Confidence and Overcoming Adversity

Posts about confidence and overcoming adversity.


Hey guys, welcome to another edition of Rock My World Wednesday! I don’t know about you, but this is a busy time of year for me and there’s been a ton of stuff getting me going. And on that note…
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Today I’d like to tell you a little story about one of the more instructive situations in my business career.

When I was in South Carolina working as the head trainer (before going private) I had the opportunity to learn a lot about the business side of fitness, both what to do and what not to do. Some of the gyms I worked in had a lot of real Wild West shit going on and the training/education was often done on the fly. The story I’m going to tell you was no exception.
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It’s Wednesday, so that means another Rock My World Wednesday! Today I want to talk about a topic that should, and probably will be in the future, its own post: Haters. Everywhere you go, there are people who are going to try to bring you down for no good reason. Maybe it’s jealousy. Maybe it’s because they think they can elevate their status by making you look bad. Maybe it’s just because they’re too damn bored in their everyday life so they need to stir the pot just to have something to do.
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Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a seminar with three great strength coaches, Scott Caulfield, Joe Hashey, and James “Smitty” Smith of the Diesel Crew. In addition to picking up a bunch of great little tips and tricks from some of the best minds in the business, it was also great to connect and network with them and some other great coaches. I don’t know about your industry, but in the strength and conditioning world it’s a lot of fun to go to these seminars and hang out with some like-minded people. Read more on One Trick To Gain Strength Instantly!…


I’ve been thinking about this post for quite a while. The writing of it has come in fits and starts. I’ve had the skeleton written for over a month and the ideas that I wanted to flesh out have been bouncing around in my head for probably six. Over and over again I find that the deeper I think about this subject means the further into the rabbit hole I go and the more I want to refine and tweak my message. However, there’s a point when you just have to stop tweaking and give something wings, and the life of this post has reached that point.

Warning: What you’re about to read will fly in the face of our current culture. It is not the popular opinion. It is not being written to make me popular with the masses. If you’re easily offended, then just stop now and save yourself the aggravation.

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Today I’m going to give you a simple and effective tool that you can use to increase your productivity, improve your mood, stop procrastination, crush confusion, and bring you closer to your goals. I adapted this idea from one of Paul Reddick’s tips and ran with it to create my own success object. I call it a “Vision Board”. I spoke a bit about creating a vision board briefly in my post 5 Ways to Kick Ass Every Day, and I received some emails that prompted me to go into more detail, so here you go.
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Man, let me tell you what. I just got back from a life-changing weekend on the Jersey Shore. No, I didn’t party with Snookie, as life-changing as that might have been. Instead I was at an ocean-front resort locked in a conference room for two days with about 30 of the best veteran and up-and-coming fitness professionals in the business. We were getting some knowledge bombs dropped on us from Paul Reddick and Zach Even-esh, learning about lifestyle design, business, and in general how to kick tail at what was appropriately titled the “How To Kick Ass” seminar (HTKA).

Now, most of what we went over is off-limits to share. This was a no-recording, closed-door event and as they say “What happens on the Shore, stays on the Shore”. But I did make some observations that will help you guys take your game to the next level and crush it. I want to share those with you.
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I had the good fortune to attend a wedding this past weekend. I know, you probably all assumed that Isaac (aka Mr. McCrabby) would rather die than attend a wedding. However, I think you need to look at the positives:

-Assuming the wedding is a good idea you’ve got a great couple making a great decision together.
-Great food.
-Lots of people you’ve never met.
-A chance to rock a suit. What man doesn’t feel better in a suit? If you don’t, then get your ass to the gym.
-Dance floor.
-Lots of well-dressed women trying hard to look their best and be seen.

So, as long as it’s a good couple (it was) and a non-pain-in-the-ass ceremony (it was) then I really think that you have to look at weddings as a potentially great time.

In addition to just having a good time while I was there I participated freely in one of my favorite sports: People Watching.
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A while back I was chatting about life and our current culture with one of my clients. This guy is one of the most successful and yet wise and down to earth guys I’ve ever met. He’s lived hard and he’s lived easy. He’s a guy who’s largely made his life into what he wants. He trains his ass off with me and at almost 50 years old and with a lifetime collection of injuries that should almost put him in a wheelchair he’d run 98% of 20 year-olds into the ground on will alone.

He said to me “You know, a while back you said one of the most pivotal things of our relationship and you probably don’t even realize it”. He was right, I couldn’t imagine what I’d said that was so profound, so I had to ask him to clue me in.
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*Not a clean, but one hell of a badass picture and close enough!

When you’re as busy as I tend to be it’s important to prioritize and plan your day out. If you don’t you’ll spend the vast majority of your day running around putting out fires and getting nothing done. However, despite the best laid plans of mice and Isaac, life does still manage to get in the way sometimes. Last week I had one of those days where everything just went haywire and I spent my time holding the wagon together in addition to my normal tasks.
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