Mobility to prepare for the remainder of the week. If you have access to the gym and would like to head in to mobilize further, that is ideal. But the below stretches are designed so that we can do these at home, if need be.
“Success is not owned. It’s leased. And rent is due every day” – J.J. Watt
We change ourselves, and it fights back against us.
We change the world, and it fights back against us.
This a truth about life that we recognize.
But this isn’t a bad thing. It’s a great thing.
Not only do we recognize that truth – we embrace it. The champion mindset is that of ever-fierce pursuit of betterment. A constant state to improve. If we cross a thousand finish lines, let’s establish another thousand. Not for any other reason than the unstoppable fiery purpose behind… To find the next best version of ourselves.
“When we are closed to ideas, what we hear is criticism.
When we are open to ideas, what we will get is advice.” – Simon Sinek
One of the most dangerous things we can do in life, is to believe we have everything right.
We can all relate to a time where we closed down to a idea. We had something else in mind, that we so passionately believed it, that we didn’t consider the idea. We literally blocked the ability for our mind to digest it - we never gave it a chance. Not because the idea was wrong, or right, but because we valued another idea too much.
We are always going to have strong beliefs, And we should. Yet, one of the best things we can do in a world that is always adapting, always changing, the sole constant in our lives, is to maintain an open mind.
This is most especially challenging when receiving criticism. Our emotions want to take over, which all too often literally block the ability to digest the information. We get instantly defensive, and we close off. But here’s the thing - we *refuse* to be victims to our emotions. We choose to control these reactions - not the other way around.
If we can do that, regardless of how harsh or soft the delivery is, we see the feedback for what it truly is. An opportunity to improve.
“The man on top of the mountain did not fall there” – Vince Lombardi
When we see the best of the best compete, they seem to make it look effortless. So effortless, they attract terms like “naturally talented” or “gifted”.
But this couldn’t be farther from the truth. As Vince Lombardi writes, they “did not fall there” by chance. They did something, very specific.
They have worked harder than us.
It’s not because they were born with it, or because they received it by chance.
It’s because they earned it.
They climbed the mountain – there’s only one way up.
This isn’t demoralizing… it’s the opposite. It’s *empowering*. It’s proof that we too can climb, if we so choose to put in the work. That discipline, over time, can get us there.
It doesn’t matter where you started.
And it doesn’t even matter where you are today.
All that matters, is where you want to go, and how hard you want to work for it.
Whether it be upon rising, before bed, or anywhere in between, working these 30 minutes will make a significant difference in our recovery, performance, and longevity.
“It takes as much energy to wish, as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Have you ever found yourself daydreaming, or fantasizing about something?
Safe to say we all have.
Safe to say, that we all do it often. Very often.
It’s an incredible quote. It takes the equal amount of time and effort to fantasize, than it does to plan. They take the same amount of energy, yet they yield a totally different result. The choice is ours.
What’s true about the human mind and body is that we are problem-solving machines. Once we get the problem started, it’s as if we kick into gear. We just need to move past the wishing phase, and into the action phase.
Ever have a hard time starting to clean the house? The “trick” everyone knows to give, is to just start. It takes equal amount of time and effort *thinking* about starting, than actually starting. We could stress over it all morning or afternoon, where it can be come a major burden to our day. Physically even exhausting us. But as soon as we start it, it’s as if a flurry of productivity flows through our body and we snap into motion.
Wishing, hoping, wanting… they do nothing.
Planning, action, and the demanding of ourselves to create the “how” makes change.
Let’s reinforce it in our minds – we weren’t made to “wish”. We were made to act.