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  • "To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure." - Freya Stark.
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// Ramble On.

It's hard to describe the feeling I get when roaming the #earth.

I like a kid... everything seems new.

Growing up in #Georgia, one of earliest memories is walking along a #creek with my Dad in the woods behind our little house.

I was maybe 3.

We moved from there and spent time in living on the wrong side of the tracks, among other places when my parents had nothing.

Yet ultimately, the home I grew up in from 12 on was bordered on the west by #water.

We had this amazing stream that led deep into the tall #pines behind the house. For a young teenager it may as well have been Africa.

It was land ready to be conquered.

My friend, Scott, and I bought #military style survival #knives that we'd attach to our belts and off we'd go... where I'm sure many had gone before.

But to us, walking the creek, swinging over it on natural vines, and finding little rock #waterfalls was adventure.

I never lost that desire to #explore.

It still lights me up, no matter how long the trip or how uncomfortable the foreign bed, I know I'm #better for being exposed to new places.

And so are you.

You're all grown up now... is your life still filled with the colors of #adventure, does it have the spark of one who is #excited to wake and take on the day?
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I ask myself this alot. I want to keep the #spirit of the adventurer alive.

All it takes is stepping into a new place or new situation to reignite your brain and create new excitement.

Or do you plan to #die bored and empty.

No.

Do anything different and notice your response and #experience of the moments change.

Drive to work a different way, or brush your teeth left handed (or righty)... it all serves to create better moments.

And, #travel. See how the terrain changes on mother earth, along with her people's attitudes and beliefs.

Contrary to popular belief, many Canadians think Trudeau is an idiot. You won't get that on the nightly news!
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Tell me, what was your last adventure? Share below.
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Sight + Light.
J
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Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
#hardwodder
  • "To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure." - Freya Stark.
    .
    // Ramble On.

    It's hard to describe the feeling I get when roaming the #earth .

    I like a kid... everything seems new.

    Growing up in #Georgia , one of earliest memories is walking along a #creek with my Dad in the woods behind our little house.

    I was maybe 3.

    We moved from there and spent time in living on the wrong side of the tracks, among other places when my parents had nothing.

    Yet ultimately, the home I grew up in from 12 on was bordered on the west by #water .

    We had this amazing stream that led deep into the tall #pines behind the house. For a young teenager it may as well have been Africa.

    It was land ready to be conquered.

    My friend, Scott, and I bought #military style survival #knives that we'd attach to our belts and off we'd go... where I'm sure many had gone before.

    But to us, walking the creek, swinging over it on natural vines, and finding little rock #waterfalls was adventure.

    I never lost that desire to #explore .

    It still lights me up, no matter how long the trip or how uncomfortable the foreign bed, I know I'm #better for being exposed to new places.

    And so are you.

    You're all grown up now... is your life still filled with the colors of #adventure , does it have the spark of one who is #excited to wake and take on the day?
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    I ask myself this alot. I want to keep the #spirit of the adventurer alive.

    All it takes is stepping into a new place or new situation to reignite your brain and create new excitement.

    Or do you plan to #die bored and empty.

    No.

    Do anything different and notice your response and #experience of the moments change.

    Drive to work a different way, or brush your teeth left handed (or righty)... it all serves to create better moments.

    And, #travel . See how the terrain changes on mother earth, along with her people's attitudes and beliefs.

    Contrary to popular belief, many Canadians think Trudeau is an idiot. You won't get that on the nightly news!
    .
    Tell me, what was your last adventure? Share below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
    #hardwodder
  • 29 5 24 July, 2019
  • "We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment." - Jim Rohn.
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// Feel Like It.

The last few days have been #hard mentally.

I felt like I was losing touch with my #mission and that I would "never" find a way to break through or build what I want to bring to #life.

I didn't feel like I had anything to offer.

Partly, this was fatigue... and partly this was #comparison sickness.

I fell down the black hole of the interwebz where "everyone else" has it figured out and are living their #dreams.

Of course, that is bullshit.

Most of what you see online is a carefully crafted and curated collection of complete crap.
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(How's that for alliteration?)
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It's a small percentage of someone's day made to give the impression that everything in their life is a beer commercial: all smiles, good times, and hot chicks.

And here I am, #feeling like shit because I don't measure up.

It's rubbish.
It's a fabrication.
It's a #story in my head.

And when I feel this way I have one of two choices... I can wallow in it and make it worse, or I can remember my future and begin to #moveanyway in a positive direction.

Even though I know this... I can still fall prey to "not feeling like it". In these moments, everything seems difficult and #heavy.

It's important to remember this feeling is temporary, it's fleeting, and you have to keep going.

You have to rely on #discipline, not #motivation because guess what; the pain of not #becoming all you can exponentially outweighs the pain of moving through the tough days.

It all comes down to choice.

Will you choose today to advance yourself regardless of how you feel? Be honest below.

Sight + Light
J.
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#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment." - Jim Rohn.
    .
    // Feel Like It.

    The last few days have been #hard mentally.

    I felt like I was losing touch with my #mission and that I would "never" find a way to break through or build what I want to bring to #life .

    I didn't feel like I had anything to offer.

    Partly, this was fatigue... and partly this was #comparison sickness.

    I fell down the black hole of the interwebz where "everyone else" has it figured out and are living their #dreams .

    Of course, that is bullshit.

    Most of what you see online is a carefully crafted and curated collection of complete crap.
    .
    (How's that for alliteration?)
    .
    It's a small percentage of someone's day made to give the impression that everything in their life is a beer commercial: all smiles, good times, and hot chicks.

    And here I am, #feeling like shit because I don't measure up.

    It's rubbish.
    It's a fabrication.
    It's a #story in my head.

    And when I feel this way I have one of two choices... I can wallow in it and make it worse, or I can remember my future and begin to #moveanyway in a positive direction.

    Even though I know this... I can still fall prey to "not feeling like it". In these moments, everything seems difficult and #heavy .

    It's important to remember this feeling is temporary, it's fleeting, and you have to keep going.

    You have to rely on #discipline , not #motivation because guess what; the pain of not #becoming all you can exponentially outweighs the pain of moving through the tough days.

    It all comes down to choice.

    Will you choose today to advance yourself regardless of how you feel? Be honest below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 40 7 26 July, 2019
  • "You seldom improve much without giving the task your full attention." - Anders Ericsson.
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// Deliberate Practice.

The main reason so many people live lives of #mediocrity and despair comes down to a lack of depth in #life experience.

Depth of #meaningful work.
Depth of primary #relationships.
Depth of self understanding and #leadership.

These all contribute to feelings of insecurity and uselessness.

Humans are wired to be social. And in any society, the members need to know they have a secure place and #value to provide.

Historically, the way you did that was you got good at something. You #developed an expertise and put that to use in the form of providing goods or services.

You grew the best tomatoes, built the best house, or wrote the best plays.

Whatever the thing... you deliberately set aside time to hone your #skill.

And in that way, your value became known to all those close. You found a niche and you earned a reputation based on the #depth and understanding of your chosen skillset.

But in the modern world, we've traded developing depth for the desirable digital.

With the dings, vibration, and flashing lights sewn to our hand, it's nearly impossible to #focus long enough to allow the #mind to #work and the body to follow.

Legacy is lost.
Anxiety increases.
Precious time marches on.

Maybe it's time to unplug long enough each day to let your mind get quiet and go deep on the problems you face and the #vision you want to create.

Deliberate #practice performed over time is the way back to a fulfilling life... one built on excellence and contribution.

And the #shadow you cast on earth becomes one of value and happiness.

That, my friends, is #eudaimonia: human flourishing.

Fulfillment.

What part of your life is rich and full? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "You seldom improve much without giving the task your full attention." - Anders Ericsson.
    .
    // Deliberate Practice.

    The main reason so many people live lives of #mediocrity and despair comes down to a lack of depth in #life experience.

    Depth of #meaningful work.
    Depth of primary #relationships .
    Depth of self understanding and #leadership .

    These all contribute to feelings of insecurity and uselessness.

    Humans are wired to be social. And in any society, the members need to know they have a secure place and #value to provide.

    Historically, the way you did that was you got good at something. You #developed an expertise and put that to use in the form of providing goods or services.

    You grew the best tomatoes, built the best house, or wrote the best plays.

    Whatever the thing... you deliberately set aside time to hone your #skill .

    And in that way, your value became known to all those close. You found a niche and you earned a reputation based on the #depth and understanding of your chosen skillset.

    But in the modern world, we've traded developing depth for the desirable digital.

    With the dings, vibration, and flashing lights sewn to our hand, it's nearly impossible to #focus long enough to allow the #mind to #work and the body to follow.

    Legacy is lost.
    Anxiety increases.
    Precious time marches on.

    Maybe it's time to unplug long enough each day to let your mind get quiet and go deep on the problems you face and the #vision you want to create.

    Deliberate #practice performed over time is the way back to a fulfilling life... one built on excellence and contribution.

    And the #shadow you cast on earth becomes one of value and happiness.

    That, my friends, is #eudaimonia : human flourishing.

    Fulfillment.

    What part of your life is rich and full? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 39 6 3 hours ago
  • "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." - George Burns.
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// Family Photos.

On this visit to Calgary, I travel alone.

Wifey stayed home to keep kicking ass in her profession, and I have the opportunity to stay in her childhood home.

I've also had the #opportunity to spend time with her mom and learn a lot about the family and their roots.

These conversations naturally led to old photos of relatives still living in Italy, and a few of my wife as a baby and adventurous young woman sailing the seas as a cruise director.

As her mom shares photos and speaks to me in broken English at the same kitchen table you see in the photo, I get a sense for what her life was like and how she became who she is today.

What a #great gift.

I'm listening intently and soaking up every bit of wisdom and insight I can from the woman who bore my wife.

She tells me of her arranged marriage, of leaving southern Italy for England, then ultimately settling in Canada where she worked for $50 a week in 1969.

She and her husband worked 10 years to save 50k while providing for three kids (my wife being the baby) and paid off their home early.

They then had money to invest in a larger home, then a restaurant, and ultimately 6 rental properties.

The family lived modestly, but thanks to the #work ethic and saving of 2 Italian immigrants, they were secure and began to build #wealth that continues to grow to this day.

It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, but their sacrifice and hard work is an inspiration and a tribute to the discipline required to build something from nothing.

But this has taken a backseat in the modern era.

Everyone wants everything now... not realizing the power of "aggressive patience" that @andyfrisella talks about.

Just because what you want isn't coming as fast as instant coffee, doesn't mean it won't come.

The foundation has to be laid, and you have to put in the time, face the adversity and commit to consistency in executing your plan.

Simple. Not easy.

If 10 years gets you to the next level, are you the person who can do the time? Share below.

Site + Light.
J .
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
  • "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." - George Burns.
    .
    // Family Photos.

    On this visit to Calgary, I travel alone.

    Wifey stayed home to keep kicking ass in her profession, and I have the opportunity to stay in her childhood home.

    I've also had the #opportunity to spend time with her mom and learn a lot about the family and their roots.

    These conversations naturally led to old photos of relatives still living in Italy, and a few of my wife as a baby and adventurous young woman sailing the seas as a cruise director.

    As her mom shares photos and speaks to me in broken English at the same kitchen table you see in the photo, I get a sense for what her life was like and how she became who she is today.

    What a #great gift.

    I'm listening intently and soaking up every bit of wisdom and insight I can from the woman who bore my wife.

    She tells me of her arranged marriage, of leaving southern Italy for England, then ultimately settling in Canada where she worked for $50 a week in 1969.

    She and her husband worked 10 years to save 50k while providing for three kids (my wife being the baby) and paid off their home early.

    They then had money to invest in a larger home, then a restaurant, and ultimately 6 rental properties.

    The family lived modestly, but thanks to the #work ethic and saving of 2 Italian immigrants, they were secure and began to build #wealth that continues to grow to this day.

    It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, but their sacrifice and hard work is an inspiration and a tribute to the discipline required to build something from nothing.

    But this has taken a backseat in the modern era.

    Everyone wants everything now... not realizing the power of "aggressive patience" that @andyfrisella talks about.

    Just because what you want isn't coming as fast as instant coffee, doesn't mean it won't come.

    The foundation has to be laid, and you have to put in the time, face the adversity and commit to consistency in executing your plan.

    Simple. Not easy.

    If 10 years gets you to the next level, are you the person who can do the time? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
  • 42 3 12 August, 2019
  • So you want to be an entrepreneur huh? Keep in mind that the saying, "dirty work" can be a very literal one. Hope you're ready to get a little messy from time to time.
  • So you want to be an entrepreneur huh? Keep in mind that the saying, "dirty work" can be a very literal one. Hope you're ready to get a little messy from time to time.
  • 150 6 16 September, 2017
  • "To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself." - Søren Kierkegaard.

Legacy.

I left GA for AZ almost 20 years ago... I had no plans to leave originally. I just knew I wasn't ready to stop seeking my "personal #legend" like Santiago in The #Alchemist.

I knew there was more.

So, experiencing whatever that looked like would pull me 2000 miles from home. To a new #home.

It was here in the desert that I would take a path into #leadership and development that would lead me through business ventures, relationships, and finally marriage to a foreign national.

A life with many ups and downs... and everything in between.

I remember a #conversation with an old girlfriend back in college... I told her, "I'll never leave the South. It's everything I want." #Youth allowed me to think that way and, make a liar of myself.

So here I am, building a #legacy in a place I never dreamed of being with a #woman I couldn't imagine knowing.

And it works.

Not because #life is easier or better here, but simply because I choose to be an active contributor to life anywhere I find myself.

I used to believe that new places meant a new life... now I realize that no matter where I go I take me with me.

New things are the #result of constantly seeking new ways of being, not new places to be.

Knowing that is the beginning of legacy... for the more you can become, the more #impact you leave in your wake.

Each day I #write, I leave a little more for those who come after me... bits of myself that will live on forever.

All done using only a phone and the internet. As you read this, you have the same potential sitting in the palm of your hand just waiting for you to take #advantage.

What's stopping you... Maybe you think self doubt or fear of judgment keeps you sidelined.

The hard truth? No one is stopping you from building any legacy you want.

Or more accurately... No one but you.

What say you? Your words matter below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

There is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized
#taketuesday
#100to0
  • "To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself." - Søren Kierkegaard.

    Legacy.

    I left GA for AZ almost 20 years ago... I had no plans to leave originally. I just knew I wasn't ready to stop seeking my "personal #legend " like Santiago in The #Alchemist .

    I knew there was more.

    So, experiencing whatever that looked like would pull me 2000 miles from home. To a new #home .

    It was here in the desert that I would take a path into #leadership and development that would lead me through business ventures, relationships, and finally marriage to a foreign national.

    A life with many ups and downs... and everything in between.

    I remember a #conversation with an old girlfriend back in college... I told her, "I'll never leave the South. It's everything I want." #Youth allowed me to think that way and, make a liar of myself.

    So here I am, building a #legacy in a place I never dreamed of being with a #woman I couldn't imagine knowing.

    And it works.

    Not because #life is easier or better here, but simply because I choose to be an active contributor to life anywhere I find myself.

    I used to believe that new places meant a new life... now I realize that no matter where I go I take me with me.

    New things are the #result of constantly seeking new ways of being, not new places to be.

    Knowing that is the beginning of legacy... for the more you can become, the more #impact you leave in your wake.

    Each day I #write , I leave a little more for those who come after me... bits of myself that will live on forever.

    All done using only a phone and the internet. As you read this, you have the same potential sitting in the palm of your hand just waiting for you to take #advantage .

    What's stopping you... Maybe you think self doubt or fear of judgment keeps you sidelined.

    The hard truth? No one is stopping you from building any legacy you want.

    Or more accurately... No one but you.

    What say you? Your words matter below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    There is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #taketuesday
    #100to0
  • 77 6 18 July, 2018
  • "It is idleness that is the curse of man - not labour. Idleness eats the heart out of men as of nations, and consumes them as rust does iron." - Samuel Smiles.

Some Things Never Disappoint.

Like the #desert sky... no matter the weather, it gives the interested mind something to appreciate.

Beauty. Color. Texture. Contrast. They all show through against the land or other #elements of the atmosphere.

Ever #changing... if only in slight ways from day to day.

It's in a constant state of #becoming. The sky is constantly something new and will never stop its journey.

Nor should you or I.

We are creatures with short lives... most of the time made shorter by a refusal to continue to #grow past a certain age.

As if somehow learning ends when you start #adulting. That a rut and comfort zone are your destiny.

They aren't... that's just a choice. One that keeps you safe, but also very small. So, if that isn't your idea of ideal, #choose again.

I used to #believe that some people had it all figured out, and that they were enlightened.

But, what I came to learn is that they had only figured out the things I was #struggling with, and had moved past them... so from my perspective it appeared they had it figured out.

They were simply further down their #path of becoming because they refused to remain stagnant.

That is my new #reality. I will not be the same man everyday forth because i choose to learn each day... to become something new, just like the desert #sky.

I wish the same for you. Move.

What sat you? Your words matter below.

Site +Light.
J .
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#crossfit
#sundaysoapbox
#crossfitathlete
#mindset
#fitness

Gear up ★ http://hardwodder.com .
Meet up ★ http://hardwodderradio.com .
Wise up ★ http://dothehardthing.net .
Join up ★ http://hardwodderone.com/group
  • "It is idleness that is the curse of man - not labour. Idleness eats the heart out of men as of nations, and consumes them as rust does iron." - Samuel Smiles.

    Some Things Never Disappoint.

    Like the #desert sky... no matter the weather, it gives the interested mind something to appreciate.

    Beauty. Color. Texture. Contrast. They all show through against the land or other #elements of the atmosphere.

    Ever #changing ... if only in slight ways from day to day.

    It's in a constant state of #becoming . The sky is constantly something new and will never stop its journey.

    Nor should you or I.

    We are creatures with short lives... most of the time made shorter by a refusal to continue to #grow past a certain age.

    As if somehow learning ends when you start #adulting . That a rut and comfort zone are your destiny.

    They aren't... that's just a choice. One that keeps you safe, but also very small. So, if that isn't your idea of ideal, #choose again.

    I used to #believe that some people had it all figured out, and that they were enlightened.

    But, what I came to learn is that they had only figured out the things I was #struggling with, and had moved past them... so from my perspective it appeared they had it figured out.

    They were simply further down their #path of becoming because they refused to remain stagnant.

    That is my new #reality . I will not be the same man everyday forth because i choose to learn each day... to become something new, just like the desert #sky .

    I wish the same for you. Move.

    What sat you? Your words matter below.

    Site +Light.
    J .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #crossfit
    #sundaysoapbox
    #crossfitathlete
    #mindset
    #fitness

    Gear up ★ http://hardwodder.com .
    Meet up ★ http://hardwodderradio.com .
    Wise up ★ http://dothehardthing.net .
    Join up ★ http://hardwodderone.com/group
  • 136 5 30 July, 2018
  • "Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself." - P. T. Barnum.

Fear As Help.

I'm #scared almost every day. Never of what I know... only of that I have never known.

And for that reason alone, I know fear is just a #fiction bounding through my brain.

Knowing that doesn't change the #feeling, or mitigate the sleeplessness and anxiety when fear comes to visit.

But it does remind me that the stories in my head are just that: #stories... fabrications of future happenings based on past experiences.

This is #growth... where learning requires your commitment to be in the unknown. And the unknown prompts your #mind to manufacture fear meant to send you back to what you know.

The greats tell us to live on the edge of our competencies and do #hard and unfamiliar things. To have faith as we fall that the proverbial parachute will open yet, there's no guarantee it will.

So #fear enters... with each new decision, every action taken in the unknown, and every word spoken that creates change.

Ever present, it demands you return to your old comfortable ways of being. But, you can not do that and #become your better self.

A return to comfort is not acceptable on this journey.

So, I make fear mean something new... I stay on course by letting the feeling of fear be my #guide.

It signals my next step into the unknown, and when it comes it affirms my decision and guarantees a lesson... transforming fear from stop sign to personal assistant.

What scares you? Share your wisdom below.

Site + Light.
J
.
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#mindset #mindsetiseverything
#movementmonday #motivationmonday

Gear up ★ http://hardwodder.com .
Meet up ★ http://hardwodderradio.com .
Wise up ★ http://dothehardthing.net .
Join up ★ http://hardwodderone.com/group
  • "Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself." - P. T. Barnum.

    Fear As Help.

    I'm #scared almost every day. Never of what I know... only of that I have never known.

    And for that reason alone, I know fear is just a #fiction bounding through my brain.

    Knowing that doesn't change the #feeling , or mitigate the sleeplessness and anxiety when fear comes to visit.

    But it does remind me that the stories in my head are just that: #stories ... fabrications of future happenings based on past experiences.

    This is #growth ... where learning requires your commitment to be in the unknown. And the unknown prompts your #mind to manufacture fear meant to send you back to what you know.

    The greats tell us to live on the edge of our competencies and do #hard and unfamiliar things. To have faith as we fall that the proverbial parachute will open yet, there's no guarantee it will.

    So #fear enters... with each new decision, every action taken in the unknown, and every word spoken that creates change.

    Ever present, it demands you return to your old comfortable ways of being. But, you can not do that and #become your better self.

    A return to comfort is not acceptable on this journey.

    So, I make fear mean something new... I stay on course by letting the feeling of fear be my #guide .

    It signals my next step into the unknown, and when it comes it affirms my decision and guarantees a lesson... transforming fear from stop sign to personal assistant.

    What scares you? Share your wisdom below.

    Site + Light.
    J
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    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #mindset #mindsetiseverything
    #movementmonday #motivationmonday

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  • "While you were failing to define success, and thereby rendering it impossible, you were also refusing to define failure to yourself. So that if and when you fail you won't notice and it wont hurt." - Jordan Peterson.

Grey Is For Losers.

New day, people... this is the perfect time to #eliminate some grey.

One of the greatest, if not THE greatest #lesson I've picked up over the last 547 days... is the purpose behind having specific targets for yourself.

In my early years, I remember desperately wanting to do more and be more. I would sit down with my pad and pen and write out my #goals.

Then, promptly miss every single one.

I didn't know what I was doing... my #targets were non specific and vague... which made measuring my results the same.

Too much grey will #kill you. Yet, the modern world is all about creating more of it.

Why? Can't hurt your feelings or make you feel bad... we must perpetually treat you like an #infant rather than expect results and emotional maturity.

Bullshit.

Getting what you want is a never ending process of moving and measuring... again and again.

You step toward what you want, you get a measurable #result. If that step advanced you, repeat. If not, step differently.

But you cannot know if every result is grey. Sure, your feelings may be intact, but your ability to manifest, your #character, your skills: they are diminished.

Not living in the land of black and white makes it difficult to know where you are in the #process, or how to adjust when off course.

Both of these things are necessary.

Can you imagine installing #baseboards in your home without exact measurements? What kind of shit show would that be.

Everything you want is at the end of some process... no matter of it's moulding or #money.

You must know how you're tracking in black and white terms at all times.

What grey can you kill? Share your words below.

Site + Light.
J
.
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • "While you were failing to define success, and thereby rendering it impossible, you were also refusing to define failure to yourself. So that if and when you fail you won't notice and it wont hurt." - Jordan Peterson.

    Grey Is For Losers.

    New day, people... this is the perfect time to #eliminate some grey.

    One of the greatest, if not THE greatest #lesson I've picked up over the last 547 days... is the purpose behind having specific targets for yourself.

    In my early years, I remember desperately wanting to do more and be more. I would sit down with my pad and pen and write out my #goals .

    Then, promptly miss every single one.

    I didn't know what I was doing... my #targets were non specific and vague... which made measuring my results the same.

    Too much grey will #kill you. Yet, the modern world is all about creating more of it.

    Why? Can't hurt your feelings or make you feel bad... we must perpetually treat you like an #infant rather than expect results and emotional maturity.

    Bullshit.

    Getting what you want is a never ending process of moving and measuring... again and again.

    You step toward what you want, you get a measurable #result . If that step advanced you, repeat. If not, step differently.

    But you cannot know if every result is grey. Sure, your feelings may be intact, but your ability to manifest, your #character , your skills: they are diminished.

    Not living in the land of black and white makes it difficult to know where you are in the #process , or how to adjust when off course.

    Both of these things are necessary.

    Can you imagine installing #baseboards in your home without exact measurements? What kind of shit show would that be.

    Everything you want is at the end of some process... no matter of it's moulding or #money .

    You must know how you're tracking in black and white terms at all times.

    What grey can you kill? Share your words below.

    Site + Light.
    J
    .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • 113 7 6 August, 2018

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  • "Time and tide wait for no man." - English Proverb.
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// Forward Or Backward.

You've no doubt met someone who has an #excuse for always staying stuck.

They want circumstances to line up favorably before they #move in any direction.

And because they wait for what's outside of themselves to #change, they are victims of reality rather than instruments of creation.

What is outside can't be controlled... merely managed.

A better #strategy is to get actively involved in dealing with and overcoming circumstances.

How often do the words "but", "try" or "can't" enter your vocabulary... I can guarantee it is in direct proportion to your #belief in something outside you ruling you.

It's like waiting for all the #lights to turn green before driving into town... that is foolish. You will likely die before getting there if that's your #expectation, or you need to move to a very small town.

I know I shrink or stagnate with lack of motion.

And, no matter how still or small I make myself, everything around me keeps #moving.

And in that perpetual motion, standing still is going backward as those around me advance.

Motion is required just to keep up.

And focused action toward a specific #goal is required to create separation from the pack.

Sometimes to #dothehardthing is to simply keep moving in the face of doubt, discomfort and disappointment.

If you are facing difficulty right now, you are not alone... we all have a ticket for that ride.

The question is: what will you do about it? Share below.
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Sight + Light.
J
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Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • "Time and tide wait for no man." - English Proverb.
    .
    // Forward Or Backward.

    You've no doubt met someone who has an #excuse for always staying stuck.

    They want circumstances to line up favorably before they #move in any direction.

    And because they wait for what's outside of themselves to #change , they are victims of reality rather than instruments of creation.

    What is outside can't be controlled... merely managed.

    A better #strategy is to get actively involved in dealing with and overcoming circumstances.

    How often do the words "but", "try" or "can't" enter your vocabulary... I can guarantee it is in direct proportion to your #belief in something outside you ruling you.

    It's like waiting for all the #lights to turn green before driving into town... that is foolish. You will likely die before getting there if that's your #expectation , or you need to move to a very small town.

    I know I shrink or stagnate with lack of motion.

    And, no matter how still or small I make myself, everything around me keeps #moving .

    And in that perpetual motion, standing still is going backward as those around me advance.

    Motion is required just to keep up.

    And focused action toward a specific #goal is required to create separation from the pack.

    Sometimes to #dothehardthing is to simply keep moving in the face of doubt, discomfort and disappointment.

    If you are facing difficulty right now, you are not alone... we all have a ticket for that ride.

    The question is: what will you do about it? Share below.
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    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 21 0 21 August, 2019
  • Live Now: Inside @HardWodder Radio Episode 49 – Moving Past Limitations, Growth, And Building A Cross Border Business With Kelley Beveridge | @kelleybeveridge.
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#linkinbio.

Our #mission with this #podcast and company is to Arm Humans With The Tools To Crush Mediocrity, Create Mastery, And Live In Total Wellness.
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★Quote: "I believe people are either internally #inspired or you have to externally motivate them… and #motivating people is exhausting. It’s exhausting! ” – Kelley Beveridge.

Kelley is a global #entrepreneur hailing from Canada, but building a business in South Africa.

But, prior to living this life… she was a young woman who wore a mask to hide some of the things she experienced in her family dynamic.

With her brother making some bad #decisions, she saw early on what it meant to invest your #time and energy in #saving someone and how much of ourselves we lose in that scenario.

As she grew and invested in herself, she learned to step into her own #beliefs and value systems, she learned to really invest in what she wanted to create.

With great effort and little #support, she has managed to grow her #business across borders and live a #lifestyle that lets her travel and earn money anywhere she goes.

If you’re a business developer or entrepreneur in a leadership role, this message will resonate with you. Check out the tools and advice from Kelley’s story inside.

Episode 49 with Kelley Beveridge is now LIVE on #HardWodder Radio… Give it a listen today!
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Remember... new episodes each #Wednesday. You can #join us in HardWodder One and share your takeaways by requesting access on facebook.

United In #Wellness.
J
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Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodderone
#honorthework
#fortunefavorsthebrave
#fortesfortunajuvat
#humanmovementfactory
#unspecialized
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#wednesdaywork
#hardwodderradio
#mindsetiseverything
#mindbodysoul
  • Live Now: Inside @HardWodder Radio Episode 49 – Moving Past Limitations, Growth, And Building A Cross Border Business With Kelley Beveridge | @kelleybeveridge.
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    #linkinbio .

    Our #mission with this #podcast and company is to Arm Humans With The Tools To Crush Mediocrity, Create Mastery, And Live In Total Wellness.
    .
    ★Quote: "I believe people are either internally #inspired or you have to externally motivate them… and #motivating people is exhausting. It’s exhausting! ” – Kelley Beveridge.

    Kelley is a global #entrepreneur hailing from Canada, but building a business in South Africa.

    But, prior to living this life… she was a young woman who wore a mask to hide some of the things she experienced in her family dynamic.

    With her brother making some bad #decisions , she saw early on what it meant to invest your #time and energy in #saving someone and how much of ourselves we lose in that scenario.

    As she grew and invested in herself, she learned to step into her own #beliefs and value systems, she learned to really invest in what she wanted to create.

    With great effort and little #support , she has managed to grow her #business across borders and live a #lifestyle that lets her travel and earn money anywhere she goes.

    If you’re a business developer or entrepreneur in a leadership role, this message will resonate with you. Check out the tools and advice from Kelley’s story inside.

    Episode 49 with Kelley Beveridge is now LIVE on #HardWodder Radio… Give it a listen today!
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    Remember... new episodes each #Wednesday . You can #join us in HardWodder One and share your takeaways by requesting access on facebook.

    United In #Wellness .
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #wednesdaywork
    #hardwodderradio
    #mindsetiseverything
    #mindbodysoul
  • 12 0 21 August, 2019
  • "Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." - Joseph Campbell.
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// Through.

Lately, I have been #struggling with my mentality and #mindset around targets I've set for myself.

When #progress comes slow, doubts love to worm their way in and start flipping the fear switches.

This manifests as a #feeling of helplessness and hopelessness.

Like being stuck to some invisible lifesize flypaper, unable to move, let alone move in a #positive direction.

Depending on the severity, I can be in this state for a few hours or a few days.

But one thing remains in each of these moments... my resolve.

I have already decided what I want to #create.

And when I did so, I #committed myself to the whole experience of making it real.

I don't have the option of just the positive... that's not how this works.

I have the option to choose in to all of it or not at all. And this is what makes the trying times so #beautiful.

In the end, #growth only comes to those who face adversity and move through it.

This is the place I have learned to #smile... when it's hard, when it hurts, and when I am anything but at my best.

I just crack a smile as I go through the thing.

I know something more, bigger and better is waiting on the other side... you go through and you win. Otherwise you shrink and cower away thinking less of yourself.

As much as it hurts in the moment I do my level best to #moveanyway... because in the end, the only way out is through.

What adversity are you proud of facing and learning from? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J

Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • "Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." - Joseph Campbell.
    .
    // Through.

    Lately, I have been #struggling with my mentality and #mindset around targets I've set for myself.

    When #progress comes slow, doubts love to worm their way in and start flipping the fear switches.

    This manifests as a #feeling of helplessness and hopelessness.

    Like being stuck to some invisible lifesize flypaper, unable to move, let alone move in a #positive direction.

    Depending on the severity, I can be in this state for a few hours or a few days.

    But one thing remains in each of these moments... my resolve.

    I have already decided what I want to #create .

    And when I did so, I #committed myself to the whole experience of making it real.

    I don't have the option of just the positive... that's not how this works.

    I have the option to choose in to all of it or not at all. And this is what makes the trying times so #beautiful .

    In the end, #growth only comes to those who face adversity and move through it.

    This is the place I have learned to #smile ... when it's hard, when it hurts, and when I am anything but at my best.

    I just crack a smile as I go through the thing.

    I know something more, bigger and better is waiting on the other side... you go through and you win. Otherwise you shrink and cower away thinking less of yourself.

    As much as it hurts in the moment I do my level best to #moveanyway ... because in the end, the only way out is through.

    What adversity are you proud of facing and learning from? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J

    Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • 24 0 19 August, 2019
  • "If you don't know where you are, a map won't help." - Watts Humphrey.
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// Point A.

When it comes to progress, it's more important to know where you are than where you want to go.

Certainly, you want have a destination or a target to shoot for.

But if you started out directionless, getting to your goal would be an accident.

Leaving your life to chance is not a strategy.

And you want a strategy. Planned action yields measureable results.

Measured results tell you what your next step is.

Being willing to assess yourself honestly and identify where you are physically and mentally... really having a grasp on your personal inventory, you increase the chances of getting what you want.

It pays to know yourself and take stock of the characteristics you posses that serve you and also the one that don't.

I'm pretty good with direction and finding my way around, even in unfamiliar terrain... when I'm on the ground.

But, when I fly... I have a more difficult time determining where I am.

I'm not a pilot and I haven't been trained to see the land from miles above.

Seeing Lake Pleasant from my window at sunset, high in the air, is foreign to me.

But to the guys who fly this route everyday, it's a sign that we're headed the right direction.

They possess a skill I don't.

I would be completely lost doing their job and have little chance of going from Point A to Point B alone.

Such is life... we have to be strong enough to accept feedback and honest enough to admit our shortcomings in order to advance.

Something I took a long time to learn.

When was the last time you honestly assessed you? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#100to0
#crossfit
#saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul #allin #canthurtme
  • "If you don't know where you are, a map won't help." - Watts Humphrey.
    .
    // Point A.

    When it comes to progress, it's more important to know where you are than where you want to go.

    Certainly, you want have a destination or a target to shoot for.

    But if you started out directionless, getting to your goal would be an accident.

    Leaving your life to chance is not a strategy.

    And you want a strategy. Planned action yields measureable results.

    Measured results tell you what your next step is.

    Being willing to assess yourself honestly and identify where you are physically and mentally... really having a grasp on your personal inventory, you increase the chances of getting what you want.

    It pays to know yourself and take stock of the characteristics you posses that serve you and also the one that don't.

    I'm pretty good with direction and finding my way around, even in unfamiliar terrain... when I'm on the ground.

    But, when I fly... I have a more difficult time determining where I am.

    I'm not a pilot and I haven't been trained to see the land from miles above.

    Seeing Lake Pleasant from my window at sunset, high in the air, is foreign to me.

    But to the guys who fly this route everyday, it's a sign that we're headed the right direction.

    They possess a skill I don't.

    I would be completely lost doing their job and have little chance of going from Point A to Point B alone.

    Such is life... we have to be strong enough to accept feedback and honest enough to admit our shortcomings in order to advance.

    Something I took a long time to learn.

    When was the last time you honestly assessed you? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #100to0
    #crossfit
    #saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul #allin #canthurtme
  • 21 0 17 August, 2019
  • "Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson.
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// Long And Short.

The old say life is short.
The young say life is long.

They're both wrong.

Life is as long as it is. It may feel long or short depending on your #perspective, but that is all.

When I look ahead on my journey, #time for me is variable.

On days when #progress is made on my #purpose, I experience time as #abundant. There's enough for me to get where I want to go... and for that I am #grateful.

Other days when progress comes slower and #success is more elusive, I get a sense of the finite nature of my existence and I ask myself, "If my life ends today, am I happy with what I have contributed?"
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Sometimes it's hard to answer that question.

But here's what I know to be true: I cannot skip to the end of the path I'm on.

I must walk every step.

Rather than #worry about the distance I must travel, it's much more important to focus on where I'm stepping and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

My steps are mine to control.

But, skipping to the end of my path, something distant and far, is not something I can do no matter how hard and consistantly I #focus on it.

The magic lies in the next step, and the next, and the one after that... head down and eyes fixed on what is before me.

Each step is a lesson.
Each step is progress.
Each step is within my #power to make.

Use the horizon to decide your direction, but to get there you must fix your gaze on what is right in front of you.

Keep stepping, my friends.

How is your journey thus far? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
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#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson.
    .
    // Long And Short.

    The old say life is short.
    The young say life is long.

    They're both wrong.

    Life is as long as it is. It may feel long or short depending on your #perspective , but that is all.

    When I look ahead on my journey, #time for me is variable.

    On days when #progress is made on my #purpose , I experience time as #abundant . There's enough for me to get where I want to go... and for that I am #grateful .

    Other days when progress comes slower and #success is more elusive, I get a sense of the finite nature of my existence and I ask myself, "If my life ends today, am I happy with what I have contributed?"
    .
    Sometimes it's hard to answer that question.

    But here's what I know to be true: I cannot skip to the end of the path I'm on.

    I must walk every step.

    Rather than #worry about the distance I must travel, it's much more important to focus on where I'm stepping and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

    My steps are mine to control.

    But, skipping to the end of my path, something distant and far, is not something I can do no matter how hard and consistantly I #focus on it.

    The magic lies in the next step, and the next, and the one after that... head down and eyes fixed on what is before me.

    Each step is a lesson.
    Each step is progress.
    Each step is within my #power to make.

    Use the horizon to decide your direction, but to get there you must fix your gaze on what is right in front of you.

    Keep stepping, my friends.

    How is your journey thus far? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 20 0 16 August, 2019
  • "Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." - Edward Stanley.
.
// Gym Day.

Or maybe it's better described as jungle gym day.

This amazing playground by my wife's childhood home has everything a kid could want and then some.

When I was a kid, I would have jumped at the chance to enjoy such a great setup.

And it looked like the local kids were doing just that.

I watched as the parents, out of shape and lethargic, sat idly by as their kids basically worked out without even knowing they were working out.

I started talking to one kid and had him showing me all his best efforts as Mom had her head stuck in her phone.

Soon, I was just following him around doing all the things he was doing.

I left the house to get in a walk prior to heading to the airport, but ended up getting a great WOD with a total stranger as we did our best primate imitations.

My takeaway: this shite is still fun! And, in terms of using your body in a functional way... well, there's hardly a better test.

Can you hang and support your weight, swing, or go arm to arm overhead in a controlled way?
.
Movement changes your body, but more importantly your mentality and how you see yourself and what's possible for you in 3D space.

Movement is medicine... it eliminates the disease of slow physical death and brings joy back into life.

Going to the gym is great, but play that equates to a workout that you recognize as fun is magic.

Don't be afraid to be childlike from time to time... you may end up reclaiming some physical prowess and joy you thought was gone forever.

Are you happy happy with what your body is capable of? Be honest below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." - Edward Stanley.
    .
    // Gym Day.

    Or maybe it's better described as jungle gym day.

    This amazing playground by my wife's childhood home has everything a kid could want and then some.

    When I was a kid, I would have jumped at the chance to enjoy such a great setup.

    And it looked like the local kids were doing just that.

    I watched as the parents, out of shape and lethargic, sat idly by as their kids basically worked out without even knowing they were working out.

    I started talking to one kid and had him showing me all his best efforts as Mom had her head stuck in her phone.

    Soon, I was just following him around doing all the things he was doing.

    I left the house to get in a walk prior to heading to the airport, but ended up getting a great WOD with a total stranger as we did our best primate imitations.

    My takeaway: this shite is still fun! And, in terms of using your body in a functional way... well, there's hardly a better test.

    Can you hang and support your weight, swing, or go arm to arm overhead in a controlled way?
    .
    Movement changes your body, but more importantly your mentality and how you see yourself and what's possible for you in 3D space.

    Movement is medicine... it eliminates the disease of slow physical death and brings joy back into life.

    Going to the gym is great, but play that equates to a workout that you recognize as fun is magic.

    Don't be afraid to be childlike from time to time... you may end up reclaiming some physical prowess and joy you thought was gone forever.

    Are you happy happy with what your body is capable of? Be honest below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 25 2 16 August, 2019
  • "If you resist change, you resist life." -Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
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// Let It Go.

I'm sitting outside a coffee shop here in Calgary and I see this monster black #cloud looming above.

Dark clouds are messengers... they tell us the weather is about to change for the wetter.

Then, I notice the edge.

A distinct blue patch of #sky is peeking around the edge of an otherwise ominous object.

And though much of the #sunshine and blue are hidden, seeing past the edge I am reminded that beauty hasn't gone anywhere... it's merely covered.

And this is #life.

Trouble, difficulty, and #adversity find each of us at some point.

And when that happens we have a tendency to forget all the #beauty and wonder that life is.

It becomes #hard to see how far we've come, how many obstacles we've faced and conquered, or appreciate the #gifts we gain from experiences that challenge us.

But this lack of #vision is self imposed.

It is a loss of perspective. Usually one that causes us to feel small and shrink away from the hard thing we know we need to face.

We make the problem larger than it is to justify our lack of #progress.

Our fear and doubt cause us to question and maybe even stop short of going after more, bigger, and better.

But this is a trick of the #ego.

It doesn't want to experience pain, ridicule, or look bad to others when we fall or fail... so we have to remember to #moveanyway when everything screams stop, give up or quit.

Growth, in we hairless monkeys, comes largely from our #challenges.

When you find yourself in one, don't panic... like the clouds above it will eventually pass and your blue sky will return.

Everything is temporary.

Are you facing difficulty right now... how do you deal with it? Share below.
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Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • "If you resist change, you resist life." -Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
    .
    // Let It Go.

    I'm sitting outside a coffee shop here in Calgary and I see this monster black #cloud looming above.

    Dark clouds are messengers... they tell us the weather is about to change for the wetter.

    Then, I notice the edge.

    A distinct blue patch of #sky is peeking around the edge of an otherwise ominous object.

    And though much of the #sunshine and blue are hidden, seeing past the edge I am reminded that beauty hasn't gone anywhere... it's merely covered.

    And this is #life .

    Trouble, difficulty, and #adversity find each of us at some point.

    And when that happens we have a tendency to forget all the #beauty and wonder that life is.

    It becomes #hard to see how far we've come, how many obstacles we've faced and conquered, or appreciate the #gifts we gain from experiences that challenge us.

    But this lack of #vision is self imposed.

    It is a loss of perspective. Usually one that causes us to feel small and shrink away from the hard thing we know we need to face.

    We make the problem larger than it is to justify our lack of #progress .

    Our fear and doubt cause us to question and maybe even stop short of going after more, bigger, and better.

    But this is a trick of the #ego .

    It doesn't want to experience pain, ridicule, or look bad to others when we fall or fail... so we have to remember to #moveanyway when everything screams stop, give up or quit.

    Growth, in we hairless monkeys, comes largely from our #challenges .

    When you find yourself in one, don't panic... like the clouds above it will eventually pass and your blue sky will return.

    Everything is temporary.

    Are you facing difficulty right now... how do you deal with it? Share below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 16 0 14 August, 2019
  • "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." - George Burns.
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// Family Photos.

On this visit to Calgary, I travel alone.

Wifey stayed home to keep kicking ass in her profession, and I have the opportunity to stay in her childhood home.

I've also had the #opportunity to spend time with her mom and learn a lot about the family and their roots.

These conversations naturally led to old photos of relatives still living in Italy, and a few of my wife as a baby and adventurous young woman sailing the seas as a cruise director.

As her mom shares photos and speaks to me in broken English at the same kitchen table you see in the photo, I get a sense for what her life was like and how she became who she is today.

What a #great gift.

I'm listening intently and soaking up every bit of wisdom and insight I can from the woman who bore my wife.

She tells me of her arranged marriage, of leaving southern Italy for England, then ultimately settling in Canada where she worked for $50 a week in 1969.

She and her husband worked 10 years to save 50k while providing for three kids (my wife being the baby) and paid off their home early.

They then had money to invest in a larger home, then a restaurant, and ultimately 6 rental properties.

The family lived modestly, but thanks to the #work ethic and saving of 2 Italian immigrants, they were secure and began to build #wealth that continues to grow to this day.

It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, but their sacrifice and hard work is an inspiration and a tribute to the discipline required to build something from nothing.

But this has taken a backseat in the modern era.

Everyone wants everything now... not realizing the power of "aggressive patience" that @andyfrisella talks about.

Just because what you want isn't coming as fast as instant coffee, doesn't mean it won't come.

The foundation has to be laid, and you have to put in the time, face the adversity and commit to consistency in executing your plan.

Simple. Not easy.

If 10 years gets you to the next level, are you the person who can do the time? Share below.

Site + Light.
J .
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
  • "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." - George Burns.
    .
    // Family Photos.

    On this visit to Calgary, I travel alone.

    Wifey stayed home to keep kicking ass in her profession, and I have the opportunity to stay in her childhood home.

    I've also had the #opportunity to spend time with her mom and learn a lot about the family and their roots.

    These conversations naturally led to old photos of relatives still living in Italy, and a few of my wife as a baby and adventurous young woman sailing the seas as a cruise director.

    As her mom shares photos and speaks to me in broken English at the same kitchen table you see in the photo, I get a sense for what her life was like and how she became who she is today.

    What a #great gift.

    I'm listening intently and soaking up every bit of wisdom and insight I can from the woman who bore my wife.

    She tells me of her arranged marriage, of leaving southern Italy for England, then ultimately settling in Canada where she worked for $50 a week in 1969.

    She and her husband worked 10 years to save 50k while providing for three kids (my wife being the baby) and paid off their home early.

    They then had money to invest in a larger home, then a restaurant, and ultimately 6 rental properties.

    The family lived modestly, but thanks to the #work ethic and saving of 2 Italian immigrants, they were secure and began to build #wealth that continues to grow to this day.

    It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, but their sacrifice and hard work is an inspiration and a tribute to the discipline required to build something from nothing.

    But this has taken a backseat in the modern era.

    Everyone wants everything now... not realizing the power of "aggressive patience" that @andyfrisella talks about.

    Just because what you want isn't coming as fast as instant coffee, doesn't mean it won't come.

    The foundation has to be laid, and you have to put in the time, face the adversity and commit to consistency in executing your plan.

    Simple. Not easy.

    If 10 years gets you to the next level, are you the person who can do the time? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
  • 42 3 12 August, 2019
  • "What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing." - Pablo Picasso.
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// Pick Your Mechanism.

It is cold in #Calgary. Rained overnight, then stayed cloudy and windy all day.

I've had better #summer days... but weather changes, eh.... so what difference does one day make.

The only problem (or #opportunity) was I signed up to race the #Spartan Sprint and Super... the Sprint was today.

And honestly, I didn't want to leave my warm bed.

It was perfect #sleeping weather.

But.

I got up and grabbed my Journal... and began to write my #intention for the day, like everyday.

Knowing I didn't want to get up and go do the race at all, I wrote "I intend to come home with 2 #medals today". #Intention now set, I have to choose a #mechanism that will make it a reality. Staying in bed probably won't work.

Do I steal an extra one? No.
Buy one off someone? No.
Run the race twice in the cold and wet? Uh, ok.

Two legit medals means I have to finish, not once, but twice.

4 miles + 20 obstacles became 8 miles + 40 obstacles including 6 deep water crossings in shit weather.

Intention set.
Mechanism chosen.
#Go.

Fortunately, this worked out and I met my #target.

But not every mechanism will get you what you want.

If, however, your intention is clear and you're dead set on making it real, you must make choosing a #useful mechanism a priority.

To many quit when their first choice #fails to produce... they assume nothing will work before they attempt a new way.

Don't quit when you fail... see if you can exhaust all possible mechanisms that get you what you want... difficult to do.

I've never seen anyone whose actually "tried everything" and I probably never will.

Something will #work if you do.

What say you? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#100to0
#crossfit
#saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul
  • "What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing." - Pablo Picasso.
    .
    // Pick Your Mechanism.

    It is cold in #Calgary . Rained overnight, then stayed cloudy and windy all day.

    I've had better #summer days... but weather changes, eh.... so what difference does one day make.

    The only problem (or #opportunity ) was I signed up to race the #Spartan Sprint and Super... the Sprint was today.

    And honestly, I didn't want to leave my warm bed.

    It was perfect #sleeping weather.

    But.

    I got up and grabbed my Journal... and began to write my #intention for the day, like everyday.

    Knowing I didn't want to get up and go do the race at all, I wrote "I intend to come home with 2 #medals today". #Intention now set, I have to choose a #mechanism that will make it a reality. Staying in bed probably won't work.

    Do I steal an extra one? No.
    Buy one off someone? No.
    Run the race twice in the cold and wet? Uh, ok.

    Two legit medals means I have to finish, not once, but twice.

    4 miles + 20 obstacles became 8 miles + 40 obstacles including 6 deep water crossings in shit weather.

    Intention set.
    Mechanism chosen.
    #Go .

    Fortunately, this worked out and I met my #target .

    But not every mechanism will get you what you want.

    If, however, your intention is clear and you're dead set on making it real, you must make choosing a #useful mechanism a priority.

    To many quit when their first choice #fails to produce... they assume nothing will work before they attempt a new way.

    Don't quit when you fail... see if you can exhaust all possible mechanisms that get you what you want... difficult to do.

    I've never seen anyone whose actually "tried everything" and I probably never will.

    Something will #work if you do.

    What say you? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #100to0
    #crossfit
    #saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul
  • 54 3 11 August, 2019
  • You can’t just sit around and wait for opportunities to open up for you.  It might take your entire life if you just wait for people to offer them to you. .
Sometimes you have to make some scary ass decision and make a bet on yourself.  You have to try new things, fail-ALOT, and learn more about yourself.
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When you find something that you love to do and it brings value to those around you.  Why wouldn’t you try it!  Stop being afraid of the FAILURE or what other people might say.  It’s not about them-ITS ABOUT YOU 👊🏻
@hardwodder 
#betonyourself #fridaymood #dontletfearstopyou #hardwodder
  • You can’t just sit around and wait for opportunities to open up for you. It might take your entire life if you just wait for people to offer them to you. .
    Sometimes you have to make some scary ass decision and make a bet on yourself. You have to try new things, fail-ALOT, and learn more about yourself.
    .
    When you find something that you love to do and it brings value to those around you. Why wouldn’t you try it! Stop being afraid of the FAILURE or what other people might say. It’s not about them-ITS ABOUT YOU 👊🏻
    @hardwodder
    #betonyourself #fridaymood #dontletfearstopyou #hardwodder
  • 20 0 9 August, 2019
  • "Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be." - William Hazlett.
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// A Message To Me.

Take a moment and really #observe the people in your circle, or look closely at details of your surroundings.

Notice everything you possibly can for a few minutes.

See the color of shirt the worn by someone across from you, mannerisms, your friends' #attitudes.

Take in the quality of #work that went into your house, the cleanliness and organization of the your #home and life as a whole.

Describe what you see to yourself in your own words.

Maybe you see people trying too #hard to fit in... nervousness, negative speak, or a #desire to impress or get something from you.

Maybe you look at the construction in your home and notice little flaws like runs in the paint or leaky plumbing. You see disorganized rooms and clutter.

Or, maybe you see none of that.

Maybe your friends call you to step into the #best version of yourself. They are #confident, thoughtful, and secure and bring those qualities out in you too.

Maybe your space is well kept and tidy. Everything has a place and it feels good to be there.

Maybe you're fulfilled and your #life is the life you want to live.

Maybe not.

Only you can know the #truth about yourself, your situation and how you feel about it.

Only you can know if you're living up to your #potential or if you're sandbagging.

Only you know if things are not what they could be.

Only you can change it.

If things "ought to be" better, ask yourself what role you play in creating your version of better.

Then act.

Befriend those on a #mission, refuse to accept mediocre work from yourself and others, and move in a way that steps you toward #excellence.

No one is coming to save you.

Your fulfillment lies on the path to #greatness... don't stray.

What say you? Share below.

Site + Light.
J .
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#sundaysoapbox
#mindset
  • "Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be." - William Hazlett.
    .
    // A Message To Me.

    Take a moment and really #observe the people in your circle, or look closely at details of your surroundings.

    Notice everything you possibly can for a few minutes.

    See the color of shirt the worn by someone across from you, mannerisms, your friends' #attitudes .

    Take in the quality of #work that went into your house, the cleanliness and organization of the your #home and life as a whole.

    Describe what you see to yourself in your own words.

    Maybe you see people trying too #hard to fit in... nervousness, negative speak, or a #desire to impress or get something from you.

    Maybe you look at the construction in your home and notice little flaws like runs in the paint or leaky plumbing. You see disorganized rooms and clutter.

    Or, maybe you see none of that.

    Maybe your friends call you to step into the #best version of yourself. They are #confident , thoughtful, and secure and bring those qualities out in you too.

    Maybe your space is well kept and tidy. Everything has a place and it feels good to be there.

    Maybe you're fulfilled and your #life is the life you want to live.

    Maybe not.

    Only you can know the #truth about yourself, your situation and how you feel about it.

    Only you can know if you're living up to your #potential or if you're sandbagging.

    Only you know if things are not what they could be.

    Only you can change it.

    If things "ought to be" better, ask yourself what role you play in creating your version of better.

    Then act.

    Befriend those on a #mission , refuse to accept mediocre work from yourself and others, and move in a way that steps you toward #excellence .

    No one is coming to save you.

    Your fulfillment lies on the path to #greatness ... don't stray.

    What say you? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #sundaysoapbox
    #mindset
  • 26 2 5 August, 2019
  • "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates.
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// Editing.

What we #remember matters.

But, to a greater extent, HOW we remember what we remember matters.

People have a tendency to #believe that the way they remember a particular event is actually what happened.

They may recall a few major #experiences, but ask about details, conversations, or specifics and you will quickly see them make up stories to bridge the gaps in their #mind.

In fact, the malleable nature of #human memory and visual #perception makes eyewitness testimony one of the most unreliable forms of evidence in legal proceedings.

The key word is "malleable". This is #good news for you and me.

Most of us walk around in #fear or #doubt because of the way we remember traumatic or impactful events from early childhood.

The negative stands out.

Times of anger, frustration, poverty or violence imprint ways of #being on us; born out of a need for #comfort or safety.

Yet it's how you remember these times matters.

Think: "editing". Begin to look for ways to #empower your present and by default #change your future by editing your past.

My parents fought like #Tyson, #money was always scarce, yelling and screaming was common #communication.

These #memories made me shy and angry as a young man.

Today, I remember them differently... I see them as #lessons and #training.

I remember the conflict as a lesson in how to avoid escalating conflict.

I remember not having money for winter clothes and how #embarrassing it was as a lesson on the importance of using money wisely.

I remember the screaming... it was painful and ripped away self esteem. Now, I appreciate the thick skin I grew, and the lesson to #value myself from inside out.

Change the story and you change your reality.

And if you want some advanced class shit, start remembering your future.

Ever thought about editing your past to serve you? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#100to0
#crossfit
#saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates.
    .
    // Editing.

    What we #remember matters.

    But, to a greater extent, HOW we remember what we remember matters.

    People have a tendency to #believe that the way they remember a particular event is actually what happened.

    They may recall a few major #experiences , but ask about details, conversations, or specifics and you will quickly see them make up stories to bridge the gaps in their #mind .

    In fact, the malleable nature of #human memory and visual #perception makes eyewitness testimony one of the most unreliable forms of evidence in legal proceedings.

    The key word is "malleable". This is #good news for you and me.

    Most of us walk around in #fear or #doubt because of the way we remember traumatic or impactful events from early childhood.

    The negative stands out.

    Times of anger, frustration, poverty or violence imprint ways of #being on us; born out of a need for #comfort or safety.

    Yet it's how you remember these times matters.

    Think: "editing". Begin to look for ways to #empower your present and by default #change your future by editing your past.

    My parents fought like #Tyson , #money was always scarce, yelling and screaming was common #communication .

    These #memories made me shy and angry as a young man.

    Today, I remember them differently... I see them as #lessons and #training .

    I remember the conflict as a lesson in how to avoid escalating conflict.

    I remember not having money for winter clothes and how #embarrassing it was as a lesson on the importance of using money wisely.

    I remember the screaming... it was painful and ripped away self esteem. Now, I appreciate the thick skin I grew, and the lesson to #value myself from inside out.

    Change the story and you change your reality.

    And if you want some advanced class shit, start remembering your future.

    Ever thought about editing your past to serve you? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #100to0
    #crossfit
    #saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 37 2 3 August, 2019
  • "Worry is a prayer for something you don't want." - Thomas Willhite.
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// ∃ Enough.

I grew up around #scarcity.

There never seemed to be enough of anything... especially when it came to #money.

I remember many #fights between my parents and the stress and strife it created because of disagreements around what could or should be spent.

This uncertainty created a sense of #anxiety that gnawed at me... and I remember feeling "less than" because of my perception that money was something only other people had.

Never us.
Never me.

And, the first half of my life was spent carrying a #belief of scarcity and inadequacy around wealth and #abundance.

And in thinking that way, I created obstacles to wealth whether they existed or not.

The #body acts out what the #mind projects as reality.

No one is immune as this is a universal law.

When we come from a place of scarcity or lack, we seed #worry into everything we produce.

Our results suffer... they are stunted by our own inability to see the world for what it really is: a place of enough.

From a #colorful #field to a new #business venture, each aspect of life carries a seed of the next level of experience.

You fail, you succeed, you struggle, you win... each of these can be a driver of your personal wealth; both mentally and physically.

But only to those who choose to project a view of abundance from inside out.

It's only when you count wealth as a #mindset paired with #skillset that you are free.

With those at your disposal, you can always create or recreate anything you truly desire.

Armed with that knowledge, anxiety and worry need not play a part in your #life, for you can create at will.

That is liberty and #freedom.

These, my friends, are what I value most. And my life supports that.

What is your mindset around wealth? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#fridayfactual #mindsetiseverything
  • "Worry is a prayer for something you don't want." - Thomas Willhite.
    .
    // ∃ Enough.

    I grew up around #scarcity .

    There never seemed to be enough of anything... especially when it came to #money .

    I remember many #fights between my parents and the stress and strife it created because of disagreements around what could or should be spent.

    This uncertainty created a sense of #anxiety that gnawed at me... and I remember feeling "less than" because of my perception that money was something only other people had.

    Never us.
    Never me.

    And, the first half of my life was spent carrying a #belief of scarcity and inadequacy around wealth and #abundance .

    And in thinking that way, I created obstacles to wealth whether they existed or not.

    The #body acts out what the #mind projects as reality.

    No one is immune as this is a universal law.

    When we come from a place of scarcity or lack, we seed #worry into everything we produce.

    Our results suffer... they are stunted by our own inability to see the world for what it really is: a place of enough.

    From a #colorful #field to a new #business venture, each aspect of life carries a seed of the next level of experience.

    You fail, you succeed, you struggle, you win... each of these can be a driver of your personal wealth; both mentally and physically.

    But only to those who choose to project a view of abundance from inside out.

    It's only when you count wealth as a #mindset paired with #skillset that you are free.

    With those at your disposal, you can always create or recreate anything you truly desire.

    Armed with that knowledge, anxiety and worry need not play a part in your #life , for you can create at will.

    That is liberty and #freedom .

    These, my friends, are what I value most. And my life supports that.

    What is your mindset around wealth? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #fridayfactual #mindsetiseverything
  • 33 4 2 August, 2019
  • "I have learned that to be with those I like is enough." - Walt Whitman.
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// Drops Of Calm.

I've been busy.
Cristina has been busy.

We both jump wholeheartedly into the #work we do because on some level we find #joy and #meaning in our pursuits.

And in doing so, we have a tendency to sacrifice the little drops of calm that dot our life together.

In those moments of calming and soothing one another, we share a space of simply "being" and communicate #love and #support without saying a word.

We trade energy.

As she laid by me on our sofa in #peace and contentment, I couldn't help but realize although we don't do this often, my love for these moments is made #greater by their scarcity.

I lean over and kiss her, touch her and truly take in her presence with an #appreciation for the fleeting nature of this experience.

If this were everyday life, chances are it would be taken for granted.

Or, maybe that's my way of justifying. All of life comes down to the #story we tell ourselves in the end.

You've seen the old #couple at the diner who've eaten thousands of meals together. They've heard all of each others stories and jokes. They've lost #passion or purpose... so they just sit there; dead eyed and uninterested.

I want to live every day of my life with people I like and have an #interesting take on things.

And that especially includes my #wife.

We both need the #freedom to pursue our own separate interests and understand that time away is not detrimental, but in fact adds color and vividness to our time together.

The story I live and believe is that investing time into my purpose makes my time spent both in the pursuit and away from the pursuit more #valuable and rich.

And my relationships support this.

A good relationship is both a springboard and a backstop... it propels you forward and picks you back up when you fall.

Both parties play this role... it can't be a one way street or you're not in #partnership but in selfishness or dependency.

Choose your partner wisely.

Is your relationship a strength or an anchor holding you back? Share below.
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Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.
  • "I have learned that to be with those I like is enough." - Walt Whitman.
    .
    // Drops Of Calm.

    I've been busy.
    Cristina has been busy.

    We both jump wholeheartedly into the #work we do because on some level we find #joy and #meaning in our pursuits.

    And in doing so, we have a tendency to sacrifice the little drops of calm that dot our life together.

    In those moments of calming and soothing one another, we share a space of simply "being" and communicate #love and #support without saying a word.

    We trade energy.

    As she laid by me on our sofa in #peace and contentment, I couldn't help but realize although we don't do this often, my love for these moments is made #greater by their scarcity.

    I lean over and kiss her, touch her and truly take in her presence with an #appreciation for the fleeting nature of this experience.

    If this were everyday life, chances are it would be taken for granted.

    Or, maybe that's my way of justifying. All of life comes down to the #story we tell ourselves in the end.

    You've seen the old #couple at the diner who've eaten thousands of meals together. They've heard all of each others stories and jokes. They've lost #passion or purpose... so they just sit there; dead eyed and uninterested.

    I want to live every day of my life with people I like and have an #interesting take on things.

    And that especially includes my #wife .

    We both need the #freedom to pursue our own separate interests and understand that time away is not detrimental, but in fact adds color and vividness to our time together.

    The story I live and believe is that investing time into my purpose makes my time spent both in the pursuit and away from the pursuit more #valuable and rich.

    And my relationships support this.

    A good relationship is both a springboard and a backstop... it propels you forward and picks you back up when you fall.

    Both parties play this role... it can't be a one way street or you're not in #partnership but in selfishness or dependency.

    Choose your partner wisely.

    Is your relationship a strength or an anchor holding you back? Share below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.
  • 37 6 31 July, 2019
  • "Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain." - William Hazlett.
.
// Reach.

Since the beginning of #time, man had sought to #elevate himself in one way or another.

For early man, reliable #hunting grounds, fertile soil, a herd, or even a water source were considered #wealth.

Having those things placed you high on the #status totem.

And then, as now... a lack of those things meant seeking them out. Trading to #improve your lot where possible, and warring where no agreement could be reached.

The story of man is one of swapping blood or sweat for a #better seat at the table.

On the surface, mankind's struggle may have looked like it was always about resources. But really, it was about the #results of having resources.

With the wealth provided by mother earth, #life was easier, more predictable, and enjoyable. These are things all people #desire.

Today, people are no different... they #work to provide the highest quality of life they believe they can for themselves and their families.

Most don't #trade commodities or go to #war anymore, most deal in value in one way, shape or form.

Whether you own a #business that provides jobs, products and services, or trade your #time for a paycheck, you do so in an effort to maintain or elevate your living standard.

Much of life is work.
Much of life is #suffering.
And nothing is guaranteed but #death.

But it's the rest of life that is so important... why we work, how we live, and the #legacy we leave in our wake.

Knowing this we can elevate all our experiences... even elevate work and struggle to something #meaningful and purpose driven.

Paying the bills is a given.

But why are you in your current job or business... does it light you up in some way and cause you to #reach for more.

Since the beginning of time man built earthen or stone mounds to be closer to #god, but god is not separate from you.

A part of all that is resides within you. You may deny it and play it safe and small, or you may own it and reach up for everything you are #capable of achieving.

What will you choose? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
  • "Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain." - William Hazlett.
    .
    // Reach.

    Since the beginning of #time , man had sought to #elevate himself in one way or another.

    For early man, reliable #hunting grounds, fertile soil, a herd, or even a water source were considered #wealth .

    Having those things placed you high on the #status totem.

    And then, as now... a lack of those things meant seeking them out. Trading to #improve your lot where possible, and warring where no agreement could be reached.

    The story of man is one of swapping blood or sweat for a #better seat at the table.

    On the surface, mankind's struggle may have looked like it was always about resources. But really, it was about the #results of having resources.

    With the wealth provided by mother earth, #life was easier, more predictable, and enjoyable. These are things all people #desire .

    Today, people are no different... they #work to provide the highest quality of life they believe they can for themselves and their families.

    Most don't #trade commodities or go to #war anymore, most deal in value in one way, shape or form.

    Whether you own a #business that provides jobs, products and services, or trade your #time for a paycheck, you do so in an effort to maintain or elevate your living standard.

    Much of life is work.
    Much of life is #suffering .
    And nothing is guaranteed but #death .

    But it's the rest of life that is so important... why we work, how we live, and the #legacy we leave in our wake.

    Knowing this we can elevate all our experiences... even elevate work and struggle to something #meaningful and purpose driven.

    Paying the bills is a given.

    But why are you in your current job or business... does it light you up in some way and cause you to #reach for more.

    Since the beginning of time man built earthen or stone mounds to be closer to #god , but god is not separate from you.

    A part of all that is resides within you. You may deny it and play it safe and small, or you may own it and reach up for everything you are #capable of achieving.

    What will you choose? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
  • 28 3 30 July, 2019
  • "There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations." - Jodi Picoult.
.
// Expectations.

We all have them... but, should we? Well, let's see.

The #stoics teach us to "not be upset by anything outside our reasonable choice", which leaves very little in relation to our environment or other people.

Opposing that view would be the basic tenets of a meeting for example. We #expect there to be a set time and place to start, we expect something to be discussed, and we expect to walk away having #learned something.

Back to the #dichotomy... some expectation is #beneficial. But if our expectations are not met, we still have to be able to deal with #reality.

It's fucking hot in #Arizona right now.

I expect my #AC to work. Usually it performs perfectly.

But, one fine evening when the #transformer in the neighborhood crapped out, my AC was rendered useless.

The bigger issue was I had planned to fly out early the next day and needed to get some #sleep.

I packed. I prepared. I wrote. I posted. I was ready to count sheep early and boom... Nothing.

Everything went black.

And in short order the house felt like an oven. No sleep would be had. I simply had to wait out the #power company.

They got the job done 6 hours later at around 4 am.

I had to be up 6... slept about an hour.

But, we made the plane and even though I was groggy and fatigued, I still had a #good day.

Here's why: I let go of any #expectations of a restful night. I set my mind to #understand the change and make the best of it.

No amount of whining or complaining was going to change anything anyway.

I chose to submit to what is and make the #best of it.

Arguing with reality is a fools game.

Too much #energy is wasted on that which cannot be controlled.

And guess what, the people or things that #fail you don't even know you're upset.

Just let go.

Where in your life are you arguing with reality... what if you simply #letgo? Share below.

Site + Light.
J
.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#movementmonday
#mindsetiseverything 
#mindset
  • "There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations." - Jodi Picoult.
    .
    // Expectations.

    We all have them... but, should we? Well, let's see.

    The #stoics teach us to "not be upset by anything outside our reasonable choice", which leaves very little in relation to our environment or other people.

    Opposing that view would be the basic tenets of a meeting for example. We #expect there to be a set time and place to start, we expect something to be discussed, and we expect to walk away having #learned something.

    Back to the #dichotomy ... some expectation is #beneficial . But if our expectations are not met, we still have to be able to deal with #reality .

    It's fucking hot in #Arizona right now.

    I expect my #AC to work. Usually it performs perfectly.

    But, one fine evening when the #transformer in the neighborhood crapped out, my AC was rendered useless.

    The bigger issue was I had planned to fly out early the next day and needed to get some #sleep .

    I packed. I prepared. I wrote. I posted. I was ready to count sheep early and boom... Nothing.

    Everything went black.

    And in short order the house felt like an oven. No sleep would be had. I simply had to wait out the #power company.

    They got the job done 6 hours later at around 4 am.

    I had to be up 6... slept about an hour.

    But, we made the plane and even though I was groggy and fatigued, I still had a #good day.

    Here's why: I let go of any #expectations of a restful night. I set my mind to #understand the change and make the best of it.

    No amount of whining or complaining was going to change anything anyway.

    I chose to submit to what is and make the #best of it.

    Arguing with reality is a fools game.

    Too much #energy is wasted on that which cannot be controlled.

    And guess what, the people or things that #fail you don't even know you're upset.

    Just let go.

    Where in your life are you arguing with reality... what if you simply #letgo ? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J
    .

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #movementmonday
    #mindsetiseverything
    #mindset
  • 22 3 29 July, 2019
  • "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H. L. Mencken.
.
// Duality.

From one #perspective we're in a race against linear time to become all that we are capable of becoming.

From another perspective, all is as it should be. And we each #progress in our own time and way.

Or we don't.

Here's my reality: the #truth is in the middle.

Both perspectives are valid when and if they cause you to move positively in the direction of what you want to #create.

Fact: #Time moves forward at a steady pace regardless of how we move or #feel it passing... and each day is one step closer to our last.

I don't argue with reality.

I use the urgency of the idea of being in a "race with time" on days when I feel like I am #moving slow. It motivates me to speed up.

And on the days I feel frustrated or stifled, I recognize the #power of all things being as they should be. This helps me be #patient and diligent on the journey.

They are two sides of the same vector driving me forward.

You need #motivation, AND you need patience and #discipline.

Things will not fall in line just because you're you.

Each day you move, and each day you patiently ply your trade at #skill acquisition is a day that you've won.

The scoreboard may not always reflect that... but #consistency over time will always change the final count when the clock runs out.

The master chooses the philosophy that best serves him on his way... like a carpenter who chooses from a box of tools, or a clockmaker who selects the perfect gears; we too must use what works to create our #masterpiece.

When you feel angst rise in you... when you are tempted to burn it all down and hoist the skull and bones with knife in hand, remember to get perspective.

Life is a #sprint and a #marathon.

Which race will you run today? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H. L. Mencken.
    .
    // Duality.

    From one #perspective we're in a race against linear time to become all that we are capable of becoming.

    From another perspective, all is as it should be. And we each #progress in our own time and way.

    Or we don't.

    Here's my reality: the #truth is in the middle.

    Both perspectives are valid when and if they cause you to move positively in the direction of what you want to #create .

    Fact: #Time moves forward at a steady pace regardless of how we move or #feel it passing... and each day is one step closer to our last.

    I don't argue with reality.

    I use the urgency of the idea of being in a "race with time" on days when I feel like I am #moving slow. It motivates me to speed up.

    And on the days I feel frustrated or stifled, I recognize the #power of all things being as they should be. This helps me be #patient and diligent on the journey.

    They are two sides of the same vector driving me forward.

    You need #motivation , AND you need patience and #discipline .

    Things will not fall in line just because you're you.

    Each day you move, and each day you patiently ply your trade at #skill acquisition is a day that you've won.

    The scoreboard may not always reflect that... but #consistency over time will always change the final count when the clock runs out.

    The master chooses the philosophy that best serves him on his way... like a carpenter who chooses from a box of tools, or a clockmaker who selects the perfect gears; we too must use what works to create our #masterpiece .

    When you feel angst rise in you... when you are tempted to burn it all down and hoist the skull and bones with knife in hand, remember to get perspective.

    Life is a #sprint and a #marathon .

    Which race will you run today? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 35 2 26 July, 2019
  • "We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment." - Jim Rohn.
.
// Feel Like It.

The last few days have been #hard mentally.

I felt like I was losing touch with my #mission and that I would "never" find a way to break through or build what I want to bring to #life.

I didn't feel like I had anything to offer.

Partly, this was fatigue... and partly this was #comparison sickness.

I fell down the black hole of the interwebz where "everyone else" has it figured out and are living their #dreams.

Of course, that is bullshit.

Most of what you see online is a carefully crafted and curated collection of complete crap.
.
(How's that for alliteration?)
.
It's a small percentage of someone's day made to give the impression that everything in their life is a beer commercial: all smiles, good times, and hot chicks.

And here I am, #feeling like shit because I don't measure up.

It's rubbish.
It's a fabrication.
It's a #story in my head.

And when I feel this way I have one of two choices... I can wallow in it and make it worse, or I can remember my future and begin to #moveanyway in a positive direction.

Even though I know this... I can still fall prey to "not feeling like it". In these moments, everything seems difficult and #heavy.

It's important to remember this feeling is temporary, it's fleeting, and you have to keep going.

You have to rely on #discipline, not #motivation because guess what; the pain of not #becoming all you can exponentially outweighs the pain of moving through the tough days.

It all comes down to choice.

Will you choose today to advance yourself regardless of how you feel? Be honest below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment." - Jim Rohn.
    .
    // Feel Like It.

    The last few days have been #hard mentally.

    I felt like I was losing touch with my #mission and that I would "never" find a way to break through or build what I want to bring to #life .

    I didn't feel like I had anything to offer.

    Partly, this was fatigue... and partly this was #comparison sickness.

    I fell down the black hole of the interwebz where "everyone else" has it figured out and are living their #dreams .

    Of course, that is bullshit.

    Most of what you see online is a carefully crafted and curated collection of complete crap.
    .
    (How's that for alliteration?)
    .
    It's a small percentage of someone's day made to give the impression that everything in their life is a beer commercial: all smiles, good times, and hot chicks.

    And here I am, #feeling like shit because I don't measure up.

    It's rubbish.
    It's a fabrication.
    It's a #story in my head.

    And when I feel this way I have one of two choices... I can wallow in it and make it worse, or I can remember my future and begin to #moveanyway in a positive direction.

    Even though I know this... I can still fall prey to "not feeling like it". In these moments, everything seems difficult and #heavy .

    It's important to remember this feeling is temporary, it's fleeting, and you have to keep going.

    You have to rely on #discipline , not #motivation because guess what; the pain of not #becoming all you can exponentially outweighs the pain of moving through the tough days.

    It all comes down to choice.

    Will you choose today to advance yourself regardless of how you feel? Be honest below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 40 7 26 July, 2019
  • "To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure." - Freya Stark.
.
// Ramble On.

It's hard to describe the feeling I get when roaming the #earth.

I like a kid... everything seems new.

Growing up in #Georgia, one of earliest memories is walking along a #creek with my Dad in the woods behind our little house.

I was maybe 3.

We moved from there and spent time in living on the wrong side of the tracks, among other places when my parents had nothing.

Yet ultimately, the home I grew up in from 12 on was bordered on the west by #water.

We had this amazing stream that led deep into the tall #pines behind the house. For a young teenager it may as well have been Africa.

It was land ready to be conquered.

My friend, Scott, and I bought #military style survival #knives that we'd attach to our belts and off we'd go... where I'm sure many had gone before.

But to us, walking the creek, swinging over it on natural vines, and finding little rock #waterfalls was adventure.

I never lost that desire to #explore.

It still lights me up, no matter how long the trip or how uncomfortable the foreign bed, I know I'm #better for being exposed to new places.

And so are you.

You're all grown up now... is your life still filled with the colors of #adventure, does it have the spark of one who is #excited to wake and take on the day?
.
I ask myself this alot. I want to keep the #spirit of the adventurer alive.

All it takes is stepping into a new place or new situation to reignite your brain and create new excitement.

Or do you plan to #die bored and empty.

No.

Do anything different and notice your response and #experience of the moments change.

Drive to work a different way, or brush your teeth left handed (or righty)... it all serves to create better moments.

And, #travel. See how the terrain changes on mother earth, along with her people's attitudes and beliefs.

Contrary to popular belief, many Canadians think Trudeau is an idiot. You won't get that on the nightly news!
.
Tell me, what was your last adventure? Share below.
.
Sight + Light.
J
.
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
#hardwodder
  • "To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure." - Freya Stark.
    .
    // Ramble On.

    It's hard to describe the feeling I get when roaming the #earth .

    I like a kid... everything seems new.

    Growing up in #Georgia , one of earliest memories is walking along a #creek with my Dad in the woods behind our little house.

    I was maybe 3.

    We moved from there and spent time in living on the wrong side of the tracks, among other places when my parents had nothing.

    Yet ultimately, the home I grew up in from 12 on was bordered on the west by #water .

    We had this amazing stream that led deep into the tall #pines behind the house. For a young teenager it may as well have been Africa.

    It was land ready to be conquered.

    My friend, Scott, and I bought #military style survival #knives that we'd attach to our belts and off we'd go... where I'm sure many had gone before.

    But to us, walking the creek, swinging over it on natural vines, and finding little rock #waterfalls was adventure.

    I never lost that desire to #explore .

    It still lights me up, no matter how long the trip or how uncomfortable the foreign bed, I know I'm #better for being exposed to new places.

    And so are you.

    You're all grown up now... is your life still filled with the colors of #adventure , does it have the spark of one who is #excited to wake and take on the day?
    .
    I ask myself this alot. I want to keep the #spirit of the adventurer alive.

    All it takes is stepping into a new place or new situation to reignite your brain and create new excitement.

    Or do you plan to #die bored and empty.

    No.

    Do anything different and notice your response and #experience of the moments change.

    Drive to work a different way, or brush your teeth left handed (or righty)... it all serves to create better moments.

    And, #travel . See how the terrain changes on mother earth, along with her people's attitudes and beliefs.

    Contrary to popular belief, many Canadians think Trudeau is an idiot. You won't get that on the nightly news!
    .
    Tell me, what was your last adventure? Share below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy
    #hardwodder
  • 29 5 24 July, 2019
  • "You seldom improve much without giving the task your full attention." - Anders Ericsson.
.
// Deliberate Practice.

The main reason so many people live lives of #mediocrity and despair comes down to a lack of depth in #life experience.

Depth of #meaningful work.
Depth of primary #relationships.
Depth of self understanding and #leadership.

These all contribute to feelings of insecurity and uselessness.

Humans are wired to be social. And in any society, the members need to know they have a secure place and #value to provide.

Historically, the way you did that was you got good at something. You #developed an expertise and put that to use in the form of providing goods or services.

You grew the best tomatoes, built the best house, or wrote the best plays.

Whatever the thing... you deliberately set aside time to hone your #skill.

And in that way, your value became known to all those close. You found a niche and you earned a reputation based on the #depth and understanding of your chosen skillset.

But in the modern world, we've traded developing depth for the desirable digital.

With the dings, vibration, and flashing lights sewn to our hand, it's nearly impossible to #focus long enough to allow the #mind to #work and the body to follow.

Legacy is lost.
Anxiety increases.
Precious time marches on.

Maybe it's time to unplug long enough each day to let your mind get quiet and go deep on the problems you face and the #vision you want to create.

Deliberate #practice performed over time is the way back to a fulfilling life... one built on excellence and contribution.

And the #shadow you cast on earth becomes one of value and happiness.

That, my friends, is #eudaimonia: human flourishing.

Fulfillment.

What part of your life is rich and full? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "You seldom improve much without giving the task your full attention." - Anders Ericsson.
    .
    // Deliberate Practice.

    The main reason so many people live lives of #mediocrity and despair comes down to a lack of depth in #life experience.

    Depth of #meaningful work.
    Depth of primary #relationships .
    Depth of self understanding and #leadership .

    These all contribute to feelings of insecurity and uselessness.

    Humans are wired to be social. And in any society, the members need to know they have a secure place and #value to provide.

    Historically, the way you did that was you got good at something. You #developed an expertise and put that to use in the form of providing goods or services.

    You grew the best tomatoes, built the best house, or wrote the best plays.

    Whatever the thing... you deliberately set aside time to hone your #skill .

    And in that way, your value became known to all those close. You found a niche and you earned a reputation based on the #depth and understanding of your chosen skillset.

    But in the modern world, we've traded developing depth for the desirable digital.

    With the dings, vibration, and flashing lights sewn to our hand, it's nearly impossible to #focus long enough to allow the #mind to #work and the body to follow.

    Legacy is lost.
    Anxiety increases.
    Precious time marches on.

    Maybe it's time to unplug long enough each day to let your mind get quiet and go deep on the problems you face and the #vision you want to create.

    Deliberate #practice performed over time is the way back to a fulfilling life... one built on excellence and contribution.

    And the #shadow you cast on earth becomes one of value and happiness.

    That, my friends, is #eudaimonia : human flourishing.

    Fulfillment.

    What part of your life is rich and full? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 39 6 3 hours ago
  • // The Greatest Feeling.
.
Nothing is better than seeing someone work and sweat for something they want... and then, watching that thing become a reality.

Wilfredo got his bar muscle ups... a new first.

He's put in the work and made it real. He earned his positive result and we couldn't be happier to see him advance!
.
Maybe you want to advance too.

If so, we want to see you in the gym.

Come join us at http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net/contact and let's put you on the path to more, bigger, and better.

All skill levels are welcome.

United in fitness,
Jason

#hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix #mindsetiseverything #nutrition #honorthework
  • // The Greatest Feeling.
    .
    Nothing is better than seeing someone work and sweat for something they want... and then, watching that thing become a reality.

    Wilfredo got his bar muscle ups... a new first.

    He's put in the work and made it real. He earned his positive result and we couldn't be happier to see him advance!
    .
    Maybe you want to advance too.

    If so, we want to see you in the gym.

    Come join us at http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net/contact and let's put you on the path to more, bigger, and better.

    All skill levels are welcome.

    United in fitness,
    Jason

    #hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix #mindsetiseverything #nutrition #honorthework
  • 33 0 12 hours ago
  • "The only way you know you love yourself or anyone else is by the contacts you are willing to make and keep." - Dr. Pat Allen.
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// The Dotted Line.

One of the #greatest scenes in movie history is from Glengarry Glen Ross where Alec Baldwin's character, Blake, is berating the failed salesmen.

Blake says, "Only one thing counts in this #life, get them to sign on the line which is dotted!"
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As harsh as that is, it only feels that way because it's true.

In sales, your #value is always being tested.

The minute your ability to hold up your end falters, your value begins to fade.

And we forget the same holds true in most #relationships... it's an ugly thought to most but the reality is all relationships are a value proposition.

You marry, befriend, or work with only those who benefit you in some way... as does the other party.

You trade your labor for dollars in a #business relationship.

You trade your resources, intimacy, and support with another for the security, stability or #purpose that comes from building a life together.

And anytime the value proposition is broken, you see relationships fall apart.

Disloyalty or infidelity leads formerly close people to utterly despise one another.

You see it all the time.

One of the best ways to ensure #positive relationships is to know explicitly what you're getting into.

My wife and I sat down and wrote a document to govern our relationship before we #married.

We laid out our expectations of one another and we have it to fall back on when we feel out of #alignment.

We then signed on and began a #committed union.

Not before.

People will plan a wedding for a year, but won't plan their partnership at all.

It makes more sense to first agree on the life you want to #build. Then, worry about which cake you want.

What is the value you bring to your relationships? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J

Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • "The only way you know you love yourself or anyone else is by the contacts you are willing to make and keep." - Dr. Pat Allen.
    .
    // The Dotted Line.

    One of the #greatest scenes in movie history is from Glengarry Glen Ross where Alec Baldwin's character, Blake, is berating the failed salesmen.

    Blake says, "Only one thing counts in this #life , get them to sign on the line which is dotted!"
    .
    As harsh as that is, it only feels that way because it's true.

    In sales, your #value is always being tested.

    The minute your ability to hold up your end falters, your value begins to fade.

    And we forget the same holds true in most #relationships ... it's an ugly thought to most but the reality is all relationships are a value proposition.

    You marry, befriend, or work with only those who benefit you in some way... as does the other party.

    You trade your labor for dollars in a #business relationship.

    You trade your resources, intimacy, and support with another for the security, stability or #purpose that comes from building a life together.

    And anytime the value proposition is broken, you see relationships fall apart.

    Disloyalty or infidelity leads formerly close people to utterly despise one another.

    You see it all the time.

    One of the best ways to ensure #positive relationships is to know explicitly what you're getting into.

    My wife and I sat down and wrote a document to govern our relationship before we #married .

    We laid out our expectations of one another and we have it to fall back on when we feel out of #alignment .

    We then signed on and began a #committed union.

    Not before.

    People will plan a wedding for a year, but won't plan their partnership at all.

    It makes more sense to first agree on the life you want to #build . Then, worry about which cake you want.

    What is the value you bring to your relationships? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J

    Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • 35 4 22 July, 2019
  • "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses." - Alphonse Karr.
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// Totally Bananas.

I haven't had #chocolate or ice cream for weeks now... and I love both.

So why deny myself? Well...
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I developed a #habit of having dark chocolate after meals or as a quick snack and as such have probably consumed too much.

But more than that, even the slight amount of sugar you get with dark chocolate or an #organic ice cream changes my palate.

I found myself increasingly having to satiate my desire for those #flavors.

And beyond that, #natural sugars found in fruit seemed "less tasty". Cool story, eh?
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For me this was surprising because I don't #eat much outside of meat and veggies, and avoid hyperpalatable, processed foods and bread.

So I decided to go strict #paleo for the month.

It wasn't too difficult, since I mostly eat that way, until my post prandial habit of dark chocolate cries out for attention.

Yet, this time its cries would go unanswered... so it decided to #punish me with cravings. But, my mind is set. I will not #give in.

After a couple weeks of this, I decided to have some banana thinking, "great, it's a fuckng banana... yay" in my most sarcastic of thought voices.

But.

It was absolutely amazing! No joke. A simple #banana.

With the lack of sugar, my #perspective shifted from "meh, a banana" to "hey, you got any good bananas?"... too funny.

Such is #life.
It's all story and perspective.

Bananas are the same as they ever were and I never wanted one. Now, I eliminate what little sugar I ate and suddenly bananas are #desireable.

All that changed was how I saw bananas... something I had control of all the time by simply #changing the story in my head.

The stories we carry drive our perspectives and perspectives drive our behavior.

To create change then, is to change our stories.

What say you? Share below.

Site + Light.
J .
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#sundaysoapbox
#mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindfulness #mindbodysoul
  • "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses." - Alphonse Karr.
    .
    // Totally Bananas.

    I haven't had #chocolate or ice cream for weeks now... and I love both.

    So why deny myself? Well...
    .
    I developed a #habit of having dark chocolate after meals or as a quick snack and as such have probably consumed too much.

    But more than that, even the slight amount of sugar you get with dark chocolate or an #organic ice cream changes my palate.

    I found myself increasingly having to satiate my desire for those #flavors .

    And beyond that, #natural sugars found in fruit seemed "less tasty". Cool story, eh?
    .
    For me this was surprising because I don't #eat much outside of meat and veggies, and avoid hyperpalatable, processed foods and bread.

    So I decided to go strict #paleo for the month.

    It wasn't too difficult, since I mostly eat that way, until my post prandial habit of dark chocolate cries out for attention.

    Yet, this time its cries would go unanswered... so it decided to #punish me with cravings. But, my mind is set. I will not #give in.

    After a couple weeks of this, I decided to have some banana thinking, "great, it's a fuckng banana... yay" in my most sarcastic of thought voices.

    But.

    It was absolutely amazing! No joke. A simple #banana .

    With the lack of sugar, my #perspective shifted from "meh, a banana" to "hey, you got any good bananas?"... too funny.

    Such is #life .
    It's all story and perspective.

    Bananas are the same as they ever were and I never wanted one. Now, I eliminate what little sugar I ate and suddenly bananas are #desireable .

    All that changed was how I saw bananas... something I had control of all the time by simply #changing the story in my head.

    The stories we carry drive our perspectives and perspectives drive our behavior.

    To create change then, is to change our stories.

    What say you? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #sundaysoapbox
    #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindfulness #mindbodysoul
  • 40 4 21 July, 2019
  • “The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment.” - Tennessee Williams.
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// Everyone An Artist.

Think of life as your #artform... think of #legacy as your permanence.

If you died right now, would you be #happy with the work you've done... would your legacy have any longevity? Hard questions.

I think of this often.

And it becomes a driver for me to keep expanding as a man and as a #contributor.

What my ultimate #impact will be is not up to me... but, what I do with my time here is absolutely under my control.

I keep in #mind and #appreciate all the technical advances that have given my generation so much #free time, so much access to knowledge, and so much #connection to people I may never meet in person.

With this appreciation, comes a feeling of obligation... as I have no excuse to keep my thoughts or my #lessons hidden from view when they may be of use to others.

Of course, my obligation is just a story I tell myself to motivate myself. It's not real.

I could simply Netflix and chill and the world would roll right along... but, what would happen to my #growth? Nothing really.

I would be every bit as ignorant as those who never had the #advantages of this time.

And that begs the question: What good are tools and advantages to those who refuse to use them? Really... no added #productivity comes from that place.

So while the clouds roll by, if the plan is to be an artist, a producer, or anyone who contributes to the fabric of this #life you must understand what you do here matters.

Only you can decide what that is.

And when you do... be the very best at producing your artform, no matter if you grow tomatoes or #write stories, such that you are missed when your ticket is punched.

What is your artform? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • “The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment.” - Tennessee Williams.
    .
    // Everyone An Artist.

    Think of life as your #artform ... think of #legacy as your permanence.

    If you died right now, would you be #happy with the work you've done... would your legacy have any longevity? Hard questions.

    I think of this often.

    And it becomes a driver for me to keep expanding as a man and as a #contributor .

    What my ultimate #impact will be is not up to me... but, what I do with my time here is absolutely under my control.

    I keep in #mind and #appreciate all the technical advances that have given my generation so much #free time, so much access to knowledge, and so much #connection to people I may never meet in person.

    With this appreciation, comes a feeling of obligation... as I have no excuse to keep my thoughts or my #lessons hidden from view when they may be of use to others.

    Of course, my obligation is just a story I tell myself to motivate myself. It's not real.

    I could simply Netflix and chill and the world would roll right along... but, what would happen to my #growth ? Nothing really.

    I would be every bit as ignorant as those who never had the #advantages of this time.

    And that begs the question: What good are tools and advantages to those who refuse to use them? Really... no added #productivity comes from that place.

    So while the clouds roll by, if the plan is to be an artist, a producer, or anyone who contributes to the fabric of this #life you must understand what you do here matters.

    Only you can decide what that is.

    And when you do... be the very best at producing your artform, no matter if you grow tomatoes or #write stories, such that you are missed when your ticket is punched.

    What is your artform? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 31 2 18 July, 2019
  • "Contrary to what is usually thought, it is the man of excellence, and not the common man who lives in essential servitude." - José Ortega y Gasset.
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// Excellence Lost.

I'm writing this as I sit comfortably in a chair floating 35k feet above the U.S.

And I'm #grateful for the gift that is air travel.

Yet, I can't help be feel bittersweet about all the rigamarole I was forced to endure to be here.

Air #travel was once glamorous and exclusive. It was a privilege and enjoyable #experience.

Then 9/11 happened.

People were cowed by fear into trading their #liberty for a modicum of perceived #safety.

We as a people could no longer carry an expectation of #excellence from one another.

Now, we are forced to participate in a system that presumes all are guilty and deserve no privacy or #protection from the most dangerous criminals: Bullies with Badges.

In this system, we are but cattle in the eyes of authority.

Poked, prodded, and paraded through a turnstile like meat for market.

Excellence lost... we are reduced to the lowest common denominator.

Freedom to move, #liberty from force... these require excellent humans.

Responsibility, accountability, and rationality must exist where a #free people reside.

And, freedom is ugly... you can act without permission, but it also means you bear the cost, reward, and consequences of those actions.

No safety is found there... so, it's more than most will bear. The common man gladly trades his #freedom for promises of safety and ease.

But the #execellent man knows better. And, only he can attain freedom.

He knows trading subservience for security is a shit deal. He deals in #value.

And because he does, he trades his #service for a superior experience. He wins and he loses... and he owns both outcomes.

Choice is the residue of freedom... he who serves the most, earns the greatest number of choices.

As I sit here I wonder... how can I serve enough people to choose to fly private. On. Every. Trip.

Who will you serve today? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J

Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat
#unspecialized
  • "Contrary to what is usually thought, it is the man of excellence, and not the common man who lives in essential servitude." - José Ortega y Gasset.
    .
    // Excellence Lost.

    I'm writing this as I sit comfortably in a chair floating 35k feet above the U.S.

    And I'm #grateful for the gift that is air travel.

    Yet, I can't help be feel bittersweet about all the rigamarole I was forced to endure to be here.

    Air #travel was once glamorous and exclusive. It was a privilege and enjoyable #experience .

    Then 9/11 happened.

    People were cowed by fear into trading their #liberty for a modicum of perceived #safety .

    We as a people could no longer carry an expectation of #excellence from one another.

    Now, we are forced to participate in a system that presumes all are guilty and deserve no privacy or #protection from the most dangerous criminals: Bullies with Badges.

    In this system, we are but cattle in the eyes of authority.

    Poked, prodded, and paraded through a turnstile like meat for market.

    Excellence lost... we are reduced to the lowest common denominator.

    Freedom to move, #liberty from force... these require excellent humans.

    Responsibility, accountability, and rationality must exist where a #free people reside.

    And, freedom is ugly... you can act without permission, but it also means you bear the cost, reward, and consequences of those actions.

    No safety is found there... so, it's more than most will bear. The common man gladly trades his #freedom for promises of safety and ease.

    But the #execellent man knows better. And, only he can attain freedom.

    He knows trading subservience for security is a shit deal. He deals in #value .

    And because he does, he trades his #service for a superior experience. He wins and he loses... and he owns both outcomes.

    Choice is the residue of freedom... he who serves the most, earns the greatest number of choices.

    As I sit here I wonder... how can I serve enough people to choose to fly private. On. Every. Trip.

    Who will you serve today? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J

    Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #unspecialized
  • 29 1 17 July, 2019
  • Kettlebell work in Kettle Falls! 🏋️‍♀️🌲⛰
Originally had barbell work programmed today...but the rain changed those plans.

For time: 25# kettlebell 
50-40-30-20-10
Goblet Squats
Kettlebell Swings
(19:05)
  • Kettlebell work in Kettle Falls! 🏋️‍♀️🌲⛰
    Originally had barbell work programmed today...but the rain changed those plans.

    For time: 25# kettlebell
    50-40-30-20-10
    Goblet Squats
    Kettlebell Swings
    (19:05)
  • 47 6 17 July, 2019
  • "There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself." - Henry David Thoreau
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// Curses.

As I rummaged through some old papers, I found a large envelope. Inside were all my #notes and #lessons from the advanced PSI Seminars courses.

And on one of my pages of notes, I found what you see pictured above: The Curses Of Mankind.

These ideas of #perfection, pleasing others, or looking good for other people are like bad memes.

They've been transmitted from generation to generation since time immemorial by parents or teachers as a means of "preparing" each of us for the world.

Their #intentions were good.

They were hard on us because they saw the world as a #hard place in many ways.

They wanted to shield us from damage.

But, we hadn't been damaged... we were new lives with no preconceived notions of how things were or are.

So, rather than shield us... they really projected upon us all their #fears and perspectives.

And in this way our formative years took shape.

We were molded into our ways of being, not by our own #experiences... but by the experiences of others.

Their stories became our stories.

Unconsciously, we lost ourselves to fabrications of others.

We accepted the programming with little #resistance... and who we became was largely the #result of whose programs we bought.

And this is why self reflection or #meditation is so important... when we get quiet and #hear our own voice whisper we get a glimpse of our true self.

Your #original flame still burns inside, just have to take the time to hear it.

How much of you is really you? Share below.

Site + Light.
J .
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#sundaysoapbox
#mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindfulness #mindbodysoul
  • "There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself." - Henry David Thoreau
    .
    // Curses.

    As I rummaged through some old papers, I found a large envelope. Inside were all my #notes and #lessons from the advanced PSI Seminars courses.

    And on one of my pages of notes, I found what you see pictured above: The Curses Of Mankind.

    These ideas of #perfection , pleasing others, or looking good for other people are like bad memes.

    They've been transmitted from generation to generation since time immemorial by parents or teachers as a means of "preparing" each of us for the world.

    Their #intentions were good.

    They were hard on us because they saw the world as a #hard place in many ways.

    They wanted to shield us from damage.

    But, we hadn't been damaged... we were new lives with no preconceived notions of how things were or are.

    So, rather than shield us... they really projected upon us all their #fears and perspectives.

    And in this way our formative years took shape.

    We were molded into our ways of being, not by our own #experiences ... but by the experiences of others.

    Their stories became our stories.

    Unconsciously, we lost ourselves to fabrications of others.

    We accepted the programming with little #resistance ... and who we became was largely the #result of whose programs we bought.

    And this is why self reflection or #meditation is so important... when we get quiet and #hear our own voice whisper we get a glimpse of our true self.

    Your #original flame still burns inside, just have to take the time to hear it.

    How much of you is really you? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #sundaysoapbox
    #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindfulness #mindbodysoul
  • 37 0 16 July, 2019
  • "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." - Mark Twain.
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// Great... Yet Another Food Pic.

Fucksakes.

Another one of THOSE pics.

Why would you stop and give this #food pic the time of day? It's food. "We've seen food before", you say.

Well, yes... that's true.

The web is a wondrous place full of repetitive nonsense and twaddle.

And yet, here we all are. Again.

Some of the highlights include the ever so popular "Quote meme" post designed to help #motivate.

And who can forget the "This isn't a post about my tits, they just consume the majority of the photo, so stop sending me dick pics but keep giving me attention" post designed to help #validate.

Oh interwebz... how I #love thee.

I'm guessing 90% of server storage is the same tired quotes and women with Daddy issues.

So what's one more food pic in the grand scheme of things, eh? There's still room.

And, this food pic comes with a #valuable message.

Now, we all know doing #hard things is a prerequisite to #growth and understanding of who we are at our core.

And few will voluntarily take on a #struggle... especially when comfort and convenience is the norm.

So I have a #challenge for anyone looking to level up in the fitness department.

Just start a #nutrition challenge prior to your next trip.

You will be bombarded with processed food stuffs, junk food, and sugar at every turn.

You will be inconvenienced by having to find, prep, or purchase #quality food on the road.

You will be tempted to stray by every undisciplined person on the plane, train, or in the automobile.

You will be making decisions at times when you are experiencing hunger.

And how you handle your #commitment to eat your plan, will be exactly how you handle every commitment you ever make.

Your #character will be revealed.

Would you rise to the challenge or be broken by it? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#100to0
#crossfit
#saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul #allin #canthurtme
  • "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." - Mark Twain.
    .
    // Great... Yet Another Food Pic.

    Fucksakes.

    Another one of THOSE pics.

    Why would you stop and give this #food pic the time of day? It's food. "We've seen food before", you say.

    Well, yes... that's true.

    The web is a wondrous place full of repetitive nonsense and twaddle.

    And yet, here we all are. Again.

    Some of the highlights include the ever so popular "Quote meme" post designed to help #motivate .

    And who can forget the "This isn't a post about my tits, they just consume the majority of the photo, so stop sending me dick pics but keep giving me attention" post designed to help #validate .

    Oh interwebz... how I #love thee.

    I'm guessing 90% of server storage is the same tired quotes and women with Daddy issues.

    So what's one more food pic in the grand scheme of things, eh? There's still room.

    And, this food pic comes with a #valuable message.

    Now, we all know doing #hard things is a prerequisite to #growth and understanding of who we are at our core.

    And few will voluntarily take on a #struggle ... especially when comfort and convenience is the norm.

    So I have a #challenge for anyone looking to level up in the fitness department.

    Just start a #nutrition challenge prior to your next trip.

    You will be bombarded with processed food stuffs, junk food, and sugar at every turn.

    You will be inconvenienced by having to find, prep, or purchase #quality food on the road.

    You will be tempted to stray by every undisciplined person on the plane, train, or in the automobile.

    You will be making decisions at times when you are experiencing hunger.

    And how you handle your #commitment to eat your plan, will be exactly how you handle every commitment you ever make.

    Your #character will be revealed.

    Would you rise to the challenge or be broken by it? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #100to0
    #crossfit
    #saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul #allin #canthurtme
  • 40 4 16 July, 2019
  • "Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting." - Cormac McCarthy
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// The Road.

The drive through #Sandpoint into the foothills of the #Rockies and ultimately into Canada is one of my favorites.

It has everything you want in a #roadtrip; kitschy places to stop, old bridges over water, and scenery that reminds you how small you are in the grand scheme of things.

The road offers #opportunities to think, act, and experience the novel.

It's a bridge between where you are and where you want to be. All roads are.

And you can't skip ahead of the parts you don't like... every inch has to be traveled.

And you #travel on no matter what because you want to be where the road takes you.

Such is #life.

Between where we are and where we want to go is a #gap.

Maybe it's a gap in #skills, or in mentality, or in #awareness... but whatever the gap is made of we have to bridge it in order to #become the person we want to be.

But, unlike a physical blacktop highway, we can #shortcut our becoming.

With all the resources available today we can access the knowledge and skill of others who've created the results we want or who have become the people we strive to embody.

They have all left clues for us.

Bread crumbs to #greatness... we just need to pick up the tactics they used to gain #leverage over themselves.

By doing so, we can skip years of trial and error and arrive early at where we want to be.

Who do you look to when you want to shorten time frames? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting." - Cormac McCarthy
    .
    // The Road.

    The drive through #Sandpoint into the foothills of the #Rockies and ultimately into Canada is one of my favorites.

    It has everything you want in a #roadtrip ; kitschy places to stop, old bridges over water, and scenery that reminds you how small you are in the grand scheme of things.

    The road offers #opportunities to think, act, and experience the novel.

    It's a bridge between where you are and where you want to be. All roads are.

    And you can't skip ahead of the parts you don't like... every inch has to be traveled.

    And you #travel on no matter what because you want to be where the road takes you.

    Such is #life .

    Between where we are and where we want to go is a #gap .

    Maybe it's a gap in #skills , or in mentality, or in #awareness ... but whatever the gap is made of we have to bridge it in order to #become the person we want to be.

    But, unlike a physical blacktop highway, we can #shortcut our becoming.

    With all the resources available today we can access the knowledge and skill of others who've created the results we want or who have become the people we strive to embody.

    They have all left clues for us.

    Bread crumbs to #greatness ... we just need to pick up the tactics they used to gain #leverage over themselves.

    By doing so, we can skip years of trial and error and arrive early at where we want to be.

    Who do you look to when you want to shorten time frames? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 31 0 14 July, 2019
  • "Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry." - Jack Kerouac.
.
// Uprooted.

It's been a while... since I've been out of country. But, this weekend we are off on another #adventure.

So, Greetings from the Columbia River Valley... Truly a #beautiful place.

Wifey and I have been going so hard lately on our #vision that we've not put much energy into anything else.

She's done a few trips with friends... but I had begun to behave as if I were #rooted and unable to leave the locality of my life.

Especially over the last 18 months.

And, as adventurous as it can be to take yourself on, #expand into the unknown of your capacities, and really seek to become more as a #human... I needed something new.

The brain gets too #complacent with the same old repetition... the #mind becomes lazy. And, by default, our actions and mentality anchor themselves to the sameness.

We stagnate.
We stall.

But.

The cure is simple: Uproot yourself.

We all need new stimuli, new #challenge, and new scenery to stoke the fire of our #creativity and #awaken our senses. 
This weekend is all about the new... an #investment in self.

A quick flight from Phoenix to Spokane and we're in a car headed to Sandpoint, Idaho for lunch on the water.

Then a drive further into the #Rockies, a border crossing, an amazing dinner in British Columbia, and a solid night of sleep.

A #Spartan race in Kimberley.
A #cold plunge in a #mountain lake.

An adventure leading us to a barbecue with friends in Calgary.

And through it all we awaken to the experience of living, not just existing.

Feeling curious about what comes around the next corner and sparking a greater sense of #gratitude and appreciation for how far we've come as #teamarcher.

When I think about it I realize that life is only small when we habituate the old... what if we made a point to habituate the new.

Do you have enough adventure in your life, or have you settled for the stability of your roots? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#thursdaythoughts
  • "Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry." - Jack Kerouac.
    .
    // Uprooted.

    It's been a while... since I've been out of country. But, this weekend we are off on another #adventure .

    So, Greetings from the Columbia River Valley... Truly a #beautiful place.

    Wifey and I have been going so hard lately on our #vision that we've not put much energy into anything else.

    She's done a few trips with friends... but I had begun to behave as if I were #rooted and unable to leave the locality of my life.

    Especially over the last 18 months.

    And, as adventurous as it can be to take yourself on, #expand into the unknown of your capacities, and really seek to become more as a #human ... I needed something new.

    The brain gets too #complacent with the same old repetition... the #mind becomes lazy. And, by default, our actions and mentality anchor themselves to the sameness.

    We stagnate.
    We stall.

    But.

    The cure is simple: Uproot yourself.

    We all need new stimuli, new #challenge , and new scenery to stoke the fire of our #creativity and #awaken our senses.
    This weekend is all about the new... an #investment in self.

    A quick flight from Phoenix to Spokane and we're in a car headed to Sandpoint, Idaho for lunch on the water.

    Then a drive further into the #Rockies , a border crossing, an amazing dinner in British Columbia, and a solid night of sleep.

    A #Spartan race in Kimberley.
    A #cold plunge in a #mountain lake.

    An adventure leading us to a barbecue with friends in Calgary.

    And through it all we awaken to the experience of living, not just existing.

    Feeling curious about what comes around the next corner and sparking a greater sense of #gratitude and appreciation for how far we've come as #teamarcher .

    When I think about it I realize that life is only small when we habituate the old... what if we made a point to habituate the new.

    Do you have enough adventure in your life, or have you settled for the stability of your roots? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #thursdaythoughts
  • 46 0 14 July, 2019
  • "The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas." - Alfred Whitney Griswold.
.
// What The U.S. Really Is.

The Americas.
The Declaration of Independence.
Then ultimately, The United States of America.

At the core of all these words lies a basic #truth.

And that is simply this: that these things came into being because they were #better #ideas.

We just had the #4thOfJuly here in the "land of the free" and as I scrolled through my various timelines I didn't have to go far before running in posts of sheer hatred, animosity, or downright contempt.

People who live better than most of the world, enjoy every advantage of #education, and sit behind devices made readily available and cheap by #free trade, felt the need to post all the wrongs of their country, without acknowledging any of the rights.

These opinions are useless. They are rooted in ignorance and contradiction.

#America is known for many things, but her people are losing sight of its #greatest thing.

That here, above all, we have the #opportunity to pick and choose from an idea meritocracy.

We are free to add the best elements of any #culture to our own, all while refusing failed dogma.

And there is no greater failure than a people dependent on government: for ideas, for security or for material gain.

Yet, the call today from the ignorant citizenry is "do it for me"... I #challenge you to challenge that idea.

Many early immigrants actually went back to Europe. They were not accustomed to the #weight of self sufficiency or the rigors of the new world.

But rigor and stuggle made what we now enjoy.

Stuggle builds #strength and promotes life. Include it in your day by #working on yourself before trying to fix things you cannot control.

We all do better when you do better, become more, or influence your circle positively.

So rather than whine... why not put forth a better idea? Drop one below.

Sight + Light.
J

Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • "The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas." - Alfred Whitney Griswold.
    .
    // What The U.S. Really Is.

    The Americas.
    The Declaration of Independence.
    Then ultimately, The United States of America.

    At the core of all these words lies a basic #truth .

    And that is simply this: that these things came into being because they were #better #ideas .

    We just had the #4thOfJuly here in the "land of the free" and as I scrolled through my various timelines I didn't have to go far before running in posts of sheer hatred, animosity, or downright contempt.

    People who live better than most of the world, enjoy every advantage of #education , and sit behind devices made readily available and cheap by #free trade, felt the need to post all the wrongs of their country, without acknowledging any of the rights.

    These opinions are useless. They are rooted in ignorance and contradiction.

    #America is known for many things, but her people are losing sight of its #greatest thing.

    That here, above all, we have the #opportunity to pick and choose from an idea meritocracy.

    We are free to add the best elements of any #culture to our own, all while refusing failed dogma.

    And there is no greater failure than a people dependent on government: for ideas, for security or for material gain.

    Yet, the call today from the ignorant citizenry is "do it for me"... I #challenge you to challenge that idea.

    Many early immigrants actually went back to Europe. They were not accustomed to the #weight of self sufficiency or the rigors of the new world.

    But rigor and stuggle made what we now enjoy.

    Stuggle builds #strength and promotes life. Include it in your day by #working on yourself before trying to fix things you cannot control.

    We all do better when you do better, become more, or influence your circle positively.

    So rather than whine... why not put forth a better idea? Drop one below.

    Sight + Light.
    J

    Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • 48 5 9 July, 2019
  • "I will say that Rick will probably die before the end of the book. I'll go ahead and put that in print. Nobody's safe." - Robert Kirkman.
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// Get Used To It.

This week one of the most #successful indy comics of all time said "The End" on the last page.

The #WalkingDead became a cultural force to be reckoned with... comics, toys, multiple TV shows, talk shows, and the list just goes on and on.

But in 2003 when the first issue shipped, no one could have known what would #become of it.

The first issues would sell about 7k copies... but, that would grow by 8 to 10 fold depending on the month and garner a loyal buying public of 50,,000 per month.

Oh and that lasted for 16 years! Amazing.

By all accounts Kirkman and company were still on top... and that's where the #surprise comes into play.

Rather than continue, he #killed Rick, pulled the plug, and wrote issue 193 as a #tribute to Rick's legacy.

Totally out of the blue and without warning, #life changed for 50k people this week.

No more #TWD.

And, all I can say about it is: Get Used To That.

Welcome to reality where shit happens beyond your control, and you have to deal with the ramifications.

Kirkman did a #brave thing. He shook 50k trees in one fail swoop.

And while many complain and cry for more, the reality is this was a #gift. 50k people will experience something new.

Something that requires them to step outside what they know into the #unknown where any number of amazing things may happen.

As a fan... I #appreciate the end. And look forward to finding something new to explore.

I mean, how many #zombies have to re-die before mankind learns to #work as a team in the apocalypse?
.
Surely, it's a finite number.

When was the last time you chose into something new? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "I will say that Rick will probably die before the end of the book. I'll go ahead and put that in print. Nobody's safe." - Robert Kirkman.
    .
    // Get Used To It.

    This week one of the most #successful indy comics of all time said "The End" on the last page.

    The #WalkingDead became a cultural force to be reckoned with... comics, toys, multiple TV shows, talk shows, and the list just goes on and on.

    But in 2003 when the first issue shipped, no one could have known what would #become of it.

    The first issues would sell about 7k copies... but, that would grow by 8 to 10 fold depending on the month and garner a loyal buying public of 50,,000 per month.

    Oh and that lasted for 16 years! Amazing.

    By all accounts Kirkman and company were still on top... and that's where the #surprise comes into play.

    Rather than continue, he #killed Rick, pulled the plug, and wrote issue 193 as a #tribute to Rick's legacy.

    Totally out of the blue and without warning, #life changed for 50k people this week.

    No more #TWD .

    And, all I can say about it is: Get Used To That.

    Welcome to reality where shit happens beyond your control, and you have to deal with the ramifications.

    Kirkman did a #brave thing. He shook 50k trees in one fail swoop.

    And while many complain and cry for more, the reality is this was a #gift . 50k people will experience something new.

    Something that requires them to step outside what they know into the #unknown where any number of amazing things may happen.

    As a fan... I #appreciate the end. And look forward to finding something new to explore.

    I mean, how many #zombies have to re-die before mankind learns to #work as a team in the apocalypse?
    .
    Surely, it's a finite number.

    When was the last time you chose into something new? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 23 0 5 July, 2019
  • "I did what made me feel better tomorrow, even though it was excruciating at the time." - Thomas D. Willhite.
.
// Earn Your Own Time.

You're no doubt #aware of the phrase, "if it feels good, do it"... but you may not have given it much thought.

It's been used to justify any and all physical #pleasures in the moment, from "free love" which was just tool for sixties sex seekers, to the infamous "Netflix and chill" couch surfers of today.

They use it to #justify their own desires in the now, but forget the ramifications.

Who would you become if your only desire each day was to feel good? #Think about it.

Think hard.

You can't #grow as a person without #challenge, yet this #philosophy would have you in constant comfort.

You'd be stunted.
You'd be at a disadvantage.
You'd be #useless to all but a few.

And mother nature has disdain for the useless.

You'd eventually #wake up and find yourself having lived for selfish reasons with few accomplishments or #opportunities for growth.

You'd regret.

And regret is a waste of whatever #time you have remaining.

So the #wise earn their own time by avoiding regret.

They #decide who they want to become and put in the work to make it a reality.

They seek to feel good tomorrow, and pay the price in the present.

They create #meaningful work, relationships, and contributions to those around them.

They live outward #focused.

The clock is ticking... and your time is precious.

So.

What will you do today to maximize your time and impact in this life? Share below.
.
Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • "I did what made me feel better tomorrow, even though it was excruciating at the time." - Thomas D. Willhite.
    .
    // Earn Your Own Time.

    You're no doubt #aware of the phrase, "if it feels good, do it"... but you may not have given it much thought.

    It's been used to justify any and all physical #pleasures in the moment, from "free love" which was just tool for sixties sex seekers, to the infamous "Netflix and chill" couch surfers of today.

    They use it to #justify their own desires in the now, but forget the ramifications.

    Who would you become if your only desire each day was to feel good? #Think about it.

    Think hard.

    You can't #grow as a person without #challenge , yet this #philosophy would have you in constant comfort.

    You'd be stunted.
    You'd be at a disadvantage.
    You'd be #useless to all but a few.

    And mother nature has disdain for the useless.

    You'd eventually #wake up and find yourself having lived for selfish reasons with few accomplishments or #opportunities for growth.

    You'd regret.

    And regret is a waste of whatever #time you have remaining.

    So the #wise earn their own time by avoiding regret.

    They #decide who they want to become and put in the work to make it a reality.

    They seek to feel good tomorrow, and pay the price in the present.

    They create #meaningful work, relationships, and contributions to those around them.

    They live outward #focused .

    The clock is ticking... and your time is precious.

    So.

    What will you do today to maximize your time and impact in this life? Share below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 25 1 3 July, 2019
  • "The target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art." - Arsene Wenger.
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// Seek The Deep.

For much of my life I've been a #dabbler.

Learn some of this, some of that, and with my natural skillset I could mix in a little self #confidence and posture then attain a moderate degree of #success with anything I chose.

It was a blessing and a curse.

From one #perspective, good enough meant I never suffered too much... I was always good enough to jump in a new job, #business or a relationship and thrive.

At least to a point.

At least until I bumped up against my own limits or lack of depth and exposed myself.

On the flip side... Good enough robbed me of #motivation.

Being comfortable, I was never desperate enough to go #deep and really #learn the nuance of a new idea, methodology or activity.

Again keeping me comfortable, but severely hampering my #desire for more.

But, for the last few years I've been completely focused on my capacity to #create.

And that, my friends, requires a high degree of #mastery of very specific skill sets.

To create #discipline around learning, to face fears and deal with the regular mental stress of the unknown... these require self mastery.

Venturing into new ways of doing business and of #marketing and creating scalable and growing profits while providing #value and genuinely giving from a place of abundance... these require mastery.

Dabbling won't pay more than a dabbler's wage.

It's fun to throw axes... but consistently hitting the #bullseye is a different game.

When I throw, I hope ro get close. When a master throws, he hits dead center or it's a failure.

The master has done the deep work and it shows up in his results. He easily beats the weekend warrior, the untrained dabbler, and the hobbyist.

Mastery is the fruit of depth.

Where in your life could you go deep for better results? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • "The target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art." - Arsene Wenger.
    .
    // Seek The Deep.

    For much of my life I've been a #dabbler .

    Learn some of this, some of that, and with my natural skillset I could mix in a little self #confidence and posture then attain a moderate degree of #success with anything I chose.

    It was a blessing and a curse.

    From one #perspective , good enough meant I never suffered too much... I was always good enough to jump in a new job, #business or a relationship and thrive.

    At least to a point.

    At least until I bumped up against my own limits or lack of depth and exposed myself.

    On the flip side... Good enough robbed me of #motivation .

    Being comfortable, I was never desperate enough to go #deep and really #learn the nuance of a new idea, methodology or activity.

    Again keeping me comfortable, but severely hampering my #desire for more.

    But, for the last few years I've been completely focused on my capacity to #create .

    And that, my friends, requires a high degree of #mastery of very specific skill sets.

    To create #discipline around learning, to face fears and deal with the regular mental stress of the unknown... these require self mastery.

    Venturing into new ways of doing business and of #marketing and creating scalable and growing profits while providing #value and genuinely giving from a place of abundance... these require mastery.

    Dabbling won't pay more than a dabbler's wage.

    It's fun to throw axes... but consistently hitting the #bullseye is a different game.

    When I throw, I hope ro get close. When a master throws, he hits dead center or it's a failure.

    The master has done the deep work and it shows up in his results. He easily beats the weekend warrior, the untrained dabbler, and the hobbyist.

    Mastery is the fruit of depth.

    Where in your life could you go deep for better results? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 36 2 3 July, 2019
  • // The Doors Are Closing Soon.
.
[Only 4 More Spots Available!]
.
We close registration in 3 days for good.

July 5th is coming up fast, ya'll... jump on this opportunity if you're interested in learning to properly eat for weight management and performance.

This is not a starvation challenge. It's about eating as a lifestyle and creating the best version of yourself.

Link in bio => Last day to sign up is July 5th... We start July 8th.

You get the 4th to get all your last junk food binges in ;) then, it's game on for anyone looking to slim down and add lean quality muscle.

This is open to both members and non-members of #CrossFit North Phoenix at special rates for members.

Jump in!

United in fitness,
Jason

#hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix #mindsetiseverything #nutrition #honorthework
  • // The Doors Are Closing Soon.
    .
    [Only 4 More Spots Available!]
    .
    We close registration in 3 days for good.

    July 5th is coming up fast, ya'll... jump on this opportunity if you're interested in learning to properly eat for weight management and performance.

    This is not a starvation challenge. It's about eating as a lifestyle and creating the best version of yourself.

    Link in bio => Last day to sign up is July 5th... We start July 8th.

    You get the 4th to get all your last junk food binges in ;) then, it's game on for anyone looking to slim down and add lean quality muscle.

    This is open to both members and non-members of #CrossFit North Phoenix at special rates for members.

    Jump in!

    United in fitness,
    Jason

    #hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix #mindsetiseverything #nutrition #honorthework
  • 13 0 2 July, 2019
  • “Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on Discipline.” – @jockowillink.
.
// The Two Great Habits.

The new #quarter is here.

But more than that, day one of the third quarter marks the first day of the #last half of the year.

Yep, our year is half gone.

And that had me #thinking about this: Where exactly am I in relation to the #targets I've set for myself.

Honestly, looks like I'm a mixed bag... some things are coming along, and others are far off.

Tracking... it's key.

And so are these two habits:
.
1. #Learning to learn and apply.
2. #Moving anyway...especially when its hard.

The first practice keeps you from becoming stagnant and #useless.

To live in expansion and #growth means you learn what you need to do to create #positive motion and put your head down and fucking do it.

You can tell when you've learned something by noticing a #change in your behavior. Like a child that learns the hot stove burns his hand, you learn to abandon valueless acts for productive #action.

The second one is a nod to #discipline. On the path to the best version of you obstacles, injury, and #challenge will abound.

How will you respond? Positive motion demands you to #moveanyway... day in, day out. You move... it's chop wood, carry water.

You make whatever progress you can understanding that your best will vary from day to day, but your #commitment won't waver. Ever.

When you combine the application of learning with a move anyway #mindset, you create #power.

No one is coming to save you.

What will you do with Q3? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J

Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • “Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on Discipline.” – @jockowillink.
    .
    // The Two Great Habits.

    The new #quarter is here.

    But more than that, day one of the third quarter marks the first day of the #last half of the year.

    Yep, our year is half gone.

    And that had me #thinking about this: Where exactly am I in relation to the #targets I've set for myself.

    Honestly, looks like I'm a mixed bag... some things are coming along, and others are far off.

    Tracking... it's key.

    And so are these two habits:
    .
    1. #Learning to learn and apply.
    2. #Moving anyway...especially when its hard.

    The first practice keeps you from becoming stagnant and #useless .

    To live in expansion and #growth means you learn what you need to do to create #positive motion and put your head down and fucking do it.

    You can tell when you've learned something by noticing a #change in your behavior. Like a child that learns the hot stove burns his hand, you learn to abandon valueless acts for productive #action .

    The second one is a nod to #discipline . On the path to the best version of you obstacles, injury, and #challenge will abound.

    How will you respond? Positive motion demands you to #moveanyway ... day in, day out. You move... it's chop wood, carry water.

    You make whatever progress you can understanding that your best will vary from day to day, but your #commitment won't waver. Ever.

    When you combine the application of learning with a move anyway #mindset , you create #power .

    No one is coming to save you.

    What will you do with Q3? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J

    Be. Do. Have... In that order. #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #movementmonday #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetmonday
  • 33 2 1 July, 2019
  • // Day One Of Q3.
.
Today is the first day of the 3rd quarter and we all have an opportunity to design and own Q3 like never before.

We have 13 weeks to operate like the self disciplined kings and queens we were born to be.

It starts with mindset.

What are you willing to commit yourself to for the next 90 days.

The same old same old? Or some real f#@king results.

The choice is yours and no one is coming to save you.

Time to own your possibilities and work to make them realities.

At Crossfit North Phoenix, we are committed to creating an environment where you can do that.

And, starting next week we have our #Mid-SummerMeltdown #NutritionChallenge starting.

Finf out more at http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net/nutrition and join in.

Member or not... you can participate!
.
And no mattet what, get your targets for the quarter written down!
.
Much love,
J

#hardwodder #crossfit #crossfitwod #mindbodysoul #crossfitnorthphoenix #cnp #payup
  • // Day One Of Q3.
    .
    Today is the first day of the 3rd quarter and we all have an opportunity to design and own Q3 like never before.

    We have 13 weeks to operate like the self disciplined kings and queens we were born to be.

    It starts with mindset.

    What are you willing to commit yourself to for the next 90 days.

    The same old same old? Or some real f#@king results.

    The choice is yours and no one is coming to save you.

    Time to own your possibilities and work to make them realities.

    At Crossfit North Phoenix, we are committed to creating an environment where you can do that.

    And, starting next week we have our #Mid -SummerMeltdown #NutritionChallenge starting.

    Finf out more at http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net/nutrition and join in.

    Member or not... you can participate!
    .
    And no mattet what, get your targets for the quarter written down!
    .
    Much love,
    J

    #hardwodder #crossfit #crossfitwod #mindbodysoul #crossfitnorthphoenix #cnp #payup
  • 16 0 1 July, 2019
  • "Life is one long struggle in the dark." - Lucretius.
.
// Team Archer.

When I first read the quote above, it struck me as #negative. I have learned that when that happens, I need to look a little #deeper.

Usually when something lands the wrong way, it has more to do with our #perception than anything else.

So, upon further inspection... I saw deeper truths.

Realize this: long #life, struggle, and darkness may be our greatest #gifts.

Born eyes closed, struggling for breath is how life begins... everything is #unknown.

Still, the unknown brings an #opportunity to know as we grow.

And if #growth is to continue for life, not simply end when we come of age, we have to accept that our #expansion comes from playing in the darkness of the unknown.

There is no growth in the familiar.

To know this is to use our time here to #struggle well.

In doing so, we learn to first align ourselves in pursuit of more, and magnetically draw allies to our cause.

I view my #marriage this way.

Cristina and I came together to build a life we designed before ever saying "I do". #TeamArcher is our vehicle for creating the results we want in our lives.

Our time together is a recurring cycle of creating a #vision, stepping into the unknown to #create it, then struggling as well as we can as a unit to grow into the people who can make it real.

This comes with high highs, low lows, and everything between.

Raw conversations, #success and failure, smiles and tears, pain and laughter... its all part of this game of expansion we play in the dark.

Struggle gives us meaning and #connection beyond the shallows of a surface level existence. It reveals who we are and who we can become.

And that, my friends, makes life an #adventure.

When was the last time you stepped into the unknown? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "Life is one long struggle in the dark." - Lucretius.
    .
    // Team Archer.

    When I first read the quote above, it struck me as #negative . I have learned that when that happens, I need to look a little #deeper .

    Usually when something lands the wrong way, it has more to do with our #perception than anything else.

    So, upon further inspection... I saw deeper truths.

    Realize this: long #life , struggle, and darkness may be our greatest #gifts .

    Born eyes closed, struggling for breath is how life begins... everything is #unknown .

    Still, the unknown brings an #opportunity to know as we grow.

    And if #growth is to continue for life, not simply end when we come of age, we have to accept that our #expansion comes from playing in the darkness of the unknown.

    There is no growth in the familiar.

    To know this is to use our time here to #struggle well.

    In doing so, we learn to first align ourselves in pursuit of more, and magnetically draw allies to our cause.

    I view my #marriage this way.

    Cristina and I came together to build a life we designed before ever saying "I do". #TeamArcher is our vehicle for creating the results we want in our lives.

    Our time together is a recurring cycle of creating a #vision , stepping into the unknown to #create it, then struggling as well as we can as a unit to grow into the people who can make it real.

    This comes with high highs, low lows, and everything between.

    Raw conversations, #success and failure, smiles and tears, pain and laughter... its all part of this game of expansion we play in the dark.

    Struggle gives us meaning and #connection beyond the shallows of a surface level existence. It reveals who we are and who we can become.

    And that, my friends, makes life an #adventure .

    When was the last time you stepped into the unknown? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #fridayfactual #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 66 6 28 June, 2019
  • "You just can't beat the person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth.
.
// Pay In Full.

Wednesday, late morning... I wake up to a hollow feeling. A feeling of "what the fuck am I doing" with my time.

I was up all night finalizing a recording to ensure the next #episode of the @HardWodder Radio #podcast goes out on time.

This... because I refuse to break the chain, was the 22nd straight week of #consistency with the production and release.

Consistency #wins all battles.

So... My target is every week an hour or more of content, available on Wednesday, syndicated and ready to go without #fail.

But, people fail.
Interviews cancel.
Schedules get tight.

And before you know it.. it's Wednesday. Again.

To keep my #commitment to this project, I can not accept or allow excuses or circumstances to dictate my #outcome.

Time or no time, guest or no guest, I have to #honor the #work and #pay the price necessary to create the result I committed to.

This is where I have, and so many others have #fallen off.

It's incredibly easy to make up stories as to why it's "acceptable" to miss a dealine, or fail any #goal.

What's #uncommon is becoming the man who refuses to negotiate the price he's willing to pay to succeed.

The price may well be late nights, #learning new systems and skills, training, sacrificing time with family, and the #emotional roller coaster that comes with taking yourself on.

What you are willing to happily exchange for your #result will determine the trajectory of your life.

This morning I had to remind myself to simply #paytheman... and as I submitted to the reality of what is required, my #mindset began to shift back into #positive and productive.

What do you want for your life, and will you pay the price to get it? Share below.
.
Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#mindsetiseverything
  • "You just can't beat the person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth.
    .
    // Pay In Full.

    Wednesday, late morning... I wake up to a hollow feeling. A feeling of "what the fuck am I doing" with my time.

    I was up all night finalizing a recording to ensure the next #episode of the @HardWodder Radio #podcast goes out on time.

    This... because I refuse to break the chain, was the 22nd straight week of #consistency with the production and release.

    Consistency #wins all battles.

    So... My target is every week an hour or more of content, available on Wednesday, syndicated and ready to go without #fail .

    But, people fail.
    Interviews cancel.
    Schedules get tight.

    And before you know it.. it's Wednesday. Again.

    To keep my #commitment to this project, I can not accept or allow excuses or circumstances to dictate my #outcome .

    Time or no time, guest or no guest, I have to #honor the #work and #pay the price necessary to create the result I committed to.

    This is where I have, and so many others have #fallen off.

    It's incredibly easy to make up stories as to why it's "acceptable" to miss a dealine, or fail any #goal .

    What's #uncommon is becoming the man who refuses to negotiate the price he's willing to pay to succeed.

    The price may well be late nights, #learning new systems and skills, training, sacrificing time with family, and the #emotional roller coaster that comes with taking yourself on.

    What you are willing to happily exchange for your #result will determine the trajectory of your life.

    This morning I had to remind myself to simply #paytheman ... and as I submitted to the reality of what is required, my #mindset began to shift back into #positive and productive.

    What do you want for your life, and will you pay the price to get it? Share below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #mindsetiseverything
  • 37 2 26 June, 2019
  • "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." - Nikola Tesla.
.
// Trade Emotion For Action.

One of my #business partners grew up learning the trades. As an electrician, he learned how to deal with high voltage breaker panels of all types.

I didn't.

For me, these things were best left to the pros.

I had no #experience. No #training.

And, with high voltage warning labels plastered all over, the #fear of accidentally turning myself into a human lightening rod was ever present.

How this magic panel worked was lost on me... until my partner showed exactly what #purpose it served.

Once I knew, my fear was transformed to #power.

Now, I can add new electrical lines, breakers, or step a 240v down to a 120v with ease.

I have saved myself thousands, and increased my ability to produce in the process... all because my fear energy was replaced by #knowledge and #skill.

I use the knowledge. And that turns it into power.

And here's the thing... we are constantly surrounded by info we can use to #better ourselves all the time.

But, most aren't paying attention.

The entire world is just one big feedback mechanism.

And feedback is gold.

Maybe you did great on a job interview.
Or failed in a relationship.
Or you wrote an ad that did ok.
Or someone yelled at you.

Don't think of these events as personal wins or losses... think of them as #feedback.

It's just actionable information you use to steer yourself down the #best path toward what you want.

Most people are terrible observers and will miss the lessons in their experiences by making it all about their #feelings.

Don't.

Make it about #results. Emotions can mislead.

Use the knowledge you gain to power up and improve your #outcomes.

Observe, learn, and repeat.

In this way over time, you inch ever closer to the life you genuinely want.

What feedback can you use to your advantage today? Share below.

Site + Light.
J
.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#mindset 
#mindsetiseverything 
#mindsetmatters
  • "If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." - Nikola Tesla.
    .
    // Trade Emotion For Action.

    One of my #business partners grew up learning the trades. As an electrician, he learned how to deal with high voltage breaker panels of all types.

    I didn't.

    For me, these things were best left to the pros.

    I had no #experience . No #training .

    And, with high voltage warning labels plastered all over, the #fear of accidentally turning myself into a human lightening rod was ever present.

    How this magic panel worked was lost on me... until my partner showed exactly what #purpose it served.

    Once I knew, my fear was transformed to #power .

    Now, I can add new electrical lines, breakers, or step a 240v down to a 120v with ease.

    I have saved myself thousands, and increased my ability to produce in the process... all because my fear energy was replaced by #knowledge and #skill .

    I use the knowledge. And that turns it into power.

    And here's the thing... we are constantly surrounded by info we can use to #better ourselves all the time.

    But, most aren't paying attention.

    The entire world is just one big feedback mechanism.

    And feedback is gold.

    Maybe you did great on a job interview.
    Or failed in a relationship.
    Or you wrote an ad that did ok.
    Or someone yelled at you.

    Don't think of these events as personal wins or losses... think of them as #feedback .

    It's just actionable information you use to steer yourself down the #best path toward what you want.

    Most people are terrible observers and will miss the lessons in their experiences by making it all about their #feelings .

    Don't.

    Make it about #results . Emotions can mislead.

    Use the knowledge you gain to power up and improve your #outcomes .

    Observe, learn, and repeat.

    In this way over time, you inch ever closer to the life you genuinely want.

    What feedback can you use to your advantage today? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J
    .

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #mindset
    #mindsetiseverything
    #mindsetmatters
  • 57 6 25 June, 2019
  • "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss.
.
// You Don't Need A Marker.

You've probably seen these kinds of stone piles if you do much #hiking or #biking in remote areas.

And they serve a #purpose.

Cairns are meant to mark a path, or in some cases memorialize something.

These little piles of stones date to the earliest times of humanity, but the idea that they can be used to get you back home is secondary to their use most of the time now.

When you see many #cairns in the same place, it's usually people just stacking stones for the sake of stacking stones.

A photo op.
A meaningless stone tower.

And in these instances, it's an indication of #comfort and #confidence.

There's no #danger of them losing their way, or getting lost... it's just something to do on a #trail.

Probably one very well traveled and very well known to the traveler.

This is human nature for the vast majority... to comfortably explore where we have been many times both mentally and physically.

Driving the same routes.
Reading the same authors.
Thinking the same thoughts.

Nothing novel... only the familiar.

We lose our willingness to fail and sense of #adventure.

Life becomes bland.
Predictable.
Grey.

All because the paths we're #traveling need not be marked.

Yet, it need not be this way.

At any point, you may make a new choice.

Pick a new path.

Inject some adventure... and risk getting lost, getting #hurt, or failing in the interest of getting what you really want.

You can choose expansion. Learning. #Growth.

Step into the unknown for a shot at creating a more colorful #life.

There are no guarantees in that place, except for the fact that it will force you to #become more.

If you had no obstacles, what new experience would you add to your life right now? Share below.

Site + Light.
J
.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#sundaysoapbox
#mindset 
#mindsetiseverything
  • "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss.
    .
    // You Don't Need A Marker.

    You've probably seen these kinds of stone piles if you do much #hiking or #biking in remote areas.

    And they serve a #purpose .

    Cairns are meant to mark a path, or in some cases memorialize something.

    These little piles of stones date to the earliest times of humanity, but the idea that they can be used to get you back home is secondary to their use most of the time now.

    When you see many #cairns in the same place, it's usually people just stacking stones for the sake of stacking stones.

    A photo op.
    A meaningless stone tower.

    And in these instances, it's an indication of #comfort and #confidence .

    There's no #danger of them losing their way, or getting lost... it's just something to do on a #trail .

    Probably one very well traveled and very well known to the traveler.

    This is human nature for the vast majority... to comfortably explore where we have been many times both mentally and physically.

    Driving the same routes.
    Reading the same authors.
    Thinking the same thoughts.

    Nothing novel... only the familiar.

    We lose our willingness to fail and sense of #adventure .

    Life becomes bland.
    Predictable.
    Grey.

    All because the paths we're #traveling need not be marked.

    Yet, it need not be this way.

    At any point, you may make a new choice.

    Pick a new path.

    Inject some adventure... and risk getting lost, getting #hurt , or failing in the interest of getting what you really want.

    You can choose expansion. Learning. #Growth .

    Step into the unknown for a shot at creating a more colorful #life .

    There are no guarantees in that place, except for the fact that it will force you to #become more.

    If you had no obstacles, what new experience would you add to your life right now? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J
    .

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #sundaysoapbox
    #mindset
    #mindsetiseverything
  • 54 3 7 hours ago
  • “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” - Henry David Thoreau.
.
// No More. (Part 1 of 2).
.
A few years ago I stopped posting about politics all together.

It had become too negative... and, a facebook debate, almost pointless.

I was living a meme. I literally wouldn't sleep because "someone was still wrong on the internet". And, I was a self righteous prick.

Not being part of either major political party, I saw the dangers of groupthink, the divisive nature of tribalism, and the bubble vision most carry around their core beliefs.

Beliefs they were given or born into.
Beliefs they never question.
Beliefs that fall apart at even the most cursory tests of logic or consistency.

Of course, none are completely immune to these aspects of life, certainly not me... however, I found it staggeringly thoughtless and ignorant to avoid even the slightest degree of opposition to one's pattern of thinking.

I could no longer justify my participation.

So, my own pattern behavior had to change.

I quit cold turkey.

I wasn't interested in politics as most are anyway... I'm interested in the philosophy.

Politics, in it's pure form, is a manifestation of philosophy.

What is your philosophy on taxation, force, or limitations that one group may thrust upon an individual or group?

Every political argument centers on one of those few things. 
And you either have a well considered philosophy that causes you to feel justified in your actions to support or oppose some manifestation of those things, or you have the zeitgeist guiding you.

I have always been a supporter of human freedom and liberty.

That means I own my actions... and their consequences.

Not just the good consequences.

All the fucking consequences.

I accept responsibility for my existence here and I do my best to give value so as to be useful and integral and prove the universe right for allowing my consciousness to come into existence.

This philosophy I carry is the reason I am an entrepreneur, and the reason I seek to be a producer each day.
.
(Continued In Part 2)
  • “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” - Henry David Thoreau.
    .
    // No More. (Part 1 of 2).
    .
    A few years ago I stopped posting about politics all together.

    It had become too negative... and, a facebook debate, almost pointless.

    I was living a meme. I literally wouldn't sleep because "someone was still wrong on the internet". And, I was a self righteous prick.

    Not being part of either major political party, I saw the dangers of groupthink, the divisive nature of tribalism, and the bubble vision most carry around their core beliefs.

    Beliefs they were given or born into.
    Beliefs they never question.
    Beliefs that fall apart at even the most cursory tests of logic or consistency.

    Of course, none are completely immune to these aspects of life, certainly not me... however, I found it staggeringly thoughtless and ignorant to avoid even the slightest degree of opposition to one's pattern of thinking.

    I could no longer justify my participation.

    So, my own pattern behavior had to change.

    I quit cold turkey.

    I wasn't interested in politics as most are anyway... I'm interested in the philosophy.

    Politics, in it's pure form, is a manifestation of philosophy.

    What is your philosophy on taxation, force, or limitations that one group may thrust upon an individual or group?

    Every political argument centers on one of those few things.
    And you either have a well considered philosophy that causes you to feel justified in your actions to support or oppose some manifestation of those things, or you have the zeitgeist guiding you.

    I have always been a supporter of human freedom and liberty.

    That means I own my actions... and their consequences.

    Not just the good consequences.

    All the fucking consequences.

    I accept responsibility for my existence here and I do my best to give value so as to be useful and integral and prove the universe right for allowing my consciousness to come into existence.

    This philosophy I carry is the reason I am an entrepreneur, and the reason I seek to be a producer each day.
    .
    (Continued In Part 2)
  • 44 4 22 June, 2019
  • // No More. (Part 2 of 2).
.
The best thing I can provide to my family, community, and world at large is my ability to first provide for myself through win win trade.

By scaling those efforts, I can then free myself to provide more, bigger, and better opportunities to those close... and slowly the positive impact radiates out.

Waiting for someone to save me? Depending on a third party for my existence? Wanting circumstances I can not control to change before I can exist at my fullest? No.

That's bullshit.

It's chosing victimhood over verve... it leads to disappointment in my experience.

So. I realized... Cheering for "your side" to take power because it will force the external world to line up to your unquestioned beliefs is borderline psychotic.

And 100% authoritarian.

No one is coming to save you.

Your favorite political pundit wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire in a desert.

It comes down to you, to me... to all that we can build together.

It comes down to realizing we are all part of a whole and by harming or helping another, we harm or help ourselves.

This awareness is not prevalent.

Self awareness is not prevalent.

It must become so for the true greatness of humanity to reach its full potential.

So, I no longer post political issues... I post to create opportunities for each of us to catch a glimpse of our oneness and self awareness.

With those basic tools in place, we can have intelligent discourse and create useful solutions.

I challenge you to know your philosophy.
I challenge you to know your own biases.
I challenge you to step into an awareness of self.

And from that place, act first upon yourself.

Let others be influenced to rise by the greatness they see in you.

Be an example of movement and action... of creating circumstances, rather than waiting for them to change in your favor.

Freedom and liberty are relatively new in human history. As a people, we are still learning how to maximize their use.

We have more free time than any generation in history, but it will only benefit you if you choose to pursue a life you want to live, rather than the one handed to you.

No outside force can do that for you.

Site + Light.
Jason
  • // No More. (Part 2 of 2).
    .
    The best thing I can provide to my family, community, and world at large is my ability to first provide for myself through win win trade.

    By scaling those efforts, I can then free myself to provide more, bigger, and better opportunities to those close... and slowly the positive impact radiates out.

    Waiting for someone to save me? Depending on a third party for my existence? Wanting circumstances I can not control to change before I can exist at my fullest? No.

    That's bullshit.

    It's chosing victimhood over verve... it leads to disappointment in my experience.

    So. I realized... Cheering for "your side" to take power because it will force the external world to line up to your unquestioned beliefs is borderline psychotic.

    And 100% authoritarian.

    No one is coming to save you.

    Your favorite political pundit wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire in a desert.

    It comes down to you, to me... to all that we can build together.

    It comes down to realizing we are all part of a whole and by harming or helping another, we harm or help ourselves.

    This awareness is not prevalent.

    Self awareness is not prevalent.

    It must become so for the true greatness of humanity to reach its full potential.

    So, I no longer post political issues... I post to create opportunities for each of us to catch a glimpse of our oneness and self awareness.

    With those basic tools in place, we can have intelligent discourse and create useful solutions.

    I challenge you to know your philosophy.
    I challenge you to know your own biases.
    I challenge you to step into an awareness of self.

    And from that place, act first upon yourself.

    Let others be influenced to rise by the greatness they see in you.

    Be an example of movement and action... of creating circumstances, rather than waiting for them to change in your favor.

    Freedom and liberty are relatively new in human history. As a people, we are still learning how to maximize their use.

    We have more free time than any generation in history, but it will only benefit you if you choose to pursue a life you want to live, rather than the one handed to you.

    No outside force can do that for you.

    Site + Light.
    Jason
  • 44 3 22 June, 2019
  • "Love creates an 'us' without destroying the 'me'. - Leo Buscaglia.
.
// Unconditional Love.

Is it real? Before we can know if unconditional #love is real, we have to define "love" is without the qualifying word.

Love is a noun and a verb.

As a noun, love is defined as an intense #feeling of deep affection, a romantic #attraction, something one takes great pleasure in, or even a heartfelt greeting.

As a verb, love is defined as a feeling that compels us to peform #acts of a deep romantic or sexual nature, or as taking #pleasure in an experience.

In both cases, we have to remember, words mean things... we cannot arbitrarily decide to define a word and expect the #symbolism to translate universally, or we create confusion.

The same is true of "love". The feeling of love is about you. It's a description of your #experience that you alone can validate.

To have no conditions on your experience, you've completely mastered your #mind and control all your perceptions.

If that isn't you, and be honest, unconditional love is not possible.

Some people or situations you encounter can and will break you out of the "feeling" of love.

Some things are simply not #worthy of your love. A cheating spouse, child predator, or liar for example.

Too often the word love is used to mean #acceptance, or #kindness... and while these things are acts a person experiencing the feeling of love may demonstrate, they are not love.

I can completely despise a thief, but show him kindness. I can completely disagree with a woman's lifestyle, but accept who she is.

It's my #belief that unconditional love is a euphemism for what people see as unusual acts of #goodness.

While kindness or acceptance is beautiful against a world of "eye for an eye" or "us vs. them", it's a very different idea than that of love.

What are your thoughts? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • "Love creates an 'us' without destroying the 'me'. - Leo Buscaglia.
    .
    // Unconditional Love.

    Is it real? Before we can know if unconditional #love is real, we have to define "love" is without the qualifying word.

    Love is a noun and a verb.

    As a noun, love is defined as an intense #feeling of deep affection, a romantic #attraction , something one takes great pleasure in, or even a heartfelt greeting.

    As a verb, love is defined as a feeling that compels us to peform #acts of a deep romantic or sexual nature, or as taking #pleasure in an experience.

    In both cases, we have to remember, words mean things... we cannot arbitrarily decide to define a word and expect the #symbolism to translate universally, or we create confusion.

    The same is true of "love". The feeling of love is about you. It's a description of your #experience that you alone can validate.

    To have no conditions on your experience, you've completely mastered your #mind and control all your perceptions.

    If that isn't you, and be honest, unconditional love is not possible.

    Some people or situations you encounter can and will break you out of the "feeling" of love.

    Some things are simply not #worthy of your love. A cheating spouse, child predator, or liar for example.

    Too often the word love is used to mean #acceptance , or #kindness ... and while these things are acts a person experiencing the feeling of love may demonstrate, they are not love.

    I can completely despise a thief, but show him kindness. I can completely disagree with a woman's lifestyle, but accept who she is.

    It's my #belief that unconditional love is a euphemism for what people see as unusual acts of #goodness .

    While kindness or acceptance is beautiful against a world of "eye for an eye" or "us vs. them", it's a very different idea than that of love.

    What are your thoughts? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 61 5 21 June, 2019
  • "Everyone carries a shadow and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is." - Carl Jung.
.
// Run Into The Dark.

Sometimes adulting seems so childish.

Ever just watch a conversation and notice the difference between someone's words and their body language? I have.

The mouth says, "it's great to meet you" but the small gestures say, "I would rather eat glass than stand here enduring this tedius small talk". That is me from time to time. Especially when I encounter the fake niceties of people who obviously have some dark stuff they are hiding with flowery words.

You don't see this with kids.

A kid will tell you straight up, "I don't want to share my toys" or "I don't like playing with that kid over there". They're #honest.. until the adults teach them to lie.

They learn quick to lie about how they #feel, lie to grandma about her ugly sweater, or lie to other people about who they really are or how they feel.

A big part of adulting is strategically behaving in a manner you feel other people will accept without #conflict.

So we #suppress our real #feelings, numb ourselves to the pain of living a lie any way we can; from too much #Netflix to too much #alcohol.

Repression turns to #depression... and lives are lost to the game of falsehoods.

I used to feel like that. Like I had to #hide who I am for #fear that I would lose people or not be accepted.

But I now know the more I accept and expose all of me, both light and dark, the more #power I have and the more #connection I create with people who themselves are done living lies and hiding.

This is real #freedom.
This is real #acceptance.

This doesn't mean you run around town and vomit your darkness on everyone's sunny day.

It simply means you examine yourself and know your #truth... You then live into that by communicating your thoughts and feelings in an effective manner to people who #matter to you.

You shine light on your darkness and take its power away.

And you #become whole by embracing all of you.

We are all light and dark.

Do you have a relationship with your dark side? Share below.

Site + Light.
J
.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework
  • "Everyone carries a shadow and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is." - Carl Jung.
    .
    // Run Into The Dark.

    Sometimes adulting seems so childish.

    Ever just watch a conversation and notice the difference between someone's words and their body language? I have.

    The mouth says, "it's great to meet you" but the small gestures say, "I would rather eat glass than stand here enduring this tedius small talk". That is me from time to time. Especially when I encounter the fake niceties of people who obviously have some dark stuff they are hiding with flowery words.

    You don't see this with kids.

    A kid will tell you straight up, "I don't want to share my toys" or "I don't like playing with that kid over there". They're #honest .. until the adults teach them to lie.

    They learn quick to lie about how they #feel , lie to grandma about her ugly sweater, or lie to other people about who they really are or how they feel.

    A big part of adulting is strategically behaving in a manner you feel other people will accept without #conflict .

    So we #suppress our real #feelings , numb ourselves to the pain of living a lie any way we can; from too much #Netflix to too much #alcohol .

    Repression turns to #depression ... and lives are lost to the game of falsehoods.

    I used to feel like that. Like I had to #hide who I am for #fear that I would lose people or not be accepted.

    But I now know the more I accept and expose all of me, both light and dark, the more #power I have and the more #connection I create with people who themselves are done living lies and hiding.

    This is real #freedom .
    This is real #acceptance .

    This doesn't mean you run around town and vomit your darkness on everyone's sunny day.

    It simply means you examine yourself and know your #truth ... You then live into that by communicating your thoughts and feelings in an effective manner to people who #matter to you.

    You shine light on your darkness and take its power away.

    And you #become whole by embracing all of you.

    We are all light and dark.

    Do you have a relationship with your dark side? Share below.

    Site + Light.
    J
    .

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
  • 55 2 19 June, 2019
  • “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.” - Francis Chan.
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// What Matters Most.

This photo is from the first #spartan race I ever did.

I #failed to finish.

It took a while for me to be at #peace with that. I take pride in doing what I say and not finishing a race to me is a broken #commitment.

I expect more of myself.

However in this instance, I had no right to the #result I wanted.

Let me explain.

I #run about as fast as old people fuck.
I signed up for a #Beast my first time out.
I chose one of the most difficult courses with insane #elevation changes.
I picked an afternoon start #time.

The facts above when paired with my time commitment to #train, had to equal a #hard day.

My ignorance and inexperience had to #create a fail.

But wanting #success in the form of a finish wasn't really what mattered.

What I succeeded in was #learning how to never fail again.

I learned that my speed needs to #improve. And, I can train that.

I learned to take seriously endeavors that #push me past my limits. And, I can do focused prep work.

I learned afternoon start times are cheaper for a reason. When the poor weather rolled in and it got cold and dark on the #mountain, they pulled me off the course.

The earlier start time would have guaranteed my finish, and they were available when I chose in... I didn't have the #experience to know this.

Turns out all the things that matter about this race had nothing to do with actually #running the race.

They had to do with proper #preparation, #intention, and #strategy.

Coming off the successful knowledge acquisition of failing at #BigBear, I had a fresh perspective as I signed up to do 3 more races this year.

A "Trifecta": 1 Sprint (done), 1 Super and 1 Beast coming up later this year.

I will complete them all and with better times and more ease and #joy all because I failed then first time out.

Every experience can work for you if you seek the lessons.

Knowing that, can you name a past failure that now serves you well? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
  • “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.” - Francis Chan.
    .
    // What Matters Most.

    This photo is from the first #spartan race I ever did.

    I #failed to finish.

    It took a while for me to be at #peace with that. I take pride in doing what I say and not finishing a race to me is a broken #commitment .

    I expect more of myself.

    However in this instance, I had no right to the #result I wanted.

    Let me explain.

    I #run about as fast as old people fuck.
    I signed up for a #Beast my first time out.
    I chose one of the most difficult courses with insane #elevation changes.
    I picked an afternoon start #time .

    The facts above when paired with my time commitment to #train , had to equal a #hard day.

    My ignorance and inexperience had to #create a fail.

    But wanting #success in the form of a finish wasn't really what mattered.

    What I succeeded in was #learning how to never fail again.

    I learned that my speed needs to #improve . And, I can train that.

    I learned to take seriously endeavors that #push me past my limits. And, I can do focused prep work.

    I learned afternoon start times are cheaper for a reason. When the poor weather rolled in and it got cold and dark on the #mountain , they pulled me off the course.

    The earlier start time would have guaranteed my finish, and they were available when I chose in... I didn't have the #experience to know this.

    Turns out all the things that matter about this race had nothing to do with actually #running the race.

    They had to do with proper #preparation , #intention , and #strategy .

    Coming off the successful knowledge acquisition of failing at #BigBear , I had a fresh perspective as I signed up to do 3 more races this year.

    A "Trifecta": 1 Sprint (done), 1 Super and 1 Beast coming up later this year.

    I will complete them all and with better times and more ease and #joy all because I failed then first time out.

    Every experience can work for you if you seek the lessons.

    Knowing that, can you name a past failure that now serves you well? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
  • 50 1 18 June, 2019
  • "Reach your hand up in the air and you can play with the stars… it's not the hand that you're dealt, but how you're playing your cards." - Ludacris.
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// You Are The Limit.

The last couple of decades in North America have been about #competition... and not in a good way.

Healthy competition is to "struggle with" another and produce #better outcomes for both.

To #elevate.
To #challenge.
To #push past limitations.

Yet, the new generations are competing for the title "King of the Victims". They have been brought up to #believe that if they are this color, that sex, or the other religion... That their lives will somehow be stunted by others.

Any failure they experience is because of some external force bearing down on them because of some uncontrollable physical trait.

But here's the reality: The market doesn't care... not one bit.

The market just wants the best it can get.

If that's you, you'll do well... regardless of any physical trait or external force.

Look around you. No matter who or how you are as an individual, someone just like you has already succeeded.

Because they brought the heat.
Because they put in the #work.
Because they provided #value.

The end.

You can only be a victim if you buy other people's bullshit on "the way it is". You make "the way it is" when you #project your beliefs on your world.

Period.

Don't follow or listen to anyone who doesn't have the #result you want to create. They don't have your answer.

Follow those who cut a path for you.

Match and model their behavior... and you will match and model their results.

You can be just another Chris, or you can be a #Ludacris if you put in the work to #master your craft... The rest is just a distraction.

Do you understand that your life your fault? Share why or why not below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#100to0
#crossfit
#saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul #allin
  • "Reach your hand up in the air and you can play with the stars… it's not the hand that you're dealt, but how you're playing your cards." - Ludacris.
    .
    // You Are The Limit.

    The last couple of decades in North America have been about #competition ... and not in a good way.

    Healthy competition is to "struggle with" another and produce #better outcomes for both.

    To #elevate .
    To #challenge .
    To #push past limitations.

    Yet, the new generations are competing for the title "King of the Victims". They have been brought up to #believe that if they are this color, that sex, or the other religion... That their lives will somehow be stunted by others.

    Any failure they experience is because of some external force bearing down on them because of some uncontrollable physical trait.

    But here's the reality: The market doesn't care... not one bit.

    The market just wants the best it can get.

    If that's you, you'll do well... regardless of any physical trait or external force.

    Look around you. No matter who or how you are as an individual, someone just like you has already succeeded.

    Because they brought the heat.
    Because they put in the #work .
    Because they provided #value .

    The end.

    You can only be a victim if you buy other people's bullshit on "the way it is". You make "the way it is" when you #project your beliefs on your world.

    Period.

    Don't follow or listen to anyone who doesn't have the #result you want to create. They don't have your answer.

    Follow those who cut a path for you.

    Match and model their behavior... and you will match and model their results.

    You can be just another Chris, or you can be a #Ludacris if you put in the work to #master your craft... The rest is just a distraction.

    Do you understand that your life your fault? Share why or why not below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #100to0
    #crossfit
    #saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul #allin
  • 53 1 15 June, 2019
  • "As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment." - Joseph Murphy.
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// Don't Confuse The Genie.

The subconscious #mind has been compared to many things. One of the most apropos is the mythical #Genie.

But not like the one from #Aladdin or other western stories, more like the creatures the idea of a Genie is based: The #Jinn.

Jinn were magic creatures of smokeless fire who were neither #good nor #bad.

Less than angles or devils, some believed the Jinn could make crops #grow and demonstrate #mastery of certain crafts.

They could appear as people or animals and lived in dual dimensions.

Legends tell that these spirits could be bound to objects and made to #serve... probably the origin of the genie in the lamp.

History plays a great game of telephone, eh.

Think of your #subconscious mind as the Jinn.

It knows neither good nor bad, it doesn't question what you instruct... it simply does as you #command, as it is bound to you and your desires.

And too many times, we confuse the subconscious with conflicting commands.

We tell the subconscious, "I want a great #relationship" and it says "yes, Master" and goes to work.

Then, a moment later we silently think to ourselves, "No one would want to #love me or spend time with me" and the subconscious says again, "yes, Master" and goes to #work making that real.

It hears you.

It provides #results.

Without question and without hesitation.

So before you question the validity of "putting the Genie to work", it's paramount to know you're giving the correct instructions.

Knowing that, do you see any holes in your mental game? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • "As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment." - Joseph Murphy.
    .
    // Don't Confuse The Genie.

    The subconscious #mind has been compared to many things. One of the most apropos is the mythical #Genie .

    But not like the one from #Aladdin or other western stories, more like the creatures the idea of a Genie is based: The #Jinn .

    Jinn were magic creatures of smokeless fire who were neither #good nor #bad .

    Less than angles or devils, some believed the Jinn could make crops #grow and demonstrate #mastery of certain crafts.

    They could appear as people or animals and lived in dual dimensions.

    Legends tell that these spirits could be bound to objects and made to #serve ... probably the origin of the genie in the lamp.

    History plays a great game of telephone, eh.

    Think of your #subconscious mind as the Jinn.

    It knows neither good nor bad, it doesn't question what you instruct... it simply does as you #command , as it is bound to you and your desires.

    And too many times, we confuse the subconscious with conflicting commands.

    We tell the subconscious, "I want a great #relationship " and it says "yes, Master" and goes to work.

    Then, a moment later we silently think to ourselves, "No one would want to #love me or spend time with me" and the subconscious says again, "yes, Master" and goes to #work making that real.

    It hears you.

    It provides #results .

    Without question and without hesitation.

    So before you question the validity of "putting the Genie to work", it's paramount to know you're giving the correct instructions.

    Knowing that, do you see any holes in your mental game? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 47 0 11 June, 2019
  • "The future influences the present just as much as the past." - Friedrich Nietzsche.
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// Work Inside Out.

The #work is never done.

Daily.

Weekly.

Monthly.

Yearly.

It all starts with an #intention.

For the New Year, wifey had the idea of setting an intention to live into a word of our choosing that would carry us forward into the #future we design.

The bits of paper pictured above, each hold a word. And from a set of 5 words, we picked one at random one to #focus on.

My word was and is #influence.

Influence is my focus... but not in the way it's commonly used.

The priority isn't to steer large numbers of people or have social media validate my existence.

No.

Influence is my ability to #move me. Full stop.

I see so many "influencers" posting rehashed memes, ass selfies complete with bible verses and a statement of how half naked photos of you standing there in your underwear is out of #character and #empowering.

I like hot naked as much as anyone, but let's not stand on pretense here: these acts are largely about #attention.

Sure, the first one may have been liberating, but the 10th, 100th... c'mon. This is your brain on #dopamine.

This isn't influence.

This is response #addiction.

A huge gap lives between being influential and being influenced to behave or post for social approval.

The latter form of influence #changes you negatively.

It creates dependency and desire for outward approval, not self sufficiency or the knowledge that your #power comes from within.

I seek to influence myself first and foremost knowing the difficulty and power of #becoming... of stepping into the man I am meant to be with purpose to #create my future.

The funny thing is, by influencing oneself positively... you become irresistible and truly influential to those on the same #mission.

And these people, no matter how small the number, create more movement and aid on your journey, than millions of empty likes and hearts on your carefully cropped cleavage selfie.

Influence begins within... and shapes what is external. 
Are you working internally? Share how you do below.

Sight + Light.
J

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave
  • "The future influences the present just as much as the past." - Friedrich Nietzsche.
    .
    // Work Inside Out.

    The #work is never done.

    Daily.

    Weekly.

    Monthly.

    Yearly.

    It all starts with an #intention .

    For the New Year, wifey had the idea of setting an intention to live into a word of our choosing that would carry us forward into the #future we design.

    The bits of paper pictured above, each hold a word. And from a set of 5 words, we picked one at random one to #focus on.

    My word was and is #influence .

    Influence is my focus... but not in the way it's commonly used.

    The priority isn't to steer large numbers of people or have social media validate my existence.

    No.

    Influence is my ability to #move me. Full stop.

    I see so many "influencers" posting rehashed memes, ass selfies complete with bible verses and a statement of how half naked photos of you standing there in your underwear is out of #character and #empowering .

    I like hot naked as much as anyone, but let's not stand on pretense here: these acts are largely about #attention .

    Sure, the first one may have been liberating, but the 10th, 100th... c'mon. This is your brain on #dopamine .

    This isn't influence.

    This is response #addiction .

    A huge gap lives between being influential and being influenced to behave or post for social approval.

    The latter form of influence #changes you negatively.

    It creates dependency and desire for outward approval, not self sufficiency or the knowledge that your #power comes from within.

    I seek to influence myself first and foremost knowing the difficulty and power of #becoming ... of stepping into the man I am meant to be with purpose to #create my future.

    The funny thing is, by influencing oneself positively... you become irresistible and truly influential to those on the same #mission .

    And these people, no matter how small the number, create more movement and aid on your journey, than millions of empty likes and hearts on your carefully cropped cleavage selfie.

    Influence begins within... and shapes what is external.
    Are you working internally? Share how you do below.

    Sight + Light.
    J

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
  • 37 2 11 June, 2019
  • "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." - Bruce Lee.
.
// Dancing Monkeys.

The world is full of people who would do just about anything to amuse you, get a laugh, or grab your #attention.

It's one of the most common ways humans satisfy their egos.

No one is immune.

As #social creatures we are hardwired to win or gain the #approval of others... it meant safety and belonging to our tribal ancestors.

Belonging and #acceptance were our guarantee against ostracism.

To be ostracized meant #death.

Although that's no longer true in real #life, it's been recreated online.

Belonging or acceptance... when it's coming from a #genuine place or real desire to connect can be a huge #positive force in our lives.

The problem arises when we seek to become someone else, display another's personality, or take on traits that don't #align with who we are at core being.

In today's world, this problem and desire to be acknowledged can be exploited on a scale not seen before.

Something as seemingly innocuous a posting to social media has been gamed with likes, hearts, and comments to the point that "engagement" has become a derivation of self worth for far too many people.

Some will even take down a post if it doesn't get enough likes, and repost something else that may get more.

They do this because posting something online for them is a selfish act, it's about their self view, or the endorphins they experience from all the percieved adoration.

The only way to sustain that is to shape yourself and your message based on response.

And, by doing that you become a #dancingmonkey, a low rent #performer, someone who is more concerned with the opinions of others than the #power of self actualization.

Maybe, if you feel pressure to be anyway other than what you truly know to be you, it's time to #disconnect.

Get #quiet.

Remember who you are.

Be OK knowing you were born enough... with or without external #validation.

What would you post if you felt #free to genuinely express your #truth?
.
Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have.

#hardwodder
  • "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." - Bruce Lee.
    .
    // Dancing Monkeys.

    The world is full of people who would do just about anything to amuse you, get a laugh, or grab your #attention .

    It's one of the most common ways humans satisfy their egos.

    No one is immune.

    As #social creatures we are hardwired to win or gain the #approval of others... it meant safety and belonging to our tribal ancestors.

    Belonging and #acceptance were our guarantee against ostracism.

    To be ostracized meant #death .

    Although that's no longer true in real #life , it's been recreated online.

    Belonging or acceptance... when it's coming from a #genuine place or real desire to connect can be a huge #positive force in our lives.

    The problem arises when we seek to become someone else, display another's personality, or take on traits that don't #align with who we are at core being.

    In today's world, this problem and desire to be acknowledged can be exploited on a scale not seen before.

    Something as seemingly innocuous a posting to social media has been gamed with likes, hearts, and comments to the point that "engagement" has become a derivation of self worth for far too many people.

    Some will even take down a post if it doesn't get enough likes, and repost something else that may get more.

    They do this because posting something online for them is a selfish act, it's about their self view, or the endorphins they experience from all the percieved adoration.

    The only way to sustain that is to shape yourself and your message based on response.

    And, by doing that you become a #dancingmonkey , a low rent #performer , someone who is more concerned with the opinions of others than the #power of self actualization.

    Maybe, if you feel pressure to be anyway other than what you truly know to be you, it's time to #disconnect .

    Get #quiet .

    Remember who you are.

    Be OK knowing you were born enough... with or without external #validation .

    What would you post if you felt #free to genuinely express your #truth ?
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have.

    #hardwodder
  • 53 8 6 June, 2019
  • "The longest sentence you can form with two words is: I do." — H. L. Mencken.
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// Looks.

This woman... we said "I do" 8 years ago.

So, It's difficult to look at this photo think anything but how great she looks in her new dress.

Or, is it a shirt that can be worn as a dress. Women's clothes... who knows.

I certainly don't. I just know she likes the #look of it and was #excited to get it.

And I got excited for her.

It's #fun to watch her in these moments... it's like nothing else in this world to see how her self #perception changes when she genuinely falls in #love with the look of her new hairstyle or outfit.

She truly sees herself in a different #light. She feels what she sees, and sees what she feels.

That may be #powerful, #sexy, #athletic or simply comfortable and relaxed... but, its always about feeling and perception.

There's some entanglement there.

And, it holds up as a great analogy for our experiences on life's path.

We see how something, someone or some situation looks on the outside and we make up a story about it based on how we see the world.

Do you see and older #man with a younger #woman and think "gold digger" or "he's old enough to be her father"? Maybe you simply think "what a happy couple". It all depends on how you feel about what you see.

It's about your perception.

When you take a hard look at a thing, what feelings come up for you? That will ultimately drive your thoughts and #actions if left unchecked.

Our #worldview is real... and we project it onto everything we see.

This makes it paramount that we create an #awareness around why we see what we see.

From that place we have a moment of agency... an #opportunity to check ourselves to create effective patterns of thought and behavior.

Life is largely what we project.

Knowing that, what do you see when you look out on the world around you? Share your thoughts below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • "The longest sentence you can form with two words is: I do." — H. L. Mencken.
    .
    // Looks.

    This woman... we said "I do" 8 years ago.

    So, It's difficult to look at this photo think anything but how great she looks in her new dress.

    Or, is it a shirt that can be worn as a dress. Women's clothes... who knows.

    I certainly don't. I just know she likes the #look of it and was #excited to get it.

    And I got excited for her.

    It's #fun to watch her in these moments... it's like nothing else in this world to see how her self #perception changes when she genuinely falls in #love with the look of her new hairstyle or outfit.

    She truly sees herself in a different #light . She feels what she sees, and sees what she feels.

    That may be #powerful , #sexy , #athletic or simply comfortable and relaxed... but, its always about feeling and perception.

    There's some entanglement there.

    And, it holds up as a great analogy for our experiences on life's path.

    We see how something, someone or some situation looks on the outside and we make up a story about it based on how we see the world.

    Do you see and older #man with a younger #woman and think "gold digger" or "he's old enough to be her father"? Maybe you simply think "what a happy couple". It all depends on how you feel about what you see.

    It's about your perception.

    When you take a hard look at a thing, what feelings come up for you? That will ultimately drive your thoughts and #actions if left unchecked.

    Our #worldview is real... and we project it onto everything we see.

    This makes it paramount that we create an #awareness around why we see what we see.

    From that place we have a moment of agency... an #opportunity to check ourselves to create effective patterns of thought and behavior.

    Life is largely what we project.

    Knowing that, what do you see when you look out on the world around you? Share your thoughts below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 70 6 4 June, 2019
  • "Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for." - Immanuel Kant.
.
// All Three.

Happiness... What is it? Do you have it? Maybe you do. Maybe you've never even thought about it.

I have thought about it a lot.

My view of the modern way most see #happiness is quite grim.

And, most people would probably look at me and question if I am #happy.

I believe it's because happiness has become a #marketing play and it's being sold to those who would sell their #souls for more stuff, sex, or sensationalism.

This view of happiness is that it is external... that having things added to your life paints a huge #smile on your face that can't be wiped off.

But really, it's an addiction.

You get laid, jump out of a plane, or buy things and get a hit of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, or endorphins and "feel good" for a while.

I like things and excitement as much as you do, but this does not mean I think of myself as happy in their presence or unhappy in their absence.

Externalities or experiences that produce temporary #feelings are not the same as being happy.

I don't walk around smiling and laughing thinking that constitutes happiness. I smile and laugh when it genuinely comes over me to do so.

I'm a happy man, though.

I possess all the things Kant mentions above.

My life has a #mission, one I #hope to fulfill, and I have a woman to #love... People to invest in and care for.

These things are #work.

None of it is handed to me... or you. 
So when you see me looking #stoic, know I am happy. I am fulfilling my #purpose. No matter the expression on my face.

What is your brand of happiness? Share yours below.

Site + Light.
J
.
.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#movementmonday
  • "Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for." - Immanuel Kant.
    .
    // All Three.

    Happiness... What is it? Do you have it? Maybe you do. Maybe you've never even thought about it.

    I have thought about it a lot.

    My view of the modern way most see #happiness is quite grim.

    And, most people would probably look at me and question if I am #happy .

    I believe it's because happiness has become a #marketing play and it's being sold to those who would sell their #souls for more stuff, sex, or sensationalism.

    This view of happiness is that it is external... that having things added to your life paints a huge #smile on your face that can't be wiped off.

    But really, it's an addiction.

    You get laid, jump out of a plane, or buy things and get a hit of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, or endorphins and "feel good" for a while.

    I like things and excitement as much as you do, but this does not mean I think of myself as happy in their presence or unhappy in their absence.

    Externalities or experiences that produce temporary #feelings are not the same as being happy.

    I don't walk around smiling and laughing thinking that constitutes happiness. I smile and laugh when it genuinely comes over me to do so.

    I'm a happy man, though.

    I possess all the things Kant mentions above.

    My life has a #mission , one I #hope to fulfill, and I have a woman to #love ... People to invest in and care for.

    These things are #work .

    None of it is handed to me... or you.
    So when you see me looking #stoic , know I am happy. I am fulfilling my #purpose . No matter the expression on my face.

    What is your brand of happiness? Share yours below.

    Site + Light.
    J
    .
    .

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #movementmonday
  • 79 3 3 June, 2019
  • "Love and work…work and love, that's all there is…love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness." - Sigmund Freud.
.
// I Didn't.

I started to #write this post for you guys on Friday... that was 2 days ago.

But, I didn't get it out.

I couldn't force myself to focus long enough to create anything I felt worthy of me or my energy.

So, I took a #break from writing.

Hell, I took a break from everything that was weighing on me.

I want to say in that moment that I let it all go... yet, that's just cliché.

I don't think that's possible.

Having created the #habit of writing everyday, there's a part of me that felt strangely unsettled and undone because it didn't get done.

And, the same is true of the #suffering I sometimes put myself through.

Most suffering is a habit.

All the little slights, disharmony, mental anguish, or complaints that arise repeatedly in our lives... these are the result of using old behaviors in new situations.

Behaviors that served us in early #life, but longer do and we haven't learned the lesson.

I was suffering from a self imposed cargo of both #work and doubt. And, doubt is really just a nuanced version of #fear.

Why? I have a habit of taking on too much and wanting to be all things to all people.

This served me in early life, it meant I was self sufficient... #independent. I didn't have to rely on the unreliable people.

But this behavior today is just an impediment to faster forward motion and #expansion.

That is my work.

And even when it's #hard to create, I still love to pursue it.

Your life is your work and the #love you bring to it or the love that inspires you to do it.

It's a cycle... love puts you to work and work proves what you love. What you value.

And so it is when shit gets hard, that you find out what you love enough to work on... and when you measure your time spent at work, you find out what your really love.

So, today I write.

What do you truly value in your life? Share below.
.
Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#sundaysoapbox
  • "Love and work…work and love, that's all there is…love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness." - Sigmund Freud.
    .
    // I Didn't.

    I started to #write this post for you guys on Friday... that was 2 days ago.

    But, I didn't get it out.

    I couldn't force myself to focus long enough to create anything I felt worthy of me or my energy.

    So, I took a #break from writing.

    Hell, I took a break from everything that was weighing on me.

    I want to say in that moment that I let it all go... yet, that's just cliché.

    I don't think that's possible.

    Having created the #habit of writing everyday, there's a part of me that felt strangely unsettled and undone because it didn't get done.

    And, the same is true of the #suffering I sometimes put myself through.

    Most suffering is a habit.

    All the little slights, disharmony, mental anguish, or complaints that arise repeatedly in our lives... these are the result of using old behaviors in new situations.

    Behaviors that served us in early #life , but longer do and we haven't learned the lesson.

    I was suffering from a self imposed cargo of both #work and doubt. And, doubt is really just a nuanced version of #fear .

    Why? I have a habit of taking on too much and wanting to be all things to all people.

    This served me in early life, it meant I was self sufficient... #independent . I didn't have to rely on the unreliable people.

    But this behavior today is just an impediment to faster forward motion and #expansion .

    That is my work.

    And even when it's #hard to create, I still love to pursue it.

    Your life is your work and the #love you bring to it or the love that inspires you to do it.

    It's a cycle... love puts you to work and work proves what you love. What you value.

    And so it is when shit gets hard, that you find out what you love enough to work on... and when you measure your time spent at work, you find out what your really love.

    So, today I write.

    What do you truly value in your life? Share below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #sundaysoapbox
  • 64 4 3 June, 2019
  • "For the future, the motto is, 'No days unalert.'" - Robert Greene.
.
// Know Shit.

When it comes to you, what do you know about the "why" behind the "who" you've #become.

You have an #origin story, just like your favorite #hero or mentor.

You have reasons for your being-ness.

There are reasons you are where you are, with who you're with, and doing whatever it is you're doing.

And #knowing what drives those outcomes is the crowning achievement of being #human.

When the gurus speak of #awareness, the knowledge of self and surroundings, this is what they mean.

The content and context of life's #journey and experiences.

Early #childhood for me was chaotic most days... screaming parents, little money, and insecurities were the norm.

So rather than feel, I numbed myself. I didn't want to feel #connected to things that my brain couldn't reconcile against reality.

How can "I love you" and "you're worthless" emerge from the mouth of the same person.

It made no sense.
I had to make it make sense.

So I decided other people were false and hypocritical. I #disconnected.

It would be years before I had an #opportunity to really look at that story, but once I did... I felt everything.

Everything made me #cry, but in a good way.

It was release and acknowledgment and an #awakening all at once.

And, I #love that I got to connect with people again... especially my #wife.

What has driven you in the past and how has it impacted your life? Tell me below.
.
Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • "For the future, the motto is, 'No days unalert.'" - Robert Greene.
    .
    // Know Shit.

    When it comes to you, what do you know about the "why" behind the "who" you've #become .

    You have an #origin story, just like your favorite #hero or mentor.

    You have reasons for your being-ness.

    There are reasons you are where you are, with who you're with, and doing whatever it is you're doing.

    And #knowing what drives those outcomes is the crowning achievement of being #human .

    When the gurus speak of #awareness , the knowledge of self and surroundings, this is what they mean.

    The content and context of life's #journey and experiences.

    Early #childhood for me was chaotic most days... screaming parents, little money, and insecurities were the norm.

    So rather than feel, I numbed myself. I didn't want to feel #connected to things that my brain couldn't reconcile against reality.

    How can "I love you" and "you're worthless" emerge from the mouth of the same person.

    It made no sense.
    I had to make it make sense.

    So I decided other people were false and hypocritical. I #disconnected .

    It would be years before I had an #opportunity to really look at that story, but once I did... I felt everything.

    Everything made me #cry , but in a good way.

    It was release and acknowledgment and an #awakening all at once.

    And, I #love that I got to connect with people again... especially my #wife .

    What has driven you in the past and how has it impacted your life? Tell me below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 75 1 30 May, 2019
  • "Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals." - Jim Rohn.
.
// Basic Matters.

I'm lost.
I'm missing something.
I'm failing to create #results.

Ever had these #thoughts rattling around your brain? I've been visited by them... more than a few times.

And here's what I know: when that shit starts rolling through my mind, I have completely lost myself to the darkness.

I have strayed away from what I know to be true and valid for creating #successful days, weeks, and months.

Usually, it is the result of taking on too much, taking in too much or over complicating what at its most basic, is in fact basic.

#Life is simple.
#Business is simple.
#Relationships are simple.

If.

You work the basics, honor your #commitments and don't stray into the wilds with shiney object syndrome.

It's certainly easier to say than to do.

How many times have I heard "thoughts are things"? Thousands... easy to take this #truth for granted. To become blind to it.

After all, "I know" that phrase. There has to be something more to #learn, right? No... but, there is more to #practice.

And practice leads to #mastery.

Setting #ego aside and revisiting the basics... this work that forms the #foundation is key.

What will you build on a shitty foundation? Not much.

Today, I revisit the practice of #writing out my own #mantra... the words in the photo flowed from me today.

Words I will use to program my brain and shape my days.

I know this is foundational... and so do you.

The question is do you use this tool regularly? Share your thoughts below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • "Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals." - Jim Rohn.
    .
    // Basic Matters.

    I'm lost.
    I'm missing something.
    I'm failing to create #results .

    Ever had these #thoughts rattling around your brain? I've been visited by them... more than a few times.

    And here's what I know: when that shit starts rolling through my mind, I have completely lost myself to the darkness.

    I have strayed away from what I know to be true and valid for creating #successful days, weeks, and months.

    Usually, it is the result of taking on too much, taking in too much or over complicating what at its most basic, is in fact basic.

    #Life is simple.
    #Business is simple.
    #Relationships are simple.

    If.

    You work the basics, honor your #commitments and don't stray into the wilds with shiney object syndrome.

    It's certainly easier to say than to do.

    How many times have I heard "thoughts are things"? Thousands... easy to take this #truth for granted. To become blind to it.

    After all, "I know" that phrase. There has to be something more to #learn , right? No... but, there is more to #practice .

    And practice leads to #mastery .

    Setting #ego aside and revisiting the basics... this work that forms the #foundation is key.

    What will you build on a shitty foundation? Not much.

    Today, I revisit the practice of #writing out my own #mantra ... the words in the photo flowed from me today.

    Words I will use to program my brain and shape my days.

    I know this is foundational... and so do you.

    The question is do you use this tool regularly? Share your thoughts below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 48 0 28 May, 2019
  • "The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage." - Thucydides.
.
// Never.

It's Memorial Day... a day of grills and beer for most. A day full of flowery words and big concepts largely taken for granted.

But on this day anyone who knows a bit of #history can find reasons to show gratitude for the life we live in the modern west.

I never had to cross an ocean seeking to find or defend a better #vision of the future.

I never lived in or around abject #poverty.

I never went without access to #education.

I never was drafted into #military service.

I never lost a close friend to violent combat.

I never slept in a ditch on foreign soil while my buddies kept watch.

I never marched miles on end carrying 70 pounds of gear and #ammo covered in dirt and filth.

I never faced my own #mortality at the hands of my enemy.

I never huddled around small fires to keep warm, nor wondered if there would be enough fuel to keep it burning through the night.

I never dodged enemy #fire or crawled face down through mud and blood to save myself or others.

I never walked onto a beach staring down heavy machine gun fire surrounded by the #dead and dismembered bodies of my contrymen.

I never wrote a letter to my loved ones that I kept on my person at all times... just in case I don't make it back.

I never had to give up my comfort, my limbs, or my life to enjoy the #life I live today.

Maybe I should be more #mindful of all the suffering that passed me by. Maybe I should realize the life I live is taking place in the least violent and most advantageous time in human history.

Maybe... I have every reason to be #grateful for each day I breathe free air.

Maybe we can all frame our lives in such a way that gratitude is the only way we are obligated to #feel at least a few times a day.

Maybe... it's just a choice.

Maybe we could all choose in.

What might that world look like? Share your thoughts below.

Site + Light.
J .
Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory
#MemorialDay
  • "The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage." - Thucydides.
    .
    // Never.

    It's Memorial Day... a day of grills and beer for most. A day full of flowery words and big concepts largely taken for granted.

    But on this day anyone who knows a bit of #history can find reasons to show gratitude for the life we live in the modern west.

    I never had to cross an ocean seeking to find or defend a better #vision of the future.

    I never lived in or around abject #poverty .

    I never went without access to #education .

    I never was drafted into #military service.

    I never lost a close friend to violent combat.

    I never slept in a ditch on foreign soil while my buddies kept watch.

    I never marched miles on end carrying 70 pounds of gear and #ammo covered in dirt and filth.

    I never faced my own #mortality at the hands of my enemy.

    I never huddled around small fires to keep warm, nor wondered if there would be enough fuel to keep it burning through the night.

    I never dodged enemy #fire or crawled face down through mud and blood to save myself or others.

    I never walked onto a beach staring down heavy machine gun fire surrounded by the #dead and dismembered bodies of my contrymen.

    I never wrote a letter to my loved ones that I kept on my person at all times... just in case I don't make it back.

    I never had to give up my comfort, my limbs, or my life to enjoy the #life I live today.

    Maybe I should be more #mindful of all the suffering that passed me by. Maybe I should realize the life I live is taking place in the least violent and most advantageous time in human history.

    Maybe... I have every reason to be #grateful for each day I breathe free air.

    Maybe we can all frame our lives in such a way that gratitude is the only way we are obligated to #feel at least a few times a day.

    Maybe... it's just a choice.

    Maybe we could all choose in.

    What might that world look like? Share your thoughts below.

    Site + Light.
    J .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #MemorialDay
  • 87 5 28 May, 2019
  • “Hard work betrays none, but dreams betray many.” - Hachiman Hikigaya.
.
// Memorial Day Murph.

Apparently that phrase has been trademarked. But, I'm going to use it here anyway.

I have no commercial intent, so hopefully I don't get a legal letter.

On Memorial Day weekend the entire #CrossFit community does #Murph, a workout named for Lt. Michael Murphy, in #honor of he and the total of 19 men who died during Operation #RedWings.

This #tradition has been ongoing ever since I can remember.

It's a very difficult WOD.

It's known as grueling by the vets and, it scares the newbies.

Plain and simple: it's a lot of #work.

1 Mile Run.
100 Pullups.
200 Pushups.
300 Squats.
1 Mile Run.

It takes the average person about an hour.

But, the #magic is in what happend during that hour.

People work hard. Together. And this #creates new and tighter bonds among the athletes.

There's an unspoken #knowledge that we all now share in something great, and we can feel good knowing we accomplished something hard together.

As a unit. A collective. A team.

Some of us #bleed, all of us #sweat. And during this time of work we honor those who never had the #opportunity to take off the uniform.

The dead give #life to the living in this way... in how we remember them and come together to do the hard thing.

The thread of many different lives is woven together in the experience and the #fellowship of it all.

And we are #better for it.

How do you honor the memories of those you've lost? Share below.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#100to0
#crossfit
#saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul #allin #canthurtme
  • “Hard work betrays none, but dreams betray many.” - Hachiman Hikigaya.
    .
    // Memorial Day Murph.

    Apparently that phrase has been trademarked. But, I'm going to use it here anyway.

    I have no commercial intent, so hopefully I don't get a legal letter.

    On Memorial Day weekend the entire #CrossFit community does #Murph , a workout named for Lt. Michael Murphy, in #honor of he and the total of 19 men who died during Operation #RedWings .

    This #tradition has been ongoing ever since I can remember.

    It's a very difficult WOD.

    It's known as grueling by the vets and, it scares the newbies.

    Plain and simple: it's a lot of #work .

    1 Mile Run.
    100 Pullups.
    200 Pushups.
    300 Squats.
    1 Mile Run.

    It takes the average person about an hour.

    But, the #magic is in what happend during that hour.

    People work hard. Together. And this #creates new and tighter bonds among the athletes.

    There's an unspoken #knowledge that we all now share in something great, and we can feel good knowing we accomplished something hard together.

    As a unit. A collective. A team.

    Some of us #bleed , all of us #sweat . And during this time of work we honor those who never had the #opportunity to take off the uniform.

    The dead give #life to the living in this way... in how we remember them and come together to do the hard thing.

    The thread of many different lives is woven together in the experience and the #fellowship of it all.

    And we are #better for it.

    How do you honor the memories of those you've lost? Share below.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Be. Do. Have... there is #norestfortheworthy

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #100to0
    #crossfit
    #saturdaystuff #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindbodysoul #allin #canthurtme
  • 65 1 26 May, 2019
  • // Another #Murph.

Today we honored the 19 who paid the highest price during Operation #RedWings.

We worked in their honor.

We celebrated in their honor.

We'll do it again next year in their honor.

Be with us then... visit http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net for more.

Happy Memorial Day, 
J

#hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix
  • // Another #Murph .

    Today we honored the 19 who paid the highest price during Operation #RedWings .

    We worked in their honor.

    We celebrated in their honor.

    We'll do it again next year in their honor.

    Be with us then... visit http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net for more.

    Happy Memorial Day,
    J

    #hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix
  • 48 0 25 May, 2019
  • // Another #Murph.

Today we honored the 19 who paid the highest price during Operation #RedWings.

We worked in their honor.

We celebrated in their honor.

We'll do it again next year in their honor.

Be with us then... visit http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net for more.

Happy Memorial Day, 
J

#hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix
  • // Another #Murph .

    Today we honored the 19 who paid the highest price during Operation #RedWings .

    We worked in their honor.

    We celebrated in their honor.

    We'll do it again next year in their honor.

    Be with us then... visit http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net for more.

    Happy Memorial Day,
    J

    #hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix
  • 35 0 25 May, 2019
  • // Another #Murph.

Today we honored the 19 who paid the highest price during Operation #RedWings.

We worked in their honor.

We celebrated in their honor.

We'll do it again next year in their honor.

Be with us then... visit http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net for more.

Happy Memorial Day, 
J

#hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix
  • // Another #Murph .

    Today we honored the 19 who paid the highest price during Operation #RedWings .

    We worked in their honor.

    We celebrated in their honor.

    We'll do it again next year in their honor.

    Be with us then... visit http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net for more.

    Happy Memorial Day,
    J

    #hardwodder #crossfit #cnp #crossfitnorthphoenix
  • 29 0 25 May, 2019
  • “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” - Epictetus.
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// Black Clouds.

Some days I #engage myself in lengthy battles.

The longer the battle, the more I am assured I am in #resistance of what is or of where I am on my journey.

In these moments, I #struggle to regain my motivation and drive to move and act toward #becoming the man I want to be.

I have lost control of my mentality... allowing my thoughts to control me, or at least prevent me from stepping into my #best self.

Today, my #body felt weak.

Last weekend was a grueling #Spartan race, yesterday was a solid #workout, followed by a late night of editing a newsletter for release the following morning.

When I awoke, I did not go into my #routine. I did not begin my day with physical movement and #gratitude or journaling.

I fell into "I'm never going to make it" mode.... then, my mind took me into #comparison sickness.

It began showing me all the #successes of others, all the progress and movement of those around me, and hid from me my own #accomplishments.

I battled this #feeling most of the day.

I didn't want to write for you today.

I just wanted to be someone else.

But that really isn't sane... or even an option. So, I am making myself purge these thoughts in writing for all to see.

For me to see.

For me to #create a win, when everything in me said "be stagnant" today.

It took great effort to #moveanyway and get this out, but that is the work I chose into.

Even when I don't feel like it.

Imagine the world full of people only doing the right thing when they felt like it, or when it is convenient... I can't imagine that being much of a world at all.

Certainly not one of #growth and development.

I am not what I feel, I am what I do... and today I write and share and chose to create a #win.

What do you do to win your day when the dark clouds show up? Share below.

Sight + Light
J.
.
#norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory 
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” - Epictetus.
    .
    // Black Clouds.

    Some days I #engage myself in lengthy battles.

    The longer the battle, the more I am assured I am in #resistance of what is or of where I am on my journey.

    In these moments, I #struggle to regain my motivation and drive to move and act toward #becoming the man I want to be.

    I have lost control of my mentality... allowing my thoughts to control me, or at least prevent me from stepping into my #best self.

    Today, my #body felt weak.

    Last weekend was a grueling #Spartan race, yesterday was a solid #workout , followed by a late night of editing a newsletter for release the following morning.

    When I awoke, I did not go into my #routine . I did not begin my day with physical movement and #gratitude or journaling.

    I fell into "I'm never going to make it" mode.... then, my mind took me into #comparison sickness.

    It began showing me all the #successes of others, all the progress and movement of those around me, and hid from me my own #accomplishments .

    I battled this #feeling most of the day.

    I didn't want to write for you today.

    I just wanted to be someone else.

    But that really isn't sane... or even an option. So, I am making myself purge these thoughts in writing for all to see.

    For me to see.

    For me to #create a win, when everything in me said "be stagnant" today.

    It took great effort to #moveanyway and get this out, but that is the work I chose into.

    Even when I don't feel like it.

    Imagine the world full of people only doing the right thing when they felt like it, or when it is convenient... I can't imagine that being much of a world at all.

    Certainly not one of #growth and development.

    I am not what I feel, I am what I do... and today I write and share and chose to create a #win .

    What do you do to win your day when the dark clouds show up? Share below.

    Sight + Light
    J.
    .
    #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #thursdaythoughts #mindset #mindsetiseverything
  • 80 5 2 hours ago
  • It was a pleasure to sit down with Jason. I have been told I tend to overshare, so let’s talk about my mushroom trip 😂🤷🏽‍♂️ Live Now: Inside @HardWodder Radio Episode 33 - Healing and The Plant Medicine Journey With AJ Richards​ ( @dreambigplaybigger ) .
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Link in bio.
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★ Quote: “Integrity should be seen as like the laws of physics… It’s a law. You either are in integrity or not."
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AJ RIchards is probably best known around the valley for his series of competitions known as Rush Club, but honestly… I think he should be known for hitting a level of #vulnerability in this interview that goes far beyond what most are willing to put forth.

This week we continue the #conversation we started in Episode 32. And, AJ continues to deep dive into his journey, his #marriage, and #plantmedicine.

The real raw #truth is revealed.

And from that place, he lays out how he plans to move forward and #expand into the man he wants to become… for himself and his #family

Let this level of vulnerability be a guidepost for you… Ask yourself: Where am I not being #honest in my life and what can I do to get back into #integrity.

This episode is rich with #knowledge bombs, and I encourage you to like, comment, share and subscribe so others can benefit from the #wisdom imparted here.

Check out episode 33 with AJ on #HardWodder Radio, and be prepared to take notes… The knowledge shared here came at great cost. And it’s yours free inside!
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Remember… new episodes each Wednesday. You can join our Private Facebook Group (#linkinbio) and share your takeaways by requesting access.

Have a story to tell and want to share it? Let's talk. Comment below.

United In #Wellness.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodderone
#honorthework
#fortunefavorsthebrave
#fortesfortunajuvat
#humanmovementfactory
#unspecialized
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#wednesdaywork
#hardwodderradio
#mindsetiseverything 
#mindset 
#mindbodysoul
#podcast
#rushclub
  • It was a pleasure to sit down with Jason. I have been told I tend to overshare, so let’s talk about my mushroom trip 😂🤷🏽‍♂️ Live Now: Inside @HardWodder Radio Episode 33 - Healing and The Plant Medicine Journey With AJ Richards​ ( @dreambigplaybigger ) .
    .
    Link in bio.
    .
    ★ Quote: “Integrity should be seen as like the laws of physics… It’s a law. You either are in integrity or not."
    .
    AJ RIchards is probably best known around the valley for his series of competitions known as Rush Club, but honestly… I think he should be known for hitting a level of #vulnerability in this interview that goes far beyond what most are willing to put forth.

    This week we continue the #conversation we started in Episode 32. And, AJ continues to deep dive into his journey, his #marriage , and #plantmedicine .

    The real raw #truth is revealed.

    And from that place, he lays out how he plans to move forward and #expand into the man he wants to become… for himself and his #family

    Let this level of vulnerability be a guidepost for you… Ask yourself: Where am I not being #honest in my life and what can I do to get back into #integrity .

    This episode is rich with #knowledge bombs, and I encourage you to like, comment, share and subscribe so others can benefit from the #wisdom imparted here.

    Check out episode 33 with AJ on #HardWodder Radio, and be prepared to take notes… The knowledge shared here came at great cost. And it’s yours free inside!
    .
    Remember… new episodes each Wednesday. You can join our Private Facebook Group ( #linkinbio ) and share your takeaways by requesting access.

    Have a story to tell and want to share it? Let's talk. Comment below.

    United In #Wellness .
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #wednesdaywork
    #hardwodderradio
    #mindsetiseverything
    #mindset
    #mindbodysoul
    #podcast
    #rushclub
  • 61 10 23 May, 2019
  • “To reach your full potential, you need to take responsibility for your actions in meaningful ways.” - Nathaniel Branden.
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// I Was Spartan (Part 2) .

As I was saying in yesterday's post... #start times matter.

The #earlier the better.

Turns out that even if your start time is in then afternoon, if you're not past the race mid point by 530, you'll get pulled.

No problem, I thought to myself. It's only 12 or 13 miles. Easy.

Oh how arrogantly wrong I was.

We were at 8000ft with the first half of the race literally being up and down the ski slopes and ravines of #BigBear.

The #elevation sucked... that I was expecting.

But the inclines and declines I was not. As hard as it was climbing, it was legit #painful coming down.

My knees were #screaming.

I was descending slower than ascending. No bueno.

I actually had to stop and wait for the #pain to subside on the downhills. Then, continue.

Having to slowly descend killed my time and was a stark reminder that I had not #trained to descend.

The ligaments around my knee joints were not ready for multiplanar #motion.

Another #lesson learned.

As the weather rolled in and it dropped to 40 degrees on the #mountain, they started pulling people from the #race.

Probably a good thing for me as I was #unprepared for the weather, too.

I was determined to keep going despite the lack of sleep and the knee pain, but I missed the call by 4 minutes and they forced me off.

Lots of lessons here. Like life, an early start is key... it gives you a cushion to work with in the event of unknowns.

#Prepare properly... had I left on time and actually got some sleep, 4 minutes wouldn't have been a factor.

#Train for the specifics of the task. Had I done so, my knee pain would have been lessened and I could easily have made up 45 minutes.

#Know all you can. You won't know everything, but thats where the #growth is.

#Mindset matters. I had every #excuse. I could have bowed out easily, but I chose to keep my word to me.

And although I didn't #finish, I didn't quit.

I am #better for it.

Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework
  • “To reach your full potential, you need to take responsibility for your actions in meaningful ways.” - Nathaniel Branden.
    .
    // I Was Spartan (Part 2) .

    As I was saying in yesterday's post... #start times matter.

    The #earlier the better.

    Turns out that even if your start time is in then afternoon, if you're not past the race mid point by 530, you'll get pulled.

    No problem, I thought to myself. It's only 12 or 13 miles. Easy.

    Oh how arrogantly wrong I was.

    We were at 8000ft with the first half of the race literally being up and down the ski slopes and ravines of #BigBear .

    The #elevation sucked... that I was expecting.

    But the inclines and declines I was not. As hard as it was climbing, it was legit #painful coming down.

    My knees were #screaming .

    I was descending slower than ascending. No bueno.

    I actually had to stop and wait for the #pain to subside on the downhills. Then, continue.

    Having to slowly descend killed my time and was a stark reminder that I had not #trained to descend.

    The ligaments around my knee joints were not ready for multiplanar #motion .

    Another #lesson learned.

    As the weather rolled in and it dropped to 40 degrees on the #mountain , they started pulling people from the #race .

    Probably a good thing for me as I was #unprepared for the weather, too.

    I was determined to keep going despite the lack of sleep and the knee pain, but I missed the call by 4 minutes and they forced me off.

    Lots of lessons here. Like life, an early start is key... it gives you a cushion to work with in the event of unknowns.

    #Prepare properly... had I left on time and actually got some sleep, 4 minutes wouldn't have been a factor.

    #Train for the specifics of the task. Had I done so, my knee pain would have been lessened and I could easily have made up 45 minutes.

    #Know all you can. You won't know everything, but thats where the #growth is.

    #Mindset matters. I had every #excuse . I could have bowed out easily, but I chose to keep my word to me.

    And although I didn't #finish , I didn't quit.

    I am #better for it.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
  • 54 3 22 May, 2019
  • // Raise The Bar.

Life is short. Fleeting. In a blink you wake up in a different place and different time.

If you haven't been intentional with that, you may not like what your eyes reveal.

But.

It's never to late to raise your bar... to set a higher standard for yourself with your body or your life as a whole.

It's just a matter od making a decision to be different. To do something different.

That's the genesis of creating something different. And, it all begins with you.

Ready to make a change? Join us at http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net/ and take the first step today.

United in fitness,
J

#hardwodder #dothehardthing #crossfit #crossfitwod #crossfitathlete #crossfitapparel #crossfitnorthphoenix #cnp
  • // Raise The Bar.

    Life is short. Fleeting. In a blink you wake up in a different place and different time.

    If you haven't been intentional with that, you may not like what your eyes reveal.

    But.

    It's never to late to raise your bar... to set a higher standard for yourself with your body or your life as a whole.

    It's just a matter od making a decision to be different. To do something different.

    That's the genesis of creating something different. And, it all begins with you.

    Ready to make a change? Join us at http://crossfitnorthphoenix.net/ and take the first step today.

    United in fitness,
    J

    #hardwodder #dothehardthing #crossfit #crossfitwod #crossfitathlete #crossfitapparel #crossfitnorthphoenix #cnp
  • 39 1 22 May, 2019
  • “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” - Dan Millman.
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// I Was Spartan (Part 1) .

Last weekend was the #Spartan Beast at Big Bear and my first OCR experience. I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

So what, right? #Growth is all about stepping into the #unknown. In that place, the greatest learning takes place.

And I learned alot.

It started with travel... I got sucked into some client #work prior to leaving and left town 6 hours later than I wanted to.

But that's not really #true is it? I chose into that work. No one forced me into it.

But.

That put me in Big Bear at 11pm... with the #race in the morning.

And, being last to the house where the 10 of us were staying, meant couch duty.

Being relegated to the couch, even though I specifically asked for a room was crushing after a long day.

The noise, the wooden frame in my back, and lack of privacy makes for a shitty place of rest.

But, I was riding the couch regardless... that meant zero, and I do mean exactly zero #sleep.

The next day would be a #tough one mentally... so as I lay awake on the couch, I told myself how to #experience the following day.

I would still race, I would be cool, I would have #patience, I would engage the other people in the house... no matter my fatigue or mental state, I would rule me.

The rest of the group was up and talking, banging dishes around and eating breakfast as I repeated my #commitments to myself with a pillow over my head to lessen the sensory assault.

They soon left for the race.

I had to pull it together... I was beat. Dead tired mentally and physically.

I pounded an #rxbar, took a shit, and pulled myself together enough to choose in.

Exhausted, I left for the race later... my start time wasn't until 1:15 anyway.

I didn't know you could sneak into earlier heats. This would be key.

Start times matter. Tell you why tomorrow.

How have you dealt with adversity in your life? Share below.

Sight + Light,
J

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework 
#fortunefavorsthebrave 
#fortesfortunajuvat
#unspecialized 
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#taketuesday
#think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” - Dan Millman.
    .
    // I Was Spartan (Part 1) .

    Last weekend was the #Spartan Beast at Big Bear and my first OCR experience. I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

    So what, right? #Growth is all about stepping into the #unknown . In that place, the greatest learning takes place.

    And I learned alot.

    It started with travel... I got sucked into some client #work prior to leaving and left town 6 hours later than I wanted to.

    But that's not really #true is it? I chose into that work. No one forced me into it.

    But.

    That put me in Big Bear at 11pm... with the #race in the morning.

    And, being last to the house where the 10 of us were staying, meant couch duty.

    Being relegated to the couch, even though I specifically asked for a room was crushing after a long day.

    The noise, the wooden frame in my back, and lack of privacy makes for a shitty place of rest.

    But, I was riding the couch regardless... that meant zero, and I do mean exactly zero #sleep .

    The next day would be a #tough one mentally... so as I lay awake on the couch, I told myself how to #experience the following day.

    I would still race, I would be cool, I would have #patience , I would engage the other people in the house... no matter my fatigue or mental state, I would rule me.

    The rest of the group was up and talking, banging dishes around and eating breakfast as I repeated my #commitments to myself with a pillow over my head to lessen the sensory assault.

    They soon left for the race.

    I had to pull it together... I was beat. Dead tired mentally and physically.

    I pounded an #rxbar , took a shit, and pulled myself together enough to choose in.

    Exhausted, I left for the race later... my start time wasn't until 1:15 anyway.

    I didn't know you could sneak into earlier heats. This would be key.

    Start times matter. Tell you why tomorrow.

    How have you dealt with adversity in your life? Share below.

    Sight + Light,
    J

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortunefavorsthebrave
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #unspecialized
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #taketuesday
    #think #mindset #mind #mindsetiseverything
  • 68 3 21 May, 2019
  • "If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today." - Mikhail Gorbachev.
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// Rent Is Due.

In the great sitcom, Married With Children, Al Bundy was a failed shoe #salesman who hated his life.

He lived in a dirty house and drove a crappy car.

But before that, he was a high school #superstar #athlete. His famous line about "4 touchdowns in a single game" for Polk High was his nod to his #glorydays.

But then, he faded away.

How many Al Bundy's have you met in your #life... men and women who were a "big deal" back in the day, but fell off and did nothing with themselves.

They stopped pushing for more.
They settled for next #best.
They forgot rent is due.

Life is a #journey. And, you either walk the path or you sit by the wayside and watch others walk the path.

Wherever you are today doesn't need to be a permanent rest stop... in fact, it should never be.

There is no arriving on this journey, only death. So between now and then you have an #opportunity to #expand into the person you are capable of #becoming.

You want more, bigger, or better? Get up and start paying the price the universe demands for you to attain it.

This year I turned 46. I have a beautiful #wife, multiple #properties, and a couple #businesses... I could stop here and ride it out.

I could sit on the couch and get fat. And never bother to do anything #physical.

I could... but, that wouldn't be a #fulfilling life.

So each day I rise I invest in my physical, spiritual, and mental #growth. I have no desire to be a spectator.

I have a desire to keep my best days ahead of me.

It feels great to #learn new concepts, #write, #create content, build businesses, and put #heavy shit over my head.

And each day I #pay my dues so that I continue to grow into the man I envision.

Small deposits.
Made daily.
Create big #results.

You shouldn't feel good about leaving this life without having given everything you can to have for the #legacy you want.

Keep moving, my friends... the rent for today is due.

What say you? Share below.
.
Sight + Light.
J
.

Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
  • "If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today." - Mikhail Gorbachev.
    .
    // Rent Is Due.

    In the great sitcom, Married With Children, Al Bundy was a failed shoe #salesman who hated his life.

    He lived in a dirty house and drove a crappy car.

    But before that, he was a high school #superstar #athlete . His famous line about "4 touchdowns in a single game" for Polk High was his nod to his #glorydays .

    But then, he faded away.

    How many Al Bundy's have you met in your #life ... men and women who were a "big deal" back in the day, but fell off and did nothing with themselves.

    They stopped pushing for more.
    They settled for next #best .
    They forgot rent is due.

    Life is a #journey . And, you either walk the path or you sit by the wayside and watch others walk the path.

    Wherever you are today doesn't need to be a permanent rest stop... in fact, it should never be.

    There is no arriving on this journey, only death. So between now and then you have an #opportunity to #expand into the person you are capable of #becoming .

    You want more, bigger, or better? Get up and start paying the price the universe demands for you to attain it.

    This year I turned 46. I have a beautiful #wife , multiple #properties , and a couple #businesses ... I could stop here and ride it out.

    I could sit on the couch and get fat. And never bother to do anything #physical .

    I could... but, that wouldn't be a #fulfilling life.

    So each day I rise I invest in my physical, spiritual, and mental #growth . I have no desire to be a spectator.

    I have a desire to keep my best days ahead of me.

    It feels great to #learn new concepts, #write , #create content, build businesses, and put #heavy shit over my head.

    And each day I #pay my dues so that I continue to grow into the man I envision.

    Small deposits.
    Made daily.
    Create big #results .

    You shouldn't feel good about leaving this life without having given everything you can to have for the #legacy you want.

    Keep moving, my friends... the rent for today is due.

    What say you? Share below.
    .
    Sight + Light.
    J
    .

    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
  • 86 3 17 May, 2019
  • "The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen." - Ralph Marston.
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// Aggressive Patience.

Lately, the #stress and strain of "trying to make it" has bubbled up around me.

Sometimes it shows up as people living under financial #pressure, other times it shows up as loss.

But no matter the case, it is living in a state of lack.

It has taken me years to wrap my head around this concept.

But it boils down to this: chasing things you want from a place of "have to" or "need to" is living in lack.

It's a #scarcity #mindset.

It comes across as #needy... and nothing repels money or people faster than neediness.

Pressure and speed disconnect you from #meaning and #purpose and make your pursuits all about you.

Good #business is win win... its unselfish... its a provision of value reciprocated with #money.

@AndyFrisella has this idea of "agressive patience" that I love.

You have to put in the #work, and you have to be diligent and #consistent, but you also have to honor the time it takes to develop your skills and offerings.

You have to accept that getting there tomorrow is selfish and unreasonable.

You will get there over #time... if you're consistent in expanding into the person you want to become.

You #learn from failure.
You patiently work through difficult times.
You come back each day smarter and more #capable.

You "be" in that place of aggressive patience, walking the path you want to, not the one you have to or need to.

Go after all you want... but honor the work and time requirement with a #happy heart.

Willingly #pay the price and understand the cost, otherwise #passion will become bitterness.

Don't chase... measure and adapt.

Track.

Live by #results... and let them guide you.

Ever been sick and tired of waiting? Share below...Your day will come.

Sight + Light.
J
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Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

Be. Do. Have... In that order.

#hardwodder 
#hardwodderone
#honorthework
#fortesfortunajuvat 
#humanmovementfactory
#dothehardthing
#100to0
#wednesdaywork #mindsetiseverything
  • "The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen." - Ralph Marston.
    .
    // Aggressive Patience.

    Lately, the #stress and strain of "trying to make it" has bubbled up around me.

    Sometimes it shows up as people living under financial #pressure , other times it shows up as loss.

    But no matter the case, it is living in a state of lack.

    It has taken me years to wrap my head around this concept.

    But it boils down to this: chasing things you want from a place of "have to" or "need to" is living in lack.

    It's a #scarcity #mindset .

    It comes across as #needy ... and nothing repels money or people faster than neediness.

    Pressure and speed disconnect you from #meaning and #purpose and make your pursuits all about you.

    Good #business is win win... its unselfish... its a provision of value reciprocated with #money .

    @AndyFrisella has this idea of "agressive patience" that I love.

    You have to put in the #work , and you have to be diligent and #consistent , but you also have to honor the time it takes to develop your skills and offerings.

    You have to accept that getting there tomorrow is selfish and unreasonable.

    You will get there over #time ... if you're consistent in expanding into the person you want to become.

    You #learn from failure.
    You patiently work through difficult times.
    You come back each day smarter and more #capable .

    You "be" in that place of aggressive patience, walking the path you want to, not the one you have to or need to.

    Go after all you want... but honor the work and time requirement with a #happy heart.

    Willingly #pay the price and understand the cost, otherwise #passion will become bitterness.

    Don't chase... measure and adapt.

    Track.

    Live by #results ... and let them guide you.

    Ever been sick and tired of waiting? Share below...Your day will come.

    Sight + Light.
    J
    .
    Remember: there is #norestfortheworthy

    Be. Do. Have... In that order.

    #hardwodder
    #hardwodderone
    #honorthework
    #fortesfortunajuvat
    #humanmovementfactory
    #dothehardthing
    #100to0
    #wednesdaywork #mindsetiseverything
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