039. The Power of Intention to Achieve Your Mission with Adam Schaeuble

Adam Schaeuble, aka The PHD (previously heavy dude), is the host of the top ranked fitness podcast “The Million Pound Mission” (and the recently launched “Casting the Pod”). He reached a point in his life where he weighed 327lbs and was already having weight related health issues in his late twenties. He decided to overhaul his lifestyle and his fitness and ended up losing over 100lbs.

Feeling inspired, he took what he learned from his own transformation journey and created a bootcamp program that produced over 35,000 lbs of results in his home town of Bloomington, IN.

Now Adam has set his sights on inspiring over one million pounds of healthy results through his podcast, coaching programs, and the Million Pound Mission Bootcamp.

Key Points from the Episode with Adam Schaeuble:

  • 10+ years ago, Adam Schaeuble found himself in a place where he was overweight at 327 pounds, he was depressed, the woman of his dreams was going to move away and he was $40,000 in debt.
  • Friends kept pushing some personal development material in front of him, but he wasn’t ready for it until one day, he decided to watch a DVD of The Secret and the Law of Attraction. He realized what he was attracting in his life was contributing to his situation. That woke him up.
  • He followed the advice, and wrote out what he wanted his life to look like five years from that moment. The hardest thing about it was that he had to write it all in positive terms, like avoiding saying, “I’m debt-free” and instead saying, “I am financially abundant.”
  • His statement went something like this, “Today is June 17th, 2012, I’ve lost 100 pounds, I’m full of energy, and my business is abundant.” And he repeated the full statement every morning and every night for five years. This helped frame his day in the morning, and create accountability for delivering on progress toward those goals every day.
  • He was able to do it almost to the day (he was off by 1 week), having lost over 100 pounds, founded his gym, helping others change their lives, and marrying that woman who he as afraid he was going to lose.
  • As Adam says, he decided he as worth it.
  • The repetition and positivity made things that had been difficult or uncomfortable that he needed to bring into his life more comfortable, easy and eventually things he actually enjoyed. It created a reinforcing set of positive habits that have allowed his mission to grow.
  • He built his days around easy tasks that were bite-sized that he could do, kept his Why front and center through that statement he kept repeating, and he was able to make huge progress. It is a very Do a Day type approach of daily execution without pressure from before or after.
  • He teaches The Transformation Timeline, with three phases. We got into the first two (and then went off on a tangent):
    • Coachability – this is where most people get stuck. This is where the cycle of trying something new, losing weight, life happens, gaining the weight back, and going round and round again is. Being coachable allows us to handle those life moments so we can stay moving forward instead of getting caught in the cycle.
    • The Healthy Lifestyle – make a healthier lifestyle the norm through some rearranging things, getting to know your Why and identifying with it so you have the strong place to go back to when you need it.
  • He has started to focus on 90 day sprints now rather than five year timelines because so much is happening and he is seeing so much growth. This has helped him to understand how different timelines may be appropriate for different people or situations.
  • We talked about Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever, and the two types of goals in the book – achievement goals and habit goals. Adam believes we all need a big achievement goal to get us focused on a great finish line, while the habit goals are the daily things we need to shift to support our achievement goals. For example, if your achievement goal is to run a marathon, a habit goal would be around your daily training to support that achievement.
  • Adam challenged us all to write out what we want to achieve in the next month, and do it all in positive language. No “don’t” “not” or “no”, but also no negative ideas like debt, fat, pain, etc.
  • We talked about the idea many people have to just get through whatever they’re facing now before they try to make change or get a coach. In fact, that’s exactly when you need it most. You can’t wait for life to stop so you can fix things. It doesn’t work that way, so you need to get help when you need it, not when it’s convenient.
  • You, too, can be part of Adam’s Million Pound Mission by donating your weight loss to the goal at millionpounmission.com


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