Friday, 11/16

“Everything thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.” – Leo Tolstoy

One of the most challenging things we can face, is ourselves. To truly turn inward.

It’s just far easier to blame the external world for who, or where we are.
We often find ourselves hoping for this and that to change, all of which are reliant on other people, or outside circumstances. It’s easy to default to that form of thinking, purely because it’s exactly that – easy.

It’s the excuse.
The easy way out.
It’s a white-flag surrender to the thought of, “I don’t have control over my life”.
But deep down inside, we know, that’s not true.

If we can take the harder approach, and truly turn within, this is where something far more powerful can happen. And with it comes results that blow away anything that could ever come from such external wishful thinking.

From the young to the old, we all have so very much we can change about ourselves. We just need to make the choice: to seek it out, purposefully, attack it with every fiber of our body. There’s a reason why it’s easy to avoid it – because it’s one of the hardest challenges we’ll ever face. Most especially, because only you and the face you stare back at in the mirror know the truth about it.

As Mahatma Gandhi quoted, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

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Thursday, 11/15

Recovery Thursdays.

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.

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Wednesday, 11/14

“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.

Rent’s due.

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Tuesday, 11/13

“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.

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Monday, 11/12

“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.

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Sunday 11/11

“Supple Sunday”

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.

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