Mind Games

Tricks to enhance your mental abilities and focus.

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A little over a month ago I had something happen here at the gym that I don’t experience very often. I had someone join, come in for one session, and quit.

I know this isn’t an earth-shattering event and it happens all of the time in most gyms and training facilities. But it doesn’t happen at Relentless. It doesn’t happen to me.
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Everyone needs a good pump-up speech once in a while, and nobody does it like Ray Lewis.

He’s pissed off for greatness, and if Lewis is pissed off, you’d better pay attention.





It’s Make It Happen Monday. What would you do if there was no tomorrow? What are you holding in the tank?

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In the animal world, there’s a natural order of things. Animals are put in basic classes based largely on what they eat and how they do it.

In general it goes a little something like this:
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So I’ve been pretty quiet on this site for a while. As I’ve mentioned, I opened up my own training facility and needless to say, that’s kept me pretty busy! Overall, I’m excited for the new opportunity and things are going really, really well. That’s in no small part due to the support I’ve received from a lot of you readers, people I’ve met through the business, and my amazing clients, friends, and family. I’m pretty blessed to have such awesome people in my life.

Ok, now that the nicey-nice stuff is out of the way, I can go back to being my usual acerbic self.

So yeah, I finally did it. After much prodding from my friends, clients, and mentors I saw an opportunity, and realized I’d been not following my own advice by trying to straddle two worlds. I reached down, grabbed my testosterone parts with both hands, and put my shingle out there. Relentless Strength Training officially has a home now. And to the three people I can think of who told me for years that I should “just be a writer because you’ll never own your own facility”: Suck it.

So everything is rosy, right?

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I just had lunch at one of my favorite local restaurants, Miguel’s, which is a killer Mexican place here in Bangor. In addition to the usual Mexican restaurant stuff they serve a Paleo menu (love the cauli-rice), a great steak, and locally grown, organic greens. That and they actually grow their own peppers and tomatoes for salsa on the roof!

Combine that with great staff and you’ve got a pretty awesome place. If you’re one of the lucky few to attend Elliot Hulse’s Northeast seminar, here in Bangor, then you might get a chance to try it… *hint hint*

Anyway, so I’m at a booth on the bar side, enjoying my steak (and yes, a beer) with my notebook and smart phone out trying to get some work done (think of it as a “mini-working-vacation”) and there’s this guy at the bar chatting up a stranger.

And he’s got problems.
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live life aggressively aggression mindsetI spent my birthday weekend around a bunch of very successful fitness entrepreneurs talking shop on business, lifestyle, and of course getting amazing results for our clients.

There was lots of wisdom in the room and some killer “nuts and bolts” info shared about autoresponders, calling services, delegating logistics tasks, running a smooth business where your clients have fun, etc. That was all great stuff.

What really stood out to me, though, wasn’t the knowledge of these guys…
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I was recently asked by a client for my number one tip on success, be it changing their physique, life, or performance. I had to stop and think for a minute. First, I realized that I have pretty awesome clients that ask questions like that, and then I started to go through some possibilities in my head.

I mean, there’s the usuals… Eat right, move big weight, be consistent, get some sleep, get a little (or a lotta) sumpin’ on the reg, stop being a bitch, and so on.

But then it hit me. All of those are symptoms of success. They are the building blocks, but they’re not the root.

So my number one tip for making everything happen?
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On Monday I put up a post with a pretty killer Michael Jordan video talking about talent, hard work, and excuses. Then I open up my inbox today and find that Erik Rokeach of FitnessBusinessInsider.com has quoted me in a MASSIVE and MASSIVELY AWESOME post on excuses.
Read more on You Just Lost Your Excuses…

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After a conversation while out to dinner this weekend one of the other trainers at the gym, Tony (he of the uncontrollably attractive ponytail… just ask him) posted up a killer video on my Facebook wall. In the brief clip Sylvester Stallone talks about “the switch” that happens when it’s time to go from having fun to making things happen.

*photo credit: AnimalPak Ad

Check it out:

After you realize that he’s talking about one of the great Man Movies of American cinema, Over the Top, pay attention to what he says about “The Switch”.
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When you were a kid, did you ever throw a rubber ball up against a brick wall? When I was growing up I spent a lot of time by myself by virtue of the rural town I lived in. As such a favorite outdoor activity was to throw a ball against a wall to catch, work on rebounding, and so on.

What did this little game do for me, other than my childhood sounds like an After School Special when you say it out loud? (it wasn’t, by the way. No real complaints here)

I learned that no matter how hard I threw the ball, the wall didn’t care. Slow pitches, fast pitches, and even the occasional curve all hit the wall and came bouncing or rolling back to me. Some throws returned faster than others, but they all came back. And they all came back as a reflection of the way they were thrown.

This weekend I was talking to a friend that I haven’t really caught up with in a while and, as usual for us, there was a solid mix of both business and personal talk (for us those two aren’t really that separated). One of the great things about this friend of mine (and hopefully I serve the same purpose for him) is that he’s a conversational version the brick wall in my childhood games.
Read more on Make It Happen Monday – Find Your Brick Wall…