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I Love it When a Plan Comes Together   Leave a comment

These were the words Hannibal Smith would utter at the end of most missions for the A-Team.  He’d usually have a big smile on his face and light up a cigar as the rest of the team looked on with incredulity. That’s because after all the planning they did, the plan would usually fall apart, and the team would have to rally to pull off the victory.  So the plan never really did come together, the team did.

What if you had a team like that?  A team that managed to triumph no matter how far off the rails the plan goes.  Well you can.  We’ll call the members of your team skills, habits, and mindset. And everyone can train these team members to allow them to rally against the worst case scenarios that appear in your life.

Skills are tools you can place in your “tool bag” to call upon as needed.  They can be physical traits (running fast, lifting heavy objects) or mental traits (the ability to strategize on the fly, seeing patterns, identifying potential outcomes or variations on current events).  So when you find yourself stuck at home and can’t get to the gym, no problem.  Using your skills you identify different workouts you can do with the supplies at hand at your house, develop a routine on the fly, and get the exercise in that you intended at the gym.  The plan fell apart, but it came together at the end.

Habits are patterns of repeated behavior.  Your mind and body actually miss them when they don’t occur.  People who feel bad when they don’t get to the gym do so because it is their habit to go there.  Their minds and bodies miss the stimulus a habit provides. The trick is to create positive habits, because your mind and body miss the stimulus whether it’s good or bad for you.  Being in the habit of reading broadens your knowledge.  Being in the habit of going to the gym strengthens your body.  Being in the habit of eating well does so as well.  When you’re in the habit of doing things that benefit you, this builds resiliency.  No matter what bad things befall you to take the plan out, you’ll find a way for it to come together.

And the final team member, mindset, is like your own Hannibal Smith.  A well schooled and creative leader.  If your mindset is positive and always tries to see the good in situations, hiccups in the plan don’t turn into bad feelings, they’re opportunities to try something different.

Did you know that the physiological responses of fear and emotion are the same?  What separates them is mindset.  If you view it as negative it’s fear, if you view it as positive it’s excitement.  Seems to me that excitement is the better mindset.  And that’s why it’s important to develop a positive mindset.  How you look at things shapes how you react to things which shapes which actions you take.  Do you want to be positive mindset Hannibal Smith who loves it when a plan comes together?  Or do you want to be Colonel Decker, the negative mindset that’s always flustered by how the A-Team always gets away?

These are your team members.  And just like on the show, these guys didn’t just become the A-Team the day they showed up.  They became the A-Team because they worked at it and trained to be the best.  To be the team that can take on any obstacle. So starting today spend time meditating on the skills, habits, and mindset you need.  Begin training your team.  Don’t wait until the plan falls apart.  It’s too late then.  Work your mind and your body.  Create productive and healthy habits.  Reinforce the positive in your thinking.  Spend time each day developing your team.  The team that can have a plan fall apart and still have it come together in the end.

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Discipline   Leave a comment

So I’ve been on the ketogenic diet since January 1st.  When I first started I decided to do a two day “fast” to try and switch into ketosis faster.  I put fast in quotation marks because it wasn’t a total fast.  To prime me for burning fat as fuel while still getting some calories in so I didn’t feel like I was starving I decided that I would abstain from everything but bulletproof coffees.  So I had the caffeine from coffee plus MCT oil and Kerrygold butter to help power me through.  That did make the transition easier but it wasn’t a long term strategy for success.  So on day three I started eating a ketogenic diet.  Over the course of the next week or so I fully transitioned over to being keto adapted.  And that meant slowly losing my cravings for sugars and simple carbs.  Although it got easier as I went along it still required a lot of discipline at first.  And even though I’m months into the diet and my body is happy to go along in a ketogenic state, I still occasionally get cravings.  So what keeps me from stopping off at a fast food joint on the drive home from work.  It’s the same discipline I used while I transitioned into ketosis.

One of the things that help create that discipline was certainly desire.  I was ready and really wanted to take the weight off this time.  And belief.  I truly believed that I had found the right diet that would get me the results I wanted.  I just had to stick with it.  Finally, there was Jocko Willink.

Jocko is an ex Navy Seal who’s all about discipline.  I found his book “Discipline Equals Freedom:  Field Manual” on Amazon while searching for books on discipline.  The cover image just drew me in.  It’s a simple design.  All black with the title in white typewriter lettering with a gray image of Jocko in the lower right corner. I had been also reading about Minimalism at the time and this book cover seemed to scream minimalist to me.  So I purchased it and downloaded it to my Kindle.

I started reading the book, but it was more like listening to it.  The book reads like a good friend sitting down with you to explain the concept of discipline to you.  It’s a one sided conversation of course, but why would you want to interrupt your Navy Seal pal when he’s explaining discipline to you.  They’re like the experts in discipline.  Nobody is getting in to that group without having discipline oozing out their pores.

The book is divided into two parts, Thoughts and Actions, and then finishes up with some advice on nutrition and taking care of your body.  Thoughts is about having the discipline mindset.  And if you don’t have the discipline mindset, how you go about getting one.  Actions are the works you have to perform to develop discipline.  Then comes the section I liked the most because I hadn’t expected it, the nutrition guidance.  Now he refers to it as Paleo, but he still is a proponent of a high fat, moderate protein, and low card lifestyle.  He doesn’t get into percentages so it may be more paleo then keto, but it certainly follows a keto mindset.  It makes being disciplined and staying in ketosis easier when an ex Navy Seal is pushing it as a good game plan.  The final section covering taking care of your body is the icing on the cake with some workouts at the end for the cherry.

I highly recommend this book for anyone starting a ketogenic diet or anyone just looking to keep to a tighter path in life.  Jocko preaches discipline and I think his book delivers it. If you’re interested in getting a copy of the book for yourself, here is an Amazon affiliate link for the Kindle edition.  It is also available as a hard cover for those people who still like having the book in hand. Just click on the pic below.