I'm tired of hearing people pressure us into believing that "when something is important to you, you make it happen". Why? Because it's actually not that simple.
Yes, I am a believer in prioritising. Yes, I think that if something is important to you it will, and should, be reflected in your day to day life.
But yes, I also think there is some grey area when it comes to the "priority" discussion. It's not as simple as "if you're not making it a priority above all else, then it obviously isn't that important to you".
Today's podcast is all about addressing the guilt that this attitude perpetuates when the inevitable happens: when something comes up, and life simply gets in the way of your priorities.
This week, among all the happiness of Project Row and my European tour, a constant in my life was thrown into chaos. My Gym Jones world crumbled around me as hate and jealousy took hold of so many I held in high regard.
Out of this turmoil however, so many conversations have arisen for me with people who I have come to know from the GJ journey I have been on. Real conversations, ones about values, priorities and absolute core beliefs.
It's so heartening to see that when the very worst of the human spirit is highlighted it also brings out the very best of the human spirit. What I have learnt this week is that things won't always turn out as you hoped but you always have a choice in how you react.
Today's podcast is about core values. What are they and why are they important.
Choose to surround yourself with people who build you up and want the best for you and walk away with your head held high when people put you down or let you down. Choose to act out of love and compassion and never compromise that which is important to you.
This one's for the good guys.
When you’re talking about movements, there’s the saying “practise makes permanent”.
It’s something I learned from Sam Loch (episode 88), specifically about rowing technique, and how you should never, ever perform anything but a perfect stroke - because practising sloppy technique makes sloppy technique permanent.
It occurred to me that the same thing applies to how we see ourselves. Every time we think something negative - I can’t do this, I’m not pretty enough, I don’t like my body - we’re practising a negative outlook. And, as we know, practise makes permanent.
In today’s episode I talk about practising positive self-talk to ultimately create a permanent change in outlook.
Matt Owen is a rarity. At just 30 years old, he’s just celebrated his business’s 10 year anniversary. Hockey, Track and Field, Olympic Lifting and Gym Jones - for over a decade, Matt has developed an enormous wealth of experience in both training and the business of training.
“This stuff is supposed to be fun, and most people act like it’s a chore!”
Whether he’s talking about his wife Emily, his business or his cars, his philosophy to live with optimistic aggression has served him well.
Tune in to today’s podcast to hear Matt’s story.
What does it take to look like Wonder Woman?
“Wonder Woman was incredible for a different reason. It was the first time in Hollywood that we were going to put a group of women on screen that had that physical prowess, together, in an amazing new kind of vision of femininity.”
In today’s Your Revolution Podcast, we meet Pieter Vodden: cast trainer for Wonder Woman and the Justice League, among many others. And now part-owner and founder of one of the coolest and most progressive gyms in the world - Pharos.
Originally from the UK, I met with Pieter as he was setting up his new facility - PHAROS - in Los Angeles. We talked all things fitness, business, movies, motivation and how he feels about the new feminist wave he’s found himself involved in.
Is change necessary?
Recently I posted a “before and after pic”, and the responses to it - both supportive and negative - got me thinking about the idea of contentment Vs change.
It got me thinking about the dichotomy of being grateful for what I have, and how that challenges the desire and drive for more.
There is a balance between self acceptance and the desire for change. In today’s podcast we explore the steps we can go through to love ourselves - both our present, and future versions. The steps we can take to keep growing, while nurturing and loving who we are right now.
“The only way I’ve gotten here, where I am, is by working really hard… I want everybody to have a chance for exercise to change their life, and to do that, there’s a lot of hard work to do.”
Bobby Maximus was created from the need to be a person who can do anything. A person who has no fears, who stands out and stands for something big. But just like Superman is Superman with or without the glasses, it turns out that even when he puts the glasses on, Rob MacDonald is still a superhero.
When it comes to success, Bobby Maximus stands for something. In this episode we explore how his parents taught him about hard work, the impact he plans to leave on the world and the amazing story behind how he got that elusive blue tick.
There’s more to Bobby Maximus than being a real life superhero. Meet the articulate, generous, successful businessman behind the meat.
How do you create a life you are proud of? A body that you are proud of? A career that you are proud of? A relationship that you are proud of?
Doe is require radical change? Or simply a shift in focus?
Why, if all we are striving for is happiness do we focus on tearing others down? Laughing at their shortcomings? Holding them back from their own successes?
We live in an era and a world where it is more socially acceptable to be miserable than excited and enough is enough. I want to be happy and I want to make others happy, and I will remain excited and enthusiastic about every aspect of my life until I love my life so much I pop.
Enjoy this episode. Take notes and get excited.
When I look around I see so many of us afraid to engage. Afraid to put ourselves out there. Afraid to acknowledge others, to let them in and to genuinely involve them in our life.
This last week I had three life-changing interactions with people who reminded me that connection is absolutely imperative in life. People who reminded me to open up my eyes, take an interest and engage.
Why is this important? Because relationships, healthy, true, real ones are going to be your vehicle for betterment. Having a support system and being a support system is integral to success and if we want to be better every day at our life then we’ve got to surround ourselves with the best.
Do you dream of having a job that you love? Do you wish you could be excited to go to work? Do you want more than anything to have a career that you are so passionate about that somehow you manage to never work a day in your life while also working every second of every day? That's the ultimate right?
Well meet David and Courtney De Leon, the creators and Owners of OTL Fitness (Of The Lion) in Austin Texas.
When you meet this married couple, it is so clear that what they are doing in running this gym and building this community is absolutely what they are here to do and they do it with every ounce of their being. They are passionate, driven and successful, and not just in business. Their marriage is one that we all envy and you just have to look at them to see that their health is on point.
I was dying to know, what is your recipe for success? David was super quick to jump in with: "Hard work, hard work, consistency, hard work, ask questions...and actually care about people!" Sounds pretty on point to me. Enjoy :)
What does it take to run one of the most successful fitness businesses in the world?
Meet Joe Riggio and Dan Goodman, the owners, founders, directors, the brains and brawn behind the hugely successful Varsity House Gym in New York.
These two are the real deal. To them success is a choice and hard work, effort and passion are what drives them to continue to grow, improve and literally set the tone for the entire strength, fitness and athletic development industry.
Varsity lives on the border of New York and New Jersey. It is state of the art, purpose built and filled to the brim with buzzing athletes, members and staff and has been the centre point for their new venture: The Business of Strength.
Based on the operational systems the pair have implemented over the decade they have run the business together, Joe and Dan now run an educative program for up and coming strength and fitness professionals and entrepreneurs.
The passion these men have for what they do oozes out of them. Not only is it inspiring to hear them speak of their success so far and the plans they have yet to make a reality, but the conversation will lay the groundwork for you to make the changes necessary to make your life better.
You can absolutely turn passion into profit and it is something to not only chase but be super proud of.
This week on the Your Revolution Podcast, Jane Erbacher speaks with Strength & Conditioning coach Kevin Toonen.
Not your ordinary fitness professional, Kev has spent the last 20 years working in the military and still sits on the advisory board for the Tactical Strength & Conditioning Association here in Australia.
Combining his military background with an unquenchable thirst for learning, Kev has all the makings of both an incredible role model and a total game-changer. But that's not where it ends. Kevin is engaging, insightful, and undeniably passionate about creating better humans.
He's one of those people you meet that you know is going to change the world and I can't believe how lucky we are to have him on the podcast.
Incredibly proud and excited to present this episode which I hope you love listening to as much as I loved recording.
"The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that changes really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks". Mark Zuckerberg.
We are constantly comparing ourselves and our lives with each other. Berating ourselves for not being as "good" as, as rich as, as fit as, as happy as seeming everybody else. (And occasionally comparing ourselves in terms of how much better we're doing than everybody else....)
You know what I'm talking about. We all do it. And why? Why do we put time, energy and focus into other peoples wins and losses rather than concentrating on what we have the power over: our lives.
Today we talk all about comfort zones. What is yours and why it is so important?
Just like we compare our wins and losses with those around us, all too often we compare our comfort zones with those around us. Just because something is hard for someone else and easy for us, that doesn't mean we've pushed any boundaries. Your comfort zone is something only you understand and have perspective on.
If you want more for your life, get after it. End of story.
This life is an adventure. It's our one opportunity and we get to live it once.
We all know this, but for some reason we hold ourselves back. We miss out. Live scared. Hide. But what is this fear really holding you back from?
There's something for all of us. Whether it's our bodies, our relationships or our careers, there's an area where we can do more, be more, feel more. But for some reason we don't. For some reason we just dip our toes in and hope for the best.
No matter what anybody tells you, hope won't lead to fulfilment. Action will. Getting uncomfortable. Learning. Growing. Improving. Living. persevering.
You've just got to have a little faith in you. Take that leap.
Meet Emily Hazell, the founder and owner of the incredible Serotonin Eatery, Education and Exercise here in Melbourne.
Named after the feel good hormone that makes us happy, Serotonin is not just a café, it’s a movement. A movement that is changing the way we understand food, health and our wellbeing.
Emily is the head serotonin dealer and at 28 years old and she is absolutely changing the way food is experienced. A lover of health and an advocate for wholesome nutrition, Emily has created a business like no other. Deeply connected to her core values, Emily has persisted in creating an experience for all of us that changes our understanding of how food, and exercise should leave us feeling.
Emily is an incredible game-changer whose determination, big dreams and attention to detail will leave us inspired to take a leap of faith in our own lives. Not to be missed and absolutely to be shared.
Thank you for sharing the happiness Emily.
Can you believe we are half-way through 2017?
Are you feeling a little underwhelmed with your progress?
Or maybe you're feeling a little overwhelmed by life?
Have you forgotten about the grand plans you had for 2017 on January 1?
Or maybe you have gotten caught back up in that hamster wheel of daily pressures? Chasing your tail? Feeling disappointed?
You're not alone, but it doesn't have to be this way. For any of us.
Here is a little checklist to get you on track to start living better every day.
Take 2017 back.
Frances Abbott is one of those people you meet who is here to shake things up. In the last 12 months she she has left her 9-5 job and followed her passion.
Leaving the safety and security of work is hard for anyone, but for this 26 year old, it has been the beginning of the biggest adventure of her life.
Are you a yes person? Do you struggle to say no? Do you often wind up overcommitted & overwhelmed?
You're not alone. Nearly all of us fall victim to people pleasing and nearly all of us need a little help with setting boundaries.
Setting boundaries with yourself is showing you that what is most important to you is most important to you. Constantly enforcing these boundaries with yourself is what is required in order for you to create and live a life that you love. Enable your actions to demonstrate your priorities and stop sabotaging yourself by saying yes.
Nothing in your life will change without you, so stop thinking about making your life better and start actually making it better.
Meet Samantha Eades. Co-founder of Style-Smiths and Jonny's and director of Samantha Eades. Sami is an entrepreneur, designer and total game-changer and her message today will change the direction of your life.
Life for Sami changed dramatically at 30 after an 11 year marriage ended and she left the fundamentalist religion she had been raised in. At this point in her life she had the option to make this devastation her story or to write a new one. She chose the latter and the past decade has been a blur of success, disruption, risk and love.
She is one of the most successful women in Australia and one of the most sought after designers in the world.
Her message is to find the beauty in your life. Inside and out. And live with this passion. Take risks, make mistakes, grab hold of your life with both hands and run.
Inspiring, exciting and super educational, this is the episode you will listen to twice and share with your friends.
Thank you Sami for being so incredible.
What can we learn from Hamish Blake?
Is he just a super funny guy who has lucked out massively?
Or has he actually worked his butt off to create the opportunities we see?
Have a listen and find out.
Clue: There's a reason this is the first reposted episode ever...
Meet Elyse Murphy - incredible Mum, wife, Chinese medicine Practitioner, acupuncturist and all-round super woman.
I asked Elyse to be on this podcast because she is one of those people you meet who just lights up the world. She is warm, funny, nice, fun, compassionate, open, generous and seriously just glows. Her son is happy, healthy and just the cutest thing ever and her husband somehow balances running a successful gym with being a professional athlete. So I was desperate to know how she does it all?!
How does she manage career, family, health and being so damn great all of the time? So today's podcast is all about balance and love. It's about tuning in to your body and nurturing it. It's about listening to what you need and staying on track with your life's purpose. It's about treating people well and recognising the joy there is in everything that surrounds us
Elyse is amazing and could not be better suited to our Strong Women Create Strong Communities series. I hope that you love this episode and that you love her as much as I do.