Monday, May 18, 2015

Caffeine and Squats

You are in for a treat today. LOL. When I consume caffeine my mind races. It vomits ideas left and right. I get a little more truthful, I say what's on my mind. Most of the time it's good, although sometimes it lacks a filter. Enjoy!

But first, here's why I had caffeine. It was squat day. So after my morning writing and a dog walk, I had a Green Tea, some cacao nibs, walnuts, brazil nuts, and a chocolate-flavored pea protein powder (with frozen spinach) before I went to the gym...And I snuck in 1/3 of a can of Monster energy. Ooops. I'm going to pay for that with anxiety after lunch. Oh well.

The workout:

Mobility warm-up included: Squats, 1-leg RDl, cat-camel, bird dog with hip abduction, RKC plank, leg swings, cossack lunges, and some yoga stretches like Warrior and Downward Dog. You can find all of those on the Googlez.

1A) Parallel Barbell Squat
1B) Barbell Squat Jump (empty bar)

*2) 185lbs deep squat for reps - 19 reps, new personal best

3A) Olympic-depth Barbell Squat
3B) Leg Curl
3C) Back Extension

*I try to set a personal best in every workout whether it is pushups, pullups, bench press for reps, squats for reps with varying weights, # of calories burned in a minute on the bike, Farmer Walk distance, etc.

Improve your performance and you'll improve your physique.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly." – Stephen Covey … Control everything you can. Cope with what you can't. You're a grown-up. Quit complaining. Make the best of what you have & keep improving. What else are you going to do-quit? No way. Suck it up. Get it done. Your Success = Your Responsibility. Quit wavering. Take bold action today!

Leverage your energy and focus,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Here's what you get when I get caffeinated...

Dear Reader,

You can't keep doing all the things you are doing now. You do too much. It's time to call a spade a spade and realize that your time management anxiety and your success struggles are your responsibility.

It's time for you to quit being a hero, to cut back, and to say NO to taking on too many tasks. Yes, we all find it amazing what you get done. Yes, we're impressed. But yes, you're killing yourself. It needs to change. It stops - and starts - today.

As Stephen King said in On Writing, "Kill your darlings."

Kill your little pet projects. Kill your Youtube video filming if it brings you no traffic. Kill your Facebook page that robs you of copywriting time. Kill your blog if you hate writing. Kill your plans for a 2nd product unless you've sold 20,000 copies of your first one. Kill your baloney excuses. Kill your self-limiting beliefs. Kill them all. Quickly.
Why? Because…

You are getting mediocre results when you try to work on three important projects. We do not have priorities. It is not a word that should be pluralized. It is singular.

Here's the definition: "Priority: a thing that is regarded as more important than another." It's ONE thing. Your task is to choose the top priority and to work on it alone. Finish it, then move on. Say no to everything else.

If you don't want to listen to me, listen to these guys:

"Innovation is Saying "No" to 1,000 things." - Steve Jobs

"The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything." - Warren Buffet

Kill the weak.

Nourish the strong.

Do more of what works.

Do less of what doesn't.

Make the Right Decisions for the Right Results…

Right Now.

Have an insanely productive week

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