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The best is yet to come.

The best is yet to come.

It is more than a song.  It is a battle cry.  It is a way of life.

Where are you?  Can your life get better?  Of course, it can.  Do you have the attitude that your best days are behind you?  Well, let me tell you; you need new friends.  The best is yet to come and won’t it be fine?

It is more than a song; it is a battle cry!  You got to sing it to the top of your lungs if you have to!  Change your attitude.  Read a book or two.  Figure out a way to make things better.  Really, what do you have to lose?

Every day from today forward, when you look in the mirror say it.  The best is yet to come!  Forget about the good old days and focus on the good news days!  Look forward to today and look forward to tomorrow.

The best is yet to come.  It is more than a song, it is a battle cry; it is a way of life!  You have to change the way you think.  This is not about being high on anything other than life itself.  If you have to listen to every song with the title, “The best is yet to come!”  Put it on a CD or on a play list and listen to them over and over and over until you get this, then leave me a comment or two.

The best is yet to come.

It is more than a song.  It is a battle cry.  It is a way of life.

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Top Ten Most Found Motivational Mojo of 2014

Top Ten Most Found Motivational Mojo of 2014

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this journey.

1: Standing up for what you believe in is the right thing to do.

It can be scary sometimes.  Is it the peer pressure or the fear of being rejected?  Maybe it’s the fear of losing your job or losing your friends.  Standing up for what you believe in can be a scary thing, but it is the right thing to do.

2: Why the easy way out is the hardest and worse option.

Imagine for a moment you are confronted with a situation.  You can either take one of two choices, the easy way or the hard way out.  Whenever possible do not pick the easy way out.  Before you choose, stop for a moment and realize there are actually three choices; the easy way, the hard way and the smart way.  See who ever is giving you the choice is saving the best option for them self.  Don’t be fooled.  Look at all the facts and ask a few more questions.  The best way is not always the most apparent choice.

3: The Selfless Leader:

Ask your self these defining questions.  Does your Leader actually care about you, and hold themselves to the same standards or even higher standards that they expect of others.  Does your Leader seek to help others first or help themselves first.  Does your Leader try to set up the best deal for as many people as possible regardless of who gets credit, or are they seeking more credit for themselves?  Let me ask you, who are you following?  Seek to follow or become a Selfless Leader.

4: Why Teamwork sometimes doesn’t work.

We hear it all the time; teamwork is the magic cure to everything that goes wrong in a business.  Well sometimes teamwork does not work.  And of course everyone is ready to place blame.  I can give you 4 reasons why teamwork some times does not work.  Time, Energy, Attitude and Management will make or break a team based on one condition.  If you want to know more, keep reading.  If you just want to place blame, you can stop and find your answers somewhere else.

5: T.R.U.S.T:

Con Men try to gain your trust through a series of lies.  Trust needs to be earned through Truth, Responsibility, Unity, Service and Transparency.  Take your time and check your facts before putting your trust in anyone.

6: Don’t let your mistakes define your future.

Con Men try to gain your trust through a series of lies.  Trust needs to be earned through Truth, Responsibility, Unity, Service and Transparency.  Take your time and check your facts before putting your trust in anyone.

7: Confidence, Determination and Will Power:

Can you discipline yourself to operate at your highest levels, and then influence others to operate at their highest levels, all the while finding common ground, common goals and common purpose?  Can you get people to apply their time and talents and resources to follow a common vision and reach a new level of reality that never existed outside of a dream?

8: Birds of a feather flock together.

We have all heard that before, haven’t we?  So, why do birds flock together, and why do people flock together?  Do we just say birds of a feather flock together because it rhymes and we have heard it before?  Do we study the simple things we have said our whole lives?

9: Thank you for being patient with me.

Thank you for looking past my typos and seeing my meaning behind my mistakes.  I have heard we live in a Universe built on Laws of Intention.  I think I have made my Intentions clear.  Chase your dreams and learn by doing.  Get off the couch and go after making your dream a reality.  Use your talents and find your purpose.  This blog is part of me finding my purpose.  This blog is part of me using my talents.  This blog is part of me chasing my dreams.  This blog is me learning by doing.

10: The more connected we are, the more disconnected we become.

I can blog, tweet, chat or text and reach literally thousands of people in an hour.  The problem is that in that same hour, thousands of others will blog, tweet, chat and text also.  I will get more status updates on Facebook than I will ever read.  No I don’t blog about what I had for lunch or how cute my cat is… I want to believe that if I have hundreds of friends out there that I can get a few to show up to help out a charity or clean up a park.  I don’t have a problem with lots of connections; I have a problem with lots of disconnections.  We spend some much time trying to connect on-line we don’t connect in person.  I mean I want more out of cyberspace than keg parties and random who’s zooming who.  I want to believe we can connect online and then connect offline and make a difference in this world.

Sound Decisions:

From good to better to best:  Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  Today is another day of reflection.  I have been taking time to try to learn, trying to teach.  I try to learn from doing, then I try to teach what I am learning, and then I try to learn from what I am teaching.  I am trying to learn to live the advice I give.  This means you have to try to follow your dreams, learn from those who are doing; you have to learn to do and then teach what you are doing.  Today I want to talk about how to go from good to better to best.  Give me a minute.

I have been playing in a Praise Band.  I have been playing the Bass Guitar and the Drums.  I have spent my time trying to make sure everyone is heard.  I try to make sure that we are putting our best foot forward.  For a couple of weeks, I have taken a step back to regroup and recharge.  I have struggled to figure out what my next move should be; there has been many people saying what we should do to improve the overall sound of the sound system.  I have taken a moment to listen.

My place in the band, I feel was appreciated most by the other musicians.  I tried to make sure that everyone was being heard, but I was hearing from the stage, a much different position than what you hear from the crowd.  The last couple of weeks I have listened from the crowd and not everyone is being heard.  I know what is missing, but it seems that others are someone oblivious to what they are seeing versus what they are hearing.  When I see someone playing the guitar but I cannot hear them, there is a disconnect in my mind.  I am asking myself if I am better off learning how the sound men operate the sound-system?  I am asking myself if I should walk a mile in their shoes first?  The answer is obvious, isn’t it?  The challenge is not so obvious.  The desire to play, the discipline to step back and volunteer to learn; it may take a little while longer, but the lesson is greater.   I don’t want to settle for good.  I am not sure things are getting better if people are playing and not being heard.  So I how can I help make things better without coming off like a know it all.

Have you noticed in the movies how things go from normal to bad, and then from bad to worse.  As you learn more and more about each character the action seems to escalate.  Each passing moment can bring more tension, more suspense, more drama, more action and more destruction.  Things get so bad that at the movies climax, they can’t get any worse.  When everything is said and done, most times the movie do not even show things back to normal, just the elimination of the threat.  Things going from worse to bad may be better but it does not mean things are good, or even back to normal.

We get bored with normal.  We accept normal as good not fully understanding that is does not take much effort to make things better, we only need to learn.  It is not about working harder it is about learning to work smarter.  When people do not know what they are missing they never miss it.  If things could be better, but all you know is bad and worse, you accept bad and worse as normal.  You accept bad as better than worse so you think that it is good, or good enough.

We live in a world where people connect $300 Headphones to MP3 players that have sound that has been compressed to save file size and computer memory.  This compression robs the sound of what it should be.  I noticed how clean and crisp cymbals should sound while playing the drums.  I noticed how much a 12 string guitar can shimmer over the sound of a 6 string guitar while standing between guitar players.  I learned that most people cannot tell the difference between a good bass player and a great bass player and no bass coming out of the system at all by playing the bass.  I have also learned that most people never hear these subtle things because the sound system has not been tuned and mixed properly.  If you never are taught how good things can be, you never miss what you have never learned.

Can I help out more by not playing but spending time learning what everyone else is going through?  Being the sound man is a thankless job.  When everything goes well no one notices.  But when things go bad, when people cannot hear the person speaking or if microphones begin to squeal and howl, then people wonder why the sound is so bad.  I have heard people say what needs to be done, but none of them have volunteered to do what needs to be done.  You cannot drive a car from the back seat or from the side of a track.  If you want to drive the car you have to get behind the wheel.  I am at that place where I believe it is time for me to see if I can learn from those who are doing, improve what they are doing and teach them how to notice the little things they have been missing.

Good to better to best means learn by studying, learn by doing; study what you are doing, then teach what you are doing so others can learn.  This is a time for me to reflect to step back from the stage and into the background.  This is a time for me to practice what I am preaching.  This is a time for me to live the advice I give.  I am trying to make sound decisions; I hope others will do the same.  You appreciate what you have when things go from bad to worse; but can you learn to appreciate what you have and take things from normal, to good, to better.  Can you learn by doing and then teach what you have learned?  Can I do what I am asking others to do?  Can I make sound decisions?  Can I make a difference in the background instead of trying to run out front?  I sure hope I can.

Not being as bad as the worst is not much of an excuse.

Have you heard it said before? Someone in their feeble attempt to defend their bad behavior will say something to the effect of “Well at least I am not a bad as so and so.” Or “What about so and so, they are even worse.” Explain to me how being better than the worst example makes you good? I am trying to be funny and serious at the same time. I am trying to deal with something that is very negative without going negative myself.

“Well at least it not as bad as…” this is almost always the beginning of a lame excuse. Maybe people have suffered for so long they just want to not seem like they have given up, even though they have basically given up. “It could always be worse…” Isn’t that another one? I only have one question that begs and honest answer; “Did you do your best?” If the answer is “Yes” then there is no need for an excuse. If the answer is “No” then I guess any excuse will do.

Think about Automobile Racing. It is ok for the new team that can barely put together enough a budget to qualify for a race to come in last and learn as much as possible from the experience. But, what about the team that has a wealth of experience and even more financing? If they make all the wrong choices and come in next to last, are they ok with saying “At least were not last?” Do we say these things to lessen the sting of the blow so we can sleep better at night?

So another great excuse; “We had the most fun!” Ok, I can go with you on this one, under certain circumstances. If you know you are out matched and you just want to have a good time I can understand, as long as you are doing your best. I know a bunch of amateur Hockey Players who love to play in tournaments together. They put together a team and played in a tournament that was way out of their league. The other teams where younger, faster and played at higher levels than this friendly bunch of amateurs who knew each other from their day jobs. They played to win and had fun losing. I guess I get that, to a point. It is OK to make the best of a bad situation.

I am also saying that this can be a slippery slope for those of us who can do better, but we just don’t try hard enough. I know that I cannot do some things I did when I was younger. A Forty Something aged person cannot take the same risks as a Thirty Something. A Forty Something cannot bounce back as fast as a Twenty Something. But you can still play it smart and do your best. You can still be successful with having adjusted goals. I am still getting over how bad Brazil was overwhelmed on their own soil during the 2014 World Cup. How do you explain it to their fans? Was one player really that important to what they were doing? They did not respond by saying, “We were not as bad as so and so…” They responded by saying the result was un-acceptable, we should have prepared better. At the highest levels you must always be learning and striving to get better.

So why is Ok for those in the middle to think it is OK to not be as bad as those behind them? I try not to be envious of others. I don’t know enough about what they have been through or how they got where they are now. I can only keep track of what I did to get to where I am, and what I can learn to do better the next time. This is why I say, “Not as Bad as…” is a trap. Don’t fall in it. The key take away from every situation is “We did our best and this is what we learned.” Win, lose or draw; fun or no fun, do your best and learn from the situation. Not as bad as so and so, just does not work for me.

Good enough is never good enough.

I have tried to learn from my mistakes. I have tried to give the kind of advice that works universally no matter who is listening. I try to give the kind of advice that I will follow. That is the only real measure of advice isn’t it? Does it work for everyone, and will you follow the advice you give?

So I have learned from my mistakes and the one thing I have learned is that “Good Enough” is not “Good Enough.” I have learned that “Good Enough” is not “Good” or “Enough.” There have been times in my life where I was the one who said, “We have done good enough.” Pretty much every time I said “Good Enough” it was basically a cop-out. I was either bored or tired or just plain being lazy. Pretty much every time I said “Good Enough” it was to deaden the pain of not really doing my best.

So if you set a goal and you fall short is it ok to say “Good Enough?” Well, do you want to be the best? Do you want to have fun? What are your goals? “Good Enough” is usually a way to say, we did not reach our goal but we did good or we did enough. Did you really? Did you do your best? Did you go above and beyond the call of duty? Let me say it again, whenever I said “Good Enough” it was pretty much a cop-out. The times I have failed, really failed is because I did not try. If I did not put out my best effort I pretty much almost always fell short. It is great to say hey we are in this to have fun and do our best. So stop saying “Good Enough!” Start saying, “Do your best!” Start saying “Give it your all!” Start saying “Enjoy the ride!”

“Good Enough” is not “Good” or “Enough”. Did you do good? Did you do enough? Then say it, say “We did our best.” But do not say “We did our best” unless you really did your best!  Say “We gave it our all” only after you gave it your all! Say “We had the most fun” if and only if you set out to have the most fun! I have stopped saying “Good Enough” and have started asking, “What can I do to help?” I have stopped saying “Good Enough” and started asking “What is needed the most that I can do?”  I have stooped saying “Good Enough” and started asking “What is our goal?” What is our target? Have we reached our goal? Are we on target? Are we ahead of schedule? How do we get back on track?

“Good Enough” is neither “Good” or “Enough.” Good is doing your best! Enough is giving it your all! The only person you are fooling by saying “Good Enough” is yourself, your team and everyone who is listening to you. So stop Fooling yourself and for God’s sake don’t fool your team into believing that “Good Enough” is OK when it is based on a second-rate effort. Did you really do your best? Did you really give it your all? Did you really enjoy the ride? The only person you are fooling is yourself.

Always reach for that little extra instead of saying we did “Good Enough.”   A little extra effort, a little smarter approach and a little time to enjoy the ride; that little extra is what makes it “Good!” That little extra is what makes it “Enough!” So learn from my mistake, and try this little piece of advice. If you are going to do something, do your best. If you are going to learn, then learn. If you want to have fun, then have fun.  Give it your all!

The Best way to Manage a Department:

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Welcome to my little online diary of thoughts on Motivation and Leadership. Welcome to another post in my cyber world. So today, I have something on my mind. Something I have been thinking about for a while now. The best way to manage a department:

How many times have you seen a Manger who seems to use fear to keep people in line? How many times have you wondered exactly what leadership style is at work where you work? Do you wonder why you are being treated the way you are being treated?   Have you wondered what your Managers Motivations was at the time? Does your Manager seem to treat you like you are afraid to lose your job? Well I believe the best way to Manage people is to treat them like they could find a better job at any minute.

Who am I to be giving Management advice? I am a guy who has worked a lot of jobs. No matter what level I was at, I have seen Managers who treated me like I was afraid to lose my job. Does this sound familiar? Has it happened to you? I bet it has happened to a lot of people. Am I right? I bet this could be my most popular post if everyone who feels this way will share this post. Enough, I will say again; I think the best way to manage a department is to treat people like they can find a better job at any given time. Why do I say this? Because you will not manage from a position of fear; if you believe the people you manage can find a better job, you will treat them with utmost respect. You will try to create an environment that is a positive learning experience for everyone involved. You may treat people better than you want to be treated.

When people accept being treated badly at their place of employment, they are working for the money. If people enjoy where they work, the experience will be worth more than money. Also, if you are a Manager who is building people up instead of tearing them down, you will be happy to see them get a chance to move on to bigger and better things. If you know you are helping people become successful, you will have a strong system of mentors training up the next wave of employees. No, I am not a manager, but I have seen many managers in action. Which ones do you think seemed to retain the best workers and which ones do you think were the best to work around? The Managers who treated people like they wanted to see them succeed and move up are always be far the best ones to work around.

Treat people like they could find a better job tomorrow, and you will not lose them today. You will find that you can give them more responsibility and you can grow your department with people who are excited to come to work. Manage from a place of fear and you will only retain people who truly believe they cannot do any better for themselves. If people are afraid to find something better, will you really be getting their best effort? If people are only in fear of losing their job, why would they do anything extra? Why would they give you their best effort? They will only give you enough to not get fired.

I believe the best way to Manage people is to treat them like they could find a better job at any minute. You will have a system in place where everyone is ready to take the lead, and you can be proud of the success stories you are creating. You will find people who want to make things better, if you treat them better than you want to be treated.

3P and D or Pray, Prepare, Plan and Deal:

I am sure you have heard it said Pray for the Best and Prepare for the Worst.  Maybe you have, maybe you have not, maybe you can run a search and find out for yourself.  So trust me, I think you should pray for the best and prepare for the worst so you are covered either way things may go in your life.  Take every day as a gift and live your life to the fullest.  So I have taken this one step further.  I have come up with a very simple philosophy for work and for life.  3P and D or Pray, Prepare, Plan and Deal.

3P and D or Pray, Prepare, Plan and Deal.

Pray for the best.  Prepare for the worst.  Plan for both.  Deal with reality.  Simple to remember, effective if put into use.  Dangerous if ignored.  It is a simple wisdom and a simple truth for me.  Yes I will break it down for you, that is the 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo way.  Whenever you are planning an event or anticipating an outcome, pray for the best but prepare for the worst; that way if things go all wrong you can minimize your risk or losses.  Now let it be said, I do believe in the power of pray, so call me a realistic optimist.  Pray for the best and prepare for the worst.

3P and D or Pray, Prepare, Plan and Deal.

Now if you are going to pray and you are going to prepare, I think it is fairly obvious you should have a plan.  You should plan for both outcomes.  What are the best and worst things that can happen at each step of your plan and be ready for either outcome.  Some people call it contingency planning.  I call it proper planning. Let’s play a little game.  Let’s say you are going to play the lottery.  Most people plan for winning the lottery, but most people do not have a good plan.  So if you win, what is your plan; and if you don’t win, what is your plan?  Now I know that example is overly simple.

3P and D or Pray, Prepare, Plan and Deal.

Let’s break down a little more complicated, but still a very simple series of events that should be easy to understand; let’s look at the best and worst things that can happen on your way to work every day.  Let’s say your standard drive to work every day is 30 minutes.  If you like to be on time every day you would imagine that you need to leave thirty minutes before you need to report to work.   Now the best thing that can happen is that traffic is light and you get to work early.  What is the worst thing that can happen, well what if your car will not start?  Can you call a cab or get a ride from someone else or call in and take a day off?  What if you are out of flex days and vacation days?  Should give yourself and hour to get to work instead of thirty minutes so you have a time buffer if things go wrong?  What happens if run into bad weather or an accident, do you have a cell phone and a number to call so that you will not be in trouble before you get to work?  See normally we take something like going to work for granted; we do it so often it is rarely a problem. Still it does no hurt to pray for the best so that everything goes well on your commute, but prepare for the worst and check the traffic and weather and leave early most days.  We pray for the best, prepare for the worst and plan for both.

3P and D or Pray, Prepare, Plan and Deal.

So we pray for the best and prepare for the worst and plan for both.  So let’s face it, we really just deal with reality and adjust.  We do this so often that we don’t even notice that is what we do.  Some people have to be to work on time, every day to punch and punch out.  Now most of the time, we are given a certain amount of emergency time at work to deal with the things that seem to pop up out of the blue.  This seems to work out a lot better if we are in good graces with our supervision and management at work.  If we are known for showing up early and staying late, if something comes up out of the blue, our Managers are more likely to understand.  Remember this when you are planning things.  You can only plan for so many different things to go right or go wrong.  Most people do not believe that everything will go wrong, but for whatever reason, we believe we are going to hit that lucky lottery.  So let’s say you it the lottery, you may think that everything will be great; but more than likely a lot of your family and friends will expect you to share the wealth.  Can you really plan for all of those possible outcomes?  No, in reality you will deal with reality.  You will deal with the fact that you more than likely will not win the lottery, and if you do win; it will more than likely be a smaller prize, enough to pay a bill or go out to dinner or many take a mini-vacation.

3P and D or Pray, Prepare, Plan and Deal.

More than likely you will just deal with reality, so why worry about planning?  Well look back through this post; pray for the best, prepare for the worst, plan for both and deal with reality.  Most of us will plan out how we are going to get to work every day.  We will try to get there early, stay a little late and if something comes up we will have a little bit of a buffer to work within.  Most of us will deal with the emergency when it happens.  We will deal with the reality.  So all in all, it is good to plan.  It is good to pray for things to go well and appreciate the little things along the way.  All those little things will add up to big things which will give us more of a cushion when things go wrong.  It is usually pretty rare that everything goes wrong if we plan things out in advance.  So reality is easier to deal with if you have a plan in place.

3P and D or Pray for the best, Prepare for the worst, Plan for both and Deal with reality!

Your B.E.S.T. Workout Routine

Welcome to the New Year.  Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  Are you ready for your best workout routine?  What about your B.E.S.T. Workout Routine?  As you may have noticed B.E.S.T. is an acronym, but for what?  B.E.S.T. stands for Burst, Endurance, Strength and Technique.  So your B.E.S.T. Workout Routine is actually a series of Four Separate Workouts; Burst Workouts, Endurance Workouts, Strength Workouts and Technique Workouts.

Burst Workouts are Short High Intensity Workouts.  Endurance Workouts are Long Low Intensity Workouts.  Strength Workouts are workouts that steadily Increase in Intensity and Technique Workouts maintain a Constant Comfortable Intensity while paying attention to each and every detail of your workout.  Notice I did not mention what type of exercises you would be doing in your workout routines i.e. swimming, biking, running, calisthenics or lifting weights; The B.E.S.T. Workout Routine works for every type of Exercise.

Now before you dive off the deep end, I have to explain the order that it takes to build your B.E.S.T. Workout Routine.  You might assume you do Burst Workouts, then Endurance, then Strength and then Technique; you would be wrong.  The order is very important.  1st and foremost, which ever type of exercise routine choose, focus on Technique before you do anything else.  If you are a beginner spend at least two weeks to a month on Technique.  If you have been working out your whole life, take an easy day and play close attention to your Technique.  Your Technique must become your second nature.  Pay attention to your form and your range of motion throughout each exercise.  Remember keep a Comfortable Intensity but pay very close attention to your technique until it becomes second nature.  Think about it until you know exactly what feels right and what feels wrong without thinking about it.

So Step One of your B.E.S.T. Workout is Technique!

B.E.S.T. Workout Routine – Step Two; Burst Workouts!  Lately Burst Workouts are a Fitness Rage.  Maximum Results in the least amount of time.  That is fine and great, but once people reach their fitness goals, they stop doing the Burst Workouts.  Also Short High Intensity Workouts can lead to injury if you are not careful.  Burst Workout are very popular right now, but I say be very careful when doing a Burst Workout.  Lately I have been challenging myself to do two very simple and very basic Burst exercises; One Set of Push-ups and One Set of Deep Knee Bends every morning or throughout the day.  I try not to have a pre-set number in mind, just crank out a set of as many as I can when the mood strikes me.  Every now and then I take a day off.  Burst Workouts are great when you do not have a lot of time.  If you like to run do a sprint or run up a flight of stairs.  You can change any workout into a Burst Workout; just do a Short – High Intensity Routine, but pay attention to your Form and Technique.

Step Two of your B.E.S.T. Workout can be the Burst Workout!

Notice how I said Step Two can be the Burst Workout?  In all honesty, after you get your Technique down, I think the most important workout to master next is the Endurance Workout.  I know that I put Burst Workouts Second, but you will learn that everyone is different.  Burst workouts are very popular, so are Strength Workouts; more on both of those later.  Endurance Workouts are Long Low Intensity Workouts.  If you lift weights, they are the long high repetition sets.  If you like to run, they are the long runs.  If you like to swim or bike or hike or do any sport; these are the long days where you sweat it out.  These are the workouts that really get down deep in your mind.  Remember, I said these are the type of workouts you should master, but you should not do them all the time.  Endurance workouts depend on your fitness level, your body type and the type of sport or exercise you are doing.  They are different for everyone; that is why they are so tough to master.  If you we to get hurt and go to Physical Therapy, they will work on Technique First and then lots of Reps at Low Intensity; they will up your Endurance.

Step Two of your B.E.S.T. Workout should be the Endurance Workout!

Strength Workouts, everyone wants to grow up to be big and strong, right?  Wrong.  Growing up to be big and strong is relative to each person.  I will never be taller than Six Foot, so compared to someone who is Six Foot Five, how big will I be?  So we can all get bigger and stronger, if we do the right kind of workout, but we should not try to compare ourselves to someone else.  Most of us will never be as big and strong as the people we see on the cover of the fitness and bodybuilding magazines, but that does not mean we cannot be in the best shape and the highest fitness level of our life.  A strength workout should consist of a good warm-up with steadily increasing intensity until we hit the most weight we can work-out with safely.  Notice, notice, notice I said the most weight we can work out with safely.  If you normally do sets of 10, it is safe to do a set of five with more weight.  At the end of a Strength Workout you should finish with a Medium Set with Your Best Technique.  I am not going to encourage you to shoot for the most weight you can lift one time, this is not a safe way to work out.  I say a Strength Workout should cut your normal amount of reps in half i.e. from 20 to 10, or from 10 to 5.  You may not be able to work out as long as a Technique or Endurance Workout, but you should be able to work out longer than your Burst Workout.

Let me give you a few examples of certain exercises and the different workouts.

Let’s say you want a Stronger Chest.  A Technique Workout may be Bench Press – Sets of 20 at a Low or Medium Weight.  A Burst Workout may be One Set of Push-ups as many as you can do.  An Endurance Workout may be Bench Press – Sets of 30 to 50 with Low Weights until you cannot do any more.  Each set you may decrease the weight but increase the reps.  A Strength Workout may be One Set of 10 Bench Presses with a Medium to Heavy Weight and on the next Set you increase the Weight and drop amount of reps to 5.  At the End of a Strength Workout you should then do a Medium Weight with a Set of 10 reps to cool your muscles back down.

Let’s say you are into Cardio and love to run.  A Technique Workout is a nice steady pace where you pay close attention to your running stride.  A Burst Workout may be a set of quick sprints, or running up stairs or doing a set of deep knee bends as many as possible.  A Strength Workout may be pushing or pulling a sled or doing Leg Presses or Working out with Weights.  An Endurance Workout may be going for a jog or run at a slower pace but over a longer than normal distance.  It is a little different for each person, based on their fitness level and the sport they choose.

So how do you put it all together for your B.E.S.T. Workout?  Well, there are an endless number of paths, but I will give you three examples.  Path A will be the person who does not have a lot of time, but wants to get in better shape.  Path B will be the person who wants to be bigger, stronger and faster.  Path C will be for that person who wants to lose weight or have a lot of stamina.

B.E.S.T. Workout Path A:

If you do not have a lot of time, but you want to get into great shape:  Step One – Spend Two Weeks to One Month on your Technique.  Take it easy and make sure great form is second nature to whatever exercise you choose.  Step Two – After a month start adding in Burst Workouts into your workout routine.  Do one Burst Workout for every Technique Workout.  After another Month add in One Strength and One Endurance Workout into your Routine.  It may go something like this.  T-B-T-S-T-B-T-E:  Take a day off for every two or three days you work out.  If you do not have a lot of time, you cannot afford to get injured; Technique is and should always be your best friend!

B.E.S.T. Workout Path B:

You want to be Bigger, Stronger and Faster than everyone else right?  Well I cannot guarantee you will be Bigger, Stronger and Faster than everyone else, but I can get you Bigger, Stronger and Faster than you are right now.  Step One – Spend Two Weeks To a Month on your Technique.  Make sure that Great Form is your best friend.  Remember, one injury will set you back a month or more.  Once your Technique is Near Perfect start with this Rotation S-B-T-S-E-T; did notice the pattern?  Do a Strength Workout and then a Burst Workout, then take an easy day and work on your Technique.  Do a Strength Workout and then an Endurance Workout, then take another easy day and work on your Technique.  You will find that you need rest days to recover.  It is ok to schedule rest and recovery days, but not weeks and months if you get my meaning.  If you want to be bigger, stronger and faster you will push yourself to the limit.  Without good Technique you greatly increase the chance of injury.  Always work out safely.

B.E.S.T. Workout Path C:

You want to be lean and mean; you want to be an Endurance Machine?  Good for you, try the following pattern.  Step One – Spend Two Weeks To a Month on your Technique.  Each workout starts with paying attention to your Technique.  Now the Endurance Pattern is easy to figure out.  T-B-E-T-S-E – Work on your Technique and then do a Burst Workout, recover and then do an Endurance Workout.  Then Work on your Technique and then do a Strength Workout, recover and then do an Endurance Workout.  Remember this is a serious mental challenge to boost your Endurance.  Never underestimate the importance of rest and recovery days.  It takes as long as it takes, there are no short cuts.  Again, injury will set you back so make sure your Technique is as close to perfect as you can get it.

So do you get it?  Your B.E.S.T. Workout is 100% up to you.  Each one of us is different, and there are endless combinations of Burst, Endurance, Strength and Technique Workouts and Exercises.  The most important thing is keeping you head together and paying close attention to your Technique.  Everything else will fall into place.

The Best of the Rest of 60 Seconds Of Motivational Mojo.

What at were without self-reflection.  Is there not a famous quote about the unexamined life?    Not too long ago I did a list of post that had passed the 100 view threshold.  These posts are the Best of the Rest of 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  These posts are almost at that 100 View mark, 70% or Higher of maybe just above C-Level:

The more connected we are, the more disconnected we become.

Maybe all of this Social Media is really making us Anti-Social.  Should we turn all this stuff off and start talking to each other again?

Maximum Muscle Madness – The Road Warrior Workout:

A very simple fitness routine I follow when I am on the road.

Lots of little things add up to big things.

They say a penny saved is a penny earned.  Saving a lot of pennies adds up.  Sometimes we forget to do something big, we need to break it done into lots of little things that add up.

Today is my day.

Make up you mind that today can be your day also!

The truth that hurts versus the lie you want to hear.

I am somewhat amazed this post is sitting just outside of the 100 view mark.  Sometimes I wonder, would we rather be lied too in a nice way than hear the truth?

Confidence, Determination and Will Power:

These three traits are hard to quantify, but they go a long way in become a success.

The Five E-s of Leadership:

Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

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This one is a super simple code that you can crack just by looking.

If you don’t do it, someone else will.

If you don’t act on your good idea, some one else will.

Fight the battle with the confidence that you have already won!

Know when victory is yours and fight the right battles for all the right reasons!

Stop trying to carry the load of others all by yourself.

Than being said, know when you have a team that you can count on!

If no one has called you crazy, you are not trying hard enough.

I keep trying regardless of how many people think I am crazy.

Maximum Awesomeness!

There is Awesomeness in you.  Make up your mind to use it for good!

The world is not fair, deal with it!

Come on, we are all not born into royal families.  So pick yourself up from where you are and keep moving forward!

Watch out for greed.

Money changes everything:  Cyndi Lauper sang this song in the 1980’s.  I tell people they should do what they love and then figure out the money part.  You still have to figure out the money part.  I have found myself watching what I would like to call my “Greed” movies.  I want to be able to do great things one day, hopefully one day soon without getting greedy.  I watch these movies as a warning of how terribly wrong things can go when greed goes unchecked.

Wallstreet

Wall Street:  The classic 1980’s movie about money and power and greed.  How many people ran around saying “Greed is Good” because of this movie?  Well greed left unchecked is not so good.  So how do you become successful without becoming greedy?  I guess this is why I am watching these movies, so I can know exactly what to watch out for, or a least know the stereotypes.

Glengarrymovie

Glengarry Glen Ross:  A film from the 1990’s based on a play from the 1960’s.  Real Estate deals and Greed running wild, it looks like greed plays in any decade.  So I take away it is not good to set up winner take all systems.  Maybe we should work a little harder to share the wealth?

Boiler Room

Boiler Room:  Welcome to the year 2000 and our old enemy greed is still at play.  What happens when a bunch of fans of the movie “Wall Street” set up a company pushing fake stocks and bonds?

The Joneses

The Joneses:  The year is now 2009 and what if we were all being duped into trying to keep up with a Fictional Family that is being paid to Stealth Market us products we can afford?

Too_Big_to_Fail_film

Too Big To Fail:  A 2009 book, a 2010 movie, a phrase and a reality all rolled into one.  So many of us got caught up in this and so many of us got burned.  But a select view came out bigger and better than ever.  Does is make you scratch you head?  If we only knew then what we know now:

Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps:  Can people get over their greed?  Can they be redeemed?  Is there hope for us all?  Against the backdrop chronicled in “Too Big To Fail” we find a man even greedier than “Gordon Gekko.”  We also learn that greed never sleeps, so how can we do something great and still sleep at night?

Margin Call

Margin Call:  A 2011 Film that creates a Fictional Nameless Day in the life of the company that started the market Turmoil that rings so true in “Too Big To Fail.”  Is there a moral to the story?  Is there in answer in all of this?  I certain hope so.  Greed is not a victim less crime.

If you take the time to watch any or all of these movies, I can only hand you one piece of advice.  Greed will slowly sneak up on you.  It will slowly try to convince you that it is OK to have way, way, way more than you need.  Now, I am telling you to try to do something good, try to do something great.  Try to leave a lasting legacy.  I am not asking you to take a vow of poverty, but I am asking you to watch out for greed.  Do not be motivated by the wealth that you can hoard, be motivated by the good that you can do if you share the wealth and create the best possible system for everyone involved.  Can we do something great and still share the wealth?  I am honestly trying with all my might.