Returning to Russia after 12 years

April 15, 2014 – 1:48 pm
  12 years later, I return to Russia - where I once learned so much - to share the distillation, refinement and innovations I made to what my coaches had once taught me.  To teach in Russia, especially next to my brother Alberto Gallazzi, is a dream and an honor beyond words. Next week: the 1st TACFIT Certification in Russia will begin.  What an incredible full circle adventure this story has become: See you in Moscow! very respectfully, Scott Sonnon, COO RMAX International a2a_linkname="Returning to Russia after 12 years";a2a_linkurl="";

Write something worth doing, or do something worth writing

April 15, 2014 – 1:46 pm
  What you write forecasts your potential. You are not slave to it, but are greatly influenced by it. Write a great story. And when over, report back the significance of your experience, no matter how tragic or difficult the circumstances.  Word are powerful things. And for so long in my youth, my writing would reflect my belief in myself as a victim of the circumstances in which i had been born. But reading back through my journals, I see that I began to shift from lamenting my hardships to celebrating my tiny triumphs, from predicting my repeated failures to expressing my confidence in learning from the challenge regardless of the outcome. And the story began to change... Today, write something worth doing or do something worth writing. Nothing may be different than yesterday, but your perspective, but that minuscule shift rewrites you as the hero of your own life story. You're everything you've been waiting ...

We believe what we tell ourselves, especially under high intensity experiences.

April 15, 2014 – 1:45 pm
  If you don't believe words can give hope or cause harm, you only have to observe the impact of a parent talking mindfully or mindlessly to a child. When coaching someone to high intensity, we experience identical impact. Under high intensity effort, the brain is primed to internalize dialogue, being in a state that psychologists call "hyper-suggestible." A bad coach mindlessly barks punishment for insufficient effort, where a good coach mindfully reinforces proper technique. You are your own most revered coach, and your most impacted athlete. Tell yourself: --> Everything will work out through your daily baby steps. --> It's going to get better because progress is impossible to stop. --> You are important and worthy of greatness. --> The time IS now for you and you are ready. --> That the hardship will pass because you are determined. --> You may feel weak, but you are strong because you keep going, and because you keep going, you're ...

Am I borderline obese?

April 15, 2014 – 1:44 pm
A doctor told me that I was borderline obese, and needed to start looking at eating less. At my height and weight (irrelevant factors for fitness), my "BMI" read that I was at the cusp between "overweight" and "obese." Listen, the BMI is utter bullocks. Your weight and your height cannot accurately determine your bodymass, because muscle weighs more than fat per volume occupied.  Throw away scales altogether. Unless you're competing in a weight class sport, knowing your weight is virtually irrelevant to your healthy fitness. I'm heading off to eat another meal in honor of my BMI. :P a2a_linkname="Am I borderline obese?";a2a_linkurl="";

Grace = Power

April 15, 2014 – 1:42 pm
  Half of the industry believes that only efficient movement is the primary virtues for healthy fitness; the other half - functional muscle. In practical application, they're synonymous. Grace = power and power = grace. To increase one should improve the other. If not, then although it may appear more powerful or more graceful, the eventual injury from decreased mobility (from the finished capacity) or decreased stability (from excessive movement) defines them as neither graceful not powerful. Balance graceful and powerful movement, even if you must alternate their focus between workouts... And you will gain sustainability in both. Very respectfully, Scott Sonnon a2a_linkname="Grace = Power";a2a_linkurl="";

You can defeat my body without a reason, but my mind, only with one.

April 15, 2014 – 1:41 pm
  I certainly cannot speak for other peoples' lives, but here, I can and do express my own life. I have spent my life dealing with those who attempt to convince me of illusions. And though becoming a "world champion" martial artist has stopped many from being able to hurt me physically now, many were able to hurt me before. But only when I believed in the illusions of doctors and teachers stating my success would be impossible, were they able to break my spirit. They can defeat my body without a reason, but they can only defeat my mind with a reason (non-illusion). I will not, on my page, or in my life, promote illusion, only 'reason.' a2a_linkname="You can defeat my body without a reason, but my mind, only with one.";a2a_linkurl="";

There is no box to think out of

April 15, 2014 – 1:40 pm
   My greatest discoveries and best innovations came from disbelieving that things "must" be done the way everyone else had been doing things, rather than assuming that I was just not competent to do things the way others thought they "ought" to be done. That disbelief has served me greater than even belief in myself, for even when I have doubted myself, I have been able to create alternative solutions to problems that have allowed me to achieve things others believed I couldn't. a2a_linkname="There is no box to think out of";a2a_linkurl="";

Success is an iceberg

April 15, 2014 – 1:39 pm
  On one hand, others see those who succeed by judging the small island above water level, when the true work lies far beneath the tiny visible sliver piercing the surface. Look deep. On the other hand, when you're striving to succeed at a goal, you can feel the dark, deep pressure far beneath a surface which seems hopelessly distant. Keep climbing. a2a_linkname="Success is an iceberg ";a2a_linkurl="";

Don’t change so people don’t work against you. Own who you truly are and the right people will work with you.

April 15, 2014 – 1:37 pm
Don't change so people don't work against you. Own who you truly are and the right people will work with you. Legion. a2a_linkname="Don't change so people don't work against you. Own who you truly are and the right people will work with you.";a2a_linkurl="";

Though I step on the mat alone, you are outnumbered

April 15, 2014 – 1:36 pm
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