aa4aac8362e2d5d8245782533f8a182eHey whats up? Doing good? Cool! Alright we got the small talk out of the way. I gotta tell you about what I read today. It blew me off my feet and confirmed a lot of feelings that I have been struggling with lately in regards to some big up coming life decisions.

Yeah I make it sound pretty damn exciting don't I? Your probably thinking it is something brand spanking new and earth shattering, but actually most of it was written by a man who lived the majority of his life well over 150 years ago.

Okay enough tantalizing you. What I read is below. It is an excerpt from an article I received via email this morning written by Craig Ballantyne of Turbulence Training and Early To Rise. I couldn't thank him enough for writing and sharing this piece. I highly recommend you join in as part of the Early To Rise community and if your looking to lose fat Turbulence Training is a fantastic resource.

Anyways here you go:

In 1726, after a frustrating first visit to London, England, a 20-year old Ben Franklin returned to America. His voyage left him at sea for months, giving him plenty of time to reflect on his experiences. Young Ben had grown weary of the inconsistencies in his life and he was not pleased with his habits. He was ready to enter a new phase of life when he returned to Philadelphia, and decided it would be most fitting if he had some rules for his life. He called these his ‘Four Virtues’ and they became his action plan to live a more organized, efficient, and successful life.

1. It is necessary for me to be extremely frugal for some time, till I have paid what I owe.

2. To endeavor to speak truth in every instance; to give nobody expectations that are not likely to be answered, but aim at sincerity in every word and action – the most amicable excellence in a rational being.

3. To apply myself industriously to whatever business I take in hand, and not divert my mind from my business by any foolish project of growing suddenly rich; for industry and patience are the surest means of plenty. 

4. I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of every body.

Not only did he stick to these habits for the rest of his life, but he was quite proud that – given his young age – he had the wisdom to communicate them so well. Fifty years later he looked back in reflection and said, “It is the more remarkable, as being formed when I was so young, and yet being pretty faithfully adhered to quite through to old age.”

That shit is inspiring isn't it?

Doesn't it make you want to create your own rules and take charge of your life?

It does that to me.

If your interested in reading the entire article, which is on building habits, check it out here. And if you are interested in receiving content like what I shared above definitely go sign up for the Early To Rise Newsletter. They even give you a great free gift for subscribing.

This has anything to do specifically with lifting weights or eating "cleaner," but it does address living your best life which I think is what we are all searching for when trying to improve our bodies. If nothing else I hope it might just get you questioning where you are, where you want to be, and how you might go about getting there.

Alright here are the things I think you should definitely check out this week when you get some time to sit down and read.

1. 13 Ways to Transmogrify Any Exercise by Jon Goodman

Most of us get caught up on two ways to progress in the gym we either do more reps or we use more weight. But what if there are ways to vary an exercise that can make it more challenging and provide you will some variety? Yep that is what I thought. It would be kickass. Well Jon Goodman has got you covered and is going to share with you 13 different ways you can do just that.

2. The Staggering Bullshit of "The Secret" by Mark Manson

Oh boy I have I found another favorite blogger and writer. This guy tells it like it is and is nothing, but honest and genuine. It shines through brightly in his writing and I think that is why he has such a large following and connects with so many people. I think this article it beneficial in terms of achieving our goals as it addresses this idea of the "law of attraction" and the confirmation bias which I think we are all aware of on some level or another, but may might be not using it to our benefit as well as we could be.

3. These are the Bare Essentials for Extraordinary Results by Nia Shanks

I am on a bit of a self reliant fitness kick. I am very much interested in helping people find the way of training and eating that best fits them. For a lot of people I think this means building a home gym and leaving behind the idea that you need a large commercial gym membership to be able to train. This article falls in line with this idea. As Nia Shanks share with us what she thinks the essentials are for great results. You'll be surprised at how little it takes. Heads up she does plug some products at the end, but they are great products and you can't blame someone for selling things they believe in.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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