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Episode 74: Be A Little Delusional

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- Go ahead, be delusional.
- The importance of setting a high, and higher bar.
- Z-Health isn't about creating realistic performance.

Hi everybody.  Dr. Cobb back with you.

This week I’m going to rant at you just a little bit. I apologize in advance, but I’m going to do it anyway.

I was at a training gig not too long ago.  Actually it was at a gym.  I heard a trainer talking to a client, and they said something like this.  “Be realistic.”  Be realistic is one of those things that we hear everywhere in the world.  Right?  Be realistic about your weight loss goals.  Be realistic about your body goals.  Be realistic about your athletic goals.

I have to tell you from the Z-Health perspective, Z-Health was created and crafted from the very beginning and we call it a top one percent system.  We talk about we want to work with people who are interested in being the top one percent, whether that’s top one percent athletes, top one percent physicians, top one percent therapists or trainers.  Our educational curriculum is designed to help people make progress, dramatic progress, in their lives and their careers.

Right now this blog is to our general audience, people who’ve just said, “Hey, I’m kind of interested in the Z-Health thing.”  I’m going to tell you that I want you to assume that if you hear the words be realistic come out of someone’s mouth; it’s probably not from us.  I’m a big believer in being unrealistic as a human being.

I have a really interesting quote.  I find it really cool because it’s something that I’ve tried to also follow in my life.  It’s from the actor Will Smith.  He says, “I think there’s a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have.  You have to believe that something different than what has happened for the past fifty million years can happen.  Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” 

I love that. Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.

The Z-Health system is built around the idea that we can intentionally rebuild our brains.  We can shift our focus.  We can cause plastic change.  It’s call neuroplasticity.  We can do it through intentional deliberate focus and actions and lifestyle choices and habits.  What I want to recommend is that you allow yourself to be a little delusional.  Right?  You can imagine that something different than what’s happened for millions of years can happen for you.

I want you to be a little unrealistic about your health.  I want you to be a little unrealistic about your expectations about how your life is going to go with regards to your health, your fitness, your body composition, how injury-resistant you’re going to become.

Only by becoming a little bit unrealistic can you actually have something to drive you.  I’m not suggesting being totally unrealistic all the time, because that’s usually diagnosed as a mental illness.  I’m not saying that being unrealistic will mean that everything is going to happen exactly as you imagine it in the timeframe that you imagine.

Anthony Robbins, a long time ago, said something very interesting.  He said, “Most people vastly overestimate what they can accomplish in one year, and vastly underestimate what they can accomplish in five.” 

What I would love for you to do, as I said, is look at your life a little bit unrealistically and try and figure out where do you want to go?  What would be your bar and what would be a lot higher bar?  It’s only people that really go, “You know what?  This would be the higher bar,” that really start to change their lives and change the world from my perspective.

We’re going to talk about this from a kind of Z-Health lens, Z-Health world view.  Understand that being super unrealistic can be kind of scary and threatening so I’m not suggesting in the beginning change your viewpoint on everything.  I would recommend though that you look at one aspect of your life and go, “What would be a really high bar to set?”

Find out if that high bar is really of interest to you.  When it’s really of interest to you, your brain will begin to work on it, and gnaw on it, and chew on it a little bit.  What may come out of that are results that you never would have experienced or expected unless you gave yourself an opportunity to be a little unrealistic in your life.

There’s my philosophical rant for the day.

If you have questions about this or comments, please let me know.  Otherwise, have a fantastic week.


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