GPF: Lessons On Winning & Losing With Bob Harper

Welcome to “Guest Post Friday”! I will be featuring posts from individuals who have solid input about the mental side of fitness, training, and life. I tend to gravitate towards witty and honest posts, that actually give you tips to help you improve.

Check out the post below from Forbes Magazine. Contributor Lewis Howes interviews Trainer and CrossFitter Bob Harper and puts together some tips and insight about life, health and business.

Lessons On Winning and Losing In Life, Health And Business With Bob Harper


Here are 4 lessons on what it takes to make big things happen.

1.  Fear Is Comfortable

That’s not something you’ll hear every day.

When we think of fear, we typically think of it as an emotion that either causes us to make a bold move, or to run for the hills.  But the reality is that fear usually makes us do nothing.

In fact, many of us have learned to become comfortable with our fears, as Bob states, “It can be much easier to live with our fears than to take the steps we need.”

Facing your fears doesn’t mean you’ll always conquer them, but it does mean that you’re at least beginning to fight.  It’s far better to lose a fight, than to be paralyzed with fear and be stuck in the “what if” mentality.

The same approach goes for business.

Have you come to a crossroads that demands a decision?  Is there product or service you’ve been thinking of creating, but have been putting it off due to fear?

Success and failure are two sides of the same coin.  No one can predict with absolute certainty if something is going to work out, but overall success doesn’t hinge on just one product, or one service.  Your lasting success hinges upon your ability to treat both success and failure as the same thing – your teacher.

2.  Divorce Yourself From Your Past

Bob is constantly telling contestants that losing weight is the easy part.  It’s the keeping it off that’s hard.

In order to keep weight off or have any other lasting success in our life, Bob believes we must do something he calls “divorcing yourself from your past.”  This means dropping every negative thing you used to identify yourself with.  That’s the kind of mentality it takes to transform a life and a business.

There’s a huge difference between someone that DID something and someone who DOES something.  Anyone can put aside their temptations or weakness for a little while to achieve a goal or have a moment of success, but real winners are the people who continue down the path of commitment.

According to Bob, a lot of people think once they’ve reached their goals that they can say to themselves, “I’m fine now! I’ve lost all this weight and I can just do whatever it is I want to do!”

Yes, we have the freedom to choose whatever it is we want to do, but that doesn’t mean our success will stay with us.  Our decisions have consequences.

Maintaining the success you’ve achieved in the gym and in business requires a day-by-day mentality.  Success is not something to be checked off a list.  It’s got to be something that’s always with you, something you’re always thinking about and moving towards.

You’ve also got to understand that even though you’ve divorced yourself from your past, it’s never going to leave you.  The problems you once struggled with will always be one decision away from being back in your life.  It’s up to you to remain divorced and keep those patterns out of your life.

But don’t look at this as something bad – this is something that can help you.  Only those that lie to themselves and think they’re “cured” of their problems are the ones who typically fall back into the same traps and temptations.

Read the rest of the article HERE



About The Author: Lewis Howes is a former pro athlete, two sport All-American and current USA Men’s Team Handball player.  He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, and the author of The Ultimate Webinar Marketing Guide and LinkedWorking.

Bob Haper is a well-known trainer and an avid CrossFitter. You can connect with him on Twitter & Instagram and he trains at Brick CrossFit in Hollywood.

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