This week I will be celebrating my 32nd birthday, and it just so happens that I share a birthday with none other than The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So it only seemed fitting that this weeks post would revolve around his autobiography “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.”
I admit, I was a bit unsure when someone recommended this book to me. What could an Austrian action star really have to teach me? But as it turns out, quite a bit – especially when it comes to the true definition of grit.
At 15 years old Arnold found his idol Reg Park, a world-famous bodybuilder turned actor. The scrawny teenager (hard to believe the Terminator was ever scrawny) then set his life path in motion to emulate his idol.
From that day forward he spent hours in the gym every day. It took him years to see a major improvement and at 20 years old, he won his first major title as Mr.Universe.
Soon after he moved to California to pursue the second part of his dream; Hollywood.
He went on to do and become so many more things;
What amazed me the most was that he set his sights on a goal and then immediately took action every day until he met his goal. He knew the importance of chipping away at your goals a little bit each day.
“There are no shortcuts—everything is reps, reps, reps.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
He was in the gym every day for five years before ever receiving any type of accolade for his efforts.
There are so many of us who expect immediate results for our efforts. We work hard for two-weeks on our goals and then give up because we weren’t rewarded like we had hoped.
Think about it, what was the last goal you worked on for over a year without any type of reward?
Starting a business is like giving 150% in a relationship while getting 10% in return. Can you handle that for a year, two years?
Building a network, strengthening your business, meeting your fitness goals – they all take time. It is so important that, in the words of Tim Hiller, we “stop comparing our beginning to someone elses middle.” They didn’t get there overnight, it took them years of working on their goals.
Now I want to hear from you, let me know in the comments below, what is one small thing you can do today to get you one step closer to your goals?