During 20 years as a college law enforcement professor, the #1 question I was asked was, “How do I get hired?” I answered the same way for 20 years – get in shape. Physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually…get in shape. That answer also applies to how to beat out hundreds of competitors and get hired for any job, in any field. Get in shape – mind, body, soul. This is the #1 Rule of Competition – get in shape on the inside and outside. Forty seasons of coaching football taught me that it’s impossible to compete without getting in shape mind, body, and soul. Same with 15 years of policing between 1975-90. Frontline policing taught me that same essential rule of survival – get in shape mind, body, and soul. Business taught me the same thing – get in shape or you lose your shirt. The exact same rule applies to writing. There are billions of books. To compete, get in 3-way shape – mind, body, and soul.
Then there’s the competition with age, fat, and all the other real-life battles – get in shape by working out harder than you ever have in your life. Get in shape mind, body, and soul because all three are connected. Can’t be in top shape without all three working out together.
The good news is that anyone can get in shape at any age. The bad news is that not everyone will get in top three-way shape because competition will beat down the willpower of over 90% of the competitors. Over 90% competing for a dream job won’t get in top 3-way shape. Fact. Over 90% of businesses won’t get in top shape. Fact. Over 90% of student-athletes won’t get in top shape. Fact. The operative phrase is ‘top shape.’ They won’t do it. Less than 10% have the willpower to get in top shape. Fact.
The good news is that you won’t have a lot of competition at reaching your dream. The bad news is that it’s easy to become a 90%er who won’t get in the shape necessary to compete full out at what they’re trying to get. The difference is your mindset.
October is the start of the 4th quarter of the year. The 4th quarter makes or breaks your 3-way shape. It’s very easy to break down and get morbidly out of shape mind, body, and soul in any 4th quarter because football coaching taught me that the 4th quarter is hell. Whoever can fight through hell the best, wins the most. This is a copyrighted excerpt from another book I’m writing called “Midnight Shift from Hell – Lifter’s High part 2.” The book will be released in the near future.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)
Head coach – Niagara X-men football
Owner – X Fitness Inc.
Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: www.ginoarcaro.com
His books include:
4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur
He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in 2014. And just released, a new children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.” His latest book on human potential called “Hashtag Peace” is at the editing stage. He just finished another book called “Lifter’s High.” Both will be released soon.