Words Have Power

Bill in his competition days; competition ready!

Bill in his competition days; competition ready!

Over the years, I have had several coaches, and all have listened to the way I describe myself. Most of the time, I think of the worst things about myself to use to describe what kind of person I am. At which point, the coach usually reminds me that words have power. Every time I label myself, I create a destiny that my mind will fulfill. Self-deprecating statements never helped anyone get where they were trying to go. Maybe you know someone who makes a joke of their current situation, giving it power while using it to cover the pain that it is causing them.

I call myself a big-picture person; someone with a vision. Where I tend to have a hard time is the midst of all the details and the organizing of those details. I often tell myself and others this all the time through words, and then I use my desk as a physical example of how disorganized I am.

The flip-side to that is this: if you ever saw my model railroad layout or pictures of me during my bodybuilding days, you would actually see that when I’m properly motivated, I can embrace the details, and achieve something spectacular.


Maybe we need to stop embracing the negative version of ourselves, and start to speak to a better version; maybe even one that we haven’t achieved yet. Then, our brain will help us reach the version of ourselves that we want to be. The brain has a way of taking us to the places that we focus on the most. Whatever we focus on, the brain will figure out how to achieve it. Where focus goes, energy flows.

I believe that this principle holds just as true in fitness. You have to see yourself as what you want to be in order to get there. You must have a vision. Without a clear vision, it’s difficult for your brain to know where you’re trying to go, causing much confusion. At the end of the day, the negative thoughts of what you used to be or what you’ve always been will ultimately keep you from ever reaching your goals. With that said, reaching a goal also often means changing something in your life or in your behavior. In other words, you can no longer be the same person but expect a different result.

Over the next month, I challenge you to define your vision and determine what behaviors you need to alter to achieve your vision.


To everyone that reads these blog posts, please understand that my goal is to help people reach their goals. Often times, I’m writing to myself and realizing that I’m not the only one going though whatever the situation may be. If I can help one person make a positive change in their life, then these blogs are a success. I enjoy your feedback also; if you find these to be helpful, let me know. Feel free to email directly at


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Commitment: the word that strikes fear in the hearts of both men and women. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been writing about how to make progress and what’s keeping us from making it. In the final installment of this series, I am going to focus on commitment. At the end of the day, your ability to reach any goal in life is going to be determined by your level of commitment.

In life, we often view someone who overcomes great obstacles to achieve extraordinary results as special—as if they have something that the rest of us don’t have. I’m here to tell you it’s not true. That’s not to take anything away from what they have achieved, but I think it’s important to say we all have this in us. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day; it’s what we do with those hours that make the difference. Extraordinary achievements come for unyielding commitment. Simply said, they don’t give up when things get uncomfortable, inconvenient, or tough, they dig in.

What I watch in today’s fitness is a lack of commitment to a different lifestyle. There is a lot of talk about getting in shape or losing weight, but when it comes to making the necessary lifestyle changes, there is no real commitment to making change. At the end of the day, it’s your lifestyle that has you where you are, and is ultimately what needs to change for you to get where you’re trying to go.  When I started this workout thing, I was taught it was a way of life—not something you did for a minute. So all the things you had to do didn’t seem like such a big deal because you were already committed to a lifestyle. By the same token, it was understandable that if you weren’t all in, how hard it would be to do all the things it would take to be successful. I often hear people say, “I just need a kick start,” as if that’s going to fix years of a bad lifestyle. Then you say something to them about making a commitment to reaching their goals, and they are unwilling to commit. Makes me wonder how many other things in life they were unwilling to commit to, because I think your health is pretty important.

I think that so often we don’t see ourselves succeeding, we have no vision of what our outcome is going to be. Like anything in life, you need a goal that is written down so there can be some accountability for your outcome. If you know you need to lose 40 or 50 pounds, then that needs to be your written down goal. Then you can create a map to get to that goal, with the understanding that it won’t happen overnight and that there will be plateaus along the way. I heard a speaker once talking about teaching a child to walk. The question was: if after a week, if the child couldn’t walk, would you just give up on it, or would you understand that it would take time and eventually the child would get to walking and then move on to running? The main point is that you wouldn’t just give up because the child fell a lot in the beginning. Fitness is the same way—you just have to keep trying and not give up. Weeks may go by where you don’t see any progress at all, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not getting better. The day will come when you look down at the scale and it says what you want it to say, you just have to stay committed.

Over that time period you will have change your habits. Those new habits will become your new lifestyle. These new habits will continue to keep you going in the right direction, so even if you have a bad weekend or go on vacation it will be easy for you to get back on track.

Just remember: set your goal, write it down so you can be accountable for it, see yourself being successful and then commit. You will find that extraordinary results can be achieved, you just have to commit.

Please understand that I believe in you and your ability to succeed. I also understand how difficult it is to sift through all the noise that is out there. I get up every morning excited to be the guide through the noise for my clients. If you need a guide to help you attain your goal, please let me help you.