Fast Friday Five
1. Own Your Past- Where you are in life, in business, or on the sporting field is exactly where you are supposed to be because of the opportunities you seized, you let drift away, or you faulted on. Reflect whats got you to this point. Was it extra time spent or not put forth? Was it a risk you took or a missed opportunity? Maybe you are a small reflection of the people you choose to spend your TIME with. Know that you are not a victim or a result of circumstance; you are a product of the reACTION you chose toward your life "happenings". I've been cut from a team, been demoted after injury, had my heartbroken, judged others harshly, reacted sourly, "seen some shit" and its all led me to become BETTER for it.
-Your trail needs both green pastures and storm clouds alike for the most enjoyable view-
2. Set your compass to "True North" - Decide what you want and more importantly why you want it and always keep your foot on the pedal in moving on up towards your goal. If its a gigantic yacht, a starting role on the Wauwatosa Spartans football team or a front cover spot on "US" Weekly Mag... so be it. As long as you know why you want "it" you don't have to justify "it" to anyone but yourself. Once you figure out where you're headed, share your journey with those whom you can either carry with you or those who will keep you moving on up. True North to me = congruence of thought, word, and action toward your very own "strongest" principles.
3. Act as If- When I was a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, my head was in the clouds. I found a fitness idol, Martin Rooney! He talked the talk, walked the walk, trained champions and motivated me to the nth degree! Seven or eight years later the guy still motivates me and inspires me. Only now I know a little more and more importantly have put that knowledge into ACTION. Start where you are and let what you're passionate about CONSUME you. If you want to be a "Fitness Coach/Freak/Expert/Motivational Guru" than be it. Eat your broccoli, sprint/jump/lift/sweat, research, and find what motivates you...than pass it on. It might start with you motivating a mirror or choking down that "cheesy broccoli crap"... but that's okay START SOMEWHERE--WHERE EVER YOU ARE..NOW!
-Life is like an acceleration start; you have to extend and push yourself to get somewhere-
4. Learn from the best- Issac Newton once said, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." I came to NX Level to learn from the best. I got advice from a guy who trained NFL athletes, watched a pro strongman demolish weight and than delicately teach a squat to a 12 year old girl, I watched my buddy establish himself as a coach and organize his way to a management position, and I listened to the articulate dissection and directions of a University professor/coach. Watch and learn and constantly try and find better ways of doing things... In fact, I think it best to subscribe to the idea that You don't know what you know until you know what you don't know. Coaches need coaches too. Success patterns favor those who are "humble-hardworking-believers" that understand how to network and attest to the "WE not ME" mentality.
5.Quit Playing by the rules - In Luke 6:26, scripture speaks "woe unto you when all men speak well of you." Love it. Fact of the matter was, Jesus didn't stick to protocol... Pissed off a lot of people indeed. Identify with his boldness and "be" that verse a little more. If you stick to your guns, to your true north principals, and are all-in with what you believe; chances are you're going to piss someone off (someone right now is probably sour about me referencing scripture)..You don't have to break rules either--great phenomenons are often a result of curiosity. Imagine if back in 1934 Ken Sailors would've just kept tossing the ball from between his legs to the basketball hoop. The world would have never got to experience a Michael Jordan "fadeway"...and I know their would've never been a "Showtime" kick.
-Champions are born through curiosity, competition, and conviction-