Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Question of the Week...

Happy, Sad, Nervous - All At The Same Time

"How you respond to the challenge in the 2nd half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser." - Lou Holtz

It's hump day and the week is almost half over! What are you going to do to make sure you finish STRONG?!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Unlocking YOUR Potential...

In Santa Barbara:-)

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking your potential.”
– Winston Churchill

What stops YOU from hitting your FULL potential???

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mental WOD 18: To Legit to QUIT...

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“When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical."  - Emil Zatopek

Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. 
Am I tired? That doesn’t matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.”

When you’re new to training/ramping up your training/waking up earlier/pushing yourself to the next level mid-WOD, it’s shocking to your body.  Your body tells you to quit, to give up and do something easier– like sit down and catch your breath, or just go slower.  It’s easy to eat garbage or just not go to the gym.

But after you force yourself to workout a hundred or a thousand times, after you ignore the desire give up every workout, you get to a point where you forget that quitting is an option.  It’s not that you’re ignoring the voice in your head that tells you slow down, it’s not that you are resisting the urge to quit.  It’s that you’ve ignored that voice and resisted that urge so many times that you have completely forgotten that stopping is even possible.  You’ve temporarily forgotten what it means to quit.

If you know what I mean, then good for you.  If you doubt, don’t worry, you’ll get there.  Just be persistent, come to the gym when you’re supposed to and make yourself finish every workout– even if you’re the last one done.  

Don’t let yourself be a quitter and before you know it, you’ll forget that quitting was ever possible. 

Found from CrossFit Marin

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mental WOD 17: Sweat the Small Stuff...Sometimes

Never neglect the little things.
Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think; it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities.

You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
—Og Mandino

Small, seemingly insignificant acts are powerful agents of change and growth. Contrary to the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” small actions do add up, say Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, authors of The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference. In fact, small actions can change careers, relationships, well-being and the impact people have on the world.

I have taken the principles and recco'd them. For the original reasons why go to THIS POST on

You are what you repeatidly do. Before you start your day, think about how you can add or do more for you, your family, health, savings, personal growth, etc..., learn something new, or improve your skills and performance. Repeat the process daily and you will reap rewards.
  Whisper words of encouragement to a friend or co-worker. CALL OUT someone who is slacking. Don't leave something unfinished.
  It is often said that, "More is caught then taught". Be the example by your actions, not your words.
Ask small questions. Don’t be afraid to ask why and why not. If you admire someone’s success, be nosy about why they achieved it. Ask for the specific steps they took and how they reached their goals.
  Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves that we can't truly see who we are in reality. Recruit a friend to give you an honest look at YOU. Most times you know who you really are and just need a PEP TALK.
It can be as modest as giving your spouse a break by offering to walk the dog or helping a coworker get a rush project to FedEx. Once is good, often is much better. The effects can last longer than you think.
Whether it’s chatting with the bank teller, the woman behind you in the movie line or the person at the coffee counter, small talk is a lost art, especially when everyone is communicating by BlackBerry or Facebook. Small personal exchanges can brighten the day, help change your perspective, even spark a business deal or great love story.
Look for ways to insert a positive impression, no matter how small, into every encounter. Pay a compliment, bring extra treats to the dog park, hold the elevator for the straggler in the lobby, or keep and share an extra umbrella in your office. Something I have learned through my wife is, writing thank you cards. It is such a small and POWERFUL form of GRADITUTE.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

How BAD Do YOU Want It???

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Some video's just speak to me. They shake something loose inside of me and really wake me up.

People say that want to be successful. The cool thing about life is YOU have to prove it!

My favorite line of this video: "If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful."