I’m not sure about you guys, but getting to the gym is a pain in the butt sometimes—but we all have to do things we don’t want to, right?
At the gym, I was doing biceps exercises, and my goal was 12 reps in each set.
With each set I did, I tried to increase the weight and make it a bit tougher.
It got much tougher.
So much so, that by the eighth rep, I wanted to throw in the towel—but I didn’t!
I wanted to stop so badly, but I didn’t.
What I did, instead, was give just 5 percent more effort. I didn’t stop at 12 reps—I went to 15.
You see, we need to be reminded that the magic doesn’t happen on the first mile; it happens when you go the extra mile for yourself and for others.
Anybody who knows anything about weight training or dieting will tell you that you get most of your results from those last two to three reps you don’t want to do, or from those last few weeks that you really don’t want to diet.
But here’s the catch: Most people quit on themselves and their dreams right when it gets tough.
Unfortunately, they never get to taste the magic that could have taken place—the magic that could have transformed their body from ordinary to extraordinary.
And that taste is so sweet. It really is unfortunate that more people don’t give themselves the gift of going the extra mile so that they, too, can enjoy living life in the body of their dreams.
I’ve said it over and over again, but I’ll repeat it here one more time: You don’t have to be 50 percent or 100 percent better then everyone else when you diet or exercise.
Five percent is it.
Yes, that’s it.
Persist past your desire to stop dieting or exercising. Do a little bit more today.
Do one more rep.
Work out 15 minutes longer.
Drink one more glass of plain, fresh water.
Eat one more large bowel of salad (without a lot of dressing).
And encourage one more person to exercise with you.
Are you ready to give 5 percent more today?
I can’t tell for sure, but I really feel that you are ready.
Am I right?
Make your move.
Until next time,
Christopher Guerriero is the founder of the National Metabolic & Longevity Research Center, the host of the new television show called “The Energy Factor,” and author of more than 20 books and audio programs including the global bestseller Maximize Your Metabolism. His other titles include The 2 Day Workout, The Psychology of Weight Loss and The Art of Living Thin.