Success or Failure: Critics and Haters Await


For the most part, I’ve always been against New Year’s resolutions. This probably stems from seeing 90% of resolutions being tied to dieting and exercise, and 90% of those engaging in resolutions quitting and or failing after two weeks.  Same goes for all of the smokers who quit on January 1st, and start back up on January 10th. I know it’s got to be hard to quit smoking but hey, maybe next time, just wait two weeks before telling people you quit?

That being said, it IS January 1st, 2013. There IS a blank slate in front of you. While the difference between yesterday and today is no different than any other pair of days, there’s that little bit of freshness and newness in the air that you should 100% use to your advantage. Sure, it ties into the placebo effect, but be that as it may… (Thanks David J. for bringing that phrase into relevance) Continue reading…

Performance Under Pressure


Let’s start with a confession: I’ve been paying $6 every morning for a protein shake at the gym since last January. Stupid right? I know.

The problem? Laziness. I broke the last blender I had years ago and never bought a new one. The convenience of simply getting a shake at the gym just seemed easy. The fact that I could just bill it to my account and not even think about the $6 until the end of the month didn’t help either.

Now, to my defense, for over a year I’ve been saying that I need to go buy a blender and start making shakes at home. Not only will it save me money, but if I can make shakes when I’m in a jam and can’t get to lunch or just need a snack, it’d be great. The problem is – I was never in a situation where I really needed one, so I didn’t feel like randomly going to the store and buying a blender, a tub of protein, etc. etc. (see picture above). Continue reading…

Positivity: Happiness is addicting, isn’t it?


Everywhere you look is something negative. The news, the paper, your friends, even possibly your family – it doesn’t matter. It’s everywhere.

Prime example – right now we’re about to head into election time. What’s that mean? It means that we have one self-proclaimed “leader” from each political party crushing each other with negative traits and characteristics with the end goal of proving to you that they are the better leader. Simon Sinek offered a good piece of advice to both Obama and Romney: Continue reading…

Dancing in the Rain – Go ahead, get wet.


Watch the next time someone gets in a pool or a hot tub – not in a creepy way, please. I’d bet about 8 out of every 10 people you see are going to slowly stick one or two feet in the water, and slowly get in. They’ll play this game until they get to about the waist. Once someone is waist deep, is when they usually end up going all in.

What am I talking about? Life. Getting wet. Dancing in the rain.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Continue reading…

Following Through With Things In Life


In the midst of a high-energy, instructional workout video, Greg Plitt (arguably the world’s greatest fitness model) uttered a few sentences that ended up inspiring me on a different level than working out – though it’s tie ins to working out are obvious:

“For one time in your life, one time, follow through with what you say. You will feel a high that you’ve never felt before. When you follow through with things in life guys, you achieve the confidence, the mentality, that anything’s possible.”

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