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Here’s an X-mas Gift Article for Ya

Here’s an X-mas Gift Article for Ya

 

Milt Campbell may be the saddest story in sports.

 

He’s from Plainfield, New Jersey, there’s a field in town named after him.

 

Way back in 1952, it was between his sophomore and junior year in high school, he goes to the Helsinki Olympics and wins the silver medal in the decathlon.

 

He wasn’t even a high school junior yet.

 

Four years later, he’s a student in Indiana University and he wins the gold medal for the decathlon.

 

Then he goes into the NFL and then the Canadian Football League.

 

When he went to the Olympics, he also could have made the Olympic team as a swimmer, etc., but he decided just to focus on the decathlon.

 

Later in life, he got a gold medal in the martial arts.

 

In his 70s, he still looked like a pro-football player.

 

What’s so sad about that?

 

Well, he only spent a few weeks in the NFL.

 

In the late ‘50s, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

 

After a couple weeks at the training camp, he was told that the president and the owner of the team, Paul Brown, wanted to see him.

 

He said, “Milt, why are you dating a white woman?”

 

Milt, who was African-American, said, “Mr. Brown, it’s none of your business.”

 

The next day he was cut by the Cleveland Browns and no NFL football team picked him up again.

 

Olympic historians have called him the unknown Olympic champion.

 

Everybody knows Bruce Jenner.

 

Everybody knows Rafer Johnson.

 

Most folks don’t know him.

 

He spent most his life multi-level marketing.

 

He never got the acclaim he deserved.

 

Milt became a motivational speaker, and an unbelievably good one.

 

They say a charismatic person lights up a room when they enter it, and a non-charismatic person lights up the room when they leave it.

 

He lit up every room he walked into.

 

He’d say, “How many of you have goals?”

 

Everybody would put up their hand.

 

He’d ask, “How many of you have written down your goals?”

 

Most people put up their hands.

 

He’d say, “How many of you have your written-down goals with you right now on your person?”

 

Nobody would raise a hand.

 

Milt would reach in and take out a little card.

 

He said, “That’s my secret. That helped me win my Olympic gold medals. You have to write down your goals and keep them with you 24/7. “

 

He set his goals, and he took every challenge that hit him.

 

He played football in the fall and basketball in the winter and track and field in the spring.

 

One day he was in the weight room in the winter, when there was a wrestling match going on.

 

All of a sudden, the wrestling coach barged into the weight room.

 

He said, “Milt, here’s the deal. We have one more match left. I need a heavyweight, and the other team has a state champion.  If you come up and beat this guy, we’ll beat this team for the first time ever.”

 

So Milt Campbell, who never wrestled a day in his life, went up, put on a wrestling uniform, and beat the state champion.

 

He died of prostate cancer two years ago in the fall.

 

Sports Illustrated does a retrospective on all the great athletes who died that year, usually late in the year.

 

They left him out of their retrospective.

 

His achievements stand for themselves, though.

 

If you set goals like Milt Campbell, if you keep your goals in mind and in hand always, you can accomplish great things in spite of the obstacles that block your way.

 

Hopefully that little story about Milt inspired you a bit, but just to cement it a little further, here is an article I wrote for you about making 2017 the greatest year of your life.

 

http://www.newellstrength.com/year-can-great/

 

 

Merry Christmas – Kyle Newell

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Munchie’s Cold Hands

While preparing for this coming week’s Unlocking Your Inner Strength workshop, I have been digging back into a lot of brain science.

 

And, as it turns out, which I have been saying for years, the hands are highly tuned into the nervous system which means they are highly, highly tuned into the brain.

 

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the hands are the key to unlocking the brain.

 

But let’s backtrack for a second here.

 

Twice in the past month, I went for a short walk with Munchie and didn’t put gloves on.  Not because of neglect or ignorance, but because I couldn’t find them.

 

Actually, it has happened three times, but the one time on our hike up in the Sourland mountains, Devon had me take my sox off to use them as mittens for Munchie.  Worked like a charm, thank God, because we were pretty far up the mountain.

 

Back to the story at hand.  One the main primal threats to the brain is cold (along with hunger, thirst and neglect).

 

I, myself, have always had very poor circulation in my hands to the point of pain when it gets real cold out.  Poor little Munch got this same trait from me.

The two other times I have been caught out on a walk with him, he started crying and screaming and I felt terrible.

 

It was because his hands were so damn cold.  Remember what I said before; the hands are greatly in tune with the brain and nervous system.  Now it all started to make sense why a person’s hands usually get the coldest the fastest.

 

It’s the quickest route to signal ‘danger’ to the brain.  If your knees got cold, it wouldn’t quite have the same impact would it?

 

Just a little connection to mind map from being open to observation, which further validated what I was working on for the upcoming workshop. Hands are the key to the brain.

 

What is your favorite thing in the whole world to study and learn about?

 

The more you are learn it and teach it, the more connecting of the dots to your favorite topic you can do.

 

Teaching is the greatest way to learn and the most rapid.

 

If you know someone that’d like to find the simple (not easy) path in the beginning of 2017, then send them to fill out one of our applications for our ‘Anti-resolution program’, which starts in a few weeks and is only $99 for the 30 day program.  https://goo.gl/forms/jKNTGBp6WEnomWCE2

 

 

Be different – Kyle Newell

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That Damn Oil Burner Switch

A little over a week and a half ago, on our first Monday night at our new home, I was struggling to find the correct light switch.

 

I got home late from Newell Strength as I normally do on Monday nights and Devon was already sleeping.

 

I was only a new habitant of the house at that point for 24 hours, so as you could understand, I wasn’t fully familiar.

 

On the backside of one of our walls, there are two switches.

 

I flicked the first one, nothing happened except a faint noise.  Well, I thought, that’s not the one I was looking for so I flicked the next one.

 

Perfecto! I could now see in order to do a little night time reading and planning while my dinner cooked.

 

I went to bed a little after 10 that night.  When I got up the next morning at [4:30], I thought it seemed a little chilly.

 

After some investigating, it looked like they had the thermostats on timers.  I manually adjusted the upstairs one first to try and bring the temperature up from the balmy 57 degrees that it was currently at.

 

I did my morning routine for the next hour or so but the damn temperature still wouldn’t come up.

 

I went and worked out and came back and Devon had told me that she figured it out.  Ahhh, all was good now, I was starting to panic that one day into our new home we were having an issue with our heating system.

 

But about an hour or so after Devon left for the day, the temperature still was holding pat at 57 degrees.  It wasn’t so much that I was cold as much as I was annoyed.

 

I called the thermostat company.  The lady was trying to troubleshoot, but we were having no luck.  She was about to schedule someone to come out when I went downstairs to check that thermostat one more time.

 

Nope, nada, still wasn’t working.

 

On my way back up the stairs, I noticed a red paneled oil burner switch that was set to off.  I hadn’t seen that before, but I did know that it should have been turned to on.

 

Problem solved.

 

I had flicked that switch the night before and never switched it back while I was looking for a light source.

 

Sometimes, the answer is so darn obvious, yet we fail to see it.  We want to look and look and look for the answer which of course in our minds, has to be this difficult or technical thing.

 

Most of the time, it’s not.  Most of the time, the answer and the path is right there in front of you.

 

If you know someone that’d like to find the simple (not easy) path in the beginning of 2017, then send them to fill out one of our applications for our ‘Anti-resolution program’, which starts in a few weeks and is only $99 for the 30 day program.  https://goo.gl/forms/jKNTGBp6WEnomWCE2

 

Happy eve of Christmas eve to ya -Kyle Newell

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Another Vicious Dog Attack, This Time on Munchie

Yes, there are two lessons here.

 

The first: there is a lesson to be learned in every single event you experience each and every day.

 

The second we will get to.

 

Last Saturday, we went over to see how our new tenants were doing.  I had to check on the cold water valve, which took a bit longer than expected, so Devon and Munchie were upstairs shooting the breeze with the girls.

 

The one girl had her two chihuahua’s away in a bedroom.  Well, about 40 minutes into our visit (way too long!), she let them out.

 

She was worried that the one brown haired dog was too nasty to be near Braxton, so she held him the entire rest of the time.

 

Well, just before leaving, we all went down to the basement so I could show them where the one valve was that me and my buddy were fixing.

 

The other chihuahua, a white haired one, was on the floor next to Munchie.

 

I was looking up at the ceiling at the pipe and next thing I know, the dog made a weird noise and Munchie was bleeding from his eye and lip.

 

Apparently he touched the dog from behind and it just snapped (a good thing Mateena wasn’t there or I am sure we would have had a dead chihuahua on our hands).

 

The owner was mortified.

 

Devon and I stayed calm.  Braxton was shook up for sure but a few tears and a Christmas cookie and he was happy.

 

We left shortly after reassuring the owner that it wasn’t her fault.

 

On the way over to Lowe’s, Devon started getting a pit in her stomach like somehow it was her fault.  Which of course, is the motherly thing to think, but it was in no way her fault.

 

She was beating herself up for reacting too slowly.  But here is where the lessons come in.

 

When in a state of stress, we often go into freeze mode, which causes us to not react or to react a bit slower than normal.  Devon was fighting millions of years of physiology, she had not a shot.

 

And from what I have seen and heard in the past with little dogs and little kids, I should have formulated a prediction and told Devon to hold the Munch man.  This would have been a response to my prediction, which goes along with the brain being a pattern recognition machine.

 

There is a HUGE difference between reaction and response.  One his human, the other is animal.

 

Yes, this can apply to any area of your life.  All I am asking you to do is to think about it and ponder it.

 

Munchie is okay.  His eye wound up swelling pretty bad and he had to go on a round of antibiotics because the bite turned into an infection. But it and that’s a big BUTT, it could have been so much worse.

 

His actual eyeball went unscathed.

 

Beware of the lessons in your life.

 

-Kyle Newell

 

P.S-You can BE different by getting off to a hot start with one of our limited 3-Week Test Drives.  It’s available to new and former members.  Find out more here: http://www.newellstrength.com/3wtd

 

 

P.P.S-You only have 10 or so days left to get in on Dana’s super special offer of buy 2 get 1 FREE for FST.  Shoot her an email at dana@newellstrength.com

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This Doesn’t Mean You’ve Traveled the World

“What if on your last day, you met the man you could’ve become?” -Danger and Play

 

I once knew a man that traveled over 50,000 miles on his stationary bike.

 

He liked to brag and boast about this feat, but to me it was silly.

 

All I heard was, ‘I have wasted 50,000 miles worth of my time sitting in the same exact spot, accomplishing nothing but a little leg movement’.

 

I won’t go into one of my rants here about slow, long distance ‘cardio’ but I do want to help you connect some dots here.

 

By going that distance, he could have literally traveled the world more than a one time over.  He could have gained experience and overcome obstacles.  But he didn’t.  He did the same boring thing, day after day.

 

Wisdom is not found by age.  You don’t become more wise just because you are older.

 

You gain wisdom by experience and by failure.

 

If you are doing the same boring job in the same way that you were 10 years ago, I hate to tell you that have wasted 10 years.

 

When I was teaching, I used to see this all the time.  Some teacher would have 20 years in the game, but after year 2, they never grew.  They just did the same routines and lessons over and over and over again.

 

That’s 20 years of teaching with 2 years of experience.

 

Get out there and fail.  Get out there and experience life.  Put a knife into the heart of fear because fear is what will keep you the same as everyone else.

 

 

You can BE different by getting off to a hot start with one of our limited 3-Week Test Drives.  It’s available to new and former members.  Find out more here: http://www.newellstrength.com/3wtd

 

 

P.S-You only have 10 or so days left to get in on Dana’s super special offer of buy 2 get 1 FREE for FST.  Shoot her an email at dana@newellstrength.com

 

Be different – Kyle Newell

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A Purple Ball, A Mallet and Golf Ball at 5A.M.

For the first 3 days of this past week, I woke up feeling like someone drugged me with Ny-quil.

 

No, I didn’t take any sleep supplements nor was I hungover.

 

Nope.

 

It was my environment change.  As I was saying earlier in the week, it is very challenging for the brain and nervous system when you change environments.

 

Most of the time, one wouldn’t notice this, but in extreme circumstances and stresses, such as moving homes, you can’t not notice it.

 

I managed it as best I could.  I eased back into my morning routine.

 

I also didn’t try to get as much done for the business part of my life because I knew the juice wouldn’t be there.

 

But it’s coming back.

 

Thursday of this week was the first time that I got into my full morning routine groove.

 

I even added in a little extra since I knew I wouldn’t be making it to the gym that morning.

 

All in all it took 30 minutes, but it could be modified to fit anyone’s schedule.

 

I started with a quick shower with my breathing meditation.

 

Then, I did 100 pushups, 50 body weight squats and 50 burpees.

 

Next came my favorite part:  I practiced bouncing a golf ball off a mallet, using both hands, followed by rolling my stomach with a soft purple ball and finally I practiced my cursive hand writing with both hands to write out my affirmations.

 

And today I have been feeling great!

 

I love my morning routine, but the main point is that you need a routine to start the day.  A way to set your brain on fire if you will.

 

Or else you will be at the whim of how you woke up that morning, which by default, is usually going to be a negative state.

 

I gotta run, so I can’t explain it any more right now, but if you want to get one of the last two spots for this month’s ULYIS workshop, check out this link and act while you still can!

http://kylenewell.com/december

 

Peace – Kyle Newell

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The Echo Chamber of Stupid Fitness Advice

I had never heard of an echo chamber until this year’s election.

 

Basically, it’s when no outside voice or opinion can be heard or is allowed ‘in’ and the same information, correct or not, get’s ‘echoed’ back and forth.

 

And oh boy…how this sure does apply to the wonderful field of fitness.

 

Here are just some of the ‘echoes’ that your Tool Boy, big box gym, personal trainers are sure to be telling people coming into the new year.

 

  • Just work harder, that’ll work. Use all the will power you can muster because obviously you have just been weak-willed in the past.

 

  • Cut out carbs and count your calories. This will do the trick (and not to mention it’s pretty fun to carry around tupperware and a scale everywhere you go).

 

  • Make sure you do 30 minutes of ‘cardio’ after your machine based weight training session . This will ensure you are in the fat-burning zone and I know you have all the time in the world to spend here in my gym, like a human guinea pig.

 

  • Do what I do and you will look like me. My six-pack has NOTHING to do with having the right genetics and weighing 175 pounds soaking wet.

 

  • Train arms and abs one day and back and chest on another day. You can skip legs except for throwing in a few sets of leg presses a couple of times per week.

 

 

Man how I cringe when I hear these bums talk and spew this mis-information and ‘fake news’ of fitness.

 

It is a choice what you choose to believe.

 

But remember, what you believe for a long period of time will become a part of your faith (faith doesn’t just have a religious meaning).

 

Be careful and mindful of echo chambers and tool boys.

 

Here’s a way to save someone you love from the fake news of fitness;  get them a 3-Week Test Drive at Newell Strength.  It’s the best $99 gift you’ll ever give:) http://www.newellstrength.com/3wtd

 

Be different – Kyle Newell

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Why Have I Been a Bit Off Lately?

You may have not noticed, but I certainly have.

 

But I know the answer as to why I have been feeling off.

 

First, it’s because we just took on one of life’s top 5 biggest stressors: a move.

 

And two, my morning routine has been stifled.

 

My morning routine is the key to my entire day.  But I don’t know where all my stuff is yet, I don’t know exactly what to do with the pups in the morning and heck, I don’t even know which light switch is which yet.

 

That’s okay though. I expected this and I gave myself permission to ease into our new home.  As long as I do one part of my morning routine this week (theater of the mind), then all will be okay.

 

It takes the human brain and nervous system roughly 3 weeks to get used to a new environment.

 

After that, you begin to know your way.  The environment begins to become a part of you.  Kind of like a living, breathing habit.

 

What environments in your life are positive and which ones are negative?

 

You are probably going to have to think about that because after those intial 3 weeks you tend to go on auto-pilot and go through the motions.  Unless of course, you bring some conscious thought to your environments and do an assessment.

 

There is nothing as powerful in life as BEING self-aware.

 

And I am going to teach you how do just that at this month’s workshop.  I believe there are still one or maybe 2 spots left (I haven’t checked yet today).  It is on 12/28 at 7:30 PM.  You can find our more here or register if you so desire: http://kylenewell.com/december

Peace – Kyle Newell




The Eagle and The Blue Herron

You should know by now that I am a BIG believer in omens.

 

And whether or not you believe in the meta-physical, it doesn’t matter.

 

Because just like a superstition, if you keep an eye out for omen’s, you will see them and…

 

Then your brain will start focusing on certain things, literally changing its chemistry and belief systems about what is possible.

 

When we got a lay of our new land a week and a half ago from the very gracious sellers, Anthony, the husband, took us down to some trail paths near the river.

 

And out of nowhere, a bald eagle flew down and landed on a branch next to another eagle on the other side of the river!

 

I have seen eagles in the wild (still no big foot though) but never in Hillsborough.

 

I took it as a sure sign of great things to come in our new home.

 

Then, just this morning, I took Dax and Mateena down to the river and a beautiful blue herron stood just 20 feet away from us.  I watched as it gracefully took off a hundred or so feet to find a new spot.

 

Another great sign.  Do I know exactly what it means?  Nope, but that doesn’t matter.

 

All that matters to me is that I am constantly trying to look for the positive and I am constantly believing that I have a great life.

 

There is no reason that you can’t do the same.  Yes, the brain is hard-wired for the negative, but so what?!

 

It’s your choice how YOU decide to think about life.  Or, you can be like everyone else and let the ups and downs of life dictate your emotional state which then will dictate your thoughts.  But don’t BE like everyone else….

 

Dana is going to be heading up a brand new Fit Mom’s Challenge for the new year at Newell Strength for those mom’s that don’t want to be like all the other moms that put themselves last.

 

We don’t have the exact start date finalized just yet, but if you would like to apply for one of the 10 spots, you can go here: http://www.newellstrength.com/fit-mom/

BE different – Kyle Newell

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President Reagan’s Favorite Story . . .

President Reagan’s Favorite Story . . .

There were eight year old twins.

By the time they got to be eight years old, they were driving their parents crazy because one of the twins was down, depressed and negative, and the other one was positive, up and energized all the time.

Well, the parents finally decided to bring them to a child psychologist.

After a few sessions, the psychologist decided to do a little experiment.

So, when they came in, he took the negative boy and brought him downstairs, and in the room was ice cream, cake, candy, video games, rocking horses, everything an eight year old would want.

He said to the eight year old boy, “Why don’t you stay here and play while I meet with your brother?”

The kid walked off, sat in the corner, and sucked on his thumb.

The psychologist went upstairs and got the positive kid.

He brought him down the hall to this huge gymnasium, but there weren’t any basketballs and baskets.

There was just this huge mountain of horse manure that almost went to the ceiling.

He said, “Son, why don’t you stay here and play for half an hour while I meet with your brother?”

Almost instantly, the positive kid starting running up the mountain, rolling down the mountain, and within a few minutes, he was a total mess.

A half an hour later, the psychologist went down to see the negative boy.

He was still sitting in the corner sucking on his thumb.

They psychologist said, “Why don’t you have some ice cream, candy or cake?” “I might get sick.” “Why don’t you get up on the rocking horse?” “I might fall down and get hurt.” “Why don’t you play with the video games?” “I don’t know how.” “Well, why don’t you follow me? You might learn something.”

So, he went back upstairs to the gym, and the positive brother was still running up the mountain, rolling down.

The manure was in his hair, down his shirt.

It was a total mess.

When he saw the psychologist, he came running over all excited.

The psychologist said, “What in the world are you doing?”

The positive kid said, “Well, I figured with all this horse manure, there must be a pony somewhere.”

You see, it’s all about perspective.

Happiness is so simple and is really the purpose of all that we aim for in life.

It’s Sunday and that means I wrote you an article.  I know this one will have a big impact on you.

If you like it, please share it with a friend:) www.newellstrength.com/happy

Peace-Kyle Newell

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