The most important thing you can do as an adult is to decide exactly who you want to be. It might sound cliche, or overly simple, but it is so important to determining your path.
If you do not have that written out and set in terms that are black and white, then your direction will be far less clear. When that happens, you begin to leave your path up to fate rather than your own planning.
It's also important because it can determine who you allow to come into your life and who you don't. As children, we become trained to accept relationships of convenience. Who we hang out with and who we spend our time with is largely up to our family and our geographic surroundings.
As an adult, you get to choose who you spend your time with, but if you do not choose wisely, it can pose limitations on yourself and what you're going to do with your life.
If, however, you've decided who you want to be and what your values are, it gives you a clearer definition of what you'll tolerate from yourself and from other people.
In the age of the online "fitness guru" there are currently hundreds of people trying to get your attention to sell you a new diet every time you log onto social media.
All of them have an angle of some sort. That angle usually consists of some kind of trick or shortcut, new food, new supplement, or new pill that they want you to take.
To make that angle work, they normally need to put things in super complicated terms that do nothing but confuse you. This confusion causes resistance: how can you start a diet if you don't know what you're doing?
Well in this podcast, Chris gives you the easiest way to start your nutrition program without any tricks or shortcuts that just confuse things.
You can find the show notes for this episode, along with resources to help you at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/easy-diet
Regardless of what you do with your life, you are going to run into obstacles. Some of these obstacles can be met by choice: like going through the police academy or Marine Corps Boot Camp.
Others can be put in front of you by sheer fate: like an injury or a tragedy.
But, whatever you encounter, it's important that you take lessons from your experience.
Kazy Tauginas is an actor and former restauranteur and Golden Gloves Boxer who's appeared in John Wick and The Equalizer 2 along side Denzel Washington.
Kazy came on to talk about his story from his humble beginnings to becoming a restaurant owner, and on into his boxing and acting careers. He also speaks about his work with Lupus and his mother's battle with this disease.
Through it all, Kazy has used lessons from his experiences to constantly push himself forward. When he decided to become an actor, he burned the ships and dedicated himself to becoming the best actor he could be by investing everything he could into his career. He secured his first roles while sleeping on his friends' couch and never gave up on his dream.
In this interview we cover:
This episode is available on Itunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify, and at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/Kazy-Tauginas
For Kazy's latest project, Standing 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfjmyqB2LC0
At some point in our lives, we all begin making up stories for why we haven't done what we want to do in life. These stories are commonly known as excuses.
The problem with excuses is that they all sound logical, at least to us.
We can't work out because we just don't have time. We can't start that business because it's just not the right time. I can't be on time for work because of my kids.
The biggest problem is with the word "can't." When that word appears it signals that you're telling yourself a lie. It's a lie because you can. You just haven't prioritized it.
Many men hit their mid 30s and something clicks in their minds telling them that they need to take it easier. When it comes to fitness, we see guys retreating to things like just playing golf or going for walks for their physical activity.
That's a mistake. Training is even more important as you get older.
In this episode Chris discusses rules he's imposed on himself in his late 30s for his training. These include some things that are counterintuitive, and they include:
You'll be able to find the show notes for this episode up at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/old-man
Anxiety is a limiting factor in many peoples' lives and it can take many different forms. All of us have different underlying fears that keep us from doing certain things. A lot of us may fear heights, and so they avoid mountain climbing or going to the top of tall buildings. Others might hate snakes, and in turn, avoid swamps and tall grassy areas.
But for many people anxiety centers around activities that we need to do in order to have a complete and productive life, like social interaction and being around a lot of people. In these cases, anxiety can have a hugely negative impact on our lives and our happiness.
Our guest today is an expert on helping people with anxiety. His name is Kevin Ashworth and he works with the Northwest Anxiety Institute. While most people attempt to deal with anxiety by avoiding what makes them anxious, Kevin recommends exposing yourself to those things in a safe and low risk manner.
In this episode, Kevin explains why anxiety is becoming more common and he delivers some simple and actionable advice on how you can gain control over your own anxiety.
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There is a disturbing and growing trend in the Veteran Community. Veterans who claim that "political correctness" is ruining our country, but then scream and cry whenever someone does something they don't agree with. In essence, we've created our own "safe space" where certain beliefs are acceptable and others aren't.
We've also allowed ourselves to become "triggered" at the drop of a pin. This leads to irrational behavior that resembles what we see from SJW types on college campuses. The truth is that if we spent more time working on ourselves and building ourselves up, we'd have a lot less time to complain.
This podcast discusses why it's so important for the veteran community to overcome this trend. Rather than adopting an outrage culture, we should be building our community up, helping other Veterans, and putting ourselves in position to affect change in this country.
In this episode of Warrior Fitness Q&A Chris addresses the following questions:
What’s the best method for recovery from full-body exercise routines? Ice bath or sauna?
Are there any benefits to intermittent fasting on training days? Or is it best to do it on non-training days?
Show notes will be available at http://www.warriorsoulagoge.com/podcast-show-notes/fastingicebath
Years ago, if you were a Veteran trying to make it in the civilian world, the path was usually to head off to college, get a degree, and then try to secure an entry level job some where.
The thing is that a lot of Veterans are under the false impression that a college degree is the only way to make it and that their experience doesn't mean anything to employers.
Well...times have changed, and unless you're looking to become a doctor, nurse, or lawyer, degrees don't really mean much to anyone anymore. In fact, I have a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D work completed and it's never gotten me a job.
If you're a Veteran who's served honorably, that means that you have leadership skills, that you're reliable, and that you know how to put work in. That's important.
Phil Randazzo, our guest today, is trying to get you to realize how important that is. Phil is not a veteran. He's a serial entrepreneur who built his empire out of nothing. He's also the founder of American Dream U, a nonprofit who's mission is to help Veterans make better transitions into the civilian world.
Through American Dream U and Mission Next, Phil has created a platform that gives Veterans the knowledge they need to build upon their already valuable skills to secure employment or build businesses.
The platform is completely free for veterans, and it takes minutes to sign up. It also contains what I'd estimate to be at least $100,000 worth of education if it were part of a degree. You can learn everything from basic finance to advanced business management. There's complete ecommerce courses and courses on building out your LinkedIn profile. There's courses taught by guys like Tim Ferriss and other entrepreneurs who'd normally charge thousands of dollars for their advice.
So while I really want you to listen to this episode, what I want you to do before you listen is to get over there to AmericanDreamU.org and sign up as quickly as possible. Get on there and start learning. Dedicate yourself to spending an hour a week on there.
To sign up: http://americandreamu.org/
For Phil's book Mission Next: https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Next-Inspirational-Phil-Randazzo-ebook/dp/B01E5PYOHU/
To follow American Dream U:
One of the things I hear most often from Veterans is that, in their civilian lives, they can't find the pride and sense of purpose in what they do when they enter the civilian world.
This is a dangerous feeling because it inevitably leads to depression, the leading killer of US Military Veterans in this country today. It's a difficult state to overcome, but you can get out of it.
The key is in understanding one thing: in order to have pride and sense of purpose, you need to keep earning it. The reality is that if you are feeling like your life is empty, you're probably bored. You get bored when you feel like you're not doing anything worthwhile.
In this Warrior Notes Episode we take you through three things you can do to regain that pride you felt when you were still in uniform.
Each week we gather up questions from the Warrior Soul Fitness Academy Private Facebook Page and discuss them during this quick episode segment. No BS answers. Just the honest un-adulerated truth.
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Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times Best Selling Author and Speaker who leads a media firm out of Washington, DC.
He rose to prominence with his book The Faith of George W. Bush, which Time Magazine credited with shaping the 2004 presidential election. He's also written biographies about Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and others.
His book Mansfield's Book of Manly Men seeks to recover the definition of manhood through maxims and examples from great men of the past.
In this episode, we discuss the plight of the American Veteran in today's society and how veterans can deal with consistent attempts on contemporary college campuses to blur the lines between good and evil.
Other topics include:
To get Stephen's books: http://StephenMansfield.TV/
To follow Stephen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MansfieldWrites