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July 11, 2017

10 Reasons To Work Out That Aren’t Aesthetic

It’s no secret that exercising regularly helps you look good naked.

Most of the time, our drive to start working out or stick with a workout program are based around our aesthetics. We want a tighter tush, rock hard abs, lean legs, toned arms, etc. Today, I want to talk about the many reasons to work out that DON’T have to deal with how you look….

Here’s a short list for you to start thinking about:

1. It wakes your ass up

Jumping out of bed and hitting a quick workout first thing in the morning can wake not only your body up, but your mind as well. There’s nothing like starting your day with a good sweat and high energy!

2. It’s a complete mood changer

Anytime I’m in a bad mood working out makes me feel cheerier. There’s something about working on your body, feeling sexy & strong that can completely turn your day around. + working out releases endorphins which by nature make you happier!

3. You sleep better

Do I need to say more? Catching more quality z’s is highly sought after. Exercising for 1 hour daily can help regulate your sleeping patterns and help you to achieve more restful sleep.

4. You’re able to focus longer & be more creative

I guarantee you’ll have 10+ new ideas about your most stressful work project or solution to a major problem in your life by the end of your workout session. Exercise gets your MIND working & there’s always a positive result.

5. It’s empowering & uplifting

Working out can leave you feeling empowered by honing in on discipline and time management skills, accomplishing new goals and feeling INVINCIBLE.

6. It gives you an instant energy boost

One of the BEST ways to beat fatigue and to boost energy is to exercise MORE.

7. It allows you to see what your body can DO

Pushing our body to it’s limits and seeing the amazing things our “machine” is capable of is quite gratifying. Working out increases your confidence and heightens your level of self-respect for your body and all that it can do.

8. It changes your cravings to HEALTHY choices

As you begin working out, you’ll realize you start to crave bad choices less and less. After all, no one wants to ruin their hard workout with a sweet treat or blow it on a cheat meal.

July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

Sweat Equity

How much are you willing to invest into your passion? What are you willing to endure in the name of good faith just to be in the presence of your purpose, knowing full well these infantile steps could go on for miles before you can pick up the pace and start traversing upwards? Many a success story has been foiled by the inability to start from the bottom. When you find your passion, or it finds you, there should be no limit to the amount of Sweat Equity you are willing to pour into it, with the only return being experience and perseverance.

Sweat Equity is a check written to your passion, backed by effort, and cashed by progress. It’s what you are driven to do by your purpose, and what you are compelled to sacrifice in order to breathe life into a passion you have not yet mastered. But signing a check over to your passion will always come at the cost of your ego. Making that investment while thinking you deserve more because of your resume, experience, or pride, instead of effort, will only result in a bounced check and some hurt feelings.

In any situation, you must learn to follow before you can lead. Implementing humble followership into the ascent towards your passion is the quickest way to seamlessly build Sweat Equity in whatever it is you see as your vision for the future. It may not be glamorous, it may feel beneath you, and it probably won’t resemble success in the least, but it is in this time and place where you will learn that although you cannot put a price on your passion, it will most definitely come at a worthwhile cost. The difference is, with this check…you decide how much there is in the bank. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

Sweat Equity

How much are you willing to invest into your passion? What are you willing to endure in the name of good faith just to be in the presence of your purpose, knowing full well these infantile steps could go on for miles before you can pick up the pace and start traversing upwards? Many a success story has been foiled by the inability to start from the bottom. When you find your passion, or it finds you, there should be no limit to the amount of Sweat Equity you are willing to pour into it, with the only return being experience and perseverance.

Sweat Equity is a check written to your passion, backed by effort, and cashed by progress. It’s what you are driven to do by your purpose, and what you are compelled to sacrifice in order to breathe life into a passion you have not yet mastered. But signing a check over to your passion will always come at the cost of your ego. Making that investment while thinking you deserve more because of your resume, experience, or pride, instead of effort, will only result in a bounced check and some hurt feelings.

In any situation, you must learn to follow before you can lead. Implementing humble followership into the ascent towards your passion is the quickest way to seamlessly build Sweat Equity in whatever it is you see as your vision for the future. It may not be glamorous, it may feel beneath you, and it probably won’t resemble success in the least, but it is in this time and place where you will learn that although you cannot put a price on your passion, it will most definitely come at a worthwhile cost. The difference is, with this check…you decide how much there is in the bank. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

For Your Validation

What is it about validation that consumes so much of what we decide to do, or not to do, in our lives? How does it penetrate our subconscious on an almost primordial level, causing us to sometimes crave it more than our own goals and dreams? It is an uneasy feeling that can come with the realization that there is no existing blueprint for life and that you are the one calling the shots, albeit from the seat of your pants. From this uneasiness, the need for validation, acceptance, and even permission, are born into your everyday psyche, stifling the very fabric of who you are.

Validate yourself by accepting the fact you don’t need permission to be yourself, chase your own dreams, or set your own goals. Searching for the validation of others, all while dismissing your own, will only cause you to see your success through their unqualified lenses. Achieving success in their eyes will leave you unfulfilled, and success in your eyes will feel like failure without their support. This vicious cycle of nonfulfillment and perceived failure can only result in the toxic depreciation of your own self-worth.

Stop delaying your growth, debilitating your dreams, and depreciating your worth while you wait on somebody else to tell you you’re okay. The only person you need the green light from is you. Yes, you’re going to need support, help, and constructive criticism along the way, but those are enablers to your momentum. Your success is based on your seat of the pants version of what gives you fulfillment and purpose. It may not be perfect, it may be far-fetched, and it probably won’t make complete sense, but the only way you will ever validate your own blueprint is to get started, while leaving your need for validation at the drawing table.

July 11, 2017

#MondayMotivation

Excuses vs. Challenges

There will always be an out. There will always be some reason why you can’t, more than enough evidence to prove why you shouldn’t, and plenty of justification as to why you won’t. The case will be presented as clear and convincing, and beyond a shadow of a doubt. Where you’re from, who your parents are, physical and intellectual obstacles or limitations, your income, your past, and your failures, will all be entered into evidence in order to show why they should be deemed excuses as opposed to challenges you can overcome through passionate intestinal fortitude.

Life, family, friends, and your mind, will always give you an out. There will always be more reasons to make it an excuse than there will be to make it a challenge, which will all conspire to create a persuasive case aimed at empowering your excuse. But just as they can empower your excuse, they can also channel your challenge, foster your focus, and determine your drive if you are willing to harness the value in success through adversity.

In the courtroom of life, you are the judge, jury, and executioner, presiding over the case of Excuses V. Challenges. Except in this courtroom, your future is on trial. There will be far more arguments made in defense of labeling all of your adversity as an excuse, but the true adversity lies in proving why those excuses are nothing more than challenges waiting to become the hallmarks of your successes. Defy the odds by defining the odds, and decide to reject the excuses in favor of accepting the challenges without any further objection, because if you don’t, this case will never be adjourned. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

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Lead Your Life

There is management, and there is leadership. There are levels and variations of the two, but they all eventually boil down to one or the other at some point. Management is all about status quo; nothing more, nothing less. It hides behind policy, procedure, and routine. It is all output, with no input. There is no room for growth, no chance for change, and development is out of the question. Leadership, however, challenges the status quo. It gallantly displays passion, purpose, and the unprecedented. It is all about inspiring output through constant input with limitless room for growth, an insatiable hunger for change, and a drive for development.
As much as it may seem the principles of management and leadership apply only to bosses and subordinates, it actually starts with you and your life. If you feel stagnant, if you aren’t reaching your goals, if you are getting passed by your peers; you need to ask yourself if you are managing your life, or if are you leading your life. Are you waking up, mindlessly going through the motions, and getting the same result at the end of each day with little, to no, fulfillment? If so, it’s time to move from middle management, to CEO of your life so you can start making moves “Like a Boss.”

Become the leader your life deserves. Lead your own personal research and development, craving inspiration and input from anything and anyone. Be your own recruiter, surrounding yourself with the best and brightest who share your fire for self-development. Create your own brand, establishing your vision and your values you want to be defined by. Spearhead your own marketing, which will convey to the world who you are and why you deserve to be here. Once you have established you can lead your own life, you will find yourself prepared and empowered to lead and inspire others to embark on the same journey, because that’s really what leadership is all about. – CPT Ryan
July 11, 2017

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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 🙂