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Before we get started on a few of the great articles we found this week, here are ours.
In this great piece, Ryan discusses the importance of doing in order to truly learn how to become good at something. You can read about pitching mechanics until your eyes hurt but it doesn’t mean anything until you physically go out there and do it. Taking action can be scary. It probably involves failure and a good deal of it. You’ll find if you push through the pain period, it’ll be one of the most satisfactory things you’ll ever do in this life. Like Ryan said, “train hard, train heavy.” In all that you do.
In the latest installment of Hacking Your Off Season, Chad covers all you need to know when finding someone to train with. I’m a big believer in self-motivation, especially when times are hard. These are the moments when I feel most inspired to get up and chase my goals. Yet, I understand that sometimes it can be hard to wake up pissed off for greatness. Your week may be kicking you in the ass so you may need a little boost to power you through. Find your training partner. Find someone who is better than you and forces you to rise up. Forces you to get motivated and train hard when it’s the last thing you want to do. It could be the most overlooked part of training, yet one of the most important.
In this piece, I deliver everything you need to know in order to optimize your breakfast routine. I don’t hand out some generic cookie-cutter plan that may work for some but not all. No, instead I deliver concepts, plans of action, and guidelines in order to optimize your breakfast to fit your goals and make you feel the best each morning.
Here are the other great reads of the week found throughout the blogosphere:
I love this article. To put it bluntly, most people aren’t successful because they don’t want it bad enough. It’s not because they went to a crappy school or even went to no school at all. You aren’t successful because when there’s money to be made, you choose sleep and comfort. You’re afraid to hustle. Same goes for why you’re 25, full of estrogen, skinny fat, and have the shoulder width of a pre-pubescent little boy. You wouldn’t have a better body or live more legendary if you had more time to work out. F*** that. There are no excuses. Either you do or you don’t. Either you make time or your priorities are all fucked up and that’s why you don’t succeed. Next time you start to tell yourself that you’d have X if given Y, stop. There are no places for excuses. Act. Now.
The problem with most people is that when they finally find the balls to take action, they’re like a deer in the headlights and they have no clue where to go next. Honestly, if all you do is say yes and take action you’ll be more successful than 99% of the people out there but we want the best here for you at Show Me Strength. Roger Law does an excellent job of breaking down the steps in optimizing your plan of action. First step: “Fuck a Wish.” I couldn’t agree more. Use these guidelines from Rog to learn how to embrace the suck, persevere through pain, and come out better than ever before because of it.
Chad is becoming a frequent visitor to our Reads of the Week series and for good reason. I feel inspired after reading his stuff. Creating inspiration through words certainly isn’t easy so I’m always appreciative of someone’s work who has this knack. With that said, I could relate 150% with this article. I was like Chad, I spent hours upon hours working when everyone was sleeping or partying. Problem was, when the game happened, when I had the opportunity to showcase all the hard work I had just put in, my brain wouldn’t let me. I was so consumed by mechanics or worrying about not screwing up that I would fail and it would leave me incredibly frustrated. When I learned to trust in my hard work, see the game as an opportunity to enjoy myself and be loose, I played immensely better. This approach, as Chad says, comes with a caveat though. You can’t play loose and confident unless you know you are prepared. This only comes through inordinate amounts of hard work.