Hardcore quotes of the day

“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence is therefore not an act, but a habit”. Aristotle


“Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other a matter of time”. Voltare

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”. Bruce Lee

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion”. Abraham Lincoln



The Power of Confidence

Without confidence in ourselves, others will lack confidence in us as well. Having confidence  and really believing in yourself is probably one of the most important traits you can have. It will move mountains when you need it. If you are around long enough and you display a confident attitude you will be known for it. Others will search you out because they know that your confidence is a strong quality that they can rely on. If you make a mistake you will be confident enough to admit your mistake and look right in the eye of anyone looking to take advantage of your mistake. You tell them ” I made a mistake, and I intend on doing it right the next time”. How can they say anything negative about that? Because they make mistakes too, we all do! So this is the honesty that comes with confidence. It’s worth its weight in gold. People will also consider you truthful and trust worthy. See where this going? Confidence will be the core and the rest of it will fit right into place.

Will there be doubt sometimes? Of course there will. Especially when you try something new. But what shows confidence more than jumping up and being the first to say ” I will try that right now, I think I can do it”. Even if you fail the first time it doesn’t matter. The point is that you were confident enough to get up in front of everyone and try it. If you don’t do well the first time it doesn’t matter because you will try it again. Your confident that you will succeed even if you fail many times beforehand .

Sometimes it’s that moment of hesitation that really screws you up anyway. Where you lose your confidence and then the doubt sinks in. What happens next? That little whisper in your head gets louder and becomes a distraction. Your doubt may even become fear and the fear physically immobilizes you. Instead of success you fail. If you can realize this now , it will save you on lost opportunities in the future. It will also become easier and easier as you go.

If you think about it it’s a little bit of aggression mixed with a whole lot of will power and sprinkled with a bit of curiosity to see how far you can push yourself. The feeling can become intoxicating and liberating. You will actually begin to like the feeling of butterflies in your stomach and you will enjoy the rush and the feeling of excitement .  Being afraid you will fail or look stupid or anything else will disappear and you will believe in yourself. It’s the closest anyone can feel to being invincible.

Ways of being more confident are; do what you want to do. Make a plan and stick to it. Do not listen to naysayers. This will set the tone for the rest of your endeavours. That’s all I’m really going to say about that. If you really want tips or step by step instructions there are shit tons of articles on-line to read from. But you are wasting your time me thinks because what you really gotta do is just say “Fuck it! I’m doing this” and just go ahead and do what you gotta do! Man up or woman up.  It will be downright impressive and you will be enthralled afterward. You may even have trouble going to sleep later that night.

Now what I am telling you is from my own trials and tribulations throughout my life. If you are younger and just getting out into the world and making your own place in life you may be burdened with serious doubts of your abilities. I was there. I would say back in my day it was 50/50 for me. I showed some confidence but I also held back quite often too. I felt the fearful pause that would set me back . But then I would have the confidence to get back in there and go for it again. Look, you may have to just do it the way I did and it will eventually come together. But I think back and realize I could have used some strong motivation back in the day. If I can help you with that right now then I am very happy to assist. You are young and you know it and its a goddamn good feeling. Embrace that shit and dive right into life.

Now if you are older than guess what? You really got it going on! Something special comes with some age. It’s the attitude that only experience can develop. You know what it feels like to make an error. To get burned once or twice. To have tasted defeat. If its popular opinion your worried about when you are young something magical takes place as you get older. You start to say, ” Hey I know whats right and what I need to do”. You no longer care as much about what others think. You are still going to be surrounded by naysayers and arm-chair quarterbacks who will try to hack you to death just to try to stuff you in a hole. But you see right through the thin veil they hide behind. These are people who have not grown up, have no confidence and are ultimately jealous of the fact that you have the will to reach for the stars and not be held back by negative thinking. Instead of being angry for their lack of support you instead will feel sorry for slight personality disorder.

Overall whether you are young, middle-aged or older , confidence is the right thing to have. If you make it a point and a central core value in your life and keep it simple, you will go much further than you ever had dreamed. One day , I will have this talk with my daughter. I will tell her to be confident in who she is and never allow anyone to say she can’t do anything. I will explain that failure is part of life and it is also part of the process in reaching your goals. That her confidence in herself will attract  those that are confident themselves and great relationships full of love and admiration will spring forth from it. Any failure that comes from learning and trying to do anything will be nothing, a mere speck of dirt that is easily flicked away. That her confidence will support others in her life and if she were to make a mistake that those people will support her with their love.

Like I said…….. INVINCIBLE!


Hard or EZ . Hardcore thought of the day

The couch or the squat rack? The grilled chicken and broccoli or the the quick slice of pizza? Wake up at 4 am or sleep in? Add weight or do the same weight? Drag your tired body till it burns with lactic acid or sit and rest? Eat egg whites or eat ice cream? Go to bed early or stay up to watch t.v.?

The hard way or the easy?


Stepping up

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. But if you want to be someone and maybe even live an exciting and daring life, you have to be ready to be criticized. One of the strengths of a good leader is to be able to withstand criticism from all levels and make use of whatever is useful criticism and discard or ignore the terrible criticism.

Even if leadership is not really your bag there will always come the time where you have to step up. Stepping up and doing something or saying something and putting yourself out there to be critiqued by your peers, your boss, your subordinates…. its how things work.

For the most part it is very hard to do the right thing. Those that do will find that this group is often a minority.

Men and women are challenged everyday with this. To take the higher road when the low road is wide open. To work harder when being lazy is just as simple as saying “I’m tired and I don’t want to do anymore.”

For every time you “step up” there will be others who see that they don’t have to and instead step down. This can be frustrating especially when you are trying to lead. When this happens several times it gets harder to maintain your hard work ethic.

But focusing on this is negative. It will drag you down. Instead you have to think like a man ( or a woman who chooses to be powerful ) and focus on the job at hand. Stay firm, this is a test. It is a test on how you handle yourself. But who is it that is testing you? Is it the crowed who lets you go at it alone? No. They already made their decision, if they don’t want to participate then leave them. It is rather a test on you by you! Always work hard to not impress others but yourself. Show YOU what you are really capable of. Never look for approval. Like I said , be a man and a leader.

Focus on the positive and there will be the ones whose eye you catch. They will recognize what you are doing and they will believe in you. These people will find inspiration and be motivated by you. They will let you lead.

It may only be one or two people while those who step down and away may be plentiful. Expect this ratio because again, it is hard to do the right thing. It is much easier to let someone else do the work, especially when the same benefit is had by all. But that is how it is.

We cannot be bogged down by this group of people, realize that you bring quality to the table and you mean business.


Hardcore Thought of the Day

• Make a decision to do something
• Prepare like your life depends on it
• Show up confident that your preparation gives you the best chance at victory
You can apply this to everything you will ever do in your life.



Benjamin Franklin with your Hardcore thought of the day

Well done is better than well said. ~ Ben Franklin 

Benjamin Franklin 1767

Benjamin Franklin 1767 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Hardcore Thought Of The Day- A way of life

The gym isn’t an escape from life’s problems, but a way of solving them. A strong body makes for a strong person. Challenge yourself, test yourself, and grow.

Quote from Dave Tate