My Personal 4 Strategies for Practicing Gratitude – Off The Mat

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My Personal 4 Strategies for Practicing Gratitude
Everyone from Oprah to Ben Greenfield talks about the importance of gratitude, so with so many successful people talking about its importance to their own success it must be pretty important, right? But… if you’re anything like me, being open about gratitude and saying, “You know what? I’m really grateful for ____ and ____,” might just feel downright uncomfortable. Let’s be honest – it’s tough to be emotionally open as a guy in our society. Well screw it – if people think that’s weird, that’s just too bad. Practicing gratitude works, in the sense that it helps you be happier, more fulfilled, and succeed in your goals.

WTF does empowerment even mean? – Off The Mat

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WTF does empowerment even mean?
I’m sure you’ve seen this buzzword almost everywhere. Self-development groups. Sales pages. Speeches. Life coach advertisements. But if you’re like me, empowerment doesn’t really mean something specific – it’s more of a vague reference to something to do with self-development. Broken down, it would mean “to give yourself power”, but in what context? Until recently, I was still unclear about the meaning of “empowerment”, or even what it was. Tools? Information? A concept? It wasn’t until last week that the concept of empowerment finally clicked

No, it doesn’t matter if you make your bed or not – Off The Mat

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No, it doesn't matter if you make your bed or not
Have you seen the commencement speech from Admiral McRaven in which he talks about the importance of making your bed? Like many things, people take this too literally. The point of the speech isn’t to say that making your bed is the basis of a successful day; rather, what makes this action a potential success booster is the MINDSET that it promotes. It’s about starting the day off by setting and completing a task. I’ll give you another example…

Why you should keep a workout diary – Off The Mat

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Why you should keep a workout diary
This post discusses the important of keeping a workout record, so you can track your progress, plan your workouts, hold yourself accountable, and watch yourself grow.

In June I spent about a week speaking with Members of the Members’ Area. The goal was to improve the Members’ Area, but also to figure out how they were using it within their own workout programs. It was really cool to see that there were so many similarities amongst the community. Despite geographics, age, and other differences, it was relatively easy to group people into specific groups or identities. More than the others, there was one particular group of people that had a higher level of discipline. This group of people had a set schedule for their workouts. They took the time and made the extra effort to ensure that they would be able to stick to their workouts, even with professional and familial obligations.

Sometimes you just need to… – Off The Mat

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Sometimes you just need to…
Most of us assume that the best way to take action is to seek inspiration and get motivated, but this actually isn’t true. Action INSPIRES motivation. And motivation inspires further action. So do something. You might not have a plan. You might not want to take action. But if you get the ball rolling, it will eventually roll with its own momentum.

How to Actually Enjoy Fitness – Off The Mat

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How to Actually Enjoy Fitness
I was sitting at the pool today talking about fitness goals with a very close friend of mine. Let me give you a little back story so you can get a clear picture. We met in Austin about 4 years ago as fellow Midwestern lacrosse players. We are similar in many ways. We’re both entrepreneurs. … Read More