Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Good Change or Bad Change?

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” 
 John C. Maxwell

Change can be a bad thing or a great thing. But since it is mandatory why don't you make it work for you.

How do you handle change?


Monday, November 21, 2011

Mental WOD #19: Self Confidence Formula

I was looking through some old files this weekend and came across something that I used to recite daily after I read, "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.

The subconscious mind, is the chemical laboratory in which all thought impulses are combined, and made ready for translation into physical reality, and makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses. It works with the material we feed it, through our thought impulses. The subconscious mind will translate into reality a thought driven by FEAR just as readily as it will translate into reality a thought driven by COURAGE, or FAITH.

Train your brain and self confidence just like you do with your body. The stronger your brain gets the more potential you physically get.

Remember when we talk about your Self WOD talk.

What do you say to yourself during the 3 round of a throttle fest WOD?
What about right before you are about to attempt a weight you have tried yet?

I know if I train my brain better then you train your brain...I WILL WIN!

Here you go...You it and abuse it!.

The Self Confidence Formula:

First – I know that I have the ability to achieve the objective of my Definite Purpose in life therefore, I DEMAND of myself persistent, continuous action towards its attainment and I here and now promise to render such action.

Second – I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, therefore; I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person. 

Third – I know through the principle of auto-suggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object of it, therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of SELF-CONFIDENCE. 

Fourth – I have clearly written down a description of my DEFINITE CHIEF AIM in life and I will never stop trying until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment. 

Fifth – I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.  I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people.  I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others.  I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success.  I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them and in myself. 

I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day with full FAITH that it will gradually influence my THOUGHT AND ACTIONS so that I will become a self-reliant and successful person.

                       Your name: __________________________________


Friday, November 18, 2011

Time Can Be On YOUR Side...

Dressed TO Impress

I found this post that has really made a difference in my day. I used to believe if I write down a to-do list everything would magically get done. The problem is, our day's are filled with distractions. Creating this type of routine everyday no matter how you 'feel', no matter how 'busy' you get, will result in you 'getting things done' and moving forward everyday. In the beginning it is going to take constant reminders, double checking yourself, setting phone/calendar alarms, but just like any new habit, once you make it automatic you will reap the benefits.

P.T.S. your thoughts.

An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day - HarvardBusiness.org:

Managing our time needs to become a ritual too. Not simply a list or a vague sense of our priorities. That's not consistent or deliberate. It needs to be an ongoing process we follow no matter what to keep us focused on our priorities throughout the day.
I think we can do it in three steps that take less than 18 minutes over an eight-hour workday.

STEP 1 (5 Minutes) Set Plan for Day. 
Before turning on your computer, sit down with a blank piece of paper and decide what will make this day highly successful. What can you realistically accomplish that will further your goals and allow you to leave at the end of the day feeling like you've been productive and successful? Write those things down.
Now, most importantly, take your calendar and schedule those things into time slots, placing the hardest and most important items at the beginning of the day. And by the beginning of the day I mean, if possible, before even checking your email. If your entire list does not fit into your calendar, reprioritize your list. There is tremendous power in deciding when and where you are going to do something.
If you want to get something done, decide when and where you're going to do it. Otherwise, take it off your list.
STEP 2 (1 minute every hour) Refocus. Set your watch, phone, or computer to ring every hour. When it rings, take a deep breath, look at your list and ask yourself if you spent your last hour productively. Then look at your calendar and deliberately recommit to how you are going to use the next hour. Manage your day hour by hour. Don't let the hours manage you.
STEP 3 (5 minutes) Review. Shut off your computer and review your day. What worked? Where did you focus? Where did you get distracted? What did you learn that will help you be more productive tomorrow?
The power of rituals is their predictability. You do the same thing in the same way over and over again. And so the outcome of a ritual is predictable too. If you choose your focus deliberately and wisely and consistently remind yourself of that focus, you will stay focused. It's simple.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Inner Potential...

Good Clean Weight Vest Fun:-)

On our track to success, we have to fight the tendency to look at others and see how far they’ve come. The only thing that counts is how we use the potential we possess and that we run our race to the best of our abilities. –Denis Waitley and Reni L. Witt

Do you compare yourself to others?

How's that 'working out' for you?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How Can I REALLY Change for the Better???

It happens all the time when someone is new to CrossFit or starting a new FITness regimen...They are motivated, excited going to conquer the world. 

Week 1: YOU are on FIRE!!!
Week 2: Feeling frisky and starting to 'feel' the results.
Week 3: Sore and fatiqued but still on the plan. 
Week 4: Oh no!...Missed a day or two. With a cheat meal or two. 
Week 5: Here comes all the justifications. 
Week 6: If YOU made it this far, good job and good luck. 

Think about this concept in other areas of your life: career, finances, relationships, etc...

“Why is it that some people are more successful than others?” 

What do successful people do different they the others that don't? 

To be successful in life is no secret.

Everyone had the same information? The same resources? The same amount of time in a day. 

Its the priniciple of knowing vs. doing? We know what to do, so why don't we do it? 

How do we change from knowing and to doing?  

There are 3 things that I learned from John Maxwell, need to happen for someone to change for the better.  

Hurt enough you have to: CrossFit is HARD! You get sore. You are challenged physically, mentally and emotionally to push yourself to your potential. Imagine when you start CrossFit you are a Honda Accord and you are being pushed to train like you are now a Ferrarri, not an easy task. You have to have some real goals. You have to be fed up with yourself and want better. It's gotta hurt on the inside for you to push yourself to be better. Because CrossFit is going to challenge you and see what you are made of. 

You learn enough you want to: Call it an epiphany. Call it divine intervention. Call it becoming empowered. Some of us our fortunate enough to see the light and not only figure out how CrossFit and Paleo works but how they finally figure out how it works in their lives. Once you do, you won't even think about going back to your old ways. 

Receive enough you are able to: Through the HARD work, consistency and self sacrifice you figure out this thing really works! It happens when your first pullup, first muscle up, first RX'd WOD or your crush a WOD you thought 'used to' be impossible and you want more! It is amazing to see the transformation in someone when this happens. When this happens you find that this is where the journey to ELITE FITness really begins and you can achieve anything you want too. 

I tell after the very 1st workout if someone is 'All Talk' or if someone is going to make things happen.