Physical Fitness

Let’s Talk 2017.

2017-mathias-ostlundSo far on this blog, I’ve written primarily about my current thoughts and goings-on, whatever those may be at the time. But for the most part, I haven’t shared much at all in terms of future plans.

But let’s change that, and take a look at what 2017 will bring in the life of Matt.

I guess you could consider this post my New Year’s resolutions of sorts – as much for my own benefit as anyone else’s.

2017 – The Year of Habits

In short, I have some big ass plans for 2017. To begin with, I hope to implement some major life changes in the areas of fitness, health, discipline and productivity, as well as drastically improving my learning process.

Basically, I plan to expand on my long-standing goals of becoming the best, most awesome version of myself I can possibly be – in every area of my life.

But more on that later. First, let’s take a look at the business end of 2017; (more…)

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How Top Performers Reach Their Goals – by Not Relying on Willpower

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Today marks the middle of January.

About two weeks ago, the majority of our species got together and drunkenly blurted out all their resolutions for this new year. They proudly declared to anyone who would listen that this year is the year they get their shit together!

This is the year they stop smoking and drinking. This is the year they finally write that book, get their finances back in order, and start running ten miles every morning. But most importantly, this is the year they finally get into shape!

And so, two days later, as the hangover clears up, they show up in hordes at the gym, ready to pump them muscles and lift them weights.

Nothing could stand in their way now!

Fast-forward to today, and the gym is back to normal. All those walking New-Year’s resolutions in their shiny new sports clothes have vanished, save for a few stragglers who are still hanging in there. Good for them.

But don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those “Haha, look at all these losers who can’t stick to their goals” kind of post. That’s not what I’m here for.

But it’s so easy to think that these people must be lacking something. They put in all this effort, make their best attempt, and still they fail. Surely there must be something wrong with them!

Except, not really.

These people aren’t any worse than the ones who manage to drag themselves to the gym every morning without fail. They don’t necessarily have worse discipline, or less willpower.

They’re just going about it all wrong. (more…)

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The Value of Investing in Yourself

investing in yourselfWhen asked about their investments for the future, most people will go on about their stocks or bond purchases, or their 401k’s or whatnot. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with having a solid plan for your finances.

But as important as financial investments may be, there is a much more important investment you need to make for your future; An investment in yourself.

Think of it like this: anything you want to have in the future, you need to invest in today. You want financial abundance in the future, so you invest your money today to ensure that. Great. But what about the other things you want, like a healthy body, an impressive skill-set and a well-developed mind? Are you investing in those areas of your life?

If not, how do you expect to have any of these things in the future if you’re not investing in them today? (more…)

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Optimize Your Life by Fixing What isn’t Broken

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I’m a pretty strong guy – I’ve always been, ever since I was a kid (one of the benefits of having a fitness nut for a father).

Throughout my life, I’ve always taken one thing for granted; lots of training + lots of food = a strong body. And while this is obviously true, it might not be the only truth.

I realized this a few months ago as I experimented with cutting my training in half and actually managed to increase my strength in the process.

When a friend first told me about the theories of reducing training, I shrugged it off as just another lazy-ass short-cut fad to getting into shape. There was only one way of staying in shape, and that was the one I was using!

And then I realized how stupid that sounded. (more…)

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The Power of Compounding – 5 Steps to Changing Your Life

CompoundingAbout six months ago, I had just started trying to learn Spanish for the fifth time around. I was spending roughly an hour each day studying, and I was killing myself with verbs, vocabulary and grammar.

But no matter how hard I studied, I didn’t seem to get the results I wanted. I didn’t seem to understand any more of the spoken language, and I was no closer to being able to read Spanish articles.

In the past, this would have been enough to make me quit. I would have been frustrated with the lack of immediate results, and would have thrown the books out the window.

But this time, I was determined to reach fluency, and quitting was not an option.

Did I care that I was seeing no immediate results? No. I knew I probably wouldn’t see any outstanding results for months. But I did know that my efforts would build up through compounding, until one day I would have achieved my goal of being trilingual.

And lo and behold; it worked!

The reason I was able to succeed this time around was, at least partly, because I had internalised the importance of compounding when trying to achieve a goal.

In the past, I had always expected quick results through a lot of hard work, which often resulted in disappointment. This time, however, I put in less effort spread out over a longer timeframe, letting my studying compound and produce much greater results over time. (more…)

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