Everyone Benefits

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The following is an excerpt from the book Rebuilt. Go here for a free copy in its entirety.

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

– George Bernard Shaw

Whenever I am faced with a roadblock or bump in the road I have learned (sometimes the hard way) to reach out to others for help. It wasn’t long ago because of a self-inflated ego and pride that I wanted to do everything myself. I had this idea that I would step up on the pedestal of success by myself talking of how I did it all on my own without the “unnecessary” help from others.

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Why You Shouldn’t Cheat

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The following is an excerpt from the book Rebuilt. Go here for a free copy in its entirety.

“I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.”

– Stephen Covey

After all the chemo was done and I was well on my way to a comeback to the bodybuilding stage, my friend Carey and I were getting in an intense training session. Now, Carey was is a beast. He looked like my bigger, more muscular brother. With broad shoulders, a huge back and ridiculous legs Carey was a formidable competitor himself. With all that said, you can imagine how training with him could be!

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Nothing Gained

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The following is an excerpt from the book Rebuilt. Go here for a free copy in its entirety.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

– George Bernard Shaw

We all have that little voice inside of us. You know that little sarcastic, cynical, negative little annoyance that sometimes consumes our thoughts and convinces us to stop trying, to just quit.

When you listen you lose.

Oftentimes that voice gets a kickstart from some outside influence. Someone may attempt to distract you from your personal journey. They may knowingly or unknowingly drag you down to their level possibly attempting to make themselves feel better or, worse yet, trying to make you feel unworthy of what you are setting out to do.

But there can also be something else at play. Something else that is often overlooked – your own negative thoughts and feelings.

Your defense tactics can be relatively straight forward when it comes to other’s trying to tear you down and distract you from what you want. But when it comes to your personal challenges, such as allowing yourself to listen to the naysayers, frivolous discussion and life’s politics it can become a bit complicated. 

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Manage Emotions (Yours and Theirs)

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The following is an excerpt from the book Rebuilt. Go here for a free copy in its entirety.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

 – Theodore Roosevelt

Emotional intelligence isn’t a term exclusively reserved for the corporate world. It’s actually just a new way to describe personal maturity – your ability to react to and deal with emotional factors in the workplace and in life.

In simple terms it’s acting like an adult, not a child fussing and crying your way out of a dilemma.

When it comes to managing emotions on your way to accomplishing your goals so many evil little habits can form and shove you off course. Jealousy is a big one.

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Stay Aware of (Uncomfortable) Opportunity

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The following is an excerpt from the book Rebuilt. Go here for a free copy in its entirety.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

One of the biggest “secrets” to success isn’t solely determined through talent, experience or education alone, the simple act of recognizing opportunity is also a key, oftentimes more important, component.

Recognizing and acting on opportunity is a skill that can be instantly acquired – no four-year degree required.

Of course, taking advantage of the right kinds of opportunities will require you to get uncomfortable, a lot.

If you think about it, everything in life where we gain something positive is uncomfortable, and some are downright painful.

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You Don’t Just Have Discipline, You Build It

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The following is an excerpt from the book Rebuilt. Go here for a free copy in its entirety.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is a habit not a trait.”

– Aristotle

With all of my travels, activations and deployments I have always made it a point to train and eat decently no matter where I ended up. I have worked out in some huge base-run facilities and some tiny shacks filled with rust-laden weights set up next to a flight line. I have been in old gyms with weights thrown behind the bleachers and barely recognizable pieces of homemade equipment left in a corner full of dust and whatever other bad stuff happened to land on it.

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