How To Achieve ‘Overnight’ Success

“He’s a natural”

You’ve heard that before, right?

But you know what gets left out? Mention of the work behind the scenes before they made it big.

No one talks about the 1,000s of hours spent on the driving range.

No one talks about the hours and hours spent on the outdoor rink.

No one talks about all the reps in the gym and meals prepped by the guy who gets in amazing shape.

These are the habits that nobody successful tells you about — in getting a 6-pack, becoming a pro athlete or being incredibly successful in a career.

I recently read a personal letter NHL great, Mike Bossy, wrote for The Players Tribune.

He was always known as a ‘natural goal scorer’ and resented the label.

“When you arrive, you’ll be known as a natural goal scorer. There’s nothing natural about it, actually. That’s something that will bother you for the rest of your life — whenever people ask you, “Why was scoring so easy for you, Mike?”

“It was never easy. Your mother loves to tell people the story about how you scored 21 goals in your first mite hockey game. But even if that story is true, the goals only tell part of the story.

“Because your mom always leaves out the part about how much time you spent all by yourself out in the backyard rink, shooting at a wooden board.

“You don’t have a real net, so you practice by aiming for the black puck-marks on the board over and over and over until your feet are frozen.”

The Players Tribune via Getty Images

Why doesn’t anyone tell the truth about what it takes to be successful?

According to Ramit Sethi, there are 2 very simple reasons.

  1. Everyone would hate you. We love to celebrate “effortless” success, so if you talk about the exact way you’re successful — the backlash comes quickly. People like to think they may stumble into effortless success eventually, so it keeps the dream alive living vicariously.
  2. These secret habits are so unconscious, successful people don’t even realize they do them.

Celebrities who get fit are always touting some bogus product because there’s money to be made.

Or they give some lame tip that’s surface level and doesn’t reveal all the work that preceded it.

Sure, they may have a trainer who gives them a leg up, but they still have to do the bloody work!

What if these celebrities told you the truth?

They would tell you…

“I count calories”
“I work out 5-10 times/week”
“I have rules of thumb I use when I eat out, like: ‘No bread. Only a small portion of dessert. A 2 drink limit.’”

The secret habits are actually quite simple. But boring. And repetitive. But, damn, do they ever work.

They’re not as sexy as saying “I lost 50 lbs with this magic pill” or “this hack helped me lose my belly” but unlike those quick fixes that don’t work, these DO work.

Some people would call these daily habits obsessive – or a bit OCD.

But those people saying that are the ones who stop and start over and over again, only ever achieving surface level success.

Although subtle, and though they might pay off after YEARS, they work.

Are you prepared to do the work?

The bounty awaits.. if you’re willing to grind.

P.S. If you want my help instilling these habits and achieving the success usually reserved for the 1% who make it, drop me an email.

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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.