Workshop in Sunnyvale

I have to tell you that if you missed these two days, you missed a lot. A lot of quality instruction, a lot of quality people. Yes, of course, I was brilliant, but there was a vast amount of quality information and hands on work for everyone.

I noted a couple of things. I know that people pay a grand for a one or day workshop to “master” dozens of different sports and moves. Someone may tell you that you have a back issue in squatting from this workshop or cert or clinic or add a point about your O lifting pull or make a general statement about this or that.

It’s probably not enough. I can fix most people’s squats in a second or two. As you enter the site, click on all the little buttons and enjoy all the free stuff. That video is old now and I like to think I have improved my skill set since then, but that little video has helped a lot of people. It is free. It is good. For those asking me about “Complexes” the list is right there as well as the JD Warmup.

It is free. It is good. Quality coaching does NOT come from a blitz weekend where much of the time is spent demeaning others. (As a note, this may sound like I am demeaning others, but I am not…I think I am making a point) You KNOW when you work with a master. My good friend, Pavel, calls this the “A-HA! Moments” as everything suddenly makes sense. With one touch, one push, one shove, you instantly understand the principle and usually never forget the feeling when everything links in perfectly.

That’s what I liked about this workshop in Sunnyvale. Our mobility work this morning was so good, I was taking notes while twisting apart. The review of simply the differences between the Olympic lifts and the Power lifts was probably as clear and eloquent as anything I have ever heard. The friendly environment was amazing, but everything flowed. One should come away from a weekend like this with clarity.

As always, a big thanks to my brother, Gary, who bravely shuttles me around to these events. He has his own following now and is pestered by fans at these events. He endures it with humility and grace.

And, now, a little taste of my next book:

I think I could make a fortune with a book entitled “Eat your way to success.” Honestly, the three best mental images I have for success involve eating. From what I have seen across the vast landscape of America, I think that eating is not a rarity for many here in these United States. Sadly, my “Frog, Elephant and Alpo Dog Food Diet” might lose customers simply by the title. Every time I fly, I see an advertisement for something called the “Cookie Diet.” That can sell. Somehow, even if it was “The All You Can Eat Frog, Elephant and Alpo Dog Food Diet” still might not break the top ten bestseller list.

If there is an axiom for a successful life and having any chance at achieving any goals, it would be the following:

“You can’t do everything, but you can do something.”

Let that sit before you for a moment. If I could do anything for my legacy to this fine planet earth, I would hope and pray it would be “Do something.” For years, at workshops I have been preaching my “secret” two words to success: show up. I need to add “Do something,” too.

My favorite story about the magic of simply showing up happened in 1984. I was standing in line, after a long train ride to get to there and probably no real sleep in two days, to register for my intensive Turkish language class. Quick, imagine me standing in line because that is all I was doing. If you have ever stood in line, use that imagine if that is easier for you.

A guy behind the registration desk slammed a phone down, looked up at me and said;” Do you want $1500.” My answer was “uh, yes.” It turns out that another student just decided to quit and had been given a nice stipend just to show up. I was given a check in the next three minutes for $1500 for simply standing in line.

If you want to be a national champion, you really need to get to the stadium on time. If you decide to get married, the ceremony starts at 11. Be there. Showing up is underrated as a life skills success clue.

Of course, showing up is only step one. Step two is to do something. When I counsel/mentor/coach/teach/help others in goal setting it often only takes a few minutes to outline a list of goals in every single area of life. Warning: be careful about setting goals, because you may attain them. Almost every time I have had one of these goal setting experiences, the person looks up and smiles from this sheet of paper, then their eyes go wide and they ask: “Well, uh, what do I do?”

Do something.

Easy to type. Easy to read. And, actually, easy to do. The problem for most people is that the enormity of a goal seems to explode like the Big Bang before them. You want to get your college degree? Well, you have to register, get a parking pass, find the cafeteria, buy a school sweatshirt, find a lifetime friend to have several funny experiences, go on a roadtrip, write and lose the Great American Novel, read a book simply from Cliff Notes…hey, you have a lot to do! For me, when someone says to college, I have a refreshing mental image of fun, study and free time. Why the disconnect? Well, I’ve done it!

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