NOT ENTITLED

You aren't entitled to ANYTHING. We all think that if we put our time in, that if we have been here long enough, that if we talk to the right people, that we are old enough, etc, that we deserve to have or get whatever it is we want. That's not how the world works. Now of course if you put the time in, then you increase your chances of getting whatever it is you want. But you aren't OWED. it. Many people that have been in a job or at a place for a long time feel that if they stay there long enough, that they will get the promotion. But who should get the promotion? Wouldn't it be the person that is the best person for the job? Sure you want a dedicated person, but dedication isn't sitting in one place for the longest time. You need to work and prove your worth for it. Sure some people will get their prize sometimes like that but that isn't the normal and shouldn't be the expectation. Let's take health and fitness. If you eat broccoli, you should be tone and not fat right? If you eat Paleo for 3 weeks straight, you should have rock hard abs right? If you pay to come to the gym, then you should be sexier naked right? NO, on all of these. Things don't happen right away. They take time and they take CONSTANT work, not work for 2 weeks, or even for a month. This gets back into the whole enjoying the process thing. Forget about the "finish line" you are looking for. You know it's out there and you will get there eventually but you can't keep some sort of scorecard that shows you did 5 days of working out and so now you should be a fit god/goddess. You need to work this week, the week a year from now, and a week 5 years from now. Since you aren't entitled, or "Deserve" anything, the only real expectation you can have is to constantly and consistently work. Don't think this means that 100% of your time goes to this one thing. It just means you need to work hard and you need to work often towards the things you want. Don't expect it to be placed in your lap, even if you are working hard. Be glad that you get the opportunity to strive for this "thing" and enjoy the ride! You will get yours and you will get the right thing, but take away the idea that you are owed it or entitled to it. Just put your head down and do work:)

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FEAR OF FAILURE

FEAR OF FAILURE

Our gym is a nice place to fail. Sounds kind of weird huh? But it's true! Every day you come in, you are presented with a workout, some movements, and some weights that, by the time you are finished, is leveling you on the ground. It's very common to have the floor of the gym looking like a war zone immediately after a workout. But what am I talking about when I say its a nice place to fail? I mean it's safe! Free from all the stigmas that failing means in the real world. You will attempt to lift some weights and miss them, you will attempt muscle ups and not make it happen, you will attempt to go fast and bury yourself, you will attempt double unders and miss on every 5 reps, etc. These are all "fails" because they weren't successful BUT this is the BEST place to do this. In the gym, no one is judging you on whether or not you did or didn't do a particular weight on a lift. If you made it, people are stoked for you because you got it. If you missed it, people are stoked for you because you went for it. People don't care if you had the best score or not in the class, whether you were RX or not, whether you have the newest CrossFit shoes, etc. I say it's the best place to fail because there aren't any repercussions. Nothing bad happens. You fail a lift, you just pick it back up again, etc! In fact the more times you fail, the closer you get to "making" it the next time you try. And in the real world, so many people are AFRAID to try things because they are afraid they won't make it. So they just don't and never get the opportunity to succeed! Because you "try, try again" here, you LEARN not to be afraid of failing. You get used to the idea that to achieve this will take MANY attempts before it happens, and that's ok! You unlearn the fear right out of you! And this skill will transfer out into you real world where you aren't afraid to try things, to give it your all without the fear of having to do it multiple time, and with the understanding that to get anything it takes time, work and commitment.....and many fails along the way. Nobody likes to fail, but if you take away all the negative points about it and see it as learning, then you move so much faster through it because your concentration is on doing. And this gets things done!!!:)

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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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