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What is your “why?”


No other question pops up in the self-improvement world quite so frequently. As all clichés that get beaten to death, there is actually a lot of value in exploring this question. The more clear we are on what we want and why want it, the more we’ll be able to get momentum on the planning we need to see an effort through.



But planning is one thing and executing is quite another. Daniel Kahneman’s landmark book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, revealed a breakthrough in behavioral economics. Your brain is run by two very different systems: the logical mind (a slow, methodical system) and the emotional mind (a fast, immediate system).


And while we like to think of ourselves as especially rational, it is our emotional brain that is usually in charge. In fact, the logical brain is most often employed to rationalize whatever the emotional brain is feeling at the time.


For example, after the holiday seasonal binge, your emotions desire a change. Maybe the desire comes from seeing thin, beautiful actresses in movies and magazines, and maybe it comes from those change-your-life posts all over social media.


Regardless, your emotions want you

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28 Day Anti-Fragile Human Challenge

Humans are anti-fragile by nature. The concept of anti-fragility is not that we deflect attacks like a Gore-tex repels water, but that we, in fact, need resistance to grow stronger. Humanity is not totally activated, empowered, or fulfilled without challenge. Resistance activates us and breeds human flourishing. This is the backbone of all training. Resistance and adaptation.


We are now witnessing a human spiritual crisis. Across modern society depression, obesity, suicide, and drug overdoses have skyrocketed. We experience the highest standard of living in human history, yet few are fulfilled amid the affluence.



In the modern environment, necessary pain and challenges are no longer baked into the experience of being a human. We don’t sacrifice and toil for a larger group purpose. We don’t experience the self-actualization, satisfaction, and authenticity endeared through raw, vulnerable experience. We isolate, flee resistance, chase pleasure and remain a shell of our potential.


For self-development, you could stand in the mirror repeating mantras for 10 minutes but that won’t amount to a hill of beans without actual action. Inspiration follows action—it doesn’t precede it. Spend that 10-minutes doing a brutal 5-minutes of non-stop kettlebell swings, a 4-minute cold shower, and

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