Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How To Enjoy Success In The Midst Of Failure!



Is the line between your work and personal life so blurred that you can't distinguish between the two? 

Do you have a hard time "getting away from it all" or just feel like you can never recharge?  

Does life ever feel like a never-ending struggle of failures with very little success? 


Perhaps it's time to create balance?

Our world is filled with a constant fascination of improvement.  We are expected everywhere we go to find ways to be better, to strive for more, to acquire things, to compete and to win.  This philosophy has been so ingrained in us that we sacrifice things in order to say we've moved the needle of "success".  We rationalize lack of sleep, strained relationships, dreams thrown away and sometimes even declining health to be able to say we've moved the needle closer to what we are told is "success".

We end up feeling overwhelmed, devoid of joy, mentally drained and even physically exhausted when that vision of success doesn't come to fruition despite our best efforts.

But what use is any amount of success if we feel like we've failed in other parts of our life to achieve it?  Does money, power or fame make you feel complete when you lack family, relationships and passion?  OF COURSE NOT!

And what use is failure if it leads us to tell ourselves that we aren't good enough, don't have the talent/ability or that it was never meant to be in the first place? 

Here's a few different ways to look at success and failure: 


Failure is Transition...nothing MORE!

It will always be very difficult and some may say impossible to achieve anything great in life without balance.  The concept of balance is perhaps best described by the Taoist concept of Yin and Yang. The concept is simple.  We must have good and bad (bright and dark) in order to be whole.  Rather than viewing good and bad as opposing forces, Yin and Yang suggests that the two must interact and coexist in order to achieve the power and greatness that neither alone can possess.  

It's hard to accept for many of us but it can be true that bad things happen to allow a way for good things to also happen!

Even the Stoics believed that bad things were a part of the natural order of life and inevitably happen despite the pain or frustration they create.  They believed that we should look at our problems logically and never let our emotions get the best of us because doing so would cloud our good judgement of what to do next.

Rather than go to that extreme I'd like to challenge you to look at "failures" in life as a key that opens a door to a new path.  That path can always lead in multiple directions, SUCCESS being one of them!

Dark days are ALWAYS followed by brighter days but we can never be sure when each will come.  Sometimes we have to push thru the darkness with our head held high and just tell ourselves "This is necessary in order to have good things also happen for me".


The success you create doesn't have to be yours alone!

We won't always have good things happening to us at all times but there are always good things to look at.  

One way to deal with creating balance in your life is to look outside yourself.  We tend to focus so much on what's happening to us personally that we get bogged down every time something bad happens.  BUT, you ALWAYS have the power to contribute to success ANYWHERE.  It's a simpler task than it sounds but it takes some mindfulness and benevolence on your part.

If you have a friend who's having great success in life, support them, show them that you're proud of them, help them to make that experience even better.  Share in their bright days and they'll remember you during the dark ones.  One day the tables will turn, the yin will become yang and they will need you.  Be their inspiration!

You'll find that focusing on contributing to success anywhere means that even though you occasionally don't see success in your own life you still have the power to create it!  That's incredibly empowering!

Contribute good to the world in whatever you do and you always have something good to look at even if life seems to be a struggle for you personally.

Remember that the dark days you're experiencing now are always followed by bright ones, so do your best to accept what you cannot change and create success where you are able to.  It may not always benefit you personally but you can always create your own light to shine on others!


One more thought:
If something is disrupting balance in your life, always be open to the idea of clearing out that roadblock to your own success.  If we aren't healthy mentally it will eventually show in our relationships, our work and even our physical health. Doing anything that drains your energy and eats away at your passion is not time well spent.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How to Achieve a Dream!

Hi Motiv8ers,

Coach Ty here again, and I want to talk to you about how to achieve a DREAM.  Not just any dream, but something that you have been dreaming about for years.  Because of life, your health, your finances, people saying you could never do that, or your dream is half way around the world, or you just haven't taken action on it, and it is something you are just left dreaming about.

One of my biggest dreams was to run a 100 mile race.  For 10 years I had that dream.  But I kept putting it off because I would always tell myself I would do it when I was financial stable, or I just wasn't fit enough, or just didn't have time to put in the work, or I would say, "I'll run one when I have a year that I am not injured."  I kept putting it off year after year and just kept making excuses.

Well, last year I got fed up and I made my dream come true.  Last summer I ran my very first 100 mile trail race out at Lake Tahoe.  It was amazing.

Well what changed in me that got my dream rolling?  I listened to this video.

It provoked me to do four very important things.  Without these four things I never would have started or accomplished my dream of running a 100 mile race.
  1. I found my goal and I set the date. I put the time, the day, and what I was going to do on that day down on paper.  Setting the date is so important. And I said to myself that no matter what, on that day I was going to step up and give everything I had to try and conquer that goal.
  2. I ASKED FOR HELP!!! I told everyone on Facebook, all of my friends, Every one at Boot Camp, I found a running coach, I found a group of runners that could give me advice, and I developed an accountability team.  This team kept me on track.
  3. I developed a PLAN.  I worked with my coach and we scheduled out everything I was going to do leading up to the 100 mile race.  I had every day for 5 months planned out.
  4. I wrote down my goal on my wall, in my notebooks, on my phone, and on my computer and I told myself every day that I was going to conquer my goal.  Never did I doubt my abilities to make my dream happen.  Nor was I going to let anything or anyone stop me from conquering my goal.
Crew, if you do these four steps, nothing is going to stop you from accomplishing your dream.  And number two is probably the biggest one.  Look, I had know idea how I was going to train for a 100 mile race or even how I was going to pay for my plane ticket to get down there.  Bu,t let me tell you after I announced it to the world what I was trying to accomplish I had people all over the place giving me advice and wanting to help me make this goal happen.

Trust me that is all it takes.

Now, let me tell you about a special person.  William Greer.

I met William about a month ago through my running Coach.  William is legally blind and was looking for a sighted guide to help him get through his first 50k Trail Race.  I was instantly inspired by his story and I didn't hesitate to contact him to see if I could help.  I was the first one to email him and he was so eager to meet me.  We instantly connected and now our goal of getting him through his First 50k happens tomorrow, Saturday, March 19th.  So Excited!!

William wasn't always blind. He was born with 20/20 vision.  At the age of 17 he suffered a severe brain injury.  Since then he has been legally blind.  He can see a little but it is very poor.  I have ran with him three times now and basically he can see the trail but he can't see details like puddles, roots, low hanging tree branches, or changes in elevation.

But here is the inspiring part.  His lack of vision doesn't slow him down.  I ran 7 miles with him last Saturday at an 8-minute pace and we were chatting the whole time.  That is wicked fast.  And never did he get nervous about hitting anything. I think I was more nervous then he was.  I would tell him about an obstacle coming up and he would just file in right behind me and we kept moving along at a fast pace. 

William found his passion for running back in 2005 and found that he could run even with his disability. He would need a little help at times from friends but it was definitely doable.  He started with 5k's and 10k's and then a friend inspired him to do a half marathon.  He said then that he would never do a marathon but that soon changed after his half. To this date, William has now completed 13 marathons including Boston.  And now tomorrow William is heading out to do his very first 50k Ultra Marathon. That is awesome. William is such an inspiration to me and I hope you find his story Motiv8ing as well.

Crew, you have been given dreams.  Every body dreams of doing something.  And you could say that your dreams could be your life's mission.  So what ever you do do not let anyone, anything, or any bad negative thought prevent you from making your dreams happen.  William has a huge obstacle.  His vision!  But that isn't stopping him from doing what he loves to do.

He set the goal, he asked for HELP, he wrote out the plan, and he didn't let anything talk him out of going for his dream.

Crew, get inspired and step up to life and make your dreams happen.  They aren't going to happen on their own.  You have to make it happen.  So right now...

Start Being EPIC and let's make some SHIT HAPPEN TOGETHER!

Crew Be EPIC and Don't Forget to Be AWESOME!

Coach Ty Out!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Change Your Self Image....Change Your Life!

Hi Motiv8ers,

Coach Ty Here with another killer Blog post and a really big PEP TALK to help you get back on track if you are feeling in the slumps or help you get fired up if you are feeling GREAT! =)  But first check out this quick video that Coach Joe Found.  It is amazing and will fire you up.
 
That was pretty Motiv8ional right?

Ok Lets get Started.  Today I want to Talk about SELF IMAGE!

First Question.......What is it that you want?..........Who do you want to be?......What do you want to accomplish?

Focus these three questions towards the health and fitness side of things.  Really think about it for a little bit.

Do you want to be a person that......

-Looks and feels vibrant, healthy, and energetic
-can do 100 push-ups without stopping
-run 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, or marathons
-doesn't suffer from illnesses

-can keep up with their kids on family outings
-is motivated to conquer their workouts and have fun doing it
-is an inspiration to others to stay strong and never give up on their goals
-is just all around motivated and so ridiculously strong it is contagious.

Think about the person you want to be and the goals you want to accomplish. 


Now that you have thought about those ideas write those thoughts down!!!!.....DO IT.....It will make them more real.


Waiting on you to write them down.  =)

Writing is a powerful tool and your brain connects thoughts and actions better when it can see it and read it.  After you have written those thoughts down there is only one thing that you need to do at this point in order to accomplish those goals and to become that person you want to be.


 You have to stop and tell yourself this phrase..... 


I TRULY BELIEVE THAT AM THAT PERSON!..... and I will do the actions/work needed to help me accomplish my dreams/goals!  Nothing is going to hold me back.  I have 100% conviction that I am going to reach my goal.

Motiv8ers saying this one phrase is a step in changing your self image of yourself.  Once you have figured out who you want to be and the goals you want to accomplish you have to truly believe that this is who you are!


Example: if you want to be lean, look like a runner, and be able to do burpees all day but your self image of yourself is an out of shape couch potato who can't even run down the block....then there is no way your going to motivate yourself to get out there and do what runners do...Because your self image of yourself is telling you that you are a lazy couch potato.  In order to be lean and be crazy fit you have to do what those types of people do and tell yourself that you are that type of person!


Motiv8ers be your own therapist and believe that you truly are the person that you want to become and do not allow your negative self image of yourself put doubt in your mind in your abilities to make change happen. 

So many of us start the process of making change but after a few days or weeks we allow our past self's to get in the way of our progress.  We say things like:


-I have never been fit in the past.  It is just to hard for a person like me. 
-I've never been a runner before.  I could never do that.
-No one in my family has been fit before.  it just isn't in my genes.
-I've always been over weight.  That is just who I am.

Crew this is called....."Putting Your Past into your Future!"

This way of thinking is self sabotaging because you are not your past.  You are a new person in this moment.  Remember "What you Think About is what you will get and BECOME!"


If you are constantly putting yourself down and telling yourself that you are not the person you wish to become.  Then guess what? 

You won't ever reach your goal!


Crew all of you have the power and abilities to be whoever you wish to be.  You just have to believe it, feel it, think about it constantly, and Kick your old self out the door and never let that person come back into your life!

Believe in your dream and tell yourself that you are the person that you wish to be and.....that is who you are! Write down who you want to be, read it every morning, and truly believe that is who you are.


Then go out and be a force of Epicness and do the work needed to accomplish your Dreams! 


Do this and you will change your Life!
Crew if you want to learn a little more check out this video from Bob Proctor.  It is a little long better will definitely open your mind to how you might be sabotaging your success just by how you see yourself in your mind.
Motiv8ers I hope this message helps you.  It has definitely helped me in my journey to becoming a better runner, Motiv8 instructor, teacher, friend, and I want to share that story with you.  Come to camp today or tomorrow and I'll tell you all about it.


All of you are amazing and thank you for letting the Motiv8 Team and I help you with your fitness!


Bring the questions and see you soon!

Stay EPIC and Don't Forget To Be AWESOME!

Coach Ty Out!



P.S...DON'T LET NEGATIVE THOUGHTS DEFINE YOU.  ONLY LET POSITIVE THOUGHTS DEFINE YOU!