Be a Fighter Jet!

Are you frustrated?
Are you not where you want to be in life?
Do you feel like no matter what you try nothing seems to help?
If so you need to be more like a fighter jet!
Let me explain…..
As you probably know there is no magic pill or “positive-thinking” method that can get you there. It all comes down to your habits or lack thereof.
As John Maxwell says ” People have uphill dreams, but downhill habits”
Another way I’ve come to look at this that I’ve adopted from one of my mentors is the difference between a fighter jet and a crop-duster plane.
Obviously there is a BIG visual difference you can see in these two planes. But I believe we can learn a lot more than meets the eye between these two aircraft.
Start adopting these three “habits” of a fighter jet if you want massive success that you can sustain.
Be a fighter jet!

1.) Pre-flight Routine

In order for a fighter jet to take off and get into the air, a lot of special clearances and operations need to happen. The pilot must go through a lengthy checklist and there is a whole team on board to make sure everything is cleared and the flight goes smoothly. However, anyone who can fly any ol’ plane can walk outside and jump in a crop-duster and off they go.
​If you want to be a high performer and get the most out of each day, you also need to start getting into a routine. For starters get 7-8 hrs of quality sleep each night. Wake up at the same time everyday (yes even on the weekends). Your body thrives on consistency so doing this sets your sleep/wake homeostasis cycle and circadian rhythm biological clock properly so you’re operating at maximum efficiency each day.
Just like it takes a whole process for a fighter jet to even take flight, to consistently achieve your goals it requires the same. You need to plan and prepare for the week ahead. Look at your schedule, what events are coming up? Make sure you’ve gone grocery shopping and that you have some meals and snacks prepped for when you know you’ll need them. Be sure you’ve made time to get in 3-4 workouts for the week as well.
Now you’re cleared for take off and ready to dominate your week!
​2.) Maintenance
As you can imagine the maintenance and upkeep of a fighter jet and a crop-duster is drastically different. It’s the same way with underachievers and high- performers.
So fill your body with high quality foods (mostly unprocessed) and drink plenty of water throughout the day. A fighter jet requires a higher grade fuel than a crop-duster and your body is no different.
​If a crop-duster were a person it would be the kind that skips meals, powers through the day, and then picks the easy, cheap, and unhealthy option for dinner. The fighter jet on the other hand can’t afford to miss any steps that haven’t been take into account beforehand.
You only have one body, so take care of it!
Again, think about the fighter jet…..it’s stored in special hangers or on aircraft carriers guarded by military personnel.
The crop-duster?
It’s just out there beside the old barn underneath a tarp exposed to all the elements.
So don’t overeat, don’t drink too much, don’t smoke, or hold grudges.
​Keep your body and mind in pristine condition by watching what you do, what you think, and how you let things affect you.
Remember, you may not be able to change your circumstances but you can always change your attitude. Control what you can, cope with what you can’t, and concentrate on what counts.
3.) Your Fleet
If you visit an aircraft carrier full of fighter jets, you aren’t going to see any crop-dusters around.  Why?
Because fighter jets don’t hang out with crop-dusters 😉
In all seriousness the people you surround yourself with will always have a massive impact on your life and what you’re able to achieve. As a fighter jet you’d never go to battle with a crop-duster because it simply can’t go as fast, can’t fly as high, and is content with staying closer to the ground and doing ordinary things.
Who is in your fleet?
Instead, surround yourself with other people who want more out of life. People that are givers not just takers. Folks that don’t gossip,who look to serve others, and who have a positive attitude.
If you can’t remove certain negative people from your life (like family), then just limit the amount of time you spend around them so you can you be out and about making the world a better place.
You were made for more in this life.
Are you going to put in the work and effort to be a fighter jet which will allow you to have and sustain success, or are you going to settle for being a crop-duster and just get by?
The choice is yours.
I hope you’ll choose to be a fighter jet!
Happy Hump Day!
Trevor (Blacksburg VA Fit Body Bootcamp)

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