TOO BUSY

TOO BUSY

There is usually a great sense of pride when you feel like you are productive. And if you asked most people, they would say that they are EXTREMELY busy all the time with all the things they have to do. Of course, we are all very busy with our families, jobs, school, fitness, etc. But are we being very efficient with what we are doing? We can fill our time with all kinds of things, and make it seem like they are all important to what we are doing or trying to do, but the reality is that we are just spinning our wheels. I see two general styles of "spinning" happen all the time, with myself included. In everything that we are trying to accomplish or complete, there is a priority list. There are things that need to get done first before the next things can be started. But instead of even getting to the second step, we are stuck trying to "make sure" that everything is set up PERFECTLY that we never get off of the first step. In this situation, we spend all of our time spinning and never get to test out what's even happening. So we say we are busy but there is ZERO advancement toward the goal. The next would be a shotgun tactic to do work, meaning we go from this activity to this other one, to this other one, and then will jump all the way over to this other one! We are doing work, or rather we are busy, but because there isn't any real foundation for any of the parts we are working on, and we aren't spending enough time on any to even make a remote dent, then we are spinning around playing "duck-duck-goose" with our tasks. To get things done we need to be focused and concentrated on one thing at a time. Of course, you will always have to deal with other things. But as far as the work you are trying to complete, put your time and energy into that one task, complete it, then move to the next. Once you figure out what the main priorities are, then take those tasks and start knocking them down one at a time. Don't let yourself get hung up on perfect work. Honestly, there's no such thing. Just get things going and you can make fixes on the move. But pick it, stick to it, and go. You will start to see that things will actually be getting finished more than just having many unfinished part jobs laying around. Oh, and YES this goes for any skill or weakness you have in fitness and nutrition if you didn't see the connection there ;)

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BUTTONS

BUTTONS

There are so many distractions out there. All the things on the news. All the things on social media. All the things other people say and do. All the things going on around you. Who is doing what? Why are they doing it? Who do they think they are doing or saying or thinking? Whether its in the world around you, your workplace, your school, the gym, etc. It can suck you in and suck you down and suck all the energy out of you if you let it. But why do we care so much about all these other things? Do you have extra time and energy to waste on this "stuff"? I know I don't. I'd rather save all that for the things and the people who really deserve it from me, and this includes myself! So here's what I try to do, and its easier said than done for sure. But when it works, it's a MASSIVE energy saver!! The answer...........DONT GIVE A F*CK ABOUT IT. Yeah, it sounds harsh. But if you don't let yourself care about it, then you don't lose anything to it. You get to save that energy for something you choose to put your energy to. Now it's not easy. There will be people doing things, and saying things around you that will push your buttons. Don't let them. They really don't have the power to do anything to us. We are LETTING them do it and affect us. We are leaving ourselves exposed and letting it happen. If you are able to blow their actions and their words off, then your "button" isn't exposed and YOU are in control. If they are making you mad, then THEY are in control. Why would we give so many people control over us and our lives?? I don't think anyone would outwardly say they would want that, but it happens every day and all over the place. The choice will ALWAYS be yours to get wrapped up and pissed off by words or actions of others, or NOT to. What would you choose to do? You make the choice and spend that precious energy the way you CHOOSE to! But treat it as gold, because it really is!! :)

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

The scariest moment in my life, ever, was the moment I became a dad. When I was a kid, my dad was my hero. He was big, strong, could do anything, knew everything, played with me and my brothers as if he was a kid, would rough house with us, would protect us, would teach us stuff from when he was young, would discipline us (scared the crap out of me), would yell when he was angry and yell even if he was laughing. He taught me how to love, to care, to push, to drive, to be tough, to never stop. And as much as I loved him and knew he loved me, the worst part for me would be disappointing him. All these things made him one of the most powerful and influential people in my life. Pretty heavy right? Well, all I saw when my daughter was born was "how the F*CK am I supposed to do all that?!?" The shoes I had to fill were gigantic. I modeled what I could from my dad. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn't. But what my dad gave me was the power and drive to do the right things and the best things I could for my kids. It might not look pretty. It might not even be a very popular action, but there was a drive to it. As Fathers, it's our job to love our kids, protect our kids, to provide for our kids, but also to prepare our kids. My dad taught me so many things when I was young so that I would be able to make it as a human when I grew up. This is also the job I do for my kids. Of course, I love them and do everything I can for them, but I need to prepare them to make it as they grow up. I'm not saying everything will be perfect but I will do what's necessary so that when they are on their own, they are safe and able to take on the world and do the great things they are supposed to do. Thank you, Dad, for everything you have done for me, for making me the man I am and I hope I'm making you proud. I love you. Happy Fathers Day!:)

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FINISH LINE

FINISH LINE

Everyone WANTS to succeed, or be able to do this or that, or look/feel like this or that. But they DON'T want to do what it takes to get there. The fact is the finish line ALWAYS looks glamorous. The hands raised, the crowds cheering, the money flowing in, the friends and lovers clamoring around you, the big weight overhead and everyone stoked for you, the confidence you feel when the scale says what it did when you were in high school, etc. But getting to the finish line takes time. Sometimes a lot of time. And with that comes A LOT of hard work, stumbles, failures, detours, and restarts. This is EXACTLY the same path it takes for EVERYONE. Sure people have different strengths and weakness and the time frames might be different for people, but there will always be a path you have to be on to get to the finish line or the goal you are looking to hit. So the question you need to ask yourself is do you really want to be on the path? Are you willing to do what it takes to get there, not for a day, or a week, or maybe even a year, but until you get there? And to even be more successful on the path, it's not just willing to do the things, its WANTING to do the things to get there. If you want this goal, and you are stoked to be on the path to get there then no matter what happens or what you need to do, you are loving it! The nice thing about this is that you aren't concerned with the clock or how long it's taking. You are just fired up to be on the path to the finish line you want to hit! Take a moment and think about the finish lines you want to cross. Think about the paths you are on to get there. Which ones are the most important ones you want? Which ones are you excited to be on? Which ones are you the least excited to be on? Is there any way to change that or is that finish line more of a dream than a real goal? For all those things you truly want, don't be afraid of the hard work or the sacrifice that will be needed for them. Just smile knowing that you get the chance to do it and that you will get there. but in the meantime, enjoy the ride!! :)

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SHALLOW END

SHALLOW END

It's been nice out so I took my youngest daughter to the pool yesterday. We had a blast in the shallow section of the pool bobbing around and splashing. She had on her floaties, this approved life jacket with the arm floaty things. They keep her floating and that's a good thing but it makes it hard to move or to feel what it's really like to be in the water, etc. But she was terrified to take it off. She saw other kids without it on but knew she didn't have the skill yet to be without it. We go out to get a snack in the sun and when we went back in she didn't want the floaties. I was totally fine with this since I knew I would be right there by her the whole time. She told me she felt like she could move better or reach deeper in the pool without it on. Then as she was bouncing around, her feet slipped and she went underwater. I was right there so helped her up but you could see in her face that she was freaked out. I was right there and told her she was fine and that she did great. She got out of the water, used the towel to wipe her face off and within a minute or two, she wanted back in the water. We even moved to the "deeper part" (3' deep) and she climbed along the wall then inched her way to turning and pushing out to me. We got a little further apart each time and she loved the way it felt! She was super excited and happy! When we are learning something new we are scared of all the unknowns. The "what if's" run crazy in our heads, but if you can get with someone that is going to keep you safe, have fun, make it enjoyable so you can learn, and help you along the way, then you can improve quickly! The steps my daughter took were giant and it all happened in one day. The confidence she developed by being able to attempt, struggle, get picked back up, do it again, and succeed was amazing! This is the job of a coach, parent, teacher, or mentor. Filling you with all the scary things that might happen doesn't protect you. Helping you to gain the skills to protect yourself, protects you! It doesn't matter if its life stuff, job stuff, sports stuff, etc. You won't have your "protectors" there with you all the time, so you need to be taught those skills so you are successful, safe, and confident when you are out in the world on your own. The cool thing is you can still have fun in these little struggles, just like we did in the pool! :)

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