“As the great warrior poet Ice Cube once said: ‘if the day does not require an AK, it is good.'”

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Mindset Pt I – Stoicism: 🔸If it can be endured, endure it. Stop complaining. – Meditations, Marcus Aurelius (Full passage in comments) . 🔸I love Stoic philosophy, and this passage in particular resonates with me because it very simply divides all of our problems into 2 very black and white categories: – Minor Inconveniences. – Things that will literally kill you. . 🔸Once you know which category your issue fits into, practice treating an inconvenience as it is, not as your emotions tell you it’s got the potential to become. . Something the great man @pattyrogers taught me was this: many of us create space for problems, and waste time stressing, without taking action. Even though realistically, you know in your own head that 6 months (or 1-2weeks) from now, you won’t even remember what you’re going through. . #12days out from @icn_victoria show and couldn’t be more excited! Side note: 4 years(?!) after coaching and supporting me through my powerlifting debut, I (almost) look like I do the #TeamToughLove shirt proud 😂😂😂 @_jac_attack_

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🔸Why you should practice posing💪 . 🔸Sure, it’s true that no one likes that person hogging all the equipment so they can build some #followers for the #gram (#bts #teamnodaysoff) . 🔸However practice posing – intentional muscle control, simply trying to develop an understanding of the symmetry and lines needed to make a pose look good – had taught me such a huge amount about myself and my physique! . Even if you have no intention to compete I highly recommend learning a few basic poses! And take progress photos he same way you might with your body, it’s always great to look back on! . 🔸Disclaimer: I have no idea what I’m doing in this pose 😂 I had never done it before and gave it a crack – not too bad but plenty to work on so I doubt I’ll be jumping into Classic Physique anytime soon. But hey, it’s always good to have your next goal right…

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🔸What’s the best way to cross a minefield? Second. . 🔸Your support group, more often than not, will dictate your success. . 🔸While I’m lucky enough to have @benperformancecoach and the team from @trainasp supporting me day in, day out, most people don’t have a workplace that supportive. If you don’t, it’s important to find and spend time around your “tribe” whenever you can, not just when times get tough. . In the long run, no one is truest ever “self-made” – it’s the relationships we build through the process that get us where we want to go.

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🔸How do you motivate yourself? . 🔸A rising tide lifts all ships. Let those who are willing raise the standard. It’s then up to you to decide if you’re willing to swim fast enough to keep up . 🔸Yesterday was a blast at the ICN posing session, good to have the big man @the_strength_student there too. . 🔸Though we’re both competing in the same category – I know how hard he’s working, and that pushes me to dig a bit deeper – does that mean I want any less success for him? No, the better he looks, the harder he pushes, the more I’m going to have to work to keep up! . Huge thanks to @vicstar_11icnposingcoach as well as the rest of the @icn_victoria team. Shout-out to Comrad, pumped to stand next to you with our medals after it all. 😏

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