Jun 6, 2008
“Shut Up” – The Two Most Important Words For Success
While gearing up to start next week’s series on better sleep, I came across this video gem via StrongLifts.com featuring Will Smith. (You don’t have to watch it to get the point of this article, but it’s a fairly inspiring 2:09 of your time).
When “Shut Up” Shows You Really Care
For those who skipped the video, Will Smith talks about how the act of running can make you a stronger person because it forces you to have to deal with that voice in your head that tries to make you give up. I’ll let Will say it:
“When you’re running … there’s a little person that talks to you, and that little person says, “Oh, I’m tired,” or “My lungs are about to pop,” or “I’m so hurt, I’m so tired there is no way I could possibly continue.” And you want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running, you will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life.“
If you really care about succeeding at something, about following through, then you’re going to have to learn how to tell yourself to shut up (or, if you’re from New York like me, you can tell yourself to “f*ck off.” Canadians do this too.).
Learning to silence that voice that tells you to quit, or that you can’t handle it, or that you’re too tired is one of the keys to success for any goal. This internal resistance is going to happen (you know from experience that it will), so it’s mandatory that you learn to deal with it up front. You need to plan ahead to say what needs to be said so you can do what needs to be done.
What Your Heroes Do When Nobody’s Looking
If you admire anyone who has reached a measure of success, don’t buy into the fantasy that it came easy to them. It didn’t. No matter how easy you think some people have it, they busted their ass to get to where they are (and likely still do on a daily basis). Their success was hard-earned. It cost blood, sweat, and tears. It took real work, and there were times when that voice screamed in their heads to quit, to take a break, to come back another day, to throw in the towel.
But they didn’t. They told that voice in their head to shut up. And they got back to work.
And they won.
Are You Willing To Tell Yourself To Shut Up?
As you face this weekend (and the coming week), think of the tough things you’ve got on your plate (or the things you’ve been avoiding / slacking off on). Think of the things you tell yourself that hold you back from taking action. Rehearse those all-too-familiar conversations in your head and then practice cutting them off with a hearty “shut up!” – or again, a “F*ck off!” (once more, with feeling).
If you want a step-by-step way to make training that response easy, you can find it right in the beginning of my audio programs. Learn to get the last word in the conversations you have with yourself, and a Will Smith said, you’ll learn how not to quit when things get hard in your life.
Now get to it – you’ll thank yourself for it.
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