In this episode, I give a clear perspective on one of the top excuses people have when it comes to losing weight, or any kind of body transformation program. I don’t have the time!
I give this argument context and share my story of how I broke through this very excuse to get to where I am today.
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Hi everybody, and you’re listening to or watching the Brad Newton Show, episode 24. I’m excited. I’m 20 days from stepping on the stage for my next fitness model competition. It is the 17th of April, 2017. I am really happy. I’m actually doing this just before I go into work so I’ve got about 10 minutes of time. That’s why I’ve got to keep this real short.
I want to talk specifically about something which stopped me from taking the initial steps of transforming my body. And that is, of course … I mean, okay, we know about excuses. You’ve probably heard self-help gurus in the industry talk about excuses and how you need to break through your excuses. And it gets a little bit cliché to the point where we just subconsciously block it out because, like growing up and our parents telling us that we need to eat our vegetables or we need to drink more water or whatever that is, that we start to block out that. It becomes a cliché. Our brain gets sick of hearing it.
So I’m not going to tell you about how your excuses are stopping you. But I’m going to get specific about two excuses that I had before I started by fitness journey which stopped me from starting in the first place. The first one being, “I don’t have time.” Because I always wanted to be fit and healthy and strong. I really did. You know, if you know my story you know I was a teenager kid that was in his bedroom at his parent’s house doing sit-ups and push-ups or following some bullshit magazine workout of the month, spending my pocket money on these magazines. And computer magazines. I did like PC magazines. I was a bit of a nerd back then as well.
But I wanted to be a fit nerd. I wanted to have abs. Like, how many nerds have abs? Not many. I was determined from a young age to transform my body and, of course, I fell into different programmes and things that just did not work for me. And wasted a bit of money, and things like that. So I got to a place where I went to university, and I went to university for five years. Although it was correspondence, it still required a lot of time because I was working jobs on the side. I was working a full-time job and I was studying a full-time load. I was doing three or subjects a semester and I was doing a full-time job. So I had no life.
The excuse that I often used was that I don’t have time. I don’t have time to train. I don’t have time to eat healthy. I don’t have time to cook food. I don’t have time to go to the gym. I have to do this exam or assignment. I have to get ready for this. I have to study. I don’t have time for that shit.
And then, and then when I finished university, got a job – like another job – I then had a bit more money to then start my flight training. I went to an aviation school and I did my flight training. I was still trying the fitness thing on the side. I was trying different programmes, I was reading all these books and everything else. Going to seminars.
And then I had another excuse. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t have the time. It was I don’t have the fucking money. Because all my money was going into flight training. You know, hiring a plane is like $350 an hour and you need a certain number of hours to pass certain parts of your flying theory or your practicals. So I went from one excuse to another. That ultimately meant that I was essentially blocking myself from having the best thing that I could possibly have in my life right now. And that is that I never took the first steps because I always had a fucking excuse about why I couldn’t reach it.
And here’s the truth. Here’s the truth. When I started my transformation … which, by the way, my body transformation started when I got rid of my junk food addiction. That was actually the beginning. I’ll actually talk about … I’m going to write that down. I’m going to talk about how I removed my – I’m doing this live – how I removed my junk food addiction. I’m actually going to get into the specifics of how I broke through my junk food addiction. And I’ll talk more about that.
That was really the beginning of my transformation, and so ultimately … I lost my train of thought. But I always had an excuse. And, interestingly enough, I am busier now than what I’ve ever been in my entire life. I shoot videos. I record audio. I’m building an empire on the side and I still work a corporate job. And I’m a fitness model competitor, so I do a lot of training. I go to the gym, 10, 11, 12 o’clock at night. Or I’m up at 5.30, 6 o’clock in the morning and I’m training.
Right now, I’m 20 days from stepping on the stage, and that means that I’m spending two to three hours a day training in some capacity. Whether it’s an hour of cardio, an hour of weight training, posing practise, stage practise, whatever you want to call it. And then I’m building an empire and I’m helping people, and I still work a corporate job, right? Full-time. I’m busier now that what I ever used to be in my life, when I went to university, when I went to flight school.
But I’ve made the fucking time. Now, don’t take this too seriously right now. Don’t think to yourself, “Oh, I need to have three hours spare in my day to train.” No, no, no. I’m doing this at a different level. Remember, most of my body transformation occurred prior to four months ago, right? Prior to four months ago, that’s when most of my body, or we’re talking 95% of my body transformation took place leading up to and prior to four months ago. Right? The last four months has been competition preparation mode.
Prior to that, I was training one hour sessions. Four to five, four to six sessions a week. And even before then I was training three days a week. I made the time. I’m not here to preach to you that you need to make more time, but I’m here to tell you right now that it is hands-down one of the main reasons why you are not doing anything about transforming your body in some way.
Most people think they need to invest their entire fucking lives into training to start to see results. Yeah, for me, up to three hours of training a day, five, six days a week, is kind of necessary when you’re going to compete at a world level. It’s a sport, right? Tennis players – Nadal, LeBron James – these guys train for hours because they want to be the best in the world.
Most people don’t want to be the best, have the best physique in the world. Therefore, you don’t require the same level of investment of your time or your energy. It does require work. Please, don’t mistake in what I’m about to say to you, in that it’s going to be easier by just doing one hour sessions three to five days a week. It is hard work but the actual quantitative time investment, in terms of 24 hours of your day, one hour is 4%. Ultimately, that’s all you need, all you need to have a great physique.
And be fucking patient because it’ll take you months. It’ll take you months to actually start to see and feel measurable results. And then what happens is that, because you start to feel better and look better and you start to see that you’re looking better, you’ll actually begin to devote more time to it automatically. You will automatically cut out fucking Facebook time because most people spend three, four hours a day on social media combined. Instagram, Snapchat and so forth. Facebook and everything else.
And then they’re like, “Where’s my time gone? I don’t have the time.” Well, if we do a stock-take of your time, you’ll see that you load up Facebook for three minutes here to check your feed, you then load up Instagram for another three minutes and get all jealous about Big Booties and all these other fitness models and you’re, “Oh, I wish I had a body like that.” And become jealous and envious of other people. You might spend three minutes of Instagram doing that. Then you might go to Pinterest and then run the same psychology over there.
And then you might go, “Oh, what’s for sale on Ebay? Do they have any specials?” You spend 10 minutes there, you know, and then all of a sudden you’ve wasted 30 minutes. In fucking 30 minutes, you could have been halfway to the gym, right? You could have had your shoes on and you could have been halfway there. So it’s just a matter of priorities. And I get it. I get it. In my mind, when I first started I was like, “I need all this time. I don’t have time to … I’m doing my flight training. I’m doing my university. I just don’t have time. I want to study. I want to get this done. I want to get this done.”
Because I was deluded and that I felt like I needed to live in the gym to get results, I actually allowed that excuse to block me. It wasn’t until I went to the gym and got a taste of it, as I talked about previously about being in the environment where you’re surrounded by people that have energy. And when you’re in that environment of being around people that have energy, then that rubs off on you. After a while, humans adapt to the environment. You get more of that energy come to you and then you feed it back to them, and then you have this exchange of energy.
And then you actually start to make time for the gym. It’s interesting. I don’t watch fucking TV. I don’t watch it. There’s a TV in the living room. I haven’t turned it on since I’ve lived in this apartment. I’ve maybe turned it on maybe half a dozen times to have music playing in the background. But I don’t remember the last time I sat in front of a TV and actually watched something.
And in terms of my Facebook and social media interactions, it’s all business related. You know? My Instagram. It’s all business. It’s all providing value. Everything I put into Instagram is to provide value. On Facebook, to provide value. So I consume very little content in those ecosystems. So I push more than pull from those ecosystems. But most people are pulling from those ecosystems and pushing very little content out.
So I’m very much in the push game, in the content creation game. Because it’s different for me. But in the past it wasn’t. I used to be a consumer. I used to be somewhat a lot. Like I spent most of my time consuming and pulling content. I was on Facebook feeds, wasting five, 10 minutes. You need to look, take a stock-take of your time. And think to yourself, “How much time am I actually spending on Facebook?”
People think of like, “Oh, I’m not spending much time.” But two minutes here, three minutes there, two minutes 47 here, a quick open and close of the application there, 50 seconds. I mean, if we look at that at a stock-take level, 50 seconds, 147, 253, 247, 547, made a post here, went to Instagram, another three minutes, five minutes, six minutes, eight minutes. You have three hours of time you’ve wasted, right?
And I’m not saying cut out social media completely. I’m not saying that at all. I’m not saying that you should be completely removed from that ecosystem of that world, because it’s an integral part of society and living now. It’s part of who we are as humans. And that’s what we do as we so interact online. But, you know, you can’t complain about not having time if that’s where you’re living and you’re spending 60, 70% of your time on a day-to-day basis. You know?
I can assure you that once you reallocate your time a little bit … And do you know what? I’m not going to spend fucking three hours on Facebook. I’m going to spend two hours and 15 minutes. And the other 45 minutes, I’m going to inject that into my body. And you know what? I’m just going to go and check out a few classes, or I’m just going to go for a walk, or whatever. And then you’ll find that you actually start to devote more time to it because you’ll start to feel the pleasure and the enjoyment of moving.
And that’s what happened for me. I actually would start going to the gym. This is ages ago, a long time, years ago. And I got a taste for it. I got a taste for it. You know, trying different programmes, RPM, spin class, yada yada yada. Even though I was still doing my flight training, you know, and I was still busy. I was still running a business with my ex-girlfriend at the time and it was really, really intense. I was working a full-time job, running a business with my ex, doing my flight training.
And then I actually found a way to get to the gym, right? To try different classes. And then I got a bit more of a taste for it. And then, interestingly enough, what happened was that the more I got of a taste for training, the more energy I had, the less sleep I required. Because I used to wake up at 8, 9 o’clock in the morning, right? And then, the more I went to the gym and trained, even though I had no fucking idea was I was doing, I had more energy available to me over time. I had more energy. And then I required less sleep. I started eating healthy. All these little pieces start to fall together over time. And then eventually I was waking up at 7.30, waking up at 7.
Now I wake up at 6 o’clock. Most mornings I wake up at 6. Sometimes 5.30, 5.45, 5.50. But usually 6 o’clock in the morning. I’m up until 10.30, 11, 11.30 at night, sometimes midnight. I get between five and a half, six hours sleep. You know, sometimes five, closer to five, sometimes closer to six. On the very, very rare occasion I hit six and a half. And I’ve been doing that for years. You might be listening or watching this, going, “I could never do that.” Trust me. Take this from somebody who used to … I used to sleep fucking eight hours a day and wake up and I was tired. So I know what I’m telling you worked for me.
It’s not harmful to try it for you and see … You know, just take baby steps. Baby steps. Reassess your time. I’m going to close off because I have to go to work. But leave this discussion, we’ll leave this discussion with you assessing your time. All right? And we didn’t even get to the other excuse of not having money. We’ll actually talk about that in another audio.
But not having time … assess where your time is going. Now, get clear on where your time is going. It’s like doing a financial, like an audit of your time. And then, you know, allocate some of that to just trying different programmes. That’s how I started, and then I got a good taste for training. It started to feel good, I started to feel better. I started to require less sleep. And then I had more pleasure and a greater desire to allocate more time to training. So now I’m at a point where I just love it. And I hope you get some value from this.
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