The Only Thing To Be Successful In the Long Term

 long term success

I read a Nerd Fitness article  and I learned good stuff.

Sir Winston Churchill said : « Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm ».

I’m sure you’ve heard this quote . But there’s something that nobody told you about that quote. This thing is the « GRIT ».

What’s this

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The meaning of the word « grit » is : « passion and perseverance for a long-term goal ».

We discovered after several years of case studies that intelligence wasn’t the most important element to have success in school, at work and in life.

The most important element to be successful is grit and personality. It’s essential to have the courage to go through all the challenges and failures to find a new solution to achieve the goal.

Psychology Professor at University Of Pennsylvania, Angela Duckworth shows in her studies that   :

« Smarter students actually had less grip that their peers who scored lower on an intelligence test. This finding suggests that, among the study participants – all students at an Ivy League School – people who are not as bring as their peers compensate by working harder and with more determination. And their effort pays off : The grittiest students – not the smartest ones – had the highest GPAs ».

And  :

« At the elite United States Military Academy, West Point, a cadet’s grit score was the best predictor of success in the rigorous summer training program known as « Beast Barracks ». Grit matter more than intelligence, leadership ability or physical fitness.

At the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the grittiest contestants were the most likely to advance to the finals – at least in part because they studied longer, not because they were smarter or were better spellers ».

These findings suggest that the achievement of difficult goals entails not only talent but also the sustained and focused application of talent over time.

There is also this article by Thomas Friedman in New York Times: Need a job ? Invent one .

In this article, there is a quote from Tony Wagner, Harvard Education Specialist : « Today, because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know ».

As you can see, it’s not the amount of information that is important to be successful but what you do with this information. It’s the same principle to have a healthy body. I know people who know a tremendous amount of information about how to lose weight and how to build muscle. But there is a problem, they’re all overweight and from year to year, they take on more weight and they need to take more medicines.

What is necessary is to use the information that you have every day. It’s useless to know all the answers and look for the perfect workout. Start with what you have now and day after day, you’ll improve your knowledge on the field.

How do I do

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Here is my case. As you already know, I plan my workout program throughout the year to gradually increase the difficulty (periodization). I have failures (very often) and I adjust. Every week I search for small changes and tactics.

Tracking my workout helps me tremendously to adjust the difficulty without creating any injury. I use an application on my smartphone to track my workout, it’s Jefit.

I know that all my life is going to be like that. Learn more, have more failures and find new tactics to progress.

It’s true that says it like that, you think it’s boring but it’s very motivating to see progress made week after week. Small details are important to your body. Often the people around you don’t see you making progress. They don’t see that your body is changing but you know you have more strength and better health.

What looked annoying is actually motivating. I like to see small changes on my body because I know that the accumulation of small changes make a great transformation. It’s the same principle as a video game, the main character is gradually becoming stronger and stronger.

When I look my workout’s tracking over several months or several years, I see that I have done great transformation. The amount of weight lifted has increased and my endurance has increased.

When I check my workout’program of the day, I stop to day to myself : « It’s going to be painful today, oh no ! » but « Mmmh, it’s going to have a little new record today ! ».

That is why I began to « document » the evolution of my body. If you watch my videos every day, you’ll not see any difference but when you watch the videos I made 6 months or 1 year ago, you see that the differences are really visible. And it’s the same for you.

Build the grit

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For several years I had several (one ton) failures and I searched to find small changes and new tactics to change my body little by little, week after week. I did all that to create « my new standard » and « my new identity » to have the best possible future in my life. All these small improvements on my body have developing more grit and perseverance.

Here is how to build your grit yourself :

  1. Determine your new « identity ».

    The more specific your new identity, the easier it will be to prove it to yourself. For example : « I’m the type of person who never miss a workout » and « I’m the type of person who always eats a healthy meal at lunch » and/or « I’m the type of person who works on his own business as soon as I have free time ».

    To always have these identities in mind put post-it in several places in your house like on the calendar, the phone and the mirror of your bathroom. You can also have it in the wallpaper (lock screen) on your smartphone.

  2. Have small victories every day to prove it to yourself and motivate you to do that

    Follow your evolution and highlight your small victories to see that you are in the right direction. Make a daily challenge that takes you between 5 and 15 minutes. Once this challenge is successful, it’s a small victory in addition.

  3. Increases the difficulty of your challenges every 30 days

    For a month, for 30 days, you’ll have small victories. Once you have 30 small victories, make a party to celebrate these victories and increase the difficulty of your challenges for the next 30 days.

    Attention, our will’s strength is limited so use all this will to build this new healthy habit.

  4. When you have created you « new standard », it’s time to improve it.

    Improve your « new standard » by making small adjustments. Make slow and steady progress to win. If you make drastic adjustments, you will have more failures than small victories and this will make you want to give up.

  5. When you fail in something , be sure to fail differently next time

    Failure doesn’t mean that you have a bad or a weak personality. It’s just mean that you didn’t have all the knowledge and experience to succeed. Learn and practice more on the field to continue towards the best.

It’s not important where you’re from, where you’re going that’s important.

I warn you already that this a path with more that 1 billion challenges but it’s the price to pay for a better lifestyle. To achieve the lifestyle of your dreams , you will create 1 billion versions of yourself, all better than the previous ones (it’s like an update).

The most important thing is that you shouldn’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish anything in you life (this also includes you parents).

If you know you can do it, do it !

What is the little victory you have recently made, and what the next ?

Share this article if you think it can help someone you know. Thank you.

-Steph

Change Your Diet Successfully

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I read a Nerd Fitness article  and there is good stuff.

I imagine you took you 1st January’s resolutions to have a better body. Do you always to that ?

88 % of people fail to reach their fitness resolutions for a year ! Yes, studies prove it. But there are 12 % who succeed. Let’s see.

Momentum

super mario bros

I’ll use the game « Super Mario Bros » to explain. When we start the game, we’re small, we don’t have armor (or powers). If we run on an enemy, we lose a life and we start at the beginning of the stage. We restart, we restart and we restart.

And if on our way we find a mushroom, we change, we become bigger and stronger. We can be hit by an enemy one time without restart the stage. If we can continue without being hit, we can fin a Fire Flower. We can attack our enemies at a distance and we must be hit three times to restart the stage.

Healthy eating habits

Everything is difficult when we start something new. We need to be careful because we’re attacking from everywhere. The Matrix use parties, birtdays or advertisements to prevent you from having a healthy diet.

Each times we don’t resist to these attacks (temptations), we feel we have failed and restart to the beginning. The truth is that every day is a success. If in the day you eat one healthy meal, it’s a success !

By giving our maximum to eat a healthy meal a day, we build our strength, then you’ll eat 2 healthy meals a day and we’ll become stronger and so on. Little by little we build a healthy eating habits and we’ll find the Fire Flower to attack enemies like in « Super Mario Bros ».

Short Time Diet

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The problem I have with these « diets » is that is a temporary food change to achieve a result adn then return to old habits.

For 6 months people struggle to lose weight and then gain even more weight than before. I see my friends do this and I can tell you that every 2 years, everybody notices that they gained a lot of fat. It’s weird.

Diets are like invincible star in « Super Mario Bros », it’s a power that lasts 10 seconds. We can go very far in the stage without being hit by enemies. The problem is when we take the invincible star when we’re small and after we have to fight the Boss. The Boss hit us one time and we restart the stage.

We have more change to beat the Boss when we cross the stage slowly by accumulating coins and power up that we can find rather than invincible star.

To change your diet, it’s the same principle, it’s the transition to a new lifestyle. It’s not temporary, it’s a lifestyle to be healthy all the days of the year all the life.

Education

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To can change food habits effictively, educating on food is very important. Sugar in processed food is very addictive. When we stop to eat processed foods, we my be lacking as an addict, having a crisis and eating a large amount of it. It’s for this reason we call it « junk food », foods for junkies.

Sugar has the same chemical reaction than cocaine in our brain. Read this article .

Like a junkie we say :

  • « Just one it’s not bad »

  • « Why I need to lose weight, it’s no use »

  • « I stop to eat it tomorrow »

Slowly but surely

I took several months before getting used to a healthy diet. Each month, I had food goal. It’s was like eat a healthy meal during the day, drink green tea, buy only 2 cookies packs during the week, drink a little bottle of water. From month to month, it became easier without having a hug desire for sugar. And if I a desire for sugar (because it still happen), I eat a teaspoon of honey (mmmmh, honey is so good).

I think it took me 9 months to have a complete healty diet. Now, I always adjust my food with smartphone’s application MyFitnessPal  and it’s fun because adjust my food is like do an update with an application, it’s cool.

Execution

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The first time we play « Super Mario Bros », we don’t have weapon and armor. We know if we’re hit one time, we restart the stage and a enemy come to us. We press all buttons on the controller to understand how to make move Mario. Serously at this precise moment we don’t think, we execute.

To start we a healthy diet is the same thing.

Perfect meal ?

Forget that, eat pasta or rice with vegetable with meat, tuna or eggs.

Perfect breakfast ?

Forget that, eat oatmeal or a plate of pasta or rice with vegetable with meat, tuna or eggs (it’s really my beakfast, I’m not joking)

Let’s do both things at the same time : education and execution.

What is your worst diet you tested ?

-Steph

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You Really Should Outsource

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Hi,

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and there is good stuff.

Maybe there is something you could outsource in your life or in your business ? It’s good to have something to save time, money and energy.

Exemple

You don’t like your job but spend a lot of time to read job offers discourage you. You can use Upwork to hire someone to do job searches for you. This person will give you a list of the best job offers so you can apply. It’s cool !

Upwork

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Upwork  is the largest marketplace in the world to find service providers troughout the world. You will be able to delegate some of the things you have to do. It’s expensive ? Wait, if you find someone who live in a developing country, prices will low compared to the prices of your country. The Upwork principle is not to make work children of 12 years old like Nike or Reebok but to offer work to someone, a respectable job than can make in good conditions.

If you have the budget, you can take service providers from North America or Europe.

Upwork isn’t the only platform to propose this kind of service, this is a lot.

Fancy Hands

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Ther is a application named « Fancy Hands »  You download this application on your smartphone, it’s a virtual assistant’s team in U.S.A (until now the only langage is english) and you can ask everthing. There is a « + » button and you can ask something by voice, text or photo.

I show some exemple :

  • Can you find my the three best piano school next to my house ? Of course when you completed your profile you wrote your address.

  • I’m a HSBC Premier’s customer. I would like to know if when I buy a flight ticket, I have rights entitled to an health insurance ?

  • Can you call UPS ? Because they came to my house and they left a note. I must call them to have a new appointment but I don’t have the time. Can you ? You take a picture of the note so that they have all the information and it’s ok.

It’s simple things. You can delegate to them tasks of research, booking of restaurant, hotels or flight.

If you make a thesis or dissertation for your studies at the univerity, you have to put scientific references on what you write. Usually, people advise you to hire a research assistant. Now, you can find one quickly on these platforms. A Students don’t have money ? If you work with someone from a developing country, I’m sure it works with your student budget.

They save your time to focus on what is important for you

You don’t have an Upwork’s account ? Go and create it. It takes a few seconds and it’s free. I advise you to do this and spend 10 minutes a day to find the things you can delegate.

Even in your job you can delegate repetitive tasks. Warning, check if it’s legal for you to outsource a part of your job. Check with your employer or a lawyer.

By doing that you will acquire a new skill. Image how would be your life if you can outsource most of repetitive tasks you don’t like to do. You will develop this outsourcing skill. In the 21st century, we will delegate more things to services in the Cloud and this will increase.

What is the first service you use in Upwork ?

-Steph

FAQ Food (Part 1)

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What that means « eat better ? ». How many calories you need to eat ? Why ? It’s questions that people ask me when I train. This is why I will answer these questions in this article to help.

How much to eat

« It is true that if I eat less, I will lose weight fast ? »

Perhaps. The goal isn’t to lose weight as fast as possible but to lose body fat in a sustainable and permanent way. Because starve for 1 month with a diet and back in his/her old habit is useless !

I don’t advise dieting and I don’t do a diet. I didn’t feel like I have a diet, it’s just my eating style. To do a diet for 1-2 months and after it’s over, it’s a joke. People who say : « every year for 1 month I do a diet », I confirm, it’s the Matrix that destroys your body.

There are cool applications for smartphones like MyFitnessPal (https://www.myfitnesspal.com/) to learn to eat better. This helps keep track of your food as you track your workout. Day after day, you feed your body better.

« How many calories to eat ? »

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It depends on your activity level and composition of your body. The calorie needs are different for each person. But he has an average :

  • Boy : 1800-2200 calories
  • Girl : 1600-2000 calories

It really is a basic estimate because the caloric needs depend on your height, weight, your genetics and your activity level. You can calculate your caloric needs, it’s the total daily energy expenditure ( http : //www.iifym.com/tdee-calculator/).

Because the calories sum is really less than what you eating now, I will advice to slowly decrease the amount of your food to avoid the revolt of your body. If you eat 3500-4000 calories a day and you go down to 1600 calories, this will be a total disaster ! Eating 1600 calories and run two hours is unhealthy, unsustainable and give any results over the long term.

When you eat the right kind of food and the amount of calories are correct, your body is « OK » to stop hoarding calories and store energy to start burning.

« And if I want to gain muscle ? »

To be athletic, you need to eat more calories than you burn with a training program to stimulate muscle growth. With protein sources that allow you to build muscle (meat, fish, eggs, etc.), you have to eat healthy food in calories and fat as :

  • Rice (brown or white)

  • Whole milk

  • beans

  • Oatmeal

  • Fruit

  • Nuts

  • Nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew nuts)

It’s the end of the first part. I hope that you got help, next parts coming soon.

-Steph

Questions Fréquentes Alimentation (Partie 1)

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Qu’est-ce que ça signifie « manger mieux » ? Combien de calories il faut manger ? Pourquoi ? C’est des questions que des gens me posent quand je m’entraîne. C’est pour cela que je vais répondre à ces questions dans cet article pour les aider.

Quelle quantité manger

« C’est vrai que si je mange moins, je vais perdre du poids vite ? »

Peut-être. Le but n’est pas de perdre du poids le plus vite possible mais de perdre de la graisse corporelle de façon durable et permanente. Parce que mourir de faim pendant 1 mois avec un régime et reprendre ses anciennes habitude ne sert à rien !

Je ne conseille pas les régimes et je ne fais pas de régime. Je n’ai pas l’impression de faire un régime, c’est juste mon style d’alimentation. Faire un régime pendant 1-2 mois et après c’est fini, c’est une blague. Les personnes qui disent : « chaque année pendant 1 mois je fais un régime », je confirme, c’est la Matrix qui détruit ton corps.

Il y a des application cool pour les smartphones comme MyFitnessPal  pour apprendre à mieux manger. Cela aide à faire un suivi de ton alimentation comme tu fais un suivi pour ton entraînement. Jour après jour, tu nourris mieux ton corps.

« Combien de calories manger ? »

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Cela dépend de ton niveau d’activité et de la composition de ton corps. Les besoins calorique sont différente pour chaque personne. Mais il a une moyenne :

Garçon : 1800-2200 calories

Fille :1600-2000 calories

C’est vraiment une estimation basique car les besoins caloriques dépendent de ta taille, ton poids, ta génétique et ton niveau d’activité. Il est possible de calculer tes besoins caloriques, c’est la dépense énergétique quotidienne totale .

Parce que la somme calories est vraiment moins que ce que tu manges en ce moment, je te conseils de diminuer lentement la quantité de ta nourriture pour pas que ton corps ne se révolte. Si tu manges 3500-4000 calories par jour et que tu descends à 1600 calories, cela va être un désastre total ! Manger 1600 calories et courir 2 heures est malsain, insoutenable et donne aucun résultats sur le long terme.

Quand tu manges le bon type de nourriture et les sommes de calories sont corrects, ton corps est « OK » pour arrêter de stocker les calories et de stocker l’énergie pour commencer à les brûler.

« Et si je veux gagner du muscle ? »

Pour être athlétique, tu as besoin de manger plus de calories que tu en brûle avec un entraînement pour stimuler la croissance des muscles. Avec les sources de protéines qui te permettent de construire les muscles (viande, poissons, œufs, etc.), tu dois manger de la nourriture saine en calories et en graisse comme :

  • Riz (brun ou blanc)

  • Lait entier

  • Haricots

  • Flocons d’avoine

  • Fruit

  • Noix

  • Beurre de noix (cacahuète, amande, noix de cajou)

C’est la fin de la 1er partie. J’espère que cela t’as aider, la suite arrive.

-Steph

Fitness History – United State – The Roaring 1920s and the Great Depression (Part 11)

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The increased interest in fitness dissipated throughout the decade. A similar pattern is always repeated in the history of humanity after a war is won. Is that the society to relax, enjoy life and make fewer exercises. The Roaring 1920s earned this name because of this reason, the society was the most frivolous than any other in history until now. The priorities were eating, drinking, partying and other forms of entertainment.

In October 1929, the stock market crash signaled the beginning of a decade of economic depression. The economy has failed to recover until the United States entered World War II in 1941. With many other aspects of life, levels of physical condition fell during the Great Depression. The benefits that physical education programs have done through legislation that followed the First World War were short-lived. The funds for these programs were limited and were eventually exhausted because of the weak economy.

united states roaring twenties

Despite the setbacks suffered by the fitness during the Great Depression, Jack LaLanne, who came to be recognized as a pioneer of the modern fitness began his career as a media fitness instructor . Throughout his life, LaLanne preached the values of lifestyle fitness. In the 1950s, the « Jack LaLanne Show » began to be broadcast on television, 25 years before the shows of Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda. LaLanne developed fitness programs including aerobics, water aerobics and resistance exercises. He has also presented numerous pieces of exercise equipment including the first cable machine, the secure system for squat called « Smith Machine » and the first machine « Leg extension ». Although LaLanne is often named as the inventor of the movement « Jumping Jack » history suggests that the real inventor was John « Black Jack » Pershing, a tactical officer at West Point in World War II. Although LaLanne preceded the movements of the modern fitness by some three decades, its ideology and its exercise programs had a good approach as demonstrated modern research.

World War II

Throughout world history, military conflicts have had a major impact on the state of fitness. The Second World War and its consequences for the United States were not different. Essentially, the modern fitness movement has evolved under the influence of the Second World War and the Cold War.

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The United States are entered World War II with the bombing of Perl Harbor on December 7, 1941. With this declaration of war, he came to the need to prepare soldiers. However in recruitment, it became embarrassing found that many people were unfit for combat. When the war was over, it was reported that almost half of people prepared should have been refused or were given a non-combat position. These disturbing statistics helped gain more attention to the importance of fitness in the country.

There have been significant contributions in the gym during the 1940s, especially from Dr. Thomas K. Cureton from the University of Illinois. Cureton has introduced the application of research to fitness, which improved the recommendations of exercises to individuals. Cureton hasn’t only recognized the many benefits of regular exercise, he strived to extend the knowledge of the human body with the help of fitness. He wanted to answer questions such as « how many exercises to be healthy ? » and what types of exercise are most effective. But most important was that Cureton wanted to know how physical fitness could be better measured on an individual. Among his contributions, the most important were the fitness test development for cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. His research has resulted in several recommendations for improving cardiorespiratory fitness, including the identification of exercise intensity needed to improve fitness levels. His suggestions became the fundamental basis of future exercise programs.

That’s all for today. Soon the rest of the fitness history

-Steph