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In this episode you will discover:

  • Why you can talk as much as you want and it will never mean anything (1:46)
  • The one action you can take to truly have an influence in the world (3:15)
  • How to improve your emotional intelligence and why that matters (4:57)
  • The seven values that you need to radically change your life and start making a difference in your world and workouts (6:16)
  • How trash talk is hurting you as an athlete and as a person (8:18)
  • The one thing you can start doing today to overcome plateaus in your workouts, career, and personal life (9:45)

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Hey y'all and welcome to the everyday athlete podcast recorded live from Omaha, Nebraska and I'm your host, Katie danger U S army veteran and founder of Red H Nutrition providing everyday athletes just like you, clean, effective nutritional solutions, custom formulated to help you reach your absolute potential every single day.

00:27 Hello? Hello. Hey guys. Hey athletes. Welcome to episode number seven. So today I have a great show planned, and we're going to be discussing the seven army values, what they are and how they apply to you. But first I want to update you on my training day, what I did in the gym today. So in the last episode, episode number six I talked about the hang power clean workout that I was really, really excited about and the results are in. So I mentioned that one 25 was my goal because I always like to keep things at body weight, especially now that I'm back into CrossFit, it's been about three months and like I know that my capacity is changed, but I still just really don't know where I'm at. So I actually was able to hang clean one 45 for two reps. I got one 55 for one and I got one 60 for one I almost got one 60 for two but I just missed it.

01:10 If I would've gotten my elbows around quicker, I would've gotten one 60 for two so I was really excited about that. Super pumped. Yeah. And I just wanted to share that with you because I mean being awesome feels awesome. So now though, let's get into the episode. So I'm really excited to get into this episode because we're talking more about mindset and how you can solidify yourself as a leader to those around you. As an everyday athlete. You've probably got a network of people ranging from your coworkers, your family and your kids and all these people are observing you day in and day out. They're watching you, they're making these assumptions based on who you are and they're all based off of your actions, what you're doing. I highly believe in the sane actions speak louder than words. And in fact, I had the term ACTA non Verba actions, not words tattooed on my left arm.

01:58 And it's always reminded me that my actions are far more important than my words are. So what I mean is you can say that you'll do all of this, that you're going to be that, and you can talk the talk. But if you never walk the walk, if you never act on it or putting the actions behind your words, if you never put your feet on the ground and put in the work, your words are meaningless. They don't mean anything. And one of my biggest pet peeves in life is people who talk, people who run their mouth but never do anything. They don't have anything to show for the words that they're spouting. So I believe the actions are how we're defined and we should be aware of our actions and who is watching, especially if we want to be regarded as a leader. But you know, some people out there, they're like, I don't want to be a leader.

02:38 I don't want to lead the masses. I just want to do my thing and perhaps fly under the radar and you don't necessarily care about what other people think and that's good too. I mean, nobody has to care what other people think. In fact, whenever you do, should be for yourself to make yourself feel the best. Other people's opinions and thoughts don't matter, but I will also say that actions are far more important than your words being the best you can be. Regardless, if you want to be a leader, the best self you can present the world comes from the results of your actions. You can't just think yourself into the most successful person you can be. You have to commit to the work and to the challenge of being greater than you are today. I believe that you should leave this world a better place than you found it and that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to lead the world change or find a cure for world hunger.

03:23 It just means that it starts with you being the best you that you can be. I'm going to say that one more time. It starts with you being the best you that you can be. So yeah, this is about you and being the best that you can be. Now, before I joined the army, I was a person looking for a way to improve a part of my soul that wasn't refined growing up. Now I don't want you to feel sorry for me, but here's a little background on me. I had a, an exercise that I was doing the other day and it was trying to help me identify a leader in my past who inspired me and I honestly, I swear to you, I cannot think of anybody prior to the age of 23 that inspired me. I grew up, I did not have any leaders in my life.

04:04 I didn't look up to anyone. I went to a high school. It was very cliquey. A lot of the teachers catered to the clicky or the popular people that individuals who had money or who are on sports teams. I the teachers, they doted on the rich and popular students. And often I was outcast because I had a mind of my own and I wasn't afraid to share it. I saw what was going on and I didn't like it so often I spoke out against what I didn't like. So that didn't really win me any brownie points. And when it comes down to, I'm still that way, but I found a way to refine it and use it for the greater good so it doesn't get me in trouble anymore. And in fact, my network of friends and family and my community has grown exponentially because I found a way to have a mind of my own but not be put in the corner because of it.

04:46 So for the most part though, I've always operated under the golden rule, and I'm sure you've heard of it before, you do unto others as you'd want them to do to you. But when I was introduced to the seven army values when I enlisted in may of 2007 I found that there is a lot more that I can do to improve my emotional intelligence that would not only make me a better person, but a better guide for others and hopefully an inspiration to someone else looking for a better path. And if I haven't made it clear enough yet, the whole goal of this podcast, the whole reason that I'm talking to you right now and spending my time speaking to you is because I want to inspire and lead. I do everything that I do. I built reddish nutrition. I created this podcast. I do everything with intensity because I've got to leave this world a better place.

05:31 So with that little introduction, let's just dive into the meat and potatoes of the episode. Ever heard the same? Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. A major component to your competitive success will be your nutrition prep. And I create a competition nutrition guide to help you utilize pre intra and post-competition nutrition protocols. Boost your confidence heading into a competition, recover quicker post comps, you get right back to training and increase your power output and max capacity so you can own that podium. I created this guy just for the everyday athlete and you can get your free copy at competitionnutritionguide.com.

06:08 I'll say again, competitionnutritionguide.com. first I'll list off what the seven army values are. There are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. So defining those loyalty is staying true to a cause. A quest, a mission, a group or a person. Duty is doing what needs to be done and not making any excuses. Respect is just like the golden rule. Treat others as you'd want to be treated. Selfless service, putting others ahead of your own desires. Honor holding yourself to a higher standard of capacity and character integrity, doing what's right even when no one's looking personal courage. It's doing what's right but not necessarily easy. It's understanding that the obstacle is the way. So sometimes you do have to go through the obstacles in order to get out the other side and make the progress that you're looking to make. So personal courage is a big one, but as an everyday athlete, how do these relate to you and the ins and outs of training and balancing the life, your work, your friends, your family, et cetera.

07:18 So here's easily identifiable situations that athletes face that the everyday athlete faces where they can demonstrate these seven core values that exemplify what it means to be a competitor, an athlete, an inspiration, and have that grit about you. Loyalty. Loyalty for the everyday athlete is trusting the process. Many times athletes get caught up in new and exciting training plans that usually aren't any different than what you're doing right now. It's like the grass is greener, the grass is not always greener. Stay the course, trust the process. That's what loyalty is about. Duty duty is about putting in the work that needs to be done to destroy any weaknesses that you have. And I love Steve Prefontaine, so I quote him often. He is famous for saying, to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. This is what duty is about, is your duty to put in the work that needs to be done to be the best that you can be in destroy any weaknesses that are stopping you from being the best respect.

08:19 Do not bad mouth anybody. Do not bad mouth your fellow competitors, your training partners, your coaches, your plans, your training plans, judges, your coworkers. Nothing good ever comes from discussing others in a negative light or highlighting their shortcomings. You cannot make somebody else feel bad in order to make yourself feel good. That is respect. Selfless service. Selfless service is about helping others out. If you see something you think you can help them with, don't be rude. Don't intrude, but share information that you know is helpful and share that information without any guise of repayments so you know there's nothing in it for you. You're sharing information to help others be better because ultimately the more people that you help be better, the better that you will be. In fact, Zig Ziglar, a motivational speaker, often says that the more people you help get what they want, you'll get what you want in return, and that is so true.

09:09 That is selfless service honor. Now, this term is similar to virtuosity if you've ever heard that term before, but this is doing everything to the highest of standards. If you don't know a standard, find it out and don't ever let yourself fall below that standard. Do not accept mediocrity out of yourself. Don't be a drone. Don't be a sheep. Honor yourself by demanding the most from yourself. Integrity, always do all the work. When you're in a workout, count all the reps. Finish the workout. Do not quit. Don't skip rounds. Do what's right even when no one's looking. That's integrity, personal courage. Now facing weakness can be tough. It puts us in a position where we're compromised, where we feel vulnerable, but it's also very, very courageous and it's going to help you overcome training plateaus. If you face your weaknesses head on, know that the obstacle is the way.

10:01 Know that you got to get through that barrier. Put your ego aside and train your ass off. Even if you're really, really bad at something, even if you don't know what you're doing, drive forward, put effort into it and overcome those plateaus in your life, whether it's in training or your career, or in your family or in your mindset, whatever it is, overcome. Don't be scared. That's personal courage for the everyday athlete. Now, being a great competitor, as you can see, being a great athlete is far more than just having physical talent. It's having the mindset and the will to be the best that you can be no matter what. So I'm going to recap the seven army values, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage. The greatest of the great are going to rise above because of their intellect, their character, the values, and of course your physical prowess.

10:52 If you want to be the best, you gotta be smart. You gotta have a good character, you gotta be willing to do things others won't do. You gotta hold yourself to a higher standard and you got to put in the work to be the best that you can possibly be. So you guys, thank you so much for tuning to this episode. This one is really near and dear to me. The army has helped me become the person I am today and these values and applying them to my now civilian life and my training and my family and my community. It's helped me be the best person I can be and I take them with me everywhere. So even if you've never served in the army, these values can help you be the best you can be. And I hope that you can see that now.

11:27 So I'm going to go ahead and wrap this episode up, but I want to leave you with a teaser for episode number eight. Does your sleep suck right now? Are you tossing and turning at night? Do the thoughts go through your mind and race and you just can't get to sleep? Are you getting little to no sleep at night? Are you waking up groggy and not refreshing? And really just going through your day like a zombie. Episode number eight is for you. I've got eight tips on how you can improve your sleep immediately so you can get your best night's sleep ever. So you're going to want to tune in for episode number eight, you guys, I promise you it's going to help give you eight actionable steps you can use ASAP to get the best sleep you've ever gotten. So athletes, I know that you're juggling life and all this responsibilities, it gets overwhelming and to help you get through those tough spots. In addition to this podcast things, little nuggets of wisdom, I want you to head over to red eight shop.com and as a listener of the everyday athlete podcast, I made a special coupon code just for my listeners. Use code podcast twenty@redditshop.com and take 20% off your order. If you're ready to be better than you were yesterday, head over to ready shop.com find the supplement solution is perfect for you. And remember the coupon code podcast 20 saves you 20% on your order. All right, athletes. That's all I got for episode number seven. We'll chat again in the next episode. This is Katie Danger over and out.

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