Whichever of the two occurs, be patient-
I wanted to write about self-confidence tonight …
Self confidence is the key to happiness in our lifetimes. Not self-confidence in a vain sense (think clichéd Facebook bathroom self portraits), but trusting and loving ourselves as we are. We gain self-confidence as we grow and pass through each stage of life. Having it helps us grow and become better partners, parents, friends, etc. throughout our lives. Trusting ourselves can lead to the fulfillment of dreams.
However when we experience trauma, we can lose our strength in an instant. If that does happen, can we find that lost confidence again? And if so, how?
Regaining confidence is possible but it can be a daunting and slow process. It requires a lot of patience and courage. But the most important aspect of this process is “throwing yourself in the pool.” Facing your fear(s) head on. Taking the risks that you’re most afraid of and hoping for the best. The more that we do every day to chip away at our anxiety, the better we will feel.
Over time, as we practice quieting the little voices in our heads, the ones telling us to succumb to our fears, we become more and more powerful. Even if you’re so lucky as to never experience a huge knock to your self-confidence, exercising your nerve on a daily basis can be extremely beneficial.
Do one thing that challenges you today. Get out of your comfort zone and take the plunge.
A powerful message from a dear friend. Today’s post is the 600th here at CultFit, scary I know! Words fail me when I begin to say how truly humble I am … Thank you, to all of you who have so kindly supported, shaped and contributed to the CultFit madness the prior two years. Be courageous today and please take care.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible-
… “What is the highest act a person can perform?”
“Sitting in meditation.”
But the Master himself was rarely seen to sit in meditation. He was ceaselessly engaged in housework and fieldwork, in meeting people and writing books. He even took up the bookkeeping chores of the monastery.
“Why, then, do you spend all your time in work?”
“When one works, one need not cease to sit in meditation.“
Lament or move forward with Grace and Courage? The choice is yours?!?
10 One Step Forward One Step Back Lunges (each leg)
10 Perfect Pull Ups
10 Perfect Push Ups
10 KB Bent Over Rows
Form, Flow and Grace …
To move through a program or life with Grace takes Courage peeps … ENJOY!!!
… The yoga of life needs a certain grasp of intricacies. It needs carefulness; needs levelheadedness. The yogi does not connect with anything, nor reject it. He lives essentially alone. –Mankuthimma
Today’s sign of the Apocalypse: Subway Death Photos
** Read the story closely enough and you will find out that ALL OF US … Are part of the problem. It’s a sad world we live in … **
Our lives are Precious, our lives are Short. When you set forth on your journey today, don’t do “things” simply for the sake of doing them. Be present and take a keen look around at what you are doing in the moment. Only then move forward if you feel there is something meaningful to your action(s). If you fail to find any usefulness in what you are currently doing? Drop it and move onto the next “thing”. If you do so early enough in the day (shower or coffee in the AM)? You have the potential to avoid an enormous amount of unnecessary pain and suffering. Dwell in Positivity by thoroughly enjoying the “things” you love! Life is too short to spend it doing anything else.
If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, then don’t do it. It’s as simple as developing the Courage, the Will Power to stop.
Why is so hard for us to spend our time and energy on the very “things” that bring fulfillment and happiness in our lives?
Work yourself into a thick broozle followed by:
10 Heavy Single Arm KB Swings (snappy)
10 KB Halo’s (each direction)
10 KB Hang Clean + Press (single arm)
10 Goblet Squat Bob + Weave (5 each side – eyes forward)
Form, Flow and Grace … 20-40 minutes.
Have we reached a stage in our society where running a 5k is easier than resisting the urge to Update your Facebook status? Sadly, we think it is. We could even make the argument that running a marathon is easier than sitting down to write an actual letter, you know … Pen and Paper!?!
We never like to start off the weekend on a somber note, today is different. Pearl harbor remembrance day is today … A time to reflect. Be well this weekend and ENJOY!!!
… Remember, Remember The fifth of November. The DeLorean and Calvin Klein. I know not of what you were stricken to call Marty McFly chicken for your fates will surely entwine. Doc Brown hit his head and for his stitch and suture, made it possible to go Back to the Future. Given the chance you would, Introduce the world to Johnny B. Goode and if you think there’s another reason for this date of the year, then make like a tree and get out of here-
Chances are Mr. Fawkes knew what the right thing to do was and even wanted to do what is right … Then he walked into the houses of parliament.
Because he was afraid. Guy Fawkes lacked the courage to support his convictions in a meaningful way.
So how in the world do we draw a parallel between a terrorist and you, average trendy peep of the 21st century? Simply: We need passionate courage to face the unknown challenges that confront us. We need vast amounts of courage to let go of our irrational fears that hold us back each and every morning.
We need courage to be ourselves, to be authentic and to take responsibility for our actions. We need to be courageous in order to overcome our fears of rejection and disapproval from others. You may have never thought of this before although it takes courage to accept criticism and openly admit to mistakes.
Harvesting courage frees each and every one of us, to find new and better ways of being Authentic … You.
Most of us are held captive, prisoners of our own fears and fear of the unknown.
Link of the day: Time Management
A quick Trail Run/Hike/Swim or Walk to begin the festivities. Followed by:
5m Out and Back + 10 Perfect Push Ups
10m Out and Back + 10 HEAVY Goblet Squats
15m Out and Back + 10 HEAVY Hard Style KB Swings
20m Out and Back + 10 Heavy KB Snatch
Mr. Fawkes would have done this for 30 minutes, or 3-4 times through.
Remember this day as the day you kicked fear in the FACE! Guy Fawkes was found guarding some barrels of gun powder around midnight on 4 November 1605, barrels full of fear. Take care today and ENJOY!!!
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude-
So why are you limping around today? Rough weekend chasing down the ever so elusive 15 minute 5k? “It was a freak accident dude … This man-hole cover appeared out of nowhere, right in the middle of the road! Who the hell puts a man-hole cover in the middle of the road in the first place?!?”
Here’s the deal peeps, Oh and Good Morning (Let’s get the niceties out-of-the-way before you grab your pitch fork) many of the injuries we suffer cannot be labeled “Freak” accidents. If you get run over by a man riding a buffalo?!? That’s a freak accident! A vast majority of our injuries can be avoided with less reckless activities on our part. There are many examples however here are a few we like the most: Taking a weekend off from running, listening to an old injury, developing the skill of stepping back to reflect. There should be no reason to regret a “Freak” accident although if we listen to and nurture our bodies? There will be an awful lot to appreciate and celebrate later down the road.
Probably the top question we receive here at CultFit is: “How do you perform a Perfect Push Up?“
Warm Up as you see fit and prepare for a little hockey since the NHL blows right now!!!
You can do this either with a wall or another person (Ja Ja Perv). Face the wall or your partner in a High Push Up Plank position (Hinge-Walk Out) about 5 feet apart. Using a dog toy, tennis ball, bean bag or lacrosse ball, try to slide or roll the ball between your partners two hands to score a goal (or bounce the ball off the wall back to you). Your partner may stop the ball with one hand only (same goes for you)!
Keep score if that is your thing and no cheating if you do this alone! This peeps, is how you start to learn the Perfect Push Up!?!
A little random and all over the place today … ENJOY!!!