LIVE WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE…
That’s the title of Chapter #3 in my new book Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity. Here are a few snippets from that section:
We expect everything for nothing, and we wanted it yesterday. We take things for granted. We’ve lost the ability to appreciate what we have. Instead, we focus on what we do not have. If nothing is ever good enough, you will never have enough.
Quit whining and pining. If you’re reading this on a Kindle, found it through Facebook or Twitter, and are sipping on a gourmet coffee drink, etc., you are not doing that bad.
There are people in this world who wake up to bombs, don’t have clean water, and go to bed starving. Be grateful for what you have while you are trying to get more. Most of us are living in luxury, yet think we are lacking.
– Nate Miyaki, Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity.
Yes, I did just quote myself. Isn’t that frickin’ awesome!
You have my full permission to do the same. For most it will probably just annoy them (with the hippie bullshit and whatnot), but it might just help a few. Who knows? I certainly hope so.
And damn man, although I do grow tired of myself often, I gotta listen to myself more often. That’s what I want to do right now. There is nothing worse than a writer or coach that talks one way, but lives another. It’s an out of control plague that may eventually lead to the downfall of modern Internet society.
MY MANY THANKS TO YOU
So man/girl, I just wanted to say thank you so much for supporting this book, and over the years, for supporting my writing career.
We did it my friends. Because of you, Rise Above has risen to #1 on a few of the Amazon charts. Even if just for a day, I can now say that I was once an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author.
Now that’s total egotistical bullshit, image-projection nonsense, and PR-spinned marketing material to use for later on. But that’s not the point. The end goal of any good writer, artist, craftsman, or coach seeking personal fulfillment should be to help people get the results they are looking for regardless of rankings or social status/praise. I hope that’s what my content, writings, work, and ramblings are somehow doing for you.
HOWEVER, there are a lot of people who have made sacrifices along the way to allow me to do what I do – my wife Kalai; my Fab 5 brothers and one bad-ass sister, my late and great parents, my super cool step-family; and all of you, spending your hard earned dollar to hear what I got to holler.
I am forever grateful. But the truth is that my bro hugs, or real hugs with my patented “accidental” cheek squeeze, are just not enough of a thank you this time around. You need to know that your support is really paying off.
RISE ABOVE RIDES ALONGSIDE SOME GREATS
So check it out. Even if just for a moment or two, Rise Above stood next to some of the literary greats such as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, and Love Yourself Like Your Life Depended On It by Kamal Ravikant.
And actually, I owe a special thanks to my buddy Kamal. He is the one who encouraged me to expand upon one of my blog posts and turn it into a book. Thanks man.
Perhaps the most meaningful thing to me is that it rose to #1 in the 90 Minute Self-Help Short Reads category.
That’s because that category encapsulates my overall writing “mission” – to take everything I’ve learned from nearly 20 years as an athlete and coach, everything I’ve studied both formally as a student and informally as a passionate/borderline obsessed dude, hack away the unessential, and provide simple, straightforward, and actionable strategies that somehow help YOU reach YOUR goals.
That’s predominantly in the area of fitness and physiology. But my true passion, and what I think will ultimately make a much bigger difference in your life, is practical philosophy and sports psychology. It has for me anyways. Looking good on the surface is one thing. But actually being comfortable in your own skin is a whole other ballgame.
ON BELLY FAT, BURN OUT, & BODDHI FROM POINT BREAK
Honestly, I was kind of afraid to write and release this book. I mean I’ve been studying, living, and doing the fitness thing for nearly 20 years now. So I’m pretty confident my fitness content has something valuable to offer, it is something you care about, and most importantly, that what I’m teaching can help you reach your goals.
And although I’ve integrated some of this stuff into my blog from time-to-time, I wasn’t too sure how my writings on philosophy/self-help strategies would be received as a book. “Shut up you pussy and just show me how to get shredded” is probably what I would be thinking if the the flip-flop was on the other foot.
Nevertheless, based on some of the challenges my family and I have persevered through over the last few years, and seeing how some of the people closest to me were struggling through their own tough times, I realized there were a few things in life that mattered to me just a little bit more than writing another fitness or fat loss book (get your diet numbers right, cut the crap and eat an Island-style diet, use whatever diet structure makes sticking to the first two as easy as possible, strength train a few times a week to build lean muscle and shape the body, walk more as part of your normal day).
So I wanted to try and help in a different way this time around, because although I still can’t stand belly fat, it bums me out even more that people seem to be burning out of life and breaking.
I felt it was the perfect time to buckle down and share the lessons I’ve learned as an athlete; student studying Bruce Lee, Musashi, and samurai philosophy; coach gaining “street” psychology skills working with crazy people (oops, did I just write that out loud. To my clients, you know I’m just goofing around…but not really…we’re all frickin’ crazy), and just a guy that grew up around, and continues to live a little bit of the surfer dude mentality.
The traditional systems, dogmas, social expectations, peer pressure, and modern cultural conditioning are killing some of us slowly and softly. I felt people might benefit from seeing a little something different from the other side. Maybe I’m trying to be too much like the Bodhi of the fitness world? That’s certainly a possibility…
But then again, maybe one or two of you “Johnny Utah’s” might want to come join us Ronin for a different kind of ride.
THE 7 STRATEGIES REMAIN
If you missed the one-day $0.99 launch sale of Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity, I am sorry. But the book is still available for less than the price of a gourmet cup of coffee. You could spend thousands of dollars to learn about some self-help guru’s magic secrets, or a few bucks on a book that tells you the truth — everything you will ever need is already inside of you.
I hope you check the book out here: Rise Above Kindle Edition
A cool thing is that I got to work with some pros on this project. Thanks to the team at Archangel Ink, this is the first book of mine that is actually available as a paperback: Rise Above Paperback Edition
Since I’m a frickin’ old school man, I prefer a real book in hand. So I just ordered a paperback version of my own damn book? Guess I gotta support da cause huh? Maybe you’d like to hold a little bit of Miyaki in your hand as well (very little I should say, we’re talking button sized)?
A few of you who hit up the sale yesterday have already written me saying you feel guilty for having gotten the book at such a low cost. Well:
1. Thank you so much. That means a lot.
2. Writing this book was the true reward. To be honest, I don’t know if I would have made it through the last few years if I hadn’t already studied these strategies, and had them as tools to use when times got tough. As such, I felt a burning urge to share them. It was good for following my own passion at the time, and refining what my personal mission is.
3. If you still feel bad, you could pay me back by writing a review of the book on Amazon — that is, if you dug it. The way that works is reviews help improve the book’s rankings in Amazon, thus helping it stand out in the sea of content. Your words just might help the book get into the hands of those who need it most.
Regardless of what you decide to do, I just wanted to say thank you.
Don’t worry, I’m still going to write about the fitness stuff. I’m putting preliminary research together on a short book all about the confusion over carbs (dogmatic health & fitness gurus are all right and they are all wrong, it just depends on the situation).
But I’m also working on a book about how a Bay Area accompany has applied some of the strategies to merge personal fulfillment with professional success, and build a thriving business and brand.
So I guess I just wanted to let you know that moving forward, my content is going to flip-flop between fitness and philosophy, because well, I guess I’m just a flip-flop kind of guy. That might not be great for building my own brand, but hopefully it will provide you with the best content I have to offer at that time, and add some kind of value and assistance to whatever it is that you are doing and pursuing.
If you are down with that, sign up for the newsletter, stay tuned for blog posts and updates, and then do as Bruce once said to do:
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add what is specifically your own”