Break Then Accelerate

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This is so hard, I thought. Little did I know the incredible lessons it would yield.

So many lessons on so many levels.

When I started working out at the gym I thought I could handle it. I woke up at 4:30 every morning for 3 months. Arrived at the gym just before 7:00 AM.

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How quiet and still everything was, except for the sound of water being splashed by other early birds like me.

So  in I went to the pool and began my goal of swimming numerous laps. The first week just doing 5 at a time wore me out. My heart pounding. And slowly over time I worked up to ten, to 20, and then – I managed to swim 50 laps without a break.

Wow. WOW!

Could I do this immediately? Absolutely not. It was through immersion and commitment I was able to accomplish this …

Do It!

Then it happened.

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I stopped going to the gym. I took a week off. I felt challenged, overwhelmed, and the worst – I felt like giving up. Why! Because the changes I wanted to see (losing weight) wasn’t happening fast enough and I was disappointed in myself. What was I doing wrong? Why wasn’t I seeing results in 3 months?

I began to realize how often these kind of thoughts come into play with anything you’re trying to accomplish. I started thinking about business and how similar these thoughts are.

You may know someone, or even yourself that gave up on a business, or something else, because it wasn’t making money fast enough, or you weren’t seeing the results you wanted, yes?

Getting physical, working my body in various ways, really challenged me. And I know why, AND showed me principles I could apply to my business. If you’re having similar challenges these may help you. And here they are:

  1. Get physical. Get into an exercise program because it will challenge your ability to finish what you start and your commitment to your physical plan of action.
  2. Immersion. Immersing yourself into your physical exercise teaches you how you perform. Do you cheat the exercise? Do you give up on the “sets” if weight lifting? Do you tell yourself – I’ll do it at home? Do you fully understand the purpose and goal of the exercise? How well do you KNOW the business your in? Do you like/love the product or are you just in it for the money? How much time do you invest in learning all you can about it? Do you depend on others to tell/show you what to do?
  3. Endure. Probably the most challenging of all simply because it takes time to see results, outcomes and the “fruits” of your efforts. This simple but impatient principle means you have to learn to master the mundane, the boring, those things that make you crazy to do and keep doing … over and over, and over. It’s endurance that will help you stick with it and over time you’ll be stronger for it physically and mentally.
  4. Master. Once you have committed, immersed yourself, and endured over time, you will have mastered that physically activity or that part of your business.

So, I had to reflect on my own “giving-up” and after a few days  knew what I was doing. It’s easy to walk away from something that is difficult. Physical activity is challenging and yet it can build more confidence than you could possibly to imagine. If I can swim 50 pool laps, well heck – I can do anything because I am 50 laps stronger than when I started.

100 here I come!

Now you do it 🙂 ! Do the P-IEM!

Lesly Federici




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9 thoughts on “Break Then Accelerate

  1. Hi Lesly,

    I see nothing wrong with taking a break sometimes. Personally, it helps me to self reflect and see what went wrong. Great article, thank you!


  2. Hi leslie

    I have never been to gym but I remember trying a physical exercise for 5 months straight with so much commitment. I recall the feeling that I was wasting my time while not realizing that I had made so much progress.

    Congrats on your goal and if you could do 50, you definitely will be able to do a 100.

    Thumbs up for the principles which are spot. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi,

    Firstly I should congrtaz you for 50 laps completion,it”s indeed a great achievement for you and boost your confidence as well.Anyway I always love to go at gym and workout as am very passionate about it else I may also someday gonna give it up.I think people should do such such work which make them having fun else it turned too boring and eventually it let you give up.So either do something that you enjoy or start enjoying what what you’re doing.This way you can be with it else no.

  4. Hi Lesly, I really dislike the gym. I try ever so hard to make myself go but it just doesn’t happen! I used to play a lot of sport and would be really happy if I could find something fun and physical that I enjoyed doing so much I want to do it! Great post, endurance – very important. Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoy the journey!

  5. Hello Lesly, Congrats 50 laps, This is so Awesome! I wish i had a pool close to go to, I love swimming! I have started my own exercise program in my basement, I started in Jan and I to have found myself slacking the past few weeks..

    So this here post of yours was a great wake up call for me.

    Thanks for the reminder.
    Happy Easter
    Chery :))

  6. Well done Lesley.
    The Slight edge is at work I see.
    The thing is everyone always forgets the weight wasn’t put on in one day, one month or even one year in some cases. Loosing it can and usually does take longer. Good on you for doing it in a healthy way.

  7. Lesly,
    Excellent article. As a former professor of health and physical education, I understand a lot about working out and the effects upon the body. One thing I have observed, over and over, when we push the body too hard, beyond its natural limit without paying attention, it is easy to get injured. So it is better to take breaks than to keep pushing and pushing and pushing. But we do have to push beyond our comfort zone or we will not make any progress.

    Daniel Pink, author of the book “Drive” about what motivates us in business talks about “grit” as the quality of those who succeed. Grit is the ability to keep doing the drudgery stuff, even when it gets boring and difficult. Working out can be like that. You have done an amazing job building up to 50 laps. Wow! But is it realistic to keep getting up every day, so early, without ever taking a break?
    I tend to work out at my health club every other day. That gives my body time for much needed recuperation. Sometimes I even take a second day off when life tasks get in the way. But I never let it go for too long – and then I am back at the health club continuing on and on.

    It is the same with building a business. We have to keep doing whatever is in front of us to do, and to keep reaching beyond our comfort zone. And it often appears that we have made no progress. I certainly have felt as if I’m spinning my wheels. But something has finally shifted for me. In 2010, I saw a love summit and I wanted to on a summit like that. Tour years later I was invited to be on a summit until I shared my list size which wasn’t large enough. The following year, last year, I finally had my breakthrough and appeared on 4 summits and 1 live event panel. This year I will be on 5 summits and I am finally ready and preparing to host my own summit.

    It is all a long term building process, whatever it is that we want to accomplish including creating a loving relationship (my main focus).

  8. Hi Lesly,

    Congratulations to you for sticking with it. It does do wonders for self-esteem. I am finding that out. You made a lot of good comparisons to better understand.

    I’m slow going too in working in my new stepper. Felt so silly the first time I used it; so hard and I just chalked it up to being so out of shape. Next time I got on it, I realized I had been stepping backwards. LOL

    Much easier stepping forwards now.

  9. Of course, I would be interested in joining the MasterMind.
    I had to think for a minute what P-IEM was …ok I get it.
    Physical – I have worked on my offline business for 10 years
    and it has been a physical exercise program all in it’s self.
    Sitting at a computer all day is really horrible so I am
    very glad of the daily exercise with my business.

    Immersion – Every weekday I am on my feet for at least 5hrs.
    As it is my own business I do not have a boss telling me what
    to do.

    Endure – Our business has grown from one client to 20. We now
    have only clients that we really are quite fond of and who
    value our service which makes us feel appreciative and very

    Master – These are the same principals that I am applying in my
    online business, beginning committed and immersing myself in
    this different type of business and over time I will master
    it, allowing for physical activity away from the computer.

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