Posts in Personal Development
Tactical Leadership: My Interview w/ Strength Coach and Former Army Ranger Rich Mulder

Welcome to another Ignite interview, where I connect you with some of the best and brightest in the world of performance training....Today, I bring you my interview with strength coach and gym owner, Rich Mulder of Liberty Performance Training in Phoenix, Arizona.  As a former Army Ranger, Rich has truly has  a unique understanding of both physical and mental performance.

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How Practicing Mindfulness Can Change Your Life

Mindfulness is a very hot topic in the world of psychology right now.  It's extremely popular amongst entrepreneurs, and people who enjoy self-development.  I can speak from experience that embracing mindfulness is life changing.  I can now say I think more clearly, and am more emotionally balanced.  Mindfulness is like an emotional antidote. 

But what is mindfulness? And how can it help you be more productive?  Let's take a look at the practice people have been using for thousands of years to improve their lives. 

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3 Strategies to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

As those of you who follow me on social media know, I recently went on an expedition to a part of the country I had never been before.  I was fortunate enough to see things that I had only seen in National Geographic magazines.  Growing up in the city, with a family that rarely traveled, this trip was squarely outside my comfort zone.  In fact, expanding my comfort zone, was the main reason for going on this trip.

But it wasn't always like that for me.  Like many of you, I was firmly entrenched in box that I created for myself . These boxes can be extremely limiting.  We have to realize that nothing great was ever accomplished in a comfort zone. But to really step outside your comfort zone It takes intent and practice.  Today, I want to share some strategies to help you step outside your comfort zone and start living life with purpose!

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Productivity Hack: 4 Routines to Jumpstart Your Morning

Are you one of those people who hates mornings?  Do you wake up with low energy, feeling like a zombie?  These are all symptoms of someone who "is not a morning person".  While it's true that you may not be a morning person, I bet another reason for your disdain of mornings is lack of a routine.

Consider every day, like Game Day.  If you were an athlete, you wouldn't just roll out of bed, all disheveled and start playing right?  So then why do it in your professional career?...Start your morning off with a consistent routine, and you will perform at the top of your game all day! 

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Breathe Better: How Eric Christensen is Changing How We Breathe

16 per minute, 960 per hour, 23,040 per day....That's how much we breathe.  You could say breathing is life.  It's the first thing we do in life, and the last thing we do.They why then do we ignore it?  Why do we never train it?...Poor breathing patterns can lead to numerous problems such as chronic pain, and hormonal issues.   

Eric Christenson is here to help change all that.  Eric is a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and the owner of Chandler Physical Therapy in Chandler, AZ.  Eric estimates that 85%-90% of his patients have breathing issues that effect their function.  If you've ever had persistent neck pain, chances are poor breathing patterns is one of the causes.  Eric's passion to change the way we breath runs deep.  So much so, that he wrote a book.  His book, "Breathe Better", addresses our society;s pervasive issues with breathing.  "Breathe Better" is scheduled for release.

In today's post, I interview Eric and we take a deeper look at his new book, Breathe Better, and give you some exercises to help improve your breathing.  Enjoy!

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Patience and Perseverance: My Interview w/ Preston Hale

Welcome back for another Ignite Interview!  Today I interview another up and coming performer in the world of fitness and performance training.

I share my conversation with Preston Hale, III.  Preston is a performance coach based out of Chandler, AZ.  Preston trains primarily athletes, with a special emphasis on developing defensive backs in American football.  Preston uses his experience as a college athlete, and knowledge as a coach to provide very unique and high level training. He breaks down football movement like few can. 

Preston has taken a unique road to get where he's at, and is an example of perseverance.  He is also one of the most avid learners I know.  In our conversation we cover Preston's keys to success, his training philosophy, and how to handle the fear of making a career switch.  Enjoy!

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My Current, 4 Favorite Podcasts

In today's world, where people multi-tasking is a way of life, podcasts are king.  For those of us who have a commute to work, podcasts are an opportunity to learn on the go.  They turn the time normally reserved for useless radio chatter and fake first date updates, into time spent bettering yourself.  But podcasts aren't just reserved for the car.  They are a great way to take advantage of any downtime you may have during your day.  If you haven't started listening to podcasts yet, then I highly suggest you start immediately.  Here are a few of my favorite podcasts.

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My 3 Favorite, Perspective Altering Books

I'll admit it...In high school (and in college if we're being honest), I absolutely hated reading.  Maybe it was my ignorant youth or simply laziness, but nothing sounded worse than reading for pleasure.

Well fast forward a decade or so, and I consider myself a book connoisseur.  Call me old fashioned, but there is nothing like a good book to stimulate the mind.  A book takes us in places that visual arts simply cannot.  

I consider the following the books some of the most important ones you can read.  They are all entertaining, and all 3 have positively affected my life...Read them and prepare to have you mind blown!

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Baller, Boss, and Bad*** Coach: My Interview w/ Sam Ostarello

One of my goals with Ignite is to become a network and resource for like minded professional.   A resource for coaches and fitness professionals who are doing great work, and pushing the industry forward. ....Today, I share my conversation with Sam Ostarello.  I met Sam earlier this year at the Complete Speed and Power Summit in California, an event put on by Athletes Acceleration. 

Sam is a performance coach based Based out of San Diego.  Sam services primarily athletes and also is a basketball skills trainer.  Sam and her company, Elite Performance  have quickly become one of the go-to names for sports performance training in the area.

In our conversation we explore Sam's experience traveling the world playing professional basketball, her philosophy on training female athletes, and some of the habits that make her successful...Without further adieu ladies and gentlemen, my conversation with Sam Ostarello!

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How to Become a Better Performer

Ever heard of the term performance coach?..If not, its ok.  It is a relatively new  term. As a performance coach, my objective is to help my clients achieve their goals, and perform at the highest level possible. 

Often times the word "performance" is reserved strictly for high level athletes, but when you think about it, we all have an expectation to "perform" every day.  Whether at work, school, or the gym, we all have certain tasks or roles that we are expected to fulfill.  

In order to perform at your best, you need a strategy.  This can't be something you haphazardly attempt to do.  You need a plan and I'm here to give it to you.

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Productivity Hack: Disconnecting From the Grind

For a long time in my life, I would have told you the I believe in that quote, and I still do.  But I never really practiced it.  I'm sure there are many of you out there who are just like I was...  Knowing that disconnecting is beneficial, but not actually putting it into practice.  In the past few years, I've tried to change that.

Recently, I went on my very first camping trip.  It wasn't always easy for me, but needless to say, it opened up my mind.   From the outside perspective, disconnecting can seem like an unproductive, and wasteful use of time.  After all, its all about THE GRIND right?

Well I'm here to tell you that disconnecting is a great use of your time.  It can change your perspective, improve your health, and ultimately make you more productive. 

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Mindset Monday: Fear is an Illusion

FEAR...It's one of the most powerful emotions we can experience.  It's something that has affected us all at one point or another.  Fear can affect how we think, what we do, and even how we choose to live our lives. 

But I'm here to tell you today that fear is an illusion.   Its something that we perceive to be there, but it often isn't. Be sure, that fear is a formidable opponent.  After reading this today, you will be equipped with a powerful tool to help you face fear head on.  Fear can be defeated.  But the first step, is understanding your opponent.

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Productivity Hack: The Pomodoro Timer

Ever find yourself working on a really important project, and then it hits?...

Procrastination...Oh, that dreaded word. It's a word I'm quite familiar with.  In fact I like to call myself, the "King of Procrastination".  Its a lofty, but well earned title.  Procrastination is REAL.  One minute your getting your work done, next minute your caught in deep and dark snapchat vortex.  

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5 Easy and Effective Steps To Goal Setting

Can a ship reach its port without compass?  Can a runner win the race without a finish line?....The great Jim Rhone said it perfectly.  If where we want to go in life is our destination, then our goals are our direction. When used correctly, goal-setting can be a powerful and life guiding tool.  For me, the moment I started actively goal setting, my life started changing for the better.  Goals are what give our energy focus and keep us on track when we wander astray.  Whether it be fitness, financial, or personal development, goals align our thoughts and give them direction. 

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