Thought provoking stuff …

The last six weeks have been fairly crazy and I’ve loved it. For various reasons I’ve decided to think “bollox to it” and really take the handbrake off the business. I’d by no means say I lack confidence but it is amazing how various factors can add up to almost make you fear future success. I also think it’s the same when we’re trying to change our appearance or performance – we get acclimatised to being where we are. Here’s what’s making me make changes! 

I attended a great Strength Matters summit in early November. The line up was awesome with Mark Fisher talking about his awesome clubhouses in NYC,  Perry Nickelston delving into getting your arse working and eliminating pain & finally strength training icon Dan John presenting. 

Mark Fishers workshop was awesome with one key message resonating with me ever since (see picture below). It’s so bloody true! 

I then had the chance to talk shop with Dan John for a couple of hours and chatted about how to improve our new Personal Training, Small Group Training & Team Training programming and left amazingly motivated. A week later, in his amazing blog he quoted several others and I haven’t stopped thinking since. 

So here’s an extract from Dan’s blog. Firstly quoting author Nicholas Taleb (you’ve heard me talk about his Black Swan & Antifragility books before).

“I am just describing my life. I hesitate to give advice because every major single piece of advice I was given turned out to be wrong and I am glad I didn’t follow them. I was told to focus and I never did. I was told to never procrastinate and I waited 20 years for The Black Swan and it sold 3 million copies. I was told to avoid putting fictional characters in my books and I did put in Nero Tulip and Fat Tony because I got bored otherwise. I was told to not insult the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal; the more I insulted them the nicer they were to me and the more they solicited Op-Eds. I was told to avoid lifting weights for a back pain and became a weightlifter: never had a back problem since.

“If I had to relive my life I would be even more stubborn and uncompromising than I have been. 

“One should never do anything without skin in the game. If you give advice, you need to be exposed to losses from it. It is an extension to the silver rule. So I will tell you what tricks I employ.

 Do not read the newspapers, or follow the news in any way or form. To be convinced, try reading last years’ newspaper. It doesn’t mean ignore the news; it means that you go from the events to the news, not the other way around.

 If something is nonsense, you say it and say it loud. You will be harmed a little but will be antifragile — in the long run people who need to trust you will trust you.

As a business and team we’ve got huge “Skin in the game” a real reason why we get our members results. You as a person trying to lose weight or increase performance would have tried many things to improve things – what works? What floated your boat? 

Dan then went onto quote Minimalism Fitness:

What happens to your approach when you apply the golden rule?

“You cut the unnecessary. From everything. – Sitting back and taking the approach of decluttering highlight how much time, money and effort you waste on things. This can be buying the latest gadget that you will never use, spending hundreds of dollars on clothes you will never wear or spending your whole weekend in a drunken stupor. Either way, we waste a terrible lot of brain space on things that simply don’t matter.

“Life becomes simple. You prioritize. – By cutting the unnecessary you simplify your life. You find that you instantly have more time for the things that matter and the people you wish to help. Having one or two extra hours found in your week adds a massive amount of productivity to your life.

“Results start to happen. Almost instantly. – By following one and two, number three just happens. You notice that since you’ve stopped forcing results andprioritizedd what matters to you, the things you are chasing just fall into place.

 I’ve been on a simplicity crackdown for a while now and this just summed the benefits up so well. 

Lots of info to dwell on but three key messages:

  • “Fear is the cockblocker of success” – if you believe in it, do it. Don’t fear what others think! Being a tad crazy is cool and probably why folk like you. 
  • “Skin in the game” you’ve probably thought an awful lot about how you want to change and visualised what you are going to look like and how you will feel. Action it and be resilient. Keep plodding, one habit at a time.
  • “Keep it simple” if you want to improve just do more of it and be consistent. Cut the crap from around it. A few at the club are trying to improve their pull ups at the moment and my advice is simple – just perform a few every day. 

Hope these rambling thoughts are of use. Ax 

PS: We get stronger by sharing.