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I can just feel it . . .
The China tom tommers, the naysayers, the lefto nutjobs, and nutjobs in general willing me NOT to say what I’m about to (because deep down inside they know it’s the TRUTH and has, as a friend of mine once said, the “ring of truth to it”) – and hate me for saying it even before I say it, hehe.
So be it.
Say it I WILL, regardless of what others want me to do my friend.
And as always, it starts with a story or two. ? (Hint, Hint!)
I was speaking with a friend from Taiwan the other day, a person that took forever and a day to get back to my “Hi” message. Which is all good, of course. She’s got business and matters in her personal life keeping her less than “not busy” (yeah, we’re talking China, so I better get roundabout too eh ?) so thatsall good.
Anyway, we were discussing the current situation, and of course, given the state of affairs, war in general.
And Taiwan is likely to be one of the first places (along w/the heavily militarized on both sides now India – China border that war breaks out, so . . . she was a little more than interested!
And a comment she made was interesting, if just for what she said AFTER that.
“I hope India and China have a massive war soon!”
Hmm, OK. It’s pretty much inevitable, and what she meant was “since China is doing the wrong thing and being brazen about it on multiple fronts it’s time for India to stare it down (as the other big power in Asia) an dtell it to, well, sod off).
And she’s right.
But she hates India. By her own admission, the “government of India does nothing”.
“India has a terrible human rights track record”.
Then she went on to refer to the casteism which unfortunately is still rampant in India. And the general shoddy state of affair, and of course, the crimes against women.
And she pretty much tarred the entire country with ONE brush, that being “I like India, but only because your enemy’s enemy is my friend!”
Now, was I “offended” by any of this?
In fact, I’m glad she trusts me enough to give me her TRUE OPINION of the country.
And as far as China and the CCP goes, the less the better on her opinion.
But here’s the point.
Amidst that entire India rant, there was not ONE POSITIVE thing said about the country. Despite us discussing Donald Trump before, and how by this lady’s own admission, NOT MINE “I don’t like Trump’s comment on woman, but overall he’s right, and we have to look at the overall picture).
And did she look at the overall picture, or even START to in terms of India.
Again, a resounding hell no.
And this ain’t surprising one damn bit. The Chinese in general (Han Chinese, NOT The minorities) have this concept of racial superiority over EVERYONE (don’t believe me? Do your research, and you’ll see!) and in terms of India, they’ve always thought the Indians to be INFERIOR in ever regard.
“How dare India punch above it’s weight (or what they think it’s weight is)” went one stupid little editorial in the Global Times recently, but I digress . . .
Racism, for those that don’t know is rampant in China, both amongst their own people and to expats in general, and is not only encouraged, but condoned. And if you’ve seen the “blacks not allowed” signs in Mc Donalds in GuangZhou etc that were doing the rounds even on heavily censored social media in China, well, you know what I’m talking about.
Words have a vibe my friend.
And the vibe I felt from what she was saying was simple.
Which is fine, of course. At least she was honest about it!
Now, am I saying said problems don’t exist in India?
Hell yes they do.
Big time, and yes, she’s right on a lot of those, but again, overall picture anyone?
Was Taiwan the beacon of democracy it is now when Chang Kai Shek took it over?
Hmm. No to say the least!
Is mainland China without it’s issues? Forced abortions, mostly female unborns, due to the one child policy.
An economy built on shaky fundamentals to say the least, with callous disregard for human rights, and the environment and HORRIFIC treatment of anyone that opposes the She She Pee in any way, shape or form (publicly)?
And more . . .
My point is this. Overalll picture.
But it’s funny how it works. My Dad once told me I “hate India because I think the people were dark and dirty” (along with the requisite facial expression).
Now, I’ve made no secret of the fact that my family and me don’t really have a relationship. Haven’t for ages, and it don’t look likely to happen any time soon.
But I gotta say this.
NO, Dad, the “white man is not secretly racist”.
NO, Dad, I do NOT hate India. I hate the problems, and most of all the fact that government is so corrupt and inept that they do nothing to address problems that should have been addressed EONS ago.
That doesn’t equate to hating the people, or thinking what you said I did!
And of course, this brings me back to Claude Bristol.
As we think, we are, and if Communist China got that way due to thinking and tacit acceptance by the Chinese public, then in India . . .well, you get the drift. Hate me for saying it, sure. I don’t care.
But, it’s TRUE.
Anyway, where was I amongst all this.
Why the West will stand w India . . .
Because amidst all the chaos, India is at least HONEST about its problems, and even the callous attitude towards SOLVING the problems.
People openly don’t care, and that’s at least taking a stance on things! I might not agree with the stance, but it’s a stance regardless, and I respect the right of folks to take whicver stance they so choose.
I have said often that China is all smoke and mirrors.
And despite what the China tom tommers blather on about “China being the next world power” (sorry guys, but it ain’t, and never was), their economy is built on the same thing.
Take away the gloss and glitter, roads leading to nowhere, glitzy almost empty malls and roads leading to nowehere, and you have the same sorry mess that is currently there in India, except it’s suppressed and hidden.
AND THEREIN LIES the NUB of the matter.
The ring of truth as my friend from the Marines once put it, and “India’s always been a little different!”
Or, even the lady from TW.
“India’s a free country!”
And THAT freedom, that OPENNESS and that HONESTY is, more than economics, I believe why the West is standing with India NOW, and has for decades (never so much as now, but they’ve never been really against the country either).
Democracy, openness, and HONESTY.
Sure, there are problems in both America and India.
But in neither country are those problems covered up.
Take the plague for instance.
The Chinese figures are obviously all BS. Even for a country that planned and released this hell onto the entire world (and stockpiled masks etc in advance), the number of deaths or cases reported is way, way too low than it should be or you’d expect.
At least India and America, and the rest of the civilized world are TRANSPARENT about the havoc that it’s wreaked on them!
There is no second guessing. It is what it is. No smoke and mirrors. Just the TRUTH.
Take it or leave it.
And therein my friend lies the reason why people will ultimately side with India, and the side of true civilization (indeed, India is reported to the oldest civilization in the world as opposed to overhyped China).
And are, for that matter!
And that’s my two cents on it. Take it or leave it, and this sort of thing is EXACTLY what Secretary Pompeo, Donald Trump, and a lot of others have been saying, albeit in different words.
And it’s about the FEELING.
What feeling do you, the dear reader get about all this on India – and China?
I think that one last question can answer this entire debate, and it also answers why I consider Donald Trump to be not just he greatest U.S. President of ALL TIME, but also the greatest marketer.
Not only does he say what people think, but more importantly, what they FEEL!
And that, my friend, is really all there is to say about that. Have at!
Ps – If political pieces piss you off, well, the Unsubscribe link is there for a reason. At the end of the day, I ain’t gonna muzzle my opinion on nuttin if you get my drift. And if it’s just fitness you’re after? Well, this here page is where you go my friend: 0 Excuses Fitness Products.
So, hindsight is always 20/20 eh?
And it is.
I was talking to a friend of mine this afternoon about this, and many memories came flooding back.
A country I fell in love with at the callow age of 17 . . . if just due to the sheer FREEDOM it offered, and the “smell of opportunity”!
A jaunt down to the local U.S. Army recruiting center . . .
China, way back in 2004 when I first showed up there - - and believe it or not, that China was a far, far nicer place to be in than the China of TODAY.
Yes, they were hiding their strengths and biding their time!
But it was still a nicer place to be, and much much more “open” in many regards. The Internet etc wasn’t near as closed as it is now, and in general, it was just a far nicer and “developing” place to be – which again, in turn meant OPPORTUNITY – and there was lots of it back then!
The polar opposite, and that’s sad, because the Chinese people as a whole didn’t really do much to “Deserve” what is going on now.
Then again, did they not?
As we think, so we are. The great Claude Bristol wrote about this in the Magic of Believing, and he’s RIGHT.
I find it hard to believe that Communist China could have and does keep more than a billion people literally under it’s thumb without those people “tactitly agreeing” to the repression (and worse than that if we’re talking about the Ughurs and other ethnic minorities) . . .
. . . anyway, where am I going with this, you might ask?
Damned good question. Other than the numerous flashbacks pouring in, I’m not quite sure myself!
But the trip to the US Army recruitment center stands out, and I was chatting with my friend about it this morning . . .
Many other things do as well, but this email is about hindsight. If’s, but’s, maybe, many things!
And while yours truly could certainly have probably joined the Army, or Marines, or perhaps even stayed on long term in the US, it didn’t quite work out that way due to various reasons.
If you read Think and Grow Rich, or “Outwitting the Devil”, or any of the other books by Napoleon Hill, a man roundly ridiculed in his time as a “charlatan”, but revered today as a thought leader and indeed a visionary, you’ll find one common thread.
At least, the thinkers amongst you will.
You’ll see that the guy could have done damn well anything he put his mind to, but for whatever reason, down the years, despite all the many businesses he was “into”, he never really succeeded until he found and STUCK to his main purpose in life (and finding that itself was a journey that took many many years!).
WHAT is it that you were truly brought onto this planet to DO, my friend?
WHAT is the ONE THING that nigh on NO-ONE - - even your worst enemies would even think of criticizing you for?
That ONE THING is the thing you were meant to do and until you find out that thing, and DO it, well, hindsight’s will keep popping up in mind!
And they did for me today, but not for the reason mentioned above.
Yes, sometimes yours truly sits back and reflects upon “what if I had done this”.
What if I had taken a different path. Made a different choice. NOT made all the mistakes I have, and still do.
Had more support.
Was “shown the right direction” (and more importantly in the right WAY, as a professor of mine tried to do once . . .) . . .
And after thinking about all of it, do you know the UNANIMOUS and unflinching decision I always arrive at?
That things always happen for a reason my friend.
And would I change a damn thing about the past, pleasant or not?
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without all those experiences shaping me!
And last, but not least, fitness wise?
Curiously enough, or maybe NOT, much like napoleon Hill, despite my many ups and downs, despite the uncanny similiarity my life thus far bear to Hill’s, there is ONE thing (that much like Hill) I have NEVER compromised upon.
Not for long periods at least.
Back then, I swam, and walked a hell of a lot up and down stairs etc. I wrote about that in the book on 16 Inspirational Fitness Recollections!
In China, I did pushups and found my hill courtesy the very “stern” Miss Lee. Thank you Madam – that is the ONE thing I’ll remember you for, always will!
(A hill right next to my house, right under my nose, and I didn’t even know about it! Haha).
I then moved on to subway sprints during my couple of years in Delhi.
IN the Middle East, it was runs along the beach and hitting the heavy bag.
Back in China, back to my hill, and then . . . finally, well, 0 Excuses Fitness, and well, you know the rest!
Would I change a damn thing?
But fitness wise, this is the point I’m making.
Lots of people look back and say “oh, I COULD do this when I was younger”.
Or, “I wish I had done this . . . “
Well, unlike many other choices my friend, fitness is a choice where you aren’t constrained by much other than your own thinking and BODY.
And there’s always a way, my friend. Always a way if there is a will.
On that note, I’ll leave you be, but before that . . .
It ain’t about “what if” and “but” when it comes to fitness”, or hindsight.
It’s about doing the thing now – and getting to work – NOW!
PS – Here is where you can learn how I got into the best damned shape of my life – The 0 Excuses Fitness System.
And receiving, receiving way, way more than you expected (and in forms you never thought possible!)!
When I first started 0 Excuses Fitness, I was “eagerly waiting for customers”. Every day, I’d check my email to see if I had new customers, and how many.
I’d check it every so often during the day on all my various channels.
I’d even check occasionally in the middle of the night so “hungry” for success (at that particular endavor at that time) was I.
Now, this approach paid dividends, sure.
But do you know when my sales really started shooting through the ROOF?
When I really started meeting customers that form the very nucleus of my busines, the very CORE – customers that are REPEAT customers, own most of my books an dcourses and aren’t just avidly waiting for my next product; they’re on TENTERHOOKS For it!
When I truly let go.
And I’ve written a lot about this before.
When you let go is when your desires start to manifest my friend, and the more you let go, the more EFFORTLESSLY and often (amazingly enough) QUICKER than you thought possible.
The more you TRULY LET GO!
And most people no matter how smart or disciplined have a very hard time truly letting go of something they truly DESIRE.
Now to the unschooled, this may sound like a bunch of baloney.
But bear with me my friend.
Yes, if you really, really really want something youll obsess about it. As Napoleon Hill said, it’s impossible to really HAVE anything unless you work up DESIRE for that thing, a WHITE HOT SPARK of desire!
That could be via sexual transmutation. Could be via working out. Could be via just wanting the thing or occurrence or event so damned BAD!
Any which way, really.
But the other side of the coin is knowing when enough is enough.
And letting go.
Truly letting go, which means “stop caring about the outcome”, and HAVE FAITH!
Believe me, there is no desire small or big enough for the Universe to accomplish.
You get what you put into it, first of all.
Second, you only get once you show that you truly don’t “care” (even though you do).
If you’re desperately running after something, chances are you ain’t gona get it.
And if you telegraph “want” as opposed to “need” to the Universe, then guess what.
It will sense both those thing s (or the presence of the former, and the lack of the latter, or vice versa) and respond accordingly.
Like a well oiled machine, the best of them all!
I can recall so many instances of this.
Take for instance a year or so ago
I was craving some pizza. Big effing time!
Some GOOD pizza.
I could literally TASTE and smell the damn thing - - so badly did I want it!
And within 3 days of having this desire Marc the African silverback gorilla “just so happened” to invite me out for pizza – on him!
I had never spoken to him about this before.
I was going to buy a pair of shoes later that year I really wanted, but for some reason Amazon didn’t have ‘em.
And guess what.
Within a WEEK of that desire being telegraphed, the shoes showed up - - from a different source - - at less than half the cost without me even buying em!
Mysterious indeed are the ways of the Universe, my friend, and it’s only when we accept what is, and accept that we have to have FAITH is that when things truly start to turn around for us.
ALL of us, regardless of what we’re into.
And it’s the same with fitness.
Have faith you’ll get a 100 pushups in a row.
Have faith the fingertip pushups will get easier.
Have faith the belly of Buddha will go away.
Provided you put in the hard yards, telegraph intention to the Universe, and truly do let go, there ain’t nothing “impossible” for you my friend – in any sphere of life, and I mean that from the bottom of my very heart!
PS – HERE is the best damned course on pushups, a course that has been garnering RAVE REVIEWS and then some – Pushup Central.
Whatsupppp CHUCKKOOOOO .. .
. . . or at least, that was the first thing I wanted to say to Charles aka “Chuck”, the guy (not the loyal and down to earth customer Charles, but the other guy) I’ve written about a lot . . .
. . . he used to be a fairly honest and down to earth guy, but 2020 has changed a lot of people.
Truly the year of the survivor as it were, and truly the year where the CREAM rises to the top - - and Idon’t just mean fitness wise – I mean in all regards!
Anyway, what am I talking about, you might ask.
Well, a couple of posts earlier somewhere on these on my social media I posted a “politically” charged post on WeShat.
A form of social media I normally assiduously avoid due to the Chinese CCP censorship and monitoring, but a form of social media I just have to get on sometimes to talk to people that for whatever reason won’t and haven’t switched to less intrusive forms of social media (although they all do monitor, wechat takes things to giddy limits).
And what I basically posted about was the current unofficial war going on between India and China, and the fact that the Indians are finally giving the Chinese a taste of their own medicine, and how.
A lot has been written about how the Chinese view Indians as inferior, and how their economy supposedly dwarfs the Indian economy, how “India wouldn’t stand a chance”, and other such horse manure from the CCP “troll factory” or running dogs station.
Global Times being the prime moron here, which is basically a mouthpiece for the CCP.
One fine tweet from these idiots read as such “India has forgotten who it is”
Huh?? Racism (or intended) aside, what exactly do these buffoons think India, or the rest of the world is?
YES, we slept on things for way too long, but the plague you unleashed and a certain Trumpinator that was unleashed a few years ago changed all that permanently, and right now, it’s justa matter of time.
And that’s basically what I posted to weShat, or auto posted.
And Charles piped up, as he often does.
He was moaning about “why I posted here if I was bored (he thought I was) and had nothing better to do, and what would I accomplish by posting here”.
Well, first thing, Chuck-O.
My DEAREST, and former friend Chuck-O, and truth be told, you’re still a good dude, you’ve just been brainwashed . . . or you’re running scared of “them”.
What good does it do YOU To respond to my post?
I thought so!
I don’t care if you believe the CCP is the best thing since sliced bread, and if you quote Global Times as a reputable source for what sgoing on globally, or choose to stick your head in the sand on a number of issues as you have and continue to do.
I don’t care if you call me a moron that “can’t speak English” (hey, remember that convo we had? ?).
And so forth.
I don’t give a shit either way.
But what I WILL RESPOND to, and what I DO CARE about is this, my friend.
My honor and integrity, and my reputation, and DOING THE RIGHT THING.
I am NOT GOING to stand by and let bullies “be bullies” and passively encourage them by pretending to roll overand play dead.
What is right is right ,and what is wrong is wrong, BOYO. You know this as well as I do.
You know very well what is going on.
You’re just shit scared you’ll have to return back home and . . . well, I won’t get into that. Your choice, your pregorative, but when you come out and say I can’t say what I am, while you apparently can, I got THREE WORDS for ya.
No, NOT two words as “D-X” said all those years ago (man, them were the days!!). ?
Those being . . . (mine)
FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
And doing the right thing, again.
A long time ago, when we met in person my honor and integrity was called into question by a certain someone you know very well (someone I won’t mention).
I looked you in the EYE when that was happening.
So did YOU.
And YOU WERE the first to REFUTE that statement!
My friend from the Marines (while chatting with me) once told me the following.
“You’re a man of high moral fiber, Rahul!”
And while the reasons he told me that were different from yours, right now, if you were here, I’d stand toe to toe with you and look you in the eye.
And look DEEP into your eyes!
Much like I did all those years ago, when you looked away . . .
I don’t care whose stronger, and who can pick up who and throw him out the window.
I don’t care about doing pull-ups (I do, but not).
What I truly DO CARE ABOUT is my HONOR and integrity.
And when there’s wrong being committed, I WILL go to the ends of the earth to expose that wrong.
And I WILL POST about it, and I WILL STAND toe to toe with you, look yoi in the eye (much as “Major General Michael” did all those years ago while drinking one fine night ?) and tell you the following.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH, boyo!
And doing the right thing.
I don’t BS in any of my books and courses. That’s how it relates to fitness, for those asking!
My products deliver results, and while I ain’t everyones cup of tea, hey, end of the day, results are what count bro.
And as you yourself said, it ain’t how you start. It’s how you FINISH!
And on that note, me be finishing this here email. How dare I write that way. But hey, I’m the guy that can’t speak English worth a damn right Charles? ?
PS – And no, none of this is posturing my friend. Always stand up and be counted and do the RIGHT THING – it will pay dividends down the line!
I feel it. Oh boy, yes, I do!
And I’m sure you have too on occasion.
Have you ever woken upon one fine morning (or afternoon, as the case might be) and felt something POSITIVE?
Felt overwhelmingly POSITIVE (this goes for an “el groucho” like yours truly as well, hehe).
Felt like things were just going to WORK OUT SOMEHOW!
Felt like you were on top of the world?
You probably have. And while truth be told, this is how you should wake up EACH morning, not all of us do.
For most of us, those days are far and few in between.
Anyway, this isn’t so much about . . . ah, but let me say what I want to first.
Back in December last year, I was faced with a problem that it would take a while to detail here.
I was working willy nilly non stop on it all week, and on a Sunday at that, I was working LITERALLY NON STOP to solve it.
Like 18 hours of the day workday (which I do NOT do normally).
And it was frustrating,
I must admit I cursed all throughout the day, albeit to myself.
I was irritated. Tired. The “fuck it” all feeling.
And so forth.
And as I drank a couple of beers at the end of it all, I said the hell with it, and meant it. Literally.
The next morning, as I climbed my favorite hill out there, I just FELT GOOD all of a sudden.
Go get ‘em feeling!
Like it was just going to workout!
Work out . . . hehe. Is it a coincindence it came out that way and I have one of the best damn workouts that day – or today for that matter? ?
(Such is life when writing in the flow, but hey . . . ).
And as I finished my workout, things went swimmingly well.
Two of the issues I was working on got solved. And an idea that I got during my workout helped me solve the third, and off it was to Hong kOng that day, I believe . . .
Yesterday was yet one of these days for me, and I was FRUSTRATED to the extreme.
And yet, today when I woke up, right about at the “bright early hour” of 1130 AM or so, or perhaps 12 noon after NOT having slept until 4 AM last night (or so) . . . I am LOVING it!
That exuberant feeling is going full blast, and I have no doubt something good will happen today.
Something that will propel me forward towards my goals.
And what is common between now and the other day I mentioned?
Well, it is this.
Work on a problem intensely, my friend. I mean REAL INTENSELY. I m ean REALLY!
IT has to be ALL you think about – literally – for the ENTIRE DAY!
And the “how’s” of that aren’t as important as the why.
I don’t care how you do it, but DO IT – and convince the subconscious that THIS is a problem that HAS TO BE SOLVED NO MATTER WHAT!
And the way you do that is REPETITION my friend.
Claude Bristol when writing about the amazing powers of the subconscious wrote about the “tap tap” technique where he compared “drilling the idea into the deepest depths” of the subconscious to machine gun’s relentless “firing” that eventually achieves the desired result.
Or perhaps the way locomotives move, or perhaps the “Drip drip drip” Chinese torture techniques they used in ancient days.
Say a lie enough times, and you’ll start to think it’s true. And so forth.
Repetition truly is the cadence of the Universe my friend. And if you TRULY CARE about something and convince the subconscious of it, then that problem WILL BE SOLVED.
One way or the other, and I don’t care how it happens. It’ll happen!
And it’s happened on NUMEROUS occasions throughout my entire life my friend.
Now, does this apply to fitness you ask?
You bet it does.
And it applies to ANY exercise, no matter how tough.
REALLY, REALLY want to get good at pull-ups? Then do what I did and what I mention in “Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within weeks” – and NOT just the physical part. There is a reason I revamped and repriced the original (yes, it’s MORE expensive now) to include the mental side of this and that’s why I’m writing to you about this now!
REALLY want to get to 500 Hindu squats in a row? Well, goodie. The trick that is mentioned as the FIRST commandment of Physical Training in the 0 Excuses Fitness System is a must do, and if it worked for Tracy - - it will work for YOU TOO.
Give it a try. Let me know how you do!
PS – Here is where you can check out the 0 Excuses Fitness System.
This morning I was reading about “PayTm” a Chinese backed Indian payments app which had surged in popularity over the past few years.
It’s apparently now (given the events of the past few months) being slowly but steadily pushed out by competitors with wallets that are equally, if not deeper as well as by the behemoth Amazon (for whatever reason, all these articles fail to mention the REAL gorilla in the room that does anything to grab customers and GETS Them – and hey – they have my vote for sure in ALL the countries I’ve used them).
Kudos Jeff Bezos – YOUR customer service is why you are where you’re at today, and that’s just the bottom line and an indisputable FACT OF LIFE!
And here is the point in me saying all this.
For years, PayTm in India was literally ROCKING.
Growing by leaps and bounds.
Company valuation increasing year by year, and money kept pouring in from Alibaba that apparently backs the app (not sure about now though).
And it wasn’t all bad. Chinese online payments have their downsides, most notably so in a country where the government scrutinizes and records everything, and its probably the only country in the world where today, you have very little, if at all, chance at DIGITAL security.
And especially when shopping. Cash is a rarity in mainland China. Big time.
And everything is done via Chinese apps like WeChat and Alipay which allow online payment and allow Xitler’s thugs to track your minutest purchases down.
Yes, they know what you ate for dinner last night and the cases of beer you ordered! ? NO, that is NOT an exaggeration my friend. Not in the least.
Anyway, online payments obviously have their upside, and PayTm was one of the first into the fray and it grew.
But these days, much like many other bloated businesses we see all over the place collapsing left right and center, PayTm is struggling big time.
Other apps have overtaken it.
And it doesn’t look to be getting back on it’s feet anytime soon. Shaky foundations anyone?
Pretty much what will happen to China as a whole, and what HAS been happening silently (and the reason for Xitler’s expansionist policies etc which even his own band of thugs are getting tired of).
And again, point of me saying this?
Well first, same thing applies to fitness. You need a solid BASE to build upon.
If you can’t pound out 100 pushups per workout, much like I teach you in the 0 Excuses Fitness System, hold a bridge for a while (or even get into position) or do squats, then you’re in NO position to do more advanced exercises like pull-ups.
Or handstand pushups.
And even if you manage to do ‘em, eventually you’ll collapse if the foundation ain’t strong enough.
Second, and more importantly.
It’s what you do when the chips are DOWN that counts my friend.
Very few people have it in in them to get up – keep getting up- and keep going.
You, me, nobody is going to hit has hard as LIFE. Life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. The world is a very mean and nasty place out there, and it will BEAT you to your KNEES and KEEP you there if you let it. It ain’t about how hard you can hit, my friend.
It’s about how much you can take.
It’s about how hard you can GET HIT and keep moving AHEAD – without blaming others for your failures or what not!
That’s how WINNING IS DONE, and yes, I borrowed that from Sly Stallone in Rocky, a man who should know a thing or two about what is being talked about.
And again, back to fitness.
Like I said yesterday, if your only exercise is climbing hills, GREAT.
Great workout! Hey, I know that better than most people.
But what when there is no hill.
What when you have inclement weather and cannot climb?
What when your favorite gym – or swimming pool is not available?
When you’re being SQUEEZED on all possible fronts, when your back is against the wall, and then some, how do you react?
Do you come out fighting all guns blazing - - or do you lie down and let life have it’s way.
The answers to these questions could well determine where youre headed in life – and your fitness journey as well – and I should know. Oh YES, I should know!
PS – My friend from the Marines, the “ruggedly strong” individual I refer to so often recently told me “you’re in rare form!”. Reminded me of what Marc the African Silverback Gorilla once told me “You’re in fine, fine fettle Rahul!’ one fine morning in bonny China . . . and while I may or may not be, fact is this – the WORKOUT routines I advocate will keep YOU in much the same condition physically and then some.
Get on the train NOW – right HERE.
This is an interesting subject, and one I’ve not spoken about at length . . . a lot, at least.
And while I’ve often said that its better to have dreams that sound outrageous (if that’s what you REALLY want to accomplish) and visualize the same repetitively, there is a CATCH.
First, you see yourself where you are NOW in relation to your end goal, my friend.
So if your dream is doing a 100 pushups daily for an entire year, for instance, then you do a reality check and visualize (consciously) where you’re at NOW.
And contrary to popular thinking, visualizing isn’t just done consciously in pictorial terms.
YES, I advocate doing so. YES, it can really amp your results . . . and YES, everyone should be doing it regardless of their current status or goal or whatever it is, because the minute you stop aiming is the minute you stagnate.
As Claude Bristol put it, Success is a matter of never ending application. The minute you stop to rest on your laurels is the minute it takes wings and flies away.
99% verbatim that quote!
But the point I’m trying to make is this, that often times, and for many people (perhaps not all) the goal itself needs to be a manageable one.
Don’t get me wrong.
If your goal is to do 100 pull-ups per workout, by all means have that goal and visualize it, but an “achievable” goal – one that you CAN do, or see yourself doing very very soon is key as well in addition to this.
What do I mean and why am I saying this?
Well, I’ll give you a few examples!
When I was on my way to doing 500 rope jumps per set, for instance (not per workout, per SET) and doing so in decent time, I often thought about getting to that number when I could barely do 100 straight QUICK.
Invariably, and most of the time, I’d fail, often before 100 as well.
But I really started to get results when I thought of getting to 120 per set.
Doing that for a while.
Then getting to 150 per set. And so forth.
These goals didn’t “scare” me as opposed to the “oh my god” involuntary feeling that I got when I thought “500” (although that WAS the ultimate goal and I DID get there).
It’s not just about eating a bear a bite at a time. It’s about eating a slightly bigger bear a somewhat bigger bite at a time.
Milo and the calf.
Progressive overload - - the mental aspect of this while you do what you can NOW.
And so forth. Your beliefs will naturally start to upgrade to the point that your end goal, for instance, stops scaring you and at that point you’ll likely have achieved it or probably will very soon!
And the entire process will be painless as compared to if you do it the other way.
Don’t get me wrong.
Both ways can work depending upon your psyche, but I’ve found way #2 to be far better most of the time.
Now, bear in mind this applies to anything in life.
Business? If you want to make a $1000 bucks a day, and are making barely that in two months now, for instance, then think of making $100 per day first, and work towards THAT. Or $50 per day.
Once you get there, you work UP.
Writing, you ask?
Believe me, I didn’t start out hammering out (for my other venture) 20000 plus words in one day and cranking out books that sell that quickly from the get-go.
Initially when I really got into writing it was an average of 3000 words per day which is still way more than most people can bear to do (or think of).
But for me, its always been something I ENJOY, so . . .
As Cindy so adroitly put it.
You’re a writer, and a fighter!
And this fighter has this to say: upgrade your beliefs NATURALLY my friend.
Don’t force it.
Don’t be itching to jump WAY out of your comfort zone from the get go.
Instead focus on small goals, and ticking them off as you go along.
This advice is contrary to that which most self help gurrrrrruuuuuuuuuussss give you, but it’s TRUE my friend.
Apply it, and see how far you go!
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Often times, I discuss the world with people (well, I USED to I should say, but whatever).
And countries in general.
Comparing countries and how they stack up. Politics. What is going on. And so forth.
And of course, the actual nitty gritties of LIFE in the countries.
And I don’t mean life as you see in those places in the movies. Or everyday life.
Or, the “touristy” stuff.
It’s amazing, but people still go on tours of Europe and other such vastly diverse places in a tour bus and expect to cover everything in the itenary in a trifling 10 days or so (or whatever the length of the tour is).
And of course, if we’re talking Asians (and specifically Indians and Chinese), for whatever reason they start to “miss home” as soon as they set foot abroad on foreign shores, even if that’s through the window of a tour bus.
Oh boy. IF there is anything more stupid than wanting (for example) Chinese food when you go to visit various parts of the USA to the point you’re not willing to try real American food, I’m yet to hear it.
Or, the Indians that jump up and down about “where is my curry” when they travel abroad.
Or, those that travel to the Himalayas in India, one of my FAVORITE Places to travel and visit in this world (there may be others, hehe) and never set foot outside the car.
Gorging on food all the time and getting FATTER and more miserable all the time, and then complaining about “I didn’t lose any weight on them hills”.
Yeah. Sure you didn’t!
Anyway, where was I?
Ah yes . . .
Personally, for me, if I travel someplace, I like to visit ONE place. And do so in detail.
Not for me the running around from one place to the other as we once did in China a few years back, a trip that was great fun, but a trip that with all the driving involved (and there is more to this story! Which I won’t share here, hehe?) was anything BUT fun sometimes. Often times, I’d just want to go back to the hotel, get a beer, and CRASH!
Anyway . . .
Point being this.
When you VISIT a country, you see what is “outside”. Or what the tour guides show you.
But when you actually LIVE in that country, and actually get to know the customs, the languages, and the nitty gritties of the country, then that is quite another experience.
For instance, the Chinese often mark my packages as delivered when they’re not. Apparently that’s “become the thing to do” for most delivery companies to avoid being penalized for late deliveries, at least in mainland China.
And to me, this is utterly unacceptable.
Not so to the cHinese, and to people in general who stare at me incredulously and gape like a fish out of water when I rant on about just how UNPROFESSIONAL it is.
Anyway, I’m here to tell you something that might sound a bit surprising given my recent posts.
China, all in all, isn’t really that bad of a place to live in overall – IF you toe their line, of course.
But take away the Commie part, and even then, for a third world country (and lets face it, that’s what China is for the most part even now beneath the gloss and glitter), it’s a pretty decent place to live actually.
It doesn’t have many of the issues associated with most third world countries (not any more at least) . . .
Of course, the reasons for that are the land grabs and the resources and other things they steal and so forth. Everything comes at a price.
But still . . .
Is China PERFECT?
But a lot of people think it’s like a slightly nicer version of Sudan or Ethiopia for instance on the grand scale of things.
Not so my friend.
And I KNOW, because . . . well, I didn’t just visit. I put down roots there, hehe.
Anyway . . . how does this apply to fitness you might ask?
Just READING about fitness ain’t gonna get it one.
You can TALK about doing pull-ups like Bourne all you want, but until you actually get down to doing them, you’ll get nowhere (and indeed, just talk might HURT your chances of actually getting better at them more than you think!).
And so forth.
Climbing hills is great, but you have to literally FEEL how it feels on your fourth climb out there in the blazing sun to be considered a true IRONMAN, for one.
And so on and so forth.
Get past the gloss and glitter my friend.
Start DOING – today.
Not only will you make a better YOU by doing this – but you’ll make the WORLD a far better place too!
And that’s that for now. Back soon!
PS – I just received the following email from a potential translator for one of my books (Fitness PIONEER) –
“Hi, Rahul! I'd like to translate your book, I find it really interesting and different from others related to fitness, it's not only about the body but our attitude. I'm overweighed and I know how it feels, haha. Hope to hear from you. Thanks. P.S: I speak latin american Spanish.”
Did he have it right? Me thinks so, amigo! Hehe.
Boy oh boy!
From “American dog” (which I wrote about a long time ago on Medium) to being called an
“Indian Nazi” . . . and more!
Quite a journey eh, and probably #101 on the list of the already very long and burgeoning list of names I’ve been called.
My first thought upon looking at that was “dude keep going”.
As the Chinese say “add oil”. Or “Jia you” (apparently a Wuhan version of “keeping on going” when the CCP unleashed the Chinese virus on their unfortunate souls).
And yes, while I don’t call it Kung Flu, Prez Trump is right for using the term, and I can understand why.
Anyway . . . why was I called this beautiful term?
Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess, given my posts about China and their Nazi like behavior in general.
And being I’m NOT the sort of people to shy away from calling a spade a spade, and for those of you that still buy into the liberal koolaid of “China didn’t spread the virus”, well, here are some facts.
They didn’t just know and spread the virus. They DEVELOPED it. The initial strain came from Saudi Arabia, and was modified by none other than the mainland Chinese. It’s not a coincidence that there are bio war fare labs a short distance away from the market at Wuhan, for one.
Second, their illegal claims in the East Sea (I’d rather use that term than the south China sea) . . .
Secretary Pompeo and a host of international rulings and disputes have done a great job of pointing those out, but if there ever a parallel to Nazi like behavior before WWII, THIS is it.
Not to mention their constant land grabs in India. India trusts them (naively) and they laugh at India and simply move their armies in and refuse to budge despite the so called “negotiations”.
India is probably finally beginning to really start to amp the pressure on them though, and it’s long overdue. That’s the LAST missing piece in the puzzle – a resurgent India despite all its problems (a lot self created to be honest) and America and the ROW together, and we’ll finally see the end of the CCP.
As should be. Enough truly is enough!
Oh, and did I mention what they’re doing to the Ughur Muslims of China, practices such as forced sterilization, forced labor (since their own Han Chinese are too lazy to do any real work other than copy and paste), mass indoctrination, a refusal to allow them to follow their own religion, and worse?
Need I continue?
IF Hitler is to be called the worst pestilence of the modern era (and he WAS, most likely!), then it would be a folly not to put the CCP in the same bracket, perhaps even MORE SO.
The above are just three glaring examples, by the way. I could and have ranted before about their virulent racism to anyone non Han Chinese and their own people. Their shockingly entitled attitude. And their idiotic manner of making centuries old claims and then bullying whoever they can to GET those claims “vilified”.
Did I use the right word?
Nah, and I’m sure the grammar Nazis will have me for it.
But really. Hong Kong for one while it’s a Chinee issue was handed over by the Republic Of China, NOT the CCP, and therefore should have gone back to them if one were to really look at “historical claims”, and yet, do we see it going back to Taiwan anytime soon?
I think not!
Anyway, why do I bring this up.
Because anytime you say it like it is, my friend, people are going to get PISSED off.
And part of the reason Donald Trump for one is so successful is because he simply doesn’t CARE what people think or say of him (much like the CCP, except they’ve been secretly caring for a while now!).
And yours truly has always been the same way.
I don’t care if I get called a buffoon (someone called me just that) for claiming pushups were far more useful and better than bench presses with the bros.
My last email on CONTINUITY (the sheer power of it) got a lot of likes, and positive comments.
And MORE than a few unsubscribes.
“Who do you think you are to call us out”, ranted one person. “Not everyone has a nice life like you where they can do what they like!”
It’s amazing perhaps, but yes, that was a response to the above email, meaningless as it is. I really did hit a chord eh.
As I apparently did with my recent comments on China.
More to come in both regards.
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PS #2 – Here is what a long term customer had to say about the email on continuity, and this is a man that KNOWS what he BE Talking about. Read, and digest!
Amen. No truer words were ever spoken! Why do you think the military special forces train PT every day. Love your emails. Very motivational. You are the man!
PPS – The read part holds doubly true for the nutjobs on LinkedIn who do the precise opposite while copying AND pasting what the CCP told them to . . .
If you’re working on a goal, and your “here and now” bothers you to the point where you can’t look forward to, visualize or take action on your future, then guess what.
You’re either not cut out for success, or you’re not going to make it.
Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s true.
And you’re not alone either.
And you certainly are in EXALTED company as well in that nigh on everyone feels this way at a certain point or the other when working towards success at anything!
Believe me, I’m sure there were times Napoleon Hill just wanted to throw in the towel and give it all up (and he actually DID give up for a while too before being reminded of his true calling, and how!).
I’m sure Henry Ford would be the first to tell you, as Steve Jobs and Jack Ma have, that the dark days are really what teach you far more than success ever does or could.
If you don’t have the dark, there will never ever be a true dawn.
And the darker the night, the brighter the dawn my friend.
But still, despite the words, many people get frustrated.
If you’re sitting in a studio apartment with a laptop (that you bought on credit or borrowed) and that damn thing is on a table so flimsy that it’s almost crashing through, then “success” might look like a long, long way away.
But it isn’t, my friend.
The above example is from a millionaire writer and fitness guru’s life, but there are plenty such examples.
Sylvester Stallone, for instance, slept on the streets of New York for two weeks at a time where he had NOTHING, or less than it.
Ford was bankrupt twice (and no, no angel investors bailed him out either in that day and age).
And so forth.
Yet, despite all the tough times, they found it in themselves to keep going.
To keep being persistence, or should I say KEEP THE FIRES OF DESIRE AND PERSISTENCE burning within!
And we all know what the above people and many others I have not named here accomplished, don’t we?
Successful people are rarely, if ever, born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
And if they are, they HAVE been through the grinder several times and then some (Donald Trump being one prime example).
Despite Trumps family fortune, the fact is that his Dad bailed him out ONCE.
And if you were take a look at the very lengthy list of failures Trump has had before finally succeeding . . . .well, you’ll know what I mean by that!
Fitness wise you ask?
I was NOT born genetically gifited. If anything, and I’ve stated this publicly, it’s the opposite (until this day).
I am NOT naturally strong.
I do NOT have a “naturally strong” grip. I do have a strong grip yes, but boy did I work for it and then some!
Same thing with my fitness.
At a weight of 120 kgs, which my family sometimes still giggles about, hehe (in a good natured manner, and I mean my wife and kid) turning into the fitness monster I am now seemed and probably was to all observing an impossibility.
Much like me farting and landing on the moon is . . .
But it happened, didn’t it?
While I took the actions required, the KEY is something else my friend.
It’s being willing to look beyond the here and now and see the future in your MIND BEFORE it happens.
I did that, and we all see the result.
And that applies to you as well, in ANYTHING you’re looking to do or accomplish. And I mean that!
Do we all get frustrated occasionally? Down? Depressed? IN the “fuck it all mood”?
But the point isn’t that.
That will happen.
Its about how you RESPOND To that in the long term, my friend.
If you give in, and stop DOING, then you’ll never get there.
Other hand, if you breeze past a bad day or a couple and get back to it - - business as usual - - then I think we BOTH know which direction you’re headed.
And I should know. Oh yes.
I should know, and on that note – it’s adios for now. Back soon!
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