Masks and 6ft. Apart

Hand washing and wearing masks don’t strengthen your immune system.

Proper Nutrition, Sleep, and Exercise do!

Why is no one talking about this?

Wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.  That’s all that is being said.  So, does that mean that’s all we can do?

We’ve been trained to believe that it’s normal to be on a handful of daily prescriptions and that things are supposed to start hurting after the age of 30. This may sting, but that’s not normal. If you have high blood pressure, maybe change your diet and start exercising to bring it down instead of popping a pill.  Type 2 diabetes doesn’t run in anyone’s family, eating like shit and making poor lifestyle choices does.  If your car was running poorly because you poor sugar into your gas tank every day and the mechanic gave you 2 options on how to fix it, which would you choose?  Or better yet, which one have you chosen?

Option 1 – Keep putting the sugar in.

If you do, then you’ll need to buy this daily fuel additive from someone who doesn’t know anything about cars and doesn’t take care of their own vehicle.  It still won’t run great, but it will keep it going for a while.  It’s going to make your tires wear out supper quick, the A/C won’t work anymore, and it won’t drive over 25 mph.  If it continues to drive poorly, there are a few other additives that you can also try.  Make sure to read the warning label on the additives. Eventually the car is going to explode and make sure to be super careful while out on the road, any tiny potholes you may encounter will severely damage you’re the car, maybe even total it.  The radiator may start to leak, the battery could stop holding a charge, and smoke may come out of your tailpipe along with some sort of drippy liquid.  No worries though, there are additives for all of those things as well.

Option 2 –

Stop putting the sugar in.  We can introduce you to our mechanic who can show you how to fix the problems your car has.  It will take some time, but we can get your car back to as good as the day you bought it.  Once it starts running good again, we can then refer you to our driving instructor.  They will show you what your car is really capable of.  Did you know it can take jumps and has a top speed of 180 mph!  Also, don’t worry about potholes and other vehicles, they are almost non-existent, your car might as well be a tank!  You’ll also be eligible for auto shows, as your car ages, people love to see vintage cars that still look like the day they were driven off the lot.

I know it’s a crude analogy, but it’s true.  Stop avoiding taking your car to a real mechanic.  Stop living in fear that your car is going to break down.  Get out there do what it was made to do, DRIVE!

What’s that?  If your car breaks, you’ll just take an Uber.  Sorry to burst that bubble, but there aren’t many of those left and your driver doesn’t give a shit if you ever make it where you want to go.  They’ll keep you waiting as long as it’s convenient for them and when they do pick you up, get ready for the longest, bumpiest ride you’ve ever been on.

As my good Rihanna always says, “shut up and drive!”

Eric Karls
Facilitator Fitness / CrossFit Conductor
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Level 3 Certified CrossFit Trainer
(859) 494-9119

Monday Motivation

Just a few random thoughts and quotes to start your week.

Let it go – Don’t ruin a good day by thinking about a bad yesterday.

This too shall pass – Give it time.

Comparison is the thief of happiness – The only person you should try and beat is the person you were yesterday.

WORK – Don’t know what to do? – WORK Scared? – WORK. Frustrated? – WORK. Depressed? – WORK. Anxious? – WORK Put in the WORK, it will never fail you

NO one is coming to save you – You are in charge of your own happiness/success, it’s on you!

Stop giving a Shit – People’s opinion of you is none of your business.

Stay Calm and carry on – Frustration and anger are often just fear being manifested in a different way, none of which serve you.

Be Grateful – You can’t be scared or anxious if you are being grateful.  There is always something to be grateful for.

Pray – Everyday, twice a day, all day long.  God is listening. “Ask and you shall receive.”

Exercise Hard and Often (Everyday)

Smile – Challenge: For one day, make eye contact, smile, and say hello to everyone you pass or come in contact with.  It will make yours and possibly someone else day better.

Leave all grudges behind – there is no place for hate in your heart.

Raise your standards – Expect more from yourself in everything you do.

OWN THE DAY!

“Do sharks complain about Monday? NO! They’re up early, biting stuff, chasing shit, being scary, reminding everyone they’re a fucking SHARK!”

“There is nothing as unstoppable as a train full of FUCK YEAH!”

“The Devil whispered to the Warrior, you can’t handle the storm. The Warrior replied, I am the storm.”

That is all, just a little help to start your week off right, now go out there an SMILE!!!

In Strength,

Eric Karls M.Ed.
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach
Facilitator Fitness/CrossFit Conductor

Building Decks

Building Decks

About 5 years ago my wife and decide to put a deck on our house.  After a long dissertation about how we were at a point in our lives where we needed to put a price on our time and that we work too hard not to hire someone for the job, we got 2 bids for the deck.  I don’t remember exactly, but I think the lowest bid was 15K and that I then promptly told my wife I would build it.  One problem solved, two more to figure out, (1) it would just be me and (2) I didn’t know how to build a deck.

The first problem was easy to fix, it would just take more time and a lot of trips to Lowe’s.  The second took some time and research to solve, but I found out that decking building is no different than every other aspect of life, Principles are few, Methods are many.  There are several ways in which a deck can be constructed, but make sure it is well supported, securely attached to the home, and square, the rest is just details.

My work crew of 1 is motivated, thank you Kelly, and I have game plan.  Now all I have to do is execute.  With a project like this, all I need to do is get started.  Once I do, the size of project falls away, and I begin to focus on the immediate task(s) at hand.

Everything is going well and I’m about 2/3 of the way done.  I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at, the foundation and supports are solid, the ledger board is securely in place (I didn’t know what a ledger board was either), and my frame is square enough for the girls I date (that’s and old construction saying).  Time for the decking!

I head to Lowe’s, trip 83 at this point, to buy roughly 75×16’ decking boards.  That shouldn’t be that big of a deal, check each one to make sure its square and not full of knots, load it on cart, 3 hours later, done!  Then the fun part, realizing that my truck bed is nowhere near long enough to hold boards of that length.   Nowhere to go, but up top.  This isn’t a big deal for an experienced deck builder like myself.  The boards sit atop the roof of my car, bending down in front of my line of sight out the front window and do the same in back.  This might have been a good time divide and conquer, 75 boards at once is too many, but again, I’ve been building decks going on three weeks now, I got this.

Last board gets loaded up, now time to strap’em down.  Well shit, my ratchet straps are sitting on my garage floor at home.  What am I going to do now?  Where could I possibly get ratchet straps.  That is me being sarcastic.  A set of ratchet straps cost about $7 at Lowe’s, the place I’m currently at.  So, I did what any experienced deck builder does.  I grab some of the free twine they have by the front door and get to tying those board to the roof my car.

Does anyone see where this is going?  I proceed to start on my 1.7-mile journey home, average speed about 12mph and things are going great!  My knuckles are white, and people must have heard about my decking building, because several people have driven by honking and signing that I’m #1.  I wouldn’t have guessed that I was the #1 deck builder so soon, but they seemed adamant.  Driving by, yelling and holding up one finger!  Word travels fast in Lexington.

So, there I am, sitting at a red light on the Nicholasville road bridge over the top of New Circle road.  The light turns green, foot comes off the break, and then about 70 of the 75 boards slide off the top of my truck.  I immediately flash back to several years prior.  I’m standing knee deep in water of my flooded basement in Chicago with my smiling dad who has come over to help.  When I ask him why he’s smiling, he says, “if you’re standing in shit, you can either be pissed or smile, it’s always your choice.”  I take a deep breath, crack a little smile, and proceed to reload the 70×16’ board back onto the roof of my truck in the middle of New Circle road.  The praise of being #1 continues, which at this point I appreciate, but still stand confused at how many people know that I am the best decker builder in Lexington.  I get the last board loaded and eventually make home.

I am happy to report, the deck was finished, and we continue to enjoy it to this day.  But the major point of the story is how many lessons building a deck taught me about life.

  • Make sure your foundations are strong.
  • Take time, do your research and make a plan.
  • Principles are few, methods are many.
  • Be patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither are decks.
  • Ledger Boards are what attach the deck to the house and help make the rest of the deck square.
  • Don’t be cheap, but more importantly, don’t skip the small stuff(straps), it can have a large impact.
  • You always have the choice to frown or smile, choose the smile, everything will be OK.
  • The index finger is the sign for #1, not the middle finger.
  • A tremendous amount of pride can come from taking on a large task, learning how to do it, and following through.

What is the deck in your life that needs to be built?  I might not know what it is, but I do know that the person you will become in the process is worth ever hardship you will face and overcome while doing so.  Go build your deck!!!

In Strength,

Eric Karls M.Ed.
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach
COMING SOON!
Facilitator Fitness

Find the Right Room

Find the Right Room

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”

“You need a Mentor, a Coach, a Cheerleader, and a Friend.”

“You cannot hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life.

After graduating from high school in 1996, I spent the summer before leaving for college working full time for the storm and drainage department of a local town I live near and tgetting ready for my freshman season of college football.

The job was easy, wake up, get to work on time, have someone tell you what to do all day, and then go home.  All I had to do was show up.

I was going to a small D-III school, but had a friend who was also going away to play college football, but he was going to a D-I school.  He happened to be my best friend, so we trained every afternoon together after I got off of work.

At the beginning of the summer, we compared each of the workout programs our schools gave us to get ready and decided which one we would use.  Since my school only send me the day when to show up, we decided to use the program that my friend’s school sent.  It happened to be as thick as a phone book.

In the beginning, the workout program seemed excesses and at times not even possible to complete.  The 1-2 hour workouts that involved weight training and track work were more grueling than the full 8 hours of manual labor I would put in during the day.  There were days I would show up after work with a carefully scripted excuse as to why I couldn’t workout that day.  My friend would never even let me finish talking before he called me a pussy and told me to change into my workout clothes.  At times I thought he was a machine.  He never backdown from any workout and never let his effort decline.  He always went at 100% and I was always chasing him.  I rarely caught him, but looking back, I know it raise my effort level to something I would have never or could have never achieved.

The summer ended and we both went away to our prospective colleges.  I showed up to a series of physical tests that would show our coaches how we spent our summer.  One that has always stuck with me was the first test, a mile run for time.  Not necessarily a test you find at the NFL combine, but an initial showing of who worked over the summer and who sat on their coach.  I hadn’t been running long distance, but I had spent my whole summer chasing someone faster than me over a series off 100, 200, 300, and 400m repeats.  This lead me to starting my mile like I was shot out of a cannon.  Not because I thought that was a good strategy for the 4 x 400m laps I had ahead of me, but because it’s what I was used to.  Every time a run began, I had to run as fast as I could and find the guy in front of me and do my best to keep up.

Then I found him, a senior free safety who was going to be one of the team captains that year and was determined to set the standard for all others to follow.  Problem was, he didn’t train with my D-I bound friend and was always the best person in his training group.  After two laps, I think he was surprised that I had kept pace with him and I could feel him trying to push the pace periodically to see if I would drop back.  As I didn’t drop off and we continued to lap the ones who didn’t do much running that summer, our pace became one that more resembled that of the college’s track team and not of two football players.  As we came into the last 200m I could feel his tank had already run dry, but he wasn’t going to back down.  After all, he was a senior and this was his team.  We finished the last 100m in a dead sprint and unlike any summer workout, I finished a good 3-4 lengths ahead of him.  As he finished and stumbled to the grassy area to collapse, I did everything in my power to stay conscious, but more importantly to stand upright and make my effort look like it was no big deal.

To say that that mile run sent a message, would be an understatement, but not just to my team and coaches, but to myself.  I not only felt like I belonged, I felt like I could lead.  I ended up starting my freshman year and transferring to a larger I-AA (when those existed) school for my sophomore year.

I learned 2 very important lessons that summer that continue to serve me today.

  1. Work you ass off, no matter how you feel.
  2. Never be BEST person in the room, and if you are, find a different room.
  1. No matter how I felt or what excuses I had, my friend never let me off the hook to train.  He knew we only had so much time to prepare and that when we got to school, we would be walking into a room full of wolves.  More so him than me, but to roam with wolves, you need to be a wolf.  This had been said a thousand time before, but because it worth repeating; you might not be able to control how talented you are, but you can control how hard you work, be the hardest worker in the room.

  1. By working out with my friend that summer, I was working with someone better than me.  Someone that had a higher set of expectations and was shooting to achieve a level that I didn’t even know existed.  So even though I never caught him, my level achieved surpassed that of anyone I would be teammates with that freshman year.  I had become a wolf and if you weren’t a wolf, even though I was freshman, you got eaten.

Another lesson that summer taught me came over time.

  1. No one is coming to save you.

It is up to you to put the work in.  It is up to you to find the Mentor, the Coach, the Cheerleader, the Friend.  If you’re in the wrong room, it is up to you to get out.  It is up to you to find a new room.  No one is coming to do it for you.  As my friend Conor McGregor once told me, “Decide what you want. Make a fucking plan and work on that shit EVERY SINGLE DAY.”

Thanks Kevin!

In Strength,

Eric Karls M.Ed.
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach
Facilitator Fitness

Assholes Don’t Read and Book Recommendations

I wrote this article for Box Pro Magazine over 5 years ago.  I’ve updated it slightly and I’ve talked about the importance of reading before, but I thought it was relevant, especially with everyone’s new give circumstances and I still love the word “asshole”.

 

Let’s start with why you’re an asshole if you are not reading and then once I convince you, I’ll give you some of my favorites. Confession time: I was an asshole for the first 34 years of my life because I wasn’t reading. I’m now 42, so that leaves me with other reasons to why I’m still an asshole, it’s just not because I don’t read.

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” — Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

I firmly believe in this quote.  Go figure that you’re stuck in a repetitive life or business doing the same thing over and over again when all you do are the same things over and over again. We’ll address “the people you meet” in a later blog, but let’s get back to you not reading and it making you an asshole. “There he goes again with the “asshole” stuff, isn’t that a little aggressive?” Yes, it is, but being aggressive is about the only thing that grabs anyone’s attention these days, and let’s be honest, your excuses for not reading came straight out of the A-hole 101 Handbook.

Excuses for not reading:

  1. I don’t like to read.

 

  1. It makes me sleepy.

 

  1. I just can’t find anything I like.

 

  1. I don’t have the time.

 

Good news is that you’re reading this, so you’re on your way to being less of an asshole. Reading actual books and not just Facebook and witty blog posts such as this is the true path to redemption. So, let me rebut your lame reasonings:

  1. “I don’t like to read” is the king of all A-hole statements. If you don’t like to read, you just haven’t found the right books or genera (see No. 3). Or, you’re lazy and happy being the exact same as you are right now for the rest of your life.

 

  1. “It makes me sleepy.” Then either you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re reading at the wrong time (try reading in the morning and see “Miracle Morning” if you just grumbled that you’re not a morning person) or you’re looking at it the wrong way.  Some people have trouble sleeping, so try reading before you go to bed! It makes you sleepy and that’s a good feeling to have right before you go to bed.

 

  1. “I just can’t find anything I like.” There are literally millions of books available in print or electronic version, some are even FREE. Or, check out the library(in time). YouTube has several audio books available, and this is great if you spend a lot of time in the car or pony up the $15 per month and get Audible.

 

  1. “I don’t have the time.” If you read 10 pages a day for a year, it will take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes a day depending on your reading speed (Check out Tim Ferriss on how to improve). You will have read 3,650 pages in that year. That’s over 18 books with 200 pages each!

 

Find a topic that relates to your interests and I guarantee there are books on it. Another way is to ask your friends and family what the best book was they have read lately. This one makes you look like a winner all around.

Well, my job is done here, and I don’t really think you’re an asshole. I just love the word and committing myself to reading has changed my life. I want it to do the same thing for you.

Recommended Reading:

E-Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber – A must read for every business owner.

 

The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod – Re-work your mornings and turn them into a powerful tool to start your day.

 

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – Help makes sense of this journey we are all on.

 

48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene – Learn the rule in life and how to better play the game.

 

The Power of Now, Eckart Tolle –  Stop living in the past and/or worry about the future, live in the

now and start enjoying life.

 

Thick Face Black Heart, Chin-Ning Chu – The warrior philosophy for conquering the challenges of life and business.

 

Mindset, Carol Dweck – The difference between a fixed and growth mindset and how to develop and use the later.

 

War of Art and Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield – Finding the way from within yourself to do the things you need to do.

 

The 5am Club, Robin Sharma  – Own your morning, elevate your life.

 

In Strength,

 

Eric Karls M.Ed.

Facilitator Fitness

Chief Awesomeness Facilitator

Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach

HABITS or Motivation

HABITS or Motivation

For most of us, our wish has been granted! We have more time!  But then comes the sad realization…we aren’t getting more done.

So then the next question.  Is it really about how much time we have?  Or is it more about what we do that time?

Back when we were complaining about not having time to exercise or cook because we were always on the go, driving kids to practices, games, recitals, or having work meetings and calls.  This was all done by choice.  No one signed our kids up for an activity every day of the week for us, we did it.  No one forces us to devote too much time, energy, and attention to work, we choose to do it.

“Wait, you don’t understand, my job requires those hours and for me to be on call all the time.”  Then unless you love it, get a different job.  “Well I can’t”  Yes you can!  “I have bills, a family, responsibilities”  All thing you created and al things that are in your control.  The bigger question is, if you want these things to change, are you willing to do what it takes to change them?

I’m not saying it’s easy, but our lives of our own creation and if you aren’t happy with where you are at or the direction it is going, change it!  Please know that I understand that this is easier said than done.  But I hope you all know that I would never give anyone any advice that I have not or do not followed myself.  I’m 42 and still in the process of building my career.

I used to think that so many people were more successful than me because they had been at their jobs/careers for so many years, had big fancy houses, and drove nice cars.  I now just think the process took me longer.  I can also say that I do a job that I am crazy passionate about, I don’t have a boss, and the journey I’m on has and will continue to make me a better person.

If there is something you want, decide what it is, figure out what habits you need to get there, and do them EVERYDAY.  No Excuses.

“Fuck motivation, It’s fickle and unreliable and isn’t worth your time.  Better to cultivate HABITS than rely on motivation.  Force yourself to do things.  Force yourself to get out of bed and practice.  Force yourself to work.  Motivation is fleeting and easy to rely on because it requires no concentrated effort to get.  Motivation come to you, you don’t even have to chase after it.  Habits are reliable, motivation is fleeting, FUCK motivation.”  ~David Goggins

DAVID GOGGINS *WARNING* This may hurt your feelings

In Strength,

Eric Karls M.Ed.
Facilitator Fitness
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach

Something To Ponder

Something To Ponder – George Carlin

 

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

 

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

 

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

 

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

 

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

 

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

 

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

 

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

 

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

 

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

 

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

 

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

 

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”

“If your kid needs a role model and you ain’t it, you’re both fucked.”

“Everyone appreciates your honesty, until you’re honest with them, then you’re an asshole.”

In Strength,

Eric Karls M.Ed.
Facilitator Fitness
Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Trainer

Where Do You Rank?

Where Do You Rank?

“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” ~Dalai Lama

Many of focus on only certain areas of our lives while neglecting other, the whole time not realizing the effects the neglected have on the others.
Are we successful if we have the perfect looking body by means of trying to outworking poor nutrition?
Is financial success worth giving up relationships with your children?
What will you say on your death bed about going to a job every day you hated?

Do we have to sacrifice areas of our life to succeed in others?  I don’t think we do.  I think to be truly successful, we need to focus on all aspects of our lives.  Below is an example of 8 key facets.  Go through and rank each area 1-8.  1 being the area of your life that you are killing it in, 8 being the area that you need the most work.  Then go through and write down what you are currently doing toward each area (good and bad) to gain perspective on why you ranked it as you did.
*After ranking relationships, go back and rank each subcategory of relationships, 1-10, but you can’t use “7”.  Its either 8 or above and doing well, or 6 and below and needs work.

Next week I’ll share with you how each of my areas ranked, what I do or don’t do in each, and the game plan I created to fix my lowest ranking areas.



In Strength,

Eric Karls M.Ed.
Facilitator Fitness
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach

Check the Box

Check the Box

I’ll starting with a confession.  I wrote in last week’s blog about identifying people that are where you want to be and then seeking them out for guidance.  I rode that wave of enthusiasm and momentum for a solid day, wrote two letters, and sent none.  I’m telling you this because I’m a work in progress as well.  As I was writing the letters, I let fear creep in and started asking myself “what will their responses be to my letters” “will they think I’m just another guy saying I want something but not ready to put the work in?”  Then with that, the momentum slowed, and I went back to the day to day, started just checking the boxes again, and becoming one of my fears, just another guy going through the motions of the day.  Getting work done, but just the regular work, not the extra work that moves the needle.

Well FUCK THAT!  It’s Sunday morning as I write this and the promise to myself is that all my letters will go out before I send this letter out to you all on Monday morning.  I’m slowly training myself to identify fear, and then chase after it.  As I said last week, who are we not to be next in line.  What do I care what their responses are?  If I don’t ask for their help, the answer is already and will remain “no.”

I have a bracelet that I have worn for the past two years that says “Fuck Yeah”  It’s my small daily reminder to make everything in my life a “Fuck Yeah” and if it’s not, then it’s a “Fuck No” This approach to life might be a major part of why I drive my wife crazy, but I hate just going through the motions.  Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Ask yourself what are you just “checking the box” at in life?

Do you go to church every week, put on nice clothes, make sure you’re seen, and then not go and live your life according to the message?

Do you take your spouse and your relationship for granted? Are you more like convenient roommates?  Ask yourself if you act the same as you did when you were dating.  Letting the little stuff go and going out of your way to help, support, and possibly impress the other person.

Do you go to your job and just do the bare minimum to get by?  Pass the time? Collect a paycheck?

Until you stop just “checking the boxes” life will remain the same.  If you’re good with that, its OK, just know you and I won’t be good friends.  The world has enough mediocre people just trying to bye and complaining along the way.  One of my biggest fears is to stand before God holding some of the unused gifts that he gave me.

George Carlin once said, “If your kid is looking for a role model and you’re not it, you’re both fucked.”  Stop waiting for permission to be the person you want to be.  Stop waiting for someone to come along, take your hand, and tell you what to do.  They aren’t coming.  Use your gifts, take chances, and be a role model for your kids, your spouse, your neighbor, YOURSELF!

In Strength,

Eric Karls M.Ed.
Facilitator Fitness
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach

You Have Not, Because You Ask Not

You Have Not, Because You Ask Not.

Now I’m an amateur at best with the bible, but there are a few things I have been doubling down on lately.  Putting my trust in God and working my ass off.  So, when I came across this verse, I figured I better be asking God for what I want, and if my God is big, my dreams better be big as well.
I have several things that I am currently pursuing, the biggest being opening a new gym, but along with that some others.  One that I have been thinking about for several years but have always made excuse for is being a Level 4 CrossFit Seminar Staff Coach which is the highest level of coaching within the CrossFit world.
Why am I telling you this?  Mainly for accountability from you all, but also to challenge you to do the same with whatever goal(s) you have.  Here is the process I am taking; I encourage you to do the same.
To start, I am asking God for what I want.  I want to be a CrossFit Level 4 Seminar Staff Coach.  Not only am I asking, I have also written it down in a place that I can see it every day, this is along with my other goals.  I’m pretty sure my wife is sick on my writing things all over the house. J
I am then going to contact as many people as I can think of that can help me, this includes some really big names within the CrossFit world.  If you want to get somewhere, get the help of people who are already there. Unfortunately, this is where people get stopped, including myself, by asking, “why would these people help me?”  Here’s a better question, “why would they not?”  And then even better, their answer(s) will always be no unless you ask, so you might as well ask.  I know if someone asked me, I would help in any way I could, so I’m asking!
I’ve complied my list and now this week, I will email, DM, or contact them in any way I find I can.  From there, I will see who responds, follow any advice give, add to my plan I am already working on, work my ass off, and trust in God.
My challenge to you: Tell me about something you have on your list and let me know your plan to go after it.  Then go after it, no matter the goal, not matter what excuse you have made in the past.  Trust in yourself, trust in God, and just go do it!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson

In Strength,

Eric Karls M.Ed.
Facilitator Fitness
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach