Do Whatever It Takes

Greetings from Tampa International Airport!

Thanks to the freak weather that’s currently battering the southeast United States, my flight to Atlanta was canceled yesterday and I won’t be able to fly out until later on today, hopefully.  Sorry for missing yesterday’s post, but this article will explain why.  I’m bleary eyed, sick, hoarse, wearing the same shirt for the past three days, on just a few hours of sleep, and beyond exhausted, but come Hell or high water I will get to Atlanta somehow.

When dealing with effort, motivation, goal setting, building muscle, starting a business, and success, there’s one motto above all else that has continually guided my life:

“Do whatever it takes.”

I come across people all day who are trying to level up their lives and live better. I can always tell within just a few minutes of conversation who will be successful and who isn’t quite ready for that step yet.

When I hear “I want this but I’m not willing to give up that, change this, I don’t think I can do that, ehhhh I don’t know, etc.,” I tell those folks to come back to me when they’re willing to work for it.

If you don’t want it bad enough, you will find excuses as to why you’re not getting the results you’d like.  You’ll use these excuses to justify failure and inaction – “it wasn’t my fault that I didn’t succeed, because ________ happened.”

If you want something bad enough, you will do WHATEVER it takes to get there.

This isn’t really news, but success in life can be hard!  Rome wasn’t built in a day, quick fixes don’t work.  If what you want is worth fighting for, it’s probably going to take months of work, hours upon hours of dedication, and a level of determination that is beyond anything you’ve needed before.

When you give yourself no other option other than success, and flat out refuse to accept anything less: you will get it done.

As Sean Astin says in The Goonies, “Goonies never say die.”  Sometimes you will have to make sacrifices, not take no for an answer, and/or explore every freaking possible option in order to get what you want.

There is ALWAYS a way.

Loss of a Friend

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know that my current home base is in Massachusetts, so why am I trying so hard to get to Atlanta? Unfortunately, the younger brother of one of my best friends passed away after a lifelong battle with cancer over the weekend while I was out at sea on The Rock Boat; it’s tough for me to say “lifelong” when Jack was just a 16-year old kid.

I had already rescheduled some flights to spend a night in Atlanta to visit him the hospital before taking off for my big trip, but now that he’s passed away I’ve rescheduled my two flights for this week and pushed back the first flight on my world trip by a few days until next Wednesday. 

I’m glad I’ll be able to spend the entire week in Atlanta so that I can be there for Jack’s funeral, and to be there for my friend and her family in any way possible. I see lots of couches and borrowed clothes in my immediate future, not being there for something like this just never entered my mind.

I’ll be doing a proper post that honors Jack at some point in the near future once I can truly wrap my head around it.

We’ll miss ya buddy.

The best 3 Minutes of Your Day

Sorry for that sad section, but hopefully this will cheer you up and inspire the hell out of you.

This video was shared by Knightwatch of the Nerd Fitness community last week, and it instantly brought tears to my eyes. I know it’s a simple promotional video for HBO boxing, but it’s one of the best short films I’ve seen in a long, long time – it sums up what’s possible when you’re willing to do whatever it takes to be successful.

I guarantee this will be the most inspirational three minutes of your day:


HBO – I Still Have a Soul

If you want something bad enough, you’ll run through walls to get it.

Today has the chance to be the best day of your life – set your goals, refuse to accept failure, and then start DOING IT.  And if you get a chance, call your brothers and sisters and tell them that you love them.  Stuff like that can never be said enough.

Hopefully my next article will be written from Atlanta, GA – fingers crossed!

Whatever it takes.

-Steve

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  • http://www.justinhamlin.com Justin Hamlin

    Safe Travels Steve.

    My condolences on the loss of a friend, and his family. That is never fun.

    Hard work is something that will never be underestimated, or under-rewarded. It is essential in anything of any substance we want to achieve.

  • http://www.waterfallingupwards.com Sarah Kathleen Peck

    Steve,

    Great post. So many people do the 85% required and then fail to commit the last 15% – the “whatever it takes” to really get something done. Being exceptional requires exceptional work, and sometimes, you have to do whatever it takes.

    This reminds me of something my swim coach used to tell me: “The greatest sacrifice you’ll ever make, may turn out not to be a sacrifice at all, but the best decision of your life.” He encouraged us to try the unconventional – to give it our all – and to dream HUGE. It felt like a sacrifice in the beginning (giving up time for friends, partying, and watching TV), but then, after 2 years, I became the person I am today through the results of the incredible hard work we put into it. If it’s worth it to you, it’s worth it.

  • Candy Coons

    Steve,

    Just the fact that you postponed your trip and mentioned the loss of your friend says alot about you. My thoughts are with you and your friend’s family.

    Candy

  • Candy Coons

    Steve,

    Just the fact that you postponed your trip and mentioned the loss of your friend says alot about you. My thoughts are with you and your friend’s family.

    Candy

  • http://twitter.com/logicwithwojcik Caleb Wojcik

    My condolences to your best friend’s family. You are a great friend for being there for them.

    Sometimes I think I have been through a sort of transformation (possibly I’m a robot in disguise?) to realize that anything can happen for anyone that wants it and tries hard enough. I talk to so many people that say, “Oh, I can’t do that. I’m not smart enough to do that. I’ll just keep doing what I am doing.” You can do it! If you have to eat ramen noodles, live with your parents or donate all your possessions, then do it! Don’t sell yourself short. Better to shoot for the moon and land among the stars.

    @ Steve: That is a great short film. Anytime I want to cop out on a workout I should watch it.

  • Erin

    I needed that HBO clip today. Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.

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  • Vic Magary

    Man, I love that HBO video. It really makes you ask yourself if you are really willing to do what ever it takes to get the job done.

    My condolences for your recent loss and safe travels to you, Steve.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Steve—

    This video is so poignant. I think I need to watch it daily. Man…I am like lost for words. This reminds me of how little I give up for comfort and how much I lose in life because I do so.

    This reminds me of the book Scratch Beginnings.

    I think I need to start applying this more and see what is possible if I choose to give up more of the comfort in my life.

    Thanks….I am going to work on an article on this.

    I needed this motivation.

    David Damron
    LifeExcursion & OngoingConvo

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  • ysabet

    On doing what it takes – I’ve had a lot of people tell me they couldn’t do what I’m doing. I’m studying part-time, working full-time, volunteering on the side, battling a chronic medical condition, and trying to upgrade my fitness.

    But I’m chasing my dreams.

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  • http://twitter.com/PStevenP Steven Ponec

    I watched the video. It’s the most inspiring thing I’ve ever seen. The homeless man toils harder than people do in their lives, to reach a place most of us will never witness.

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  • Bette Herick

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  • Bette Herick

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