When I saw this video about a week ago, the word I had was “Wow!” I am not a huge movie person and don’t follow any actors or actresses, but I have enjoyed Will Smith, but more what he stands for and what he believes. I have heard a couple interviews with him throughout the years and have been very impressed.
Thankfully for us, there was someone who decided to put together a montage of Will Smith’s wisdom.
There are so many gems in the video. Watch it a couple times and let it soak in. There are so many lessons you can learn regarding your fitness and health.
Here are a couple of the quotes I pulled out and a little commentary from me on them.
“I am not afraid to die on a treadmill”
Never let anyone out work you. Hustle and focus can make up for a lack of genetic ability, past failures, and low self-esteem. Hard work will get you far in life, but make sure it is smart work as well. That is why I encourage you to do shorter intense exercise instead of long time consuming workouts.
“Don’t you ever try to tell me that something is impossible.”
If you think you can’t get in shape, you are probably right, and if you believe you can get in shape you are also right. You need to know that even though something might be challenging, it is never impossible. The only two words I never let my clients say are the words “I can’t.”
“Don’t try to build a wall, just tell yourself you just need to lay one brick as straight and perfect as possible.”
If you have 80 lbs to lose and the task seems daunting. If you kids are obese and it seems like it isn’t going to get better, realize you don’t have to do everything at once. Do one thing very well today, and tomorrow do another thing. Each day you will get closer and closer. Maybe today that means getting a well rounded breakfast into your body to fuel you. Whatever it is, do something, nothing is too small.
“I can create whatever I want to create.”
You are the only person who can control what you do, you have the power inside of you to create and do whatever you want to, take massive actions and enjoy the results!
“There is no reason to have a plan B because it distracts you from plan A.”
Don’t tell yourself “If I don’t get up in the morning to workout…” No there isn’t an option, if you have decided working out in the morning is what you are going to do, then that is what you are going to do! Don’t make excuses or have other options.
“Before anything can change, you need to believe you can, before anyone else does around you.”
I can believe in you as much as possible, but if you don’t believe you can do it, if you don’t believe it is possible, if you don’t believe you are worth it, nothing will change. Don’t rely on others and what they say… You should see some of the nasty emails I get from time to time. I have to keep those thoughts of others and beliefs of others out of my mind and focus on myself and the task at hand.
“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.”
I really love this one. Another way I have heard this said is, “see what everyone else is doing, and do the opposite.” Believe in extreme things, challenge your body more than anyone of your friends or family. Be a little crazy, those who have the most joy and happiness in their lives are the ones who are pushing the envelope and going above and beyond what most do.