Archive for November, 2014

Friday, November 28th 2014

How to Master Your Fitness – and Your Life

I've been promising this post for a while... And it's finally ready for you. If you've been around here a while, then you already know why I'm covering this topic today. BUT, if you're new to 'AtlasVille' - then you might be wondering... So, some helpful perspective for you: There's more to fitness than just "exercise and nutrition"... It's is more about YOUR LIFE - as a whole. So, while I sometimes share great training videos and recipes here - THE REAL power is shared via the more "abstract" lessons on this blog. One of the easiest ways to do this is by featuring some of the good-old-fashioned books I've read/am reading - and highlight some of the powerful insights and lessons from these great works. Below are two of them. I've already read the one on the left, "Mastery" - by George Leonard (130 reviews/4.5 stars avg)- and most of the rest of this post will focus on that one. I'm currently reading the one on the right, "Mastery" - by Robert Greene (393 reviews/4.5 stars avg)- and will write a future post featuring some of the gold contained in that one.
mastery books for self development 2 Books On Mastery - Both Worth Reading
Why read 2 books on the same subject - with the same title? Simple - because both cover the subject in their own unique way. One is a shorter, more simplified read - while the other is much longer - much deeper - more detailed. That's just one of the ways they differ... Ok - now for some of the gold nuggets from George Leonard's version of Mastery... As I read (this has become a POWERFUL habit) I keep a pen or highlighter handy, and I highlight anything worth reading again (and again) in the future (one of the secrets of 'mastery' :-). I rarely read a book only once. I usually read with the intent to use each book as a reference guide in the future. So, these golden nuggets are some of the pieces I've highlighted as my own reference material. Thoughts and perspectives worth practicing - and sharing for the benefit of others who also want to fuel their own evolution and personal development... Some of these will only make complete sense when you read the book - and can then put the piece into context. Still I share what I will here to at least pique your interest in wanting to dig deeper and read each book yourself - to get the full and complete benefit - consumed and translated by your own mind... for application to your own, unique world. Here we go... 1 - Mastery Note on Relationships (the 'non-mastery' way of the Dabbler) "In love relationships (perhaps an unexpected place to look for signs of mastery, but a good one), the "Dabbler" specializes in honeymoons. He revels in seduction and surrender, the telling of life stories, the display of love's tricks and trappings" the ego on parade. When the initial ardor starts to cool, he starts looking around. To stay in the path of mastery (of relationship) would mean changing himself. How much easier it is to jump into another bed and start the process all over again. The Dabbler might think of himslef as an adventurer, a connoisseur of novelty, but he's probably closer to what Carl Jung calls the puer aeternus, the eternal kid. Though partners change, he (or she) stays just the same." 2 - Negative & Positive Both Required for Mastery "Generally, denial of truth inhibits energy, while realistic acknowledgement of the truth releases it. Even serious blows in life can give you extra energy by knocking you off dead center, shaking you out of your lethargy--but NOT if you deny the blows are real. Acknowledging the negative simply means facing the truth of it - and moving on. Once you've dealt with the negative, you're free to concentrate on the best in yourself." (The focus can then shift to positive progress.) 3 - No Excuses, and Here's Why "Whatever your age, your upbringing, or your education, what you're made of is mostly unused potential. It is your evolutionary destiny to use what is unused, to learn and keep on learning for as long as you live. To choose this destiny, to walk the path of mastery, isn't always easy, but it is the ultimate human adventure..." I have many more dog-eared pages and highlights in this book. But, those 3 small excerpts should give you something of value all by themselves - and spark some interest in "wanting more". More for yourself - and your life. Have any comments, questions or thoughts about this post? Or just want to say thanks? Please do so below - I'd love to hear from you. Seriously... Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas