Who knows who Eric Thomas is?
You should. He’s a passionate, energetic, American speaker who grew up with nothing and found a way to succeed in life.
He grew up in Detroit, MI and dropped out of high school at 16 years old and found him self on the streets.
He learned how to survive on his own, homeless and hungry.
Today, Eric is a famous motivation speaker, and he shares an important message: you have to want it…badly.
Do yourself a favor and listens to Eric’s speech to a group of students.
The important question he asks is – How bad do you want it?
The fact is this – there’s something everyone wants. They say they want it and they complain that they don’t have, but will they put in the effort to get it. And, it doesn’t matter what it is. It could be anything. A new shirt, a car, a house, to lose weight, gain weight, quit a job, retire, etc. These are the things people say they want, but most people never get what they want because they are unwilling to put in the work it takes to get it.
Take losing weight as an example. The 300 pound guy got to the size he is because he never stops eating. One day, someone makes fun of him, or maybe a girlfriend dumps him. He blames his weight for this and wishes he could be more normal again. Here’s the decision point – does he wish or does he work for it? Wishing will get him nowhere. He will continue to eat and eat, probably more than normal to cope with this desire to be normal that seems so far away, almost impossible, from the current state. On the other hand, he could take action, which would involve a lot of work – a complete lifestyle change, involving more exercise each week than he’s done collectively in the past 5 years, a 180 in terms of food with major dietary changes, and total reversal of daily activities. Just thinking about all of the changes and trying to figure out how to do it would cause most people to give up.
Let’s say the 300 pound man decides he’s going for it. He drives to the grocery store, buys all the healthy food, writes out a schedule for the gym and for his day, stating that he’s only going to eat what’s on his list and that he’ll maintain an active lifestyle. Day 1. The alarm goes off in the morning for work at the normal time. He forgot to change it to earlier, so he doesn’t have time to pack healthy food. He’s frustrated, but he says he’ll do it tomorrow and not worry about it today. Day 2. Tomorrow has arrived. The alarm goes off earlier. He gets up from bed, showers, eats a healthy breakfast, packs all of his food and ends up arriving to work late. This is taking longer than expected. Breakfast was at 7:30 AM. It’s 10 AM now and he’s starving. He can’t wait until the next meal, so he caves and buys snacks from the vending machine. Lunch time comes and goes and he’s working hard but doesn’t have time to eat. He’s hungry again but he only has a few minutes, so he walks across the street to get a burger and soda instead of heating up the healthy meal in the fridge. By the time he gets home, it’s time for dinner and he feels guilty from the other two meals today. He decides to give up on this diet. It’s just not working out.
The larger the goal, the more things that are involved in achieving it. The more things involved, the harder it becomes to stick to your guns and do it. That is why you need to know your reason. Know why you want it. How clear can you make your why. Tell me, why do you want this so badly? What are you going to give up to get what you want?
Eric tells a story of a wise man who explains this to another man who can’t achieve his goals. The two men walk into the ocean together and stand there. The wise man grabs the other man, pushes him under the water and holds him there. The other’s man air quickly fades and right before he passes out, the wise man pulls him out of the water. The other mans gasps for air and tries to collect himself. “WHY!?” “WHY DID YOU DO THAT!?” he asks. The wise man states, “What did you want when you were under water?” The other man replies, “I wanted to breathe!” The wise man states: “When you want to be successful as much as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Eric Thomas preaches the idea that you must do whatever it takes. Nothing can stand in the way of what you want unless you allow it to. Where there is a will, there is always a way. The way is what you need to find.
To provide that ultimate motivation that will keep you going through thick and thin, identify the end goal. Make what you want so crystal clear in your mind that you can picture it happening. Then, go after it and let nothing stand in your way.
The slogan for Nike has never been more fitting than it is at this very moment. Just Do It.