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Every person who has ever lived has one thing in common - 24 hours a day, 365.25 days a year. What distinguishes between success and failure is our consistency in our path for excellence. It's time to fire the part of your brain where "can't" lives and breaths.


by Pete Ferguson

"Remove your brain from your equation. Your mind sucks. It will tell you all of the things you’re not capable of doing because it wants to protect itself. It wants to play it safe. It wants to be comfortable.

Meanwhile, your body will sit there and not say anything to the contrary even though it knows it can run triathlons, marathons, climb mountains, and get a six pack if you just give it the chance.

Do a manual override. Tell your brain to shut up and just go do it anyways. Turn your brain off.

When you brain tells you it’s impossible, tell your brain, 'That’s nice, I’m going to do it anyways.'"


~ Get Disciplined, Not Motivated - By Joel Runyon"

In the past I've talked about self-limiting beliefs and how we are our worst enemy when it comes to getting things done. Joel Runyon took it to new levels in his blogpost yesterday and I highly recommend the read.

When we over-think anything, we are paralyzed by the analysis and can avoid not taking action - when action is the one thing we need to get out of a slump.

Taking a few moments to make a plan, get organized, and then get busy is a good thing. But sometimes you just need to put on your running shoes and run. You'll figure out where to go pretty quickly. You may even get lost and discover new territory.

Today is Friday, the week is almost done. If you feel like you've accomplished what you set out to, congratulations!

If you aren't quite satisfied with the results of the week, what is stopping you from doing it now?

Learn: What self-limiting behaviors and thoughts are tying you down? Even Olympic swimmers know they can shave off 1/10 of a second.

Act: Don't think too much, just go do!

Share: My wife and I make it to the gym 3x a week because we have two friends who are going to be there at 5:00 am. That obligation overcomes the discomfort of rolling out from the warm sheets at 4:40. Hire a coach, have a friend hold you accountable, then get out and get stuff done!

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Tags: career, coach, discipline, ferguson, learnactshare, lobotomy, motivation, pete

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Comment by Peter A Ferguson on September 7, 2012 at 10:49pm

Thanks Dan. Your teachings and the shared comments by the entire blog are helping me clip away old habits and negative limitations daily. 

Comment by Dan Miller on September 7, 2012 at 12:17pm

Peter - I love the concept of a "do-it-yourself lobotomy."  Better coming from me than from someone else - let the cutting begin!

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