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Put in the Work or Just Give Up

I taught yoga to a Roller Derby team once and they were the hardest working group I’d ever taught to.  Despite it being mostly all their first time doing yoga, they put in the work and they supported each other along the way.  They didn’t make excuses when their arms started shaking, they didn’t complain about not knowing what they were doing, they tried and they pushed through.  That takes a special type of grit and toughness that is hard to come by these days.

And forget about yoga, I know that team acts the same way with everything else they do in life. They have a goal and they do whatever it takes.

No excuse will stop them from doing the work it will take to achieve their goal.

That can be a really hard concept to grasp in a world where we can buy almost anything immediately.  But results, real honest results, take extreme patience, hard work, time and the ability to say “F excuses, I’m doing it anyway”.  And to be brutally honest, if putting in work isn’t for you then you might as well just give up on the dream because you’re never going to get it by only being half in.  It’s the yo-yo effect, the “I was on a diet last week but this week I have too much to do so I’ll just eat fast food and end up gaining more weight than when I started.”  Why waste your time if you’re not going to be fully committed.

Hear me out.  Whatever your goal is, you have to put in the work 100%, be all in. Day in and day out, even when you have a million other things to do, even when you’re not feeling it.  The dream has to be more important than the struggle it will take to get there.

Put in the work or just give up.

I hope you choose to put in the work because it is so worth it

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Patience Please, I’m Building a Dream

Let’s talk about the grind.  Not the daily grind, but the long-term, year after year grind.

In Chinese astrology, it’s the year of the Fire Rooster. Roosters can literally grind at something for years and not feel the need to get rewarded until the task is complete.  They know the reward will come when the work is done. So they grind. They push. They keep working and they don’t stop.

This is the perfect year to do just that.  To separate the reward from the work.  To grind like never before.  We are officially in month two of 2017 so here is what I want you to do.  I want you to email me your long term goal.  I want you to tell me how you are going to achieve the goal and what you are going to do this month to start the process.  This is what I’m going to do. I’m going to hold you accountable.  I’m going to email you at the end of the month and make sure you are on track.  Because I’m rooting for you and I want you to succeed.

  • Find out what you are crazy obsessed about. 
  • Pick a long term goal related to that. 
  • Figure out the steps you need to take to get there and start today.
  • Like right now.

I’ll tell you mine. I’ve been debating doing a powerlifting meet for about a year now.  I finally bit the bullet and I’m going to do my first meet on April 9th. Now I have 10 more weeks to grind it out. To push myself like I quite literally never have before and to test my skills at the end of it. Why am I doing this? Because staying the same is boring. Living a life of the same is not on my agenda. So I find hobbies, become obsessed with them, learn as much as I can about them and then test my skills.

Find your obsession, learn everything you can about it, put the time in and grind, then your dream is there right in front of you for the taking.

lifestyle, Lifting, yoga

Be in this for the long haul

Change does not happen overnight. Change takes months of consistency and hard work. fullsizerenderYears of pushing yourself to your max and doing things even when you just don’t feel like it doing it. Nothing is easy and everything takes time.

We live in a world where we can get pretty much anything we want relatively fast. And it’s created this sense of urgency in everything we do.  We want to lose 10 pounds in 5 days.  We want to be able to do headstand after 1 week of practicing yoga.  Let me just tell you now, that life is not sustainable. It’s not real. The work and time has to be put in if you want long term success.  You could probably throw yourself up in a headstand after just a few yoga classes or drop a few pounds in a week but you wouldn’t have built the foundation it took to maintain that long term.  You would soon crumble down or throw yourself into a rut or worse, delay your progress because you did too much, too fast, and too soon.

It’s so beautiful though — when someone dedicates an appropriate amount of time to something and accomplishes it. Even more so to someone who has spent a whole year working towards it, grinding at it, relentless and determined.

When I fall in love with something, like yoga or lifting, I want to be able to do it for the rest of my life. So short term goals are fun but I’m in it for the long haul, I want to be able to do these things when I’m 70 years old. With that in mind, I set appropriate goals for myself, I listen to my body when it needs a break and I honor my edge.  I’m not scared to push myself but I respect that things take time. Foundation needs to be laid in order to build.

Build your foundation, trust your body and jump when it’s ready. You’ll know.

lifestyle, Lifting, yoga

What Would a Pro Do?

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You know that feeling when it’s 5:30, you just got done work, your exhausted, beat, dead tired. The only thing you want to do is go home.  But you are supposed to go to the gym/yoga/insert your activity here.  And in an instant you must decide to push through and go, or to give in and go home.

It’s only an instant. A moment.

Because once you make up your mind to go home it’s over, there is no turning back from there. You won’t ask yourself again what you should do because going home is the easy thing to do.  But you’ll never get to where you want to be by going home.

The moment I decided to switch how I responded to that question, it completely changed how I looked at going to the gym & yoga. Now, when I ask myself do I go to the gym or do I go home, it’s a no brainer.  As soon as the “I don’t feel like going to the gym” pops into my head, I ask myself “what would a pro do?”.   Would a professional athlete go home or go to the gym? Obviously they would go to the gym. They would get it done.  It’s not just a workout, it’s training.  Because their long term goal is far more important than spending extra time on the couch watching The Bachelor.  I don’t go to the gym to work out, I go to the gym to train.  I don’t go to yoga just take a yoga class and get on with my day, I go to specific yoga classes with specific yoga teachers that will provide me with yoga training.

It might seem weird at first to compare yourself to a professional athlete but step into that role. Think and act like a professional to get professional results.

And honestly, you will feel so much better and more energized after you go to the gym/yoga anyway.

In short, next time you are deciding what to do, step into the question as a professional, remember your long term goals and get it done.

lifestyle, Lifting, yoga

The Yoga of Lifting

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I always notice it the moment I sit up after savasana and more so driving home.  Complete euphoria. Joy and serenity at its purest moment.  It’s hard to explain how it happens really, or why.  I just know it’s there.

Surprisingly to me, I started noticing the same exact feeling after lifting.  I’d get in my car, head home and that euphoria would set in.

The gym for me used to be dreadful before I met the barbell.  Now it’s a sanctuary as much as my favorite yoga studio is.  The barbell is equal to my yoga mat.  Both provide me strength, confidence, muscle, peace.  Both knock me down when I am feeling a little too ego driven and both build me up when I’m feeling dreadfully unsubstantial.
You see there is nothing like the feeling of being able to deadlift 200+ pounds. Feeling strong is the biggest confidence builder I have ever come across.  There is also nothing like the feeling of your first crow pose lift off or conquering that pose you’ve been working on for so long.  Finding that perfect balance just before your edge.  I believe the thrill comes from constantly challenging yourself. Pushing and testing your limits.

There will always be people who can lift more than you, or who can hold handstand and do all of these crazy poses better than you.  But what makes yoga so amazing and what makes lifting equally as amazing is that you can come to your mat or barbell every time and know that the only thing you have to worry about is improving yourself.