Mind Games

Tricks to enhance your mental abilities and focus.

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A little while back the owner of the Crossfit facility I run my business out of received an interesting and angry email. The woman who wrote it aggressively expressed no desire to join the facility, had never participated in Crossfit, didn’t know the owner personally, and yet was writing an email to say that she was never going to join a facility like that.

Just in case you missed it, I’ll boil it down a bit: This woman spent a fair amount of time writing a lengthy email stating why she would never join this gym.

Thanks for your opinion, but if you’re not coming here, then… Who cares?
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I’ve posted a video of Ray Lewis (Pro Bowl Inside ‘Backer for the Ravens) giving an inspirational speech about effort before. The man is a great player and inspirational speaker, that much is obvious.

Another video clip just went up showing that he’s being a great leader as well.

The Ravens didn’t win this past weekend. New England beat them to go to the Super Bowl. It could be contended that the Ravens played better than the Patriots, but the bottom line is that neither team played to perfection and the score didn’t fall in their favor.
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It’s the second of January. The first “real” day of the New Year.

Happy New Year, everyone.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to piss in someone’s corn flakes.

Not only is this the time of year for some bubbly, obnoxious noise makers, questionably-legal-pyrotechnic burns, and poor decision-making, it’s also the time of year that the gyms are packed, cigarettes are crumpled, and vices are emphatically thrown down. Yippee.
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Towards the end of last week I spent a few moments reflecting on some times in my life and out of the blue I remembered a conversation that I’d pretty much forgotten about but definitely shaped my life. It was early in my training career and I was straight-up struggling. I knew how to train people (although I’m much better now, just like I’ll be much better in a few years) but I just couldn’t convert that knowledge to cash.  Even though I was the best trainer in the facility I was working at, I was dead last (I think, or at least should have been) when it came to number of clients and sales.

I was one of those trainers that had the book knowledge, and even some time under the bar myself, and was full of passion about getting people fit and strong, but I just couldn’t sell. Now, to be a great trainer you don’t need to be a great salesman, but if you can’t sell at all then you don’t have anyone to train. It’s that simple.  This was the shitty situation I was in.

So I went to someone I trusted and expressed my concerns and frustration.

The response?
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Hey all! My boy Andreas, owner of The Blog For Stronger Men, shot me a line a little while back and wanted to talk a bit about my stance on living the Strength Lifestyle. Since I jump at the chance to get up on my soapbox, I figured this was a go.

Needless to say, we had a great time on the phone, and decided to record it!

Here’s the link to the interview. We get into success, mental focus, and goal setting, plus a whole bunch of other stuff. Give it a listen and then check out The Blog For Stronger Men.

Listen Here!

To download the interview for your Ipod or whatever, Right Click Here and Hit “Save As”!

Post your thoughts up below so we can get some discussion going about this!

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Hey all, just a short post today with a great video that rolled across my desk.

It’s only a minute and a half, so watch it. Ray Lewis, one of the greatest inside linebackers in history, talks about what’s made him successful and set him apart: Effort.

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If you ask most people why they aren’t as successful as they’d like to be whether it’s business, fitness, relationships, or what-have-you, chances are you’ll get a variety of responses. The usual suspects something like:

-Not enough time/money/help
-Bad luck
-No opportunity
-I’m too short/tall/skinny/fat

Those are BS. Those are all superficial things that either don’t actually matter or can be overcome.
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I had an experience yesterday that provided an interesting lesson in perspective and patience that I think bears sharing.

*****I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not known as the most patient of guys when it comes with putting up with bullshit. As every girlfriend I’ve ever had knows, I hate crowds, lines, and shopping. Keep that in mind as you read this. Some of the people who know me personally will get a chuckle out of this story and me being in it, that’s without question.*****
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I was thinking the other day about the positive and negative attributes of my friends… Yes, I’m that guy.

My sociopathic behavior aside, it jumped out at me that one of my buddies possesses a great quality: He commits to action when he needs to and flows immediately from situation to decision.

He, like all of us, has his share of flaws and, like any good friend should, I inform him of them as frequently as possible. However, when the chips are down you can always count on him to do something.
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There’s some stuff that we’re not supposed to talk about in the fitness business. We’re supposed to tell everyone to do some stuff, make some changes, and that everything will be rosy.

That’s cool. Rosy sells.

However, there’s another side to that. There’s a side to it I probably shouldn’t be telling you as it could definitely hurt my career and people’s opinion of me.

Screw it. Time to spill the beans.
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