One of the biggest complements I ever received was this.

Evan, when you were at your darkest day, I could see the resilience burning inside you, even if you couldn’t see it yet.

That has always stayed with me throughout these past couple of years. My biggest piece of learning from today is this. Don’t get carried away with the speed bumps in life…always keep your eye on the horizon.

I am running again. Every single step is…well…interesting. But I am so hungry to start running again that I ran tonight at 11pm and now I am still up because I am so pumped up about having run around campus. I have been listening to this famous fitness model/bodybuilder named Greg Plitt who is just a headstrong no excuses kind of guy. It is amazing to listen to him because he motivates the hell out of me. He has taught me so much in the past day that his lessons are permanently engrained into my mind. Here are a few things I learned today.

The Law of Cause and Effect. Find out what your cause is, what you want in life…and put in the work. You will see the effects of your actions. I absolutely love this. It is explained completely in science. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So what you do right now will have its consequences later. Life is 100% fair. The effort you put in with develop results somewhere else. Maybe you won’t see them right away, but they are happening I promise you. Give everything your best shot because it is building your future ever single second. You are fully a representation of all the decisions you have made in the past. Keep your dreams your reality.

Champions never talk. I have realized this through a long lesson. They have the results that speak for themselves. Often this is called humility. I don’t want to be the guy talking about what I am doing, I just want people to know. Enough said about that topic.

Failure plus 2. I have been taking this piece of advice to the gym. Work your body till you hit failure…then get two more reps. That is how muscles grow. If you use this in the gym, you will take your limits and define them. Then, you will be able to crush them. I believe that if you welcome failure into our life, you will become a champion. No one ever won at everything they did…ever. Fact. Let me clarify. No one GREAT ever won at everything. You have to go through life’s natural obstacles. It is just part of the journey.

I am keeping my promises of my goals. Day two…and I am killing it. Be resilient. Know what you want and go out and get it. There is nothing in this world stopping you besides you. You are your biggest competitor. When you are at the darkest moment, is it your pride or your ego that is motivating you. You will find out pretty fast which one it is. Don’t wake up at 6 am because your ego is telling you to…wake up because you are proud of who you are and you are willing to do anything it takes to be the best. Do anything that will make you the champion you know how to be. I talk a lot about lifting because it is so relevant for me, but this stuff applies everywhere. Your school, your work, your life. It is all around us. Everything has possibility. Do you want it enough to make it a reality? I want success so bad a can taste it. I am perfectly happy saying that. I want to be successful. Not so anybody else can look at me and go “wow” but because I said that I wanted it…and I did it.

Just remember, your results will speak for themselves. Let your game speak.

Evan Sanders
The Better Man Project