The Mind

The mind is the most powerful thing you have. It gives you the ability to do anything, achieve anything, dream anything. I want to share with you a experience I had at 7 this morning with my mind.

Out workout this morning consistent of the 1200 challenge. Start with 1,000 meter row, 100 heavy (really heavy) rope jumps, and 100 sphinx push ups….in 7 minutes. I hit the rowing machine armed with my knee brace and sore back from yesterday, and mashed out 1k with 3:45 left to spare. I grabbed the jump rope, and hopped my way to 50, stopped at 60, stopped at 70, stopped at 80, almost threw up at 90, and threw the rope down at 100. Then to the hardest part, the sphinx pushups. If you don’t know what a sphinx push up is, its basically a push up on a bosu ball in which you put one forearm down at a time, and then lift yourself up one arm at a time.

20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 85. I hit the wall. With 17 seconds left, I checked the clock, couldn’t see straight, and was ready to give up. Then I looked at the chain my girlfriend got me and the little pendant that says “heart” on it (the one word that truly defines me) smacked me in the mouth because of the pendulum effect.

I finished with 1 second left to spare…flipped over on my back. Closed my eyes, and in a second, the next exercise set started. I had nothing in me, but I kept pushing and made it eventually to the bench press. Here is where I went to my mind for inspiration, help, whatever I could find. I started off with 185lbs for 10 reps. Threw on another 30 lbs for 215 @ 10 reps. Threw on another 30 lbs for 245 @ 8 reps. And lastly, threw on another 20lbs for 265 @ 7 reps. I kept telling myself, be a champion, be a champion, be a champion. The pain does not matter, the end result is what matters.

I finished the whole workout by hitting the bike and visualizing that I was riding at Norseman, the toughest IronMan there is, in Norway. I closed my eyes, saw myself riding up the long windy roads into the hills, and biked my heart out for 7 minutes. I got off the bike, ready to throw up and pass out. I regained my composure, and smiled.

What did I learn about myself today? I learned that all the power you need is in your mind. Never for an instant believe that you can’t do something. You can always do it. If you set your mind to it, your body will find a way to make it happen. There is nothing standing in your way but yourself. I could have let myself say “Evan, you have done enough.” But enough is like death for me. I will never try to be good enough. I will always be searching for my path of greatness. There are little things that I can do each day to make myself better. This morning, was a prime example. That workout will stay with me the next time I need to really push myself in the gym. I continue to look up…that is why my ceilings one day will be decorated.

I wanted to give a shootout to everyone who is posting here and telling me what is going on in their lives. This is exactly what I am trying to do. I think together we can build an amazing community of people who backs each other up at all times and is there for one another. There is no doubt in my mind that I have some of the coolest people commenting on my posts. What I truly get from your comments is insight into other people’s lives and what inspires and motivates them every day. So, I am going to do something special. The first 10 people who leave a comment here ( a meaningful and deep comment :D) of why they love this project and what they are getting from it are going to get a free and totally personalized Churchill Vision from me. These things take hours and hours to make and I will definitely get into contact with you about the product and what everything is about. So, ready, set, go!

Thank you again,

Go out today and absolutely show the world what you are made of. And as Winston Churchill would say,

Never, never, never give in

Evan Sanders

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  • Stu
    February 16, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Well done Evan – try not to kill yourself in the process!! 😀

  • Austin Sports Guy
    February 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    “The mind is the most powerful thing you have.”

    Isn’t that according to the mind?

    • thebettermanprojects
      February 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Yes, which is the most powerful thing you have 🙂 Without the mind, you have nothing. No functional body, no dreams, no goals, no belief,……nothing

  • michelle
    February 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I have only be following this blog for a short while, but I can see that you have a bigger picture in mind than just to better yourself. During this project of becoming a better man, you are also trying to inspire others to push harder, never settle, and be the very best we can be each day.
    That kind of drive is infectious! And if we could all catch that and (like you said) be an encouraging community that can push everyone around us to give it our all, then we can truly become a kick-ass community!
    Love your posts, man. And what an insane workout!!

  • Mike Barratt
    February 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Your story was both powerful and inspirational. I like how you find a way to challenge yourself in your workout vs just going through the motions. Every time you push through your quitting point, you develop character. I need to implement more of this in my workouts. Thanks for sharing!

  • paperplane
    February 16, 2012 at 11:29 am


    Before even getting to the bottom of this post, I had decided that I wanted to leave a comment…even more of a reason now.

    I workout, and I always push myself to see what I am capable of. People always tell me they don’t like to feel pain when they exercise. My response: “pain makes you feel alive. When you stop feeling pain, you stop living.”

    Fly high and decorate that ceiling. I plan to do the same (literally).


  • kato writes
    February 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I feel for you. Men have to try so hard to have this experience. We women give birth 🙂

  • thomag1
    February 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    as always, your posts are rewarding…..nice quote by our buddy, Winston!

  • lifeinthetoylane
    February 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Yes the mind is very powerful, to push us back or to push us forward. Settling is more dangerous then trying and failing. The conversation we have with ourselves is the most important.

  • thelittleacorn
    February 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I read this post as one of the many things I’m doing as a form of procrastination because there’s an article I’m supposed to be writing for work right now and all I can feel is that I just don’t want to do it! I just want to give up, head home, shower and crawl into bed. How do I psych myself up to write it? How do I quiet those voices in my head that say that the client will think it’s crap and I’ll have to do it all over? How do I find the words?

    I read your post and I’m not going to give up! I’m not only going to try harder, I’m gonna try smarter! I will accomplish this – it’s mind over matter!


  • fraserda46
    February 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I read and enjoy your post because I can see where the next generation is thinking. I may be your most senior follower, but I know that people are being set into places where they will more not only into their own destiny but will play and active role in moving other people into their destiny too. Your choice of Winston Churchill as a form of a project is way beyond most people of your age. Perhaps a young woman will read of Margret Thatcher on begin a Thatcher Vision.

  • Miss Emm
    February 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I love this post. You make me want to get up and go work out again.

  • hermitsdoor
    February 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hmmm, without wanting to sound like an old fart, I would worry less about what shape your body is in 7 minutes than when you turn 57. With all those children you envision you will want to stay in shape for the next couple of generations. Don’t wear out your joints pushing too hard.

  • Danlrene ©2011
    February 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    the mind works too when working through pain. Without what I could visualize and push myself to do, I would not be still walking, albiet on forearm crutches. Keep up the good work.

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  • Juniper Sunrise
    February 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Evan,

    I hope you don’t mind but I posted your quote from The Mind on my Inspirational Quotes wall. I know that your words will help people that read the page, just like it helped me this evening.

    Keep up the great work!

    You can find the quote here:

  • Swimming_in_the_Mud
    February 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Ah, to have that energy again. The challenges never stop throughout life, as you’ll find in your own time. You pretty much have to have a stomach of steel for what it may throw at your gut. You sound well equipped, though, which is a refreshing contrast to many of your peers. At least so it seems to me. But maybe I’m just getting crotchety in my old(er) age.

    You’re on the right track. Give it everything you’ve got. We only get one shot at it.