I’m back in Beijing – and loving it. Tis one of my
favorite cities. When I’m here luck is in the air as
there’s no smog – just clear blue skies with visible
clouds and a bright sun. Haven’t been here in a couple
years – and I’m thrilled to be back, especially when I
see all the banners and signs about the 2008 Olympics.
A number of years ago, when Beijing was just announced
as the host of the 2008 games – I was here and talk about
“magic” being in the air. Twas incredible. After viewing the
excitement up close, I wrote to members of the Matt Furey
Inner Circle, to look out for China – that they will take
first place in terms of gold medal winnings in 2008.
In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, they ran a close second to
the USA, so I still think my prediction is worthy of mention.
The one thing that drives the Chinese, other than having great
coaches, is knowing that those who win Olympic gold are “set for
life.” In the U.S., many Olympians dream of being instant celebrities
after winning gold. Very few experience this reality. So in one sense
the Chinese have more reasons to win. They’re hungrier. And you
should always be concerned about someone who is hungry. They
fight harder than those who are well fed. And they fight longer. A
big fat sloppy gut cuts down on endurance – not to mention courage.
In your own life, if you want to continue to succeed beyond what you’ve
already achieved – “hunger” plays a role. And the more things you are
hungry for; the more things that drive you and give you a desire that
expands with every breath – the more I am betting on YOU to kick butt
and take names.
America, sadly, has become a nation of people who are overfed – and
this has led to a lack desire or hunger for MORE. We’ve become too
comfortable – and too much comfort is NOT a good thing as it interferes with expansion of your talents.
At one level you want to work hard to achieve greater comfort – yet at another
level you want to refuse too much comfort as your greatest aim in life
is becoming MORE than you are right now.
When it comes to fitness, becoming MORE usually means getting leaner. It
means cutting back on all the splurging. It means getting fit, not so much
for the “look” it gives you but because of WHO you become as a result of
To get super fit, you must change the way you think about yourself. You must
change the way you see yourself. You must toughen up on the INSIDE first –
and let this vibration expand externally until it becomes your reality.
The purpose of exercise goes way beyond that of improving one’s health
and well-being. Exercise, primarily, is a way to strengthen your mind, quicken
your resolve for greatness; grow mentally in the belief that you can become
whatever you strongly desire.
This is why it is a wise practice to turn exercise time into “imagination time.”
As you do your Hindu Squats and pushups, avoid mindlessly avoiding counting
your repetitions. Instead, focus on the numbers. Count your reps. Count
them with deep feeling. Set a goal for how many reps you will do – then
Everything in life is math – I was told sometime ago. Those who count
improve. Those who refuse to count, for whatever reason, usually don’t.
Go for a walk. Count your steps. Grab a rope and start jumping. And
count your jumps.
And when you drop down to do some pushups – count again.
Counting is akin to meditation. Know your numbers. Pay attention to
what you’re doing down to the last number – and then some.
When you know your numbers, you can improve them. When you’re
in the dark about them – you’ll remain in the dark.
Drop down right now and see how many situps and pushups you can
do. Count the reps. When you’re finished, I guarantee you’ll be MORE
motivated to go beyond what you just did. Tis natural law. Do what you
can and you’ll be given the ability to do even more.
All for now.
Kick butt – take names,