Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Morning Mistake and Garage Gym Sweat Session

Let's start today with talking about a Big Morning Mistake so many make.

Too many high-performing people are still falling victim to this crucial mistake as soon as they wake up.


That mistake is hitting the snooze button.


But if you're a high performer, then you'll make this promise to me:


You'll never hit snooze again – EVER. Here's why...


"When you hit the snooze button, you're telling your hopes and dreams that they are not important and that they can wait." – Bedros Keuilian


WOW! Isn't that scary? Do you really want your subconscious mind believing this?


No way! That's why you must NEVER hit snooze again.


Here's a little incentive. Fine yourself $100 every time you hit snooze. Pay that fine to a cause you dislike.


Yes, this is extreme. But you need to get this serious if snoozing is a problem.


You can also apply this to any bad habit in your life (I used this system to quit cursing in just 6 days).


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip: The 7 Steps to Change Any Habit

1) Make the commitment.
2) Be proactive and plan ahead.
3) Eliminate the obstacles and temptations.
4) Get accountability.
5) Have consequences for your behavior.
6) Set a deadline.
7) And do the work!

No more putting it off. Make that big change today.


And now, finally, we get to today's workout...


1A) Double KB Front Squat

1B) KB Swing


2A) KB Reverse Lunge

2B) Ab Wheel


Sweaty session in the garage gym.


BTW, don't miss my IG posts here.


Talk soon,


Craig Ballantyne


PS - Here are a few dudes that don't snooze!



Monday, August 21, 2017

Jay Ferruggia and a Meathead Workout

Wild weekend and manic Monday morning.

Yesterday I was in the big city of Toronto for brunch and a couple of meetings. Good times were had, and more importantly, I snuck in a great workout in the morning in a high-rise gym. I had a beautiful view of the quiet city at 8am for a Meathead Sunday Funday session...

1A) Pushups
1B) Pullups

2A) 1-Arm KB Press
2B) More pullups

3A) EZ Bar Curl
3B) Triceps Extension

Today is an off day, but Bally the Dog and I went for a great walk. He had the energy of a young pup and was out chasing down the scents of varmints from the night before.

Great times!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Protect your days with the right habits and routines at night so that you can perform like a fighter jet first thing in the morning.

And live life on your own terms with Jason Ferruggia
=> https://www.earlytorise.com/017-renegade-life-design-overcome-struggles-live-life-terms/

Check out our podcast and learn how Jay, a meathead from New Jersey, evolves into a highly-connected, powerful, zen-like master who lives in California, has one of the most popular podcasts in the world, and has figured out the secrets to a great life. You will hear the techniques he learned from me, and how they made him financially and emotionally free of all that baggage back on the east coast.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Deadlift and Travel Saturdays

Started the day with a fun walk down to the old river. Bally the Dog was on the trail of something, and it's good to see him so full of energy. It was just like old time. He went for a swim and did a lot of barking.

After breakfast I did some writing and then hit the local YMCA for a deadlift session. Good times.

1A) Hang Clean
1B) Mobility

2A) Deadlift
2B) Mobility

3A) Leg Curl
3B) Mobility

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:

You need to always be making the right decisions for YOUR right life.

This is how you have more success and less stress.

Live life on your terms, not someone else's terms.

The process of making better decisions for YOUR life starts with:

The Lost Art of Introspection.

Here's how to use it...

Review your week objectively by "watching the movie of your life."

See yourself as the main character, and judge the decisions you made.

• What did you do right?
• Where did you struggle with bad habits?
• Who did you spend time with?
• Are these the right people for your right life?
• Where did you waste time?
• What were your obstacles and temptations?
• How can you overcome them?

Observe, learn, plan and prepare.

Do more of what works and less of what doesn't.

Identify what is right for your life, and then set up your habits, rituals, and routines to make the right decisions for your right life, right now and forever more.

This includes making the right decisions in your mind about your self-image and overcoming the temptation to play small ball.

It's time for you to step up and be the best version of yourself – starting today and continuing next week and for the rest of your life! #perfectdayformula #introspection #selfreflection #mindset #decisions


Thursday, August 17, 2017

High Performance Mastery and Garage Gym Meathead Mastery

Still? Really? After all we've talked about? :)


Too many potentially successful people make a crucial mistake as soon as they wake up.


That mistake, as you know from my book, is hitting the snooze button.


But if you're a fighter jet, then you'll make this promise to me:


You'll never hit snooze again – EVER. Here's why...


"When you hit the snooze button, you're telling your hopes and dreams that they are not important and that they can wait." – Bedros Keuilian


WOW! Isn't that scary? Do you really want your subconscious mind believing this?


No way! That's why you must NEVER hit snooze again.


Here's a little incentive. Fine yourself $100 every time you hit snooze. Pay that fine to a cause you dislike.


Yes, this is extreme. But you need to get this serious if snoozing is a problem.


You can also apply this to any bad habit in your life (I used this system to quit cursing in just 6 days).



Here are two dudes that don't snooze!

— with Bedros Keuilian.

I just don't get it.

Oh well...

I didn't hit snooze today even though I didn't sleep well last night.

But I got up and finished my #1 work project for the day, walked the dog, ate breakfast, spent another 90 minutes in creative time, and then hit the garage gym for the following workout:

1A) DB Press - worked up to a PB of 80x12
1B) Band Pull

2A) DB Incline
2B) TRX Row

Tomorrow is an off day and then Saturday AM is Deadlift Day. Hurray!

After lunch I did a podcast and two sales calls, batting .500. I had another high performer join my new Perfect Life Mastery program, which is a 3-meeting per year group that is the next level after my 1-year Perfect Life Workshop mentoring program.

I love sharing my gift of vision and structure with the world because it helps high performers help 10X's as many people.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
The harder you work, the luckier you will get. Put yourself in the places you need to be to meet the people you to meet so that you become the person you need to become to achieve the goals you want to achieve.

Work hard,

Craig Ballantyne

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nashville Uber Toronto Workout

Here's a really fun podcast to start. Enjoy!

=> http://www.endofthreefitness.com/craig-ballantyne/

Don't miss the wacky fitness challenge he made me "invent" at the start of the show... But the mental toughness challenge is even better!

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Today I did something different, too.

I went to the gym in the afternoon. This is rare. Very rare.

But good fun.

I started the morning in Nashville. Got up early, worked, and hit the airport at 7am. Had a couple of protein bars there, and then napped on a quick flight to Toronto.

Then I took a big leap of faith and took a $145 uber ride from the airport to my home... overall, it'll be cheaper than a rental car.

After petting the dog and cleaning his dirty ears, I biked to the gym for my first afternoon squat session in years.

1A) Squats
1B) Mobility

2A) Good Morning
2B) Box Jumps

Left hamstring was tight and my right IT band is still a tiny bit sore, but overall it was a good session.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Everything you do sets you up for success or puts an obstacle in your way. Choose actions consistent with the image you've committed to…no one likes a hypocrite.

Set your expectations high – and hit them.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Amazing post from CTT, Stephanie Flynn...

Becoming your best requires daily work. I am working on myself every day so I can make my team, clients, and daughter better every day. It is crucial my team works on themselves every day so that we can make our clients better every day.

We want to be fighter jets in life. When you are a fighter jet, you get extraordinary results fast. That means:

• Getting more done at work and at home in
less time
• Having massive amounts of all-day energy
• Feeling less stress and a greater sense of peace
• Having more impact and meaning through work
• And improving your health and wealth

Here's how you do that...

• More structure in your days
• Clarity of passion and purpose
• Strength in your skills and leadership ability
• Mental resilience and passionate persistence
• Constant and never ending
improvement => KAIZEN

You don't become stronger, happier, and more successful by accident, it is daily intentional (AMAZINGLY AWESOME) "work"

* Thank you for the inspiration Craig Ballantyne and Bedros Keuilian ... fighter jets

--
Craig Ballantyne
Author, The Perfect Day Formula


    

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mornings and Meatheads in LAX and Nashville

This morning takes me from LAX to Nashville. I'm meeting a brand new coaching client that inspired a politically incorrect post (Below).

In the meantime, I rocked a short Meathead Monday workout at the hotel gym before hitting up LAX.

1A) Pushup
1B) Pullup

2A) DB Incline
2B) Face Pull

Oh, and here's my new podcast on morning routines.

Politically Incorrect Post:

Work-Life Balance is a myth for the High Performer.

#truth => There is no Work Life Balance for us.

Balance suggests an equal weighting.

The fact is, there is not an equal weighting between work and non-work in our daily schedule.

There cannot be Balance given the BIG goals you want to accomplish.

Not having "balance" is neither good nor bad. It just is.

"People are disturbed not by a thing, but by their PERCEPTION of a thing." - Epictetus.

Forget balance. And get rid of the stress in your life that comes from not living some other person's definition of balance. What a waste of energy!

Instead, strive for the right Work-Life MIX for your dream life.

Your Empire, and your Perfect Life, whether it includes a $1 billion company, a $500,000 net income, or shutting down work at 3pm every day, is not built on balance.

It does not serve you to waste energy chasing society's opinion of "work life balance".

What is right for others is not right for YOU.

So take the energy wasted on being bothered and put it into growth and constant and never ending improvement.

I like the following quote, and hope you will too. It was a favorite of Marty Edelston, a man who built the Boardroom Inc. publishing empire through hard work and long hours, and who was very happy doing so while also raising a loving family and having an impact on millions of people:

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

Bottom line:
Make the right decision, right now, for your right life. Always.



Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

"It's not about the hour you GET up, it's about what you do with the hours that you ARE up." - Instagram.com/realcraigballantyne

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Make the right decisions for your right life!


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Fun Day

Woohoo, another Sunday Fun Day with Jay Ferruggia in Santa Monica.

Although my mom was partying back in Toronto with my sister, too.

That makes me wonder... who is taking care of the dog!!!???

German dinner
#bratwurstandschnitzel #makingherwaythroughthebeerlist — eating dinner with Marc Doucet and Marlene Ballantyne at Otto's Bierhalle. Oh well.

I also crushed a great workout in Costa Mesa this morning.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2A) RDL
2B) Mobility

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Remember the 3-C Formula:

Control what you can.
Cope with what you can't.
Concentrate on what counts.