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Listen to Learn

I was really bummed a few weeks ago when Michigan State lost in the Final Four.

That’s my team, being with my family connection, being born there and going to basketball camp out there before my senior year (I actually had an academic scholarship there and wound up turning it down for other reasons for another time).

While at that camp, back in 1998, Coach Izzo would constantly repeat the mantra: Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen.

Listening is a skill, an invaluable one at that.

In today’s episode of Unlocking Your Inner Strength, I discuss listening and also making sure you don’t lead a life of convenience.

You can take a listen here: http://kylenewell.com/podcast/dont-lead-a-life-of-convenience/

Think differently- Kyle Newell

P.S-Whenever you’re ready here are 3 more ways we can help you transform your life, lose weight and gain bundles of energy!

1- Check out this podcast I did on Resistance (any time you are trying to improve your life, you will face this!)

http://unlockingyourinnerstrength.libsyn.com/uyis001-resistance-is-a-bitch

2-     Perhaps you’d just like to increase your mental game.  In that case, you can check out our Time Mastery Manual (the information in here will create ‘new’ time for you and give you the ultimate freedom in life) http://kylenewell.com/time

 

  1. Find out more about our 30-day, Risk Free Jump Start. If you are ready to shred for the summer and want a simple, no-gimmicks approach. A program in which you just have to show up, 3 times per week and have all the accountability that you would ever need and then some, simply send and email to devon@newellstrength.com with the subject: ‘30’.



The Average American Lives Only…

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the boys about how many remaining days I had left based on projections.

 

The average American lives 28,470 days and chances are, if you are reading this, you are probably at, near or past the halfway point.

 

No, it’s not morbid to think about.

 

You must live with some sense of urgency.  In fact, today is Suzy’s birthday (aka Devon), which marks the passage of another year for her.

 

Something I’ve challenged Suzy to do is to make a list of 12 habits for this next year and implement one per month.  In essence, she will stack monthly habits on top of the previous month, leaving her with 12 new behaviors come next April Fool’s Day.

 

Now, imagine if she did this each year.  Heck, imagine if you did this each year!  In ten years, you’d have 120 new habits that can dramatically alter the course of your life!

 

Life is about growth.

 

Growth makes us happy.

 

Therefore, life is about being in a state of happiness as much as possible.

 

Start making that list.

 

Think differently- Kyle Newell

 

P.S-Whenever you’re ready here are 3 more ways we can help you transform your life, lose weight and gain bundles of energy (and possibly win $10,000!):

 

1- Check out this podcast I did on Resistance (any time you are trying to improve your life, you will face this!)

http://unlockingyourinnerstrength.libsyn.com/uyis001-resistance-is-a-bitch

2-     Perhaps you’d just like to increase your mental game.  In that case, you can check out our Time Mastery Manual (the information in here will create ‘new’ time for you and give you the ultimate freedom in life) http://kylenewell.com/time

 

  1. Our annual, 6-week Fat Shredder contest. If you are ready to shred for the summer and want a simple, no-gimmicks approach. A program in which you just have to show up, 3 times per week and have all the accountability that you would ever need and then some, simply send and email to devon@newellstrength.com with the subject: ‘shredder’.



The Magic of Life

Two Saturdays ago, Devon and I took Munchie to his first movie.

We saw the Incredibles 2.

It was great to see the smile on his face and being exposed to this new, first time experience.

The cinema has always had a special place in my heart, I used to and still go to the movies by myself.  It connects me to great memories from my childhood and brings back some feel good emotions.

In fact, today as I write this, I have a date with my grandfather, Leo and we are going to see Jurassic Park 2.  We’ve always loved going to the movies together.

I am hoping I can share many more movies with Brax, but I don’t know, that’ll be up to him.  Yet, taking him to his first movie was a magical moment for me and judging by his smile and how he sat there for the whole thing, I think it was special to him too.

Life isn’t about big homeruns, its about getting on base and enjoying the process of playing the game.  One day, the game will end (spoiler alert!), but until then, there will be many millions of moments to capture some magic.

 

Think differently – Kyle Newell

 

P.S-If you’ve been having that voice in your head that keeps telling you it’s time to try something different in terms of your fitness, then you should check out what our 30-day trial is all about.  This is for you if you want to learn, be held accountable and add some spice to your fitness routine or heck, even just get started on one.  You can find out more about it here: http://www.newellstrength.com/30-day-risk-free-trial/




Your Main Problem is That You Think You Shouldn’t Have Any

Your Main Problem is That You Think You Shouldn’t Have Any

 

While eating a nice grass fed, organic cheeseburger the other night, I had a Tony Robbins documentary on in the background.

 

I have long been a HUGE fan of Robbins’ work.  ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ is one of my top 5 all-time books and was THE book that got everything started for me.

 

Devon and I even stayed at his resort in Fiji for our honeymoon 5 years ago.

 

His message is always relevant to the listener IF the student is ready to accept the truth.  And that was once again the case in his documentary when he told the crowd: You wanna know what your main problem is?  Your main problem is that you don’t think you should have any of the problems that you have.

 

Think about that for a second.  The nature of the mind is to not want problems, yet we cannot grow without problems, failure and challenge.

 

The winner’s mind seeks out and embraces problems.  If you avoid problems at all costs, you are living small.

 

Were you put here on this earth to live big or play small?

 

The purpose of life I believe, is growth.  You cannot stay the same.  You are either regressing or growing.

 

The very law of momentum in life means that it’s impossible to stay put.  Yes, you can rest for a few minutes to smell the roses, like the sherpa that is climbing the mountain.  But like the sherpa, you must decide to keep going.

 

The higher up you go, the more important it will be to rest and recharge.

 

Speaking of recharging, Dana is running an awesome special for her FST sessions for the month of December: buy 2 get one free.

 

Get something different this year for your family members.  You can even use that extra session on yourself to recharge.

 

I have tried many different types of recovery and relaxation methods, but this is by far my favorite! You can email her at dana@newellstrength.com

 

Peace – Kyle Newell

 

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The Path Is Immediate

The Path Is Immediate

When I was 17 years old, I wanted to be the best strength coach in the world.

I didn’t even really know what that meant because I had no one to set the bar against.

All I knew was that I was consumed with this idea of being the best.  Looking back on it, it was being the best that I could become.

It was reaching my full potential.  Am I there yet?  Nope, not even close.

However, I far surpassed my ‘movies of the mind’ from way back when.

You never really know where you are going to wind up.  Most people never even sniff their best self because they are unwilling to see how far they can actually go in life.

The path, your path, is immediate.  You are on it right now.  You can see the next step or even maybe the next couple of steps.

But the path is going to wind and zig-zag and go up and down.  Most people try to see the end from their current position.

You cannot see the end from where you are right now.  All that projecting does is increase your level of anxiety and makes you feel like a loser.

If you are feeling the great anxiety gap, just know that it is caused by trying to focus on the end of the path (which doesn’t really exist, it just keeps going) rather than your current and next steps.

Success is yours for the taking.  So what if it means you gotta show up and do the work every day.  So what if it means that you didn’t see anything after one day of doing visualization exercises.

The time is going to go by anyway.  You and you alone are in charge of your destiny.  If you don’t think so, it’s because you’ve bought into the lie of ‘out there’.

I will be teaching some really cool stuff that will help you activate regions of the brain that you didn’t even knew existed and fusing that with some serious mental work to make 2017 your best year ever.  This one is going to be a bit different, so there’s only room for 6 people.  You can find more info and sign up here, if you dare to be great in 2017: http://kylenewell.com/december

Be weird – Kyle Newell

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It’s Not What You Comprehend, It’s What You Retain


It’s Not What You Comprehend, It’s What You Retain

I am going to let you in on a little secret of mine.

But you have to promise not to tell anyone!

Ok, here it is:  when I learn something valuable, I teach it and implement it immediately, like that same day-immediately.

That’s it?

Yup, that’s it.  So many people go to seminars and learn and get all jazzed up but never take the shrink wrap off of their ideas.  They never implement.

Just last week, a friend and mentor of sorts of mine, Roy G Biv, was giving me some nifty pointers and advice.  I made sure I took action that very night on the two things he had taught me.

If I had waited, they would have become just some other cool ideas that never saw the light of day.

Every time I learn a new Mind Map technique or style of writing or exercise, I teach them or put them to use in the very next session.

Teaching is the greatest learning tool we have.  Teaching is how you implement.

Teaching will cement ideas into your nervous system in ways that mere comprehension never can and never will.

Comprehension is what everyone does.  No one retains much these days.  Be different, start retaining the lessons you are learning in life.

In December’s Mind Map workshop, I am going to be teaching YOU some very cool things that you will implement the very same night to understand your brain more and to unleash some hidden powers within that you never knew you had.  You can register for one of the 6 spots here: http://kylenewell.com/december

Think differently – Kyle Newell

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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.

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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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Lessons from Picking Up a 300-Pound Zilla

Lessons from Picking Up a 300-Pound Zilla

Yes, I have one more story for ya from last weekend’s Poppzilla wedding.

The Zilla is one of the jolliest men you will ever meet.

Check that, he is one of the world’s true gentle-giants.

The Zilla used to weigh more than 400 pounds and I have seen him lift weights in the gym that were super-human.

However, over 5 years ago, the Zilla decided to make a transformation.  And since that time, he has lost and kept off over 100 pounds!

But….he is still a big boy.  Normally at weddings when we scheme to pick up the groom for his victory dance, we don’t have to account for their weight, but most grooms aren’t living giants (the Zilla has size 22 feet).

Well, we corralled him and about 6 of us managed to get him up in the air.  He was loving every second of it as he should have been.  It was his night, his hour.

Now, I should note that earlier that morning, I had already pulled my hammy pretty good while doing heavy lunges. Lucky for me, my adrenaline was going so I was able to mask the pain.

The other two or three guys on my side did help to get him up, but once up, the Zilla was squarely sitting on my right shoulder.

My ‘teammates’ started going through the  motions and acting like they were supporting him, but as each heave into the air as we danced with him would attest, I could tell that I was the lone one supporting him on our side.

I motioned to set him down because this wasn’t going to end pretty.  As we went to set  him down, my right thumb got bent straight backwards, which is still making it tough to type for me.

It was a fun but physically exhausting few minutes lifting him up.

Even though the guys on my side started slacking, there is no way I could have gotten him up in the air by myself.

Sometimes, you need a supporting team to accomplish the extraordinary.

You don’t have to go it alone in life.  Surround yourself by 5 people that you admire and respect.  You will become the average of the five people you hang out with the most in life.

Lucky for you, we have (not to brag, this is not about me) an extraordinary team at Newell Strength that is ready and willing to be your supporting team heading into the New Year.

You can start by applying for a spot in our 3-WTD here: http://www.newellstrength.com/3wtd

I’ll be back tomorrow with a super cool article about happiness.

Peace-Kyle Newell

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Yoda, Einstein and Seinfeld

Yoda, Einstein and Seinfeld

What do these 3 characters have in common?

They all had a life philosophy to live by.

Yes, I know this is the second time this week we are talking about philosophy.

And in case you are behind, on Wednesday I wrote about my training philosophies.

Well, today my good friend, I am going to let you in on some of my life’s philosophies.

You know, as each year goes by, I get more and more confident.  Not arrogant, but SELF-confident.  After some reflection, I realize that is because my life philosophies are really becoming more ingrained and taking ‘root’.

I cannot state the importance of having a list of principals you live by.

I will not list them all here, but I will be covering this in much more detail in an upcoming podcast (you do realize I now have a podcast, right?:)).

Without further ado:

  • My mind must be nurtured each day through learning new things and connection with a higher power.  A weak mind equals a weak life.
  • I get final say of who I let into my life.  If someone drains me, they get banned from my life.  And no, this doesn’t have to be a confrontation.  I just cut off my life’s energy from them leeching off it anymore. I know who’s opinions to value and whose don’t.
  • Time is the most precious thing that I have, I must protect is like my life depends on it, because it does.
  • I cannot reason with emotion.  It’s a losing proposition.  Don’t offer up ‘coaching’ in any relationship in your life if the person doesn’t ask you for it.
  • Nearly any skill can be learned through repetition.  And repetition is what separates the successful from the tire-kickers.  Enthusiasm is easy, endurance is the hard part.

Wo-MAN, that is therapeutic just writing it out once again.  Give it a try.  I could go on forever, but my workout with the Wolverine is calling my name.

Be different.  Get clear on your philosophy.

-Kyle Newell

P.S-Wednesday was the first day of the sale of the new Time Mastery Manual.  25 pages in all.  Only 9 lucky people were selected to hear the live workshop.  You can check out now in honor of Black Friday for pennies on the dollar:  http://kylenewell.com/time

P.P.S-Today is the last day of our Black Friday sales at Newell Strength.  You can get any of our products or services for 15% off.  If you are looking for holiday gifts, look no further.

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