What I’m Loving, Doing, Using & Reading

“Getting your brain wired into little goals and achieving them, that helps you achieve bigger things you shouldn’t be able to do. It’s not just practicing the specific thing. It’s always making things more difficult than they should be, and never falling short, so that you have extra reserve, that tank, so you know you can always go further than your goal. For me that’s what discipline is. It’s repetition and practice.”

David Blaine

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Act As If

What I’m currently reading

Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength

This book is a gem. Highly recommended for both personal development and coaching/leadership development.

What book I’m currently digesting

The Little Book of Talent

As a coach, mentor, teacher, and someone who strives for kaizen (continuous improvement) I enjoyed this book. It’s a quick read and has actionable steps to take. It’s not about reading lots and lots of books for me, it’s about being able to use the books in my quest.

Current rituals

Noticing my mornings slipping in terms of time management, I’ve become more consistent with meditation. I’ve started with a guided meditation for 10 minutes and it has been a blessing.

For my current rituals that I do every day:

-write daily on blog

-meditate for 10 minutes

-100 reverse hypers, 100 back raises, 100 face pulls, 100 pull aparts

For my current rituals that I do weekly:

-read 1 book per week (currently ahead of schedule with 6 in 5 and a half weeks)

Fascination with willpower, habits, and self-control

The past few books I’ve read by Richard Wiseman (59 Seconds, The As If Principle) and the book I am on currently (Willpower) have sparked a fascination. Being driven by personal development these topics are giving me new insights, thoughts, and actionable steps to become a better me. A better me leads to better coaching – leading to better athletes. Reading is the gift that keeps on giving.

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What I’m Loving, Doing, Using & Reading

Week of August 31st – September 4th

Supplement: 

Turmeric (with black pepper)

For information on the benefits of Turmeric check out Authority Nutrition.

Why do I use it? The biggest reason is to fight inflammation from life’s stressors

Book: 

59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute by Richard Wiseman

“Wiseman outlines the research supporting this new science of rapid change, and describes how these quick and quirky techniques can be incorporated into everyday life.” (Goodreads)

Immediate changes to your life and habits. Not another self-help book. It uses the research and science to dispel myths and give you actionable steps towards change.

TED Talk/Podcast:

Brené Brown TED Talk on Vulnerability

Tim Ferris Podcast with Brené Brown

From Tim Ferris at the 4 hour work week,

Dr. Brené Brown (@BreneBrown) is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has been viewed more than 20 million times and is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world.”

Brené Brown from her book Daring Greatly

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

Shoes:

New Balance Minimus

Eric Cressey over at Cressey Performance first introduced me to these through one of his articles and through watching his videos. They are GREAT training shoes for squatting, deadlifting, and overall movement. I’ve squatted 460lbs using these shoes. #humblebrag

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They are also very flat (duh) so you’re not dealing with a lot of arch support. Plus, they are American Made (murica’).

I look for deals on Amazon. Since I wear a size 15 they seem to be on sale a lot. Bought 2 pairs last year for $100 total.

Music:

James Radcliffe (click the link for a sample listen)

Very smooth, easy listening music for relaxation, meditation, and walking. Try a Max Shank inspired 5 minute flow with this music.

Did you like this week’s installment? Comment on what you liked and try one of them out!

This is inspired by Tim Ferriss’ 5 bullet Friday.

Rules to Live By

Daily rituals are a budding topic and for good reason. The most productive people adopt personalized rituals and it becomes part of their life. Going further, Rules to Live By are an important part of being a man or woman of integrity. It helps to stick to your guns and reduces your use of willpower. Willpower is a finite resource and as you go through the day, it becomes easier to choose something outside of your wheelhouse in different areas (nutrition, tv, etc). Rules to Live By give individuals power over their lives.

Jason Ferruggia inspired me to create a list after reading one of his articles a while back. Choosing to adopt Rules to Live By is one of the best additions to my own life.

  1. Read every day (15 books by April 30th-75 by next February)
  2. Breathe everyday (consciously—belly breathing)
  3. Complement at least one person each day
  4. Say hello people as they pass by (use names if you know them)
  5. Do not use negativity online—positivity or nothing
  6. Limit or no coffee after Noon
  7. KISS (material items)
  8. Eat meat (aim for quality), drink black coffee (3-4 cups), drink straight whiskey (responsibly)
  9. Limit Ice cream to 1-2 times per month
  10. Train hard and set PR’s
  11. Eat 2 raw garlic cloves each day (something to work on)
  12. Floss 1x per day
  13. Use obstacles as opportunities (Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday)
  14. Listen/Read one motivational/inspirational quote each day
  15. Forget being realistic
  16. Restrict cell phone use when with people
  17. Start the day before it’s finished (write down most important tasks)
  18. Drink 1 gallon of water each day
  19. Leave things better than how I found it (people, weight room, etc)
  20. Quality sleep (dark, cooler room and limit technology before bed)
  21. Hold the door open for the next person

This list will grow and change as reflection on it occurs. The key thing to take away is that by sitting down and writing your own list it will help give structure to your life. Creativity is tremendously important but without a structure within it to flow, it becomes wild and unproductive.

Flow within the structure through daily rituals and rules to live by.

“Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” 

Chuang Tzu