I am setting out on this blog with a lot on my mind that I’d like to share with you. It may not seem to fit together but I will tie it all in at the end.
I went to the FMS this past weekend, which stands for Functional Movement Systems. It was very enlightening and something we will rely on at Newell Strength for screening movement, preventing injuries and assessment. I had the pleasure of listening to Gray Cook, the founder of FMS and even got to talk with him privately, which I will get to in a little bit.
Gray said a few things in the seminar that really hit home with me. He told us that when he wanted to learn kettle bells inside and out, he went to learn from Pavel, a master Russian strength coach. He said he was uncomfortable as hell because it was new to him. I felt the same way at the FMS. My head was spinning and I felt overwhelmed but I knew and know that once I put it to use, study it some more and use it, it will become second nature. You cannot let discomfort dissuade you from growing. Most people simply give up upon being uncomfortable, no matter whether it is mental, emotional, spiritual or physical discomfort, humans just can’t stand to be uncomfortable.
And many of you I am sure, no matter what your endeavor, are not confident in your value and worth. I address this more in a recent youtube video (seen below). I suffer from this from time to time, but something I picked up from Charles Poliquin helped me out a lot. Whenever you have doubts, repeat to yourself 50X, “I honor my value and time.” Its that simple. When I had self-doubts about whether I would ever meet the right partner, it began with a mantra of self-belief and months later Devon showed up in my life. Think what you want, but we get what we believe we can get and what we focus on expands.
If you focus on what you are doing rather than who you are being, you will live a shallow life. That is one reason why attempting to diet is a failing proposition. Ask yourself each day instead if you are being your best self, are you being a champion in your undertakings? Self-reflection is hard but essential.
I think what many people really need is clarity and for this, I want to recommend a book to you. I am not done with it yet, but after taking the first few tests in it, I can strongly recommend the Passion Test. It will help you get clear on what is important to you. But if you are going to do this, don’t go half way, actually do it, don’t just go through the motions. This was another Poliquin recommendation. You see, when I go to this places to learn from people far smarter than me, I pay attention to every single thing they say. If they say to read a book, I order it that night, I don’t hesitate and wonder because that will not get me to where I want to be.
Investing in yourself is better than any stock you can invest in. And I can tell you it is the only way you will ever live the life of your dreams. You know that an investment in yourself will pay off 100X if you want it to, the hard part is realizing it falls on your shoulders, no one else’s. But the thing is, once you follow your passion, it is pure fun, something you can do 24 hours per day. Notice I didn’t say you should de-value yourself and do it for free, but you will find yourself jumping out of bed in the morning to learn more about it, to get the essence of it.
If you hate your life and what you do, you are currently pathetic. Not to insult you, but to awake you. I am happy that people often comment that they get more out of my philosophical videos than they do from the science videos. And don’t try to be someone else, because someone else already has that job. Be yourself and be the best self you can be. When you realize you create your world, things get a lot more fun. Enjoy the book and the video.