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Be a Force

In physics, “force” is an influence that produces or changes the motion of an object. For humans, force is a word that represents the strength and/or energy that is required to generate action. Force is a powerful tool in life.

Any successful endeavor requires the buildup of substantial force. In fitness, and in business, if we want big results, then we need to take massive action all of the time! Massive action requires great force. Not a little bit of force, a lot of force. To be a great force, you need to gain physical and mental strength through workouts and research.

I am sure some of you who are reading this have been exposed to the teachings of Sun Tzu and the ancient wisdom through his book Art of War. What does Sun Tzu have to say about force?

First let’s ask, what is required to create force? In my view the best path to massive personal force is through a constant stream of inspiration and development of courage. Art of War teaches us that “The principle on which to manage an army is to set up one standard of courage which all must reach.” (1) This principle can work on an individual basis too. To create your own massive level of force you need to set the courage threshold under which you will not allow yourself to go.

Sun Tzu also states that you must “Know your strengths and weaknesses: if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” (2)

You have to know your own strengths and weaknesses, but you also need to learn everything you can know about your enemies.  I am not talking about other people or other competitive businesses here, though. I am talking about the personal enemies that keep you from achieving higher levels in fitness and in business.  These enemies include low motivation, and lack of discipline. These success killers must be recognized and dealt with at all times. These enemies manifest themselves in the form of sloppy procedures in both business and personal daily activities. This is straight up laziness. With the HOTWORX franchise, we have a t-shirt for that and it reads DON’T BE LAZY!

Find the force to start your day and kiss the laziness goodbye forever.

It’s a personal choice, a simple A, B decision:
A-I will become a force to recon with, or B-I will not.

It’s time to choose A and never look back. There comes a point in life where we make this choice for our fitness and for business. If you choose to walk through door A, though, know that you have to keep choosing A over and over because B is not an option anymore. Door A requires even more force to maintain your new level and go beyond.

To create more personal, and professional force, we could all do better if we heed the advice of Sun Tzu and create our mind and body victories BEFORE we confront the daily battles. Art of War teaches us that,“…the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won.” (3) What is meant in that passage is that every battle is won during the planning phase.

Summing it up, we should have an A plan every day for taking massive action as a part of becoming a force.

Be a force!

(1) Sun Tzu, The Art of War
(2) Sun Tzu, The Art of War
(3) Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer