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What P90X Can Teach Us about Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

What P90X Can Teach Us about Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

By Pat Flynn on

Right now, I’m in the middle of one of the most intense home fitness workout programs available: P90X(full disclosure – I earn a commission if you purchase)

P90X is 90 straight days of gut-busting, iron-pumping, fat-trimming, muscle-building, endurance-enhancing, nutrition-mastering, life-changing hell…and so far—I love it.

Today I completed Day 4, which was the yoga disc. I’ve never sweated more in my entire life and I have newly found respect for anyone who does yoga on a regular basis. It’s no wonder why some of the world’s top athletes take yoga classes.

Anyways, this post isn’t about why I’m putting myself through this program, or even about how awesome their marketing campaign is. I will, however, keep you updated on my progress every thirty days. I’ll even include before and after pictures (once I have a less embarrassing after picture to show you in 30 days). Just as a forewarning…I will be shirtless in those photos (gasp!).

I’m doing this partly to keep myself accountable for staying focused and crushing it during each workout, and partly to motivate any of you who may be looking to make similar changes in your life as well.

P90X is about making extreme changes in your body and in your life, and many of the tools and philosophies behind the program are directly related to becoming a successful entrepreneur. I’d like to share these with you today.

Success Takes Time to Achieve

I invested in P90X because it seemed like the most realistic fitness product to me, being a 90 day workout program. That’s three entire months, which is a lot of time to invest, so it makes sense that if I stick with the program I will see drastic results.

The idea here is that it takes time to see results. It takes time to succeed.

As an entrepreneur, the same ideas apply. You won’t get rich overnight, and anything that claims to help you “get rich quick” is a scam in my opinion. True businesses grow from hard work and time.

Unfortunately, many people give up because they’re not seeing traffic, customers or sales right away—much like how some people give up on these workout programs because they don’t have a 6-pack after the first day.

Keeping Track of Numbers is Important

When training with P90X, it’s recommended to write down and record almost everything.

I’ve only been training for 4 days, and already I’ve recorded more numbers than I ever have about my body. I record my weight and body fat percentage each morning. I write down the number of reps and with what weight for each of the exercises I perform. I record everything I eat so that I know all of the nutritional facts about what’s going inside my body.

It may seem like a lot of “extra” work, but it’s vital because it can prove that we’re making progress (which is totally motivating), and also help determine what areas may need improvement.

In the online business world, it’s important to keep track of your stats and numbers for the very same reasons.

If we don’t know where we’re at, how do we know how to get to where we’re going?

It’s a Good Idea to Take Breaks

Although P90X is extreme fitness, they also understand that it’s important give our bodies and muscles a break sometimes. Short breaks are scattered throughout each of the workouts, and there’s even 1 day off from working out entirely each week.

Breaks are important because you don’t want to overwork yourself, and the same holds true for doing business, especially if you’re working from home where there’s always an easy opportunity to just keep working non-stop.

Take breaks. Schedule them if you have to, but do yourself a favor and give your mind a rest every once and a while. You will become much more productive.

Motivation from Others is Key

What I especially like about P90X is that they promote their message boards—a community where other people who are going through the workout can get together. I joined a particular thread a few days before I started, which comprises of people all starting the routine on the exact same day. We’re already over 200+ posts into it, and like I said we’re only on the 4th day of the program. We’re all keeping each other motivated, and in a way holding each other accountable too.

If you’ve read yesterday’s post about mastermind groups, you’d understand just how important it is to stay connected with other people for your business as well.

If you go for a goal all by yourself, it’s going to be that much tougher. That’s why people always say it’s much easier to go to the gym if you have a workout partner, or go on a diet if someone else is doing it too.

The same goes for your business—find your other half, and work together toward that common goal.

“Bring It”

Each day after I pop in a new DVD, before the workout begins the words “BRING IT” appear on the screen.

To me, these words are synonymous to “CRUSH IT“, which is the Title of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book about becoming successful by just going all out and doing what you have to do to achieve your goals. (full disclosure – I earn a commission if you purchase the book)

The main point here is that no matter what you want to accomplish, no matter what it is—whether it’s having a body like Taylor Lautner (for you Twilight fans out there), or starting the next Apple, Inc., in order to do it you have to really want it and give it all you got.

100% 110%—everything you have.


There are a number of other connections that could be made between working out and doing business online, but there’s one overall theme that encompasses everything I’ve already mentioned, and that’s commitment.

In order to become successful, you must commit. You must commit not only to what you’re doing and what your plans are (i.e. sticking with the program), but you must also commit to yourself. That means being confident in what you know, and committed to where you want to be.

Nothing can stop you.

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