The new year is officially here. You’ve started your new workout regimen, taken on our Stronger 21 Challenge, and cleared your cupboard of all that junk you accumulated during the holidays. Right? Right.
What else do you need to be prepared for the next 365 days? A good f***ing mantra. But because we’re Spartans, we’ll give you three. Tap into the following three sentiments as you launch into the year, and you’ll be ready to tackle anything.
Mantra #1: At Times, Life Will Suck. Suck It Up and Live Life
When times get tough, don’t curse at the gods above. Thank them. Pain is part of living. It’s unavoidable. Instead of fearing it, avoiding it at all costs, and running away, turn into it face-first and deal with it. Hard things will happen to you and those that you love. It’s how you deal with what comes your way that determines how deeply you suffer.
It’s all about perspective. Don't ask, "Why is this happening to me?" What you should be asking is, "What will this DO for me? How will this make me stronger?" Sure, life can suck, but there’s purpose in the pain.
We are Spartans, so we’re no strangers to difficulty. And often, we are far more resilient than we imagine ourselves to be. There will be pain this year. So what? Live life, take the pain, and get after it.
Mantra #2: Karma Is Real, So Be Intentional
It may not be a popular opinion, but 2020 sent us some pretty critical messages about how we have to clean up as a society. We have to clean up what we eat, how we live, how we take care of our money, and how we take care of the planet. Karma is REAL.
If we continue to poison the planet with pollutants, use plastic as our main means of packaging, and use animals for food and fashion, the planet will come back and bite us in the ass. Look ahead and take the lead. STOP buying single-use plastics. And those water bottles at the grocery store? Quit them. Buy a reusable water bottle and never let it out of your sight.
And if your diet is primarily meat, start eating more plants. It’s much better for you, and it will help save our planet. There are SO many plant-based options available these days, so there's no excuse for your plate not to be stacked with whole fruits and veggies.
And while we're on the topic of the environment, can we all just decide to stop littering this year? I can’t stand when I walk past pointless trash on the ground. Are people really too lazy to simply throw it in a bin? Nothing says "I don’t give a f***" more than littering. Practice good karma and throw that stuff in an actual trash receptacle.
Mantra #3: 2021 Is the One
We get bombarded with all kinds of messages this time of year. But if you’re a Spartan, you know the fundamentals: Exercise every day — preferably in the morning — get decent sleep at a decent time, eat mostly plants, and don’t drink.
Let’s add one more thing for 2021: Treat this new year like you just got a new job, where the first 100 days are critical. If you have a sales quota, don’t wait for Q3 or Q4 to smash it. Smash it NOW! Q1 is No. 1. Keep consistent notes to track your progress, and manage your activities through the lens of whether or not it will help you move the needle on what you want to achieve. Your Q1 sets the stage for the rest of the year and guarantees that you will be awesome, no matter what obstacles you face.
Happy New Year, Spartans. Now go crush it.