08 Aug


Some crazy dude in my office (his name is Tim Bazor) decided it would be a good idea for us to sign up for the SAVAGE RACE in DALLAS. I thought he would just drop the idea and that would be that. But Tim is our #1 salesman, and he earns the title for a reason. He is relentless. Day after day, he would walk the office, poking and prodding reasons why we should do the race and day after day one of us would sign up. Finally, it was shit or get off the pot time for me. I said “NO”. He said, “To bad, I already paid the $100 for registration under your name.” His relentlessness paid off again, and in October, about 10 of us will be doing the Dallas Savage Race.

Most mornings I don’t want to train for it. But I have developed a few hacks that help me put my running shoes on by 6 am and head out the door. These hacks work for anything you don’t want to do. Here they are.

  1. Your Mind is Jackin’ with You. Don’t Believe it. Our mind wants us to be warm, fat and happy. It wants you to stay under the covers, to eat cake and sleep. Don’t believe it. Know that our brain is wired for safety and comfort and also know that it is all BS. We can all do so much more than we have or think we can. Never let the first “NO” dictate anything in your life….ALWAYS PUSH THROUGH THE FIRST NO.
  2. If you can’t, then you must. Just tell yourself this when you don’t want to do something. “If you can’t…then you must” is a great motto and in short order, you will find yourself doing things you didn’t think were possible. Don’t want to make the next cold call…say it out loud…”If I can’t then I must.” Then pick up the phone and smile and dial.
  3. Commit the night before. Each night, before I crawl into my warm bed, I put my running gear at the foot of my bed. My shoes, socks, shorts, and shirt are waiting for me. I can’t get to the bathroom without walking over my stuff. This process forces me to make a decision first thing in the morning. Am I going to run or make an excuse? I hate lying to myself by making excuses, so I run. By prepping the night before, I add just that little extra reason to force my mind to say yes vs. no.
  4. Hit Play. I love my playlist of music, and I make it a habit to start each day with the same song; GLORIA by U2. When Bono fades in with “GLORIA”, and the Edge hits the riff, it’s game on for me. Find tunes that fire you up and start the day with them. Wake up and instead of opening FACEBOOK, hit play, put the shoes on and head out the door.

The power of mind control opens up the door to freedom. When you master this skill, the pleasures of adventure, fitness, money, happiness, friendship and love pour in.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Manero is the Founder and President of Commercial Fleet Financing, Inc. (CFF) located in Dallas, TX. CFF is celebrating its 22st year in business and provides financing for commercial fleet vehicles such as box trucks, cargo vans, big rigs, tow trucks, dump trucks and construction equipment. CFF is a 4-time winner of Inc. Magazine Top 500/5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Matt has helped thousands of small business owners move closer to the money they deserve. He is the author of, “The Grit”, and his forthcoming book, “YOU NEED MORE MONEY” will be out in 2018. Learn more at or call 972.247.8447 phone or on all social media platforms via @Matt Manero.