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Sticking To Your Promises

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Everyone has a day when they just don’t feel like following through with something. Sometimes I get into the gym and am dreading part of my workout. I just feel out of it. Usually, I get into my workout and by the time I get to what’s been traumatizing my day, I feel so energized that I just get it done. Even if I’m not into it yet, my training partner will be and I will have to do it. Just so that I don’t hear him run his mouth. Actually, I would feel like I let him and myself down.

A week ago we decided that we needed to bring conditioning back into our workouts. We have been doing very little of it for a few months and it’s becoming very noticeable. So we said that we would do it 3 or 4 days a week. Our conditioning can last for 10 minutes and it can last for an entire workout. It might not last long but if you aren’t in shape it sucks. We can get more out of 10 or 15 minutes of conditioning than if we ran for 45 minutes.

I got in today and we got our workout done and I wanted no part of conditioning today. Something I woke up thinking about. If you are hitting it hard, you will feel like you are drowning because you are so out of breath. I say to my training partner, “Lets get our conditioning done.” He says, “No, I don’t have time today.” Now all of the sudden I really want to do it, so I start talking crap to him. After calling him out, I say, “Hey, we made a commitment to do it 3 or 4 times a week. And it will only take 12 minutes. You don’t have 12 minutes? Today will be day 2 and we will still have 1 or 2 more days left. Are you going to break your PROMISE?”. He gets this look on his face like he is going to start calling me a couple of choice names.
We got it done in 12 minutes. It was not fun but both of us were happy that we followed through with our PROMISE. #PromiseToFinishWhatYouStarted

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask

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_GBP1518 If you want something bad enough than you have to do everything that you can do to get it.  No matter what it is up to you.  You have to first make up your mind up to do it and then you have to take action.  There will always be people who will tell you that you can’t do something.  You will have to ignore them or better yet use what they say as gasoline for you fire.  There are usually people who are willing to help.  They might not be easy to find but you’re going to have to ask.  There are obviously always people who you can pay for advice or help but that can get costly.  Sometimes it is the best option.  But there are plenty of other people with experience that are willing to help.  You will come across a few that don’t have time for you.  I love it when someone asks me how to do something or wants me to recommend something while I’m at the gym.  (As long as they don’t do it in the middle of a set or circuit).  I love seeing other people make gains and even more like to see them change their life.

When we (Me and my partner Chase Reynolds) decided that we wanted to start The Promise∞Line™ (A motivational brand that encourages people not only set promises (Promises are what we call Goals), but go after them no matter who or what stands in their way.)  We knew very little about what it would take to develop an apparel line along with it.  However, we did have several connections who were more than happy to help.  There were two other apparel companies who have been very successful who we had some loose connections with.  One day I decided that maybe it would be worth calling a founder from each one of them and seeing if they would talk with me and give me some advice.  What’s the worse that can happen?  They tell me to go screw and hang up?  Surprisingly or maybe not surprisingly both of them were more than happy to help.  They answered every question that I asked.  One of them told me that 25 years from now, when some guy calls me and tells me that he has a start-up brand that he is developing, I better take some time and help him out.  I definitely believe in paying it forward.  The other guy that I spoke with has been someone who we speak with every couple of weeks.  He has helped us make a lot of decisions and probably saved us from a number of mistakes.  I can’t say enough how much I respect this individual and his company.   I sent him a couple of shirts the other day and he emailed me that they looked great and was excited to wear them.

We have taken a lot of pride in developing a brand that means something to us.  It means a lot to us to hear from people that we are motivated them and accomplishing what we set out to do.  And the feeling of having a mentor who praises your brand is incredible.  I find that ever since I turned my life around and started living a healthy lifestyle that tend to stick with a lot of similar people.  These similar people have a positive outlook on life and that includes positively effecting and helping others.  You never know until you ask.

The Promise∞Line www.ThePromiseLine.com

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Finding Your Passion and Helping Others Find Theirs

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I’m not saying that the only thing that I like to do is going to the gym and train, but almost everything that I consider my passion has to do with living a healthy lifestyle.  And the fact is it’s not just about me, because most of the people who I spend most of my time with do pretty much the same thing.  Part of it is helping other people live the same lifestyle or at least the lifestyle that they want.  They have their own ideas of where they want to be.  And maybe it isn’t a lifestyle but someone who is trying to reach a goal.  It’s nice having a positive effect on someone else that is trying to better their life.

I talk with people every day and when I listen to them, they will tell me what they want.  You can hear it in their voice when they are talking about how they can see themselves getting closer to that goal.  You can also hear it when they feel like they are failing.  A word of encouragement or some advice could actually go a long way for them.  In the end it is up to them, but the more information that they have or positive reenforcement that they have the more that they can believe in themselves.  So when I think about it, the way that I live doesn’t just affect me.  I know that I’m not the only one who changed their life and is helping other people do the same thing.  Once you believe in yourself others will believe in you and it really could start a domino effect.  Once someone figures out that they want it bad enough, they can do anything.

 

Priorities and Passion

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Since I work for myself I can usually arrange my schedule to meet my needs.  Up until a couple of years ago I would work over 50 hours a week.  When I decided to prioritize everything in my life, I cut out a lot of the things that i didn’t think were productive.  So to tell you the truth i cut my work weeks well down below 40 hours.  Put it this way most people don’t think that i have a job because I’m usually in the gym every day starting at 9 am and leaving when we are done.  That might be 11 and it might be 12.  I travel once in a while, which might or might not be for work.  Last year it was for a bunch of obstacle races.

The way i see it is that i found the things in my life that were holding me back or dragging me down or were just a waste of time.  I cut them out.  I decided that i would rather spend time on trying to build something related to fitness or making people better.  I still have some things that I feel that I may be missing but overall I am living my passion.

 

While I searched for something that would allow me to really make a career out of my new passion, I came across a lot of other people who are living similar lives.  They have an appreciation for many of the same things that I do and they are motivated and inspiring.  They all have set their goals and they focus on them.  One of these people is Chase Reynolds a running back for the St. Louis Rams.  We started training together during the 2013 NFL Offseason.  We pushed each other hard and every day hit a new level of motivation.  We realized that we bother were interested in helping other people achieve their goals and we decided to start a motivational brand.  The brand is The Promise∞Line™.  Chase’s entire life is based on it and my life has been more fulfilling since I found it. If you really want something bad enough you are willing to work on it every day.  Stay focused on it.  We wanted a brand that has a positive impact on how it makes people think and feel.  It’s a reminder of what goals they have set for themselves.  We call our goals promises and we don’t like to break themScreen Shot 2014-07-26 at 9.28.10 PM.

In creating The Promise∞Line™ I have had to start working over 50 hour work weeks again, but I am still getting it in at the gym from 9 until we are done.  I’m still keeping my priorities and this time I am working for my passion.  I have made Promises to myself and Chase my business partner and we pan on building a brand with an impact.

#PromiseToSeizeTheMoment

#ThePromiseLine

 

Looking Back On My Transformation Was It Really That Hard?

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One day I made the decision to transform my body.  I ended up transforming my life.  I look back on it now and some times think that it really wasn’t all that hard to accomplish.  What makes me think that?  I’ve learned a lot since I surpassed my original goal.  Most of what I have learned has been about myself.  The greatest thing that I learned was being able to take control of my mind.  That truly is the hardest part.  If you can control your mind, you can control how and what you eat.  If you can control your mind, you can also train several days a week.  If you can control your mind, than you can give up what is holding you back.  If you can control your mind you can clearly see your goals and you can reach them.  

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it is easy.  And I am not saying that you can just convince yourself that you will live a healthy lifestyle and have a fit body.  It does take time and if you are like me, you will probably expect more from yourself.   You may have setbacks and you may have to convince yourself that you are strong enough to control your own mind every day.

What was once impossible can now be accomplished once you take control of your mind.  The hard part is being strong enough to be able to take control of your mind.

10 Most Annoying Things That Happen At The Gym

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10 – Lifting (or pretending to lift) weights that you can’t handle.  While squatting, moving the weight 1 inch is not a rep.  Get something out of your workout.  Do less weight and do a full rep.  


9 – Don’t be the naked guy who stands in the locker room with his leg on the bench talking to everyone who will listen.  It’s creepy. (Does this happen in the ladies locker room also?  Just wondering.)


8 – Don’t make fun of someone who is out of shape.  They are there for the same reason that most people are in there.  To get into better shape.  You’re probably the same dick that #1 will apply too.  


7 – Don’t make fun of how much someone lifts.  If you are doing it with your friends and it’s motivating and competitive that’s different.


6 – Don’t play your music so loud that I can hear it while you have headphones on.  I like loud music when I lift but I doubt I want to hear the crap you are playing.  


5 – Don’t ask me if I am using something that is 10 feet away from me, while I’m in the middle of a set.  I’m not going to answer you.  


4 – Putting cologne on before going into the gym.  It’s not a night club.  If you are doing it to cover up B.O. Take a shower and use some deodorant.


3– People talking on their phone while working out.  If you need your phone in there, walk somewhere where no one can over hear you.  You look like an idiot when you do curls while talking into the phone.  And a total moron if you do it while doing squats.


2 – Free Pizza and Donuts as incentives for people to workout at Planet Fitness.  I had to put something in here about PF.  For some reason they just annoy me.  


1 – People who don’t put their weights away.  If you were strong enough to put plates on the bar and do your sets, then your lazy ass should be strong enough to take them off and put them back.  I’m not that impressed with what you left on the bar.

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