How To Win The 5 Year Game

by | Aug 14, 2017 | Blog

Marketing tycoon Gary Vaynerchuk says that you win the 5 year game by winning the 5 minute game. This is exactly what I try to execute related to my own health & fitness goals and how I try to talk my clients off the ledge of overwhelm & frustration.

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We completely overwhelm ourselves when we focus on the macro strategy of how we’re going to lose 20, 30, or 100 lbs. We totally distract ourselves when we’re trying to figure out how to do 10 pull-ups before we can do one.

You don’t even need to have your game plan mastered for the next week!  Often times, when we do, we’re so focused on the macro, on the big picture, that we miss all the opportunities in front of us TODAY to make progress. Or, something doesn’t go according to plan and we tell ourselves that we’re screwed.

Sometimes we get stuck caring more about the plan & the theory than we do about the execution. No bueno.

When we focus on the macro instead of the micro, we miss opportunities for progress, we distract ourselves needlessly and we create a sense of chaos & overwhelm.

You win the week by winning the next hour. You win the month by winning the day.

Focus on TODAY. Focus on what happens now. Focus on how you can win the morning, or the afternoon – on how you can make the rest of your day the best of your day.

Focus on what you’re able & willing to do today to move in the direction of your goals.

I’ll use myself as an example. I wake up every day and ask myself what I’m able & willing to do to win the day. Here’s what my list looked like this morning:

This isn’t a task list. There are a bazillion tasks. These are the things that will make me feel like I’ve crushed the day when I’m laying in bed tonight.

I’m not worried about how I’ll navigate the family festivities next weekend. They aren’t here yet. I’m not worried about how I’ll lose 5 lbs. I’m focused on what I’m able & willing to do today to win the day.

PS: I’ll be going into more detail on this on tomorrow’s episode of the Primal Potential podcast.

Speaking of winning the day – my workout was definitely a part of that today! I’m almost back to the full swing of things and I crushed this one!

“Hard Pressed”
Sumo Deadlift High Pull
Push Press

I gave it everything I had & it felt amazing.

On the food front:

As you can see from my win list, today is all about that cabbage salad bowl. I’m totally in a rhythm with it and I’m loving the ease and lightness. I chose to take a quick break from Paleo Power Meals because all I was craving was this cabbage bowl.

The first bowl contained raw cabbage, 2 eggs over easy, 2 slices of bacon, half an avocado and a tablespoon of Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo. If it seems like it’s a lot of fat, it is.

The second bowl is lighter: raw cabbage, 1 egg, 2 pieces of grilled chicken, shredded brussels sprouts, Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo and a drizzle of avocado oil.

In between those two my mom & sisters wanted to get lunch while we picked up her wedding dress so I ordered a burger without the bun over arugula.


Hope you have a wonderful day! Remember: how can you make the rest of your day the best of your day?

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