Category Archives: Philosophy
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
RISE ABOVE: 7 STRATEGIES TO CRUSH ADVERSITY
Sometimes life can throw you some curveballs. Every once in a while, it lands a freakin’ haymaker right on your chin. If you don’t believe that, you haven’t been alive long enough.
Adversity. We all face it my friend.
In our sports, or our health and fitness endeavors. How can you overcome the odds and succeed against great challenges or competition? How can you stay on track in a world full of temptations and distractions? How can you come back from failed game plans, devastating losses, or unexpected injuries and setbacks?
In our business or career pursuits. How can you merge passion and personal fulfillment with professional and financial success? How can you keep fighting on if your first attempts fail? How can reach your goals while sticking to your core values, and without burning out, breaking, or giving up?
In our personal life and relationships. How can you best support those that are suffering and struggling around you? How can you deal with your own baggage and bullshit? How do you find some peace of mind and clarity amongst the modern chaos?
Life can be full of challenges. Instead of running from them when they do arise, staying in bed to hide, burying your head in the sand to procrastinate, or drowning your sorrow in drugs to escape; you are better off developing the right mindset to roll with it all, whatever may come.
Because one thing is for certain: you can’t change the reality of the challenges you face no matter how much you wish things were different. You can’t let every surprise or setback make you snap. Otherwise, you just might end up giving yourself a heart attack. Then what use will you be?
But what you can change is your reactions to your challenges; your actions to overcome them, and your everyday state of mind in order to better deal with them.
The most profound lesson I’ve learned in over 15 years as an athlete, coach, consultant, and fitness author is this – The human body is strong. The human spirit is stronger. Both can persevere through almost anything. It is our weak minds that ultimately bury us.
The 4th quarter, the 9th inning, the final period, the championship rounds, the last 100 meters, the last set, the last rep, etc., it is mental strength that separates the champions from the rest of the pack.
And it may be the most important thing you need to get through the greatest game you will ever play in – the game of life.
That’s what Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity is all about. It takes principles from sports psychology, “street” psychology (from 15 years of working with people from all ages, abilities, and walks of life), some samurai philosophy, and a little bit of surfer dude mentality; and narrows it down into some actionable strategies that can help you tackle any obstacle that may come your way.
I am honored that Rise Above was selected to be a part of The Best Life Book Event. This event includes some big dogs and best-selling authors. Since Rise Above was written by little old me (A.K.A Little Shiitake), I am assuming that means the content itself stood out on its own.
The overall goal of this event is to get different perspectives on the tools you need to overcome your challenges and succeed, in whatever your pursuits are in life.
All books are on sale for $0.99 for today only – Wednesday August 13th, 2014. I honestly have no idea what they will cost after today. That’s in the hands of the gods (the publishers).
You can check out the event here: The Best Life Book Event
I hope my new book — or any of the other books – can help you out in some way. Regardless, I wish you the best in whatever battles you are facing in life. My thoughts are with you my friend.
We’ve all lost someone we loved. It’s devastating.
Cruising and perusing through Facebook, it seems like a lot of us have lost someone recently. My heart goes out to you man. I hope you’re hanging in there. Having lost a few peeps myself, I know words can only do so much to comfort. But what the hell, it’s worth a shot. And it’s also worth trying something a little different.
So Kalai and I wanted to share something with you. Over Memorial Day, we got to experience one of the coolest things we’ve ever been a part of – Lantern Floating Hawaii 2014, a ceremony to honor and remember the ones we’ve lost, and perhaps find some closure. Read the rest of this entry
I sat down to write a completely different blog post today. My plan was to catch you up on all of the stuff I’ve been doing to fulfill my duty as your “People’s Nutrition Educator” – researching for and speaking at nutrition conferences, doing interviews and podcasts, etc.
I promise to do that soon, because I have a ton of outlines, notes, and research quotes that I think you’ll find interesting and informative.
But alas, that must wait. There are more important issues we must talk about today. Not often, but every once in a while, I like to talk about things that are more thought provoking (and probably more helpful to you) than protein grams and 6-packs. Read the rest of this entry
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May you have a little luck of the Irish, and get lucky, tonight.
In year’s past, right about this time of day, I’d be getting a call from Ol’ Patty — my full-blooded, Irish mama. She would undoubtedly go on a profanity-laced tirade, yell at me about something, and then proceed to tell me how St Patrick’s Day is, and always will be, the greatest day of the year. She’d also tell me what restaurant I was to take her to that upcoming weekend for steak and booze to celebrate.
But unfortunately, she ain’t around no more. So I decided to do a post in honor of one of her wishes instead. She used to ask, “when are you going to talk about your better side’s diet — your Irish side’s diet. You always just talk about that dumb Japanese diet” Yes, she was slightly racist, even against her own children. What can you say? She was one of a kind, and I loved her.
Here’s a video that talks about the benefits of my mama’s “Irish Farmer’s” diet, and how you can use that and other healthy cultural diet templates, to simplify the food choice process. I lean more towards carb-based diets for anaerobic athletes and those who strength train on a regular basis, so the ol’ meat and potatoes fits in perfect. Thank my mama for being in my ear all the time about this one: Read the rest of this entry