It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but I need to get somewhere outside of my mind and my journal as I close out these final weeks of bear crawl training. My journal holds my daily thoughts, but since I’ll look back on this time quite frequently, I want something more tangible that the world can learn from also. So, with that being said, welcome to the final 9 weeks of my training.
This past week was a challenging one, and to be honest, it hasn’t just been this week. It seems for the past couple months my resilience level has been lower than usual. Vigorous training has worn me out, and being my own worst critic, I’ve worn myself out even more. Training to complete the worlds first bear crawl ultra marathon is hard enough, but I don’t seem to be making it any easier on myself. I guess that’s just the blessing and the curse of being someone who will complete something that’s never been done before. As difficult as it is, the only thing that will matter to me as I look back on this time is the effort I put forth into something I believe in. Many may think I’m too hard on myself, but I’m just making sure I leave this process with no regrets. That’s how I know I’ll succeed.
As I get close to the official bear crawl date, I will be getting more into depth about the individual thoughts I have, my feelings, concerns, and so much more. Documenting this process is something I’m extremely passionate about, and it seems that I have found just the perfect amount of energy to not only train like a madman, but also capture the moments so we both can live with them forever.
To start these blogs off, let’s take a look into this past weeks training schedule
Monday : 1.5 Mile Bear Crawl
Tuesday : 1.5 Mile Bear Crawl, Lift (Push), Cross Training
Wednesday : 3 Mile Bear Crawl, Lift (Pull)
Thursday : 3 Mile Bear Crawl, Lift (Legs)
Friday : Pool workout (20 min no leg swim, 20 min tread water)
This was a deload week for me. Once training hits 8 weeks out, the bear crawl volume is going to be similar to that of an ultra marathon RUNNER. Yes, RUNNER. But on all fours. Nobody said it would be easy, and to be able to walk around being the only person in the world to complete a bear crawl ultra, it’s the minimum.
Oh, and I also buzzed my head. Time to lock in and reach a new level
Being 23, I’ve realized the world is full of opportunity. To be quite honest, I’m extremely happy Ive been able to see the opportunities, because most people never do. They feel like a prisoner to their jobs, routines, and schedules, instead of making a decision to live a life that would really fulfill them.
Going back to the beginning of January, my goal was to travel more (Very vague I know) and it was actually a goal I didn’t think I would really dive into. Being that only a couple months ago I was working full time with in-person athletes, currently training to break a world record, and producing content every single day, I didn’t have much hope checking off the travel box in 2022.
A month later, already hitting 7 destinations, with a couple more lined up, I think its safe to say my travel goal is going to get it’s moneys worth (Especially the month I’m planning in Europe after I bear crawl 31 miles in October).
Being someone who absolutely hates flying, you probably think I would refrain from travel as much as possible. I used to despise family vacation because I was terrified to fly, but through what I learned this month, I’ll be jumping on flights all over the world soon (Extreme foreshadowing to my next challenge).
Here’s what I learned through my time traveling, and even while I maintain a busy schedule, it will continue to be a major priority on my list.
Most of us have our routines. We live off of them, they produce us the results that we want to see in life. They help us stay consistent towards goals, keep us accountable, and help us measure results. If you’ve followed me on Instagram, or even seen me in passing over the past 6 months, you probably learned that routine is my go to. I never deviate from my routine, but traveling taught me how beneficial it is to break your routine.
Going into the month I was nervous about my training. There were no gyms I knew, I couldn’t follow my program exactly – I was anxious about what I was supposed to do. I wouldn’t have my desktop, or the working space I normally had. I would have to work super hard to capture content, I was unfamiliar with the areas and couldn’t plan for the upcoming days.
I can sit here and now say that getting out of routine with those three pillars has advanced every single one of them. Humans don’t give themselves enough credit. We are optimized for stress, our survival instincts are second to none, and when push comes to shove we are so capable at figuring it all out.
Starting off with my training, it helped me understand I don’t need much at all to do something most people think is impossible. If I have a hardwood floor, or at least 30 feet of space, there is no excuse for me to not break this record. It relieved the anxiety I have surrounding the effectiveness of my training – I always wondered if I was doing enough. Now, I realize how lucky I am to have the high level training I take for granted.
Second, work was something I really worried about because I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my in-person clients. There was no possible way I could be in two places at one time. I had two choices, I could either stay home where it was comfortable, or travel to grow my brand. As you know by now, any chance to avoid comfort I’m all over it. I wasn’t missing out on experiences. Funny enough, I learned that I can not only survive at work, but I can thrive and provide my clients with even more value when I’m away. Not being present led me to figure out different ways to keep them happy, and that has become the start of Hustle Athletic Company – my online training and mindset businesses. No routine forced me to adapt, and it led me to create something much more beneficial for my clients.
Lastly, content is always interesting. Producing a ton of content has its struggles in itself – trying to think of video topics, filming, editing, and all that good stuff. I thought traveling would force me to pull back on social media, however, not only did my content thrive, my perspective on creating content totally changed. See, the thing about travel is that you are trying to become familiar with the area. Filming when I couldn’t plan was hard, but it got me past the hump of creating “perfect” content. I now understand that the perfect post doesn’t exist, and if you spend too much time getting the perfect shot, you’ll end up never posting. I learned to avoid this negative, and it just may be the thing to push my socials to the next level.
Wherever you go the people are always going to be different from place to place. This happens when you go to the other side of your town, especially on the other side of the country. I was able to see the way different states lived, the slow lifestyle of the west coast, the need for less in the midwest, and the extremely fast paced lifestyle on the east coast. I learned a lot about myself being able to view my lifestyle from the outside.
Being from New York, I’ve realized we do everything extremely fast. We have a way of living on the east coast, an extreme sense of urgency (yes, this is a generalization. There are all types of people everywhere), but my time on the West Coast showed me the urgency isn’t always there. I gained a new perspective of my work because I understood the capacity and speed in which I’m able to produce that some people just aren’t used to producing. It truly limited my excuses and showed me that if I don’t end up where I want to be, there is nobody else to blame but me. People have done it off of more, and people have done it off of less, so there is no reason I can’t do the same
I haven’t gone to many destinations alone. Each spot I have the same few friends who I go with. Each individual in my close circle has similar goals/lifestyles we want to create within the next five years. Ive already mentioned the power of new environments and the benefits it has on your brain – now imagine putting creative, like minded people in a totally new space to come up with new ideas. It’s basically a 24 hour brainstorming session about future goals and how we plan on executing them.
Through traveling, I’ve made some connections I wouldn’t trade for the world – both new and old. I’ve built stronger relationships that will guide me in accomplishing all of my future goals, but I’ve also built new connections which will do the exact same thing. Each connection is one I hold close, because we are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. Traveling put me in scenarios to truly evaluate my perspective, my goals, and the plans I have to accomplish them.
Book The Trip
It will be worth it. The things you are worried about, work, training, missing out, are only an illusion. You will only learn more about yourself, trust me.
Book that trip, open your mind, go learn the things you desire and all of the ways you can accomplish them. You’ll thank yourself later.
Never Stop Hustling
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It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but I need to get somewhere outside of my mind and my journal as I close out these final weeks of bear crawl training. My journal holds my daily thoughts, but since I’ll look back on this time quite frequently, I want something more tangible that […]
In this blog you are going to be reading my rawest emotions. One’s that I’m sharing with you in hopes that if you are questioning your push for greatness, you can be comforted knowing I’m right there with you.
From the outside, my life probably looks flawless. If you check my instagram feed you will see I’ve left my training job to start my own business, I’ve been traveling all over the country with great friends, and training to set a world record by the age of 23. However, the ugly details shouldn’t be left out. I always try to be transparent with the tough lessons I’m learning, but this one might be the hardest. That’s exactly why I’m going to share it with you.
See, the thing with social media is that it may not depict the details – You don’t get the behind the scenes. As a creator, I want that to be different. I want you to see the raw behind the scenes in my push to become something great – even during those times when I can’t see it. I want you to know that becoming great is not pretty, but there should be no other option. So, let’s take a look at the real emotions.
The Behind The Scenes
As I rewind back to the beginning of my journey, there were a lot of decisions I had to make to protect my ambitious goals. My fifth year at Franklin Pierce wasn’t easy. The previous four years I lived a wild lifestyle – I partied, stayed out late, and didn’t put in a single ounce of self-development. The thing about a lifestyle like that is that it’s completely social. When you decide to stop living that way, you aren’t just leaving the late nights, most times you are leaving friendships which aren’t willing to change with you. I had to let go of some friends that just didn’t have the same visions as me. It wasn’t easy to stay away from the crowd, it was honestly tough as hell. Some nights I felt crazy, I wondered if I would regret missing out on the fun – but I was committed to leaving good for great, and I knew this was the only way. As I look back now, leaving good for great was the right decision. I love the place I’m in now (Yes, even with the struggles), and most of the people who I thought were my friends, probably aren’t even reading this blog. Leaving good for great was the right choice.
Fast forward to summer, I’m in a relationship. This is something I rarely talk about, but in this blog we’re uncovering it all. My relationship was good – It had it’s issue’s, but what relationship doesn’t. At the time, I was at a place in my life where the commitment to my goals was not an issue, but making time for anything else was something I struggled with. I had a decision to make – I could either keep living this lifestyle and hurting someone who deserved what they were asking for, learn how to balance and possibly sacrifice some success, or decide to move on and go all in on my dreams. I chose my dreams. This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make, and quite honestly, one I struggle with to this day. Now, I’m not saying I think I made the wrong choice, but there are a lot of moments where I wonder if throwing friendships and relationships away was worth it. I may not know now, but one day I’ll found out. All I know is that I made a decision to leave good for great, and I had to go all in on my dreams.
As time moved along, I settled into a new job that I absolutely loved. I worked as a functional strength coach in a great facility – it was the perfect job for me at the time. Just recently I ended up leaving this job to pursue another goal of mine – being a business owner. I started my own company named the Hustle Athletic Club, and I am on a mission to give athletes the mental and physical guidance I needed when I was going through my difficult years of college. The word entrepreneur sounds fancy, everybody wants it in their instagram bio. It shows everyone how self-sufficient, innovative, and financially stable you are. I’m here to tell you it’s been anything but that. I’ve been encountering a lot of sleepless nights trying to figure out how I’m going to piece it all together. I spend most of my time wondering if this idea is just pipe dream, or if people even see me as someone who can help them achieve goals beyond their wildest dreams. I know close to nothing about growing a successful business, so most of my days are spent researching marketing and “clarifying my message” instead of actually bringing in revenue. There hasn’t been a day gone by where I don’t fear and doubt that I made the wrong decision leaving a stable paycheck. I fear that I might be set back financially in a couple of years. If you couldn’t tell by now, pushing past the doubt to grow this business isn’t much of an option. A long time ago I made a decision to leave good for great, I’ve made a ton of sacrifices because of it, so pushing forward is the only choice I have.
Nobody Said It Would Be Easy
Yes, it’s cliche, but that’s only because it’s true. I didn’t write this blog for sympathy. I wrote this blog in the rawest detail possible because I want people to know that chasing your dreams is not supposed to look pretty. Creating something you’re proud of can’t just be given to you – it requires a lot of blood, sweat, and tears because only the crazy committed can make it to the end. A lot of people are going to attempt chasing the titles and image. They are going to post on instagram about how pretty the process is, and for some this may be true. For most it’s going to be the complete opposite of pretty – It will be downright ugly. You will face countless obstacles, doubt, and fear, but the ones who recklessly push to the other side will find the greatest pride for the life they have created.
If you are in a place right now where you can make the decision to leave good for great – do it. It’s okay if you’re afraid, fear is life’s greatest compass, and it will direct you towards the greatest experiences in life.
Always choose good for great.
In the end all of the struggle will be worth it.
Never Stop Hustling
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A couple days ago, my good friend Tyler Leclerc (Click his name and check him out, the kid is next level), approached me with the idea of going “Monk Mode”. To start off, I had a similar reaction as I’m assuming most of you had – “What in the world is monk mode? and for 60 days?”. Now, some of you may know what monk mode is, but for those of you who don’t, I think you will genuinely enjoy this blog. The following content is solely dedicated to giving you the details of monk mode, incase like myself and Tyler, you wish to join us on this journey of intense focus towards achieving our ambitious goals.
The Days of a Distracted World
In the days of booming social media the average attention span of human beings is something like 7 seconds. It is quite literally impossible to get some people to stick around with something for longer than that, and not only has it made my job harder as a content creator trying to grab an audiences attention, it has become harder for me as an entrepreneur to sit down for elongated periods of time and complete deep work on some cognitively demanding tasks.
One of my goals as an online mindset and strength coach is to create an environment (The Hustle Athletic Club) where individuals can come to be themselves, be surrounded by zero ego, and work in a world of endless connections in pursuing the things they really desire. I want to create a learning environment that promotes growth instead of pretending to have the answers. If you have ever been in a leadership position, maybe with a sports team, or even at your place of work, you may understand how hard it can be to communicate and create community amongst the people you wish to serve.
I have reached a point where I feel I’m on the brink of creating something that will impact a lot of people; something that will create a place for people to let their guard down and become true masters of their craft. I am not willing to let distractions get in the way of my goals. So, with that being said, welcome to my world for the next 60 days.
Welcome to my Monk Mode
As I have already mentioned, Monk Mode is a set period of time where we can intentionally engage in periods of focus where we set rules to eliminate the excess junk from the outside world. The person who is successful is the one who understand that you don’t achieve success unless you can eliminate all distractions. With Monk Mode, we can intentionally set rules to keep us away from distractions – here are my rules.
No phone interaction after 9:30pm, and I’m not allowed to touch my phone until 9am the following day.
All phone notifications are turned off and do not disturb is always on.
I must finish my morning routine by 7am (Includes 10 minute meditation, journaling, and reading)
I must post 3-4 reels per week, 1 blog per week, as well as 1 TikTok per day
20 Minutes outside daily
My goals are to provide extreme value as a creator, and create a space for people to work with me towards achieving any goal they have for themselves. Through these set rules I am eliminating the one distraction that consumes a majority of my time – social media. I am choosing to ignore notifications and only focus on creating rather than consuming. I will be following these rules on a 2 month on: 1 month off schedule (60 days on, 30 days off), and I will be switching the rules depending on the goals of focus for that month. This month just happens to be business and social media, which I’m guessing will always have a place of focus in my monk modes.
However, if you want to adopt Monk Mode into your routine, there are some non-negotiable that must be included. I am going to list them for you below.
Monk Mode Non-Negotiables
The goal is to eliminate distractions, and as we covered in the above topic of the distracted world, social media is the killer of productivity and creativity (Funny right). With that being said, you must refrain from your phone a minimum of 1 hour before bed, and a minimum of 1 hour after you wake up. If you want to do more, be my guest. You must also turn off all social media notifications and make sure you can visibly see your screen time on all of your devices.
Other than that you can get as creative as you’d like with Monk Mode
If you want to work on your health, add some exercises rules.
If you want to create more work, set work hour rules for yourself or deliverables that you must hit each week.
Remember, success is the ability to eliminate distractions, it has nothing to do with talent. Let this be your sign, and start creating the amount of value in your life you know you are capable of.
Today is my 23rd birthday (I feel old even though I know i’m not). Birthdays have become special to me because they represent a time stamp that allows us to see what we completed in a given time frame. We had 365 days of unique opportunity. How did we capitalize on it? How did we […]
For the past year I’ve been keeping a consistent daily journal where I write down basically every thought. These journals consist of business ideas, personal philosophies, defining moments, and goals I have set for myself in the future.
Recently, I sat down for a total of three hours, went through every single journal entry, and wrote down reoccurring lessons from the past year. I wanted to put all of my lessons in one place for many reasons, but for the most important reason being I believe it can be of value to you.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in and breakdown my biggest lessons from 2021.
The 2021 Lessons
Your gift is not your skill, it’s your ability to seek challenge and keep learning/growing.
What separates those who achieve their goals versus those who don’t? In my opinion, it comes down to one thing – commitment through struggle. Can you maintain your commitment when you are going through difficult times? Times of failure? If not, it doesn’t matter how much skill you have. The individual who thrives is the one who can follow the necessary steps even when they are gaining nothing, or perhaps struggling. The individuals who are committed to creating a life long process, not a life long result, will be the ones who reach the pinnacle of their endeavors. Skill plays a much smaller portion than we think. Find your process, and constantly evaluate it.
There is no “Perfect” time to start living the life you want to live.
We all want to hear that the perfect moment exists. That one day we will wake up and feel ready to start. I am here to tell you…. it doesn’t exist. You don’t need a plan, you don’t need to have all the knowledge, all you need to know is that you are making the decision to start. Want to start a business? You don’t need a business plan, you just need an idea and the drive to start it. You’ll learn as you go, but don’t use time, money, and knowledge as an excuse to not pursue your dreams. It has been done with less, and you can do the same, all you have to do is make the decision to start.
Action leads to insight more often than insight leads to action.
I decided to build a second lesson off of the one above, and this one is just as important. We will learn more by the things we do, rather than the things we don’t do. By jumping into the life you want, you are going to learn how to make it work. There is no better teacher than experience, and shying away waiting for the perfect moment is only holding you back from those insights. Your main goal should be to take action, not try to learn everything before you act.
Who cares what people think. Doing what you love will attract the right people.
A lesson that we’ve all heard 1,000 times, but one that is the hardest to live by. This year was truly monumental for me in terms of the way let the perspective of others affect me. I hardly care at all, or at least I developed the tools to not care. How did I do that? I continued to put myself in uncomfortable scenarios regardless of the potential feedback I would get. I came to terms with the fact that I couldn’t avoid it, so I really had no option. I’d rather attempt to achieve my goals than regret not pursuing them due to the fear of others opinions. Now, I do still care what people think, but not nearly enough to hold back on my own dreams. If you want your goals bad enough, I am not saying it will be easy, but you will learn to move forward and care less about peoples opinions.
Leadership has nothing to do with results, but everything to do with the way you live your life.
I have always prided myself on being a leader, but I struggled with the meaning towards the final years of my baseball career. Usually when you think of a leader, you think of someone who has massive amounts of skill. In baseball, I had anything but a large amount of skill. It was hard to understand that a leader doesn’t need skill, but more people will look towards the way you live your life, rather than the accolades that you collect during your life. To be a leader, you just need to live your life according to your values, stick to them, and be willing to spread your message. It doesn’t have to look fancy, just live your life the way you believe, and you’ll be a leader.
You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.
You are only human. It can be easy to get lost in the thought that we can do anything we put our minds too, and we indeed can, but we can’t do several high effort tasks simultaneously. I’ve had a lot on my plate, and I tried juggling each task when I started, but I had to delegate certain things to other people. Now, I am not saying you need to hire employees, but understand that you can give yourself some grace with a lot on your plate. You can only produce extreme high quality work in one area at a time, so forgive yourself, and take your time. Do one great thing at a time rather than a million decent things.
Routine is meant to make life easier, not run you into the ground.
Routines are necessary to produce quality results, but a routine should not dictate your life. Routines are great, but they do not need to stick every single day. There was a lot of times during the year I planned my weeks for maximum effort, a lot of tasks, and no breaks, but by the end of the week, I couldn’t keep up with it all – I was drained. I had to find different routines, and sometimes even abandon routines to stay on task. Sometimes you need to subtract tasks to add more value, so if your routine is getting a little too intense, sometimes it’s okay to modify it, or even get rid of it for a little. They key here is just be willing to adjust. It’s okay to get rid of a routine.
When one person see’s a problem, someone else see’s an opportunity.
The beauty of perspective, and probably my second hardest lesson. During tough situations in relationships, training, and business, I found myself hounding on the problems I was facing, not the opportunity to find a solution. I should have been more focused on creating solutions to problems, excited that I was able to problem solve, rather than dwell on my small inconveniences. Now, I am not saying you can’t complain, sometimes it’s good for us to do so, but never let complaining get in the way of moving towards a solution. Use problems as opportunities for solutions and you can become a weapon in your own life.
I hope this blog provided you some massive value, and I hope my mistakes can help you jump start your personal growth endeavors in the future. However, don’t just take my word for it, go experience these lessons yourself. You’ll be so happy you did.
I wish everyone the best year ahead. A year full of countless goals crossed off, and a healthy self, as well as healthy loved ones. As always, I am here for each and every one of you. If you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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What if you don’t achieve that one thing you really desire?
What if it doesn’t turn out exactly how you want it to? or how you thought it would?
These are questions nobody wants to ask, but one’s which we can learn a lot from.
The past week I have asked myself this question every night before bed. I sit at my desk, write “What if you don’t?” on a post-it note, and answer it first thing in the morning.
This idea came from my mindset coach, Joe Rinaldi, as we work together preparing me to bear crawl an ultra marathon. Just like anyone giving every ounce of effort to achieve a dream, I have doubts. Some moments I wonder how I will complete this, and what it will look like if I don’t, but this exercise has given me a ton of peace.
I write this because I want you to feel that same the same peace with whatever you are striving for. I want to relieve you of those doubts if you’ve been wondering if all of your work is worth it. Good news, it is.
So, here are all of my answers. If any resonate with you, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to chat about it.
Nothing Changes. You’ll Be Okay
What I slowly began to realize is that no matter the outcome, I’m still the same person.
I’m still the person who took a risk.
I’m still the person who ran towards my dream even if I felt fear.
I’m still the person who goes to great lengths to prove we are more capable than we imagine.
The outcome doesn’t change me. It doesn’t change who I am.
And it certainly doesn’t change you.
My point is that no matter what doubts you have, if you are chasing something you love and believe in, failure will never change who you are. What matters is that you are taking a risk, showing up for yourselves as well as others, and making this world a better place. An outcome can’t define you, so never let it deter you from chasing the things you really want. Even if you don’t achieve it, you will still be the same. The only difference is that you will be in a stronger place to tell a better story.
Keep going, I am always here for you.
Never Stop Hustling
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My life journey over the past 9 months has been quite an interesting one. It’s been filled with a lot of trial, error, failure, and lessons learned, but through a ton of discipline, I’ve been able to develop a morning routine that continues to propel me in a successful direction.
I had to write this blog because I knew something was missing from my content. Each week I attempt to provide you with some form of valuable information, but I couldn’t help but feel that some major value was missing.
That missing piece was my morning routine.
This blog is going to tell you the personal benefits I have seen from a strong morning routine, break down my own personal morning routine, and the must haves that I think you should adopt into yours.
Why You Should Have a Morning Routine
If I had to look back on my journey and accredit my large personal success to one area, it would 100% go to my morning routine. For some reason, the feeling of waking before most people gave me a rush of energy that was indescribable. I couldn’t help but feel like I had a purpose in this world, and that the growth work I was doing was almost secretive. It literally made me feel like I had a cheat code for happiness, one that almost no-one was using. I felt successful without any results to show for it.
That same feeling slowly began to creep into my nights. I was excited to go to bed knowing I had a powerful, intentional morning routine waiting for me. I had no problem fighting my alarm clock, most times I would wake up before it.
The morning routine will keep you accountable, help you feel productive, and have you excited to wake up in the morning when it’s a struggle for most people.
Lastly, the morning should be a time where you can gather your thoughts, spend time on yourself, and prepare for the work ahead that is uncertain in what it will bring.
You need some certainty in your morning to deal with an uncertain world.
The Measurable Benefits Of a Morning Routine
The biggest benefit of a morning routine is the structure it provides.
Having a set plan, along with times for execution will leave no question marks for when the morning arises. Without set pillars or a plan for the morning, you will find a lack of structure, which then leads to a failure in execution.
Since we are on the topic of execution, you will see a massive increase in your daily, monthly, and yearly output in any area you dedicate minutes to in your morning routine. Now, there are many reasons you will produce more and I am going to list some for you.
More hours in the day
Statistically speaking, waking up early and setting solid time blocks for anything will amount to more time over a given year. As it relates to a day, you are probably getting an hour more of work done than you normally would. For me, I actually began to get more work done in the morning than I did in two days.
Less stress, no rush
Getting a routine allowed me to understand how much time I actually needed to balance myself for the day. Once I got it established, I never had to worry about making the time because I knew how much I needed. If I had to be somewhere at 9, I needed to wake up at least two hours before to get a maximal routine in.
My Morning Routine
My routine changes often. I think its important to keep things new and fresh, so here is my current morning routine that i’ve been using for the last couple of weeks
5:45am – Wake up
My morning routine actually starts at 6am, but I like to give myself some buffer room to make my morning coffee, drink my BPN Supps Strong greens, reds, and creatine so I can rehydrate from the night before
6:00am – Guided Prayer/Meditation
This is something that has been quite new to me, but something I have been leaning into more as my day to day has become hectic. Religion was not something prominent in my early life, but as I have come to seek more risk for success, it has been nice to have a higher power to lean on. If you are not religious, guided meditations are a great way to start your morning, center your mind, and feel grateful for everything you already have in your life. It’s a great way to find stillness
6:15am – Gratitude/Journal
Now, this has been, and always will be a staple in my morning routine. Every day for the past 9 months I have journaled, and the results are indescribable. My journaling may consists of different things, but every day I write down three things I am grateful for, some affirmations to my future goals, and some motivation to what achieving my goals will feel like.
6:30am – Visualization
This has been another completely new task for me, one which I am finding extremely difficult, but I know it is totally necessary to achieving maximal outcomes. I use this time to visualize my goal of bear crawling an ultra marathon. I watch videos of the course I will be doing, and then I spend time closing my eyes visualizing exactly how each moment will feel, look, smell, everything. I spend time living in the moment before it is even real. I will achieve this goal 330 more times before achieving it in real life.
7:00am – Read
To be completely transparent, I’ve been experiencing so much insight in my day to day life that I have had so much trouble implementing any additional information into my life, so reading has been quite slow. However, reading will always have a place in my morning routine, whether I choose to do it or not. 30 minutes of reading allows me to spark new ideas, feel inspired, and look for insight to elevate specific areas of my life.
7:30am-8:30am – Writing
Keeping up with a blog, newsletter, instagram, and twitter, I have plenty of things to write about each week. So every morning I spend an hour writing on different topics I have been experiencing in my life. This is my favorite time in my morning routine because it really allows me to understand what has been going on in my life, and it gives me the chance to analyze my perspective on different troubles or opportunities. Writing keeps me in check with my thoughts, but more importantly, it keeps me in check with my actions because it gives me a first hand view of how I am choosing to show up in my everyday life. Writing is my accountability partner.
The Morning Must Haves
I understand that many of us may not have the luxury of 2 hours for a morning routine, as to which I would say you can wake up earlier, but I am going to give you the ones I think everyone should make time for. Even spending as little as 5 minutes to any of those 5 pillars would create leaps and bounds in your life, but at the bare minimum here is what you should incorporate.
If I ever find myself in a hurry, I will try to spend at least 5-10 minutes on each of these three, because I know how important they really are. You should always be willing to make time for yourself, and by having three pillars for gratitude and growth, you will significantly impact the quality of your life in a short amount of time.
I hope this blog inspired you to implement some form of routine into your morning. I promise you will see tremendous benefits when you start to make the time for yourself, and you will eventually want to spend more time doing it – I spend two hours and I wish I had more. So, don’t be afraid to implement change. Take it one pillar at a time, and before you know, it you’ll be living all five.
Never Stop Hustling
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As many of you know by now, I have a brand labeled “Never Stop Hustling”. I adopted these words from my grandfather who wrote it them to me in a note many years back, and I still hold it close to me every single day. These words may seem TOO fitting for the lifestyle I live now. I’m a driven individual, working to accomplish something that hasn’t been done before, I work till 9pm training clients, write a newsletter, blog, and maintain a brand on social media, but it all has nothing to do with hustle culture.
As a fitness individual, many people see me as a “go getter”. Someone who stops at nothing to achieve their goals, but this blog is dedicated to showing you it’s more than that. The hustle is not just about work, it’s about the play and the separation between the two, while maintaining a hustle mindset. I carry this approach into every single area of my life, and I truly believe you can do the same.
Before we dive into my “Hustle”, I think it’s crucial that we dive into the societal definition of hustle culture.
Personally, when someone says hustle culture, the first thing that comes into my mind is a man who comes home from work, opens his laptop, ignores his family, continues work from the office, and fails to open his eyes to the beautiful family which he has worked so hard to create.
Hustle culture prioritizes work over anything else in life. It’s a lifestyle that chooses no disconnect between work and play. At all times you must be giving maximum capacity and focus to work. There is little time for family, friends, sporting events, concerts, or anything else that allows you to recharge from the stressful work life. There is no turn off.
You are literally in constant go mode. An extension of your desk at work.
If that scares you, it should. Too many people live life with the idea that the process above works, or worse, there is no other way to be successful. I’m here to tell you it’s not.
You can adopt a hustle mindset while allowing yourself to turn off from work. You can play just as hard as you work, and get even more done when you return back to that “go getter” mode in your work life.
Let me show you how.
Never Stop Hustling
Sometimes I can be somewhat of an anxious person. I’m always worrying if I am doing enough, working hard enough, or maximizing my potential, but I could no longer sustain those worries. I had to put certain things into perspective, and that is where the meaning of Never Stop Hustling was born.
To me, Never Stop Hustling means that every aspect of our lives is equally important. We have designated times in our day that we need to tend to, and not one area of our life deserves our sole focus and attention.
Never Stop Hustling means that sometimes we do need to slow down to speed up. If we live in constant go mode we will never be able to pivot, make adjustments, and create valuable work. We can miss opportunity if we work too hard.
Never Stop Hustling means that we need to hustle and give our all to our family, friends, and leisures because they provide us the mental clarity and bandwidth to tackle obstacles in work which matter so much to us.
Never Stop Hustling means we need to remove ourselves from work so we can see the beautiful life we have created, and not be so concerned with creating more. It means there is no finish line, so we can stop working like this next achievement will bring us eternal peace.
Never Stop Hustling means that we are human. We need love, family, leisure, and work to be fulfilled. We can do anything but we can not do everything. We need our time to step back, recharge, and put our energy into other things.
More importantly, we can touch every area intentionally while fully enjoying the present moment.
I won’t lie and say I never practiced the hustle culture mindset before in my own life, and I still do from time to time. However, I realized that when I choose to work this way I don’t provide the same value to my work. I actually perform worse.
For me, play is just as important as work when it comes to getting things done. I need to separate my work and my personal life in order to give myself a break.
I will leave you with some tips to use so you can step back when you are too surrounded by work.
Separate work from home
Ex. After 5pm, I will no longer open my laptop and I will only converse with my family.
Create work periods/time schedule
Tell yourself you will only worry about certain activities in the time slots you allotted. It will allow you to get more done with constraints and also remove you from continuous lingering thoughts.
Remember your goals/Create goals for all areas of your life. (Yes, even leisure and downtime)
Ex. I will call one family member/friend a day
Embrace the Immortal Finish line
Remember, the goal you are working towards will be followed by another one (Probably bigger), so don’t forget you need to learn how to enjoy the process
Remember, none of this is easy. It is always a work in progress and you need to constantly monitor your efforts. See whats working, how you feel, and keep changing accordingly.
Lastly, I hope this blog gave you some good insights and value to use in your own life. If you want to connect with me about this topic feel free to reach out to me on any platform. I’d love to chat with you and create the hustle mindset together.
Today is my 23rd birthday (I feel old even though I know i’m not). Birthdays have become special to me because they represent a time stamp that allows us to see what we completed in a given time frame. We had 365 days of unique opportunity. How did we capitalize on it? How did we use it to grow for the better.
22 was a great year. I’ll always be able to look back and remember that between two stamps in time I was able to turn my life around – I propelled it in a powerful and positive direction. I’ll always be thankful for the previous age or calendar year, but since you know me by now, I’ll always be ready to move forward and Never Stop Hustling.
So in this blog I will reflect on 22 and break down my unique aims for the age of 23. Some of these goals will carry over into my next calendar year (Until that number stops going up), but some will end this year. I hope you are coming along with me.
Reflecting on 22
Now that I look back on 22 I was able to find myself on two opposite ends of a spectrum. The day I turned 22 I was applying to nursing schools, getting my masters degree in healthcare administration, and preparing to make my last college baseball season count.
It was an important year in my life. I knew I needed to change direction and I knew I wanted something more – I just wasn’t looking in the correct areas. I still wonder what would have happened if I chose to go to nursing school, and looking back I don’t think I would have been to happy. Entrepreneurship is really where my heart lies and it is going to allow me to inspire so many people.
However, even though I knew I needed to change I still didn’t know how to do it. This led me to reading and writing in my journal, reflecting daily on what I wanted to be in my own life. I began to wake up early on purpose, start my day with intention, and only put time and energy into the things that fueled me too. I drank less, I worked out more.I began to feel like my life had a powerful meaning. I was no longer going through the motions.
By finding this meaning I thought it was a good idea to start my own newsletter called The Insightful Pursuit. I wanted to share with people the insight I was learning, but more importantly I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could help people get out of the situation I found myself in. I was called to do more.
Through these new self discoveries and a platform to share them on, I began gaining the confidence to push myself past each limit I placed on myself. I began to seek physical discomfort by taking on the 4x4x48 challenge from the man himself David Goggins. This challenge had me running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours, and I loved every second of it. I was never a runner, but my mind got me through it.
I learned I was capable of more.
This finding led me to a new challenge, one which I haven’t completed yet, but I had to save it for 23. I took the 4x4x48 off my commitment board and threw up the outline of the NYC Marathon. 22 committed me to bear crawling a marathon.
I basically owe my life to 22, it was the year I was born. It was the start of something more. This drive will continue into 23, and i’m going to show you how I plan on doing that.
My Goals For 23
Bear crawl a marathon in under 20 hours and 48 minutes for a world record
Raise $50,000 for a charity (TBD) which supports mental health and guidance amongst youth being raised with a lack of support or environment
Continue to consistently provide valuable content to inspire other to push past their perceived limits through my instagram, twitter, newsletter, and blog
NEVER STOP HUSTLING
Let’s continue to make this world a better place and take advantage of the time we have left in our unique calendar years.
Who is coming with me?
Never Stop Hustling
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An athletes number is very sacred, it represents more than just a number. It’s a surface look of who they are, why they do that they do, and the identity that they carry into every moment. It’s the driving force behind the tenacity and grit you see between the lines. It allows an athlete to feel a sense of pride when they put it on, knowing they are going to give their all to something bigger than them.
That sacred number was 11 for me, and this blog is dedicated to telling you why.
Like every athlete, the beginning of the season is the time to pick your number. You line up, and if you’re lucky, you get first dibs at all the options. Most players at a young age don’t understand the value a sports number will hold. They usually pick a number because of their favorite player, or their parents previous number to keep the competitive spirit alive, and I intended to do the former.
Growing up my favorite baseball player was David Wright, who wore #5 for the New York Mets. I wanted to wear #5 because of who it represented, but for an odd reason I had an attachment to the #11 that I didn’t quite understand.
While struggling to pick between the two numbers, a man (I can’t remember who, it was certainly one of my buddies fathers) came up to me and guided me on the decision. He said to me, “You can either wear #5 and be like David Wright, or you can wear #11 and one day people will wear it because of you”. Of course the image and emotions of an accomplishment like that came flooding into my mind, making the choice of #11 much easier. I decided to take #11, and that would be the number to stick with me.
Unfortunately, my baseball days are over, and no young kids are wearing the number 11 because of me. (Except my little brother, which is way cooler if you ask me). However, what actually stemmed from that choice was something so much greater. Something I’ll be able to take with me everywhere I go, remembering the people who mean the most to me.
The more years you play a sport, the more nicknames you’ll have – and I left with more than I can count. Some nicknames involve your actual name, but others involve a short name formed around the number that you wear. For example, my teammates would usually call me “Sticks”, because the number 11 looks like two sticks next to each other – but they would also call me “Ones”, which was my absolute favorite.
The nickname “ones” became my favorite because it reminded me of all of the people who I had love for in my life. It reminded me of my loved ones because I never wanted to say I had more love for one specific person over anybody else. If I loved you, I would have your back regardless, I would support you, and you would be my one.
The number 11 fit because I had a lot of “Ones”. I didn’t want anyone to come in second, so everyone held the place of the number one. Each person was at the top and they were a collective group of my most important people, not separate in my heart.
A Nickname For Life
The #11 will always be my life number. Simply, no other number could possibly hold that much value and represent the people who have given me so much of them.
I no longer wear that number on my back anymore, but I do wear it around a necklace.
I wear it as a constant reminder to keep moving forward because I have the most amazing people in my life. Through that number around my necklace, I can hold each individual “one” close to me through any pursuit that I take on.
I can find strength in them because as we know at this point, there is nothing we can do alone. We need the people who love us each step of the way.
So to my “ones”, you know who you are. Thank you for everything you have done for me to give this beautiful number so much meaning. I will continue wearing it in some from or another, and together we will accomplish some pretty amazing feats.
I love you guys.
Never Stop Hustling
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