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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – June 3rd

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.  

Something I notice often.  Whether it’s dealing with patients, nutrition/exercise clients, or people in my personal life; I encounter what I call “easy way-out researchers.”  These are people that will spend hours looking for articles that provide justifications for poor behavior.  For example, they’ll search high and low for a blurb that exercising too often is bad, vegetables aren’t great, it’s alright to eat unhealthy food, and so on.  In other words, they find reasons for avoiding something that would undoubtedly help them.  Worse, people like this spend no time looking into how their existing poor habits may be harming them. 

I believe deep down; you know whether something is to your benefit or not.  If it’s not, seek to change it.  Don’t waste time trying to justify it with some poorly sourced article online.  Self-education is great but spend your research time on acquiring knowledge that makes you a better person physically and mentally.  Be honest with yourself on what you could use help on and then start looking to acquire that knowledge.   

A question I’ve been getting.  After dealing with a recent tragedy, I’ve been asked by so many how my habits have changed.  The implication being that dealing with grief would cause me to eat differently, stop exercising, sleep more, adopt a different attitude, etc.  This is common for some in these circumstances, so I understand why they’re asking. 

Everyone that knows me, understands I am someone that is extremely positive, high energy, driven, and willing to push through even the most difficult of situations.  If that were to change due to grief or any other reason, I feel as though I would be a fraud.  I will not allow myself to be a person who preaches something and then does another when times get tough.  How you act when things get tough is all that matters in my opinion.

I have trained myself to get comfortable being uncomfortable in every physical and mental way you can imagine.  Going through a challenging time now, I refuse to forget those lessons and give up.  It is precisely now that those experiences matter most, serve me well, and are put to their best use. 

Something I loved.  As most of you know and have seen on my social media, I run with the American flag on Memorial Day, July 4th, and September 11th.  It makes me proud to pay tribute to our country and I always feel like I am promoting something positive in my small corner of the community.

After posting about my Memorial Day flag run, I heard from an old high school friend.  He reached out to me, to tell me that I inspired him to go out and run with the flag, something he’d never thought to do before.  The experience he had and shared with me was amazing – people saluting, honking horns, cheering, etc. This has always been the case for me too, so I wasn’t surprised, but I was beyond thrilled to hear him explain it to me.  He thanked me for the inspiration, and I told him how happy I was that he started a new tradition and had such a memorable experience doing so!

An observation.  Through my business and personal interactions, people often tell me about their goals.  These can be personal, business, financial, athletic, you name it.  What I have found through experience is that these people will fall into one of two distinct groups.

Group one often has the most detailed plans.  They tell me lots of specifics, research what they’re doing, vision boards they’re creating, and all sorts of wonderful things they have planned.  However, often when I speak to these same people months later, they have done nothing.  No progress has been made, and nothing has been set into motion.  These people will usually produce an even more detailed plan on to how to proceed from there, and then the process repeats itself.  Great ideas with zero implementation.

Group two usually have an idea of what they want to accomplish and then get started.  They don’t have every detail ironed out, often make lots of mistakes, and then learn as they go.  This is the group that usually attains the best results.

I believe that we can often get “paralysis by analysis” where we gather so much information that we psych ourselves out of going after our goals.  Having an idea of what you want to achieve is vital, but nothing ever goes as planned, so I feel it’s best to just get things underway.  Accept that you will make mistakes, but those mistakes will lead to a form of growth that you cannot get any other way.  Acquire the basics you need to start, and then actually get started!

Some quotes I love. 

“A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali

“Effort and consistency will get you more results than a perfectly crafted plan that’s still waiting to be executed.” – Bedros Keuilian

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” – Dale Carnegie

“The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 18th

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On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.   

Something I am thankful for.  I began doing these 5 Spots about 3 years ago.  I started by emailing them to a few hundred patients and then later, posting them on my website.  My goal was to journal my thoughts in a format that my children could one day refer to.  At the same time, my hope was that people I sent them to, would find value in them as well.  Though the group reading them was small, the feedback was immediately positive.

The other day I was made aware these 5 Spots have been read well over a million times, which shocked me.  It has been fun to see the readership grow throughout the years, and I was humbled by it.  More importantly to me, however, each week I hear from at least one person that tells me something I wrote resonated with them, inspired them, and caused them to take an action.  Combined with the fact that my older sons now read these columns each week on their own, gives me great pride.  I am extremely grateful for all of you that take the time to read these.  Writing this each week has become a big part of my life that I truly enjoy.  Thank you!

A piece of advice I love.  There is a saying I often think to myself and tell others when the situation dictates, “Be a grown up.”  This is a general statement, but it encompasses a lot.  To me, this simple declaration is a reminder of how to do things properly. 

In my opinion, being a grown up means to be responsible, not complain, show up on time, see things through, give appropriate effort, plan, and much more.  Reminding yourself to act like a grown-up will help guide your behavior toward something productive.

A workout I always enjoy.  Anytime we get a snowstorm, I make it a point to go for a run.  Each time I do so, I get odd looks from neighbors and people shoveling driveways or driving past.  To most, running in cold temperatures and bad elements is terrible and foolish, but I like it.

I always enjoy how quiet and serene things are when the snow is coming down and I love when my footprints are the only ones I see.  More importantly, these runs in challenging elements help get me comfortable being uncomfortable.  This fuels my mental resolve and helps me view challenges in a more positive light.  Whether it’s freezing cold, snow, or the hottest days of the year; I like to train in the toughest elements because it helps me become physically and mentally tougher in my daily life.

A concept I like.  We all have things that stress us out.  Work, finances, relationships, words someone said, world events, etc.  I call these things “mental rent.”  Just as you don’t want to pay too much rent for the place you live or work, you want to work at keeping your mental rent low.

For example, if you are unable to pursue a healthy relationship with someone because you are still getting over how badly an ex treated you years ago, you are paying that person a very high mental rent.  Mental rent is important to understand because the more bandwidth you spend on negativity, the less you’ll have to create progress and growth.  If you’re thinking about someone, something, a past event, whatever, ask yourself if it’s worth putting your hard-earned mental rent toward.  

Some quotes I love. 

“The ones who say you can’t and won’t are probably the ones who are scared that you will.” – Zig Ziglar

“Winners are not people who never fail.  They are people that never quit.”

“Success requires commitment, not a miracle.”

“Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head.” – Joe Henderson

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 4th

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On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.   

How do you get used to running for so long?  After I mentioned the 34-mile run I did in my brother in law’s honor a few weeks ago, I have gotten this question a lot from patients.  The honest answer is that you don’t.

What happens when you present yourself with significant challenges repeatedly is, they never become easy.  Rather, your ability to adapt when things get tough increases.  For example, I have never run thirty, fifty, or one hundred miles and thought it was a breeze.  It’s always grueling but I have developed the ability to make mental, physical, nutritional, and other adjustments where it never seems insurmountable. 

This same premise applies to our daily lives as well.  As we face challenges, we do not become immune to them, but we become more resilient.  Situations that would have once kept us down no longer have the power to do so.    

An important concept.  I’ve had recent dealings with a small business owner making common mistakes.  Blaming others, spending money looking for the magic bullet, ignoring the need to work hard as an individual, worrying about the future while ignoring the present, micro-managing, and more.  This reminded me of the importance of leadership.  When the leader of an organization, team, or family displays shaky leadership, it has an unsettling effect on those around them.  It’s like the captain of a ship not knowing what direction to proceed. 

Leadership to me is not a one-time event or series of words.  Rather, it is the actions that a leader displays to those around them.  When those actions show consistency, integrity, intelligence, planning, etc., it builds confidence in those around them which leads to better performance.  When a leader displays poor qualities such as indecisiveness, quick temper, failure to take responsibility, lack of drive, poor preparation, etc. it leads those around them to lose focus, interest, and productivity.   Strong leaders are crucial to families, businesses, teams, and all groups of people.

A great lesson.  My youngest son is 3 ½ years old and says “I love you” all the time.  He’ll say it to me, his mom, and then list off his siblings, and grandparents.  What he does every time that I like is that he includes his own name in there.  He tells himself that he loves himself.

Though he’s so young, this is a lesson for all of us. Sometimes we forget to love ourselves but it’s crucial.  We often have kindness and compassion for those around us and talk to ourselves in a way we never would to others.  Take a lesson from my son and “love you some you!”

Something I often hear.  “I don’t have time.”  I hear this often about exercise, self-care, business matters, and more.  This is usually another way of saying it’s not a priority and I don’t think I’ve ever heard it from someone that is incredibly successful or legitimately busy.

High performing people always prioritize what is important and get what must be done finalized.  Conversely, those that are scattered often do a lot, but much of it is unimportant and could be avoided by prioritizing better.  Anyone can be busy, being productive is the key.  If you find yourself saying you don’t have time, take a hard look at where some of that time is going, and you may be surprised how much you can free up.

Some quotes I love.

“Failure is not aiming too high and missing.  Failure is aiming too low and hitting.” – Marc Mero

“Behind every strong person is a story that gave them two choices:  sink or swim.”

“There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” – Zig Ziglar

“Sometimes the reason that you’re suffering is because you won’t let go of the things that’s biting you.” – Jordan Peterson

“Life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve.  This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent.” – Tony Robbins

“The repetition of affirmation leads to belief, and once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 25th

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On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.   

An important concept.  “Why does this keep happening?”  This is a question I get often from patients regarding a recurring issue such as back pain.  In terms of your spine there are many variables, but the ultimate answer is usually that the person has not changed their behavior.  This is an important concept in chiropractic but even more so in life.

If you are receiving a result that you don’t like but making no effort to get a different outcome, you are earning that result.  We can’t always know instantly what the solution to a problem may be.  However, one certainty is that repeating the same behavior will create the same result.  If you want to change the outcome, focus on what leads you there and make choices according to what you’d like to see happen.  As simple as this is, people often focus too much on what is happening to them and not enough on how much power they have to change it.

A story I love to tell.  About 6 years ago, my oldest son (who was nine at the time) and I ran a race together.  It was an 8-mile run that we’d picked out ahead of time as something that would challenge him.  The race took place in April and 2 days before the race we got about a foot of snow.  The race was still able to be held but the course was snow-covered and temperatures in the single digits. 

As we arrived at the race, we saw many people simply turn around and go home.  They decided it was too cold, they didn’t want to run through snow, and called it a day.  My son and I stayed and ran the race.  He never complained and in a race of hundreds of people, he finished third in his age group of 19 years and younger.

Did he take third place because he ran so fast?  No, because honestly, he did not.  He took third place out of three people.  Dozens signed up within his division but only he and two others showed up to run. My son took third because he suited up, showed up, and persevered. 

This is a powerful and teachable lesson.  We cannot always rely on talent, skill, or good fortune to succeed.  Sometimes the difference between success and failure is having the guts to show up and keep going when others will not.  Also, difficult conditions often present great opportunities for those willing to seize them. 

Something I heard and loved.  I was watching a motivational video on YouTube by Eric Thomas, and he said, “You can’t just have energy when you have energy.”  This resonated with me.  To me, this is all about maintaining your level of exertion when your body and mind are telling you it’s ok to rest. 

When I run, I don’t find out what I’m made of until the wheels fall off the bus and I’m exhausted, in pain, and/or facing more miles still to go.  During a workout, the reps that really matter are the ones I struggle to barely get when my muscles feel like they want to give out.  Many of my best moments with my children are when I find just a little bit more energy to play with them when I am exhausted after a long day.  Many of my best adjustments are those that I’ve fit into a hectic schedule when I didn’t feel like I had the juice to do another.

The point I took from Eric’s great quote is that the ultimate test is how you’ll behave when you have little to nothing left.  Everyone succeeds when things are good, and their tank is full.  The special people succeed when they’re exhausted and at less than 100%!

Something I have found to be true.  When we are facing challenges be it physical and/or mental, things can get rough. Sometimes we feel we are making little progress and the task can seem insurmountable.  What I have learned challenging myself physically and mentally through my workouts, habits, competitions, and more is the cardinal sin you can make is to whine, complain, or tell yourself or others how difficult something is and how hard it will be to complete. 

When you take a tough situation and add negativity to it, things will instantly shift from difficult to impossible.  Complaining also causes collateral damage by affecting everyone around it.  When you complain, you take someone near you off their track and make it tougher on them.

I talked with a long-time patient of mine this week going through another bout of cancer.  As he caught me up on what was going on with his health, I commended him on how positively he has dealt with everything.  He told me he didn’t see any other way to go through difficult times other than taking it one step at a time and as positively as possible.  If he were not this way, his tough situation would be exponentially worse. We cannot always control what we go through, but we do have the power to make it better by focusing on how we go through it.

Some quotes I love.

“Every man dies, not every man lives.” – William Wallace

“Don’t expect front row seats if you’re giving nosebleed effort.” – Eric Thomas

“The most unconscionable acts in human history were conducted by those ‘just following orders.’” – Tim Kennedy

“There are only two options:  1.  Make Progress.  2.  Make excuses.” – Mark Devine

“When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.  We are timid only when there is something we can still cling to.” – Ian Smith

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 18th

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On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.   

An important question to ask yourself.  The technology we use is constantly upgraded.  Our phones, televisions, software, etc. are always moving from one version to another.  As this occurs, we expect the most updated version will be better in some way than its predecessor.  This is how it should work for people as well.  Therefore, a good question to ask is whether you are currently a better version of yourself than you were last month/year/decade/etc.?

The key is not to make this assessment simply based on age (you’ll be older, that’s a given).  Factors to consider are your levels of activity, priorities, relationships with those important to you, level of happiness, contentment, and on and on.  Ideally, you should look back and see progress in different areas.  If you do not feel this is the case, what can you do differently to change that?  The goal is not to be perfect but simply to be moving forward.

Something I believe in.  When I was early in my career, my boss and chiropractic mentor told me about “outflows.”  These are small acts of gratitude that you say or do for someone.  For example, one of my son’s former coaches is a part of a church group that he attends.  His words have aided and helped my son, so last week I took a little time and wrote this coach a nice message, about what a great mentor and role model he’s been for my son and the other young men.  He was extremely appreciative of this gesture.

We live in a world that can be negative at times.  Taking a little bit of time to point out to someone that they’ve helped you, you liked something they did, can be extremely powerful.  Sometimes that one act of kindness can motivate them in ways you may never fully appreciate.  Don’t be afraid to say or do something nice for someone else!

A type of workout I’ve been enjoying.  This week I began experimenting with “tabatas” within my workouts.  Tabata is a term for an interval workout where there is a period of extreme exertion followed by a rest period and then the cycle is repeated.  Commonly the exertion is for 20 seconds, and the rest is 10 seconds with the length of the tabata totaling 4 minutes.

These can be done with cardiovascular exercise such as in a spin class, but I’ve been incorporating them into my weight workouts.  For example, I’ll do a moderate weight on squats for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds and then repeat that again until 4 minutes are up.  You may be thinking that 4 minutes isn’t long but if you do this properly, it’ll be a true challenge.  Best of all, for those of you who do not have much equipment to work out with, you can make amazing workouts using this style using nothing but bodyweight exercises. 

A good reminder.  Recently I made the decision to get involved in a new business endeavor involving nutrition and exercise.  This is an area in which I am passionate and have decades of experience.  However, as with any new venture, there is a lot to do. As someone that thrives on routine, I have found myself thinking about all that needs to get done, and struggling to make sure I find the time to do everything.  Though this is challenging, it is an excellent reminder.

I believe you should always strive to have something in your life that challenges or scares you a little.  These are the types of things that keep you focused and draw you a little further out of your comfort zone.  Whether it’s a new business, side hustle, speaking engagement, signing up for a competition or something else, it’s great to have a challenging goal in front of you that you need to work hard to achieve!

Some quotes I love.

“If you don’t fight for what you want, don’t cry for what you lose.”

“You never hear stories about people who quit.” – Commander David Sears

“I want to be in the arena.  I want to be brave with my life.  And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked.  We can choose courage, or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both.  Not at the same time.” – Brene Brown

“You’ll never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you.  You’ll always be criticized by someone doing less.  Remember that.” – Denzel Washington

“The only thing standing between you and your dream is the bullsh** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” 

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 11th

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On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.   

A recent experience.  As many of you know, last Friday I ran thirty-four miles to honor my brother-in-law who would have turned thirty-four that day.  Halfway through my pre-planned route, I came to my first series of trails.  Due to the snow last week still being on the ground, the footing was not great, but it was well traveled and not terrible.  After a few miles of that, I came upon the beginning of a 7-mile section of trail that didn’t appear to have so much as a single footprint on it.  That would mean I’d be blazing my own trail in the cold through ten inches of snow, up and down hills; not ideal for any long run.

At this point, I had the choice to either continue my current route knowing it would be hard, or detour to paved roads and make it easier.  I chose the hard way and it ended up being more challenging than I expected, each mile feeling as if it were three.  It was cold, I fell several times, I was in pain, and was in the middle of nowhere.

All that said, this is the portion I’ll look back on and remember fondly.  When you challenge yourself and then overcome, there is a feeling of accomplishment and pride.  Trudging through that snow alone, I talked aloud to my late brother-in-law often, and brought myself into a stronger mental state than when I began the run.  If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you so remember to seek out those challenges when you can.

Something I believe.  Focusing on winning is extremely important.  It helps keep us driven, determined, and with an eye on the end goal.  This is crucial but things do not always end up as we’d like.  For that reason, I believe something that is just as important as winning is learning how to take a loss.

I saw several examples over the past week of people or groups that lost in various endeavors and behaved shamefully.  They made excuses, involved people that didn’t need to be, cried foul, said things weren’t fair, and on and on.  They compounded their loss by embarrassing themselves with poor behavior.

No one should ever want to lose.  But if it happens, there are ways to handle it so that it turns into something positive in the future.  Evaluate your performance, ask what you could have done differently, what can be improved, what you learned, etc.  Do not make excuses, feel sorry for yourself, or get down.  Take it on the chin, own it, and grow from it.

Something I heard and loved.  One of my son’s previous football coaches spoke at his church group this week.  He told a story (that I was in attendance to witness) from 2 years ago.  They were playing in a tight game against an extremely physical team that was hitting hard and talking a lot.  They hit our quarterback often and got into his head.  He came to the sideline to get a play from the coach facing a 4th and 32, down 6 points, with under a minute left in the game.

He told the coach that he was scared.  The coach asked if he meant scared about the situation or getting hurt and the player told him that he was just scared.  At that point, his coach told him the play and told him that one of the players would be open on this play, that he’d make a perfect throw to him and that they’d score and win.  That is exactly what happened.  He completed a 74-yard touchdown pass on that play and my son’s team won one of the craziest games I’ve ever seen.

The point the coach made by telling this story was that sometimes in life, you may not believe in yourself.  In those times, it may be the words of someone else that help you.  Furthermore, there will be times when it’s you that needs to hear these words and other times when you are the person that must deliver them to someone else.  When used properly, there is great power in your words to help others, and theirs to help you!

A concept I believe in.  In the lead up to the memorial run I did for my brother-in-law last week; I was asked by many patients and friends what my backup plan was.  In other words, what would I do if it were cold, if it snowed, if the roads and trails were tough to run on, etc.?  Would I postpone, and if so, to when?  My answer was that I was going when I’d planned regardless. 

When there is something important to you, do not allow yourself to negotiate it with anyone (including yourself).  Honor your commitment in the way you promised and give all you have.  If it seems like it will be harder than you expected for some reason, begin it anyway.  Honor your commitments by showing up and giving nothing less than your best.

Some quotes I love.

“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”

“Your energy introduces you before you even speak.” – Kate Broddick

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does.  Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

“Food is the most overused anxiety drug.  Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.” – JJ Virgin

“Freedom is not a reward for compliance.  That’s how jails work.”

“It will be hard but hard does not mean that it will be impossible.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 4th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.   

Something I’m looking forward to.  In August 2020, my brother-in-law, Sam died unexpectedly at the age of 32.  He was my wife’s youngest brother, and we became very close in the time I knew him.  He was my assistant coach in football and business partner and co-founder of Mile High Cryotherapy.  February 4th is his birthday so last year I began the tradition of doing a “Sam Run” each year in his honor.  Therefore, each year on his birthday, I create a route and run my own “race” equal to the age he would have been.  This year will be 34 miles which I’ll run throughout Highlands Ranch along trails and roads.

I understand this isn’t how most people would honor a friend, but it works well for me.  I am not someone that complains or dwells on things (even something as tragic as this).  Therefore, the miles are my time to process my emotions and to visit with him in my own way. 

When I run long distances, my mind becomes clearer than at any other time.  In this case, I use this clarity to think about my friend and by the end I’m at a better place than when I started.  This is my therapy, and it helps keep me positive and productive even when dealing with such a significant loss.

Something I believe.  I had two separate conversations with people this week that had embarked on what I would call a lifestyle transformation involving exercise, nutrition, mental, habits, and more.  I talked to the first person and asked how their program had been going over the first couple weeks and they told me it was hard, but they were seeing excellent results.  The second person also told me it was hard, and they’d quit and then proceeded to give me 4 minutes of reasons why.

Both conversations reminded me of a saying I like to use, “If it’s hard then do it hard.”  If you are going to embark on any worthwhile challenge, it is not going to be easy.  Most people quit when the first challenge hits.  To be the type of person that accomplishes the extraordinary, you’re going to have to be tough, gritty, persistent, and tenacious.  If you’re not, you will not succeed in the long run. 

If you’ve outlined a goal that is important to you, prepare yourself to keep going when things get so tough you don’t know if you can go on, because that will happen.  The effort it takes to attain a lofty goal is like a gas tank.  Most are willing to give a quarter of a tank.  Be the person that is willing to run until you’re on fumes and even push it in neutral if you must.  That’s what it takes.

Something I loved.  My oldest son and I were having a conversation and he mentioned a kid in his strength and conditioning class.  He told me that even though he was skinny, he is always taking furious notes in their strength and conditioning class, and then working ridiculously hard when they get to the weight room.  I love hearing stories about people that don’t complain about what they didn’t get genetically or ability-wise, while at the same time maximizing their production through effort and consistency. 

I told my son that as a coach or business owner, I’ll always take people with a desire to learn and great work ethic over people more talented.  People like that tend to not make excuses and work the hardest because they don’t have the same level of natural ability to fall back on.  A saying I love is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” 

An excellent lesson.  My oldest son and his friend love to go house to house and shovel driveways when it snows.  They work hard and do excellent work.  They’ll usually do 8-10 driveways and charge $20.  My son told me that when they offered their services to one guy, he told them $20 was too much and that $15 was the right price.  I think this shook him a little and he asked me if he was charging too much and what my thoughts were.

I explained to him that by the fact people were hiring and re-hiring he and his friend so often, the price was not an issue.  They provide a great service and should be compensated for their time.  Next, I told him that one person wanting to pay less for a service is not a reason to sacrifice your own time and effort for less than you deserve.  Finally, I told my son that if he were to lower his price based on that guy’s recommendation, he’d regret it.  When we do a job the best we can but for less than we’re worth, we can become resentful.  Offer the best service you can, make sure it’s as high quality as possible, and then charge what you’re worth for it!

Some quotes I love.

“If you feel it in your stomach, it’s your intuition.  If you feel it in your chest, it’s your fear.  Pay attention to your body.  It is your guidance system.” – Rich Lopp

“What would the world be like if people stopped avoiding the things they knew they should do?” – Jordan Peterson

“I don’t think people’s opinions need a warning or disclaimer label.  If you’re offended or upset about other’s words and opinions, don’t listen to them.  Or do and get over it.” – Ryan Michler

“Life is a book.  Every day is a new page, every month is a new chapter, and every year is a new series.”

“Every next level of your life will demand a stronger you.”

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