I’m writing it and it’s going live tomorrow morning. It’s replacing the post I had scheduled because what happened to me today aligned with the profound steps we discussed on Monday (but on a personal level).
The story goes like this, I’m a weightlifter. If anyone didn’t know it, there you have it.
I’ve always loved lifting and started when I was far too young. Being at the gym is spiritual for me. It gives me mental clarity.
Lifting helps relieve all the built-up stress I have and I can leave all my negative feelings behind me when I leave the gym.
It’s my therapy.
I love the challenge of pushing my limits (and yours). I love the soreness because it means growth is underway and I love the inner peace it gives me.
Peace at the gym? You bet.
The most peaceful moments of my life are the ones leading up to a heavy lift. The world around me falls away. I don’t hear anything. I only see the weight and feel my body as I draw deep breaths and focus.
It feels as though every fiber of my being, even my existence, is channelling all its energy.
Tonight I was at the local Gold’s Gym and was doing my thing. Now, I’m 29 and these younger bucks running around at age 19 are actually fun to link up with at the gym. They’re reckless, they will goad you into lifting weight you have no business lifting (I don’t play into that), and they keep a fast pace.
The guys from tonight are a bit louder than I’d prefer (I’m pretty laid-back most of the time) but I like their energy. Plus, I’ve been looking to step up my numbers anyway so we all started meeting on Tuesdays to train.
Long story short, I shattered a personal record tonight. Not only that, it happened with a small crowd of spectators who were eager to see if I’d conquer the lift. To my surprise, I pressed the weight twice.
The lift was important to me because I’ve been dreaming of crossing that threshold for 16 years. For 16 long years I’ve been chasing after this goal. Some years I slacked in my workouts, others I hit it hard. But over the trailing 5 years I’ve been very steady and making gains.
Tonight I reached my goal.
It was surreal.
I got up from the bench expressionless and there were even a few cheers and pats on the back. Sounds corny, I know, but it’s also true. Honestly, I didn’t even believe it happened. It was like a dream. A dream that left my cheeks sore from smiling all the way home
But what does my workout have to do with your business? What does it have to do with being profound this week?
Here’s my take on my timely epic workout.
Let others inspire you
Being profound doesn’t have to be a one-person show. You may be an entrepreneur, which naturally sets you apart, but that doesn’t mean you have to pull a Jason Bourne and take on the world by yourself.
I let the younger guys inspire me to push a little harder than I normally would. Not so much that it would endanger me, but enough to help me reach the next level.
Keep your eyes peeled for movers and shakers in your industry. Embrace any opportunity to be enriched by them- it’s worth it.
After doing this for 16 years, I have a thorough understanding of my body. I’m familiar with the pains due to occasional poor form, the soreness and the signals telling me I’ve done too much or not enough. I know what my body is telling me and I trust my interpretation of its signals.
You have to trust yourself. You have to believe that the progress you want to make is within your reach and ability. Setting a lofty goal and then beating yourself up because it seems unattainable or you failed within a week is self-defeating.
Believe that you can achieve the larger goal, or that you can take your profound step, but be willing to take smaller steps that are just as important on the way to your long-term goal.
It took me 16 years of short steps to reach my main goal. Be patient with your trust.
Enjoy your success
I’m still smiling over mine. It wasn’t life altering, just a goal I’ve pursued for a long time.
So, yes, savor even the small successes. I think being profound can take some people aback. It’s daunting. It sounds like you have to do something revolutionary. You don’t have to change the world to consider your step a profound success. You can take pleasure simply in positive momentum.
The extra sale this week: enjoy it.
The completion of your website’s product page: savor it.
Creating that free PDF or editing that video series: appreciate it.
Those are all profound steps if they move your business toward your long-term goals.
Tonight I had the workout of my life. This week, this month or even this year could mark the time when you give your business the workout, and growth phase, of its life.
Are you opening yourself up to be inspired by the ideas, influence and projects of others?
Do you trust yourself enough to take a single step forward this week or this month (even if that step scares you)?
Will you appreciate even the small successes and use them to fuel your determination?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.