3 More Lessons From the Army

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It's been almost a full month since I've thought about sprinting or training or eating or anything else related to what I normally publish on this site. If you've checked back to see what new stuff has been put up, then you know that only a single post in the last 4 weeks has been published. Sorry dudes and dudettes, I had some other priorities to take care of.

Specifically, learning my new job in the Army and testing myself in one of the most realistic and dynamic training scenarios you can be put through. My "deployment" to the Republic of Pineland didn't teach me dick about any of the specifics that you guys would care about (ie. getting sexy, strong, ripped, fast, and generally more awesome), but it did reinforce some general concepts that can be used in any part of your life to make it a bajillion times more incredible.

Task, Purpose, Effect

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The one morning that I was able to take some time to write, I was able to hastily put up this bad boy about goal setting.

There are plenty of ways to ID, track, and manage your goals...no doubt about that. And most people have a favorite method of doing this.

But, this was the first time that I had heard it put this way and it stuck out to me as something that I could really get behind.

The whole "pick a goal and write it down" method was just too vague for me. On the flip side, the suggestion to write out your goal and then break it down into millions of smaller achievable goals felt like a cop-out.

With the TPE approach you're able to marry up what you're actually doing with what you actually want. If what you're doing is conducive of getting you what you want, then congratulations! You win this round.

If it's completely off base you feel like some stranger came out of nowhere, punched you in the face, and yelled "better luck next time dumb fuck!"

That's why I like...brutal honesty.

Find the SME, or be the SME

SME = Subject Matter Expert

This one is near and dear to my heart since I've been dedicating countless hours of my life to becoming the subject matter expert on becoming Alpha. Again, this is nothing new. But the way that it was framed made it stock out more than usual and forced me to think about it more than if it was put another way.

We all want and need things. When we see that we want/need something we have two options...do it yourself or find someone to do it for you.

When it comes to change the oil in my car I go out and find the subject matter expert to do it for me. You probably do the same. Whether it's because you don't know how to change it yourself or because you just don't give enough of a fuck to learn how to do it yourself. Either one is fine, you've just chosen to find the subject matter expert.

When it comes to creating training programs and nutrition plans, I do it all myself. Not only because I enjoy the process, but also because I'm damn good at it.

The bottom line is knowing that you can't do everything yourself. So, to keep yourself sane, you need to know when to do things yourself and when to find someone else to get you the results you want.

Consistency

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Ok, I know. Not exactly a major revelation.

Still, I'm surprised at how often the reality that consistency is the key to everything is pounded into my head. Sometimes it's about making progress on the track, in the weight room, or in the mirror.

Other times it's just a major part of being aware. At one point early in the training we met with man who wasn't from the area. I asked him what he was doing in the area, and he told me he was on "business."

No big deal, right? He said he was a farmer and that he was in this camp selling his corn, wheat, and vegetables. Seems legit...

Not so fast. My team and I had just met with other farmers from the same area he was from and who told us there wasn't enough water to grow anything besides weed.

Hmmm....something ain't right here.

After a little more digging...and taking note of consistencies and inconsistencies of his story, we realized that his business was human trafficking.

When you don't ask questions you fail to give yourself the opportunity to look for consistencies. When you fail to see consistencies or inconsistencies you fail to get the full picture of what's happening around you.

Whether you're missing out on why you're not getting stronger, or missing out on how a "farmer" is selling crops that his peers can't even grow, you can fix the problem by asking the questions and seeing where things are making sense.

-Mike

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