If you missed the first installment of the “Mental Muscle” series last month, you may check it out here.
What’s up everybody?
This post will kick off a new segment of my blog: at the end of every month I will send out links to all the interesting podcasts, books, documentaries, articles, music, movies, and performances that I checked out throughout the previous 4 weeks and that inspired me in some way, shape or form.
I’ve been doing this for my clients via email the last few months, and I thought that it would be cool to share this stuff with all of you as well.
One of the characteristics that I feel distinguishes me from others in the health and fitness industry is that I have a very broad definition of “wellness.”
This past weekend, I was listening to a “Beats 1” Podcast that featured one of my favorite young Hip-Hop artists, Joey Badass.
Joey just released his second full length LP, entitled “Amerikkkan Badass” – if you haven’t heard this album, it is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend giving it a thorough listen.
The music is uplifting, inspirational, and delivers a stinging social commentary on the current state of our Union as it pertains to social justice and race relations.
We have officially begun the second half of 2016, and I have just started reading my fourteenth book of the year.
If you know me or have been following my blog, you know that reading is one of my greatest passions.
I was an avid reader as a child, but, like many people, I fell out of the habit in my early twenties.
I few years ago, I made it a goal of mine to read at least two books per month as a way to spur me back into action.
One of the great things about my line of business is that I get to work on a personal level with folks from all walks of life.
While the majority of my time is spent instructing and making sure exercises are done correctly, I do take the time to engage my clients in conversation about their lives and thoughts on a variety of issues.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best :
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ~ Michelangelo
Let that sink in.
Now, read it again.
Mediocrity and Unhappiness.
It would seem as if the two go hand in hand.
There are too many of us out there just “getting by,” not living life up to it’s full potential.
In my opinion, the problem with most people is that they are content with just being average.
The problem with that is that they really aren’t at all that satisfied.
Deep down inside they are miserable.
You can see it on their faces and in their actions.
At some point in their lives, they settled; they gave up on themselves.