Rank Up Podcast: The Ultimate Wait-Loss Program

By Michael Hodge | Instructors

Nov 20

It’s time to lose all of that wait! Today I will walk you through a program that cuts the excuses and helps you take action on the most critical thing in your life. There is not time to waste. Inside:

  • Understanding the power of now (not later).
  • Getting that fact that you already have everything you need to be a success.
  • You’re either all in or all out (how to commit).
  • How to hold yourself accountable by ousting yourself to others.
  • The biggest regret of the dying.

Question of the Day: Why is now a great time to become a professional martial arts instructor?


Welcome to another episode of rank up. This is Michael Hodge. Today’s episode is titled The Ultimate Wait-Loss Program. That’s W-A-I-T not W-E-I-G-H-T. We’re not talking about trimming down losing weight around our body. We’re talking about stopping the waiting game. We’re talking about taking action on that thing that we want more than anything else in our lives. We’re talking about not just waiting to live, waiting to die, waiting for someone to tell us what to do. We’re in control of our own destiny, right?

So whatever it is that you want, it’s time to do something about it today. So I’m recording this episode right now. It’s about the middle of November. We’re getting towards the end of the year. Just about a week ago, I set some end of year goals. I listed them. I printed them out. I put them on the wall, and I’m actively working towards them. They’re just a normal part of my day, making sure that I’m going in the direction of these goals.

This isn’t very typical. Most people towards the end of the year are like, “No, you know, I don’t want to start anything right now. The holidays are coming up. Maybe I’ll start something at the beginning of January. It’ll be a brand new year. It’ll be a new me. It’ll be time to make those changes then.”

Well, you’re not going to make those changes then. You’re not going to push things off. You’re creating more distance between you and what you actually want. So in today’s episode, I’m going to give you some practical guidance and some tips and reminders on how to take in this ultimate wait loss program that I’m presenting to you so that you have absolutely no more excuses and you’ll realize that the more you wait, the further away you are from the life that you actually want to live.


1. Realize that now is all you will ever have.

So number one is realize that now is all you will ever have. If you’ve been lucky enough to read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, which if you haven’t read that book, you absolutely need to read it right now. Is this obvious truth that you’ll never actually have tomorrow. You don’t really have the future. You can’t take action in the future. You can’t go into the past and fix things or modify things like all you ever have is right now.

Even when you’re thinking about the past, when are you doing it? You’re doing it right now. When you’re planning for the future and fantasizing about this, how great your future’s going to be. When are you doing that? When you’re fixating on that thing that happened yesterday or you’re worrying and you’re anxious about what has to be done by this weekend. All of those things are happening right now, so just realizing that this now moment is all we have.

There’s no reason to wait any longer for that, which we know we want to do, and even those things that must be done well, might as well get them done and stop worrying about them, not making them into a problem. They’re just something that has to be dealt with.


2. You are already whole and complete.

Number two is understand that you’re already whole and complete. This one’s kind of to get, but it’s not that you’re this individual who is missing something. They’re not strong enough yet. They’re not smart enough yet and you’re not really well enough prepared to start this business. You’re not in a good position in your environment right now to do this or that. Realize that you might be the acorn, but within you is the oak tree. You’re already that. You simply need to be planted in fertile soil with sunshine and water and you’re going to thrive. You’re going to grow into that great oak.

You don’t have to strive so hard like it’s there, it’s in you, but you have to actually do something about it. You actually have to, again, have that fertile soil. By creating space for something new to come through. You actually have to be feeding yourself good things, whether it be metaphorically that sunshine and water and a form of good information. Being surrounded by good influences and not wasting your time on media and negativity. It’s not going to help you towards your goals.

You don’t wait for something to happen to you that’s reactionary. You do not want to be reacting to life. And this leads me to the four stages as seen from a spiritual perspective. And it could also just be four different stages of life that people go through. The first stage is life happens to me. This is the victim stage. This is whenever we don’t realize that we’re actually in control of your own destiny. Oh, this happened to me because of my parents. They raised me this way. My boss made me do this and that’s why I didn’t succeed, et cetera. So they’re in a very much a victim’s state.

The next stage someone goes to is I happen to life. Oh, now I have the power. I can make things happen if I work really, really hard. If I just stay up an extra hour. If I just use the law of attraction and say this affirmation in front of the mirror every single morning for 10 minutes, this is going to happen. And in a way, of course, this is stepping outside of the Newtonian physics. We’re looking at things at a higher perspective, but it’s still not as truthful as the next stage, which is life happens through me.

So rather than you trying to happen to life, like forcing things, realizing that again you are the acorn meant to become to the oak. Like you already are very capable of anything that you want to do. You simply need to allow these things come through you though. Allow your purpose to come through you.

If you didn’t listen to my episode of why were you born, this won’t make as much sense. But what I talked about in that episode is that we know we have an innate set of skills. We’ve gone through unique life experiences and we were really put here to do something special. Okay? It wasn’t to just shuffle papers around or to mindlessly be an employee for someone doing the same thing for 20 years straight. I’m not getting on to people who have had life experiences like that, but we’re actually meant to be creators and to do great things for others through the act of service.

I’m not talking about selfishness here. And then the final stage is I am life. So that one is pretty high up. I’m not going to get much into it. But that would be the next stage.


3. Know your goal, now take one action toward it.

Now, number three in our ultimate wait loss program is know your goal. Now, take one action toward it. Clearly know what your goal is. Is your goal to start your own martial arts school and have 100 students by the end of next year or is it to become a personal trainer and I want to have 10 clients?

Well, okay, great. Or is your goal to gain 10 pounds of muscle? Is it lose 20 pounds of fat? There are lots of different types of goals we could have, right? Know what that goal is. Take one action towards it. I mean, maybe not right now as you’re listening to this, as soon as this podcast ends though, maybe you’re driving as soon as you get some where you can take that action.

It could be signing up for a class, it could be starting a certification. It could be calling that place that you know you’ve wanted to lease, but you still haven’t called to see how much they’re charging for the police. Take that action and it’s going to be a snowball effect. It’s going to give you that momentum.


4. You’re either all-in or you’re all-out.

Number four is you’re either all in or you’re all out, commit and then see everything begins to align for you. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to quit your job and and sell everything. I don’t mean it like that. I just mean you have to be intentionally committed to something. It’s not just some thing that’s a hobby, “Oh, that’s okay if it succeeds or not. I don’t really care.” You’re either all in or you’re out on this. Whatever you’re trying to do, you’ve got to be all in or all out.

It’s kind of an internal commitment to the outcome. What’s interesting is I’ve seen this in my own life as well. Whenever you’re getting, you’re like on the cusp of the next breakthrough kind of taking your life to the next level. You’re not going to be playing so small anymore or that’s what you want at least, right? And life might kind of ping you on the head and knock you over the head like, “Are you sure? Are you sure you’re actually ready to go onto the next level here? Are you sure you’re ready to step out and step forward to the next stage?”

It’s kind of like making sure that you’re actually willing to do that. But once you actually commit 100% you’re like, “No, I’m doing this. I’m doing this no matter what. I know that I’m burning my boats. This is what I’m supposed to do. I’m not afraid anymore.” That’s actually when things start to align for you. Things start to fall place and it’s not so hard anymore.


5. Already be who you’re trying to become.

Number five is already be who you’re trying to become. So this one’s going to annoy some people because they’re like, “Well, I’m not that person yet. How can I?” We need to embody this person now, right? Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, fake it till you make it. Now, that doesn’t mean you know nothing and you’re trying to be an imposter per se, but everyone has to start somewhere. Think of any iconic, incredible person, any authority figure you know, they all started somewhere. They all started in the same place really, that you did.

So you need to lean in to who you’re trying to become. If you’re trying to be more confident, more assertive, be a great teacher. Be someone who can coach and motivate and inspire people. You start to act like that now you might mess up, okay? Maybe you want to be a standup comic and you’re kind of funny and, but you’ve got to do it. You’ve got to start acting like that. You write your own jokes. You act like a comic. You actually go to an open mic and you just give it your all and you might fail. You might have a bunch of jokes that are terrible, but you start to be who you’re trying to become now.


6. Make this thing a part of your routine.

So step six on the ultimate wait loss program is to make this thing a part of your routine. Something that you do every day or every week at least. So how many of you out there make time to eat lunch every day? Okay. How many of you make time to work out every day or throughout the week? Well, I hope so, right? If you’re listening to this podcast, most likely if you have this other thing such as starting a new class or writing a blog or starting a podcast or writing a book, you have to make it a part of your schedule. Make it a part of your life.

Just like you do these other things. You find enough time, you’ll always eat lunch. Okay? You make it to where you always right before you go to sleep, you always watched that TV show. You have these habits and you’ve cut out time, cut out time for this other thing. This thing that’s probably more important than other items that are on your daily or weekly to-do list. It’s got got to be a part of your routine.

Someone who I really admire is Seth Godin, who is not just someone who knows about marketing, but he knows a lot of different things. I really enjoy his blog and he has a podcast called Akimbo, but what’s so admirable as he’s been writing one blog post every single day for I think the last 15 years or something crazy like that. No matter what, every day he has a new blog post that comes out.

Every week, he has a new podcast that comes out. He does the work. It’s not whether am I going, what am I going to write something today or not? It’s what am I going to write today? It’s not, “Do I want to teach class today” or “Do I want to write some pages in my book” or it is that you’re working on. It’s what am I going to do today for that? It’s like your kids don’t ask “Yeah, I don’t know if I’m going to go to school today.” They know they’re going to have to go to school.

It’s just a matter of am I going to do a good job? Am I going to focus while I’m here in this classroom today? You really want to reframe that. It’s like this podcast for me. I know that it gets done every week. I know it comes out every Wednesday morning. It’s not about whether it’s getting done or not. What am I going to talk about that’s going to have the most impact on my listeners for this week?


7. Combine your intention and excitement into real-life action.

Number seven is combine your intention and excitement into real life action. This is where you kind of allow these things to merge. You have this intention, this thing you want to bring to fruition and you have this excitement, this enthusiasm, talk about it. Talk to your spouse, talk to your friends, talk to them about… They’re going to see your face light up because this is something you want to do so much and allow those two things to merge and that will lead you into that real life action. Okay?

So it’s just about knowing what you’re trying to do and why. So why were you born? Who are you meant to help? And then getting excited. Seeing the future, like that’s going to be really awesome. Whenever I’m out there in front of all those students. That’s going to be really great. Whenever I’m a public speaker in front of a couple thousand people. Whenever I do a TED talk, whenever I have my book published and I walk into a bookstore and see it someday. Allow those emotions to combine and create motion.


8. Tell others about what you’re doing.

Number eight is tell others about what you’re doing. This one’s really important. I really like mentioning it because I do this myself. Like with the GMAU, I’ve mentioned GMAU 3.0 is coming out in 2020 and it’s really about these. We have some amazing student experience upgrades, some completely new futures that are going to be, you know, we’re all going to be on the cutting-edge of learning martial arts at home through through some of these features that we’re building.

But we’re just in the beginning stages of building them at the moment, at least of recording this podcast. But the reason why I like to announce things like this is because it forces me to get it done and everyone knows. The student base knows we’re doing it. My instructor team, they all know and they all count on me to lead us into this future and I’ve made that announcement.

So whenever you tell people, you tell your instructors or your coach or your parents, your peers, your friends, tell them what you’re doing, tell them that I’m starting this podcast every single Thursday at noon, a new one comes out. I’m starting this show that will be on YouTube or I’m creating this class, the class meets up every Friday or whatever your thing is. The thing that you want to do that you know you’re supposed to do, tell people that you’re going to do it.


9. You’ll figure it out as you go.

Number nine is you’ll figure it out as you go. You don’t have to know everything right now. Those of you for perfectionists out there have a lot of trouble with this one. You don’t want to put something together haphazardly, but that idea, that MVP, minimally viable product, it’s great. Because it gets you started, it gets you moving, and then you have momentum. You start figuring things out as you go. You start figuring things out as you grow, you find out what’s working for your customers and what isn’t, and you can tailor it around them.


10. The biggest regret of the dying…

Number 10 on the ultimate wait loss program is the biggest regret of the dying is I wish I would have done that. I wish I would’ve taken that shot. It’s about the missed shots. It’s about the opportunities that they didn’t go after. That’s the number one regret of people in the world who are dying. So think about that. They’re not regretting the fact that they bought a car from one brand, from another. They’re not read reading that they spent this time doing this or that they’re regretting that they didn’t go for something bigger.


11. The Five Wishes, from your deathbed.

That leads me into a book that I read, which is called the Five Wishes by Gay Hendricks, which is an amazing author. I love all the books that he writes and what he talks about is an actual conversation that he had at a dinner party one night. It was with a guy who told him or actually asked him, his deep question. He’s like, “You know, if you were on your deathbed right now, you know you’re taking your last breath, you know you’re about to die. This is it. What are five things that you wish you would have done that you never completed? What are five things you know you didn’t do?”

So I want you to think about that. Those are the five wishes. If you could make five wishes, if you could go back into your life and do these five things and know that your life was well-lived, it was worth it, and whether it just meant living the most joyous life possible, the deepest life of service, of adventure, whatever it is. What are those five things for you? If you’ve already crossed most of them off your list. Yeah, maybe you can just retire onto a beach and just sip margaritas the rest of your life.

But for most of us, we know we have these deep purposes and a lot of us are already working on them. A lot of us are already living them, but for myself, and I know for everyone that’s listening they’re at least a couple on there that you’ve kind of had in the back of your head or in the back of your heart for a long time, but you haven’t acted on them. So cut the wait, cut the wait now. Don’t wait until new years. Don’t wait until next month to wait until Monday. Don’t wait until you chat with your friends about it, to see what they say. This is your life. This is your time. This is your moment.


12. Don’t wait for a wake-up call.

Number 12 is don’t wait for a wake up call because in prison energy isn’t benign, it metastasizes. This energy that we have within us, this creative energy that wants to do something great with our life. If we don’t let it out and we don’t actually use it for what it’s meant for, it can actually make us sick. It coagulates, it’s complacency and what will happen is you’ll get a wake up call and not in a good way. A wake up call of some sort of chronic illness.

We might get a wake up call from losing someone or something, maybe our job. Having our rug pulled out from under us. Losing our house. Losing our spouse from a divorce or from losing from an accident. Who knows? Don’t wait till you get cancer or sick or depressed or have this stagnation of energy. Okay? Because you could, you could sit around and keep living life as normal and yours will go by and something like this is going to happen. I can’t tell the future for everyone.

But oftentimes that’s what we see in our lives, right? We have to have that wake up call, that jolt, that jarring action, that accident, that moment. But it doesn’t have to happen. If you’re listening to this now, you’re already someone who clearly cares about personal development and personal improvement. You’re looking to take control of your own life. So again, this is the ultimate wait loss program. Just do it. Do it today.


Question of the Day: Why is now the time to become a professional martial arts instructor?

That leads me to the question of the day and that is why is now the time to become a professional martial arts instructor? Why is now a great time to make this into a career? Well, first of all, martial arts continue to grow in popularity. From the 80s the Karate Kid coming out, creating a huge industry, creating a huge craze around it. I know so many people that the Karate Kid was like the reason that they got into martial arts and now they own the schools and now they’re instructors and everything like that.

And then in the 90s and of course we’ve seen a lot with the Olympics and then we saw MMA, UFC ton of growth there. Brazilian jujitsu. A lot of other styles coming out and just becoming so much more mainstream to do martial arts. Also, millennials especially, but adults in general love group classes and they love group workout classes and alternative workouts. They don’t just want to run on the treadmill, they don’t just want to do a typical workout because doing a martial arts class not only gets you in amazing shape, but you’re actually there, you have comradery. You’re actually working towards belts, there’s achievements involved.

You have a unique community around you. So it’s a very special place and obviously the need to feel safe through self-defense. I mean, literally just today there was another school shooting that was on the news in the United States and it’s just the amount of violence that you hear about. Again, the medium could be skewing the negative stories. We don’t always know, but we want to be prepared. The populace in general is realizing they want to be able to take care of themselves.

They don’t want to always have to rely on the government or the police or something. They don’t know what could happen, so they want to be able to protect themselves. Of course, for the youth side of things and children, it’s becoming very well known from doctors and parents and just in general in the populace that martial arts helps develop great character. It helps develop more respect and self discipline and self control and all these qualities that we’re known for in the martial arts industry and it’s extremely beneficial for our next generation to have these qualities, right?

Also, it’s very low cost to start a martial arts school or there are lots of different ways you can actually become a professional instructor, but even if you want to start your own facility. Again, it doesn’t cost that much compared to other businesses. I mean, you start a restaurant you easily spend a couple hundred thousand dollars just getting your equipment and things in order. With a martial arts school, having some high-quality mats, having some chairs, you can pretty much get started with that and then just add some things over time, but it’s very low cost to start a school.

There’s low overhead and low staff costs. You can do all of the instruction yourself up to like a hundred students easily just having one front desk administrative assistant for example. The overhead, you want to be in a reasonably good location, but it’s not extremely high. You’re doing very meaningful and enjoyable work. I mean, if you love martial arts as a student, then you’re getting to do something you love.

You’re getting to pass that on and you’re actually changing lives. Regarding your schedule of your hours, you can make it flexible. Maybe you want to teach morning classes for adults. Maybe you want to do a couple of homeschool classes in the mornings. You just do a couple of nights a week. However you want to work it. You can do four nights a week and then have the whole day open to do whatever you want. You can take holidays off.

I mean, do fall break, do spring break, do your Christmas break, do summer break. With my private Academy that I run, we take a pretty good amount of time off and I definitely get to still travel and be with my family, and everything else. So that’s always really nice too.

Another thing, which is great. You can make six figures quickly. I mean, you can literally build up the school within a year or two, be making six figures. People that go to school and get into huge amounts of college debt, student loan debt, they take four years to get a bachelor’s degree, six-eight years to get a master’s or a doctorate or something are making this after six, eight, 10 years of schooling and student loan debt when you can make the same amount of money or more as a martial arts instructor much more quickly.

Again, you have to be a good instructor and have some basic business skills that you’re implementing, but it’s nothing, completely mystical that you can’t figure out. In general, the industry has matured and progressed a lot. There are a ton of tools out there from front desk software to people who help you plan classes, to things like the certified martial arts teacher course, allowing you to become a professional connected certified instructor to a larger association.

The Global Martial Arts University, you can use our online student course and actually have video curriculum and know what you’re going to teach and have the printed curriculum. There are a lot of tools out there and there were not out there a couple of decades ago.

So now is an absolutely a great time to become a professional martial arts instructor, and now is the time to do it. Okay? Don’t wait. If this is something you want to do, this is your opportunity. If you’re still not convinced, re-listen this entire episode, so that you can truly begin your ultimate wait loss program. I look forward to seeing you guys in the next episode. Keep training hard, keep learning, keep spreading abundance.


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About the Author

I am a Lead Instructor at the Global Martial Arts University. I live with my three energetic kids on a prairie in Texas. I also lead The Abundance Projects.

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