It is a James Brown type of day. The fact that I have this on my workout playlist makes me extremely happy. I am going to put up two posts today, because…well, like I said before…its just one of those days. Here is what I am proud of this week.

1. Eating unbelievably clean and healthy

2. Working hard at school and work

3. Battling the flu and taking care of myself

4. Mirror test: visually, I have lost fat and gained some muscle. I will put up before and after pictures in a few weeks.

5. Mentally staying on track and being present.

This week was just a great week despite being pretty sick. But that doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things. Sure I was sick, but I just viewed it as “Alright, I am just going to do things with a cough haha.” Here is what I want to write about today.

There are a lot of times where you are going to find yourself feeling 50, 60, 70% or even worse. You cannot let this get to you. One of my coaches always used to tell me, “How much do you have in the tank today?….{Answer}….Alright give me 100% of that 70%.” What a great mentality right? Give everything you got of that percentage you only have. Because a lot of times when we are feeling crappy we give a crappy effort. This is exactly what you cannot do! You have to pull through it, rise above it, and accept your current situation.

When you accept your current situation and decide to do something about it, that is when you are in action! Being in action feels a lot better than sitting wallowing doesn’t it? I know that if something is hurting during a workout, I modify, not quit.

One of the best games I pitched in high school was when I had pneumonia. Can you believe that? I was on the verge of coughing up a lung and felt horrible, but I kept telling myself…do what you can do. When I have this attitude I know I am most effective. Sometimes when you try to play bigger than you are or smaller than you are you really get into trouble. This is especially true in sports. Stay true to yourself and the abilities you have worked on for such a long time. The competition is the reward! The endless hours you spend beating on your craft is the practice. From my point of view, I view the hours I spend in the gym every single day as practice. Practice for when I will eventually be able to take off my shirt and have myself go “Wow.” It is not for anyone else, just for me. It is about me setting my mind to something, saying I am going to do it, and following through. I have been able to do this with many other things, but physically it is one of the largest battles.

So do it for yourself! This is your life, there is no guaranteed tomorrow, so give it your best shot today and put some soul into it.



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  • Spinster
    March 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    “One of my coaches always used to tell me, “How much do you have in the tank today?….{Answer}….Alright give me 100% of that 70%.””

    This is good food for thought. Hell, this whole post is. Thanks.

  • thelittleacorn
    March 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    You know what? This morning as I was getting ready for work I think I must’ve disliked how my shirt fit, but I said to myself: “One day I’m going to look in the mirror and absolutely love what I see”. I didn’t say it feeling down about where I’m at right now, I said it with confidence and looking forward to that day.

    And I absolutely LOVE your coach’s saying. I must remind myself of that when I’m feeling less than 100%. It just means that it’s okay to not be 100% all the time, you will have down days, and that’s okay. Just give all that you have on that day.

  • Time with Tracy
    March 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I love the concept of giving 100% of your 70%. It’s our tendency when we’re not at our best to just give up and not put forth any effort. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Stu
    March 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Hiiiyyyaa, I feel good! Na na na na na na na!

    • thebettermanprojects
      March 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      your the man stu. when you make it big your going to have to fly me out there to the UK and co-author a book

  • Jeff Emmerson
    March 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Remember to also be kind to yourself…Balance = sanity. 😉

  • incidentallearner
    March 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I love this so much…it’s all abut soul!!!!

  • influenceversuscontrol
    March 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I am glad that you are still doing your best while being sick!

  • Mike
    March 10, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I love reading these each day. You provide some great insights Evan; Fighting through sickness or other obstacles makes a huge difference!

  • sobnyc
    March 10, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Because you inspire me I have nominated you for:

    A Very Inspiring Blogger Award


  • Hermit
    March 10, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Everyone’s percentage is different. Definitely keep active at whatever level your tank is. We always feel better when we get outside and move around, even if that is just a slow stroll. With contagious diseases, this is better for everyone else too. Don’t go to the gym and infect your workout peers. I doubt you are much of slug even on a 50% day.

  • gayatrimohan
    June 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Love this! Thanks for visiting my blog and choosing to follow me!

  • livingecstasy
    July 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Quite an interesting message you have to blog about. I do wish you much good, from my heart.
    Thanks for following my blog.