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Ways To Get Better: Start Loving Failure

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heaven forbid you are a person who is gifted at whatever you take on, because that is your downfall. Being a failure is the fastest way to become a winner. I’ve failed in the kitchen like I’ve failed in the gym so many times, but I’ve become a winner through those failures. And I’ve used those failures with Quick Paleo Meal Prep, to bring the victories together to help you avoid my failures, and most of all wasted burnt food ;). And in all seriousness, if you want anything in life you need to be WILLING to fail. 
BE WILLING TO FAIL


This attitude will set you apart from the real losers in life. Because while they’re busy being losers and trying to win at what they know they’re good at, you’ve stepped up to the plate of something you weren’t sure about and are coming at it from a place of gaining wisdom instead of a trophy. And if the person who thought they would win loses then most of the time they leave frustrated and angry, whereas if you approach the task WILLING to fail then you’ve opened yourself up to insights beyond comprehension. Being willing to fail doesn’t mean you don’t give it your best, but it means you accept where you are as a person who doesn’t know everything about this one thing and you’re wanting to learn from this experience, and that is what will happen with that attitude. You are not a failure but a student when you approach things with a willingness to lose, because the next time you play you’re applying what you learned and getting better with every game! 
FAILURE AS A TEACHER 
Life is an excellent teacher in all areas, and will school you every day if you’re open to it. Life will send you failures daily, it’s what you do with those failures that determines your future. You can collect all your failures in your mind and set them up as your antagonists or your enemies of victory, or you can praise them and thank them for what they thought you. Whether you failed at completing a lift in a competition or ran your first startup into the ground, you now have an invaluable resource to draw knowledge from and will be able to play the game like a veteran next time. Our failures are the wisest source to draw knowledge from, if we trust in what we know about the future we will fail, if we learn from our past we will overcome. 
LOVE FAILURE, BUT DON’T LIVE FOR IT


The takeaway from this is to love the opportunities you’ve been given to fail and learn, but this doesn’t mean that you should seek failure. A masichistic lifestyle like that would not result in much of anything. Give everything your best and always play to win! Never approach a challenge with and attitude of defeat before you try, apply what you do know about the situation, learn as you go and if you do happen to fail then your instinct should be to do it again and correct the failure to gain the victory! 
YOUR CHALLENGE 

Dig up some failures in your life and analyz what happened and why you failed. Don’t get down on yourself, but pick yourself up knowing that once you receive the gem from this failure, victory is now much closer! 
RESOURCES: Stefan Pylarinos, Barbell Business, Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris

Network Marketing: Good or Bad?

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Now here’s a subject that will strike a nerve with most people, so don’t take any offense to this but it’s something that I have had on my mind for a while. To clarify I am a fan of network marketing, and as controversial as it may be it is incredibly important to business now and in the future. Businesses like network marketing operate at a scale that is above what most people consider to be an option, kind of like preparing your food before your week start to guarantee your success in your diet like with Quick Paleo Meal Prep. Again before we get into this I would like to ask you to keep an open mind and consider the possibilities of options outside of your situation, and how branching out could lead to great things!

MY EXPERIENCE IN NETWORK MARKETING

I was always one who had a hard time considering businesses who recruited and sold, like network marketing, as legitimate businesses. When I heard about friends who started working with a company and wanted me to watch a presentation I would always nervously respond with a vague answer like “yea, that sounds good” or “hmm that’s interesting”. But I later realized that the only reason that I really didn’t have the same passion for what they were offering me was that I wasn’t interested in what they were selling. Most of the time those companies were pushing supplements that could be found at the grocery store for 80% less and you wouldn’t be harassed about setting up recurring orders to lock you in. However, I encountered a company that struck a cord with me, Primerica Financial Services and this company, if you haven’t heard of it before, is about getting people out of debt along with providing life insurance as well as investments. They also handle car and home owner insurance as well as long term care, they have the financial world by the throat essentially. And this was something I could be passionate about! I started as fast as I could and learned all I could about the company and what it took to be successful with them, which didn’t take much convincing because the top earners were pulling in about 4 million per year! Sadly after 2 years of giving it everything I had I came up short and with little results, or so I thought.

WHAT I LEARNED

I am still with the company and am passionate about investments, but I have found alternate ways to make passive income and develop myself as a business owner. And I have Primerica to thank for it, I would have been stuck in the same dead in job chasing a paycheck and doing my best to just survive if I had not been introduced to this company! After coming to know Primerica and the joys of being paid with passive income, I quickly learned how to work hard and develop other avenues that would benefit others while providing a source of income for my family that allows me to be around more. I learned that these companies are around as a sales force for the larger companies they work with, and offer a REAL opportunity for those who are willing to work. The only problem is, and this was my problem as well. most people just don’t want to work! Most of these companies have an incredible system in place, and if you just run the system you will win, and if not then you won’t which I know all to well. However, I would not trade my employment with Primerica for anything! I learned so much and made so many friends who are now winning in life as well.

IF BUSINESS IS YOUR GOAL

I would HIGHLY recommend you find a local Network Marketing company that you can be passionate about, if you’re not passionate then you won’t be able to gain anything monetarily or emotionally from the experience. Find a company that fits your interest and stick with it for up to two years, and don’t give up because you just might make it! Don’t join a company with the goal of quitting and saying you did it, but give it everything you have and learn all they can teach you about being a moral and ethical person in the business world. You will learn so much that carries over into learning a different business, not to mention that if you get uncomfortable there like they teach you that you won’t have any trouble at all handling rejection of any kind! So if you know you want to be a business owner in the future then go join a company and get out of your comfort zone! I’m not paid a dime to say any of this, but I want you to experience what it’s like to push and grind without knowing if what you’re doing is going to pay off, to go up to strangers and ask for help, to go talk to people and be in situations you would never have thought you’d be in before. I believe in you because I know the impact it can have on your life, and the person it can transform you into! Just do it and have fun with it already!

YOUR CHALLENGE

If business is truly your goal then make time to look into a network marketing company to work with and learn from. Find one you’re passionate about and join, and DON’T LET MONEY STOP YOU, If you’re doing it for money then why is money also your reason to not do it?? Just join and connect yourself to leaders and learn business in the trenches, you might not be there forever but you’ll learn more about yourself and others than you could imagine!

RESOURCES: Primerica, Barbell Business, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, entrepreneur.com

Is CrossFit Dangerous?

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if I had a nickle for every time I’ve heard this question I’d need to wear two belts to hold my pants up, cause that’s be a lot of nickles! I would think that if it’s dangerous it would’ve been shut down by now, but let’s talk about it just to appease the internets. Also with crossfit comes Paleo, and Quick Paleo Meal Prep is the best beginners and advanced resource manual I’ve found. So check it out. Let’s look at 3 things when determining CrossFits safety for now, reported major injuries, longevity and scalability.

REPORTED MAJOR INJURIES


I’ve followed CrossFit for over 3 years and have only heard of one serious injury, Kevin Ogar. Kevin is the only person who I’ve heard of in the last 3 years who has had a SERIOUS injury. Kevin was competing at a local competition and during the 1 rep snatch event he lost control of the weight and bailed (intentionally moved out from under the weight) forward; however, he stumbled and fell back as the weight was bouncing up and it collided with his lower back. To clarify, by no means was Kevin a “novice” in weightlifting. The weight he was attempting would have been considered competitive on any national stage, so he had the experience as a weightlifter to handle the weight and know how to get out from under the weight. Kevin was left paralyzed from the waist down, but instead of being bitter towards crossfit and blaming the company for his injury he’s been the biggest advocacy of the sport. Also he’s competed in the 2015 world open workout and submitted a non scaled workout with muscle ups all while still being paralyzed from the waist down. So I would think that if the person who was injured in the most permanent way possible is able to recognize that while what happened was a freak accident, that crossfit still holds value to all people. 
LONGEVITY


Let’s look at longevity in the sense of being able to perform the sport for an extended period of time, as well as how well the sport crosses over to age groups. Starting with the ability to perform the sport of CrossFit for a long period let’s note the fact that it’s been around since 2007 and there are athletes who have been competing since 2009 in the 2015 games. These aren’t just weekend warriors who are competing but athletes who have devoted their lives to the sport, and have only shown signs of getting better every year. In the case of most individual competitors who might not be rising to the level of competition now, they’re going into team competitions. So there’s no evidence of “breakdown” from the sport among the most competitive which indicates that the weekend warriors are even more safe. Now the question of which ages can stand the training is even more interesting. There are men and women in their 70’s who have taken up the sport and learned the practices. Not only have these elders become more active now, but they’ve been shown how to mobilize themselves as well as strengthen their bodies to improve movements in daily life. There’s are many 70 something’s who credit CrossFit with giving them the ability to sustain a fall they had at home, and that’s impressive! 
SCALING


I’ve referenced the scaling term and now let’s talk about it. Is it possible to come into CrossFit with no athletic background and work your way into the shape of a competitive athlete? The simple answer is yes. I started in CrossFit with a small background in bodybuild and no real athletic potential, but I started at the bottom learning the basics of mobility and weak point training to better myself. Through two years I’ve pushed through and developed myself to the point of being somewhat competitive at a beginner level. In short scaling is the  process of lowering the weights and difficulty of movements to a point that’s manageable to get the benefits cardiovascular and muscular. I hope this helps you wherever you’re at. 

YOUR CHALLENGE 

Go join a CrossFit gym on a free trial basis to learn the ins and outs of the sport before jumping to conclusions. Assess your mobility and imbalances muscullarly. Do real research on the benefits of training with functional movements consistently. 
Resources CrossFit Journal, Barbell Shrugged and CrossFit.com

Improving the deadlift: Eat your shorts to get strong

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I hope the people reading this have at least heard of Barbell Shrugged, they’re a fantastic group of guys who’ve inspired a lot of the change in my life. From lifting to business these guys have it all! They inspired me to take up the Quick Paleo Prep lifestyle, which has led to more controlled gains and steady progress through a controlled diet. But this week they touched on a subject close to my heart, which is the need for some gargantuan GLUTES!
Where’s The Power?


Look at any athletic movement out there whether it be running, jumping or lifting heavy bars you’re gonna notice that all the athletes are hinging at the hip to create the most power. And since the hip flexors are a tiny bunch of muscles and tendons compared to the GLUTES, it makes more sense to give the lovely lumps more attention. Also think about every football or baseball player you’ve seen, I can almost gauruntee there was not one flat pancake butt on the whole team! In fact most power athletes credit those lovely lumps with the ability to do what they do. 
How To Grow Those GLUTES 
What you’re trying to do when you want to get s bigger better booty is essentially gaining weight, so if you fear eating too much and loosing that pencil figure you’ve choked down so many salads to maintain then this probably isn’t for you. However if you want a nice muscullarly shaped back-side and explosive athleticism then get a pen and some paper ready. First of all these guys from barbell shrugged say it way better than I could so go watch their episode here and get ready to learn! 

The basics though are that you’ll need to learn to isolate the glutes with a wider stance in the squat and deadlift, as well as focusing on that squeeze at the top. To the point where it looks like your butt is eating your shorts. Use bodybuilding rep ranges and rest periods. Then focus on eating quality foods to gain weight (potatoes and rice) post workout, and let the gains begin! 
YOUR CHALLENGE

If you have a pancake butt then take the time to fix that stuff, it’s not a life sentence. Add some exercises into your workout regimine to build that butt, and I’m sure you’ll notice all kinds of athletic gains that come from that! Not to mention you’ll have a little more akin to furgies music šŸ˜‰ 

RECOURCES: Barbell Shrugged, Elliot Hulse, Chandler Marchman

Crockpots and OutsourcingĀ 

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there has never been a party like a crockpot party! I’ve spent the past few months slaving over the stove at least twice per week to keep up my prep. So introducing the crockpot back into my life has set me free!! Not to say that meal prep outside the crockpot is bad, it tastes better without the crockpot and flavors are more controlled that way. And if you’re interested in stepping up your prep game, check out Quick Paleo Meal Prep! But this was a breath of fresh air to me šŸ™‚
Set It And Forget it
That was the most appealing part of the crockpot in my opinion, I have so much going on that the thought of carving out an hour and a half twice per week was terrifying! So now instead of stressing about what I’m not getting done while I’m cooking, I can be working on it while my food is prepared for me! I can’t think of a more win win situation. As I was putting all the ingredients in the crockpot my mind paralleled this with outsourcing of responsibilities. We all have such busy lives, and if you’re runnin an online or physical business you need all the time you can get! So the more you can distribute the work means the more you have time to get done. It’s the same with the crockpot, I give it the orders of “I want this prepared by this time with this result”, and I come back at that time and it’s ready and I got what I needed to do done! SET IT AND FORGET IT :))
Outsourcing For The Common Man


Now you may be a stay at home mom whose running an online business or a husband whose running a multi million dollar headquarters, either way outsourcing saves. If you’re a stay at home mom then it makes sense not to waste time responding to emails about nothing or answering the same questions from different people, so why not take a miniscule pay cut and free up 5 hours to actually BE A MOM. You can look up great sites to help with getting emails taken care of, and set limits like “if it won’t cost me $50 then YOU handle it”. This is a small example but it can free you up to do the important things. The sites I’ve had the most success with are odesk.com or elance.com. On those sites you can find office assistants, writers, designers and much more that will work for $4 per hour most of the time. So the choice is yours, stay buried up to your neck, or free yourself and continue to make money!
YOUR CHALLENGEĀ 

If you’re a stay at home parent or someone whose bogged down with 40+ emails per day, then check out odesk.com to find a helper. Give them instructions to handle your email and customers with amounts up to $??. I can assure you that you’ll love the freedom this gives and you’ll get a system started that completely frees you šŸ™‚

 

Recources

ProjectLifeMastery.com

Odesk.com

FourHourWorkWeek.com

When You’ve Examined All The Options; You Haven’t

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Ever feel like you’ve fully prepared for a situation, like in wrestling or mma, you’ve watched countless amounts of footage on the oponent. Yet somehow despite your best efforts you wind up coming in short. The same could be said for your diet, even though it won’t gauruntee your victory, having food prepped and ready will put you in the top 20%. Which is why I recommend Quick Paleo Meal Prep as a guide to start or improve meal prepping. But again don’t depend on one thing to gauruntee victory. 
Exhausted All Options


This phrase is over used in the fitness and business community. I believe if one has truly exhausted all options then there would no longer be a problem. In our day and age of technology and information at our finger tips, it has never been easier to find the solutions to whatever problem is facing us. Whether it’s how to get stronger while cutting weight, or how to provide better services, increase client satisfaction and charge more all at the same time, with proper thought and research almost anything is possible. It’s only when you choose to close your mind to new options that the field of vision for solutions narrows. 
How To Think Different 


First things first, if you say in your head that it can’t be done and you’ve tried everything, you’ll fail every time. Instead think to yourself how can this be accomplished? A better question yields a better result. And more importantly, if you know someone for whom this problem would not be a problem at all, think about how that person would approach what you’re doing. If you don’t have the answer then you’re probably not the best person to keep asking. There has been so much accomplished and done for others that it would be arrogant to trust in your own will for the solution when it’s been done for you. Again don’t look at the wall of china as an immovable fixture. Instead if someone were to pay you and your family an unlimited amount of money for the rest of their lives if you would move the Great Wall three feet to the left, you’d find a way. However if you say to yourself “it’s impossible” then it is. 
YOUR CHALLENGE

The next time you catch yourself thinking “this is impossible” or “I can’t do it”. Ask yourself “how could this be done?” Or “how could I do this like “insert persons name”. It’s only impossible if you accept it as so. 

HabitsĀ 

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we’ve all got ’em, whether it’s the habit of doing 1,000 push-ups before you go to bed every night or watching 3 episodes of your current binge on Netflix, for better or worse they’re there. There could be good habits like prepping your food for the coming week so you don’t mess up your clean eating, this is covered in great detail in Quick Paleo Meal Prep, it’s been a great resource to stay on track with whatever fitness goals are most important. But habits are the things we use to determine whether we are productive individuals, or lazy bums. Which does your routine or habits say about you? 
WHAT DO YOU DO?

This is a simple question but can have some pretty profound impacts on outcomes that require short decision making time. For example if you’re faced with the question of being given a decent meal now or waiting to see if there’s a better option, and your habit is to rest and do nothing whenever possible, then odds are that you’ll choose the latter. Now this could be a good thing and you get better food, or you could get nothing. The main message here is that when you look at your daily habits are they productive? And by productive I don’t mean stuff “gets done” but is it getting done with purpose for a greater goal that you’re striving for? Sure Netflix will solve the entertainment void, but instead of wasting 45 minutes at a time why not have it playing in the back ground while you research how to get a business started or find a new gym or fitness plan. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and set your mind up to be productive instead of complacent. 
THE HABIT OF EARNING

We all have things we love, personally I love chicken pasta with homemade Alfredo sauce and Sons of Anarchy, these two things make me happy. However neither of these things are getting me closer to anything other than an early case of diabetes (which I ponder the risk vs. reward occasionally). Instead I suggest making habits of EARING these guilty pleasures. I don’t believe in a masichistic lifestyle that’s absent of simple pleasures for the sake of saying you did it when no one else would, and no one enjoys listening to that person anyway. So indulge in what you love, but first set up a way to EARN it first. In my example of SOA and pasta, I read 30 minutes of something to grow myself personally or however before each episode. And for the pasta I will do some form of high intensity workout from around 8-12 minutes to prepare myself for the greatness.
YOUR CHALLENGE 

What is one new habit you could start to earn your simple pleasures or be more productive. Start with one and continue, think of it as adding water to a cup of oil until all the oil (bad habits) is replaced with clear water (new helpful habits). Like always, you’re capable of more than you know!