Putting the “Ability” in Accountability


It should be common sense: do what you say you’re gonna do. Most of the time we keep our word, especially with the things that mean a lot to us and we control. Cooking, errands, chores, daily routines. Sometimes life happens and you find yourself in situations that throw off your groove. Keys locked in your car, surprise traffic jams, forgotten wallet or phone. It happens! That’s ok.

Preparation softens these blows and might even help us entirely avoid these little trip ups that make us late and look bad.

If you have an impressive record of running late, missing commitments, misplacing stuff, or making agreements you can’t keep, it’s my experience that intentionally improving your accountability will make life in general way smoother and enjoyable. We all want a fun and fulfilling life, right?

So let’s put in the effort on the front end, be more accountable, and enjoy the ripe fruits of our labors on the back end of more time, more money, more satisfying relationships, and complete days of accomplishments.

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Ownership is an attitude.

Take a look around. Who seems to have all the wealth, freedom, fun, happiness, abundance, significance?

In one way or another, it’s the guys and girls who own their lives.

Understand when I say “owner,” I don’t mean money (not entirely). I don’t mean real estate. In fact, how I mean “owner” has little to do with physical ownership. Though it’s a big part of the big picture, ownership is more than “things.”

Ownership is a mindset.

Ownership is an attitude.

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5 Beast Lifts for Karate and Jiujitsu

Why are these lifts good for martial arts?

There should be no question that strength training profoundly benefits your martial arts training, no matter the art.

When you lift intelligently with intent, you’ll hit harder, move faster, balance better, hold stances longer, grapple with more control, and throw with more fluidity. The list goes on.

If you’re not augmenting your martial art with strength training and seriously want to grow your bushido, I encourage you to start with learning and mastering the following lifts.

If you consistently train martial arts lifting, I invite you to incorporate these lifts, give them commitment for at least 3 months, and see how your martial artistry has taken off.

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Good questions

There are lots of things in the world that don’t make sense.

Asking good questions is a way to step out of your world for a little while to check and make sure things are still working the way you intended. It’s also a way to nudge someone else to check on how they’re faring.

Often, we get into our routines to get through the day. We decide on the things we gotta do, put our heads down, and get to it. Habits are a beautiful way for us to be efficient and productive. However, if we don’t stop and see where we are every once in awhile, we may find we have strayed from where we initially set out to go. Whoopsies.

Think of these questions as your ticket out of The Matrix.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Nice Guys

Before we begin: If you’re perfectly content with your life the way it is right now, you can stop reading here. This isn’t for who is already where they want to be. I want to talk to whomever wants to change and get on the next level but isn’t sure how to do it or what to do next.

The Situation

Ask a friend to describe a bad guy. What images come to mind? Rude, selfish, macho. We can all generally agree that a bad guy is not someone we would prefer to hang out with. They give off repulsive vibes and actually drain our energy simply by proximity.

Now ask a friend to describe a good guy. I’m sure you think of funny, generous, accommodating. You tell your friends about good guys. You invite them to parties and activities. “Oh he’s such a good guy, can’t wait for you to meet him.”

Trick question: How do you describe a nice guy? Chances are, you just used similar qualities of a good guy. And you’d be pretty much right. Both good guys and nice guys foster pleasant environments. Both are a joy to be around. Both come through for you when you need a hand.

So what’s the real difference?

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