Homeless Not Hopeless

I gave some money to a homeless man today when I was at the stop off the freeway. I saw his sign and it read “Homeless not Hopeless.” I rolled down my window and put the money out the window, he grabbed it, and while he was thanking me profusely I was just thinking to myself  ‘This guy is doing everything he can.’ He really put me in a good place at work today. And mentally, this is the thought that was working throughout my mind today while I was dealing with crazy amounts of people and having to re-fold things constantly; you don’t build a broken wall all at once…you lay each brick as perfectly as you can lay a brick. Then, you will have an amazing wall.

I want to take that thought a lot further tonight. In this day, and in fact every day since advertising became prevalent, there are hundreds of quick fixes for every single problem out there. I don’t even want to get into all of them. But the thing is, you can get a quick fix for something, and maybe it solves the temporary problem, but you will never have the satisfaction of all the effort you had to put in to get to that point where you are what you imagined. I want to take working out as an example because that is something that I am really passionate about (if you couldn’t tell). So, you look at a picture and you can see yourself looking like that. Well, maybe you aren’t even close to that yet. And unfortunately, we all are the sum of the decisions we have made in the past. So, look at yourself, and just recognize where you are at. Okay, now look at the picture in your head or on the paper, and decide that is what you want. Now, DONT TRY TO QUICK FIX THIS! Put the blood, sweat, and tears into the gym. I’ll give you a personal story. So I have this personal mentor (who I have never met but I have tons of videos etc and its like he is right there with me every day) named Greg Plitt and I want a body like his. I subscribed to his web page and am doing everything he says down to the details. My diet is very similar, my workouts are his workouts, and my motivation is on the same level. Hell, Im even committed to waking up at 5 am and doing what I need to do. I WILL succeed. Not want to. So I have been pushing myself and pushing myself in the gym and for the first time in months I have been sore. I needed this guy to kick me in the ass and make my butt workout harder than I ever had before. He has this fantastic line where he talks about traveling into unchartered territory and once you find your limits, you can crush them. If you are looking for a role model and one hell of a workout, check out his site http://www.gregplitt.com/preview54.html

When you go workout, workout till your muscles fail in whatever exercise you are doing. I never used to workout that way, but you will always maintain and never grow until you think of working out like this. By the way, this is just my piece of advice. There are amazing programs out there, but I can guarantee you that without pushing yourself to the limits, you will stay in the same place. Don’t try to lose all the weight in one day…because you can’t. Instead, give it 100% in the gym that day and do that every single day. Then, you will lay that brick perfectly every single day, and at the end you will have laid an amazing wall. Keep up the hard work, and just like the homeless man today, you can realize your situation, but you don’t have to lose hope.

Always give yourself a chance. Every single thing you try in life that is outside your comfort zone is something that helps you grow. Just like I was talking about above, every single rep you do past what you have before and going till failure makes you grow. Because when you fail, you are at the bottom of the barrel. You are at your worst. But pick yourself back up. I take that attitude in every single aspect of my life. Get absolutely creamed and smashed to pieces…get back up. Because your greatest hour is after the worst one. What are you made of and who are you? I experienced this a couple years ago. Who was I in that hour…someone who had a fire burning in his heart…even if I didn’t know it at the time. You can conquer anything…but you have to tell yourself that you can.

The positive power of Pride not negative aspects Ego. Do things because you are proud of them. You don’t have to flaunt your success…ever. You don’t have to tell everyone how great of a job you are doing, because if you are they will be able to see it. I feel like this is one of the biggest lessons I have learned throughout my life. Just be a warrior. Go out there every single day, give everything your heart and your soul even if it is the smallest thing in the world like organizing paperclips into a separate bags, and you will create something amazing. Because you never know, one day, someone might see your attention to detail and your willingness to do whatever it takes to be a success. Hard work never goes unnoticed. It is okay to be proud of you, but you don’t have to let your ego take over and make you open your mouth. Keep it shut. Work hard. Have fun.

Get serious about your life. You have an amazing opportunity.

All the best,

Evan Sanders

Twitter: BetterManProj

Email: churchillvisions@gmail.com

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  • tolulopefalae
    November 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Love love love. I have a problem where I realize NY potential and acknowledge that I have the capacity to be awesome but I stop at good enough. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • reyesmedina
    December 8, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I enjoyed reading your post! We’re riding that same positive wave, looking to inspire and motivate, it seems… By the way, when you feel like changing workout partners, try @shauntfitness!

    • thebettermanprojects
      December 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      THanks a ton!

      What have you found to be the most influential things you have learned so far?


  • olive1982
    December 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    the “homeless not hopeless” caught my attention. it is inspiring one. Sometimes when problems strikes us and it is seems to much to carry on we felt hopeless. thanks for this. I can share this with friends.

    • thebettermanprojects
      December 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      I absolutely loved writing that post because it hit home for me too. Of course we are always going to have certain thoughts and emotions come up for us, but its in our determination where we learn unceasing persistence. Thanks for the comment and I hope I hear from you soon!


  • starsworth
    December 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Extremely inspiring! Glad I tuned in to you, and thanks for following me at EDEN IN BABYLON.

  • living4bliss
    December 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I liked “the Positive Power of Pride” that is an awesome concept. We are often taught not to have pride in ourselfs but you made a very good distinction between pride and ego.

    Thank you

    • thebettermanprojects
      August 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Positive pride is so important. It is so easily confused with negative ego. Be proud of who you are and what you have done in life, but also maintain the humility and the desire to improve.

      I’ll motivate you like crazy! Follow me on Facebook http://on.fb.me/RC57QW and Twitter http://bit.ly/Z0zCq9 to get pumped up daily!

  • pam boyd
    December 18, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Evan, thanks for the interest in my blog. I’m thankful for your conscientiousness and your intentions! Keep up the good work!

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