I shouted out,
“Who killed the Kennedys?”
When after all
It was you and me
(Who who, who who)
~The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil”
In January of this year I had an awakening of sorts during which I realized that there might be a reason why I didn’t have a book on the New York Times Bestseller List, why my martial art wasn’t more popular, and generally why I wasn’t smashing goals left and right.
Why? Because I need to write better books, I need to perfect my martial art and I generally need to work harder. 99 times out of 100, lack of success has to do with you — not someone else. And guess what happened when I realized this?
Blog traffic increased. My creativity and courageousness soared and things that had previously seemed like work felt like recreation. I finally founded my non-profit. I started hitting goals I hadn’t previously dreamed I could hit. I know it makes no sense at all, but taking full personal responsibility for success or failure is actually liberating, and restriction — not freedom! — encourages creativity.
And so, in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, here is a video that I could not have made last year because (a) I wasn’t self-critical enough to have the insight, and (b) even if I had the insight I wouldn’t have had the courage to speak my mind on such a controversial subject.
Let me know what you think.
And now for the workout of the week.
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #75
- Inside/Outside Heavy Bag Drill. Set a timer for 8 minutes. Imagine that your heavy bag is a person — really imagine it! — or else this drill is worthless. Throw combos of 2, 3 or 4 shots against the bag. As you do, imagine what your opponent would be likely to throw back. Get your head off center line while you strike by using slips/shoulder pops simultaneous to your strikes. Move while you hit, hit while you move!
- The “888” Workout. Set a timer for 8 minutes. Complete as many sets as you can in 8 minutes of 8 Prison Push-ups and 8 Jump Squats.
- 8-count Self-Improvement Drill. Sit down with your training journal and a pen and set a timer for 3 minutes. Start the timer. Before it beeps, write down 8 things you could do that would make you a better person and/or would make your life better. Restriction — not freedom! — encourages creativity. Thanks to the time limit you’ll be blurting things out on the paper that have been hiding in your subconscious. Give your 8 ideas consideration and move them to your To-Do List as you see fit.
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