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by Josh Halladay
Time is the most expensive thing you can own. It’s priceless. It’s no secret that 90% of the time we are left feeling like we never have enough of it. Many people frequently ask me how I manage my time. How do I take care of my family, get to the gym, work a full time job, run a company, contribute to the Universal brand, and make shit happen? Well, it’s simple. When you want something, you will do everything and anything to get it done. Yes, it sounds cliché, but there is nothing more true. Oftentimes I feel run down, tired, stressed…I find myself asking, “How the hell am I going to make I through this day?” Then I kiss my son and my girl goodbye, I grab my meals, and I get in my car and take my ass to work because I have a family to feed.
Motivation comes from all different places. I find mine at home, in the mirror, and in my heart. That burning passion for being a bodybuilder, a father, a significant other, a son, an athlete. Those are some of the things that keep me going.
People often say to me, “Man, you are so lucky.” LUCKY? HA. What the hell is “luck”? I don’t know what that word means. Luck is just a word that is inappropriately used when people should be saying, “Damn, you work hard.” Normally they will never tell you that because let’s face it, nobody wants to admit that someone else is working harder than them.
I have heard for a long time that the greatest thing to come out of hard work isn’t what you get for it, but rather what you become for it. Man, that’s the truth. I’ve busted my ass for everything I have. Every pound of mass I struggled to gain, I forced myself to suck it up and eat. Every muscle development I made, I told myself to man up and do that last rep that I feel like my body will fall apart if I do. That has not only created opportunity for me, but it has molded me into the man I am today, and will continue to mold me into the person I ultimately strive to become. I will never be perfect, but I will damn sure be who I want to become and continue to push myself every single day.
The only way to take it to the next level is knowing the following: there are no shortcuts in this shit. There are no handouts that will bring you longevity in your success. You have to put the pieces together on your own. You have to look yourself in the mirror every single day and remind yourself that whatever obstacles you are facing or may face in the future, preparation and being relentless will get you through it. This shit is not a walk in the park. It’s a marathon. In order to get to the finish line, you have to keep your head up, eyes focused on what is in front of you, and just go. Think less, do more. Just make that shit happen.
Maybe you complain and wonder why you can’t have certain things. My advice: SHOW UP MORE OFTEN. That’s the only way you are going to start seeing what you want. Stop making excuses and stop hoping for luck. That shit is lame. Do the work. Stop worrying about the competition because in reality your biggest competition is your former self. The time you kill, the way you kill that time, the things you don’t do because you are “too tired” or “too busy” complaining about how much time you do not have—these are all the reasons you think you have “bad luck.” Just fucking do what you came into this world to do.
As a little side note and to wrap things up, there’s this quote I always used to hear in school. I believe it was George Washington who said “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” I have always applied this to my own life. When I set my mind on a show or a fitness goal, I am going to war. I am fighting for what I want and what I believe I deserve. I will not rest or be at peace with myself until I have won. I can only win if I am prepared.
Until next month, stay on it, stay motivated, stay prepared.