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July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

Crutch Fall

We have all fallen. We will all fall again. And when we get up…we will fall countless more times if we are truly chasing the best version of ourselves. Life is a continuous progression of falling, but only you can decide whether to keep falling towards your dreams, or to stop falling in favor of comfort. Sometimes we take such a gnarly spill, it causes a stress aversion, which morphs into a crutch we continuously reference in order to avoid feeling the burn of the crash landing over again.

Every summit is the product of a thousand falls, some worse than others, but none irrecoverable. By allowing one fall to consume you, define you, and stifle you, you are inevitably creating a “Crutch Fall” by which every missed opportunity is justified, every chance at redemption is averted, and any semblance of unstable ground or treacherous terrain are circumvented with phrases like “I could have…” or “I would, but…”.

Cast the crutches of falls gone-by aside, and start seeing them as a necessary part of the process. It may seem as though your whole world just came crashing to the ground with you, and you are pinned beneath the rubble of unintended consequences; but the permanence of your new reality is based upon how quickly you are willing to take those first redeeming steps towards recovery with a renewed perspective. By focusing on the next step instead of the misstep, you will free yourself to enter the grind, uninhibited by the fear of the fall, and ready to take on the next one. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

Just Say Yes

For most of us, ever since grade school we have heard the mantra “Just say no.” Although well intentioned, this phrase has a tendency to creep into other parts of our lives. Over time, the word “No” becomes associated with calculated decision making, smart life choices, and sound planning. While this may be true for some things, challenge and opportunity should never fall into that wheelhouse. “No”, in all its forms, can have the ability to morph into a diversionary pause button, robbing you of the chance to rise to the occasion throughout your life.

Think back to the chances and opportunities you have shied away from in the past all in the name of caution. Whether you said “No” because you felt it was too risky, or that maybe you weren’t good enough, smart enough, or physically fit enough, realize that justification is formulated in fiction. The fact of the matter is, those “No’s” are based in theory, which then cause the reality of stagnation, or worse yet, regret. While saying “Yes” may result in failure, failure is far more productive than a “No” resulting in a “What if?”

Start saying “Yes” to the stuff that makes you uncomfortable. Say “Yes” to stuff that is different, hard, random, and challenging. Say it when it flat out scares you, and even when it seems the probability of failure may outweigh the probability of success. The self-development will still be worth the grind. The road to success is paved by rising to the occasion, and rising to the occasion starts by placing your back against the wall and saying “Yes” to the challenge, adversity, or even the chaos. So “Just say yes”, and start showing the world, or more importantly, yourself, that you are game for it anytime, anyplace, because win, lose, or draw, you are going to kill the “What if’s” one “Yes” at a time. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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Starting Point

Point B. You want to get there from Point A as fast as you can. You see Point B as clear as day, and you know you have what it takes to make it your new reality. It’s on your mind day and night, it comes to life every time you close your eyes, and you want nothing more than to set off on your journey before it’s too late. Although having the audacity to tell the world where you intend to go is a key step in the progression of the grind, you will need to fully understand your Point A if you are ever going to have a chance to realize your Point B.

For as uncomfortable as Point B can make us, Point A may be even more unnerving. Point A is a cold, hard, brutally honest depiction of who you are in this moment, and what has occurred in order to get you here. It is what lies behind the façade we sometimes create around our image, which can consist of justification, conformity, and excuses. Point A can even become so intimidating, there will sometimes be a temptation to chase Point B just to avoid dealing with Point A altogether.

Chase Point B, but embrace Point A. Identifying where you are truly starting from is the only way to accurately map your accent to your goals, otherwise, every success and every failure will eventually lead you to miss your mark because they were experienced under false pretenses. So identify who you are, what you are, where you are, and why or how you got here. Don’t accept it, but identify it; then go out and rectify it with a clear and concise plan rooted in an honest depiction of what you need to do in order to relentlessly traverse the road less travelled. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

#FromTheVault

Why You Aren’t Reaching Your Goals

So many of my clients, fans, friends, even family ask me why they aren’t meeting their goals. They claim they are doing everything right to get there….whether it’s working their ass off in the gym & eating right to lose weight or staying late night at the office to earn a promotion – they claim they are doing it all.

For some time, I had doubted these people. I thought to myself, they must be embellishing all their hard work, because there’s no way they shouldn’t have reached their goal by now. However, after some deep-diving, I found that there was a significant flaw in their process.

The act of goal setting in itself is CRUCIAL to your success in reaching those goals. If you set goals from a negative connotation, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

In other words, be kind to yourself – rather than thinking “oh god I’m so fat” after eating too much junk food, think “I want to start eating more mindfully”. When we make plans to CHANGE from a low point, we set unkind goals for ourselves and are unlikely to achieve them.

This week try setting a goal for yourself from a POSITIVE state of mind. Instead of focusing on all the things you do wrong, think of what you could be doing better 🙂

July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

Plan Accordingly

“No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy,” as Helmuth von Moltke once noted. Or more simply, “Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth,” as Mike Tyson eloquently put it.  Either way, your success in life hinges not only upon your meticulous planning, preparation, and previous accomplishments, but also your indomitable will, fortitude, and sacrifice.

Sometimes we get so involved in our goal, preparing to reach it, and planning how to get there, we forget to account for the fact we will inevitably get punched in the mouth along the way. An idea or a goal will get you to the doorway. A plan, some talent, and a little luck will get your foot in the door. And a clear passionate vision of your desired end state, coupled with hard work, preparedness, and resolute tenacity is what kicks the door off the hinges and makes the room yours, regardless of how many punches to the mouth you take on the way in.

Plan for failure, not for perfection. Planning for perfection will only lead to debilitating failure at the first sight of adversity, and adversity will disguise itself as failure only to those whom have not dared to persevere it. If you are truly pushing yourself to your maximum potential, you will undoubtedly take hits along the way. These moments of adversity will eventually become routine, thus inoculating you to the sting of the punch over time, allowing you to move with a thick skinned confidence in pursuit of your goals, with pride in the battle scars you earned in the fight. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

FIFO

Figure It The Fuck Out

Here are the Agency, I often use the term FIFO. It stands for (excuse my language) “Figure It the Fuck Out.” Some of you may find this to be incredibly harsh, but let me explain my thought process…

Any one of us can ask a question and have it answered, right? 9 times out of 10, if one of my employees, friends, coaches, doesn’t know something, I or another coach, friend, or employee does. Rather than simply GIVING them the answer – I tell them to FIFO.

Figuring things out on your own takes time. It takes self-motivation and an eagerness to learn. Figuring it the fuck out drives growth and development.

If we constantly spoon feed each other the information, never forcing one another to go out into the world and find the answer, we never truly reach our full potential. I mean, isn’t this the whole point of Google? The resources are out there!

If you discover the answer to a question yourself, if you go through the process of this discovery, the outcome will be so much greater both internally and externally than if you were just told the answer. Learning never stops people!

July 11, 2017

Travel Essentials

Most people absolutely dread traveling. They get anxious about airports, lines, traffic, seats, getting sick, timing, delays, etc.

ME? Over the years I like to think I’ve become a travel guru. I’ve got my routine narrowed down to the bare essentials & rarely have trouble because that sense of anxiety is no longer with me.

Here’s a few of my MUST-HAVE travel items :

  1. Travel Aid – The TRAVELAID Immunity blend from LifeAid Beverage Co. delivers key vitamins & nutrients to help boost your immune system when you need it most. Vitamins A, C, and D, as well as Zinc, Echinachea, Astragalus & Valerian Root promote wellness & immune support. Chamomile & Lemon Balm help relax nerves while Ginger Root helps reduce stomach nausea. TRAVELAID
  2. Rodan + Fields Travel Packets – These convenient, single-use Micro-dermabrasion paste packets are a LIFE-SAVOR! Immediately after using, your skin will feel silky smooth and clear of dirt & grime. Once I hop off the plane, my immediate stop is to wash my face with one of these bad boys! R+F
  3. Sweat Stick – The Sweat Cosmetics twist brush + mineral foundation is super lightweight & withstands just about anything. The compactness of the brush makes it super easy to travel with and an easy touch-me-up in seconds with a quick twist! Sweat Cosmetics
  4. 2XU Recovery Tights – My 2XU recovery tights have been a game-changer while traveling! Not only are they light-weight, so you don’t have the dreaded “swamp-ass”, BUT, they’ve got super-secret stamping technology that helps direct blood flow to your leg muscles (aka no swollen cank-les!) 2XU Tights

Whether it’s for business, pleasure, world domination (you name it), we all leave our nests eventually. Either for a quick trip a few states over or perhaps half-way across the country, a few things remain unchanged…

  1. If you work out at a gym/box, you suddenly may not have access to your precious equipment.
  2. If you usually prepare your own meals, suddenly you don’t have a kitchen, fridge, tupperware, etc.
  3. If you’re used to a good nights sleep, suddenly you are in a new time zone/not your own bed 🙁

Luckily, these items can be combated with a few tips & tricks. The key to traveling is to try to stay as close to your normal routine as possible & when you just simply can’t, figure it the fuck out!

Use your travel time to introduce NEW training/exercises to your routines. If you generally smash heavy weights, your body could probably use a good jog or long session of stretching & lengthening the muscles. Instead of looking at your trip as an excuse to not workout whatsoever, try something different!

If you’re driving to your destination, good for you, you can put a little extra effort in on the front-end & have all your meals packed & ready to go! If you’re flying, unfortunately TSA is not a fan of our incessant tupperwares & smelly broccoli 🙂 In this case, it’s important for you to stay extremely hydrated – the salt/preservatives you’ll find in airport/plane food is excessive and can cause you to feel extremely bloated. Once you reach your destination, try to find a local market where you can grab some fresh fruit & veggies, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal and some peanut butter for your stay.

Though I don’t have a magic secret for beating a time-zone change, I can say that drinking plenty of water + meditating have done wonders for helping me to feel rested & adjust to new surroundings. Take at least 10 minutes each night to mediate before bed. Bonus: If possible, bring a mini bottle of lavender oil with you & place a few droplets in your pillows – this will help relax you after a long day of traveling & help you to fall asleep faster.

July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

A Letter To The Team

Dear Haters. We see you, we hear you, and we know you. We know you don’t really mean what you say. We know what you say is really a cry for help with your insecurities. We know our self-confidence, our plan, our grind, and our purpose make you uncomfortable. We know all you are trying to say is you wish you had the courage to expose your hopes and dreams to the world, and relentlessly pursue them with laser focus and steadfast vision like we do. We get it, and you have our sincerest thanks and gratitude.
Dear Naysayers. We see you too. We can assure you we have taken your concerns into account, and that we are fully prepared to fail in the pursuit of possibilities. We know your opinions are merely based in a deep rooted appreciation for what may go wrong. It’s okay you can’t see what we see when we close our eyes and envision a future without limits. We get it. And we can’t really blame you, our goals sound crazy to us sometimes too. But we really want to thank you as well for all you have done for us.
And Dear Motivation. Don’t worry. We know sometimes you don’t know what will give you life. We know sometimes you won’t be able to make it out to the grind with us. We know there will be times we will even have to fake your existence for you. But take solace in the fact that the Haters and the Naysayers have your back. They are standing by, ready and willing to breathe new life into you in your darkest hours. When we are getting started, they will be there. When we fall short, they will be there. When we epically fail, they will be there too. And when we are inches from the finish line, not really sure if we will make it, that’s when they will be cheering us on the loudest. Reminding us why we embarked on this journey together to begin with. Reminding us what it would look like if we didn’t go out on a limb and chase after something we couldn’t see. And reminding us how vindicating it will feel when we finally break through all the hurdles and hit our mark.
And when we succeed…they will definitely be there, because that’s when we will need them the most. They just want to make sure we aren’t getting cocky, or arrogant, or resting on our laurels. They want to remind us there are no plateaus, that there will always be another level to go to, and reviving that hunger to succeed we felt when we first started. We won’t get a moment’s rest, not on their watch, for they live to push us to greatness.  We’re an interesting team, the Haters, the Naysayers, Motivation and I…and I wouldn’t want it any other way. – CPT Ryan
July 11, 2017

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So Fresh & So Clean

There is no such thing as a bad time to make a fresh start. Sometimes we think that a fresh start is an all or nothing game, which can intimidate us into not taking action at all. A fresh start doesn’t mean you have to wipe the slate clean, leave everything you have come to know, and set out on some unprecedented adventure which could leave you with less than what you started with. A fresh start can begin one weakness at a time, one new habit at a time, one day at a time, or even one year at a time.

A fresh start is a simple commitment to changing something you consistently do so that the cumulative result is a positive and permanent reinvention of yourself. Don’t get caught up in the past, don’t adhere to your labels or prior failures, and don’t worry about whatever your reputation may or may not be. Your fresh start lives and dies with a solemn belief in your character, which is holding true to the values you know represent you, and everything else is merely what other people think.

Fend off the intimidation of a fresh start with a plan of action which focuses on what is important right now, with a clear perspective as to how you are going create a cumulative change in the future. Open yourself up to what needs to change in order for you to reach your purpose, and make it your purpose to open yourself up to change. Create an unrelenting momentum one improvement at a time, with a respect for the past but not a focus on it, and start fresh today because “Ain’t nobody dope as me, I’m dressed so fresh, so clean.” – Outkast
-CPT Ryan
July 11, 2017

Find the Perfect FIT

I find that when it comes to fitness & my career in the field – people have two ways of thinking. They either think I am SOLELY a CrossFitter & that I have absolutely no idea how to do anything beyond that type of sport OR that I excel at every workout I’ve ever tried, whether it be yoga, running, martial arts, etc.

The truth is NEITHER of these are correct. I used to think that since I was in this realm of fitness I had to love every single type of workout I ever tried if I was to truly be considered an “athlete” or “fitness-er” of some sort. I’ve indulged in a smorgasbord of fitness endeavors in my time as an athlete – while some left me inspired & eager for more (CrossFit & Weightlifting), others left me demoralized & bored.

Exercise is not a one-style-fits-all proposition. Not every workout is suited or enjoyable for everyone. It seems logical but is an easy concept to throw out the window when your BFF swears up and down that pilates melted the pounds right off her body & you’re wondering if this is FINALLY the answer for you too. But if intense stretching & slow movement is not your thing, you aren’t going to stick with it no matter what your best friend says.

In my own life, I’ve definitely had my girlfriend preach about how fun & hardcore Zumba is. Naturally, as the hard-headed individual that I am, determined to prove I’m athletic in ANY arena, I gave it a shot. Unfortunately, rhythmically I couldn’t keep up & this was a huge blow to my ego – so of course, I didn’t return to zumba for another ego-ass beating and that’s OK. Remember, for an exercise method to be sustainable it needs to please your body & mind + get you closer to achieving your goal & thus, these methods are different for EVERYBODY.

Take some time to try out a few different types of workouts & find your own perfect FIT!

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