of unnecessary mistakes.
So that’s the big question I want you to ask yourself for this Commandment.
Do you have a mentor?
Whether it’s your health, your career, your family, or even your spirituality we all need positive role models to follow and mimic.
Mentors make the difference between poor health vs. great health, pain vs. pleasure, loss vs. gain, deterioration vs. restoration.
(Wow…that was pretty deep. 😉
But remember, your mentor is hardly EVER going be one of your best friends.
- Your best friends love you the way you are. They are comfortable with your past and your present.
- Your mentor is only concerned with brightening your future.
- Your best friends tend to ignore your weaknesses.
- Your mentor REMOVES your weaknesses.
- Your best friends are your cheerleaders…and this is a good thing, but…
- Your mentor is your accountability coach. And that’s WAY more important.
- Your best friends usually see everything you do right.
- Your mentor identifies what you’re doing wrong, then corrects and encourages you.
THIS is how you grow and learn. THIS is how you’ll make faster progress. THIS is how you’ll maximize your full potential on this earth.
Additionally, you’ll have fewer regrets in life.
Plus your mentor will “see” things you simply CANNOT see.
This will help you prevent a thousand headaches, avoid dozens of mistakes and save you a from a LOT of unnecessary pain and suffering.
BUT — you have to make a conscious effort to seek out and find mentors in areas of life that you want to succeed.
Even though various mentors will enter and exit your life, keep searching for them and they will appear.
It’s just how the “Big Man” above wired the world.
-Ask and it shall be given.
-Seek and ye shall find.
-Knock and the door shall open.
Remember this Proverb:
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that seeks counsel (mentors) is wise.”
I’m currently being coached every week by a business mentor and a spiritual mentor.
What about you? Are you using a mentor or coach?
After all, it’s another big secret of the fat-loss journey.
So tell me, WHICH ONE of these 5 Commandments resonated with YOU the most? Com’on. I know at least ONE of them hit home with you. 😉
Just leave me a comment below and give me your feedback.
I’m curious to get your feedback.
Then head on over to Part 2 of this blog post and check out the final TOP 5 Commandments to achieve life-long leanness.
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With gratitude and appreciation,