Monday, July 25, 2011

How Far Can You Go?

"You're either getting better, or you're getting worse! There is no staying the same!" - Robert dos Remedios

When I heard that quote from my friend and colleague, Robert dos Remedios, CSCS - Head Strength Coach at College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA) & author of "Cardio Strength Training", it really struck a cord.

As we age & get older, how would we ever expect to get better, or improve in any aspect of our lives if we kept things the same? How would we 'graduate' to the next level without the constant learning of complexity to challenge our mind, body & soul?

I've been in the fitness biz for over 20 years and I must say that I've heard hundreds, if not thousands of EXCUSES as to why people choose to stay as they are - maintenance mode. Keeping things as is.

Do me a favor and re-read the quote above!

Simply put....


Check out this informative and awesome guest blog written by my friend and colleague, Martin Rooney, CSCS - owner & founder of Training for Warriors and Parisi Speed School. Martin shares his view on taking on the things that we've never done before in order to reap the benefits of the experience and the wisdom that comes in doing so.

It's time to take it to the next level!

My father and I were once in a marina and I saw a boat that was the perfect definition of the word irony.”  The boat was up on cinder blocks and looked as though it had been out of the water for years.  The ironic name of the boat was “Momentum.”  This humorous sight was actually an important reminder that you can never gain momentum if you don’t start moving (and the place I discovered Rooney Rule #7).

All too often it is easier to just stay where we are.  Many of us, as surprising as it may sound, are actually holding ourselves back from success!  If you want to gain some momentum toward where you want to go, you have to give up your old ways and dare to do something new.

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”  - Charles Dubois

Over the last year, the response about my book, Ultimate Warrior Workouts demonstrated how important my physical and mental warrior challenges are for everyone.  I have been receiving emails from around the world from people that have taken many of these challenges and every correspondence has been positive.  There has been, however, a common theme:  The people didn’t know what they were or were not able to do until they tried.  This proved to me that the single most important way to take on a challenge is to stop worrying about failure and take immediate ACTION.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”  - T.S. Elliot

When was the last time you got too motivated?  When was the last time that you ate too well?  Have you ever been accused of being too optimistic or had too good of a training session?   Did anyone ever tell you that you are too strong?  If your answer is "never" or "no", then you still have more risks to take to see how great you can become.  My Warrior Challenges are a great vehicle to get you started.  Pick one, see what you can do, and then use that same inspiration to take on another challenge during your day. I promise that once you have tried and felt the soreness from the pushups, dips or chins, some challenge at work or home will be much easier to attack.

“I am always doing that which I can not do in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso

Too many of us also stop from attempting something new because we state that we don’t know how to do it.  That is the whole point of the challenges in the first place!  The only way to start doing something you don’t know how to do is by starting doing it.  Don’t forget that simple success maxim.

"You have to go out on a limb sometimes, because that is where the fruit is.”  - Will Rodgers

This week my mental challenge is to take what you consider a risk.  Invest in a new book.  Start a new class or add something new to your diet.  If you take some risk this week and achieve new heights, you will feel happy.  If you attempt something new and don’t succeed you will still be wiser for the next attempt.  In any case, you will be a winner with some momentum moving you forward.

Now it is up to you, to see 'how far you can go'….


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