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April 17, 2023

What Can You Do In Ten Years?

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

I'm not sure who to give credit for this quote--Tony Robbins or Bill Gates--but I heard it this week, and it's been on my mind ever since because I'm a big believer in the long game.

There are so many overnight success stories on social media, but the truth is most people don't roll out of bed, jump on their laptops, start trading stocks, and instantly become millionaires. It usually happens over a few decades to time the stock market just right before things get really good.

Then there’s the 10-year-old that proclaims they will become a doctor. I’m sure they’re not fully aware of the agonizing road ahead, but I know they’re not doing it for the paycheck. In fact, they might only see their first real paycheck after 2-3 decades. So, it’s that deep intrinsic belief that their calling keeps them going.

In the fitness world, it's the same concept. The healthiest-looking and fittest individuals are likely not all genetic freaks. Most of them have put in the work both at home and at the gym for yeeeeeaaaaarrrrsssss. I can't stress that word enough.

Sure, you can get in shape quickly and possibly keep the weight off. Still, there's one common denominator with said individuals….it's all about lifestyle….the authenticity of how you live your life consistently over time.

The definition of lifestyle is "the way a group or person lives."

The definition of life or lives is "the existence of an individual human being."

Which means, from this day forward.

I believe that if you truly want to transform your mind and body, you must commit to the lifestyle (e.g., the process). You don't have to move to Waco, Texas, and alienate all your friends and family, but it takes consistency, discipline, and saying no often. In my head, that means the 80/20 rule.

But can you imagine what you could do in ten years if you were truly committed? We're talking about health here, but it really can be anything. Being a better parent, landing a better job, or becoming the person you want to be. Close your eyes and imagine what that would like and feel like. I almost get chills thinking about it.

This year, I'll be 45, and I'm starting to see the aging process happen firsthand. But how cool is it to imagine another 45 years on this planet and be as healthy as possible while I'm here? To connect with loved ones over an espresso, finally have the garden I’ve been dreaming about, shoot hoops with my old man friends, and sweat alongside you for years to come. I often envision it; it gives me hope and reminds me why I've committed to this lifestyle.

Some of you are so close to making that commitment. No one can force you; it's your journey, but don't stop because you’re like Shawshank Redemption close (see movie reference links below).

So back to that quote above, have you underestimated what you can do in ten years?



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