Sports Performance Weekly Digest #9

Crazy Mistakes Strength Coaches Make

Coach Todd Hamer at EliteFTS covers 10 mistakes strength coaches make. Great read for any level of strength coach.

6 Lessons From the Last 6 Years

Chad Wesley Smith from Juggernaut Training Systems gives us what he has learned in the past 6 years.

Strength Training for Women: How Women Lift & Train Differently Than Men

Mark Rippetoe goes into great detail (as always) on the intricacies of training women. Picked up a few new things as I’m sure you will too.

Do These 3 Heavy Movements or Stay Weak

As always, Dan John gets to the point simply and succinctly. The overhead press has been absent from my own training and is getting back in there. Dan John cuts through the B.S. and is spot on here.

Unconventional Trap Bar Exercises

Ben Bruno is a trap bar extraordinaire and has many uses unknown to many. Step up your game with some new ways to use the trap bar.

Sports Performance Weekly Digest #8

“Honestly, seriously, you don’t know what to do about food? Here is an idea: Eat like an adult. Stop eating fast food, stop eating kid’s cereal, knock it off with all the sweets and comfort foods whenever your favorite show is not on when you want it on, ease up on the snacking and—don’t act like you don’t know this—eat vegetables and fruits more. Really, how difficult is this? Stop with the whining. Stop with the excuses. Act like an adult and stop eating like a television commercial. Grow up.”

Dan John – Mass Made Simple

Specificity: A Refresher

A look inside what specificity truly is, using Dr. Mel SIff’s writings from Supertraining

3 Keys to Exercise Selection For Sport Performance – Chad Wesley Smith, JTS

Can the athlete execute sound technique in the movement?

Can the athlete produce a significant output in the movement?

Does this exercise fit into the primary goal of the athlete’s training program?

30 BOOKS THAT WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER COACH

I’m at 4 out of the 30 recommended (Mastery, 48 Laws of Power, How to Win Friends and Influence People, & Man’s Search for Meaning).

How many are you at?

Don’t Believe Your Own Bullshit

“When you want to achieve big things, you need someone else besides your ego to keep you in check and on track to accomplishing your goals.

So here’s the question you need to ask yourself: How aware of your ego are you really?”

How the Best Strength Coaches Deal with Scheduling Conflicts and the Coaching Staff

“In any case, I learned that if you and the head coach disagree on anything, you must listen to the head coach. It is their job, and their record that is on the line every season. That is not to say you can still implement some of your own ideas, and tweak the original program slightly, to make it your own. As long as their is a reason to do so, and the athletes benefit from their training sessions, then you are accomplishing your job.”

Sports Performance Weekly Digest #7

“The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back. The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard.

The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.” 

Henry Rollins

THERE IS ONLY ONE TYPE OF PERIODIZATION – PART 1

Greg Nuckols over at Juggernaut Training Systems defines periodization (organization of training) and how the terms linear, undulating, and conjugate get misused. He gives great examples of how programs use all these “elements” (and how they are not types of periodization.

Train Like You’re Number 2 – Even When You’re Number 1

Jeremy Hoornstra (another strong guy-REALLY STRONG from JTS) talks about the mental side of training – what it takes to stay on top.

“Either way, better yourself, make the workout worth you and your family’s time, or you’re just wasting it.  The day you sit and do nothing, your competition has the best workout of their lives, and that’s ground that cannot be made up.”

12 Strength Tests You Must Master

Always being up for a challenge, I found this article to be inspiring. What can you do? What aren’t you able to do yet?

Are Your Values Being Tested?

Dave Tate over at EliteFTS talks about values and being on the right path.

“It’s more than words, because if your integrity is tested, can you do the right thing, by yourself, when you’re under fire?”

The New Injury Rehabilitation Paradigm: Rice is Not Nice, Do METH Instead!

If that title didn’t get you then I don’t know what will. Icing doesn’t allow for inflammation which does not allow for repairing and remodeling. This is the argument. What do you think? Is the RICE method hogwash? Kelly Starrett over at MOB WOD thinks so.

“There can be inflammation without healing, but there can’t be healing without inflammation!

There are 3 stages of healing:

1. Inflammation
2. Repair
3. Remodeling

If you skip stage 1, you have prevented stage 2 and 3.”

That’s all for the Sports Performance Weekly Digest #7. Start your week off strong by reading, watching, and learning. And remember – without application knowledge is useless!

Sports Performance Weekly Digest #6

My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.

General Montgomery

Interview with Mladen Jovanovic

Jovanovic drops a lot of gems in the interview while also posting links to other great articles. A lot of things to read in here to keep you busy.

Building a Bulletproof Mind

The people at 8 weeks out consistently put out great content. This is another example focusing on the all important mental game.

Tactical Periodization: An Interview with 2 of my colleagues

An interesting topic continuing to gain headway.

Power Development in the Strength-Power Athletes

Mike Stone’s presentation at the NSCA National Coaches Conference last January. This 48 minute video presentation is a great resource for strength and conditioning coaches.

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Rituals and routines are an important part of my day. This article gives 8 things to do presumably before leaving for work.

Practical Nutritional Guidelines for College Athletes

Coach Mark Watts answers a question from a Strength & Conditioning Coach on the challenges of providing nutritional information to set college athletes up for success.

Sports Performance Weekly Digest # 5

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you

Eddie Robinson

This week’s edition is sport performance centered. Check it out if you are a weightlifter, cross-fitter, powerlifter, athlete (quarterback, baseball player, softball player, shoulder issues), and/or coach.

SINGLE-SPORT ATHLETES DON’T ALWAYS WIN by Tom Farrey

Playing multiple sports growing up made me into the athlete I am; I played soccer from age 5 to 17, baseball from age 6-14. basketball from 10-20, and football with my brother all the time. Soccer is a sport that is great for footwork in sports like basketball. It really has a carry over and it an important skill to learn (playing with your feet) because most sports are hand centered. Below is an excerpt from the article:

But most sports reward patience, and early specialization can have ‘significant negative consequences on the development of an athlete over time,’ the University of Florida report concludes. Among the documented impacts: increased burnout and dropout from the sport; less enjoyment and higher rates of injury; social isolation; staleness; physiological imbalances; shortened careers; limited range of motor skills; and decreased participation in sport activities into adulthood.”

Coach, Your Sport Isn’t Special! by Chris Gallagher

Sport coaches want to win. Duh. And most were athletes themselves. Falling back on what they “know’ is natural. But it shouldn’t be as far as a sport coach goes in understanding the needs of an athlete from a strength and conditioning/sport performance standpoint. Just as a strength and conditioning coach should not be telling a sport coach how to teach a specific sport skill, a sport coach shouldn’t be dictating to the strength and conditioning coach what lifts/exercises to do. A little excerpt below speaking on some sport coaches views on their “special” sport:

“Their sport requires special attributes unique to that sport and they must train special muscle groups that only their athletes possess. They have no time or place for max strength, relative strength, power, and rate of force development. Coaches in these sports often are former athletes who had high—or at least moderate—levels of success themselves. They “know” what it took for them to achieve success, so they “know” how to get their athletes there.”

Making Training Stick – Simple Rules by Vern Gambetta

Referenced in the article above is Vern Gambetta’s simple rules and principles.

Below are a few of Gambetta’s rules:

Build on strengths and minimize weaknesses

Train fast to be fast. You are what you train to be.

Don’t try to replicate the game in training, distort it.

Don’t try to replicate the stress of the sport in training, instead prepare for the stress of the sport.

Injury prevention is a transparent part of the whole program, not a central focus.

Little Exercises for Big Strength by Chris Moore

Chris Moore is a member of Barbell Shrugged and has his own thing going over at Barbell Buddha. Being a former high level powerlifter, he has acquired a lot of experience and wisdom.

He outlines little exercises that will go a long way in increasing your strength. Plus he gives a great quote from a Japanese poet Ikkyu here, “Many paths lead from the foot of the mountain, but at the peak we all gaze at the single bright moon.”

-Back Raises

-Hammer Curls

-High Rep Presses

(I’ve been doing lots of push-ups every day for 3 weeks and have noticed I feel way better)

-Tons of Rows

Keystone Deadlift 

Top 2 Rotator Cuff Exercises for Shoulder External Rotation by Nick Tumminello

Supine Shoulder External Rotation with Band

-Side Elbow Plank with Dumbbell Shoulder External Rotation

This wraps up weekly digest #5. A sport performance focus this week to get you started on this Labor Day.

Enjoy, be safe, and cherish the moments with your family.

Weekly Digest # 4

Weekly Dose

Title: How to become a sponsored fitness professional: 7 steps to a better you

Author: Mike Dewar

Title: 4 reasons why athletes need to be following Kelly Starrett on Youtube

Author: Turmeric Sports

Title: I’m on a mission

This is GOLD!

Author: Steven Pressfield

Title: The three secrets that help me write and think

Author: Robert Greene

Title: How One Simple Breathing Technique Can Induce Better Health

Author: Lorraine Ereira

Weekly Digest # 3

5 Articles to read & digest this week

Article 1:

Title: 10 Business Questions you need to ask yourself when starting your fitness brand

Author: Mike Dewar

Highlights:

WHAT IS A BRAND EXACTLY?
“To me, it is the identity that is given to a set of beliefs, philosophies, desires, and personalities that are willing to stand together to represent something bigger than themselves.
Determining who you are as a brand is a groundbreaking experience, one that changes and is fluid throughout it’s existence. Although you may have changed some from your college days, you are still made up of a few traits and ideals that govern your day to day pursuits.”

Dewar goes into the specifics of what it takes to gain a following. Lots of helpful tips in there that go beyond fitness and branding.

Article 2

Title: Deadlift Variation That BUILDS Massive Grip and Core Strength for MMA

Author: Mike Rojas

Highlights:

“Grip is one the qualities most important to MMA”. (note: very important in basketball, football, baseball, softball, lacrosse, and even soccer for throw ins)

Paraphrasing: Advanced version of a deadlift: Load up one side of bar (collar included) and set up with an underhand grip closest to the end of the bar and overhand towards the middle. Set up the same as a conventional deadlift. Heavy enough to elicit an effect but light enough to do it properly.If too advanced, substitute 1 arm carry’s until able to execute 1 sided Deadlifts. Use every 3-4 weeks to de load the body from heavier loads while still getting a great training stimulus 

Article 3

Title: 4 secrets to getting anybody on the phone, from someone who talked to Warren Buffet

Author: Betty Liu

Highlights:

1. You never know who’s listening or watching what you do.

2. “Have a credible background”

3. “Don’t expect calls returned.” (my notes: keep trying until you get a cease and assist letter—keep up to date with their life, writings, etc to prepare for when you DO get the meeting)

4. Be a net giver (notes: send this person things they would be interested in reading, watching, etc)

5. “Watch and consume as much information on the person as you can” (blends with #3)

Article 4

Title: The best answers to your clients’ top 10 nutrition questions

Author: John Berardi and Brian St. Pierre

Highlights:

“Truth is, it’s hard work answering them all. There are different schools of thought, lots of conflicting advice, and so many trendy panaceas promising to solve every problem. It’s tough coming up with definitive advice.

Of course, when you do come up with a single answer, you have to be sure it takes into account the context and nuance of each particular client. Because there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. A helpful response for a college linebacker could be detrimental for a 30-year-old mom.”

A top 10 list of questions, helpful points of view, and links to past articles give you everything you need as a coach to be successful. The people at Precision Nutrition are in a class of their own. Great articles coming out of their camp routinely.


Article 5 

Title: 10 things every successful fitness and nutrition coach does

Author: John Berardi, Ph.D.

Highlights:

“What makes for a successful fitness and nutrition coach? It’s not just what you know… it’s what you do (every day). Here are some of the practices elite coaches use to get results. Keep track of how many you’ve mastered.”

Dr. Berardi goes into great detail on what the best do.

In summation,

  1. Connect with clients
  2. Find out the WHY
  3. Share with the competition
  4. Do less
  5. Master the basics
  6. Here what they don’t want to hear
  7. Know when to talk and when to listen
  8. Share mistakes and failures
  9. Don’t use always, should, never
  10. Ask for help – get their own coach

That’s another installment of the weekly digest. I’m cutting down the length of the article and going more into summation mode. Because if you want to read it, you will. And if I think it’s worth writing a whole post on an article, I’ll do that.

Start your Monday with some reading and kick this week’s ass.

Weekly Digest # 2

5 Articles to read and digest this week

Article 1 and Highlights

Author: Jacqueline Whitmore

Title: 5 Ways Weekends Can Boost Your Productivity Monday Through Friday

Highlights:
1. You need rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to be refreshed and ready to work. Weekends are an ideal time to recharge your depleted energy reserves by reconnecting with the power sources that fuel your mind, body and spirit.

2. On the weekend, give yourself the gift of time. Sit in a quiet space and find some inner peace. A few minutes of meditation, journal writing, stretching and other forms of calming contemplation can provide a replenishing respite that brings you back in touch with your true self.

3. Move. Get outside on the weekends. Do it early before anyone is there. You’ll probably sleep better.

4. Get nourished. Take time to make and enjoy home cooked meals

5. Reduce time in front of electronics. Read articles (online ha), books, etc.

6. Get together with friends and family

Article 2 and Highlights

Author: William Wayland

Title: Aerobic GPP Circuits

Highlights:
1. When we kick off a training cycle in will generally start with General Physical Preparedness. I like to think of it as the program before the program! This is period that should serve as break from “hard” training but provide stimulus and lay foundation for harder work to come.
What is GPP? Those of your familiar with training parlance may have heard the term before. Many often talk about it but what they often mean is ‘cardio’ or ‘conditioning’.

2. “GPP is the initial stage of training. It starts every cycle of training from the macro-, meso- and microcycle after restoration and recovery. It consists primarily of general preparatory and some specialized conditioning exercises to work all the major muscles and joints. This preparation prepares the athlete for the more intense training such as explosive plyometrics. This period is also used for rehabilitation of injured muscles and joints, strengthening or bringing up to par the lagging muscles and improvement of technique.” – Dr Michael Yessis

3. A simpler definition would be improving your quality of movement, fixing weakness that have cropped up during previous training camps and enhancing your ability to handle greater workloads. Now often GPP just means more undirected hardwork. Often taking the form of old school circuit training, running and pushing a sled till you puke.

4. What GPP should be used for is the capacity to do work when the harder training gets going, fixing imbalances and mobility and reinforcing movement quality, its important to note however the training is not really sports specific.

5. We take simple compound exercise pairings and put them together and have the athlete alternate between them for 5 minutes at about 50-60% loading going rep for rep. Each session the athlete will try and do more reps within the same amount of time or try for more reps within 30s chunks of the whole 5 minutes. Some of your might recognize this as EDT style training. Between 5 minute work block we can schedule 5 minute mobility and balancing work. Got tight shoulders mobilise those and strength your upper back. Got tight hips look to add a yoga flow or some bodyweight lunge and leg stretches.

6. Pairings should try and hit as many muscle groups as possible and work well as upperbody/lower splits and upper body, upper body split. Having lowerbody exercises paired would probably be too fatiguing and defeat the point of aerobic intent of this type of training. You could always try Sumo Deadlift/Weighted Pushups or Overhead Press/Barbell Rows. Hopefully now you have enough to build your own 2-3 week barbell based GPP program.

Article 3 and Highlights

Author: Cassie Dionee

Title: The Real Way to Train Your Stabilizers (Not 3 sets of 10)

Highlights:
1. Have you ever been to a physical therapist and been told you have something going on with your shoulder? Maybe the therapist calls it impingement, maybe tendinosis, or maybe he or she says it’s postural. Regardless, you’re told something is going on with your rotator cuff muscles and that you need to strengthen them.
The therapist then proceeds to show you some exercises with an elastic band and tells you to do 3 sets of 8 or 10 reps for each. You know, to increase the strength of those muscles.

Sounds logical, right?

Here’s the thing: stabilizers aren’t strong in the first place, nor are they meant to be. And unless you’re rehabilitating from a surgery, then training them in strength sets and reps is actually a waste of time. I know you’re likely disagreeing with me, so read on and I will explain the function of our stabilizing muscles and how to properly train them so you can see the light.

2. Postural stabilizer muscles work at the reflex level. They are anticipatory muscles, which means these muscles should be on and working before any movement actually occurs. In fact, they should be on before we even think about movement. This is different from our prime movers – those we have to think about.

The rotator cuff muscles need to beat the contractions of the lat, pec, and deltoid so they can suck the ball of your shoulder into the socket to stabilize it in order to allow the bigger prime movers to move the arm about its axis. They don’t need strength to do this; they need stability and motor control.

3. The problem is that people tend to associate stability with strength, when in fact strength work is absolutely not stability.

Simply activating and strengthening postural muscles does not mean they will start to work at the reflexive level. This means you can have an incredibly strong rotator cuff, but if it is slow to work, then you will still have pain and dysfunction. It also means you are wasting energy training strength when what you really need to be training is stability.

You can have fantastic stability, or motor control, in one position, but have it go to hell in a handbasket in another. This is why we need to focus on motor control and movement. We need to know which pattern is dysfunctional. That pattern is the weakest link, and that is the breakdown in the system.

4. The most common causes of compensation and poor processing (in other words, things that negatively affect motor control) include:

Sedentary or deconditioned state (if you don’t use it, you lose it)
Previous injury, instability, or structural deformity
Predisposition to hypermobility (the joints don’t communicate as tightly with the muscles)

5. Therefore, the best way to train these muscles is to do so in a way that drives our reflexes to kick in. Looking again at the rotator cuff, the best way to do this is through traction or compression.

Traction – This is where things like loaded carries come in. A suitcase or farmers carry forces the rotator cuff muscles to fire by reflex simply by holding something heavy.
Compression – The same thing happens to the joint during compression that happens during an overhead carry or Turkish get up.

Article 4 and Highlights

Author: Mike Dewar

Title: The Best Warm-Up Routines to Improve Your Fitness, Workout, and Health

Article 5 and Highlights

Author: Dan Bell

Title: Pain of Discipline or Pain of Regret

Highlights

When we are all in, we are committing ourselves to doing the things we always don’t want to do. We are going to face pain, we are going to hurt, whether it is emotional or physical pain. But do we want to face it in practice or competition?

If we face the pain and discomfort in practice, it is the pain of discipline. If we only face the pain during competition, it usually turns into the pain of regret.

Note: All material is taken from websites provided. Highlights are taken word for word unless otherwise noted. Quotes are not used as a result.

Weekly Digest # 1

The weekly digest draws inspiration from people like Eric Cressey and Tony Gentilcore. It’s not always going to be “current”. Rather, it will be pertinent to what I am studying and I will share the highlights.

This week covers August 10th through the 17th. The topics covered will range from business, finance, physical training, mindset, and anything else I am interested in reading. Without any further ado, here is Gorilla Strength’s first Weekly Digest. Enjoy!

Note from Gorilla Strength: Unless noted, highlights are taken directly from source. I will make comments from time to time and it will be made clear. For this reason, quotes are not included.

Article 1 Highlights:

Author: Vern Gambetta

Title: Periodization – Myths & Reality, A Coaches Perspective

Highlights:

  1. Over the years the best translations were done by Jess Jarver, they were accurate and without apparent bias (he was not trying to sell anything, just educate). Often I would compare the Jarver translations with the Yessis translations and it was as if there were not even the same articles. Jarver’s material in Modern Athlete and Coach and in his books was very helpful.
  2. Traditional periodization literature is heavily drug biased, if you look carefully at the various theoretical periodization models they are essentially drug cycles. This has been validated by the writing of Berendonk and Franke in their in-depth study of GDR Systematic Doping – “Doping: From Research to Deceit” and this excellent article in Clinical Chemistry. 1997 Jul;43 (7):1262-79.
  3. In traditional thinking about periodization there is an over emphasis on time when in actuality it is all about timing of the training stimulus and the interaction of the various training stimuli. This seems to get lost in the translation. Very simply I look at training as having a period of preparation, a period of adaptation and then a period of application. The length of those periods varies with the sport and the athlete.
  4. Pedagogy is the science of teaching, great teacher lesson plan. They teach the lesson, evaluate the lesson, revise it and deliver another lesson. That is what we do as coaches, no more, no less.
  5. Fundamentally, our body works on and is influenced by various circadian rhythms. These rhythms control the sleep to wake cycle, heart rate, blood pressure, neuromuscular coordination, body temperature, pain tolerance, and the menstrual cycle. If the training cycles are in conflict with the body cycles then the athlete will not get the optimum return from the training.
  6. Periodization has been portrayed as a strict model which it is not, it is a concept. As a concept periodization is an educated attempt to predict future performance based on evaluation of previous competition, training results and what we know from science about the body’s adaptive response to stress. 
  7. To be more effective the long term planning should focus on global themes and training priorities based on competition performance, training, and testing data from previous years. Think of it as the table of contents of a book. It directs the reader to each chapter for more detail. The detailed planning of the microcycle and the individual training sessions is where focus needs to be for planning to be more effective and practical.
  8. We must consider the drug influence/bias in traditional periodization models developed in the former eastern bloc nations. 
  9. There has been an overemphasis on volume loading relating to the previous point. 
  10. The reality and demands of the extended competitive schedule that exists today. In classical periodization competition was strictly controlled and limited. 
  11. A serious decline of basic physical fitness levels and fundamental movement skills at the developmental level. Even elite athletes do not have the broad base of movement skills that the athletes had when I began coaching in the late sixties. This necessitates a remedial emphasis throughout the athlete’s career because this was not incorporated in the foundation.

Article 2 Highlights:

Author: Adam Grant

Title: He never gave his last lecture

Highlights:

1. Great mentors don’t give answers. They ask questions.

2. Great mentors are proactive, not reactive. They don’t just respond to outreach; they reach out to their mentees.

3. Great mentors see more potential in their mentees than their mentees see in themselves.

4. Great mentors focus on their mentees’ success, not on their own.

Article 3 Highlights:

Author: Adam Bornstein

Title: Tabata Training, Fat Loss, and the Intensity Effect

Highlights:

  1. Tabata protocol is 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 8 rounds (8 min)
  2. Tabata protocol and tabatas are different. The original study by Dr. Tabata was conducted on a bike. You can use the protocol for various exercises but once you extend the time or rounds it becomes less intense, taking away the desired effect.
  3. To go longer, do 10 seconds on and 30 seconds of rest or low intensity work and repeat for 8 rounds. Rest 1 minute then you can repeat for 3-4 more times. This allows for a shorter workout and enough rest between to ensure high intensity throughout.

Article 4 Highlights:

Author: Christian Jarrett

Title: The Braggart’s Dilemma: How to Promote Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Highlights:

  1. Selling Yourself: In 2010, psychologist Nurit Tal-Or found that participants disliked a fictional character “Avi” who bragged about his exam results if he, and not his conversation partner, brought up the topic of exams. But if the friend brought up the topic, then Avi could boast all he wanted (even if he wasn’t asked directly about his grades)—the participants still thought he was a nice guy. This result provides a useful reminder, especially to quiet types, that it is sometimes acceptable to brag—especially if you’re in an interview or other assessment situation, the fact is people will often expect you to stand up for your own achievements.
  2. By contrast, “self-improvement” claims, such as “I am better than I used to be” and non-comparative claims, such as “I am a good friend” attracted favorable ratings. The lesson here is clear: if your boast involves claiming your superiority over others, then you’re at grave risk of entering jerk territory. Try to focus on selling your own achievements without taking cheap shots at your colleagues or rivals.
  3. The result shows how we tend not to trust positive claims that people make about themselves; yet we trust the exact same claims far more when they’re made by someone else, even someone likely to be biased, such as a friend or hired agent.
  4. Candidates could get away with making self-promotional boasts when the participants were distracted.
  5. People who made self-enhancing statements were actually rated as more likeable.

Article 5 Highlights:

Author: Scott Dinsmore

Title: The “Magic” formula for getting faster results, going full-time, & Doing it all

Highlights:

  1. Think for a second about how you’re spending your time.
    What do you know deserves your attention? What will allow you to have your biggest impact? What fun new sexy shiny objects and ideas are detracting from that? What needs to die so something else can thrive?
  2. If you want to do it all, stop trying to do it all. Focus on one thing right now. Save the rest for later.
  3. We have a million ideas, many of which sound pretty cool and exciting. But we hold off on going all-in on any of them because we’re afraid we’ll pick the wrong path or that the one we choose will fail. So we try to work a little on everything. But in doing so we deprive all of them of the two ingredients most important for making them work – focus and action. Our fear of failure leads us to act in a way that dramatically increases our odds of failing. Go figure.
  4. Perpetual dabbling kills possibility. Yes, exploring and experimenting are crucial steps, but at some point dabbling becomes an excuse for not drawing your line in the sand, going all-in and doing the work.
  5. Less dabbling. More focused action – No matter what your stage or how advanced you are.
    This applies just as much to those just starting as it does to those already building and working on your thing full-time. The shiny objects and dabbling always have to be reigned in. I’m no different.
    And the solution is not to decide to cram every idea and interest into one venture or career. That’s the same problem in disguise. The only way to effectively do that is to start with just one right now. That focus might give you a chance to incorporate some of the others later on.
  6. If you want a chance at pursuing all of your wild, crazy, fun ideas, you have to be willing to put them all on hold for now. All but one.
  7. Keep a long list of ideas and future projects that grows much much faster than what I’m able to build and accomplish. Sometimes that’s frustrating. Sometimes that causes me to try to do too much. Plus, it’s exciting knowing I have a stockpile of possibility saved up for later. Leaving a few stones unturned is a good thing.

And that’s it for Weekly Digest. All highlights are taken from sources unless explicity annotated. Hope you enjoyed!