We Don’t DO Because We ARE, We ARE Because We DO

If you want to practice more……… Practice more.

If you want to stop eating crap…… Stop eating crap.

If you want to think more positively…. Think more positively.

If you want to sleep more….. Sleep more.

If you want to train more…. Train more.

If you want to be more organized…… Be more organized.

If you want to wake-up early…… Wake-up early.

If you want to be more disciplined…. Be more disciplined.

Jocko Willink

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You might laugh at the simplicity of the advice, but you would be missing the point. We become what we do. We don’t do because we are. We are because we do. He explains his philosophy in this short 4-minute video.

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If you want to change who you are, you must first change what you do. The advice that Jock Willink offers is not complicated. It is clear, concise, and straightforward. I highly recommend his books (click images for links to Amazon).

There are some effective strategies, like Mel Robbins 5-Second Rule which helps you overcome fear and procrastination, but ultimately you must do to become. As she puts it, “You cannot control how you feel. But you can always choose how you act.” Learn more,The 5 Second Rule – Overcoming the Habit of Procrastination

 “Do the things you fear, and the death of fear is certain.” Tom Hopkins

You must force yourself to do something long enough for it to become a habit. Once the behavior has become a habit, it will form your character. We form habits, and then they form us. First, you must act, then you will become. Here are a few more strategies to help you DO MORE and PROCRASTINATE LESS.

Discipline & Procrastination are Habits, NOT Personality Traits

PAIN & PLEASURE -USE THEM OR THEY WILL USE YOU

THE SURPRIZING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR

The Habit: Week-9 (Identify ONE Bad Habit, Interrupt and Replace It)

The Habit: Week-10 (Develop Consistency through Accountability)

For things to change, we must change. The great news is we can change. We can begin the process right now. Apply the strategies and begin the process. Don’t let any more time slip through your fingers. We get one shot at this thing, make it count!

“We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle

 Change your habits, change your life! 

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Don’t Let Your Mind Become a Prison

We all get stuck in our head. Psychologists theorize that every time we hesitate to act, our minds begin to magnify our fears and rationalize why we shouldn’t move. Many Christians believe that the devil fights us in our mind because if he can defeat us there, he has won.

Wither you attribute it to the devil, or the cognitive bias called the spotlight effect fear and doubts, can immobilize us. It can trap us in our heads and cause us to give up before we have even tried.

Successful people feel fear, but they don’t let it stop them. They suffer failures because they are pushing themselves to do things that are uncomfortable. Successful people will tell you that if you aren’t failing occasionally, you aren’t even in the game.

If you haven’t experienced any failures, you are most likely a victim of fear. Do you hesitate to take actions you know could propel your life forward? Do you stay in a relationship that is dysfunctional only because you are scared to be alone? Do you rationalize why it is too late, or you just don’t have the time to pursue a lifelong dream?

If you feel you are a victim of your fears, there is a solution. It is very simple, but it isn’t easy.The coward and the hero both experience fear, but the hero acts, while the coward lets the fear paralyze them. The same is true of life. You must overcome your fear through action. We cannot control our emotions, but we can control our actions.

When you feel yourself beginning to hesitate you must move, literally. Our physiology and psychology are linked. The best way to get out of your head is to initiate movement. In the military, we were taught to move towards the sounds of guns in the absence of orders.

When you initiate physical movement, you are getting out of your head. You are programming yourself to act in the face of fear. A funny thing happens when you habitually act in the face of fear, you become fearless. So often we are worried about what others will think of us, only to realize later in life how little we should have cared about their opinions. Life is risky. How risky? So risky that no one gets out alive. That’s risky!

Steve Jobs

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

I hope you will not let fear stop you from reaching your full potential and pursuing your dreams. For those pursuing their dreams life holds special meaning. If you aren’t pursuing your dreams, you aren’t truly living, you are simply existing.

 Adopt the habit of taking action, despite your fears, and the death of fear is certain. Change your habits, change your life! 

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Knowledge is NOT Power

“Knowledge is power.” — Francis Bacon

Francis was WRONG. Knowledge is potential power. It must be applied. Reading a fitness or self-help book isn’t going to improve your life. Using the principles, you learn, will.

“Knowledge is NOT power. Action is power.” – Tony Robbins

Action produces results. Knowledge and intentions, unapplied produce NOTHING. In fact, while I highly encourage people to read as much as possible, it can be a form of procrastination. Learning cannot replace action.

Discipline is more potent than knowledge because discipline requires action. Actions produce results. Disciplined people have a bias toward action. Disciplined people avoid the trap of getting stuck in their head.

Disciplined people balance learning and doing. Disciplined people show-up consistently and work hard. They don’t have to have the best solution. Often the path forward isn’t clear until you move forward. Disciplined people move forward.

Disciplined people hammer away on their project, they stay focused on their goals, and they put in the work, day after day, week after week. They accomplish much more than the geniuses that overthink things.

Today, most of us have smartphones; vast amounts of information in the palm of our hands. If knowledge were power, we would all be powerful. Learning is important. We want to apply the best strategy for achieving our goals, just don’t let your search for the best strategy become a form of active procrastination.

We don’t need more information, we need more discipline. In many ways, our smartphone is a curse. It is a constant source of distraction. One of the first disciplines we need to adapt to be more efficient is to ignore our smartphone. When I want to get work done, I charge it on a desk behind me.

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I learned discipline in the army. I enlisted as an infantryman, and while at Fort Benning, I was told that discipline is doing what you should do, whether anyone is watching or not. Later I became an officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Like many graduates, I was appalled to see the breakdown in discipline when a graduating cadet was texting while marching in formation.

I am sure that cadet is very intelligent, but I doubt she will be successful, based on the poor discipline and judgment she displayed. She knew, knowledge; that what she was doing was wrong, but she lacked the discipline to do the right thing. Education without the discipline to apply it produces poor results.

This lapse in discipline might not seem severe, but it is. Everything matters. Do you think this is the first time she had done it? Do you think this was an isolated incident? If you said yes to any of these questions, you would be naïve. Everything matters. Everything is a reflection of our character.

We should all read and learn, but we can not forget that learning is not doing. When we apply what we know, knowledge becomes power.

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SELF MASTERY & THE STORY OF TWO WOLVES

 THE STORY OF TWO WOLVES

There is a famous a Cherokee legendabout the battle between two wolves. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”[i]

No one is without sin. We are all capable of doing great and terrible things. Inside each of us is a battle between these two wolves. What separates the virtuous person from the evil person is their decisions; thoughts married to actions.Nothing is inconsequential. Every action is taking us in one direction or another. People often wish they were more disciplined so they could take more disciplined action, but life doesn’t work that way. We must make more disciplined decisions to become more disciplined. Courage comes from overcoming fear, not wishing you were braver or wishing the fear was less intense.

We don’t have to start big, in fact, it’s recommended we start by taking small steps. The important thing is to start. Virtue requires deliberate effort. Start small, and build-up the virtue gradually. If you are scared of heights and want to overcome your fear, you might start by jumping into the water from a high of 10 feet before gradually building the courage to jump from a 10-meter platform.

Discipline is at the root of all good virtues. Discipline requires strength of character. You could boil down the story of two wolves to the struggle between strength and weakness. At the root of all vile actions is a weakness of character. Life is a battle of inches. We are either gaining or losing territory each day, each hour, each minute. Everything matters. We are either feeding virtue, or we are feeding vice. We are either becoming more disciplined or less disciplined. Every decision, every action, is either feeding the strong wolf or the weak one. The one we feed the most will form our character.

It has been my observation that people that will lie about seemingly small, inconsequential matters will lie about other matters. It should come as no surprise when a man, who cheats on his wife, also embezzles money from his company. You might think these things are unrelated, but they aren’t. They all come down to the man’s character. Everything is connected.

Some employers want to know a job candidate’s credit score. Why do you think that is? Why should they want to know that information? How could that information possibly affect the candidate’s ability to perform their duties and responsibilities? The hiring company wants to know if the person is responsible. A person that doesn’t exercise responsibility for their personal finances is unlikely to exercise responsibility at work. I made a peculiar observation as a young man. I noticed that the guys that didn’t wear seatbelts were also the ones that said they didn’t always have safe sex. The reasons in both instances were the same. It isn’t comfortable. It doesn’t feel good. They chose feeling good over being safe and responsible.

When we think something we do is an isolated event, we are lying to ourselves. It matters. Everything matters. Everything is feeding one wolf or the other. One is becoming stronger with each decision. We can change the trajectory of our life by constantly asking ourselves before making each decision, which wolf am I going to be feeding; the strong wolf or the weak wolf? It’s an easy question to answer. If we are doing what feels good vs. what our instincts are telling us to do, we are feeding the weak wolf.

I challenge you to make the little decisions that will nourish your strong wolf. These actions are often easy to do, but of course what is easy to do, is even easier to neglect. Neglect is an infection that we need to inoculate ourselves from by feeding our strong wolf. These small wins will lead to bigger wins. Habitually overcoming weakness will become a positive addiction.

Get excited about crushing these weak feelings. Get excited about feeding your strong wolf and developing your discipline. Discipline is like a muscle. It becomes stronger through repetition and effort. Anticipate the feeling of triumph overcoming weakness will provide. Every early morning workout will make you feel like a winner. Every pound lost, will make you feel like a winner. It will make you feel more in control of your emotions, more in control of your body, more in control of your LIFE!

When we feed the weak wolf, we are losing control of our life.Discipline helps us take back control. We will not win every battle, but if we don’t fight we’ll lose every battle, and we will fall into depression. Action is the cure for depression. Depression is caused by a feeling of powerlessness over our life. Taking ownership of your problems and the solutions to those problems is very empowering. It leads to the positive actions that help us escape depression. It’s a simple formula, but it is difficult for people that have developed the habit of feeding their weak wolf by giving into their feelings of hopelessness.

Progress makes us happy because we feel in control of our lives. As Tony Robin often says, “Progress equals happiness.Progress is the game.” Progress affirms our belief in ourselves and our ability to take control of our results. It reaffirms our belief that we are in control of our life. When we become more disciplined, we no longer feel like a victim of circumstances out of our control. We shouldn’t wish for better circumstances, we should wish we were better.

Waiting for better circumstances or opportunities to just show up and ring the doorbell is naive at best. Hope isn’t a method. Instead of wishing for fewer problems, wish you had more solutions. Instead of wishing for a more favorable economy, wish you had more skills. Instead of wishing for a more favorable wind, wish you had a better sail. Bruce Lee said, “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” Life challenges everyone. You can rip January from the calendar, but winter will come just the same. Instead of wishing winter away, prepare for winter.

Complaining about life’s realities and wishing they were different is a waste of time and makes you life’s victim. Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. Instead of wasting your time and energy wishing your life was better, spend your time becoming more than you are. Focus on becoming stronger, smarter, more skilled, friendlier, BETTER.

We all fail and come up short, but the surest way to win is to always try one more time. Every single day, we start again. Every day you’ll have multiple opportunities to feed either the strong wolf or the weak one. Whichever one you most consistently feed is going to shape your character and determine your life’s direction. I challenge you will great love and respect to, FEED THE STRONG WOLF! Get excited about forging a new body; one molded by the cauldron of your iron will and sculpted with the chisel of self-discipline.

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The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit, including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Setpointto Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques, have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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[i] The First People, Native American Legends Two Wolves, http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/TwoWolves-Cherokee.html.

DREAM BIG! Conservative Goals Don’t Inspire

We often fail to dream big because we lack self-confidence. The problem with setting small, realistic goals is that they aren’t very inspiring or motivating. To inspire means to breathe life into, and motivation is the desire to take action. You want to dream big. Big goals inspire and motivate you. Big goals are what get you jumping out of bed. Even if we don’t achieve all of our big goals, we will achieve so much more than if we set small, realistic goals. When setting goals, don’t worry about how; worry about why.

Why-power is more important than know how. When our why is big enough, we will find a way. We either find someone to model, or we’ll discover how through trial and error. It is always best to take advice from someone who has achieved our desired result and learn from them. If we duplicate their actions, we should be able to duplicate their results. Our why-power is what will get us going and keep us going until we achieve our desired result. The problem with most people isn’t that they aim too high and fail; it is that they aim to low and succeed. When self-doubt creeps in, we just need to ask ourselves, “is it possible?” If anyone else has done it, and we do what they have done, why couldn’t we duplicate their success?

Dreaming big, and working consistently toward our desired result is the key to any great achievement. If we let the length of our journey intimidate us, we’ll never begin. Any distance can be covered, if we just keep taking one step after the other. Instead of focusing on the great expanse we must cover, simply focus on the next step. Each step taken is another sign of our inevitable triumph. Don’t be intimidated by big goals, get inspired by them.

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”

— Jim Rohn

Success isn’t one massive effort. Success is achieved through small efforts repeated daily. The largest tree will eventually fall if you simply took five swings at it each day. Focus on taking at least one action every day. Every day is the key. When we don’t do something every day and we allow ourselves to miss a day; one day becomes two days, and pretty soon we develop the habit of not doing it at all. Consistency is crucial. If you can only spend 15 minutes working toward your goal today, do it. Your daily efforts will eventually compound to produce your desired result.

Dream big, get motivated and focus on taking consistent-daily action.

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The book contains:

  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit, including Alcohol
  • 20-Week Workout Log with Progress Assessments (Downloadable PDF)
  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Setpointto Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques, have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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