Can You Know TOO Much?

Now that I’ve finished Jim Stoppani’s Superman program (final blog post, thoughts, review coming!), I’ve been looking at the rest of the year.

I know most people in the fitness industry spend time focusing on bulking during the winter months, so they don’t have to stay lean, I’ve been looking at what I want to do.

Bulking is easy. You lift incredibly heavy and you eat everything in sight. Especially if you’re fine with dirty bulking.

However, I’ve been on a mission to detox.

My body, my mind, my spirit. It all needs a good cleanse.

Elliott Hulse had a great video on this recently, about information constipation. Essentially, the keeping of information without letting it flow out of you.

This can be in many forms: learning without sharing, keeping too many books, too many bookmarked websites, and so on.

I dig it because that’s something I’ve been feeling recently. Even with this site and my multiple creative endeavors.

It’s not that I’m doing too many things, it’s that I’m not letting the information flow at a fast enough rate.

Simply put: I know too much. I’ve read too much. I’ve learned too much.

And in that learning, everything has had a hard time formulating into thoughts.

Pumping out content for this blog should be so easy. Fitness has been my life for years. I’ve learned so so so much about it. I’ve put my body through trial and error and although I still have a long way to go, there’s still something to be said for all that knowledge.

Yet, for quite some time I’ve struggled with taking all of that knowledge, compressing it into something to share, and getting it out there. I now understand that it’s because I am keeping too much coming in.

This is also where I believe negative people who know “everything” online come from. They’re so constipated with mental information, but they create nothing, so they hate everyone who can break past it and create something.

My only focus right now is moving to California. That’s it. There’s nothing else that is as important as that. I’ve got to get out of Denver.

What has come with that is laser focus. The ability to see what is helping me achieve that goal and what’s getting me away from that goal.

Learning more is not the answer. Keeping more books is not the answer. Sharing what I know will absolutely get me closer to my goal.

If you’re feeling stuck too, start by giving more away. Sometimes this means sharing knowledge, sometimes this means literally giving your things away, or just start by consuming less.

This election cycle here in America has everyone in a complete emotional and mental messy state, and I can tell it’s making people across the country exhausted and burned out. Taking a break from the 24/7 fear-mongering will do wonders for your brain. (Still vote, though.)

How to Change Your Life in a Year

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Busyness is a death sentence for your goals.

If you sat down with the “you” from a year ago, would they be happy about what you have accomplished?

This is something I ask myself every birthday.

I realized that I have been so caught up in the day-to-day that I have let good habits slip to the wayside, losing my focus on the long-term.

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. – Seneca

Putting out fires every single day will get you a mediocre life at best within a year. The problem is, everyone around you is always dealing with their own emergencies.

If you wake up and check your phone, e-mail, or social media sites first thing in the morning, you will be dealt a whole plate of everyone else’s problems.

One habit I have been trying to implement is to not check e-mail until I’m done with the most important things first thing in the morning. It’s a tough habit to break, but after a few weeks of testing, I’m realizing I get far more things done first thing as opposed to the day where I deal with everyone else’s problems.

Deciding What You Want

The hardest part about changing your life in a year is deciding what you actually want.

Everyone wants to find their burning passion in life. The problem is, you will rarely find your problem by thinking about it, you have to get out there in the world and see what makes you feel the best.

Every passion I have in life was discovered by accidentally stumbling upon it. I could have never sat around and just decided that I liked to help people live healthier lives, I had to get my hands dirty with training first.

When people ask me how to find a new goal, I tell them to try new things. As we get older, it gets harder. We feel awkward trying to navigate through new things whereas children throw themselves into the wonder of it all. Remember: a safe life won’t leave a legacy behind.

If you don’t know what you want out of life, list ten things you have always wanted to try but were too scared to try before.

If you already know what you want, you must set audacious goals. They should scare you and excite you at the same time.

Always stay focused on getting out into the world and serving people. You will never discover your life’s calling by thinking about it, you’ll only discover it through the actions you take.

The Secret to Success

The secret to achieving those audacious goals sits within the habits you form. If you want to publish a book, you have to write every single day. If you want to lose weight, you must do something active every single day.

Some people say it’s better to do things 3 or 4 times a week, but I wholeheartedly disagree. It’s much easier to break a habit when you only do it so often as opposed to every single day. It’s easier to keep something in motion as opposed to starting something in motion.

Serendipity comes when we’re working every day toward something we want. When I write every day, more opportunities come my way. When I lift every day, better things happen in my business.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. – Paulo Coelho

You will fall off the wagon. Some days will be harder than others. It’s your ability to get back up that will determine the life you have a year from now.

Most people go through life without achieving any big goals. They think some day this magical life they dream about will fall into their lap. That doesn’t happen.

I fall into this trap myself thinking I can start these projects, goals, and habits later on instead of realizing that right now is the only thing that matters.

What is the most important thing to you this year? Leave a comment!

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My Favorite Fitness Resources

On your fitness journey, you’ll come across a LOT of people who want to give you advice.

Some of this advice will be wonderful, some will be horrible. The secret is to find sources that are reliable so you

1. JimStoppani.com

As my absolute favorite resource, Jim Stoppani has his doctorate in exercise physiology along with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. (More of his credentials.)

Basically, he knows what he’s talking about. You can join his membership site for a small monthly fee or follow his free programs and advice all over the internet (primarily Bodybuilding.com). Not only did I see insane results from his Shortcut to Size program, but his supplement line is top-notch.

He’s fighting hard to end the lies that the supplement industry tells all of us, so we can demand better.

If you want the truth about reaching your fitness goals backed by real science, Jim is your guy.

2. Bodybuilding.com

Next in line, Bodybuilding.com. I LOVE this site and it’s where I refer most people who have questions about the fitness world. They give free programs, have articles on almost everything possible, and have the free Bodyspace community where you can meet like-minded people and track everything related to your personal fitness stats.

3. Elliott Hulse’s YouTube channels: Strength Camp and Life

I’ve written posts in the past about the impact Elliott had on my life, but almost any question you have about fitness, life, strength, how to eat for your goals, stretching, meditation, or anything else is on his channels.

4. ChadHowseFitness.com

While Chad’s site is primarily for men, it’s one of the few sites where I read the articles religiously. He focuses not only on health, but what it means to live a legendary life. The philosophy and purpose of your life is just as important as the physical side.

You can have all the physical strength in the world, but if you are mentally weak life will chew you up and spit you out eventually.

5. JazzyThings on Instagram

Jazzy has singlehandedly changed how I cook. There are not enough websites out there that show you how to cook food with VERY few ingredients. The brilliance of Jazzy is that most of her recipes only require a few items and BOOM. Delicious meals. They usually consist of ingredients you probably already have around your house.

Those are my top 5 sources I can’t get enough of so far in 2015. What are YOURS?

Be Honest With Your Goals

Being honest with what you want is one of the best choices you could make.

Everyone talks and talks and talks: “I want a sexy body, I want to be rich, I want to own my own business, I want to see the world…” but their actions fail to back up what they say.

Sometimes it’s a case of no time or overwhelm, but sometimes after digging deeper it’s harder to come to terms with the fact that they actually don’t want those goals.

Be TRUTHFUL WITH YOURSELF about what you want.

I’ve put myself in this position far too many times.  Staying in relationships far past their due date, taking jobs I didn’t care for, putting fitness on the back burner… all in an attempt to convince myself that I wanted things I didn’t.

Your body will tell you when you don’t want something. If a goal doesn’t excite you and you don’t want to do the work, maybe you should examine if you really want it at all.

The real truth is that we have a limited time here. Every new year seems to be going by faster and faster. I already spent most of my 25 years on this earth doing things other people wanted me to do and I want to spend however long I have left doing what I want to do.

Greatness is for anyone who wants it.

You just have to decide what you want.