Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What are YOU gonna do today?

The Concept of Productivity

In her latest blog, Ava Cowen posted a link to a motivational video that she claims she watches every day during prep. I checked out the video, and was immediately enraptured. The video is about the Concept of Productivity and what makes successful people so successful. It's not some magic pill or complicated formula. No, it's simpler than that. It basically boils down to this:

Apply the most amount of effort to the best of your ability in the time allotted time that you have.

Here are a few more of my favorite quotes for the video:
All successful people realize that time is the most precious commodity that's out there. It's the one thing that you can't buy or ever buy back. So these successful people realize that they have an allotted time to perform a given task, so that they have to give it their absolute all to doing that task.
Going through the motions is the most disadvantageous thing that you can do.
All successful people realize that they're gonna give it their absolute all and put in their heart and soul in any task that they do, no matter how small or how large it is. That they're gonna be the best person that they can be while they're doing it. That they're gonna do it RIGHT.
The major difference is that the successful people do every single task right, whereas the people who are not successful, do it WRONG.
The best bodybuilders in the world: "These people gave it their heart and soul throughout every single rep. Throughout every single set. Throughout every single gym session. Every single day. For weeks. For months. For years. For decades. To get to where they were. That they weren't just gonna go through the motions, but they were going to break through ALL mental barriers to get to where they wanted to be. And that's the difference between successful people and those who are not."
You could say to yourself, 'Oh, I went to the gym today, so I'm better off because of it.' But the question you have to ask yourself is: 'What did I do in the gym today?' And how did you do it?
It's really not about the genetics as much as it is about the effort, and about doing the activity RIGHT.
Successful people understand that they're gonna give it their all throughout every single task that they have to do. Because time is so precious. And that they're gonna do it RIGHT.
Ask yourself what are you gonna do today? But more importantly, you need to ask yourself, "How are you going to do it?"
This concept not only applies to the gym and how you train; it also applies to every aspect of your life.

So what are YOU going to do in the gym today?


  1. Love the topic!!! I intend to watch the video ASAP. Thank you so much for sharing. Just what I needed to hear.
    Have a good one!

  2. :) thanks Kari. I really was not wanting to go to the gym today (weather is crap = so is my mindset, apparently) but read this post before lunch and so went home to pack my gym stuff and clean up over the lunch hour so that I didn't have an excuse to not go later :)

  3. I love this post. Not just is this post about successful people and bodybuilders, but also about anyone who ever tried to get fit or lose weight. I can so relate to this post because this is exactly what I did to lose 88lbs.
    Great post.

  4. motivated to hit it hard...

    THANK YOU for this post!

  5. Love it. Not just do, but do with excellence. Every day counts especially when no one is watching.