While listening to Impact Theory by Tom Bilyeu, I heard something that resonated deeply today. What he described was something I had heard before from David Goggins also. Nine times out of ten, when I hear something more than once, it usually means there is something to it. For that reason, I wanted to take this opportunity to share it with you as well.
Regardless of your belief in the afterlife or lack thereof, think for a moment about the following situation.
At the last moment of your life, when you are about to pass, you are given a glimpse of your true potential. This glimpse illustrates what you could have achieved if you had just pushed a little harder in all those situations where you gave up. Imagine that you could have been a world class athlete if you had just trained a little harder. What if your failed business idea actually resulted in a billion dollar industry changing concept but you gave up too early. Think about all of the what ifs throughout your life, those glorious visions of success you had but never realized. Imagine these all written on a piece of paper and someone saying, “This is what was expected. This is what your life was supposed to be.”
How would you feel? Personally, I would be disappointed and mad at myself.
Fear is a Powerful Motivator
What both Tom Bilyeu and David Goggins were relaying here is that they both FEAR that outcome. That fear is what drives them everyday to push beyond the perceived limits. Not to give up when things are hard, but embrace the struggle. Life is not easy. The things we truly appreciate are often the ones we fight hardest to achieve. For me personally, and I imagine you also, the things I value most are the ones I struggled the most with. To someone else they may seem meaningless, but the value to me came from overcoming the struggle.
What I now fear is the outcome they both described. I fear getting to the end of my life and realizing I left something on the table that I was supposed to have. When you couple that fear with your day to day challenges, you’d be amazed at the power you find within to push just a little more.
Some days there is nothing I want more than to give up. This morning was a prime example. I live in the midwest, and we are currently in the crosshairs of a polar vortex which is pushing sub zero temperatures upon us. I’m also more sore than I’ve ever been from incorporating double sessions into my workouts. If ever there was a time I wanted to sleep in, it was this morning. This concept gave me the motivation to drag myself through the snow, through the cold, and into the gym this morning for a 6am leg day. Brutal, but I can honestly say I loved every minute of it.
Next time you want to give up, ask yourself if you’re willing to get to the end of your life and accept that you left something on the table? Hopefully you aren’t and fear that. In that moment, the fear will help motivate you to persevere through the struggle. I promise you’ll be happy when you finish. Let me know how this works for you. I’d love to hear how this inspires you to persevere next time you’re struggling. Post a comment on one of our social channels with hashtag #perseverance #productive.