Saturday, December 24, 2016

Reprogramming Your Subconscious

Based On:

The Art of Mental Training

By DC Gonzalez

Based off of the experiences of a martial artist, Navy pilot, Federal agent, and peak performance coach; DC Gonzalez teaches how to train your mind to gain strength from within.


Having a good attitude helps to achieve control by creating an expectation of success.

 People within our culture convince us to never brag and never talk to yourself because that means you have gone crazy. But champions maintain positive thought loops and positive self-talk.

 Society teaches us that negative and self-defeating thoughts equal humility, but champions eliminate the victim mentality. A champion sees negative setbacks as opportunities.

Gaining the Mental Edge

It’s not just about vision and imagery, but also feeling the emotions associated with success.

Feeling good creates confidence. It’s easy to let your mind focus on what could go wrong, but discipline your mind to see success and feel the emotions that come from success. It takes practice, but it’s better to be disciplined and confident than lazy and miserable.

Learning to Fly Navy Jets

Don’t rush when the pressure’s on. Breath, Pause, and learn to gather yourself-but never, ever, allow yourself to rush your game.

Gonzales talks about his training as a Navy pilot. Instructors put tremendous pressure on students in order to weed out the mentally weak. He advised a fellow student pilot to think thoughts like, “I’m fast, I’m good, I’m focused.” Make it a habit to shut down negative thoughts.

When you feel that someone, like an instructor or a boss, is purposely trying to throw you off of your game; Gonzales explains that you can see person like that as an opponent. Become so focused that your opponent is unable to throw you off your game.

Importance of Self-Belief

When you really believe that you can win, something extremely powerful is set into motion.

See yourself succeeding in your mind continuously and you will improve your ability to believe in yourself. You will be locked in on succeeding when the pressure is on.

Controlling Fear

Inside the eye of a cyclone, there is peace-while outside, the cyclone unleashes all its fury and power.

When we become afraid, we naturally focus on what can go wrong. Champions learn to limit their fear by bringing themselves to the present. Fear is worrying about the future or remembering a past failure. But bring your breathing under control and run towards your fear. Switch thoughts of fear with positive talk and positive images.

Changing Your Mental State

Pretend you’re an actor. Start being a champion. Start hearing the self-talk of that champion. Pretend and feel that you are this champion.

Three keys to change your mental state include:

Self-Talk: Tell yourself that you are strong, fast, dominant, and unstoppable.

Body Movement: Start walking like a cages gladiator ready for battle. Move like a champion ready to defeat your opponent.

Breathing: When we are afraid, we take quick breaths from our chests. When we feel relaxed or powerful we take full breaths from the base of our guts. Breath like a champion.


We give our thoughts the power to control us. As a result, we give in to fear and anxiety. Pretend that you are a champion long enough and you will become one. If you are too lazy to police your negative thoughts, then cause you to become consumed with fear. Become self-disciplined and use your mind to make you a champion.

-R. Schulz

Monday, December 19, 2016

What Makes a Great Leader?

Based On:

The 21 Laws of Leadership

By John C. Maxwell

Theses are three of the laws that stood out to me the most. They encompass humility, selflessness, and patience.

 3. The Law of Process

Patience is the key. Be a learner first and be willing to say “I don’t know, please help me.” That takes humility. As simple as that sounds, the human ego stops people from having a willingness to learn. Being put in charge is not the same as being a leader.

“To be Conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.”

In other words, being a leader isn’t about being born with leadership skills. It’s about learning all you can in order to become a leader.

“Champions don’t become champions in the ring, they are merely recognized there.”

Being a “born leader” is a flawed statement. Leadership is a process. It takes time and patience to develop the skills and knowledge to become a great leader.

12. The Law of Empowerment

A leader who is insecure makes it impossible for his or her people to give power to others. To keep others down, you’ll have to go down with them. These weak leaders think that delegating power and training others up means that they themselves become powerless. It boils down to the fear of losing power.

“You can’t lead a cavalry if you think you look funny on a horse.”

-John Peers

To be self-conscious means that your thoughts are only of yourself. Believing in the power of people below you shows that you are a great leader.

18. The Law of Sacrifice

“For everything you have missed, you have gained in something else; and for everything you have gained, you lose something.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no success without sacrifice. You must put your team ahead of yourself to become a leader. Constantly improve and continue to grow. Keep fighting and be willing to fail. I’d rather try and fail than watch from the sidelines and never even try at all.

Just like Martin Luther King gave up a comfortable lifestyle to fight for freedom for others, great leaders think of the needs of others first.

21. The Law of Legacy

“Legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into the position to do great things without him.”

Leaders know that actions have reactions. And their decisions today have an effect on people tomorrow. Giving your knowledge to others, making sacrifices for those below you, and putting others in positions to do great things.

Too often, I’ve been subordinate to poor leaders who lacked the humility to focus on the needs of their own people. It’s easy to spot insecure leaders. So, remember to build others up and drop the damn ego.

“If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

-Teddy Roosevelt

-R. Schulz

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Become Relentless

Based On:


By Tim Grover

Tim Grover is the famous personal trainer of champions like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade. Grover describes the mental aspect of attacking your goals. He has seen, firsthand, the difference between the naturally gifted athlete and the work horse that fights every day for success. He breaks mental toughness into three levels and the ones who are truly relentless are called Cleaners.

3 Levels

Cooler: the one who worries

Closer: the one who gets the job done and is satisfied with the results

Cleaner: the one who is unstoppable and is never satisfied

 Most people are satisfied with remaining good, above average, and then settle there. But the Cleaners are people like Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney. Men and women that are always hungry for success and who are working while the rest of us are sleeping or celebrating. They are the ones who offend us because they get mad if we fail to reach their standard of excellence.

Don’t Think

Thinking causes hesitation. But Grover says, “Decide, commit, act, succeed, repeat.” Thinking allows you to place limits on yourself.

What separates us from greatness is limiting thinking. What we think is realistic thinking is simply limiting ourselves. But the great ones, the cleaners, place NO limits on themselves. And it starts by raising your standard for excellence.

Keep Pushing

Physical dominance is what makes you good. Mental dominance makes you great. But your mind, your fears, and your ego will make you weak. But if you want to be successful you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Doing the thing you dread is the way to kill your fear, don’t from it.

In other words, be OK with failure. Fearing failure kills dreams. But if you make failure your friend you will not fear it. Besides, being extremely prepared makes it easier to focus on the task at hand you cannot focus on the fear.

Get Into Your Zone

The zone is the place that place where your killer instinct lives. It’s a form of meditation where nothing exists except a pure focus on the task at hand.

Michael Jordan entered his zone whenever someone challenged him. His dark side said “Kill this Motherfucker” and went into attack mode, straight into the Zone. Result: Unstoppable.

Cleaners ignore the drama because they are too focused. Kobe Bryant said, “You know you’re in the Zone, but you can’t think about it because thinking is a distraction.” Become detached from everything on the outside.

You Make Decisions Not Suggestions

Push hesitation and indecisiveness aside. Never waste time by overthinking an infinite number of possibilities. Thinking doesn’t achieve outcomes, only action does. Prepare yourself with everything you’ll need to succeed, then act.

Some people try to look like they are successful by having multiple activities but never accomplish a damn thing. When you are truly relentless, you beat on your craft constantly and become excellent at it. Find out what you do, then do it. And do it better than anyone else.

You’d Rather Be Feared than Liked

This is a tough one for me because I have a need to be liked. However, a real cleaner doesn’t care about being liked. A cleaner tells you straight to your face what he thinks whether you like it or not.

Let your actions speak louder than your words. Grover uses Don Corleone, the Godfather, as the perfect cleaner example. He’s the quietest guy in the room and everyone is wondering what he is going to do or say. His actions speak louder than words.

“Let them hate you; it only shows their weakness and emotion and makes you more powerful.”

Don’t Recognize Failure

You don’t fail, you adjust and adapt. When everyone is talking about how you “failed” you show up like a professional, remap you course, and get back to work.

That’s what it means to be OK with failure. You see it as a temporary setback and learn from it. If you find me wrestling with a bear in the woods, pray for the bear. Being relentless doesn’t mean success 100% of the time; it means you come back stronger after failure.


When it’s too tough for them, it’s just right for you. You keep going when everyone else quits. That’s what mental toughness is. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you look like. Your strength is not in your likeability, compliments, or fake friends. Your strength comes from within. You have zero limitation. Take the unpopular path and keep grinding; that’s the relentless mentality.