Muscle Memory Tue, Apr 12, 2016
Eric Thomas, aka ET The Hip Hop Preacher, is one of my favorite motivational speakers/authors ever. Eric draws on his own experiences as a homeless teenager, the absence of his biological dad and his struggles in school and creates his messages around how he turned those obstacles into motivation for incredible success.
Not many successful people can say they overcame homelessness and dropping out of high school to earn a Master's Degree and PhD from Michigan State University, marry their high school sweetheart and now routinely speak to Fortune 500 companies, top D1 college athletic programs and every NBA/MLB/NFL/NHL franchise imaginable. Eric's messages are always incredibly powerful and passionate.
The message on his podcast episode that I was listening to this morning was so simple and profound, it bares repeating - muscle memory isn't only reserved for athletes or bodybuilders. Muscle memory pertains to every aspect of life - our habits will either destroy us or make us great. Doing the right things in the right way time after time after time will determine our success, because eventually, for better or worse, our habits take over and do all the work.
We are the habits we create for ourselves. Working out daily is a habit, waking up early is a habit, great customer service is a habit, reading a book instead of scrolling through Instagram is a habit, making it a point to look for the positives in every situation is a habit. Everything we do is muscle memory. While these habits we've been building on since we were young are ingrained in the fabric of who we are to this point in our lives, the best news is that it's never too late to reinvent ourselves and build new habits.