How To Rise Above Your Excuses and Succeed at Anything

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I've been overweight for the past decade…

Ever since my early 20's (when I fell in love with Belgium beer), I've held on to a stubborn 20 or 30 extra pounds. It mostly sits around my waist, so a lot of my pictures and videos have been from the chest up.

I used to feed myself BS reasons why I was living an unhealthy lifestyle…

“I don't have time to go to the gym. I'm building a business and making a shit-load of money.”

I used to sit at a computer for 12-16 hours and only get up for food or the bathroom. I'd eat junk food late at night, drink 4-6 nights a week, and barely move throughout the day.

You could say my excuses outweighed (pun intended) my reasons to get in shape.

But my world recently got shaken up. I recently went in for my yearly physical…

“You have high blood pressure. Better drop the pounds now, or pay for it later.”

My doc wasn't messing around because I have a heart condition that's going to require surgery sometime within the next decade.

So, I had to make a change… FAST.

After several failed attempts at going to the gym and cooking meals for myself, I've finally found the “magic pill” for me…

But the thing that's working for me is not sexy or cheap.

I found out the ONLY way I can get myself to eat healthy and workout consistently is to pay professionals to push me.

I see the top personal trainer in Austin 3 times a week and buy all pre-prepared meals. This guy is a 6-time all natural men's physique champion. When I seek out a mentor, I want the BEST.

Since I pay “big money” for a trainer who pushes me to the point of throwing up, and since there's no question what I'm going to eat on any given day…

I've eliminated my failure triggers.

A lot of times we set ourselves up to fail from the beginning.

The best way to give yourself the highest odds of success is to eliminate any potential points of failure from the start

And to get a successful mentor to help you get to the finish line.

I'm on week 2 of a 60-day challenge to drop 30 pounds. This post is a public accountability statement. I will finish this 60-day challenge. I will drop 30 pounds.

If I can make millions and travel the world, then I can surely get in the best shape of my life.

So, my question to you is this…

What excuses have you been telling yourself? What reason can you find to rise above your excuses and achieve your dreams?

Once you have a strong enough reason to chase after something, then it's time to set up your “no fail plan”.

What do you need to put in place to ensure success? Who do you need to contact for accountability, mentorship, or a good kick in the ass every now and then?

Let's do this together.

About the Author

Chris Dunn is the founder of Skill Incubator. He is an active investor and entrepreneur with the mission of helping people learn Skills to thrive in today's economy. Chris spends his time testing and building multiple streams of income and investing the profits. Read more here.