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My (12) Golden Rules: What are yours?

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Trevor - executive fitness coach
January 08, 2022 Trevor Dias

"The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success" (unknown)

  • What you consistently do now has a disproportionately more significant impact on your future.
  • Spend a minimum of 80% of your time doing things that will have a delayed gratification (3-5 years delay)
  • Spend a maximum of 20% of your time on things that deliver instant gratification

"Your WHY is a bulldozer that kicks the shit out of all those obstacles you will inevitably encounter." 

  • Goals are essential, but they are merely stepping stones
  • Knowing your WHY (your purpose) is key
  • Then focus on the inputs (journey), not the outputs (results)
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"There are three types of health imperative to a long and happy life: Mental, Financial & Physical." 

  • Instead of Investing equal amounts of time in each (~33%)
  • Spend the most time on the one(s) that require the most work
  • Then try to bring them into balance
  • However, you may always have to over-rotate to one, and that's cool

"A healthy lifelong disposition requires the smallest amount of time allocated to training compared to the other fundamentals." 

  • Good quality sleep, rest, nutrition, movement, and hydration come first
  • Then, when you do work on fitness:
    • Keep it simple: squat, deadlift, row, pull, push, curl
    • Leave the ego at the door: Prioritise form and technique over weight.

    • Consistency is king: 3 to 5 solid weight sessions a week, every week.

    • Remember the heart: Jog, run, bike, row, swim.

"Remember. The mind needs good quality, wholesome nutrition as well." 

  • Read & listen to lots of books & blogs
  • Avoid all forms of news and social media
  • Consume content relevant to health: Mental, Financial and Physical.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought, without accepting it" (Aristotle)

"Every natural macro and micronutrient plays an imperative role in the hugely complex and outrageously fantastic makeup of the human body." 

  • No food should ever be removed entirely
  • Foods are never the problem/ issue. Your relationship with food is
  • Minimise all ultra-processed foods 
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"You think, act and become who you regularly engage with the most." 

  • Choose your close circle of friends & family wisely
  • Don't underestimate the importance of this in your life partner
  • They will either act as a sail or an anchor

"Time is the most precious thing any human will ever own."

  • Do all you can to enhance and extend it 
  • Then use it to the fullest
  • I'm yet to find someone's workplace engraved on a gravestone

"You can get everything you want in life if you will just help other people get what they want" (Zig Ziglar)

  • The most selfish thing you can do in life is to give
  • Give with your time, your knowledge, your resources, your money 
  • Expect nothing back in return, and always give in stealth
  • Don't let anyone know about the vast majority of your giving

"Children don't do as they're told. They do as they're shown."

  • Are you happy with the example you are setting?
  • In 20 years, would you be happy for them to be you?
    • Doing what you do, acting as you act, treating others as you do?
    • Having your current state of Mental, Financial and Physical Health?

"How you do anything is how you do everything." (Martha Beck)

  • Take pride in everything you do
  • No matter how small or inconsequential it may seem
  • The only job to be ashamed of is a job half done

"You are getting everything you deserve based on the person you are being and the decisions you have made. You will continue to get the same thing. You will not get a different result unless you become a different person by habit and by action." (Unknown)

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