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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Learn to be a Lean Mean Fighting Machine

The best fighters have, what appear to be, inexhaustible supplies of energy and motivation. Look at physical fighters like Bruce Lee or social fighters like Martin Luther King Jr. and you see a constant resolve that doesn't waver. They almost appear superhuman in their ability to press the fight.

It takes time, effort and energy to fight for what you want. It's not easy and it's not comfortable. It also takes endurance. Endurance that must be built up over time through practice. Dr. King didn't start his crusade for civil rights at the beginning of his career, but rather once he had developed some endurance in his life through pastoring and speaking. He worked with small movements first and then built up to the Million Man March. He didn't start at the end. Bruce Lee spent his life in training and preparing for combat. He worked, behind the scenes, more hours than we will ever know, to prefect that effortless, tireless appearance that he's remembered for.

Start with one habit, one trait, one practice that you need to develop in order to be the best at your job. If you need to get better at public speaking, go to Toastmasters. If you need to work on your writing skills participate in NaNoWriMo. If you need to learn how to use PowerPoint better, find some tutorials.

In the end, you won't have the inexhaustible energy if you don't practice being exhausted now. Push yourself to the limit in this moment so that your limits will be greater when you really need it.

What's your training regime?

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