The No Holds Bar Approach

The upcoming Rowing Challenge has got me thinking…

I’ve been asking people around the gym:
“Are you participating in the challenge?”
“Are you doing the 100k or 200k?”

When they give me their answer I pay close attention to what they are saying…

“I don’t have time to do that.”
“That is waaay too much for me.”
“I could never finish that!”
“I would ‘IF’ I had a rower at home.”

And they are absolutely correct! With that mindset and attitude of course:-)

But on the other hand they are absolutely WRONG!

Why? Because others in the gym will participate, commit and succeed in the very same challenge. And some of them have far less…

-Athletic Ability
-And support

So my next question to the one’s who gave the ‘excuses’ above; What if you had too?

There was a very interesting book that  explains a very extreme approach to goal achieving and how a man adopted a ‘Whatever It Takes’ or ‘No Holds Bar’ Stance on his goals called the “Blackmail Diet” by John Bear, and it may have a great idea on how to motivate yourself.

In John Bear’s book, “The Blackmail Diet,” he tells the story of his unusual approach to making himself lose weight. According to his autobiographical account, he set up an escrow account with his lawyer totaling $5,000. Bear then wrote up and signed documents ordering his lawyer to donate that money to the American Nazi Party if he failed to lose 70 pounds over the course of one year. The book tells the story of his efforts to keep that money out of the hands of a world-famous hate group.

Read more about this story HERE

Obviously this is on the extreme setup (one of which I don’t suggest:-) But the takeaway of the idea can be very eye opening.

When I hear someone say, “I can’t”, or, “I won’t”, or “You are out of your mind” I say you are not giving yourself enough credit and you can do it if you really want too!

Why not take the idea from Bear and set up an unavoidable and unpleasant consequence so that you MUST stick to your plan to achieve your goals? This could be financially (giving some amount of money given to the group or person of your choice), giving away a treasured possession, or even committing a socially embarrassing public act. So long as it’s something you’re willing to work to avoid, and you set it up so that you can’t renege on the commitment, it fulfills the concept of the Blackmail Diet.

Or flip it around and instead of it be a negative consequence you could give yourself some
kind of reward you have always wanted. The reward must be great enough to really commit yourself to and work for similar value of the negative consequence.

Read more on this LIVESTRONG POST 

If you have a goal, a serious goal. How much would it take for you to lose or gain to take a no-holds bar approach to your goal?

The O-Board Says…

5 Rounds for Time:
100 Double Unders
60 Sec Handstand Hold (Accumulate)
50 Situps

Post by Chris.