I have doing a lot more reading since graduating from college. In fact I think I have finished two books every week for the last three weeks. It's been epic!

As you might assume most of the books have to do with health, movement, or something related to improving one's self. However I also enjoy reading books that tell the stories of our history and books that discuss business and leadership. If you have any good references please let me know! I am always looking for books to add to my wish list.

In kind I'd like to make a recommendation to you on a book that I am currently reading called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. It's a fantastic book! I picked it up after hearing Jason Ferrugia and Craig Ballantyne discuss it on a podcast.

The basic premise behind the book is about how to identify the things in life that one can consider the vital few and how to eliminate the trivial many.

I think this is a practice most of us suck at and quite frankly could desperately use considering how pervasive the disease of "I'm to busy" is in the world.

While I definitely want you to pick up and read the book for yourself I do want to offer you one quote from the book that I shared with my FTS Insider's over the weekend almost immediately after reading it. I think it's that important of an idea.

The quote is below:

"When we are unclear about our real purpose in life— in other words, when we don’t have a clear sense of our goals, our aspirations, and our values— we make up our own social games. We waste time and energies on trying to look good in comparison to other people. We overvalue nonessentials like a nicer car or house, or even intangibles like the number of our followers on Twitter or the way we look in our Facebook photos. As a result, we neglect activities that are truly essential, like spending time with our loved ones, or nurturing our spirit, or taking care of our health."

Did you get uncomfortable reading that? I did.

Did you feel like someone was talking about you at some point in the last week? I did.

Clarity of purpose is a must! It's want allows us to make decisions and choices without second guessing because without an overarching mission or goal we cannot evaluate any decision or choice as good or bad or right or wrong.

As the Cat from Alice in Wonderland put it:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." "I don't much care where –" "Then it doesn't matter which way you go.”

I went to a Springfield Cardinal's game yesterday with my family and during the sixth and seventh innings of the game my brother and I spent much of the time talking about this. What it means, how so many people are lacking it, and how it wraps what you truly think is important and necessary in this life.

I am clear on who I am, what I want, and what I wake up everyday pursuing. I may not do it correctly all the time and no doubt I screw up a lot, but I learn and I grow and I keep the "main thing the main thing" as Stephen Covey would say.

I would urge you to think about your purpose this week and get super clear on what it is. I think you will be deeply surprised and satisfied with the level of peace and happiness this kind of clarity brings to your life both personally and professionally.

So yeah get your shit figured out (;D), buy Essentialism, read it, and have your mind blown.

But before you do that don't forget to check out this week's list of stuff to read!

1. You Down With GPP by Tony Gentilcore

This is an interesting piece in which Mr. Gentilcore shares a recent change of heart he has had towards steady state cardio and how it relates to general physical preparedness. The current trendy thing to say in the industry is that long steady state cardio is useless and will ruin all your gainz so it's nice to hear someone coming to the middle on the topic. I think it's thought-provoking and might have you considering adding some longer aerobic energy systems work into your weekly training routine.

2. Your Excuse Is Invalid: All Your Reasons for Waiting Are Bad by Jason Lengstorf

This is my shit! I always tell me that the biggest difference I see between uber successful people and unsuccessful people is the fact that successful people don't accept excuse for themselves whether they be legitimate or not. They back themselves into a metaphorical corner where there is only one option, to succeed. I loved this piece and it has me fired up for the week ahead. I hope it does the same for you.

3. Join the Bikini Rebellion by Neghar Fonooni

Ladies (or gentlemen if bikini's are your thing. I don't judge.) this is a challenge that I am really digging being sponsored and put on my some really cool people most importantly it's creator Neghar. It's about owning your body and being proud of what you have. I think it's a practice that most women are failing at constantly. They are way to critical of themselves and each other. Instead one's practice should be to show others and ourselves grace, love, and acceptance while continuing to improve not in order to justify your worth, but to enhance the life you are living.

Happy moving and heavy lifting!

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