The Future is Unwritten
This is a simple article with a quick task for you at the end.
After saving my knees and athleticism — then finding I could help others do the same — all by using exercise approaches backward from what I’d been taught in textbooks, I knew I had to do something to change reality.
I wasn’t on social media at the time, and I didn’t believe I had much of a shot succeeding at it.
But the pain of going with the flow had grown unbearable; failing to spread the helpful yet obscure data that had changed my life was unacceptable.
Having now made it to the other side, I know:
You can write the future.
And getting started isn’t complicated. Here’s how I originally applied this, and how I’m applying it now:
On New Year’s Day a few years ago, rather than just list a bunch of goals, I wrote down my ideal DAY.
Back then, I was in the gym 100 hours a week. I had no time to learn how to make social media posts. I didn’t even have time for a family.
So I wrote down that I wanted to be in the gym in the morning, doing and coaching the program. I listed exact times for this. Then I wanted to use the afternoon to deliver that exact program online and work on educating the masses. I put exact times for that. This left enough time to still be a present father, because Alissa and I wanted to have a baby.
It worked out for me, and I continually apply this strategy: I use my ideal DAY to dictate what results I can bring into the world now and down the road.
So your task is that simple: Write down your ideal day, with exact times.
I live the same schedule 7 days a week, but you could have a different ideal weekday and weekend. I make notations if something is different on one particular day. For example, every Sunday I write a new article.
I keep my ideal day in iPhone Notes so I can update it at any time and review it often.
Changing the world may seem impossibly hard.
But one day at a time, we can accomplish real change!
Final tip: You may have to look out for people trying to pull you away from your ideal day. Gary V explained this in a way I’d never quite seen before, that finally made it click for me:
Basically, if you feel bad saying no to someone, ask yourself: “Is this person truly trying to help, or are they trying to serve themselves?”
You shouldn’t feel bad saying no to something that pulls you off creating the future you want.
If I had said yes to every “opportunity,” there’s a 99.99% chance you wouldn’t be reading this article right now. You never would have heard of me.
And this would continue to be a problem for me if I didn’t list my ideal day, stick to it, learn, and re-assess.
Your true friends will assist your dreams.
Yours in Solutions,
[My ideal day includes my baby boy and Alissa being with me when I go on work trips! This picture is from a recent podcast with Mark Bell & Nsima Inyang, where Onyx demonstrated how to get world-class mobility. Truth is, I most enjoy just staying put in my neighborhood, working and being a regular dad! But sometimes work trips are in the best interest of my team and creating the reality I want to see in the world. We’re making it work for the time being, and people don’t seem to mind. Those with similar goals as you will understand and support you.]
[And this last one is just because I’m obsessed with the little nugget!]