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Most People at 25 and are Buried by 75

A week ago, I heard the same message twice within the span of an hour, which means I was being spoken to by the Universe.

The first message was from some random video on YouTube during my walk and the second was from a written excerpt from a MLK speech.

The gist: If you have a calling at 38, as Dr. King did, and refused to do anything about it, yet you live until you’re 90, you really died at 38.  

Life is a gift and with that gift you have gifts that you are supposed to share.  

Is it scary?  Yes.  But if you share gifts despite what you think others may think (ego and reputation) and you listen to your gut, then you are truly living.

What have you been holding back on that keeps yanking at your heart string?

 

Be Unconventional – Kyle Newell

 

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What Are You Going to Do to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone?

This morning, I went for my 45-minute walk with my 80 pound weight vest on in a tsunami.

Why?

Because it’s Mental Toughness Monday.  

I am switching the name to mental toughness Monday rather than Mindset Monday because mental toughness is a skill.  Mindset is more fluid, some days we feel up, some days we feel down.  

But I have found over my life that when I feel down or in a rut, I can usually climb out just by challenging myself to be uncomfortable.  

What are you going to do today?  How are you going to challenge yourself?  Even if its something like taking a cold shower or writing a few sentences with your opposite hand.

 

DO SOMETHING!!!

Remember, mental toughness is a choice and a skill. 

And all skills can be learned.  

You got this.

 

Be unconventional – Kyle

 

1- The Fat Shredder is coming!  Realistically it’ll probably start at some point in the backside of May and run until the 4th of July weekend.  Here’s all you have to do for now: start thinking of your teammates. Each team will have at least a member, non-member and one woman (teams of 3).  It’s gonna be epic and just what we all need at that time:) 

 

2-I am opening the doors to the second Panda Challenge, which will be starting within the next 3 weeks.  The first 12 ‘Panda’s’ are crushing it and dare I say, all 12 are on track to hit their 45-day goals! Yes, I only take 12 because of the high level of Coaching each client receives.  5 of the spots are already taken from people that just missed the cut for the first Panda Challenge. If you’d like to find out more info and at least throw your name in the ring for me to decide if you’re a good fit, then go here: https://hillsborough.newellstrength.com/step_1




Imagine If You….

Imagine if you controlled your destiny…

Imagine if your words had power beyond the moment they were said….

Imagine if this wild crazy life was meant to be whatever you wanted it to be….

Know that you do control your destiny…

Know that your words have the power to influence for eternity….

Know that this life is a game, a game that you cannot win, but a game you were supposed to have fun in and compete at….

Life is simply, play hard, have fun.

 

Be unconventional – Kyle

1- The Fat Shredder is coming!  Realistically it’ll probably start at some point in the backside of May and run until the 4th of July weekend.  Here’s all you have to do for now: start thinking of your teammates. Each team will have at least a member, non-member and one woman (teams of 3).  It’s gonna be epic and just what we all need at that time:)




At Last, 2 Things That You Do Have Control Over

For the past 2-3 weeks, you’ve been hearing a lot about the things that you don’t have control over.  

You haven’t been provided with much clarity on when this will come to an end.

And that lack of clarity will lead to a stress response, in this case, freeze mode. 

Well, I have good news.  

I want to direct your attention to the two things that you  always have control over; your effort and your attitude.

Yup, no matter what is going on in the outside world, you can control  your inner world through effort and attitude.

Throw the past few weeks out as learning experiences and decide right now how  you are going to work on your effort and attitude moving forward. 

 

You got this!

Be unconventional – Kyle

1- The Fat Shredder is coming!  Realistically it’ll probably start at some point in the backside of May and run until the 4th of July weekend.  Here’s all you have to do for now: start thinking of your teammates. Each team will have at least a member, non-member and one woman (teams of 3).  It’s gonna be epic and just what we all need at that time:)




Mind Your Beliefs

I write a weekly letter to the kids that I will one day put into book format for them to read when they become adults.  Here is an entry from a few weeks ago that I thought you’d enjoy!

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Hey kids!

 

As you may be able to tell by Braxton’s shirt, it’s the Halloween season!  One of our favorite family times of the year!

I wanted to talk to you today about beliefs and the power of your beliefs.

As a famous man once said, ‘Whether you  believe you can or you you believe you can’t, either way, you’ll be right.’

So why do we as humans sometimes choose not to belief in what we are capable of?

The answer is simple.

If we have limiting beliefs and we live up to those limiting beliefs, then we are validated and we are proven correct.

It seems counter intuitive, but the EGO likes to be right and likes to say, ‘See, I told you so!’ More often than not, the EGO thrives on playing the victim because playing the victim means that we don’t have to change, the problem is ‘out there’, not within.

I want you to picture a role model in your head that is stronger, tougher, smarter, more successful and the next time you find yourself in a tough spot or at a growth point, ask yourself how that role model respond and mimic that.

Lastly, and this is mind-altering, EVERYTHING starts and ends with your beliefs.

Your beliefs lead to…..

Your actions, which lead to….

Other people’s beliefs about you….

Which lead to their actions….

Which reinforce your starting point beliefs.

The only way to change the cycle is to change your beliefs.

Mastering your mindset is true power.

Believe that….

Love you! -Dad

 

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-Whenever you’re ready here are 3 more ways we can help you transform your life, lose weight and gain bundles of energy:

 

1. Thanksgiving Morning Charity Workout is once again at 7AM on Thanksgiving morning.  It’s always a blast and is for charity (minimum 10 dollar donation) to a local Hillsborough/Flemington woman that I grew up with.  More about her story to come.  If you’d like to attend, you can send Devon an email at devon@newellstrength.com. It’s always a blast and one of our favorite mornings of the year, guests and non-members are 100% welcome!

2. Perhaps you’d just like to have daily inspiration.  In that case, you can check out the Newell Strength Tribe and request to join our private Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewellStrengthTribe/

3. Risk-free 30-Day Jumpstart. The fall is a great time to start a new routine since the rest of life seems to go back to normal once the summer ends. If you feel that way, then the 30 Day Jumpstart is the perfect fit.  You’ll get the full Newell Strength Experience that’s designed to get you on the path to a longer, healthier and happier life, we’re ready to help you! Simply REPLY to devon@newellstrength.com an email with the subject: ‘jumpstart’.




The Runaway Pick Up Truck

Roughly two weeks ago, I was driving with Suga Shane to an off-site meeting with my long time Coach and mentor, Vince.

We were around mile marker 34 when I saw in my periphery a black pick up truck jet across our 3 lanes.  Amazingly, no one hit it.

Suga looked up and said, ‘What was that?!’

We both thought he was just cutting through but then we watched as he proceeded to cut across the 3 west bound lanes at a violent speed as well, again amazingly, no one hit him.

And off the edge he drove.

We called 911 and reported it.  I tried to look up the outcome that night but couldn’t find anything.

There are a couple of takeaways here; never take a second for granted, easy to say, but hard to live.  This guy was probably just on his way to work when he fell asleep at the wheel or his accelerator may have gotten stuck.  And, if we had been two seconds further ahead, we would have gotten smashed by him.

Perspective is a key element to enjoying your life.

Our, if nothing else, this shows you how important sleep is if indeed he fell asleep.

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

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Enjoy the Power and Beauty of Your Youth

When I was a young boy, I used to contemplate life and death a lot.

 

Probably more than most people do throughout their entire life.  It had gotten so overwhelming at one point that I would cry every single day after school and before bed.  I could not get my mind around the miniscule time I had here on earth.

 

And that was when I was 9 or so years old.  Every couple of years, I go through a similar phase.  I don’t cry over death anymore but I do cry over the periods of life that are passing me by.  I cry over the happy memories that I have in my life.  Heck, even writing that is making me cry while I am writing this.

 

I am 35-years old.  Life is going by like a bullet train.  Devon was telling me about a presentation she attended yesterday in which the presenter said that a recent study showed that people were only present in the moment 53% of the time.  Funny, I had recently read about the same study online and thought to myself: Phewwwy!

 

First of all, that is an impossible study to undertake.  People will always give the answer that they think is the most appropriate and they will project (like they all do on FB) the perfect life.  Second, I know how much I struggle BEING present and this is something I know and study a lot.

 

All of the major religions had at their core the ability to be able to be in the present moment.  So simple, yet, so hard.

 

If you are within a decade of my age, then this will be relevant to you.

 

It feels like only yesterday that I was in high school, playing basketball.  I remember the last game I ever played in high school in which I was carried by my friends off the court.  I have that photo at my parent’s house somewhere.  A moment that will always be frozen in time in my mind.  I often visualize that scene in the early mornings before visualizing my future.

 

I think back to growing up in my old neighborhood, the one in which my parents still live.  I think about all the stick-ball games we played with that core group of boys.  I think about playing Man-Hunt late into the night.  I think about carving my initials with my best friend at the time into the freshly laid side-walk (which is still there by the way).

 

Those were endless summers and times of innocence.

 

I reminisce about the last summer of baseball I ever played. I was 16-years old.  I didn’t give a hoot about playing high school baseball, but I didn’t want to give up the memories of playing for the township little league and senior league.  I was very aware of playing in the state tournament, trying to make it to regionals and the fact that my ‘little league’ career would soon be a thing of memory.  Yes, I cried when we lost that final game.

 

Man, this is tough to write (a wise man recently told me that if you can’t cry, you can’t truly write).

 

It seems like just last week that I was about to graduate high school and then I did graduate.  But it didn’t matter because I had one last summer to spend with my boys.  We went to watch American Pie, which was timely like you wouldn’t believe.  That represented ‘us’.  I still have a special place in my heart and spirit for that movie because it instantly transports me to that period of my life.

 

Fast forward a few years.  I was now in college.  I hated the first semester.  I was homesick as hell.  But I knew it was just another transition in life and that life was but a series of deaths.  Once one period died off, there was no going back.

 

And like the blink of an eye, I found myself giving my farewell senior speech to my fraternity.  Yup, you guessed it, I cried, uncontrollably.  It went by way to fast and I fell in love with that place.

 

I remember having a pizza date with Leo (my grandfather) that first fall out of college, being incredibly depressed because I couldn’t figure out the purpose of life on earth.  He always gave me his ear to listen to my philosophical questions.  Life continued to move forward.

 

I entered the bodybuilding world.  I think back to how much I learned about my will during that time.  I pushed my body and mind further than I even knew was possible.  It wasn’t the contests that were special to me, it was celebrating with my friends and family.  It was the journey of self-realization.  I went back to the well a few years ago to share the experience with Devon.  Those contests will always hold special memories in my heart.  That was a part of becoming who I AM.

 

I can transport myself to the day that I proposed to Devon on the river bank just a mile from where we now live. I was shaking like a leaf in the wind, so scared of that next phase of my life.  Yup, I cried and could hardly get the words out of my mouth, ‘Will you marry me?’

 

Thank God she said yes!  I remember fighting back the tears at our wedding.  I wanted to cry so badly because I was so happy but I didn’t.  I wanted to cry when I was dancing with my mom because of nostalgia but I didn’t.  I should have.

 

I remember when my brother Shane asked me to speak at his wedding (I guess what he really asked me was to be the best man lol).  I don’t even remember what I said, but I remember FEELING what I said.  It wasn’t a humorous speech; it was one of emotion.  We were no longer boys growing up, we were now men, all of us going our own ways.  Yup, cried uncontrollably again.

 

I teleport myself to when I ruptured both patellar tendons, 2 and half years apart.  Man, that first time around was one of despair.  I had no reference point.  I had no one to ask advice of.  I was down and out and then I fought back.  I allowed myself to feel self-pity for 2 days and then I was onto one of the greatest self-discovery lessons of my life.  With the help of Devon, I overcame the self-doubt of wondering if my leg would ever be normal again.  Then, as noted above, I competed.  Yes, it was to share the moment with Devon, but it was also so signify putting that horrific injury in the past, putting it in the graveyard even though there were many silver linings to it.

 

And then, 2 years later, it happened again, the exact same damn injury, this time with Devon at my basketball game in attendance.  Yes, the physical pain was off the charts but I could deal with that. We turned down away the ambulance at that YMCA on that fall night. I knew what it was.  Devon knew what it was.  I remember making it up to the bedroom that night, stopping off at the hallway bathroom.  I was hoping Devon was out of ear shot because I looked myself in the mirror and yes, I cried again.  I couldn’t go through that again.  It wasn’t fair.  She heard me, she came to my rescue once again.

 

I think back to when I made the decision to leave teaching.  Oh, dear God was that probably the hardest decision of my life.  I had security at a place I loved working with kids I loved.  But life was calling me in a different direction.  I agonized over that decision.  I remember crying on multiple occasions; while writing my letter to the superintendent, while sitting in my principal’s office breaking the news to him that it was time for me to move on.  I remember my last day teaching, the kids coming up to hug me.  I was a bumbling mess.  Life moved on.

 

I often think about how bizarre my first thought was when I picked up our first baby, Mateena, from the breeder.  Yes, I was ecstatic.  But my main thought was:  These next 12 or so years are going to go by way to fast, like the blink of an eye.  She is laying here next to me, 4 years in already.

 

I frequently think about the day that Braxton was born.  I knew I would be emotional but this time I made the decision ahead of time that I wouldn’t hold back like I did at my wedding.  I didn’t plan it, but I did know I would be emotional.  I remember seeing the crown of his head and weeping tears of joy.  The nurse laughed and commented, ‘Kyle is crying.  Daddy is so happy!’  And I was and still AM.

 

Now he is 17 months old.  Time fly’s boy.

 

I remember at the end of that year at our holiday team party for Newell Strength.  I wasn’t expecting anything from the team but then one of them handed me a large frame that was wrapped in wrapping paper.  I didn’t even finish opening it before the tears started.

 

Because I saw the picture on the poster.  It was of the PIT, the gym that I had built in my parent’s basement with the words in caption ‘success is deciding to simply begin’.  It made me FEEL all the times I wanted to give up.  All the times I got so burnt out that I decided my dream wasn’t worth it.  It was too much to bear.  It would have been easier to just find a comfort zone and stay there.  But something wouldn’t let me quit.

 

The point of all this is not to show you how emotional I can be.

 

No, the point is hopefully for you to realize that life is racing by us.  Time waits for no man.  Right now, you have the power and beauty of youth.  If you are in your mid-20’s, you are at the beginning of it.  If you are in your mid-40’s, you are on the back side of it but you still go it.  Life will go on.  You will one day no longer have the energy and physical strength and glowing skin that you now have.

 

Memories are being made, breath by breath.  Stop thinking about tomorrow or next week.  Life is NOW.  The moments of today and right now are ones that you will one day look back upon in favor and reverence and say, ‘I remember when…’.

 

Yes, those moments are right this second.  Live them.  Feel them.  Love them and cherish them.  Experience them and yes, cry about them.  What’s your story going to BE?




Clarity is Power

My personal word for the year is clarity.

 

Maybe it’s because it has been burned into my brain that a lack of clarity causes the brain and nervous system to go into a state of threat.

 

But maybe it’s also because I possess self-awareness and I realize that clarity is one of my weaknesses.  And it starts with the self and then that will allow you to provide clarity for those that you lead.

 

Make no mistake about it, you are a leader.  It may be to your family; it may be to friends or it may also be to an organization.  Leadership requires one to be clear.

 

I have found as my leadership role grows in my life that the clearer I am on my direction and immutable laws of the life, the better those that I am leading are able to perform.

 

So why is clarity so important?  Well, Mind Map has taught me that the brain is a pattern recognition machine.  This means that we need prediction then response and repeat.

 

If there is a lack of a pattern or clarity, we retreat into a reactive state.  And my fellow man, there is a HUGE difference between response and reaction.

 

I recently finished a great book about General George Patton called Patton on Leadership.  Lucky for you, I have been writing notes like a mad man about my takeaways from the book which I will now share with you.

 

Some of these directly talk about clarity but most of them don’t. That don’t matter now that you know that clarity is leadership, which by itself is super powerful and will give you a huge advantage over damn near anyone else in life.

 

‘Winning is a habit, so is losing’:  Ah, one of my favorite words, habit.  All transformation is about habit destruction or formation.  We get used to certain patterns in life and then just tend to go on auto pilot.  The reason that winning in life seems so daunting to most men is because they have been stuck in a pattern of losing for so long.  And from some of my other writings you may remember that one of the most powerful forces in human development is momentum.

 

‘A leader has to be ahead of his men’:  Think about your family for a minute.  Are you setting the example for them that you wish for them to BE?  Are you preaching health and fitness yet failing to take care of your own self because your schedule is too busy?  Are you preaching to them to go after their dreams with gusto, yet you are sitting in a cubicle like a caged rat?  Get out in front of those that you lead.  Lead by example.

 

‘A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances’:  Not sure if you caught it above when I mentioned ‘immutable laws’.  These are you guiding principles in your life.  So the first step in being able to adapt your principles is to know your principles.  I’ll give you an example of one of my mine; I am in responsible for everything that happens to me in my life.  Sound crazy?  Maybe, but it also gives me ultimate power over my life.  And when something goes wrong or a mistake happens, I apply the principle which allows me to learn and course correct.

 

‘Truly important decisions, those involving core principles, don’t require much time for thought’:  Again, you can see the importance of having clarity about your core principles in life.  Most people don’t have core principles, or if they do, it’s what they believe they should have as core principles according to society.  Think for yourself!  When you know your immutable laws, you can make lightening quick decisions regarding things like parenting, financials, fun and moral decisions.

 

‘Most leaders become leaders because they are uncommon and they know it’:  Dizzy Dean said ‘If you done it, it ain’t bragging’.  I done it.  By that, I mean that I am a leader.  I actually know this more from a little reverse engineering because I know that I am uncommon and a different breed.  But that’s not because I was given some genetic gift.  I simply chose to access my gift and instill discipline in my life to do the things that need to be done on a daily basis.  I have taught people my time mastery principles, my morning routine, my learning routines and I know that very few of them actually implement those things.  We have the same knowledge and information, yet it’s the consistent action that separates us.  Be uncommon and you will become a leader by default.

 

‘Every man who hears you speak must know what you want.  You can be wrong, but never be doubt when you speak!  Any doubt or fear in your voice and the troops can feel it.  Another thing, never give a command in a seated position (even on the phone)’:  Man, this is powerful.  When dealing with your wife, be a MAN.  Make a decision and go with it, even if it turns out to be wrong.  Doubt crushes forward momentum.  Men are supposed to be decision makers for the household and for the rest of the people they lead.  Followers are allowed to have doubt, but not leaders.  You know how you can make those that follow you have less fear?  By you acting with extreme confidence and having no doubt in your voice.

 

‘As Patton saw it, part of command is an ability to narrow focus, excluding from your field of vision those aspects of reality that would very sensibly create ‘fear’ in an average person.  If this is stupidity, embrace it wholeheartedly’:  This quote is directly related to clarity even though it doesn’t mention the word.  When I was building Newell Strength, I made some crazy decisions when you looked at it from an outsider’s perspective.  I wasn’t doing this out of carelessness. Nope.  I was acting out of absolute clarity on my vision and what I knew Newell Strength could become.  When I resigned from my cushy teaching job, I was told that I was nuts, stupid and short-sighted.  It didn’t matter, but it would have if I didn’t develop the ability to have such a  tightly narrowed focus on my dream.

 

‘Advancement comes from habitually doing more than you are asked to do’:  Be clear on what is expected of you and then do more than that consistently.  There will always be another rung on the ladder to go up for someone that does this.  I can tell you that from my role at Newell Strength.  Those coaches and personnel that have done this have had a steady climb and created the roles of their career dreams.  Those that haven’t, well, they floundered and got fired.

 

‘A genuine career requires a focused commitment of life energy’:  Are you just going through the motions?  Do you have a job that means nothing to you?  And if so, are you willing to chase the career that you want?  If so, you can only do that by focusing your energy like a laser on something that mentally engages you, day in and day out.  And you can only do this by focusing not necessarily on WHAT you are doing, but WHOM you are being.

 

‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds-Emerson’:  Remember how I said one of my immutable laws in life was to realize that I am responsible for everything that happens in my life?  Well shame on you if you don’tJ.  That law has allowed me to be able to look in the mirror of life, over and over, and say, ‘Kyle, what you are doing isn’t working, learn from it and try a different way or find a teacher that can teach you a different way’.  Those men that become so married to their ideas of the ways things should be done are the ones that suffer from little minds and probably little you know what’s too.

 

‘Leadership is about balancing timing with available resources.  Opportunities are easily lost by waiting for perfect conditions’.  Perfect conditions rarely if ever exist, but you wouldn’t know that unless you were clear about timing.  You need to know when to strike.  Some of this is intuition and gut feelings but it always comes down to knowing what available resources you have on hand, be it finances or people.

 

This book was awesome and I suggest you read it.  If not, just know that to be a leader and to BE a true man, you must bring clarity to each day.  Clarity to lead yourself first which will then allow you to lead those that are following you to the best of your abilities.

 

Now go get it tattooed on your left pec so you don’t forget it.

 




I’m Training the Mind While He is Training the Muscle

On Christmas eve, two of my brothers, Budgy and Suga, and I did an early morning workout with a stand-in for our missing brother, Presh.  The stand-in just happened to be the deputy mayor, Greg.

 

Anywho, we were teasing Presh after the workout as to why he didn’t make it, as it is rare, after all, to have all 4 boys home in Hillsborough at the same time.

 

Presh marches to his own beat.

 

In one of the group texts, Suga Shane told him that we even trained some biceps at the end of the workout, which is a rarity in any of my workouts because it doesn’t really fit in with my general philosophy of training (refer to today’s podcast episode for more nitty-gritty on this).

 

Presh responded that he doesn’t train arms (he makes for a good student, ha).

 

I told him I don’t train arms either, I train the mind through any arms training that I do.

 

Most people totally miss the boat when it comes to training.  Yes, we want to keep the body healthy and pumping full of lymph fluid and we want to make the heart stronger to name of few.

 

But…exercise greatly affects the brain in ways that no drug can.

 

A second but; besides that, most people miss the reverse engineering of training to change the brain.

 

For example, we used our one set of biceps after a brutally hard leg workout to train the brain.  It was an empty 45-pound bar and the rule was, 100 reps, no putting the bar down.

 

Few men actually do all 100-reps or can make it without putting the bar down.

 

It’s the mind that fails in those cases, not the body.

 

You see, I use sets like that to train for mental toughness.

 

Every time in life that you can make the fire and heat a little hotter, you will make the steel of your spirit tougher.

 

Don’t miss the opportunities.

 

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Think differently – Kyle Newell

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Here’s an X-mas Gift Article for Ya

Here’s an X-mas Gift Article for Ya

 

Milt Campbell may be the saddest story in sports.

 

He’s from Plainfield, New Jersey, there’s a field in town named after him.

 

Way back in 1952, it was between his sophomore and junior year in high school, he goes to the Helsinki Olympics and wins the silver medal in the decathlon.

 

He wasn’t even a high school junior yet.

 

Four years later, he’s a student in Indiana University and he wins the gold medal for the decathlon.

 

Then he goes into the NFL and then the Canadian Football League.

 

When he went to the Olympics, he also could have made the Olympic team as a swimmer, etc., but he decided just to focus on the decathlon.

 

Later in life, he got a gold medal in the martial arts.

 

In his 70s, he still looked like a pro-football player.

 

What’s so sad about that?

 

Well, he only spent a few weeks in the NFL.

 

In the late ‘50s, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

 

After a couple weeks at the training camp, he was told that the president and the owner of the team, Paul Brown, wanted to see him.

 

He said, “Milt, why are you dating a white woman?”

 

Milt, who was African-American, said, “Mr. Brown, it’s none of your business.”

 

The next day he was cut by the Cleveland Browns and no NFL football team picked him up again.

 

Olympic historians have called him the unknown Olympic champion.

 

Everybody knows Bruce Jenner.

 

Everybody knows Rafer Johnson.

 

Most folks don’t know him.

 

He spent most his life multi-level marketing.

 

He never got the acclaim he deserved.

 

Milt became a motivational speaker, and an unbelievably good one.

 

They say a charismatic person lights up a room when they enter it, and a non-charismatic person lights up the room when they leave it.

 

He lit up every room he walked into.

 

He’d say, “How many of you have goals?”

 

Everybody would put up their hand.

 

He’d ask, “How many of you have written down your goals?”

 

Most people put up their hands.

 

He’d say, “How many of you have your written-down goals with you right now on your person?”

 

Nobody would raise a hand.

 

Milt would reach in and take out a little card.

 

He said, “That’s my secret. That helped me win my Olympic gold medals. You have to write down your goals and keep them with you 24/7. “

 

He set his goals, and he took every challenge that hit him.

 

He played football in the fall and basketball in the winter and track and field in the spring.

 

One day he was in the weight room in the winter, when there was a wrestling match going on.

 

All of a sudden, the wrestling coach barged into the weight room.

 

He said, “Milt, here’s the deal. We have one more match left. I need a heavyweight, and the other team has a state champion.  If you come up and beat this guy, we’ll beat this team for the first time ever.”

 

So Milt Campbell, who never wrestled a day in his life, went up, put on a wrestling uniform, and beat the state champion.

 

He died of prostate cancer two years ago in the fall.

 

Sports Illustrated does a retrospective on all the great athletes who died that year, usually late in the year.

 

They left him out of their retrospective.

 

His achievements stand for themselves, though.

 

If you set goals like Milt Campbell, if you keep your goals in mind and in hand always, you can accomplish great things in spite of the obstacles that block your way.

 

Hopefully that little story about Milt inspired you a bit, but just to cement it a little further, here is an article I wrote for you about making 2017 the greatest year of your life.

 

http://www.newellstrength.com/year-can-great/

 

 

Merry Christmas – Kyle Newell

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