Have The Chance That You Deserve

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What’s up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE !!! I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned some good stuff.

We’re lucky that we deserve. It’s true that there a bit of luck in everyone’s success. If I take my case, I recognize that I was lucky to be born in an industrialized country with internet and a good education. But I also created some of the luck that allows me to have my lifestyle today.

We aren’t all born under the same star or not with the same cards, that we can’t change. The thing we can do is to do with what we have to get something better. Having this state of mind is essential to having a better lifestyle. It’s important to be proactive. Whatever the bad luck or the handicap, you have the possibility to realize your dreams. It will be harder than other people but it’s possible with perseverance and patience.

Made with what you have

use what you got to have what you want

Here’s what you have to say to yourself : « My dream is that, maybe I’m not very lucky to succeed and maybe people will think I’m crazy, but I’m going to try to do something. I’m not going to do like the majority of people, I’m going to act, I’m going to do different and do interesting things ».

The truth is that the greatest craziness is to believe that by always doing the same thing, we will have different results. By always doing the same thing, we always have the same results. If you think you deserve better than that in your life, change your comfort, change your actions.

Seneca says something interesting in « Moral Letter to Lucilius ». He talks about people who commit suicide. He says it’s a paradox. It’s a paradox to give up life. What Seneca means is that it’s more constructive to try to change the actions that led to the results of being disgusted with life rather than leaving life.

It’s true that there are also elements that are outside our control or elements like psychology, depression, but whatever your despair, you can choose to change your actions to have another result. I will not lie to you, it will not be easy and it will not happen overnight. The main thing is that you have to try new things, experiment new things, get out of your comfort zone. It’s like this quote : « It’s when we walk that we risk failing ».

Go to another world

comfort zone

The majority of people are in a frozen environment. They’ve been doing the same things for years, they’ve been thinking the same way for years and their lifestyle is stagnating. Get out of this environment to experiment other things and meet people who think differently but share the same values as you. It’s these types of people that will motivate you to do things you never thought you’d do.

When you dream of something, it always seems impossible to you. Publish a book, start a company, change job because it’s frustrating, all that, you feel like it’s outside of your world. It’s true that it’s outside of your world but you have the possibility of making it a reality. Look, imagine that you are on the beach and you have to go to the mountain but you don’t know the way. The majority of people will stay on the beach because it’s more comfortable and safer.

It’s true that it’s safer to stay on the beach but over time, it becomes boring. The best plan is to go towards the mountain and on the way, you will find the first step. At this point, you can ask how to go to the second stage. At the second stage, you can ask how to go to the third stage, etc. In this way, gradually, you reach the mountain learning a lot of new things.

To start a company, it’s the same plan. You find an idea. Then you write a 2-3 pages project that explains how this idea can become a company. Then you look for how to finance this company. Then you create a product or service and you contact prospects, etc. It’s obvious that when you start these projects, you don’t really know the stages. Do this plan now with the knowledge you have, this will allow you to demystify the process and find the first stage.

We must stop dwelling. You have goals, you have frustrations, you want to do things to improve your lifestyle, run the plan. Go to the first stage and get information for the next stage. There is never a perfect time to start (that’s an excuse to procrastinate). You have to start imperfectly and do it anyway. It’s the only way to get the chance you deserve.

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-Steph

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Manage Repetition When There Is A Lot Of Content

repetition

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

There is a secret to manage repetitions when there is a lot of content. The secret is that you don’t need to manage your repetitions when you have a mission to learn something from your audience. To make a transfer of knowledge to your audience.

Attention, if every day you repeat the same thing, you will make your audience run away. I think you know the limit yourself.

Here are 2 benefits of repeating your content, education and editorial. 

Education

education

One the great keys to education is repetition. Being regularly confronted with knowledge make it possible to memorize and use this knowledge in everyday life.

Editorial

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  1. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel all the time. You can recycle content that you published 6 months, 1 year, 2 years ago, etc.

    If you look at a magazine and compare that the magazine has published in previous years, you will see that there is a lot of content that repeats itself.

  2. You can recycle this content in a different way. You can talk about this content with a different angle because your opinion has evolved (you have improved your knowledge on this subject).

  3. You can recycle this content in a different format. There are 3 type of formats : text, audio and video.

You can be the best in your country, there will always be people who have never read the article you published 2 years ago.

Transfer of knowledge

pass knowledge

It’s necessary to repeat your content for people who discover what you’re doing and haven’t yet consumed your content. If you write your articles thinking that your audience is taking the time to read all of your previous articles, you’re making a mistake and you could lose a part of your audience.

Repetition is necessary in education because human beings forget things easily.

People in your audience who read one of your article a year ago, will forget 3/4 of the content. And it’s the same thing for you when you read someone else’s content. That’s why recycling this content with a different angle or format allows your audience to learn better and memorize better.

If your mission is to make a transfer of knowledge, repetition is a great way to motivate people to take action. It forces people in your audience to ask : « Did I use that knowledge ? Did I act ? ». I didn’t create my blog to do intellectual masturbation. I create and recycle my content to motivate people to take action.

It’s possible that I wrote an article and that a part of my audience didn’t understand it. Recycling this article with a different angle or format may allow this part of my audience to better understand this article. The more I write and the better I can explain, it’s cool.

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-Steph

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

definition

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

grit

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 ?

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-Steph

Change Your Diet Successfully

change diet

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

short time diet

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

education

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

execution

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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P90X, Insanity, Weight Watchers, Shakology And Nutrisystem (part 1)

diet plan

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

There is more than 1 million fitness product and diet system. This is what I think of certain.

P90X et Insanity

p90x

P90X and Insanity are the most successful fitness infocommercial in history. A program you can do at home and it’s a routine focus on strength training instead cardio.

Advantages

P90X and Insanity are solid program if you have time, energy and willpower. If you like feel so tires that you could die after a training session, it’s for you It’s DVD with intruction step by step to follow during 90 days. Do a strength training increase more self-confidence faster than cardio.

Disadvantages

P90X works because you must do a training of 60-90 minutes, 6 days per week and you must also change your diet to respect the program.

To do this program you must be commited at 100 % especially for the time. For people who don’t have the time to do this program everydays, it’s easy to miss 1 or 2 session and give up. I don’t like feel so tired that I could die after a training session, it’s also for the same reason I don’t do crossfit.

This program during 90 days with DVDs and what’s happen after these 90 days ? A lot of people had a great transformation during these 90 days but after they regain weights they lost.

It’s a program during 90 days with DVD, what’s happen after 90 days ? A lot of people after had a better body started doing what they were doing before. No more DVD, nobody to motivate by shouting at them. This program don’t resolve the problem at the root. This program don’t create healthy habits.

I prefer feeling tired and happy after a training session instead to be so tired I could die.

Weight Watchers

weight watchers

Each type of foods have a number of points. You have un number of points to respect in the day. As long you stay your total of points, you should lose weights.

Now Weight Watchers have a part online and another part with people where you will weigh regulary and see people who will help you to respect your number of points.

Advantages

The part to count points is a great idea and I think is the reason of Weigh Watchers success. When you’re surounded by people with the same goal to have a better health, it’s very motivating to reach your goal.

The feeding process is simple.

Disadvantages

The new version of points system. This update match with the old conventional wisdom « Whole grains are good, fats are bad ». Pizzas have points ? It’s weird for me.

The points system factors is little for the quality of foods. They prefer that you eat pastas or processed foods inteads real foods. Something like steak, vegetables or eggs. In addition they sell some processed foods labeled « health » packed with sugar and preservatives. Of course Weight Watchers foods have « nice » points.

You can become dependent on the points system. Each meal is a mental calculation to respect the day’s total points. At the end of the day, often, people have « extra » points and to reach the day’s total points, they eat unhealthy foods, «  I have the points anyway ! ».

Focus on weight loss. It’s real, you can loss weigth eating unhealthy foods and Weigth Watchers leader understood this very well. It’s dangerous because people look healthy outside but they’re unhealthy inside, internal organs are severly damaged.

Follow a outdated points system and sponsored by unhealthy foods aren’t a long term solution. The points system is good but there no education about foods and ingredients.

Nutrisystem

nutrisystem

You receive foods at home. Then in microwave, you eat it and you lose weight.

Lose weights and continue to eat the foods you like ? It’s weird for me.

Advantages

Nutisystem’s system is simple. You receive your meals at home, you put them is your freezer and heat them for each meals and you lose weights. Following the plan exactly you should eat less calories that before. Eat less unhealty foods than usual is a way to lose weight with success in the short term.

Disadvantages

You think you will be more healthy by eating muffins, pankakes, etc ? You’re wrong !

Nutrisystem has been created to people who want some results without efforts to build some new « healthy » habits. These foods are all weak substituts for real food equivalent.

I prefer take care of me 90 % of the time and eat a real cookie ou have a real pizza one time per week instead to eat bad imitations everydays and pretend I’m healthy.

Like Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem match with the conventional wisdom « Whole gains is good, fat is bad, avoid cholesterol ». It’s better to just eat « real foods » !

Like Weight Watchers, food education is minimal. A little healthy habit is build but nothing for the after Nutrisystem. Because is so simple, people forget everything during vacation or they can’t pay for the foods receive at home

Comme Weight Watchers, l’éducation sur les aliments est minimum, une petit habitude saine est constuite mais aucune préparation pour la vie après Nutrisystem. This system works only for the short term.

Yes, you can lose weight by eating less, but these meals aren’t healthy. Do they give you the energy you need to feel good ? Nutrisystem is good because it’s simple but poor quality of foods, lack of education and dependence on an unsanitary and unsustainable food system. They can do better.

Did you have some experiences with others programs or diet system ?

-Steph

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Have A Little Or A Big Audience

audience big small

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

Is better to target a large audience ou a smaller audience but more educated ? Good question.

Audience size

audience size type

Often people tell me to put more humor in my articles because it would touch more people. It’s not a bad idea to put more humor but I don’t want to become a comic. I don’t care and I don’t have the talent to do this. My blog is about bodybuilding, weights training and I show to all who want to see how I develop my body and my blog by providing advice. I know I will touch a smaller audience than if I do something more popular or pure entertainment.

I also know that among th people who read me, there are many who will never apply my advice or not much. Because there is always an abyss between education and action. I know where I’m going by doing this and I estimate that 5 % of people who read me apply what I share and improve their lifestyle. Most other say : « Wow, it’s interesting ! » and after they forgot.

It doesn’t matter if you target a smaller audience than the number of people who are connected on internet. What is important is that you connect with people who are compatible with your mission. My mission is to help people to have a better muscular body without supplements and to create a company with a blog. I lot of people don’t like this message and I’m OK with this. I’m fighting for the small minority who apply my advice and improve their lifestyle.

I know this small minority of my audience can influence people around them to have a better lifestyle regardless of country and it makes me happy.

Elite audience

elite audience mastermind

If you want touch a big audience, it’s good too, you can mix humor and education but can you offer a content/product that attracts the elite of your audience ? Something that can interest extraordinary people of your audience. Extraoridinary people of your audience can be people who have accomplished a lot of things, people very educated or luminaries. Offer something to attract your hiddent audience.

Your hidden audience will not appear because they don’t have a truly reason to do it. The reason why they will appear, it’s because you will offer them something that interests them. A high-end service or a specific product.

Ask yourself : « What can I offer to my elite of my audience and how can I do ? ». Because it’s worth it for your content and your product/service to offer something for your elite of your audience.

-Steph

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

united states roaring twenties

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.

world war 2

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