Finding Your Heartbeat, Where You’ll Be In The Next Year and How I Want To Hold You Accountable

Ever since last week, I’ve been thinking a lot on what I wrote about resolutions, habit creation, and why we do what we do.

The more I read about the science of it all, the more intrigued I get. It’s amazing what we can do with deliberate focus, diligence, and some patience.

This past weekend, Elliott Hulse (one of my favorite people in the fitness industry) gave a talk in NYC. I didn’t get to attend, but I’ve been watching the recorded lectures he gave, and I love his insight.

So far, I made it through the first video and he touched on a method he uses personally for getting things done – Finding Your Heartbeat is what he calls it.

The analogy he used was his business. If he wants to keep his business running and thriving, he must make the heart beat. How?

For him, it’s creating videos, writing blogs and emails on a daily basis. In fact, he sends emails almost every day – always offering some tips, products, or ideas to his readers.

He has multiple YouTube channels where he’s always sharing his thoughts on life, philosophy and strength training.

When you find the time to take action on a daily basis, it eventually builds up to something incredible.

I couldn’t help but think about how this same idea applies to our fitness goals or any other habit we want to make permanent.

In the post I wrote last week, I made mention of starting small – pick 1-2 things you wish to change, and make that your heartbeat. Do a little something each day until it becomes a part of you. Then continue to build on that.

This also reminds me of a conversation I had a few days ago with a dear friend of mine. To give some background, this guy’s had it rough growing up. He’s been in and out of college, has struggled with finding his life purpose, and generally feels unfulfilled most of the time.

Now this guy is someone I truly love – I chat with him all the time, and I care a lot about what he’s doing, and how he’s progressing. He has plans and goals, but no real sure way of getting there. This often leaves him in a standstill – so afraid to act for fear of failure, or simply being afraid of what the unknown might bring.

Below, you’ll see a chat we had most recently. My responses are in green, on the right; his responses are on the left. Sorry if the language offends you, but this was a real conversation – I don’t wish to dilute it.

Where Will You Be In The Next 3 Months? The Next Year?

As you’ll see above, this is what I asked my friend.

Where will you be? The last thing you want to do is look back wishing you’d done something different.

This is what happens to most of the Resolutioners as I call them. They get all gung ho about the gym, eating right, and getting fit. But they don’t really do much about it.

They decide to wait until January 1st and then get started. But why wait? Why delay?

It’s because change is hard. It’s scary. Sometimes we have the mindset of “oh, I’ve failed before, so how will this time be any different?”

If that’s you, then I’m asking you why? Do you bite off more than you can chew? Do you easily get distracted? Do you have little faith in yourself? Are you lacking a support system?

Whatever your reason is, you can overcome it. If something is important enough to you, you will find a way to take action, even if it stings. It’s like I told my boy above – you need to do what it takes now to be who you want to be tomorrow.

And this is where I want to offer you some help, that is if you need it.

In the last few articles I wrote a lot about accountability, and the importance of having a plan, with support, and a goal to work toward.

In my experience, the biggest contributors to people failing with their fitness goals are as follows:

  • Lack of a plan
  • No focus (goals are not clear)
  • No accountability

A few weeks back, I was going through some random emails from some of the folks who’d purchased LGN365. Some were telling me about how they were breaking strength plateaus, and getting leaner than they’ve ever been.

I figured if my people were just emailing me out of the blue to tell me how things were, I would reach out to the others using the program and seek their feedback.

I was astonished when the responses started rolling in. Not only was LGN365 helping people get lean and strong, but it was also helping them focus on other, more important things in their life.

Here are just a few of the emails that came in.


1. What specifically about the fitness course (LGN365) has helped you the most?

“My personal feeling is that the best feature of LGN365 is the material dedicated to helping the reader develop a mindset that will allow him or her to integrate fitness goals into a healthy lifestyle, rather than forcing everything else to revolve around the gym.

The pitfalls and misconceptions that are touched on seem to be all too common for newer lifters of all ages, and the text spends quite a bit of time helping the reader cultivate a mindset free of obsession, neurosis, and uncertainty.

Training programs are very commonplace in the fitness industry, but very few fitness products take the time to touch on the mental aspects of body composition and training. I am pleased to report that JC Deen’s LGN36 covers all of this at great length.”

2. What challenges has LGN365 helped you to overcome with your personal fitness journey?

“My own mindset. Although I have always been relatively thin for most of my life, I nevertheless suffer from many of the symptoms of the infamous Former Fat Boy Syndrome. I often find myself overly preoccupied with getting fat while attempting to put on mass, and even when I finally achieve positive results, I often have a difficult time recognizing or acknowledging them. And what happens when I do finally have the size I want? Will I be able to lose the extra fat? The self-questioning can be endless.

The most ridiculous part is that I have sabotaged myself in the past by succumbing to this behavior, even though I was consciously aware that I was being irrational. LGN365 has helped me to keep my eyes on the bigger picture, and challenges me to reflect on where I am, how far I’ve come, and where I’m going. If I am in doubt, regardless of my goal, I have only to fall back on the safety nets provided by the nutritional calculators and pre-designed routines to continue seeing progress.”

– Sean G.


1. What specifically about the fitness course (LGN365) has helped you the most?

“I like the fact that LGN365 was thought and planned out by someone else. This means that for my part all the thinking has been done for me and I just have to make minor adjustments and follow the program. It helps to know that I can trust an aspect (such as fitness) of my life to someone else while I focus on other aspects such as my education and future career.”

2. What challenges has LGN365 helped you to overcome with your personal fitness journey?

“A strength plateau and fat loss plateau. I started with the Fat loss program III and I am currently on week 9 of the program. I have made strength gains in my deadlift and squat despite being on a diet. I have managed to lose 5 pounds over 8 weeks, which is a reasonable amount as I was already fairly lean (11% bodyfat) when I started. RPT training really is amazing.”

3. Is this something you would recommend to your friends/family?

“Without a doubt I would recommend LGN365. My recommendations would most likely shock my friends as they know I do normally don’t recommend any online fitness program because the price vs content ratio is usually high disproportionate. But LGN365 teaches the man how to fish, and that I can espouse.”

– Alex N.


1. What specifically about the fitness course (LGN365) has helped you the most?

“I think what has helped me the most is that LGN365 lays everything out for me and all I have to do is follow suit. It is essentially “dummy proof.” From nutrition, to workout protocols, to meal-planning, to specific exercises, the fitness course covers it all in a no-nonsense and easy-to-read fashion.

It even has recipes! In addition, having access to JC through social media and email has also been a huge contributing factor to my progress on the program.”

2. What challenges has LGN365 helped you to overcome with your personal fitness journey?

“I think the most important challenge that LGN365 has helped me to overcome is the message that I should be working out to live instead of living to workout. Although that isn’t exactly what JC says in the program, essentially he drives home the point that fitness is only one small portion of our lives and that there are many more other important things that we should and need to focus on.

Also, continuing on this fitness journey, I have gotten over the “get ripped quick” mentality and have come to accept and embrace that it is just that, a journey.”

– Paul K.


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  1. afromuscle says

    Man. What a reality check. A problem I have is that I don’t respect time. I always act like I have ALL the time in the world and unfortunately, that’s totally destructive.

    I really like the idea of making things your heartbeat. It’s such a simple way of looking at things yet it somehow makes everything fall into place. I sometimes marvel at the power of words.

    Anyway, I’ll be making some changes. I know what I need to do daily and i’ll be doing it ASAP. I can’t let this year slip through my fingers like the last one did.

    Here’s to an amazing 2013.



  2. says

    I just happend to stumble across E. Hulse’s website the other day from a friend of mine. Even if the guy didn’t have a clue about training/fitness (which, obviously he does) I must attest that his attitude and psychological/mental approach to training is what really sets him apart.
    At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what a coach knows, but more about what they know about their audience/client. Keep writing from the heart. It’s what makes you different from other fitness writers (“thumbs up”).

  3. Dale says

    December 2013 is going to come regardless (unless the Mayans are right!) You can’t control that. But what you can control, for the most part, is where you will be physically, mentally and financially. And the degree of change people can make in 12 months time flabbergasts most of us… Thanks for reminding us.

  4. says

    Hey J.C.–loved reading the conversation between you and your friend. Shows the heart. About new years resolutions, you wrote: “They decide to wait until January 1st and then get started. But why wait? Why delay?” I was just thinking about this yesterday. And I thought about December…and how I used to make resolutions for January, and use December as, “oh well, I’ve already crapped it up this year, so until the new year, I will just do whatever I want.” Which essentially meant I’d wallow in my bad habits for the month of December, probably worse than I did through the whole year, and then come January, hold the resolution for a while and then,….back to my old habits. I figured this out years ago, so I stopped making new years resolutions. Then I got tired of going nowhere and started making resolutions throughout the year. In this way, I consider every day a “new year.” (and wrote something along those lines on my blog during the summer).
    This is a cool deal with your program. Thanks.


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