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Rhino’s Don’t Feel Gnats

Rhino’s Don’t Feel Gnats

Have you ever been stopped dead in your tracks by judgment?

I am sure the answer is yes.  The brain is very sensitive to judgment for survival reasons.

Here’s how it works:  your brain perceives slights and judgments.  The animal brain perceives it as you might get ‘kicked out’ of the tribe and your chance for survival goes way down.

(By the way, this is THE reason people in general are so petrified of public speaking).

Whenever you are trying to actually create something in your life, the swamp creatures will come out to attack.  It’s human nature.

And if you worried about everyone that said something mean or nasty about you, you would never ever be able to succeed.

Do you know why Rhino’s don’t feel gnats?  It’s because they have thick skin…

What other people think of you is none of your business.

If you expect that any time you are passing someone on the ladder of life they WILL bark at you, then you can formulate your response ahead of time.

Don’t give them any energy of yours.  Simply move on and realize that if you are trying to please everyone, you will wind up pleasing nobody.

Your self-image is everything.  Believe in what you are doing.

December’s workshop is going to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced.  I was going to do it on the 14th, but I need a little extra time to prepare for this one.  This one will be limited to 7 people max.  Keep an eye later this week for the bullet points of what we will be doing at this ‘Davinci’ workshop.



Why Are You Underestimating Yourself?

Why Are You Underestimating Yourself?

Most people greatly overestimate what they can do in a few months but greatly underestimate what they can do in 5 years.

Most people’s ideas never make it out of their head into reality.

Most ideas go to the graveyard.

But it’s easy to be enthusiastic about a new idea.  Novelty is the greatest aphrodisiac.

I’ve come across a lot of people that ask me for advice or coaching on start-ups of some sort or another and you’d be shocked at how few people stick with their idea past the two or three month mark.

They fail to realize that all overnight successes take 12 years (at least!).

You aren’t most people though.  I want you to be different.

The first year we held our Thanksgiving morning workout, we had 4 people show up.

The second year (I wasn’t there because I had just ruptured my patellar tendon for a second time) there were 14 people.

The third year we had 60 people.

And just this past week, we had 100 people at the TG charity workout!

If more people would develop ‘sticktoitiveness’, they would realize all their dreams.

I want you to think long and hard about a 5 year projection for yourself and commit to it this coming year.  Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.

You might surprise yourself, but you won’t surprise me because I already believe in you.

We still have a few openings in our next edition of Ripped Dads which begins next week.  If you are looking to get back on track or maybe your husband is looking to get back on track, then you should check out the application here:

Think differently – Kyle Newell



The Last Time I Shed Tears of Frustration

The Last Time I Shed Tears of Frustration

The night of November 7th, 2014.  Coming up on exactly 2 years ago.

That’s the last time I shed tears of frustration.

Devon and I had just turned the ambulance away at the local basketball league I was playing in.  I knew what had happened.

I didn’t need to go sit in an ER for a few hours.

I had ruptured my other patellar tendon, just 2 years after doing the same to my left leg.

When we got upstairs for bed, I made a stop in Devon’s hallway bathroom.  I looked at myself in the mirror and I started to cry.  Real tears.

Devon knew why.  I didn’t have to put it into words.  A part of me was heart broken.  I had triumphed after rehabbing for two years from the previous injury.

Geez, I even competed in two bodybuilding shows for the first time in years the prior summer as a way to complete my comeback.

This wasn’t supposed to happen again, not like this.

I let myself feel pity and sorrow for 5 minutes (listen to one of the upcoming ULYIS podcasts in which I explain why I only feel sympathy for dogs) before hitting the clear button on the calculator of my mind.

I am currently writing the second volume of the best selling patellar tendon rupture book in the world which I created after the first injury.  You see, there is a silver lining in every situation.

Where have you been in need of a ‘clear’?

I’ll be teaching ‘how to clear the calculator of your mind’ at the upcoming workshop, ‘Theater of the Mind’ in a few weeks.  As of last night, I still had 1 or 2 spots left.

-Kyle Newell


It’s Devil’s Night….Come out to Play-eeyaaa

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]It’s Devil’s Night….Come out to Play-eeyaaa

I remember when we used to go out on Mischief night.

One year, we rang and ran a poor guy’s house so much that I thought he was going to seriously hurt us.

He came out with a baseball bat.

We were all hiding in the bushes watching.

Then the cops came.

After it died down, we went out and TP’ed some trees.

Stupid but fun, kid stuff.

I am not asking the last time you broke the law; but when’s the last time you did some FUN KID stuff?

I am willing to bet that it’s been a while.

Let’s put an end to that streak.  Come out and play at our 4th annual Charity Kickball Tournament.  It’s one week from today.  And if you can’t play, you can still donate to Little Charlie Kroog.

And keep an eye out for the hooligans tonight.  I am gonna have Pippy and Dax chained up in the front yard…happy Mischief night:)


Avoid These 5 Mental Barriers to Success

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Avoid These 5 Mental Barriers to Success

Last Friday we had a team meeting at Newell Strength.

But I decided to change it up a bit.

Meetings in general are usually a huge waste of time.

So I asked myself, ‘What can I do to stimulate the brains of the team members while providing them with value’?

I knew from conversations with some of the team that they were feeling ‘stuck’.

Armed with that knowledge, I decided to have a ‘creativity’ meeting which of course was 33 minutes and 33 seconds long (If you are going to have a meeting, make it super efficient).

I am not going to go into details of what was done, but let’s just say it was super effective.

What I will tell you though is this…

Avoid the following 5 things if success is your mission:

  • Routine thinking.  Don’t get stuck in the same pattern of thought.
  • A lack of novelty for the brain.
  • An idle body.  An idle body will make the brain turn to mush.
  • A ‘follow the herd’ mentality.
  • Time Vampires.

I don’t have enough space here to tell you how to do these things, but it’s something I’ll be covering in an upcoming podcast as well as at November’s Theater of the Mind workshop:

P.S-If you’d like to play in our upcoming charity kickball tournament or donate to the cause, then you can read about the journey of Little Charlie Kroog here: