An old, wise, and TRUE Napoleon Hill saying goes as such -
Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one up when success is almost within reach.
It's so true!
In fact, the way I say "old man failure" in this post is also his writing speaking to you NOW.
There are so many similariities between his life and mine - right down to the sexual transmutation, to the making of a business from scratch - to the "doing what I was truly meant to in one way or the other whether I consciously wanted to or not" to unsupportive family - to many, many other things including travel - and his physcial workouts i.e. walking 10 miles daily, usually UPHILL if he could, that I wonder if I'm Hill reincarnated.
Given what people say about me and my ethnicity, despite "facts" seeming otherwise - I might well be!
But anyway - the above quote.
Ive seen so many times when people think they've got it made in biz - slack off - it all comes tumbling down to WORSE than what it was when they started.
Sometimes, it's something people can't avoid.
Sometimes, it's other things.
I've had a combo of all the above, yes, including the first - happen to me not once - but multiple times.
Remember, it's a privelege to be at the top.
It can all be taken away, and some day, the wheel WILL Turn - in the meantime, what you can do?
Is to keep working at it.
Is to keep being prepared.
Sometimes, failures are inevitable - indeed, if you're a real doer that succeeds on his own, you wont make it without 99 failures and that ONE big hit - period.
Life, business, relationships, customers, all holds true.
That ONE , that 10% as Sylvester Stallone likes to say about his life "90% being a mistake" - makes all the damn difference.
And it does!
Not many get it - that is why not many truly succeed at the highest levels.
Anyway - this isn't a life coaching class...
But it applies to your fitness too.
I cannot tell you the number of times I thought "I didnt need to do anything more" - or slack off - and all came tumbling down there too.
You have to keep working at it - period.
If someone like Bruce Lee could walk around all day with a dumbbell despite his elite status - what makes you think YOU can't - or shouldn't - do your own equivalent?
Keep trying to break another barrier.
Keep aiming higher.
Keep pulling that chin up higher over the pull-up bar.
Keep getting DEEPER stretches in on pushups, more squats ................. and the list goes on!
As Claude Bristol rightly said in the Magic of Believing.
"Success is a fickle bird, the minute you rest on your laurels is the minute it takes wings and flies away".
Amen, I should say.
Lesson learnt for all readers, I hope.
End of "sermon".
Back soon (but that sermon BE true).