“How Bad do you want to be Successful…”

Well I had originally had a Mad Mule article in mind for today but ended up having something else to jaw about.

As I mentioned I’ve been amazingly busy lately. Running the I/C Training Log, handling online clients, Teaching Kettlebell courses (had our 1st of 5 upcoming yesterday), Coaching at weekend competitions and even getting to compete in one myself.

What has “suffered” because of this?

Nothing really, well nothing that I really realize (foreshadowing). I always choose to put work first. I feel that hard work is a gift of mine.

Don’t need an intense social life. Don’t need fancy things. Don’t need much of anything that isn’t in line with my goals. And my goals are my own, no one else needs to understand them. I work 7 days a week and I choose to do so. I choose to because as I said I have goals. I also have other people depending on me to meet their goals.

I’m sure everyones has seen this video before.

Man do I think about that speech a lot. I think about how hard it is to achieve what you really want in life and the trails and tribulations that come with it.

Goals are set for reasons. Dreams are dreams for reasons. If shit was easy everyone would alway get exactly what they wanted. Everyone wants to get to the mountain top but no body wants to walk the journey to get there. Cause its hard and sometimes its very lonely.

“What has “suffered” because of this?”

Remember I said that earlier in this article. Well a lot has. A lot has suffered and been sacrificed for me to try and stay on my path. Maybe thats not a good thing.

I’m a worker. I’ll work. I’ll work before eating, before sleeping before taking care of myself.

Now I see something suffering. If I have a talent to work hard I shouldn’t abuse it. I shouldn’t expect to work from 5:45 in the morning til 1 oclock in the after noon NOT eat and have a successful training session an hour later. And what do I do after that training session? I start my evening work schedule that goes sometimes past 8pm without eating again. Getting by on coffee and muscle milk samples is just bad living when your not only trying to Coach athletes but lead by example.

I’m up late every night working on the week days and even later on the weekends. My sleep bank is at an all time low and thats saying a lot for even me (my family has a history of insomnia). If someone was receiving coaching advice from me and working like this I would have stepped in awhile ago. I would have told them they needed to get some shit sorted out.

But, am I on the path to achieve my goals.


All of them.


Are people Depending on me for ALL of them.


It’s quite the double edge sword sometimes and it’s one I have choose to use. Trying to find the balancing act as of late has really started to weigh on me. Coaching couldn’t be going better, everyone one who I coach is right where I want them in their current period of training. My own personally training is turning out great results as well. But I’ve walked this line before and I’m flirting with wearing myself thin.

The biggest thing is I spotted it early. I usually don’t, I actually worked myself into pneumonia last year and then had to keep the ship on course during the whole thing. It was not a fun experience.

So how do you work like you want to breath but avoid a total burnout.


I always tell myself I’m to busy for this or that. I dont have time for things. I like to make the exuse that I dont have enough minutes in the day to just get a hold of my own Chaos sometimes.

If you want to realize your goals you have to do the things that will make them happen. The video I have posted below sparked this whole post today. It’s about a day in the life of professional bodybuilder Kai Greene. I first saw this blazed with the word Discipline over on OPT’s site. It’s probably one of the best pieces I’ve watched in sometime. If you want to be a hater on bodybuilding then find a different blog to read. Kai’s approach to his training and discipline in his day to day life if pretty inspiring.

After having watched the series I took a lot in personally. I need to find the time in my life for more structure. Yes, I have a steel discipline when it come to work. I always have, I always will. I’m on a course I plan to follow.

But the discipline to take care of myself is something I need to address. Some day the other foot will drop if I continue to burn the candle at both ends. If I want to be both the Coach and Athlete I desire to be then I need to refine the discipline I have to march all day and apply it to other areas of my life.

Todays word is Discipline folks, there is time in the day if you make it.

Posted by: Z

4 Responses to ““How Bad do you want to be Successful…””

  1. Yay, Z!
    I suggest that you print this off and stick it next to your bed. That way, when you are lying awake with insomnia, you can re-read it and, with renewed conviction, drift off back to healthy, restorative sleep.

  2. I’ve gotta get back into “Cook-The-Week Sundays”. A really good habit I’ve fallen out of here recently too.

  3. It’s funny how things work sometimes… at camp this weekend they talked A LOT about making a list of priorities and how sleep, nutrition and recovery should be right up near the top of course with family and what not…
    I was sitting there thinking to myself about the order of my priorities and how for the most part they were pretty fd!
    Goals I have BIG goals! My training has been great, I have the best coach in the world! But I have found myself pushing aside other things that are going to help me achieve thse goals

    Thanks z for posting this! Not only because I needed a wake up call too… but because I’m glad you feel similarly and are realizing it before you really burnout because I think I can speak for all of us we don’t want to see that happen to you again!!!

  4. jodiboates Says:

    Wow, ya, still struggle with this myself sometimes. Your point Z is valid. I tried living the magic 8’s life. 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, and 8 hours to get everything else done in a day that needed doing. That icluded grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, raising a family, being wife, an athlete, travel time..the list goes on and on. Allot suffered. Being an overachiever takes a very creative schedule. I needed to find 8 more hours in every day to live the life I was leading.

    I tried less sleep. That did’nt last long..mono. I skipped on house work and shopped at warp speed. That was just not good. I rushed everywhere I had to go. That failed when i found myself upside down in a car after rolling it. Clearly a message was being sent.

    Its taken sometime but i have managed to balance the 8’s. I combined the two things that would give me the extra time in a day i needed. Working and training as an Athlete. This gave me the oportunity to work with others doing something I loved and could do with them. It filled 2 needs. It also gave me the needed time at the end of the day to raise a family.

    Sleeping and eating are top of the list for me now. Being tired and under nourished doesn’t do good for anyone. If I can’t look after myself, how could I look after anyone else? Being an Athlete would be out of the question.

    Be sucessful. Be disiplined. Be creative.

    Look after yourself first. That is leading by example.

    ps. never waist time on anyone who won’t waist time on you 🙂

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