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Sound Body + Sound Mind

Category: Rules

Rule No. 7: Internalize Your Motivation

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhammad Ali

The things that are most important to you, the things you need to accomplish must be motivated by something beneath the surface. Consider your goals. Ask yourself why each is important to you. Find what is motivating you to achieve your goals. If it seems to be a shallow, surface motivation at first then try looking deeper.  If you have no deep-seated motivation you will lose enthusiasm. But if you find something deeper that is truly important to you, internalize that motivation and don’t quit until you reach your goal.

Rule No. 6: Create

“Growing up doesn’t have to mean donning a gray flannel suit. It really means taking an active role in the world instead of a passive one. Making an impact. And creating your world instead of consuming it.” – Brett McKay, The Art of Manliness

The goal of your existence should be to create value and add it to the world, that is, to make the world a better place. Be mindful of how much you consume versus how much you create. Passive consumption of ideas, information, food, products, etc results in zero creation and stagnation of progress & development.

The problem with consumption is that it temporarily pacifies our inner desire to create; you feel as if you’ve accomplished something after you’ve read a book or article, or watched a movie, or bought new clothes. But it is never a permanent fix. I think this is why you see so many people that just buy more and more crap they don’t need – they are trying to satiate a deeper desire within.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. So, take a good look at the mold you have created for yourself. Study what can be removed and added and refinished. Then chisel away and and refine and build until all that is left is your own personal masterpiece. Then give it to the world.

Rule No. 5: Know how to cook

“Not knowing how to cook is like not knowing how to fuck.” – Robert Rodriguez

A man should know how to feed himself. This rule goes hand in hand with my post on how to eat. You’ll notice in my list of foods, none of them are exactly pre-packaged deliciousness. This is where cooking comes in – learn to use spices and seasonings, how to bake, broil and concoct delicious meals for yourself. The best way to learn? Start experimenting. There’s a difference between knowing how to cook and knowing how to follow a recipe. Get creative. If you’re trying to build a badass body it starts with the food you put in your mouth – make it tasty!

Bonus: Trust me, women dig it when you can make a meal.

Rule No. 4: Dress sharp

Rule: “Good clothes open all doors.” – Thomas Fuller

Words to live by from Thomas Fuller, an English gentleman who lived from 1608 – 1661. That’s right, dressing well was even important during the times of the English Civil Wars (read: a helluva long time ago). In all actuality, Adam was probably gloating over Eve because he got his leaf hand-tailored by God (or at least we would hope). Kidding. Kind of.

Rule No. 3: Confidence is everything

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – E.E. Cummings

Confidence will take you far in life. Which is great for those who have it, and sucks for those who don’t. Want to be more confident? Make action a habit.