sMental Toughness Life Skill #2 – Making a Strong Connection with your Will (Part 5)

images never give up 5When life has you cornered, you must have a strong will to get you out of the mess.

(This is part 5 is this continuing series on how to bring your will into your daily life. By now, most of you are discovering how empowering your will is through the physical training. What will get you past a lung busting WOD is not a big muscles, but a will that refuses to quit. Now you must transfer this unbeatable determination to your personal adversities. Remember your will can not distinguish what your challenges are. It can’t decipher if the obstacle is an ass kicking WOD or a major problem at your work. Your will doesn’t give a dam if you are in the squat rack or the boardroom.

The goal of your will is to wipe out all obstacles and doubts that get in the way of your success and accomplishments.

Let’s take another step today in the development of your will to the real world.)

The major difference between facing physical challenge in the gym and a personal problem at home is the time factor. Continue reading

Mental Toughness and Getting Laid off (part 2 – a repost)

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(In part one of this series on dealing with being unemployed and mental toughness training, I talked about how getting laid off can be one of life’s biggest challenges. When your family is depended on you and you suddenly have no cash flow, it can be a very stressful time in your life. I know for me when I was let go of my job a couple of years ago, I was devastated. Being fired wasn’t the hard part.  It was the constant frustration of looking, applying for work and getting no responses. I can’t tell you how mentally down I was. Unless you have tons of money stacked away in your saving account, getting whacked from your job will be one the most difficult things that you will have to deal with.)

If any of you that has been following this blog and have recently received a pink slip, you must not give up on your mental toughness pursuit. You must make it a double effort to maintain doing the WODs Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #2 – Making a Strong Connection with your Will (Part 4)


(This is part 4 is this series on how to apply a strong will in your personal life. In the last installment, I talked about how your life can be negatively altered in a split second. One moment you can feel like you’re on top of the world. Your love life is great, you’re making gains in your career and you finally got some cash stashed away in your saving. However, if you are standing the wrong place at the wrong time, a drunk driver or natural disaster can turn your world upside down without any warning.  When you are close to losing what you love the most, having a iron-clad will is what can get you through your must trying times.

Fate can be quite cruel. Just turn on the nightly news and you are overwhelmed with sad stories about bad things done to very good people. In order to counter-attack these unjustified acts against your life , you must have a will that can crawl, scratch and bite when you are at your lowest and most vulnerable to giving up on life.)

As you begin to apply the skill of applying your will from the WODs to your personal life, you will notice one huge difference. With the workouts, there is a usually a time limit for you to finish the WOD. Continue reading

Mental Toughness and Getting Laid Off (A repost)

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(Here’s a repost of a blog I did last year. I’m reposting this blog and part 2 because I got a bunch of emails in the last month about my readers getting their pink slips. Times are still tough and I don’t care what the President says.

We are still in a fucken recession.

Hang in there, folks)

I get a lot emails and questions from my readers about how to obtain mental toughness during a life crises. Unfortunately, I’ve been getting some requests about how to deal with life when one just got laid off or fired. Nothing sucks more in life when you are suddenly jobless, especially when you have a family and kids to take care of. I been through this situation is the past and I know how grueling it can be on you psychologically and the drain it can put on between you and your family. It was just an awful time in my life and one my darkest periods where I felt like a complete failure. I’m usually an upbeat person, but during this time when I was constantly getting rejected from potential new employees, I went into a deep self-destructive depression. My mind was ravaged with negativity and just bad thoughts about everything. I was so full of frustration and anger, I wanted to lash out on my ex-boss and those new businesses that wouldn’t bring me for at least an interview. When I had nobody to direct my hate to, I inwardly pointed all the bottled up pain I was feeling towards myself. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #2 – Making a Strong Connection with your Will (Part 3)

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(This is part three of this life skill series on how to use your will in your personal life. Many of you have discovered the power of an indomitable will when you finish a rough CrossFit WOD. Pushing yourself to the end of the WOD when you have nothing left in your tank is the result of a hard-to-kill will. Discovering and strengthening your will during the WODs is the first step towards your mental toughness growth. Now you must transform your will to how you live your life.)

With this mental toughness-CrossFit program, you will learn to have command of your will when needed the most. The majority of you will learn to solidify your relationship with your will from the physical training of this program first. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #2 – Making a Strong Connection with your Will (Part 2)

index(This is part 2 of this life skill series on making a strong connection with your will. In the last section, I talked about how you must train your will to be relentless in the gym and when you leave it. One of the main problems the typical hardcore gym rats is having is that they can implement their will into lifting heavy weights, but don’t apply the same will strength to their personal lives. Universal toughness is never depended on your surroundings. Nor is it the goal of this mental toughness program to make you one-dimensional when you hit the weights. One of the objectives of this training is for you to make the transition of having a hard-to-kill with your physical training and when you renter the real world. With a will that is always in attack mode, you are ready to slay any opponent, problem or hardship at any given time, regardless of where you are.)

Having a will that never quits during the workouts is that’s only half of what you want to achieve in this mental toughness program. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #2 – Making a Strong Connection with your Will (Part 1)


(This part one in this series on how to make strong connection with your will in your personal life. I’m sure many have you have discovered how crucial it is to navigate your will during the WODs. If you have weak will, there is no way you will be able to handle the brutality from the CrossFit, Litvinov and barbell complex workouts. If you have made it through several of the WODs, it’s not because you are a great athlete or physically strong, but because you have a strong will. One of the many purposes of the ruthlessness from the physical training is for you to discover your will. It has gotten you past several high intensity WODs. Now you must learn how to activate the same will when you face your personal adversities.

The goal of this mental toughness training is to train your will to be indiscriminate when facing a formidable foe. It doesn’t matter if you have to go up against a rough CrossFit WOD or a major problem at your job. It makes no difference who or what you are facing. The objective is the same.

You are training your will to kick, push outside and wipe out whatever obstacles that get in the way of you are trying to achieve in life.)

As you will find very early in the physical aspect of this program, your will is the difference maker if you make it through the difficult WODs or if you will quit. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #1 – Prepare Yourself to be the Aggressor (Part 13)

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(In this final installment on how to prepare your mind for life’s problem, I want to stress how important it is for all of you to do the morning prep work. It must be treated as a skill and be taken seriously. If you find yourself going through the motions with the self reflective questions, you will not benefit from this mental toughness program. It must become part of your daily morning routine. So get up, brush your teeth, take shower, make breakfast and get off your social media. Instead, prime your mind to face the landmines in your life that are waiting to blow up in your face. The more prepare you yourself to do battle with your new and old adversities, the better your chances of defeating them.)

By signing up for in this mental toughness program you have taking a defiant stand against those who want to have their way with you just for their amusement. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #1 – Prepare Yourself to be the Aggressor (Part 12)

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(In part 11 on this series on how to get yourself ready for life’s problems, I talked about how sometimes we all lack motivation with our mental toughness training. When you catch yourself feeling laid-back instead of wanting to attack the WOD, you can use self-questions with negative outcomes to push you into action.  Like having an ace up my sleeve, these types of question have always inspired my clients and myself with much needed fuel when one gets lazy. The problem with having early success with this mental toughness program is that it can lead to complacency.  When that happens, you will be a risk at having a physical and mental regression if you get inconsistent with the training.  To prevent this catastrophe from happening, you must always be on the lookout for a lethargic mind-set. When you are less than inspired, go ahead and implement these self-questions with negative results.

If they don’t jolt you into action, you have no business being in this mental toughness program. )

For me, I always have to remind myself that everything I’ve earn can also be lost. The major point is that we can never forget how bad things used to be. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #1 – Prepare Yourself to be the Aggressor (Part 11)


(In the last post, I talked about how we should spent some time comparing our life since taking up this training and how we were when we were weak. By comparing and contrasting your new you and your former past self, it will keep you hungry and sustain your drive. I used this technique whenever I am feeling complacent, lazy or even cocky. Going back to your weak roots is a reminder of how far you have come, but also a dangerous wake up call that you may return to. As long as I have being dedicating myself to mental toughness training, I’ve never feel secure or completely in a safe zone that I “made it.” In fact when I catch myself feeling comfortable with the training, I like to put some worry and urgency back into myself. Unfortunately, I have seen some negative outcomes from my former training partners and clients who couldn’t keep up with this training.  As a result, they have returned back to their weak self and soft bodies. If this happened to them, it can also happen to me. The thought of this just makes me quiver with disgust.

I have no choice then, but to go out and train my ass off).

Currently, you are all very susceptible to returning back to having a overweight tummy and being the human doormat that you used to be. Very, very close. Continue reading