A Must Have Book: Earn The Right To Win by Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin

 

There are a lot of book recommendations out there, but there’s one that has recently stood out to me– and that’s Earn The Right To Win by Tom Coughlin. In this book, Tom Coughlin describes life in the NFL and how he prepares for every situation possible (and I mean every situation). You’ll get a kick out of his famous “Coughlin Time” where he shows up extra early to anything that he’s involved with. It’s something that’s so simple, but very effective to everyone who reads this book. Some reviewers may say the book has nothing new to offer, but I disagree. I’ve always been fascinated with life in the NFL, and how coaches, players, and above all else: how  teams prepare for each and every week during the season. I encourage you to read this book and if you choose to do, please comment on here or send me an email; I would love to know what you thought of it, and I’m open to book suggestions as well.

If you’re interested in reading this book, check it out on Amazon 

Mind Control: A Quick Reminder Of How To Control Your Thoughts

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The human brain. A beautiful, and perfect design of cells, nerves, neurons, all working harmoniously together. It can work for you, and in the same instance, against you. Today, our world is changing at a rapid pace. New technology being introduced constantly, information spreading at an alarming rate, and a thirst for more knowledge. Whether you think so or not, there is a battle going on in your mind. Every thought you have, every interaction you have with someone, and what you watch and read—factor in on how your mind works.

 

Nowadays, it’s easy to get caught up in mundane things, and let your brain go on autopilot. Without even knowing it, you don’t think for yourself anymore. As a species, we are relying on technology more and more. Instead, we should think more for ourselves and delve deep into our conscious thoughts. Take the time to really examine how you think, and what you think about. Are they your thoughts? chances are: not all of them. Throughout our lives, we have been influenced and persuaded by people, entertainment, and technology. Once you go over your thought process, you will discern which thoughts are your own, and those that are not.

 

Now that you’ve rebooted your mind, it’s crucial that you do not fall into the trap of psychology and persuasion from other people. It will be a process, but over time you will get better. Your mind is just like a muscle: it must constantly be exercised for maximized benefit. The more you train it, the better equipped it will be for you.

 

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”-Henry Ford

 

You, and only you have control of your mind and your thoughts. Challenge yourself each day to forge an impenetrable mind. Our minds are powerful beyond belief, and when used properly, we can get extraordinary results.

 

Your mind is the driving force behind every action and decision you make in life. Fill it with your ideas, thoughts, hopes, and dreams. You will come to find true happiness and meaning in your life.

 

 

Adopting a Superhero Persona

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Batman, Black Widow, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman. At one time or another, we have all dreamed about being a superhero. Superheroes have been a prominent staple in our society for quite some time. Action figures, comics, and television shows have captivated all of us over the years. Growing up, I used to imagine I was Batman, and pretend to fight crime. The possibilities were endless, and I felt invincible. It’s funny to think that a cape or mask can make you feel unstoppable, but there is something so thrilling about becoming another person with a cape on, or behind the mask.

 

Superheroes are much more than a name, and a silly costume. Their powers astound us, and their ability to use their power for good and bad—enthrall us. They make us question ourselves if we had such a type of power. What would we do? And most importantly, how would we use such power?

 

Taking all this information into account, I have come up with a blueprint on how to adopt a superhero persona. You may or may not agree, but just take a moment to look it over. Let me be clear: no costume will be required (sorry) instead, I will be focusing on the mental and physical aspect of a superhero.

 

I’ll start off by asking: what does being a superhero mean to you? Really think about it. Go back to when you were a child, and reflect on what being a superhero meant to you. This question is key to get you started on becoming a superhero.

 

Once you have an answer for the above question, it’s time to look at your mental makeup. What personality, mindset, etc. are you going to adopt? Are you going to be a scout like Captain America? Or are you gonna push the limits like Batman? And for the ladies: are you going to be like Black Widow and take charge, or are you going to be like Wonder Woman, and figure out a solution that benefits everybody? The mental part is very important. It shapes your persona, and your character. Take away the costumes and powers, and superheroes are left with their mindset, and how they make decisions.

 

Moving on to the next phase, we have the physical part. Now, I’m not gonna try and sound like a fitness guru, and tell you about some miracle exercise routine (there isn’t one) or a fad diet. Find something that will fit your physical needs. The physical part will aid the mental, and in part, make you a complete superhero. Physicality is a great asset to a superhero, and you will gain from it as well.

 

Now that you’ve put in place your mental and physical attributes, it’s time to figure out what you want to accomplish. What will you do with your newly adopted superhero persona? Whatever you decide to do, I believe you will make a difference. The world needs more superheroes, and more people to look up to. Batman and Superman are cool, but wouldn’t it be more to become your very own superhero, and make your mark in this world?

 

 

Developing a Strong Mindset: Miss Texas and Miss United States 2012 Whitney Miller

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Meet Whitney Miller. Winner of Miss Texas and Miss United States 2012, Professional wake surfer, fitness model, and practitioner of jiu-jitsu, I am thrilled to have the honor and privilege of sharing her advice on how to live a better life.

Justin Marroquin: What motivates you daily?

Whitney Miller: Definitely my fiery inner drive that forces me to challenge and better myself each day. Being in athletics since age four has given me the discipline and motivation that is necessary for me to continue pushing even if I’m having one of “those days.” I like to look at it sort of like a competition with myself by asking “what can I do today that will make me a little better than yesterday?”

JM: Define success and what it means to you?

WM: Everyone has his or her own definition of success. It seems that most of us are always trying to fall into others definition of the word when we should be focusing on what it truly means to us. With that said, success for me is living a happy, healthy, life while continually challenging and taking the steps to accomplish any goal I have set for myself.

JM: How do you approach accomplishing a goal you have set?

WM: First off, I write it down and put it somewhere visible, perhaps, on the screen saver of my computer or phone background. This is a constant reminder of the decisions I have to make in order to accomplish the goal. I also like to tell key people in my life the ultimate goal because, if you tell the right people, they will always check back in with you. Having other people hold you accountable is important in reaching a goal.

JM: What do you do to handle negativity?

WM: I make a conscious decision to not let it affect me. Mainly to prove to myself that I won’t let other people have control over my happiness or outlook/attitude about life. I’ve honestly had to deal with a bit of negativity towards a recent goal I set for myself which is entering an MMA fight. Unfortunately, more people than I had anticipated don’t understand my decision and have reacted negatively. In this case, all I can do is try to understand where they are coming from and respect them for their own opinion, but I’m not going to let it phase me. I have a goal to accomplish and I need to take the necessary steps to not get my ass beat. Outside of that, I’ve learned that most of the time people only want to unload their negativity on others because they don’t know how to handle it themselves. We are addicted to suffering, as author, Don Miguel Ruiz, would say. These people are dealing with their own inner demons that have nothing to do with me, so why would I give them the power to bring me down?

JM: Offer one piece of advice that you feel people would greatly benefit from?

WM: If something doesn’t work out the way you had expected don’t see it as a failure, you most likely benefited from it in some way. Honestly the most challenging and hurtful experiences of my life are the ones I have learned the most from.

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No Limits

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It was an extremely hot day. Putting my helmet on (and buckling my chinstrap) I got ready for the whistle. Sweat pouring, muscles aching, was this hell? No, it was JV football practice. Almost to the brink of quitting, my teammate grabbed me by the face mask, looked me right in the eye, and said: you are not quitting! I’ll never forget that moment. It was the day I passed my limit, and it felt good.

 

We all have gone past our limits before. But what about lately? To me, testing my limits is a personal goal of mine. As we get older, and get busy with day to day activities, it can be easy to do the same things over and over again. By testing your limits, you will gain a broader sense of who you are (not what you thought you were), and you might even surprise yourself.

 

Start with something that has interested you lately. And here is the key point: don’t set expectations. By setting expectations, your subconscious mind might hinder you from going past your limit. Here’s an example: you have set a goal to do ten pullups, and while you might achieve your goal, you miss out on doing more. By not setting a goal, you might of done 15 (get it?) and thus, go past your limit. Another thing that’s great with limits, is that it can be something either big or small. It can be something as simple as reading a few more pages in a book, or five more minutes on the treadmill.

 

Once you get into the habit of going past your limit, you will gain momentum. And once you gain momentum, you will discover things about you that you never knew. Our DNA is ingrained with going past our limits. Years ago, people had no choice but to go past their limits. It was either that, or death. Our ancestors were thrust into survival mode, and they constantly had to combat their fears, and forge ahead. Now in 2013, we have lost that ability considerably. We are not fighting for our lives, traveling unknown territory, hunting our own food i.e. Think about how much better your mind and body will be by testing your limits. You will have more self confidence, think better, and handle situations better. People will start to notice, and maybe that will start a ripple effect with more people testing their own limits.

 

We’ve come pretty far as a species, but just think: if we keep continually pushing ourselves to do more, be more, and give more. Our lives will be better for it. Make a promise to yourself right after reading this. Test yourself; see how far you can go, and keep pushing past your limits.

Becoming A Human Swiss Army Knife

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The Swiss Army Knife is one of the greatest tools ever made. It has everything you need: screwdriver, knife, scissors, etc. A highly versatile tool, and we should strive to be a Swiss Army Knife in life. What do I mean about that statement? Like a Swiss Army Knife, we should equip ourselves with useful tools, so that we can use them throughout our lives.

A typical Swiss Army Knife has a variety of tools, but I will describe the main tools used, and how to incorporate them into your life.

Main blade- This is your foundation. And what is a foundation without health? Your health should be your best tool in your Swiss Army Knife. Without health, you won’t be able to use the rest of your tools effectively. There are a myriad of options when it comes to being healthy. You can join your local gym, read a book on fitness and health, download an app on your phone, or other device. The key here, is to find something that works for you.

Smaller blade- Your brain: it plays a vital role in your life. Thinking, remembering, things, problem solving, etc. Keeping your brain sharp will enable you to fill out the rest of your tools efficiently. Again, as with health, there are a lot of options when it comes to your brain. Books, apps, and even video games ( seriously, look it up) you have so many choices, and of course, do what works for you.

Tweezers- This is where the fun begins. Now that you’ve worked on your health and brain, you can start adding tools to your liking. For example, I would choose cooking as my tweezers. Cooking was not my friend for many years, and I decided to change that. With a few books, videos, and apps, I was on my way to cooking better. So go ahead and choose a certain skill, and make it your “Tweezers.”

Toothpick- Again, for example purposes, I will share my toothpick. For me, it’s baseball. Growing up, I loved baseball and the intricacies of the game. In particular, I liked pitching. And in the past few years, I have had a blast learning to pitch. To practice this skill, I pitch once a week, and get feedback from other players.

Corkscrew- Last one (I promise!). This one is the most fun for me, and it is magic. Learning and practicing magic has been such a thrill. Magic is so expansive, and there is so much to learn. I’ve always been intrigued in magic, and I could not imagine my Swiss Army Knife without it. Putting together your own Swiss Army Knife is fun, and I hope you create your own.

The following sites listed might help you create your Swiss Army Knife. Here they are: onnit,com, bulletproofexec.com, fourhourworkweek,com/blog