Monday Motivation: That’s Why!

I hope you’ve had a great weekend.

I’m just recovering from last week as I got sick right when I came back from the weekend with Sam in California, where Steve and I spoke at one of the top fitness business events that brings in the best from around the world.

Apart from dropping some K-bombs, learning, and being inspired, it just confirmed even more how important it is to surround yourself with people who are where you want to be (in any area of your life) and are pushing to always be better.

It also makes us want to DO things. And doing means commitment, which is why we took a moment at the end of our presentation to commit to doing something we have discussed for a while; combining our charitable efforts and building a school in Africa. At the end of this year we will combine strengths between Vigor Ground, Next Level Athletic Performance, and the The Pack business to build a school for children there that cannot get education at the moment.

Commitment is the first step to doing anything so we wanted to start there in a room full of our peers.

Think about what we tell our clients about committing and ask yourself if you’re doing the same. Whether it is getting in better shape, physically or with our businesses, it all comes down to committing first, then taking action.

And here is where the four most dangerous words in between the ears pop up…

“I already know that.”

Straight up, how many times do you say that?

Shit, I said it today right before I wrote this and it reminded me about what Dax Moy said at the seminar last weekend. “I already know that” will crush you.

I know you beat your head when your client tells you they “already know that”. And they do! But they don’t DO anything about it.

Knowing and doing sound like they are close but they are far apart. What separates them is action.

So commit to something you said you will do. Something you’ve been putting of for a long time that is important.

Then take action toward it. Every day. Never stopping.

Then the “I already know that” will become “I already did that”!

And it will give you the momentum to do it over and over again.

Put that in the recipe book for getting shit done! And make sure you cook often…

Last thing I will leave you with is this. You are exactly where you should be right now because of all the things you have done up to this point.

It’s called taking responsibility.

I complain here and there and the truth is I’m not where I want to be because I haven’t earned it yet. Period.

Thanks to Kevin Nations for calling me out.

Now I gotta go because I have things to do, lives to change, and a legacy to leave…

Pack Life,

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

How many times per day do you allow silly things to affect your mood/happiness?

When you allow external factors that you cannot control to affect your mood, you are living REACTIVELY.

Reactive living is easily identified by allowing the following things to negatively affect your emotions:

  1. The Weather
  2. Other people
  3. Your Occupation
  4. A sports team
  5. The economy
  6. Politics

The list could go on forever…if you notice these are all things that we have ZERO CONTROL over.

Lack of control can cause Anxiety, Depression, and Unhappiness.

Allowing yourself to focus on these external factors that you can’t control is a one way ticket to being miserable, pessimistic, and negative.

It’s time for you to focus on things YOU CAN CONTROL, like:

  1. Your Health
  2. Your Nutrition
  3. Your Mindset
  4. Your Exercise
  5. Your Education

Do you notice the word “YOUR” in front of everything? It’s because these are things that are directly in your control. All you have to do is re-claim YOUR POWER over your life.

Make a list of all the things you can control right now. Once the list is finished, take 30 minutes and plan out how each one of those things will be accomplished on a daily basis.

Now you have a PLAN! You have a step-by-step, paint-by-numbers process to achieve the life that you have always dreamed of.

Take control now and live your passion!

Pack Life,

Monday Motivation: Emergency Brakes Off!

Hope you’re doing great!

I’ve been scheduling the rest of the year for seminars at my gym as well as in-staff training for the Vigor Team. We’ll have Nick Tuminello and Martin Rooney here in May and I’m working on another couple of the best coaches in the world to come and educate my team before the year ends. That’s on top of Perform Better seminars and Summits, Strong First certifications, Precision Nutrition coaching, etc.

They get more out of an 8-10 hour day with a top coach like this than seminars with short presentations with a lot of speakers, and they also get to ask what they want to learn (I’m definitely not de-valuing those seminars, just acknowledging this is more powerful in my eyes).

We live the “Kaizen” core value every day. Constant, never-ending improvement.

What is most awesome is to watch my team and see them grow, get excited about this amazing industry where the purpose is to help others live better, happier lives!

I always relay to our members that we are on their side and will never stop getting better, so we can help them reach their goals….and then some!

This is important because, unfortunately the majority of gyms don’t, and this can be something that differentiates you. And not a little but a lot!

As I was thinking about constant improvement I remembered a story I heard…..

I heard it from Martin Rooney, my good friend, creator and author of all the Training for Warriors books, Director of Parisi Speed School and a hundred other titles. All awesome stuff!

To me, apart from being a friend, I call him Sensei, because he is a teacher and a very wise one at that.

There is no one that can tell a story like Martin….and get the point across. I’m not trying to match Martin’s story telling but I am trying to get something across. So bear with me and if I get some of the facts wrong, since it is a true story, look beyond that and learn from the message)…


There was a football player in college named Gordon. He showed up to practice always early and did everything he was told to do. He supported the team like no one else. Because of that the coach made him the honorary captain.

Gordon worked hard but he never seemed to be good enough to play. The coach appreciated him as he was important to the team but he never suited up and started, or played.

His senior year, days before the biggest game in the school’s history, Gordon comes into the coach’s office and says “Coach, I’m real sorry but I won’t be there this weekend, I can’t be at the game.” The coach is surprised and asks why since this is such a big game and it’s important that he is there on the sidelines.

Gordon replies: “My father passed away and my mother thinks it would be best if I’m there for the family.” The coach replies: “Gordon, my condolences, I’m so sorry! We really need you but I understand that you need to be there. Is there absolutely anything I can do for you since you have done so much for us and always been there for the team?”

“Yes coach, could you put together a speech in my name before the game and get the guys extra motivated?” Gordon asks. The coach obliges and says he will do that as it is the least he could do.

The coach spends the rest of the week working on a speech that would do Gordon justice and he is thinking what to write. On the morning of the game as he is finishing the speech someone knocks on the door.

As the door opens the coach is surprised and shocked to see it’s Gordon. Not only is he in the office, he is suited up in his gear, ready for the game. The coach is surprised and confused:”Gordon what are you doing here, why aren’t you with your family, shouldn’t you be there for them?!”

Gordon replies: “No, after coming home my mom thought that it would be best for me to be with the team, to be there for the last game.”

“But Gordon why are you suited up?” the coach replied.

Gordon: “You remember saying that if there is anything you can do for me you would?”

Coach: “Yes, I did.”

Gordon: “I want to play today.”

Coach: “This is our biggest game though and you haven’t played a minute in 4 years!”

Gordon: “I know coach but I really want to play. Not just play; I want to start.”

The coach shakes his head and remembers that he promised he would do whatever Gordon asks: “Ok Gordon, you can start.”

Gordon: “And I want to run the ball.”

Coach: “Every play counts Gordon and you haven’t touched the ball in a game, ever! …Ok, ok, you will start and run the ball and after the play we’ll sub you.”

They agree and Gordon starts the biggest game in the school’s history with the coach nervous on the sidelines.

As he catches the ball for the first play Gordon runs past defenders and gets 7 yards. He starts walking off the field to get substituted…but the coach signals to him to stay in and just go with it, run another play.

Gordon gets the ball again and goes for the first down and gets it!

Coach keeps him in the game. Gordon goes on to run 250 yards, score multiple touch downs and break multiple school records while they win the game. It is an incredible and amazing performance, even more so as Gordon hadn’t played a minute in any game in 4 years!!!

After the game the coach is ecstatic and yet at the same time absolutely bewildered: “Gordon, what the hell was that?? How did you do that? Why hadn’t you done anything like that before and shown us you could play like that? What made you play like that tonight??”

Gordon: “Coach, I don’t know if I ever told you this but my father was blind and he never came to the games because he couldn’t watch me play. My mother said I should go because today will be the first time he will be able to watch me play.”


This story really hit home and it made me emotional, and I’m not scared to admit it.

The moral behind the story is that we are all capable of doing so much more but we just have to take off the emergency brakes. Gordon took off the brakes that day but maybe we can realize that it’s time for you to do it NOW. Make the choice and do everything you ever wanted to, one step at a time, day in and day out, don’t hold back!

I’m taking my brakes off and changing the world one day at a time!

What about you?

Think about it…then act…

Pack Life,

Feel It Till It’s Real!

I’m sure you have heard the phrase “Fake it till you make it.” I don’t like that one, because I’m all about being REAL!

So I say “Feel it till it’s Real!”

What does that mean?

It means taking actions that are in line with your core values and desired goals. When you are driven by a purpose, there is no way you can fail!

How do you figure out what your core values are? Just write down all the things you stand for. Core Values are much like your beliefs “on Steroids.”

When your actions are in line with your beliefs, you will achieve a sense of happiness through accomplishment and purpose.

I want that feeling for you! I want you to take control of your life, your emotions, and your happiness. You have that power, and the moment you truly realize you have that power within, YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE for the better FOREVER!

Take 30 minutes and write out your core values and post them on your bathroom mirror so you can read them every morning.

That, my friend, is called living with purpose!

Pack Life,

Monday Motivation: Quality Over Quantity

I hope you had a great weekend and you did some cool shizz!

Last week was as busy as can be for me and the best thing I did was take mini breaks throughout the days. I have a hard time doing that because I tend to be in all-out work mode most of the time.

I try to convince myself that it’s me getting more done but the truth is my mind is clearer when I take breaks and I’m more productive after them. Quality over quantity.

A big help is Krebs giving me constant shit about it too.

The breaks don’t have to be long and can consist of different activities; it can just be something to break up the day and help you wooossaaa.

Sunday it was jiu-jitsu for a couple of hours and then my weekly trip to the Russian bath house (a.k.a. my type of spa).

Monday I was drawing for around 45 minutes.

Wednesday I got a pedi. Yes, you heard that right, I had ninja toes and it needed to get taken care of.

Thursday it was the gun range for a couple of hours.

I hope you get the idea.

Do something you love that takes your mind off the other things that are constantly roaming around your brain (training, work, and all the “possibilities” …at least for me). You’ll be more relaxed and ready for the next part of your day.

That’s a tip for you if you’re always on the grind and it’s hard for you to slow down.

But here is the REALITY.

Most people are just not educating themselves enough, putting in the work, hustling hard enough to get what they striving for.

Most are putting in amateur effort and hoping to get professional results.

That is not happening!

I just finished the book “Turning Pro,” by Steven Pressfield (also author of “War of Art,” another great book). If you’re in denial you won’t like it because it spits truth. If you want to get better then read it!

Here is some realness…..

Tuning pro is free, but it’s not easy. When we turn pro we give up a life that we may have become extremely comfortable with. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own.

Turning pro is free but it demands sacrifice. The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at a great cost, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. It’s messy and it’s scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro.

What we get when we turn pro is we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and to live out.

If you’re in this industry and want to just be good, or get by, or you’re in it because it’s “kinda cool” and it’s comfortable, then I don’t have respect for you.

Being a pro at your art is being true to yourself and giving your clients what they deserve, your best. Your best is being pro.

So if you haven’t (and keep it real), then it’s time to turn pro.

When you make the choice and you put action behind those thoughts, watch how things will start changing. You’ll be better, happier, and your business will grow.

Make it happen!

On another note, I watch a video or two every day that gets me AMPED up about training and/or life. Here’s a couple from last week.

You wanna get crazy amped to train, check this out.

Pack Life.

Get Out of Your Own Way in 2013!

Luck is for Leprechauns, and you ain’t green! It’s time to make your own luck!

I guarantee you spent too much of 2012 getting in your own way. Stopping yourself from reaching the goals that you truly wanted.

That feeling of depression, anxiety, and helplessness comes from your subconscious. Because it knows what you really want, and it also knows that YOU are the one who stopped yourself from getting it in 2012.

Well this year WILL be different. This year, 2013 WILL be the year that you stop sabotaging yourself and take the steps/actions necessary to achieve WHAT YOU WANT!

If you notice above, the word WILL is in caps. Because your WILL is what will help you accomplish your goals and dreams. It won’t be luck, and it won’t be sitting around waiting for it to happen. You MUST WILL IT TO HAPPEN!

How do you WILL something to happen?

You get off your ass, make a plan, and then take action with a ferocity that you didn’t know existed.

January 2013 is already in the books; did you take advantage of the past 29 days? Or did you waste them “waiting for something to happen”?

It’s time for you to TAKE what is yours. It’s time for you to MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK in 2013.

Write me and let me know what YOU WILL accomplish in 2013.

Pack Life,

Monday Motivation: Luka has something to say!

Hope you’re doing well.

For real though, I really hope you’re doing well.

As I sat down to write I just wanted to start off by saying that Krebs and I give a fuck about how you are doing. In business. In life.

I love fitness, like, really love it, everything about it (well not everything, not fake people that are in fitness and pretend to be passionate…but more about that later). It’s my purpose and then it’s my passion. It’s where I found myself after basketball.

It CHANGED my life. Basketball and fitness got me out of doing some real bad shit. REAL bad shit. It influenced where I am today, it took me through ups and downs, it made me sacrifice, hurt, struggle, persevere, learn, prevail, and then some. Things you do only if you really love something.

This is not storytelling, this is real (shit, I guess its true story type storytelling then)…

…and because of what it did for me, I know what you do for others. And because it’s my purpose, I really want you to succeed because it means you can help more people. The more successful you are, the more reach you have, and the more lives you can touch.

It makes me think about how someone may be where I was and you can help pull them out of the negative to live a greater life. More confident. More fulfilling. More purposeful. Happier.

Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Yeah, we train people…but we do so much more. We help change so much more than just the body. You know it because you’ve seen it so many times.

I’m writing today because I see too many people taking it for granted.

What? you may ask.

The fact that what we do for a living can, and does, make such a change in others. It’s such a fulfilling art (I’m not going to call it a job or an industry…and if you do then you may be in the wrong place) as it helps others and helps us because of the giving nature that makes us happier. But we take it for granted as we sometimes forget how grateful we should be to be doing what we are doing. And we should give it our best effort because it deserves that.

Don’t cheat the art by giving it “kind of” effort or just a “good” effort. Respect the art and give it your all!

It deserves that. The clients you serve deserve that. YOU deserve that!

And this is where you have to step in front of the mirror and look at yourself and answer that question. Are you cheating the art, are you cheating yourself of giving it your all?

Do you study nutrition, training, psychology, self development to help yourself and others? Really? What’s the last book you read? DVD you watched? Seminar or mastermind you attended? Workshop you went to or mentor you paid to teach you to be better at your art?

Are you training hard and walking the talk? Do you have a training group or a support group that pushes you and makes you better? Have you set out some goals for your training? Why would someone invest in you when you are not living what you preach and you don’t feel it’s necessary in your own health? Are you in the absolute best shape you’ve ever been in and don’t need to improve? Then why are you not seeking help (think about what your prospects think about)?

Are you leading by example and inspiring? Not just through training that I mentioned above, but all the actions that you take? Are you living your core values? Do you even have core values written down (and I’m not talking about “borrowing” them from some other guru because they sound good)?

When is the last time you improved customer service and the “experience” in your business? Do you group think with your team to find out what would benefit the members? Do you do surveys to find out what the members want?

Do you communicate with your clients and write great content in newsletters, blogs and on Facebook? Not generic shit but real world info that helps them both with knowledge bombs, but also representing your personality and motivating and inspiring them. Leading from the front while being your unique self! You can’t do “done-for-you” using other people’s personality (I take that back, I see people doing it ALL the time, what I meant to say is it doesn’t work and will make you lose respect!)

NOTE: To provide great info you have to research, study, implement, fail, write about experiences you’ve actually gone through. You have to get better and take action! Can’t fake it….

You are coaching and mentoring your clients but do you get coaching and mentoring for yourself whether it is for training, business, life, relationships (where do you need it)?

I could keep going but I hope you get what I’m talking about.

And we can’t just do all the above all at once, all the time. But we do need to continuously improve and get better.

Otherwise we’re cheating the art, our clients, and most importantly ourselves!

I think we consistently forget that we only have one life to live. ONE.

No replays, no second time around, no rewinding or going back to correct shit. We live and we learn. But so many people float through life not living it to the fullest.

One of the things I keep remind myself about is “Memento Mori”…remembering my mortality…every day could be our last. I don’t say that in a depressing way but rather with a realization that we should give it everything.

Dedicate ourselves to our art and our purpose, train hard and be in the best physical shape we can, so we can then enjoy life and feel great. Do things on your bucket list and do them often, from small to big. Cherish the time you spend with your loved ones and do it as often as possible as those are the things that make life. Put people and experiences before things.

Be great at your art and really give it everything you have. Keep learning and implementing, taking action.

Create a legacy, something that will be felt and remembered after you are gone. Maybe it will be how you inspired someone and that person will pay it forward.

But it isn’t going to happen by putting in an average, decent, or good amount of effort. It will only happen if you give it your all.

How much effort you put in is between you and you. And only you can answer whether you gave it your all!

On that note, let me leave you with a book recommendation and a video.

The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone. Just get it and read it. Trust.

And when in doubt watch a motivational video to start off the week to fire you up.

We just made our own! :)

Pack Life,

P.S. The key is to get up EVERY morning and do this, because it’s your purpose, because it’s your way of life. But for now, let’s just start with today.

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