Make It Happen Monday

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hack the unessential - bruce leeI get questions every day from my clients asking about some product, information bit, or training program they read about or saw an ad for online, in the paper, heard on the radio, or whatever.  Information and advertising is pretty much unavoidable in today’s world.  You’re taking in some info right now by reading this, for example.

I’m not trying to cast judgment on it or say that it’s all good or bad.  As I talked about last week, most everything falls on a spectrum somewhere.  What I am trying to say is that there’s a lot of it.

There’s so much info, in fact, that the tendency is to take all that information and do little to nothing with it (paralysis by analysis) OR to excitedly jump into the next best thing until a few minutes, days, or weeks later when the NEXT best thing comes along (Shiny Object Syndrome).  Either way you end up spinning your wheels and not making any real progress from where you are now towards what you’ve set for your goals.

This shit happens all the time in the fitness or nutrition world, but also in business/work life and relationships, as well.

I’m preface my next piece of advice by saying that, believe it or not, I’m human and I am not perfect at it, but here’s what’s been helping me:
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I recently received a great question from one of my most involved and inspirational clients. What started out as a relatively simple question on programming got me thinking a bit and really provided me with a light smack in the face regarding why we do things at Relentless, or why I do anything, for that matter.

With her encouragement I’ll post the exchange here:
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This is probably the best thing I’ve read in a very long time.

So, today’s Make It Happen Monday is pretty simple: I don’t care whether we’re talking fitness, nutrition, politics, money, life, family, science, or what you want for lunch… If you don’t already, start collecting some questions. While you’re at it, see if your answers are still valid for your questions. The “answer” might surprise you.

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I admit that I’m a bit biased, but it seems that almost every event, goal, and challenge I come across in life has a direct correlation in the weight room, training, and quest for favorable body composition.

As I’ve recently been dealt some raw hands coming back from surgery, and realized that they’re mostly of my own doing, I’ve been slapped with a reminder of this observation… right between my Icarian wings.

When it comes to nutrition/dieting and conditioning there are two great “truths”.

(Yes, there are always some exceptions, but don’t be the douchebag tries to pick fly shit out of pepper. Just don’t.)
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Just a quick thought for today… Why do you think that?

What’s “that”?

Well, most anything.

Everyone has a system of beliefs that govern how and why they do things the way they do and think the way they think.

You think a certain way about yourself and the world around you.
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I love learning.

I love new facts, insights, and revelations.

I love learning so much that more than anything else I love learning about learning. Yes, I am such a nerd that I study studying.
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This past Saturday I had kind of a “Dump Day”. Basically that’s a term (shamelessly stolen from Paul Reddick) I use when referring to scheduling a day to run around and get all errands done so that your other days can be put to productive use. Actually, I should probably write a post on the art of the Dump Day (*tucks that one away for the future*), but today is not that day.

So I slept in all the way until about 6:30 on Saturday and then started cranking. I got some laundry going, wrote a little bit, read some articles, and just basically decompressed from the week. Once it got close to business hours I started the Dump Day activities: Haircut, oil change in the truck, Dick’s, and grocery shopping. Basically, I was one domestic sonofabitch.
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Those who know me can attest that I spend a lot of time pinching my nose between pages, and as such I’m asked reasonably often about the books that I read. While I love books (I had an ex that thought that the funniest answer I’d ever given to a survey question regarding my favorite childhood toy was “books”) and would recommend that you read any you can get your hands on, there are a few that I consider “essential”.

Steven Pressfield is a generally a historical fiction author but more than that he’s a student of the process of writing and creation. His fiction is quite good, but it’s his advice for the aspiring creator (author, artist, singer, whatever) that is truly special.
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Today’s Make It Happen Monday is simple. It’s a mission. For you.

You’ve got two things to do today.

1. Train. Seriously. Do something physical. Get stronger, faster, and leaner. Become better.

2. Prove to the world that you’re not a dick. No, I don’t mean just “don’t be a dick”. I mean go prove it. Do something that proves it.

It’s Make It Happen Monday. You have your mission. Go accomplish it.

Post up what you did, both training and proving, below! If you feel like there’s anyone else that needs this mission, share it with them!

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I had something I’ve been planning to talk about today for a while but I’m afraid it’s going to have to wait. Last night I had a discussion that quite frankly pissed me off a bit but also teaches a pretty good lesson, so that’s what I want to address today.

Ok, so The Woman is looking for a trainer. The first question I’m sure you have is: “Why doesn’t she train with you?“. Fair question. There’s a couple of reasons. First of all, we live far enough apart to make that inconvenient. Second, and most importantly: Training your significant other rarely works out well. (All you veteran trainers out there are nodding your head.) Some things just plain don’t mix, and the romantic and training relationship is usually a combo that provides more friction than success.
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