Honest Truth about Vulnerability

I don't like to do it personally. My 80's action stars that I grew up watching were never vulnerable as they would single-handedly take on the Vietcong or a small Caribbean island of baddies. My vulnerability is also not my story as to how I want to gain attention or look for social value. Why did I do it?

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The Stuff I Read

Today's article will be a short and quick article on the things I read and listen to on a daily basis. Each piece I have selected in order to raise my business knowledge, gain motivation from, learn how to coach better, or round out my personality so that I have balance in my life. This is not a complete list.

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Our Inner Child

We all like to think of ourselves as adults who have control and who make our own decisions. We are the Masters of our own Universe. That is not the case though as we will leap to conclusions, react out of emotion, and say/do things that we later regret. Our whole mental existence is built in layers on top of layers, each one being a little more simple and primal than the next. We will at some point, then, act like our inner child.

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Going from 330lbs to 230lbs

For close to a decade, starting in my late teens and going into my later 20's, I was into strength alone. I competed in a sport called Strongman, and despite some international shows in Canada, my main accomplishment was doing very well as an amateur. This article will just be a visual journey of where I started at 26 and finished at 28 as I lost the weight, lost a lot of muscle, and switched athletic endeavors before ending up in CrossFit.

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Steps for a better Day

My post today will be short and succinct as the day presents many wonderful opportunities to it. 

1. Choose your attitude - it really is that simple. From someone who has done, seen, and thought many things that I would never recommend to someone else the simplest answer turned out to be true. You can pick your attitude and reinforce it by the language you use. In the opening paragraph I used the phrase wonderful opportunities instead of a lot of hectic shit. That difference changes how I feel and react to the day. 

2. Be prepared - when you have things in order then you can't be stressed out. When people who are stressed out confront you then you can remain calm in the knowledge that you can help them without putting yourself out. 

3. Sleep - emotional stress is the same as physical stress. It's toxic to your body if left too long unaddressed and negatively viewed. Stress prepares our body for action. ACT then sleep to restore your body's balance. Don't stay amped up for too long or you will look like Keith Richards

Coach Lao Tzu

CrossFit Pagosa hired a coach many years back named Lao Tzu. He wasn't the best for lifting technique and tips but he had great insights on how to motivate each of us in our mental game. Coach Lao Tzu has two important concepts that he wanted me to emphasize: presence and actions. 

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Buffet Time

Berkshire Hathaway has a letter that it sends out to all its shareholders written by Warren Buffet. His 2014 letter was of special interest because he gave a recap of the past 50 years. He writes his lessons learned, his knowledge, his wisdom, and his predictions. We should all pay attention. 

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