I am glad you failed.

Not because I want to flourish in the absence of your success.

Neither do I enjoy watching you fail. Or anyone for that matter.

But every now and again, I do want you to fail.

 It will be good for you.

I’ll tell you why… 

Take a moment to scroll down your newsfeed, or maybe jump through a couple of stories on Instagram.

See anyone failing in life? 

See anyone telling you how hard things are?

Anyone written a story of their disappointments, of the hard times, or the suffering they are going through? 

You may be world enough to see through the lies people post. You may even be able to read what someone really means without having written it. 

What I want you to realize is that what the world shows you is not the truth. What you see is only what people want you to see. People want you to like their posts. They want you to tell them how amazing they are, or how inspiring they are. They want a positive reflection from you to make them feel better about themselves

Do you know what feels better?

When, once you have failed, you eventually succeed.

Do you know what feels even better? 

When you fail over and over again. For maybe weeks, months or even years. And, then you succeed. 

Most, if not all of the greatest most successful entrepreneurs in the world have a story, if not multiple stories of their disappointments. Of the tough times. Of the times they had to hustle to get off the street. Of the times they lost thousands, or maybe millions. Of the times they worked for months or even years only to be squashed like a paper clip.

I recently watched another episode from a series called ‘Leaders Create Leaders’ presented by Gerald Adams. Interestingly, the number one lesson, the lesson I take from every episode, is that each and every one of these rich, successful, genuine entrepreneurs, is the understanding of the purpose of your own failure. They understand that they will fail, but that, that failure will teach them the steps to grow as an individual and for their future. The acceptance of failure, as a stepping stone to their success.

I love the 2017 Youtube documentary about Mat Fraser. In the series he talks about how, for him, he lost twice. How he hates his two second-place medals. But, at the same time those are the medals that mean the most to him. He recognizes that the first time he placed second, he in fact did not deserve to win the CrossFit Games. How the second time he had put in the work, the effort and he was committed, but he had further to go. That he had to want it more. That he had to dedicate his life to his success. He talks about how he used those medals to grow as both an athlete and an individual. And when he did win, how sweet that success felt. 

Do you know what it took for Sir Edmund Hilary to reach the summit of Mt Everest?

Do you know how Sir Colin Meads became one of the most successful All Blacks of his time?

Do you know how what it took Kate Shepard to win the right for New Zealand woman to vote?

Do you know how much Robert T.Kiyosaki, the founder of Rich Dad Poor Dad, lost before he became the wealthy man he is today?

The thing that these people like others, have in common, is that they failed.

Not only did they fail. They failed enough times, with enough hurt, that when they did succeed it really meant something.

With a little resilience, some perseverance and plenty of determination, failing is the perfect pathway to your success.

You won’t see your success, only your failure. You will see plenty of success around you and in front of you, but hopefully you fail, maybe even a couple of times. Because when you do succeed, you won’t need to tell the world, it will feel too great to even matter.

Michael Gillum
The foundation of our training

Two days in a row I have had this conversation. Each time so detailed, so genuine, and damn so deep.

I am always intrigued how quickly someone can forget something so important to them. Something they once held so close to their heart. Something so basic, yet so valuable. At the same time though, I love how easily someone can be reminded of that same thing. And how, for a short period of time it really makes them think.

I am currently…  

Let’s say ‘out of town’ at the moment.

One of the things I love when I do travel is to visit the local CrossFit gym. I’d say I don’t actually love it because of the ‘community’ although it is pretty cool, I consider that a given. I love it because it always without doubt not only gives me a new perspective, it reminds me why I began this journey.

I turned up yesterday, having never been to this particular gym. I stood at the garage door watching for no more than two minutes.

Not the creep kind of watching, but just taking it in.

I love this…

I didn’t see a community (How can I? a community is something you are a part of, not something you see with your own eyes. You only see traits of what make a community).

I didn’t see flash gear (I will be honest however, they do have some pretty cool kit).

I didn’t see any crazy coaching or talented athletes doing amazing things.

What I did see was people of different ethnicities. People that ranged in age from their teens to late 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and older.

I saw a couple of highly ranked competitive athletes with a whole lot of fitness experience and a few newbies who walked in for their first trial that day.

I saw so many different brands of people in one place.

What I loved. What I miss and is so often forgotten. What is so genuine, and that makes CrossFit above all a sport which I value extremely deeply. Is that every single one of them was doing the class, together.

No one in that gym was too cool, too good, or too in-experienced.

They were all in there getting it done, together.

I understand the world of CrossFit has evolved. That it does take longer to do what is now a greater range of disciplines than when I started CrossFit. I also understand that it takes even more time and commitment to catch up to those individuals already in the game. I also understand what it takes to be competitive and the time it takes to not only gain the experience needed to be competitive but also the time in the gym, on the track, in the pool and so on.


I also and will forever believe and understand the value of class training. Specifically, CrossFit classes.

 If you don’t, well my friend you have so much more to learn. 

Classes are and will forever be the foundation of your training.


Because of the culture, the environment, the coaching, the opportunity and the laughs, the pressure, the ever-changing competitiveness, the memories you create, the stories that are told and made, the diversity of not only the training but the people around you, the tricks you learn from coaches and the people around you, the skills you learn and develop, to only name a few.

That is quite literally price less.

It’s funny, while I write this I think of all the stories people have told me about how they don’t want to do class anymore. How classes are too easy. How classes just aren’t what they use to be. How classes just aren’t for them.

Take home point number one. You started by doing classes!

Maybe the problem isn’t the class maybe it’s you?

Take home point number two. The only negative thing about any class is you.

Firstly, blaming something only hides the issue. Blaming classes for your lack of benefit or enjoyment may be an indication that you went to that class not honestly wanting to get the most out of it. Were you looking for a problem, issue or a negative? Was your ego front of mind? Or, were you simply having a tough day? Forever shifting the blame will only leave you miserable.

Give yourself an upper cut.

Put your pride aside.

Show up, with no expectations and have a blast.

Sure, do some additional training afterwards. 

Nonetheless, do the class.

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Michael Gillum
How I do it.

I message myself when I think of topics I would like to write about. I actually think of topics at the weirdest of times. Often at night lying in bed, my mind wonders deep into thought. I actually used to fight it. I used to lie there for hours trying not think think about an idea that I was at the same time so engulfed in. At the same time, I would wonder why I couldn’t sleep. I have since learnt that if I write the idea down, I forgot less. I am also able to let go of the idea for now, but dive in deeper at a more fitting time. I also do this when I drive. I frequently travel long distance and so easily discover new and old ideas. However, the ideas were previously more often than not forgotten. I now take a couple of minutes to pull over and send myself the idea while it is fresh in my mind before I continue with my trip deep in thought. 

This particular time, I can not remember exactly when I sent myself this one. It reads…

‘Bulletin idea; Your Excuses’.

I spent the last couple of minutes trying to re-discover what example I had thought of. I always like to think of examples and experiences in my own life which you can all relate to. I found this relatively hard to do in this instance. 

I put pressure on myself to remove the idea of creating excuses and therefore I do not make one. Rather, I choose to identify the reason I do not make an excuse and accept that. Or, I identify the underlying reason the excuse has been made and instead, I aim to skip the negative. 

Think of it like this…

This afternoon I got home at at approximately 5pm. In all honesty I came home with a pretty poor attitude. Anyone could have seen that I was upset, and I certainly was not the kind of person you would want to take to the circus. I decided to do a few odd jobs around the house and once I had finished, I found myself sitting at the dinning room table scrolling social media on my phone. Scrolling is something I try to avoid doing, and often pull others up for. By now it was 6pm and I still had in my mind that I wanted to train this evening. 

Here is where I could let excuses take over and control me. Like a vine wrapping un-controllably around my body, suffocating me before I can do anything about it.

I am probably not going to train because it is so hot. 

I have hard a long day, plus we did a team triathlon this morning so I don’t feel like training. 

Im grumpy, I have a bad attitude and lets be honest, training is not going to go my way anyway.

I trained hard yesterday. Plus, I did a competition on the weekend. I also did an adventure race last week, so I probably need the rest.

It is pretty late, I still have work to do and I should probably have an early night.

A picture has a thousand words and I have 1000 and one excuses. 

I didn’t use any.

I also didn’t train. 

Not what you were expecting?

Neither. I had planned to train. I had planned to come home immediately after work and train hard before dinner and then write this, but my plan changed. 

Not because I made an excuse for myself, but because I made a decision not to. No negative connotation. No, “I will make up for it tomorrow”. No, “…excuse”. I made a conscious decision that training today was not what I truely wanted to do. It was not something I actually, honestly wanted to do. And you know what? That’s without doubt, without any judgement, 100% ok.

I am happy to accept that I did not train today. I have no reason why I didn’t, but I didn’t and thats okay.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it is okay to be lazy. I am just pointing out that there is no need for an excuse, for any justification or for any reason. 

Simply accept responsibility for the decisions you make, and the consequences that come with them. Excuses are the simplest form, of the poorest effort to protect your own pride, your ego, or hide from disappointment.

I like you, am human. We make decisions and mistakes. We also make and achieve great things. Accept all of them.

Michael Gillum
What really matters.

One of the most significant pieces in the puzzle.

Almost the most influential.  

Most certainly one of the most powerful aspects.

Without question something which sets you up for success as much as it does failure. 

The defining factor for us all.

That is the environment in which you train.

The motivating, encouraging, social and yet most importantly positive environment in which you should be training.

I want to take you back 8 years ago to when CrossFit first became part my life. I want to show you how lucky you are or what you are missing out on.

I was in the Army at the time. I was young and newly commissioned as an Officer posted to the 2nd Combat Service Support Battalion. I was keen and full of energy. But young and ignorant. Thomas and I (who would five years later would become by best man) were at the gym on the path to become ‘big’, at least we thought we were. On this particular day we had decided to do a workout outside in the sun. In front of the gym there is a line of Pull up bars often used for group training. We had begun debating a workout when Aaron James (AJ) walked past, who at the time we looked up to as a legend. Basically, carved out of stone, this man was what we dreamed of being like. He turns to us as we argue…

“Boys, I have a good session you could go for? Real simple. 10 Burpees plus a Pull up each repetition, followed by a 400 meter run. Then, 9 Burpees plus a Pullup per repetition followed again by the run. Keep going until you get to zero”. 

Of course, we did it. That was like the emperor giving away his riches.

Funny though. Looking back, that workout was not something I would call exciting. However, that workout was the defining moment for me. That was the moment I was hooked. That was the moment I experienced something else. There might have been only two of us and nothing but a Pull up bar, nonetheless that workout was something I had never experienced. A true and honest introduction to a positive training environment.

I later decided to head along to CrossFit Mana the local gym which AJ owned. This is where my love, not for CrossFit but for the environment grew even more. The gym was not quite 20 meters in length, and no wider than two barbells. At the far end of the gym away from the entry was a small area where the gym kind of made an ‘L’ shape if you were to look from a bird’s eye view. Here AJ had constructed, with some old steel bars and wooden posts a pull up rig. The White board was also down the far end, and the small amount of gear that included kettlebells, Wallballs, Bumper Plates and Barbells where all stored here, either under or to the side of the white board. We used to get 18 people in a class in that small gym. I will always remember Jen (AJ’s wife) screaming before a Barbell workout,

“Stay in your square… OR ELSE”

She quite literally meant to stay in your 1 x 1-meter square. At times we would even have people out on the street with a couple of matts laid down to protect the gear. And you know what? No matter how hard I try. No matter how great the environment. No matter how good things are. That environment, is irreplaceable.

The friends I made,

The people I meet,

The things I learnt, 

The memories I made,

I will never forget.

It didn’t matter that we didn’t go to the new gym in town. That we didn’t have the gear all those elite CrossFit athletes have. It didn’t matter that we often had to share the gear we did have or that we so often nearly, but never quite dropped a Barbell on each other. I quite literally woke up each morning counting down the time until I could go again.

That is the kind of environment that makes you do things you never thought you could. That has more of an influence on your life than you know yourself. The kind of environment that sets you up for success when you aren’t even ready for it. That is the kind of environment you need to find, create and most importantly hold onto.

When you do find an environment like that, make sure you cherish it. Make sure you hold onto it tightly.

There is no price you can pay for that.

What you will get from that, is genuinely priceless.

Michael Gillum
A positive change to 'why'.

Almost three months ago I stopped writing. Not because I hated it, nor because I didn’t have the time, N.B. you always have time, it is in fact how you choose to prioritize your time that decides where it is spent. I stopped writing because I began writing for followers. I began writing controversy. Yes it had purpose, that purpose being to allow my audience to think. But, it also attracted negativity. I hated that I pursued followers rather than the reason I began writing, that being to help, inspire and motivate others.

In September last year I took on a lot. All positive, exciting things, but certainly distractions…

I continued to be part of the team that ran the New Zealand Nationals Teams competition,

My wife and I purchased our first home,

I continued to coach, mentor and program for a number of competitive athletes,

I became once again more involved in the NZ Army,

I, with the help of the Taurus community, introduced and ran the TaurusTrio’s competition,

I had significant issues with the lease agreement at one of my businesses,

I took on the responsibility of organising a number of social events,

Not to mention I was consumed by the normal activities people do, like attend weddings, go to work etc.

And, to be honest I am not about to stop. 

I am probably about to take on more. 

The difference being, my ‘why’ has changed.

The millennial world as we know it has changed. And is continuing to change at an uncontrollable rate. Think of it like this…

Streams flow calmly, without effort, either downhill or out towards the sea.

When it rains they flow a little faster, at a slightly faster pace.

In the world right now, it is quite literally a thunder storm. the streams, now rivers are flowing faster than ever, at an unstoppable pace. You are either lying on a lilow enjoying the ride, standing at the banks effecting its course, or being dragging along without any control.

In this thunderstorm are two types of people, those who look at it positively, and those not so.

Take each of my three scenarios.

Lying on a lilow along for the ride with a positive perspective could be relaxing and enjoyable. You could see the opportunity as a positive experience, one to tell your grandchildren. The opposite viewpoint could be a completely contrasting experience, imagine bracing yourself for a waterfall which may never come, grasping the edges of your lilow not knowing what is beneath you, scared not knowing if this ride will ever end.

Standing on the banks with an optimistic outlook would create opportunities. How can you create power from the river to sell? or divert the river to make a stream safe for children to play in. Could you build a bridge to cross with which you could charge patrons to cross? The opportunities are endless to this individual. On the other hand, are you scared you may fall in and be swept away with the current. Frightened the banks will break and damage your property. Terrified of what may happen if it gets bigger, if the storm does not slow.

Being dragged along without any control is not all bad. You can swim, can’t you? If not, now is a really good time to learn and experience new things. You will only drown if you let yourself. There will be a rock or a log somewhere that you can grab hold of, think of this as an opportunity. The opposed perspective is very simple, you drown.

Perspective, perception, understanding or whatever you call it is purely how you see it.

Just like change.

Recently we moved CrossFit Taurus. By we, I mean the extraordinary community we have.

And you know what, I am extremely proud of it!

The new place is cleaner, brighter, better set up, more spacious, more professional, more inviting, newer and flows better.

Old is boring and comfortable. It is dull and lacks growth. Old has plenty of positive, with change.

Just like the new facility, everything has a positive, every change is good, it depends how you see it.

In 2019, my ‘why’ is to grow. Both myself as an individual and those in my life.

What is your ‘why’?

Will you make positive change?

Michael Gillum
What if we were open minded?

I don’t always write from where I stand.

I write to provoke thought.

To create discussion.

And to challenge you.

It shocks me how quickly the world contests a challenge.

How quickly there is a negative reaction.

How effortlessly people let their own life, their emotions and their circumstances effect their opinion, or their decisions.

How open-minded people are not.

Last week I wrote discussing a response I sent to two members about decisions they had made. I do not necessarily agree with what I said to them. And, my goal was not to offend people or back anyone into a corner.

My aim was to offer another angle. 

To offer something the majority of us are not use to.

Years ago, I had a business partner.

Not because I financially needed one. Neither because I needed help to run the business. I had him because I wanted a devil’s advocate.

I would often ring, asking for advice on something. Bear in mind he had no idea how to run this business, and he had no experience in the industry. However, he was financially invested, and he cared. Without doubt, he would always say my idea was wrong. Even if he loved the idea, even if he wanted it himself, he would always debate the proposal. He wanted me to justify why it was a good idea. He wanted me to prove the pros outweighed the cons. He wanted me to see the other side of the spectrum.

It is so easy to be trapped in your own world. To be close minded. To have proved to yourself that whatever it may be, that whatever you are doing, saying, or being is right.

Recently, there was an article released that the process for qualifying and competing at the CrossFit Games was going to change.


Because, why be negative about something you have no control over?

Because change is good, and who knows, it may be the best thing that ever happened to our sport.

In your own world, is where negativity flourishes. Anything that is not considered ordinary or is unusual is undesirable. Anything that does not fit your ‘normal’ you see as wrong.

What if you considered the alternative?

What if you openly contemplated both scenarios?

Imagine how differently you would see the world.

You can grow as a person. But first, you need to be ready to accept the world is not as you see it or as you want it to be.

Michael Gillum
Did I push that too far?

But, your family will always be there for you.

Your friends too, will support you no matter what.

The only reason you think they won’t is because of an idea you have created in your own head.

I decided to chase up one of our members last Sunday…

“Hey, are you training today?”

“Nah man, the family have turned up without warning, so I am going to call it a rest day then train tomorrow morning”.

Once is ok. Twice is an excuse.

“Bro, your family will always be there for you, and they will without doubt support your goals. My parents travel from the Far North a couple of times a year to visit. When they do they know I will at some stage go train, to support and pursue my goals. And they respect me for that, more so than if I didn’t.”

I then sent a picture of the members at the Sunday class sent.

“All of these people have families too bro. Enough said, see you when you are in next.”



Did he deserve a response like that?

Maybe not. But, consider the reality.

It is so easy to tell the world about your goals. To talk about how you strive for success. To read the latest motivation article.

What is hard, is actually doing the work.

Then, when things get in your way. Things that have immediate satisfaction. It is even harder.

When I next saw the same member, I asked…

“Hey man, how was the afternoon with your family?”

He replied, quite abrupt “good thanks”.

I decided to propose another scenario. One that is a little more challenging.

“Hey, I wanted to talk a little more about Sunday. You pointed out that the family had turned up unannounced therefore you couldn’t train. I get that. But, what if you had planned a work function on Sunday. You were the one running it, and it was a requirement under your last pay review that you plan and organise the next social event. And, this particular one being that function. Would you have had the same excuse? Or would you have told the family you had to go?”

“Either scenario, they would have thought no less of you, and would respect you all the same. The only difference is the order you have set your priorities, and the perception you have of your family.”

Now I had him thinking.

Earlier in the same week, another member who I have been helping messaged to say her birthday was coming up. She was asking if she could have the day off from training to enjoy her birthday.

I like to put things back on the individual, to help them understand their why…

“At the end of the day it is up to you. But, did Mat Fraser train on his birthday? You do not have to do anything. However, if you truly want to achieve your goals. Really want the success you say you do. It should not be a question of do you have to train. It will be, can I train on my birthday.”

All of these things I write about are things you create yourself. In your own head. Most of the time the only one who really cares is you.

The way you read something, is the way you read it.

The way you perceive a situation. Only you perceive it that way.

The way your family respects you. Only you have created that level of respect. And, they create their own.

You choose to look at things the way you do, no one else.

You can change that.

By literally changing your mind.

Michael Gillum
The world is not as you see it.

Have you ever considered what you are reading when you scroll your news feed?

Have you ever thought about the consequences of the stories people tell?

Have you ever read beyond the pictures?

I had an enlightening conversation with one of our members last week…

Friends of hers recently travelled the world. They spent almost a year enduring their travel adventure. Spending as they needed to, and overly enjoying the experience. They posted countless pictures of their travels, and they often received comments like…

“Oh my you are so lucky”,

“You guys have such an amazing life”,

“You guys are living the dream”,

And they never worked a day.

Must have rich parents!

No, they ticked the whole lot up. They maxed out every credit card they could and got more loans than you could imagine.

Still jealous?

They are now spending the next ten years of their life paying off the experience. Funny though because no one knows that. No one has any idea. Why would you?

They portrayed the experience of a lifetime without any worries.

This story may be a little extreme, but the reality of the scenario is no different for the majority of your newsfeed on any of your social platforms.

The world doesn’t want you to know the truth. To know about the hard work you have to do, to have nice things or to do cool stuff. The fact is people only want to see the cool stuff and have the nice things.

Have you ever seen a story on your news about someone who worked extremely hard at university living on the bear minimum? Who completed a two-year internship before working their way up through an accounting firm. And ten years after completing their study they are a senior partner earning more than the majority of us. No! the world would rather hear about their latest holiday to Vegas.

Have you ever heard a couple tell you that they never fight? That they are ‘just perfect for each other’. They are one of two things, either lying to each other and hiding their thoughts and feelings, or they are lying to you. We are human, we are different, and its ok to argue. But they are certainly not what they show the world.

When you read about, or listen to someone’s story have you ever asked them how? Have you ever asked them to explain how they achieved that? Have you ever thought deeper than what you see or hear?

This does not mean to enlighten you of the negative. Only to point out that there is no need to be jealous. That what you see may not be the truth, and even when it is, it most certainly is not the whole truth.

Stop looking across the horizon and start looking beneath the surface.

You will be amazed with what you find.

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Michael Gillum
Create your own expectations, or don't.

Left last week feeling like you failed.

Disappointed you didn’t get a new personal best.

Gutted you couldn’t do the repetitions you had planned to.

Unsatisfied with your time.

Unmotivated to continue.

And you know why? Because you have created an expectation above or beyond what you did. You created it, no one else. There is no bench mark, no minimum requirement, no minimum standard. The only bench mark is one you created yourself with an accompanying expectation to achieve above that bench mark.

Think of it like this…

The first time you walk into the gym. Absolute newbie, you squat 50kg. You hit full depth, hip crease below the knee, without any assistance. Stoked! And so you should be. Then you start doing weights for a while, you see others at the gym lifting more than you, you watch a few YouTube clips, see a couple of your friends on social media post a bigger squat than you. Suddenly you need to get 100kg. But why?

You get stuck into a training program, and you regularly attend classes. Six weeks later back squat comes up again. Excited, but nervous. You get warmed up, and before you know it you have soared to a new personal best of 70kg. A massive 20kg increase from six weeks ago. However, you leave disappointed. You understand that it has only been six weeks, and to almost double your max is a little unrealistic, but you are still a little disheartened.

Probably more determined than ever, you decide you need to do more. You begin training harder. You add in extra sessions each week. You do accessory work, and you do all the little things right.

Another 12 months goes past of increasing your squat by a couple of kilos here and there. Most recently you have achieved 95kg. But, now it’s time to get the 100kg you have been fighting for. You have finished another squat program. You have told the trainer you are coming in to test your back squat today. You are excited, he’s excited for you. You warmup and get stuck in. 95kg.

Gutted, absolutely gutted.

But why?

Because of an expectation you have created.

An expectation that says, because I have put in all this time, this hard work, this extra effort, I should be rewarded with a 100kg back squat.

There is nowhere which states, ‘one must back squat 100kg’.

The only place that is written, is in your own head.

Consider the opposing perspective. You started 12 months ago with a 50kg back squat and have improved your squat strength by 45kg. You have completed multiple squat and/or strength programs. You have become more motivated, goal driven and are now an active person. You have built relationships with others at the gym where you train. Not to mention you are doing more than a large majority of the population. In the end you are living a healthier, more fulfilled life than before.

But yet you are disappointed. You have a negative reflection on your result. A result which just over 12 months ago you didn’t know even existed.

An expectation which no one cares about.

An expectation which has no impact on your life.

An expectation which does not define you, only your attitude.

The only person you have let down. Is no one.

Be happy with everything, and disappointed with nothing.

Remove your expectations and move on.

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Michael Gillum

I cannot describe how excited I am to write this.

I have brought up this topic so many times in the past few weeks.

Every time I have this conversation I get so engrossed, so out of control. I get forced in a whirlwind of discussion.

And you know what…

99% of those of you who read this will think about it.

You will love the idea of it.

You will agree with it.

But, you won’t do anything about it.

And of the 1% of you who do, for most of you it won’t last.

The most successful people in the world in whatever it may be, will tell you without hesitation their secret. They are probably an open book. Because they know, even though you love the idea, the thought, the success, you won’t do anything about it. You have the desire, but the desire does not burn deep enough.

Go all in!

Like your life depended on it.

Last week a friend of mine was telling me that he recently resigned.

This week he told me that he has secured a private contract for the next six months.

He also told me that he has no idea what he is going to do at the end of the contract.

“Good” I replied

He looked at me puzzled.

This same friend approached me six months ago about investing in a business idea he had. I said I was keen, unfortunately he was not ready. He has a mortgage, and a family to support. Like 99% of the world, the idea of risking it all, of going out alone without the safety net of his employment scared him.

But, now it’s different.

This time he has to succeed.

This time he has to pursue his idea. He will chase his dream. He has nothing to fall back on. The difference is he will make it work because he has no other option. His family, his mortgage, and his life depends on it.

Think of it more plainly. You and your family live in the woods, off the grid. With no support. Each week for the past two years a plane fly’s over and drops food supplies for you and your family. One day it doesn’t come. If you don’t hunt something, can’t farm something, you and your family die. So, you find a way.

Now apply this same principle to our health and fitness. Train like it is life or death. Fix your diet like you have no alternative.

Here’s the 1% thing.

99% of you are easing into it.

99% of you are just getting yourself ready for change.

And, 99% of you will never throw yourself in the deep end.

Hence why, 99% of us can’t swim with Ian Thorp.

You are and will always delay the process and limit your success.

You can be the 1%.

But you have to go all in.

No excuses, at all.

I’m going for a swim.

Are you?

Michael Gillum