Bad Coffee Beans

Have you ever had a bad coffee?


For coffee snobs like us it can be very hard to find a tasty, full bodied and strong cuppa especially when we aren’t close to our favorite cafe or we are out on the road passing through a small town.


The funny thing is a coffee is just hot water filtered through grounded coffee beans


So how hard could it be to get it right?


Their are two parts to getting a coffee right…

  1. A well trained barista
  2. Good quality and fresh coffee beans

The best barista would have a hard time pleasing a coffee snob if his beans are average.


An average barista would be able to ‘out do’ a coffee master if their beans were awesome.


It is impossible to make something great with the first ingredient being average or worse


This sounds obvious when we break it down but how does this idea apply to the rest of our lives?


Where in your life are you trying to make great coffee with shitty beans?

Both Will Lose

When a conflict is happening neither side will feel that they are in the wrong


Even if one knows they are in the wrong they generally will defend their actions


It isn’t until both parties take full 100% (each) responsibility for what is going on and admitting that the other person is right that there can be a resolution


This is no easy feat to accomplish


It is the sole reason that wars break out, fights happen, arguments kick on for hours and why people hold grudges


Until you both see through each other eyes, no one wins the battle


Consider this next time someone doesn’t see eye to eye with you, they probably just want to be heard.

Where You Focus

“Where focus goes, energy flows”


You may have heard this quote in success based motivation videos or in a self help seminar and it is one of the truer sentences that I have come across.


When it comes to mastery of your body; do you focus on how far you have to go or how far you have come?


Do you focus on the fat you have or the fat you have lost?


Do you focus on the strength gains made or the difference between you and the guy who has been doing it for an extra decade?


Depending on which side of the experience you pick to focus on will give you a really good insight on why you’re stuck or why you are feeling the way you do about your progress.


You see when we focus on the negative side of things we always feel shitty about not being perfect, we can literally never win


When we focus on the success or the wins we seem to keep snowballing those wins and achieving more and more


“Where focus goes, energy flows”, remember this next time you’re stuck and you will be able to work how to get out of that plateau.

Addiction

When people think of addicts they think of the alcoholics, the drug users and the broke gambler who puts having a punt in front of saving for his house or being with his family


These people generally get put in the same box as the criminals, the street gangs and that weird guy that’s always walking around the streets… People either feel sorry for them or they avoid them completely

The sad thing is that we are all addicts


Addicted to our phone, work, Instagram, Facebook, food, caffeine, money, fitness, gaming and what ever else that you can think of.


We always need to be stimulated or we look for one of our ‘addictions’ to pass the time


Does the fact that we are addicted to our phones make us better than someone addicted to alcohol?


Comparing our vice against their vice will always make us feel better about whatever we are doing but the real question is
Why are we so addicted to doing this?


Is it for the little dopamine rush we get when someone likes our post?


Or


Do we actually rely on and feel comfortable with that mild anxiety from always being on and chasing more money?


These examples can go on forever but my challenge to myself and to you is a simple one


Stop judging other peoples addictions and trying to change them


Focus on yours and work out why you are doing it


If you don’t look now you may start looking for harsher and more exciting ways to distract yourself


This is what happened to the drug addict that you were judging last week..

Which way are you running?

The question has been asked of endurance athletes “are you running from something or running towards something?”

When we go to work to earn money we are either going to work towards bigger and better things or we are working in a comfortable space to avoid the growth we really want deep down inside

When we train our bodies or go on a diet we are either working towards a powerful and weaponized body that serves us and amplifies the rest of our life or we are training to escape disease, the feeling of self loathing or being the fat guy at the beach

These examples can go on and on but the biggest question I have for myself and for you today is very simple

Are you running away or are you running towards?