All posts in “Determination”

It’s Not Fear of Failure We Should Worry About


“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” -Francis Chan

Are you spending time on the things that truly matter? By asking that each of us quantifies that “matter” a bit different. What matters to you may not come close to what matters to your social circle or work associates. When you look at the long term aspects of what you are doing in life, will they matter? Have a great week.


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3 Performance Tips That Separate Amateur From Professional Athletes

3 Performance Tips That Separate Amateur From Professional Athletes w/ Olympic Gold Medalist & World Champion Erin Cafaro Mackenzie

In this video series we cover 3 things that you can implement to improve and increase your performance while training.

Erin Cafaro is a 2 time Olympic gold medal rower, world champion, coach, mentor and student. Full bio listed below.

Tip 1: Prime the Pump

  •  Intro the movement and get ready for the task at hand
  • Get your heart and body ready
  • Prep your tissues
  • Breathe Hard and be sweating before exercise

Tip 2: Visualize

  • See it before you compete
  • See the goal and the result you want
  • What are you going to do when it gets hard and how you will react

Tip 3: Decompress

  • What helps you turn off?
  • Unplug
  • Remove distractions
  • Learn when to be on, when to be off
  • Meditate, Relax, Unwind – it’s a must

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About Erin Cafaro Mackenize: Source Wikipedia

Erin began her rowing career as a novice at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. She went on to make the varsity team in her freshman year, and to win the Women’s NCAA Rowing Championships in both 2005 and 2006. In the summer of 2005 Erin also competed for US Rowing U23 Team in the Women’s 4- at the Amsterdam, Netherlands FISA U23 World Championships, where the team won gold.

Starting in the summer of 2006 Erin began training full-time with the US Rowing National Team. She won a bronze Medal at Eton, England in the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2006 and one gold Medal in Munich, Germany at the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2007, both in the Women’s 4- event.[2]

Erin competed for the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and 2012 Olympic Games in London, England where she and her teammates brought home the gold medals in the Women’s 8+ event.[1] Beijing was the first time the United States Olympic Team has won the Gold in the Women’s 8+ event in the full 2000m race.

In 2009 Erin won Gold Medals both in the Women’s 2- and 8+ events at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. This was the first time in US Rowing history that the W2- pair has won the Gold Medal in an international championship, much less two gold medals in two very challenging Olympic events in the same year at the same regatta. Erin and her pair partner, Susan Francia were awarded 2009 FISA World Crew of the Year for their performances at the World

Rowing Championships, as well as being named USA Today’s Athletes of the Month.[3] Erin was also awarded the Female

Athlete of the Year award for 2009 by her teammates and coaches on the US Rowing National Team.

During her training in the 2008 Olympic year, Erin discovered CrossFit, and has incorporated the training ideologies, concepts and workouts into her full-time, year round rowing program. Erin has recently received her Cross Fit Level I Training Certification. She feels that everyone can make a huge difference in their conditioning by using this philosophy and techniques.[citation needed] S

Fear – HELP! I Can’t Breathe

Where is it that we find the most growth? It is not from doing what we always do or staying in our comfort zones. It almost always happens at the point of a personal challenge. As most of you know I am 13 weeks into recovery from a major shoulder surgery. In this we found numerous complications so my physical activity for the past 3 months has been almost non existent. I share this for one reason only – FEAR!

I have the opportunity to attend an exclusive breathing clinic being held by one of my favorite practitioners, Coach Brian Mackenzie.  To top it off he is having Mr. Wim Hof as the special guest for the all day session. If you do not know Wim, please watch the quick video below. He is the global leader in breathing technics to improve athletics, stress reduction and healing.

I don’t mean some late night infomercial scam, I mean the guy has worked with the scientific leaders from around the world to validate, measure and document his approach.

Did I mention that I am scared? Afraid – like my stomach is nervous as hell to attend and participate. Needless to say, this journey is for me and the things I will learn will be un measurable in value. As much as this post is about the importance of breathing, it is more so on overcoming your fear to find growth. Today – challenge yourself to do something uncomfortable.

More to come when I return from the experience.


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Event Overview:

The ability to breathe is something that most people take for granted until they are in a situation when breathing becomes difficult.  Whether its induced by stress or health issues, restricted by water or metabolic capacity, all of us have been to that place where we realize we are limited by our ability to breathe.  What if you could learn how to be a better breather and open up more athletic, health and all around wellness as a result?

This camp is for anyone that wants to learn more about breathing, open up more athletic potential towards breathing, learn how to deal with stress, increase recoverability, and have a better overall awareness of you’re ability.

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Who is Wif Hof and why should you care?


Happiness, a State of Mind?


“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

I personally understand the depths of reaching out of a slump. People say, just go be happy – as if it is that easy. Find 3 things that bring you joy today. Do at least one of them a day until Monday starts. You will find yourself in a new mindset as the new week launches.

Have a great weekend.

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Someone Else’s Plan For Your Life


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” –Jim Rohn

I am sitting in the Starbucks in between meetings in Salt Lake City, and have this weird feeling. That feeling that I am missing something, urgency, anxiety…..etc. That same feeling that I get knowing that my ideas, projects and open business opportunities that need to be completed, or someone else will beat me to the punch. That is one of that is common across the line though, no one built this life for me. These are choices I make to build a life that I can be happy of and proud to share with the ones I love.

As you read this, remember – build a plan, as no one is waiting to do it for you.


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Find a Way


“If you really want something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.”

I have been on both sides of this statement. From hitting the snooze button to being first up and out when the sun is still down.

From the new job, relationships, loosing weight or simply getting healthy – If you want something you will find a way.

As you head into the day today, think of what you are striving for and push excuses out of the way to make it happen.


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Daily Studies – Epictetus & The Art of Living

No One Can Hurt You

“People don’t have the power to hurt you. Even if someone shouts abuse at you or strikes you, if you are insulted, it is always your choice to view what is happening as insulting or not. If someone irritates you, it is only your own response that is irritating you. Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you, remember that it is only your judgement of the incident that provokes you. Don’t let your emotions get ignited by mere appearances.


Try not to merely react in the moment. Pull back from the situation. Take a wider view, compose yourself.”



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The UFC, The Gracie Family & Coaching World Champions – Our Interview with John Crouch

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This week we feature our interview with Coach John Crouch.  He is a world class jui jitsu coach, professor and mentor to world champions in the mixed martial artists community. Ranging from Royce Gracie to former WEC / UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. Not only is an amazing coach, he is a friend. I look up to many aspects of what Coach is doing for the sport he loves. He is highly regarded as one of the best MMA coaches in the business today. From his time with the Gracie Family to Coaching World Champions we go through his journey.

“Find something you love to do, and spend time doing it”

At the end of the podcast we will be giving away some autographed UFC gear. Details in the lower section.

Topics We Discuss:

  • The Journey to Martial Art
  • Time with The Gracie Family
  • The start of the UFC and World Champions
  • The rise of Jiu Jitsu in the States
  • The MMA Lab
  • What it takes to be a professional fighter
  • UFC – Behind the scenes
  • Road to a championship
  • Details of a fight camp
  • The Ultimate Fighter – Mexico
  • Benson Henderson – The Story of a Champion

We will be running a contest from Monday September 28th until midnight Friday October 9th.

You have the chance to win a pair of autographed UFC gloves signed by legend and world champion – Benson Henderson. We will also be giving away some limited edition Ultimate Fighter Latin America – Autographed Tee Shirts from Mr. Efrain Escudero. 

Click the link HERE for full contest details.


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Is Personal Potential on a Timeline?

“It is never too late to be what you might have been”
– George Eliot

As we dive into the week, remember that it is never to late to start being and doing what you have always wanted to do.

Some of the greatest entrepreneurs, athletes and artists all started after they turned 35 years old.

Take some action as you really think this through. What have you read or done to start the process? Are you asking the right questions, are you involving the right people?

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Quote of the Day

“There’s no better time in history to start a business than now. It’s all based on how bad you want it.” Nathan Chan CEO Foundr

As you enter the stoplight on the way to work, do me a favor. Look at the car next to you. Is the driver a miserable looking bloke who is heading into a job that he hates, working for a boss he can’t stand? Now look into your rear view mirror. Hold the mirror at an angle to where you can see the look on your own face. How close do you resemble the man you just witnessed driving off in the distance?

Time is an interesting concept. Your past experience, the current technology and your future uncertain – the variables can equal something great. I recently had the opportunity to interview Mr. Nathan Chan, Founder and CEO of one of the top ranked publications focused on Entrepreneurs. The Foundr community is focused on providing tools, articles and interviews that serve as guidance for those wanting to start a business. They have featured the likes of Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Depak Chopra, Kevin Hartz from Event Brite, Ariana Huffington & Sir Richard Branson. 

In our interview the above quote came together. It could really serve as mission statement for the message we have been sharing from the beginning. The time to make a change in your life is NOW. Today is the best time and the future is yours to create. Your past doesn’t need to dictate your future. If you have the will – not just an idea – but the burning will to put in the time, you can create a future you desire and do what you love as a source of income.

Who is Foundr:

What once started as a digital magazine (based on iOS & Android) for young entrepreneurs by young entrepreneurs.

Foundr is now a multi-faced digital media platform via a podcast, digital magazine and training platform. Foundr was launched by entrepreneur Nathan Chan in 2013 with nothing but a laptop computer and a fistful of dollars, driven by the mission to help entrepreneurs build and grow a successful business.

Stay tuned for the full interview with Nathan as we dive into his journey to start Foundr. We discuss the lessons learned, the importance of building a brand, interviewing some of the business markets top thought leaders and the importance of building a kick ass community.

You can find Nathan Chan and Foundr at the following:


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