Are you hurting or are you suffering?

Are you hurting or are you suffering?

I was watching a London real video interview with David Millar. He was a professional cyclist that beat Lance Armstrong at one point but got caught for taking banned drugs.

He made an interesting comment, he said that when its your day you need to be out at the front dictating the pace. You are hurting but thats the best bit because you are hurting and dictating your own terms to everyone else. It is very much self inflicted with a purpose.

If you are at the back of the pack everyone in front of you is dictating the pace. Therefore you are suffering at the hands of others. This links back to one of the quotes I posted from Terry Crews about not focussing on what others do. Others play to their strengths and if you try and copy them you are gonna have to be stronger in their strength than them.

If find yourself at the back you need to make sure you go back to following your strengths and not following what works for others as it might not suit your skills.

These examples are focussed on sport but are just as transferable to business and life too.

Foam rolling myths

Foam Rolling Myths

Myth 1: Foam rollers break down muscle ahesions.

Hmmm… a steak is made of muscle tissue. Go put a foam roller on it and see how long it takes to break down. Also if it did break down adhesions why do you become restricted in the same area a day or two later?

Myth 2: Foam rollers loosen out all my muscles.

Hmmm.. depends where you use it. Foam rollers are not very specific therefore it is very difficult to get a meaningful change in muscle tone. A lot of people then move on to the hard aggresive rumble rollers. In order to make a muscle relax you have to work into it. When you are about to get punched in the arm do you tense up or relax? Same principle. Thats why a good sports massage will get gradually firmer and not start at Death Con 5 ie the rumble roller. Also STOP FOAM ROLLING YOUR IT BAND. Its a tendon! You’re spending 15 mins foam rolling a tendon. You are getting such minor improvements, instead focus on what is pulling it tight. The TFL.

What are they actually good for?

Foam rollers are great for your mid back to help fix that slough and maybe large body parts (lats, quads) but apart from that the improvements you are probably getting is from short term and from endorphin release and increased localised blood flow.

Success is a habit

‘We are what we do repeatedly. Success is not an action but a habit’ – Aristotle

I speak a lot about forming good habits whilst simultaneously breaking bad habits. Good habits stacked on top of each other accrue cumulative benefits.

Creating habits can automate a lot of your tasks, and give you extra mental energy for complex tasks later in the day. This is why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same clothes everyday. All these small, 1% things will build up over time and lead to dramatic results.