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Well, it’s been awhile (sometime in 2017 to be exact) since I’ve last logged anything related to my journey. So here’s a quick recap / state of the union.

At the end of 2017, I completed my personal athletic goal of competing at Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in Canada which was an absolute blast. It was the first time I ever did three back to back to back races in one weekend.

In 2018, I also took a step back from building my business with LifeVantage — to be honest, the flame sort of fizzled out. I believe it was caused by a combination of misaligned vision between me and the corporate team, as well as the target market that I envisioned myself leading versus the reality of the target market the company actually acquires. So I found myself in a transitional period which brought a lot of new opportunities in for me to grow my software consulting business. I was able to bring on three long term clients and a handful of one-off projects.

On the fitness side of 2018, there was no more enthusiasm for me to continue growing in the sport of OCR. Being able to compete at OCRWC was my pinnacle achievement as a casual mud runner. I’m also not a huge fan of running in training, so if I can’t enjoy the process, there’s no point in continuing. I felt as if setting a new goal in OCR would only happen because that’s what my OCR friends would expect from me instead of what I actually want to do. However I will be forever grateful to OCR and the community. OCR gave me a target goal to reach during my initial weight loss journey — it became less about just losing weight and more about doing things I never thought I could have before with people that share the same obstacles.

So in the transition period of my fitness life, I wanted to explore and try different training regimens. I even started a Youtube channel that would document me visiting different gyms around the country where I could dabble in different fitness domains. However that quickly ended, because I found something to satisfy my thirst for constant novelty — CrossFit.

First I fell in love with the sport of CrossFit. The CrossFit Games moved to Madison in 2017 where I was exposed to the sport for the first time. I had no idea what or who I was watching when I went to go check it out, since I was still focused on OCR at the time. Then I dug into all the documentaries, Youtube vlogs, and other media, and I immediately got hooked. The 2018 CrossFit Games rolls around, but this time I’m a fanboy. Right after the games, I decided to actually start doing CrossFit (August 2018).

After falling in love with the sport of CrossFit, I then fell in love with the method of CrossFit. I’ll explain in a later post why CrossFit fit me so well. However that passion for the method led me to the theory and the reason why CrossFit was created. Fast forward eight months, and now I’m doing everything I can to develop and grow my knowledge base to help others achieve their own personal goals through CrossFit.

And that’s my brief synopsis on what’s happened since where we last left off.

Boredom has an important function. because pushing through it can unleash creativity.

~Amy Dickinson

Day 1 (Monday, Jan. 30, 2017): Rest Day

Good ‘ol recovery day after the long run from last week.

Day 2: Easy Run (3 miles) & Volleyball

I ran a quick 3 miles at a 9:50 pace on an indoor track as a warm-up for the volleyball match! I love volleyball and I used to play in a league, but now I just play as a sub. I had to take a step back from volleyball to stay committed to my business and couldn’t commit to giving up evenings during the week. We crushed the other team 3-0! #SWEEP

I love playing other sports to spice up the fitness activities; it’s a great way to keep fitness fun.

Day 3: Strong Run (4 miles) & Back + Triceps

I was instructed to aim for a 10 minute pace, so I started at the 10 minute pace. Then I incremented by .1 mph at 2 miles, then at 3 miles. At 3.3 miles, I kicked it up to 6.5 mph and finished with an average pace of 9:48. I capped off the day with some free weight and machine exercises focusing on back and triceps.

I wanted to run PAST the finish line which is often necessary for quicker growth and results.

Day 4: 30 Minute Bike

Day 5: Rest Day

Day 6: Easy Run (3 miles)

Nothing too eventful here. I ran a 10:12 pace for the 3 miles.

Day 7: Long Run (6 miles) — Missed

Tsk tsk Anousone.

 

Overall this week wasn’t very eventful, but when things start to get a little boring, it’s important to add variety like playing different sports.

At the beginning of each year, everyone’s taking off from the start line towards their New Year’s resolutions with the majority of them being health related goals. Often we’ll see all of the Facebook posts complaining about how packed the gyms are and how all of these people will fail within a few weeks.

Instead of being one of those negative Nancys, I want you to take a different approach. Instead of tearing down all of these people and their goals to get their summer body, I want you to encourage them and wish for them to succeed instead of fail.

People that want others to fail are coming from a state of jealousy and comparitis.

They’re either afraid of people becoming better than them or they fear that they’ll get left behind because others are progressing in life. These people also just may want to be the “I told you so” guy. They’d rather be right than to see you succeed at your goals.

This doesn’t just apply to people and their New Year’s resolutions. This also applies to situations like the recent election and the new president with whom you may or may not agree with. Either way, President Elect Donald Trump is now our president and to hope that he fails is like hoping the pilot on your airplane fails and crashes. Everyone INCLUDING YOU on that airplane will die.

Is being “right” worth the suffering of everyone else? Instead of hoping that others fail, hope that they succeed.

The holidays are upon us! But that doesn’t mean the extra weight has to come along with it. Here are some tips to make sure your Thanksgiving weekend doesn’t derail you from your health goals.

1. Drink Lots of Water. Drink water before, during, and after your meal to help you feel fuller faster. And drink even more water if you think you’ll be grabbing the other kind of drinks.

2. Eat Before the Big Meal. Make sure to have breakfast and have some healthy snacks before the big Thanksgiving meal.

3. Get in a Morning Workout. Kickstart that metabolism and you’ll also start your day with a healthy state of mind.

4. If You’re Going to Snack, Pick Fruits and Veggies. Snacking is also a great way to prevent the urge for a second plate.

5. Fill 2/3 of Your Plate with Veggies First. Your plate should have the colors of the rainbow before you get to the meats and the fun sides.

6. Eat Slow and Stop Eating When You’re Full. It helps to engage in conversation while you’re eating to slow you down from inhaling your food.

7. Use a Smaller Plate. The trick here is to FORGET that you’re using a smaller plate! Otherwise you’ll go and try to make up for having a smaller plate by piling a mountain on your plate.

8. Go Fishing. Go for more fish than the ham and red meats.

9. Skip the Skin. I’d rather have you grab the dark meat than white meat with skin.

10. Go Easy on the Gravy. I don’t see much brown in rainbows. 

11. Focus on Family and Friends, Not Food. Fill yourself up with the meaningful conversations with the ones you love!

12. Sit with the Healthy Eaters. Their healthy decisions will help influence yours!

13. Stay On Your Feet After Eating. Go on a post-meal walk, do some light exercises, or go mingle with folks after eating. Just don’t give in to the dreaded itis (aka food coma).

14. Leave the Dinner Table. After eating, run away! Don’t be near the food, don’t look at it, don’t be in the vicinity of smelling it, just don’t be near it. Out of sight, out of mind.

15. Help Clean Up. This doesn’t mean eat all the leftovers! This is a great way to keep your body moving.

16. Wait 20 Minutes Before You Grab a Second Plate. It takes about twenty minutes for your brain to catch up to your stomach to let you know that you’re actually full.

17. Skip Seconds Completely. Healthy leftovers are great! “Healthy” is the keyword!

18. Don’t Have Leftovers. On the other end of the spectrum: leftovers are bad! It’s best if you can get back into your normal routine with your regular nutrition as soon as possible instead of eating Thanksgiving leftovers.

19. Just One Drink. Zero alcoholic drinks is even better! But seriously.

20. Exercise the Morning After. Time to sweat out those regrets.

21.  Keep Your Goals in Mind. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to keep yourself on track to your goals.

 

I’m so grateful and thankful that you all continue to support me and read these posts. May your hearts be filled with gratitude and love this weekend…and I guess your stomach too.

They’ve always been smart. He just got lucky. She’s an overnight success. He just has high metabolism, so he can eat anything. She’s always been fit. I couldn’t do that, because I don’t have what they have.

These are all things one might hear once they’ve reached a certain level of success, whether it’s business, health, sports, etc. Instead of looking for excuses of why we can’t do something, let’s look at this with a lens of inspiration.

What we don’t often see from these successful people is the ten years they put in for their “overnight success.” We don’t see the sacrifices, the ridiculous discipline, the long nights and early mornings, the daily rejections, and the numerous failures. More importantly, we don’t realize that a lot of them started from a position similar to ours.

So here are a few reasons why it’s important for us to document the process and why I’ll be sharing my growth as an entrepreneur and journey to become an elite OCR athlete.

1. Started From the Bottom, Now We’re…Still Climbing.

One of the big reasons why we should be documenting the journey is the power in inspiring others. You can show them that they can do it too. People on the sidelines will be able to see exactly what’s needed to succeed in their journey from watching yours. They’ll be able to connect and relate to your story more so than the story of that professional athlete or multi-millionaire business guru.

They’ll be able to learn from not only your wins, but also your mistakes. They’ll be able to cheer you on, and more importantly they’ll be able to grow with you as you climb the mountain of success.

When you’re first starting out in any endeavor, people are going to question you and your choices. There’s a popular quote that highlights this perfectly.

First, people will ask you WHY you’re doing it. Later, they’ll ask you HOW you did it.

By documenting the process and your story, you’ll be able to answer both of those questions. You’ll be able to point back to everything you’ve shared so that they get the full picture of your journey.

2. Share Your Perspective, Not Your Expertise

For those of us that aren’t experts in our field or haven’t achieved those bodacious goals, we might not have expert advice or suggestions to share quite yet. People don’t like to follow or listen to others without proven results. “Fake it until you make it” doesn’t fly with people seeking real advice. If there’s one thing that people hate, it’s being deceived.

So instead of pretending to be someone you’re not, be yourself and share your point of view on certain topics. Authenticity is key in building supporters. Your unique perspective on life will be the main reason people will read or watch any content you put out. Some people will resonate with what you say, others won’t, but you don’t need everyone to agree with you.

One thing you can do as you document your journey is share what you’ve learned so far in the process. I like to implement the ILT concept: Invest, Learn, Teach. Invest in yourself. Learn from a mentor, course, seminar, etc and implement what you learn. Then teach what you’ve learned to others. Just because you’re not an expert yet, doesn’t mean you can’t give value to others.

3. Another Medium for Self-Reflection

Whether you’re doing a vlog or blog posts, this can be another form of self-reflection. Documenting the process is a great way for you to reflect on what went well, what didn’t, and what needs to be adjusted. Self-reflection is a great way to gauge whether or not you’re still on track to your goals.

[easy-tweet tweet=”What separates successful people from unsuccessful people isn’t their willpower. It’s the speed in which they get back on track once they’ve fallen off.”]

4. All Eyes Are On You

This last reason for why documenting your journey will be key to your success is public accountability! There will be those that are watching you in hopes that you succeed, because it proves to them that they can do it too. And there will be those that are watching you in hopes that you fail, because if you succeed, it proves to them that there’s no excuse for them to not go for it too. Either way, it’s up to you to determine the outcome.

There’s so much power in public accountability. Letting yourself down is one thing, but letting down the people that are cheering you on is a whole other thing.

 

I hope you consider sharing your trials and tribulations with the rest of the world during your journey, because it will benefit not only you, but others as well.

The first week of any fitness challenge or journey is one of the most important weeks, because it sets the tone for the entire adventure. It’s the most challenging week physically, but it’s the easiest week mentally. It’s when new habits start forming, bad habits start getting weeded out, and baselines get established. It’s the easiest week mentally, because that’s when you’ve got the most excitement, and you haven’t been burnt out or worn down by the difficulties of the challenge yet.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

~Jim Ryun

This first week for me pushed far out of my comfort zone for running. Because 1) I hate running (for now), and 2) I’m not a great runner (for now). My workouts that we’ve got set up for me consist of P90X3 and a mixture of different runs: intervals, long runs, and hill repeats. I had never done any kind of training for running before so this was all new to me!

Based on my current running experience (almost none), Jay set me up with some running paces.

  • Easy Run (can hold a conversation and run): 11:00
  • Threshold (TH): 9:35
  • Long Run: 11:45

So here’s what I did for Week 1 of my 48 weeks until OCR World Championships!  (starting on Monday, November 7, 2016)

Day 1: Rest Day + X3 Total Synergistics

Rest day?! One of my favorites! I’m an expert at napping, so that was a fun start to my training! The last few months, I’ve really fallen behind in my workout routines. I went from six workouts a week to two a week. From a mix of vacationing in Cancún to business all over the U.S., I’ve been a bit out of balance. So this delay in training was nice for me to just get back into the flow of having a workout routine, because although I didn’t have to run, I still had to workout!

Total Synergistics is a full body workout using both body weight and free weights. It’s a combination of strength, core and balance training. It’s one of my favorites from the P90X3 program.

Day 2: Easy Run (2 miles) + X3 Agility X

My first scheduled running workout is an easy run for 2 miles! I did the run on a treadmill with a 2 degree incline to make up for not running outside. I think it’s time for me to move down south because it’s getting cold up here in Wisconsin!

Agility X, one of my least favorites because I’m just not a fan of doing agility/cardio exercises by myself. Definitely way more fun with other people. However, Tony Horton does crack me up, so that helps. And laughing adds an ab or two right?

Day 3: Easy Run (4 miles) + Hills (8x) + X3 Yoga

Ran at a nice park called Elver Park in Madison, WI. The hill there is also where the Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Team likes to go train, so I thought that if it was good enough for them that it was good enough for me. Unfortunately, it’s that time of year where the sun sets way too early so after I ran my first two miles, I saw that it was getting dark. So I headed for the hill which was enormous! I was only able to run up the full hill once. For the rest of the hill runs, I was only able to run up half way and walk the rest of the way up. By the time I was done with the hills, it was too dark to even see my feet, so I didn’t run the last two miles.  Logged those 2 miles at a 10:16 pace.

X3 Yoga is the bee’s knees! It’s great for stretching out those tight muscles while also training your core and balance.

Day 4: Easy Run (2.5 miles) + X3 The Challenge

I ran 3 miles on a 1 degree inclined treadmill at a 10:31 pace. Notice that I’m not great at following instructions…

The Challenge is a workout that is filled with different variations of pull ups and push ups. This is going to be a key workout for the obstacles in the races.

Day 5: Rest Day + X3 CVX

Rest? You don’t have to tell me twice. I’ve never in my life run this many days consecutively, so this was a nice breather for me.

CVX is cardio with weights. Add this to my list of workouts that kick my butt.

[easy-tweet tweet=”When it comes to working out, I’d rather get my butt kicked than to always kick butt.”]

Day 6: 5k Race + Ninja Gym!!

I had never run a “normal” 5k race before, so this was all new to me! I was invited by Lisa Nondorf to come run this 5k/10k race for Lung Cancer Awareness in Chicago. There I met some awesome fellow OCR racers and had an awesome time at the race, even though it was a little chilly. I finished the race with a 28:28 time w/ a 9:11 pace, so Jay’s predictions about my training paces were spot on!

The race overall was pretty flat, and I spent most of the time trying to dodge the ten year olds that were zipping by me. How do they have so much energy?! Halfway through the race, I started wishing that I didn’t put on so many layers, but at least I was pleasantly distracted by the elk that we ran by. Yes, elk (we ran in a forest preserve for elk). I ended up placing 2nd in my age group (Men’s 21-40). Sure there wasn’t a huge competitive turn out for my age group, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to take this W for my first 5K!

If you can’t enjoy the small wins in life, not only will you not be able to enjoy the big success, you’ll never even reach it.

After the race, we grabbed a hearty brunch and headed to the Chicago Ninja Academy. I’ve been meaning to go to this ninja gym for a while, so I was super pumped to finally go, and I was blown away! It was essentially a playground for adults! From different kinds of swinging grips to balance beams, ninja steps to warped walls, climbing ropes to a spider wall, it had everything! The best form of working out is play!

There I finally figured out how to lache, which is a full launch from one monkey bar to the other with both hands releasing simultaneously. That’ll definitely come in handy for the obstacle rigs with larger gaps, especially since I don’t have a large wingspan. Day 6 was an amazing training day; I wouldn’t even call it training. It was a play day with awesome OCR friends.

Day 7: Long Run (5 miles)

Following the trend of not doing what I’m told, I ran 6.1 miles instead. It’s hard to tell entrepreneurs what to do, that’s why we don’t like having bosses. Although to be successful in life, we still have to be coachable and have mentors, so we do listen…sometimes. Fortunately, Coach Jay is also an entrepreneur so he completely understands! I did however run this at an 11:45 pace like I was supposed to. I’ve never run 6 miles nonstop in my life so this in itself is a personal accomplishment!

 

The first week of OCRWC training is in the books! I had never run this many miles in one week either! The most I had probably run prior was 7 miles, and that’s because I ran a 6 mile OCR! In week 1, I logged a total of 16.1 miles! Holy crap!

Like I said before however, the first week of any challenge is the easiest, because it’s when we’re most excited. I’m so glad you’re joining me on this crazy journey, and I’m super excited to see what the next 47 weeks has in store for me!

Welcome to the first of my series of posts that will be documenting my journey as an entrepreneur and Obstacle Course Racing athlete! One of the things that I noticed from other online entrepreneurs, network marketers, OCR athletes, bloggers, etc. is that everyone is at the top of their game or at least that’s the image they’ve created. They’re already either a leader in their industry or in the top 1% of their sport, but we don’t often get to see how they’ve gotten to that level of success. I’ve decided to bring you along with me on this journey to show you the ups and downs on the way to greatness.

Check out this post on why I think this is important to document the journey not only for me, but also for others that may be on a similar path. So let’s get into the details of my journey to become an elite OCR athlete and to qualify for OCR World Championships 2017!

The Big Goal: Kick Butt (mostly my own) and Qualify for OCRWC 2017

In May of 2015, I got my first introduction into obstacle course racing with the Spartan Sprint at Miller Park Stadium in Milwaukee, and I was instantly an OCR addict. For the rest of 2015, I continued to focus on my weightloss and dipped my toe into other races like the Warrior Dash and BattleFrog (R.I.P.). This year (2016), I stepped it up a notch and ran eight races including Savage Race, Rugged Maniac, and Conquer the Gauntlet which have become part of my favorite races.

I’ve been able to meet and connect with some amazing racers this year and dive deeper into the OCR community. As you well know, you become the average of the five people spend the most time with. Well it just happens that most of the OCR people I hang out with are elite OCR athletes that have made the podium over dozens of times. After watching all of my OCR friends’ Facebook live and share their awesome photos at OCRWC this past October in Blue Mountain, Canada, I made a new declaration for the 2017 season. I want to qualify for OCRWC and take my OCR racing to the next level! It’s time for me to stop watching from the sidelines and get in the game!

The LONG Journey Ahead

Now I’m nowhere near being an elite racer, but we all have to start somewhere right? In order to know where I’m going, I need to know where I’m starting, and boy am I starting a mile behind the start line. An example of how far I have to go is my performance at the last Savage Race. To qualify for OCRWC through a Savage Race, I would need to be in the top 10 of my age group which is roughly the 55:00 to 60:00 minute mark. I’m landing around 1:45:00. Even after we take away the 5 or 10 minutes where I was goofing around on obstacles, I’ve still got a lot of time to get rid of.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

~Lao Tzu

It’s all about progress, not perfection. I know I’ve got a huge task ahead of me, but with my awesome coach and support team, it’ll be a fun challenge to take on.

The Team

Jay Flores, my coach and founder of The OCR Project, will be helping me step my OCR game up. 14237683_10210681318935876_3831114760156234010_nHe’s podiumed numerous times in various races as well as killed it on ESPN’s BattleFrog League Championships. Jay has also helped me lose 75 lbs and was the one that introduced me to OCR, so there’s no one I trust more and am more grateful to.

I also get the pleasure to train with Lisa Nondorf, who is one of the top OCR Elite Masters in the world! She’s also part of Team Chicago from ESPN’s BF League Championships with Jay. When Jay’s out of town, she’ll be dragging me along on her runs, making fun of me on Facebook live when we’re rock climbing, and kicking my butt at the ninja gym.

Jumping in on the fun will be our friends of the 414 Fit Club which includes a mix of OCR first timers and OCR weekend warriors! Training and working out is a lot more fun with a group than it is alone, so I’m super excited to have all of these wonderful people with me as I embark on this journey.

The Game Plan

The two things I really need to improve on are running and rig obstacles. I’ve never been a great runner, but I’ve seen my own progress in running in the last two years. Two years ago, I couldn’t even run a mile. Last year I was able to increase my running ability to three miles and now I can run six miles with a consistent pace. And this is all without focusing on run training!

When it comes to rig obstacles, I need to vastly improve my grip strength and overall technique when it comes to these types of obstacles that require a lot of swinging. I’m not that strong when it comes to upper body obstacles, so that will also be a focus for this journey. So I’ll be supplementing my current workouts with running and some grip focused activities like rock climbing!

I’ll be returning to my 90 day workout program format which has been proven to work successfully with me for the last two years. Every time I find myself in between a 90 day challenge, I end up slacking and going back to bad habits. P90X3 will be back in my training regimen which contains strength training, endurance, flexibility, balance, and everything else you need to perform well in OCR. My first round of P90X3 last year revealed to me that I had abs hiding under all of that insulation, so I’m super excited to see what else it will reveal to me after three more rounds!

After each week, Coach Jay and I will reflect and review to see if any adjustments or improvements need to be made. I’ll also be posting a weekly recap of the week to let you know the details of the training and the numerous eventful naps I take.

I’m super excited to go on this journey with everyone! I’m already feeling sore from just thinking about the amount of hard work I’ll have to put in!

Click here to check out the recap of the first week!

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you’re trying to improve your performance, we all will hit a wall at some point during our journey. I’ve personally rode the roller coaster of weight loss and it’s not fun. I’m sure many of you can resonate with that struggle of losing weight and gaining it all back.

When we hit that wall or undo all the good we’ve done, we start to question if what we are doing is even the right way to do it. Or our friends just say, “Come on, you can treat yourself just this one time. “Or we forget why we’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle and just stay in bed for 5 more minutes.

I had the honor of being a guest on a national conference call with hundreds of my partner company’s business partners to share my fitness journey. I talked about the three crucial puzzle pieces that most people are missing when they start chasing after their health goals.

1. You’re missing a coach.

Trying to tackle this journey on your own is one of the more difficult paths. You’re where you’re at because of the knowledge you possess or lack thereof.

This person can be someone you hire such as a personal trainer, or this can be a friend that is living the lifestyle you desire. They don’t have to be a complete expert on the subject of health, but they do need to be performing at a higher level than you. They are someone that has to know more than you and someone that you can go to when you have a question or get stuck.

2. You’re missing accountability partners.

Aside from your coach, you need a group of people to help keep you accountable. The accountability partners that work best are the ones that are on the journey WITH you. Having friends cheer for you on the sidelines is great, but there’s something to be said about the power of when you’re in the game with your friends.

I recommend daily check-ins with your accountability partners to discuss what went well, what didn’t, and provide daily encouragement so that you can push through this journey. The power of accountability partners isn’t what you get FROM them. As their partner, you have to keep them accountable and continue to push them forward. And in order for you to do that, you have to hold up your end of the deal first which causes you to take action too.

3. You don’t want it bad enough.

It doesn’t matter if you have the best coach and the best accountability partners. If you don’t want it bad enough for yourself, you’ll find an excuse. If you do want it bad enough, then you’ll find a way.

When you have the burning desire to succeed in taking control of your health, that’s when you’re willing to do whatever it takes. That’s how the consistency, good habits, sacrifices, and commitment all come into play on their own.

When times get tough where you want to give up, you’ll need to remember how bad you want it. You must remember your WHY. Why do you want to take control of your health? Is it to live your best life? Is it to be around as long as possible for your family? Is it to inspire others? Is it to prove to others that you can do it? Is it to prove to yourself that you can do it? Whatever your reason may be, it has to be strong enough to push you through the difficult times.

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.

~Eric Thomas

If you’re struggling with your fitness journey, look to fill these three missing puzzle pieces so that you can take your health to the next level.

One of my strongest core beliefs is that if you want to elevate your game in anything, elevate your circle of influence. Yesterday, I found myself spending the day working out with one of my awesome friends who also happens to be an elite OCR athlete. With more than 20 podium finishes under her belt, she’s definitely someone I would want in my OCR circle of influence.

For the workout, she said that we would “take it easy”. What was a nice and chill workout for her was a very sweaty and challenging workout for me to say the least. I knew ahead of time that this was going to be difficult, but had it not been for two voices in my ear, I don’t know if I would’ve made it.

Lewis Howes had one of the leading behavioral and mindset experts in the world on his podcast, The School of Greatness. His guest has two NY Times bestsellers and has built five multi-million dollar companies. John Assaraf and Lewis Howes had an amazing conversation on how we can retrain our brains to transform our beliefs in order for us to reach success.

Don’t focus on the behaviors, focus on the beliefs that drive those behaviors.

~John Assaraf

One of the key takeaways that I got from listening to this during the workout was how my current beliefs limited my actions. I had never run more than 3 miles without taking walk breaks until yesterday. So I had a belief that I wouldn’t be able to do anymore than that during the workout, but something flipped in my mind and my beliefs changed. I was able to tack on 2.5 more miles than I normally would be able to!

I remembered WHY I wanted to push myself and train with a top athlete. I remembered WHY I was willing to endure the pain and the challenge. Once I remembered my WHY, I realized that I was only living on the edge of my potential. So I made a decision that I will not live on the edge of my potential anymore, but instead will fully leap into it.

I hope you enjoy this episode and have a major breakthrough as I have. I’ve already watched and re-listened to this episode three times! It’s been a mind-opening conversation for myself, and I hope you find value in this interview, too.

In order to have a powerful and productive day, you need to start it in an energizing way (I couldn’t help myself with the rhyme). There are numerous successful millionaires and entrepreneurs who have developed morning routines to take their game to the next level.

I’ve personally noticed the massive impact on my life from developing this habit. Inspired by Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning, I’ve got 4 simplified steps to kickstart your day!

1Exercise

Let’s get the blood flowing and the charge of energy you need to start your day. It doesn’t have to be an hour workout at the gym. It can be a 20 minute yoga session. As long as you do some sort of physical activity, you’re good to go!

Mornings are a great time to get your workout done. You won’t have to think about it for the rest of the day or worry about what excuse you’ll come up with next as to why you can’t workout after a busy day. People who are able to do morning workouts are more consistent, too.

2Enlightenment

This can range from your religious practices and spiritual beliefs to gratitude and affirmations. The idea is to put yourself in the right mindset to be more present, caring, loving, and focused throughout the day. Here are some examples that you can try for your mornings: meditation, journaling, visualizing, bible reading, affirmations, gratitude, goal reflections.

3Education

Personal development and self-education is an absolute must if you want to take your morning’s to the next level. If you’re reading this, then I’m sure you already know how important it is to continuously invest in your own personal growth and development. You can read a book, watch online videos/courses, or listen to audiobooks! You can even listen to audiobooks or podcasts during your morning exercise.

4Execution

I’ve found this last item to be the most rewarding. If you can execute your number one task for the day before your day even begins, you’ve created massive momentum for the rest of the day! Everyday, if you can focus on that ONE thing that moves your business or on the most daunting task where you know you’ll want to procrastinate, then you’re well on your way to your next level. As Brian Tracy would say, “Eat that frog!”

How you start your day is how you’re going to live your day. And how you live your day is the way you live your life. ~Louise Hay

These are just a few ideas for you to develop your own morning routine. Customize it so that it fits and amplifies your life. You must now take the reins and live intentionally. If you already have an awesome morning routine, leave your ideas and what’s worked for you in the comments below to share with others that want to develop this new habit!