When you understand yourself and you understand the enemy you cannot be defeated. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
What is the biggest cause of failure in fitness, besides my buddies Ben & Jerry, and Mrs. Butterworth? Honestly, it has nothing to do with the details of a diet or training program. Most people know what to do. Since I’ve dedicated my life and career to this game, I’d love to make it seem more complicated in order to validate my credentials, schooling, and personal obsession. But it just isn’t so.
The “what to do” is straightforward and simple.
So why do some breeze through with ease, while others constantly get stuck in a rut?
Well, nothing can cure outright laziness and entitlement to be honest. But beyond that, if you have sincere goals and are willing to put forth an honest effort, I think it all comes down to having the right mindset and the right strategies. Some may write this off as self-help nonsense, but if you haven’t gotten to where you want to go, you have no right to criticize. In fact, you might want to throw an ear in and listen.
I recently had the honor of writing an article for Men’s Fitness about this very topic: 5 Key’s to Conquering Any Fitness Challenge
Here are the 5 Strategies with a little bit of a summary of what we covered.
1. Know What You’re Fighting For
Pure vanity is rarely enough to see things through ’til the end. I know we all are chasing that glorious 6-pack and gun show. But is that really enough to motivate you when the challenges and distractions of modern life start to pile up? Even a childish, dumb ass like myself has had to dig a little deeper to ultimately get the job done.
2. Be Accountable
A good coach can help you design the game plan and call the plays. But you, and only you, can run them on the field. You’re the one on the battlefield of life that has to face your foe—and everything it is going to throw at you—head on. No one can do it for you, no matter how much you are willing to pay them. Oops, did I just write that out loud. Any current or future clients, please disregard that last statement. Put enough zeros on the end of that check, and I’ll lie straight to your frickin’ face and say I can absolutely do it for you. Don’t you know I’m a descendent of Merlin and have all the magic pills?
3. Know Your Enemy
You must know everything about the challenge you face. What are the specific skills and tools you need to succeed? How and when are you going to acquire them? What are some common roadblocks? Where have others failed in the past? Why did they fail? What are you going to do differently?
Paralysis by analysis is the end result of fear. Should I do this or do that? What will I do if my chosen plan doesn’t work as expected? What is the antidote to this poison that kills our warrior spirit? Action. Do something, anything, immediately.
5. Embrace the role of the Underdog.
Only a few of us are born into privilege. Only a few of us are born with elite genetics. Only a few have every possible advantage handed to them. The odds and obstacles are stacked against most of us right from the start. How does any underdog ultimately win? It’s nothing fancy. It’s nothing complicated. It’s simply by having the discipline and determination to do whatever is necessary to break on through to the other side, regardless of the situation.
If you’d like to check out the full article on the Men’s Fitness website, here’s da link:
I was going to formally release my new book — The Way of the Cancer Warrior: 34 Strategies For Your Cancer War — next Tuesday. But an article on it came out in the Huffington Post Today! Thanks for all of your help Tory.
So I guess this is the early release party. I’m always down for a good party man. And if the message is strong and you believe it can help, why wait baby? In a few emails out to some friends who were helping me test the book, I was telling them this may be the best thing I’ve done in my life up to this point. At least for personal fulfillment anyways.
The Way of the Cancer Warrior applies martial arts strategies, sports psychology principles and warrior philosophy to the battle against cancer. Each section starts with a few motivational quotes and is followed by practical application guidelines. It is a resource meant to help patients, healthcare professionals, caretakers, family members and friends collectively fight back against the greatest enemy this life has to offer. — Huff Post Books
There is no question that cancer sucks. When diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, our society is often quick to refer to battle terminology; we go to war. Some accept and appreciate the analogy; others despise it. But if we are going to go to war with cancer, why not have some positive reinforcement?
Nate Miyaki, a fitness author, athlete, educator and the son of a heroic man who lost his battle with cancer, thinks cancer sucks too. Miyaki’s new book, The Way of the Cancer Warrior, is how he is fighting back. — Huff Post Books
If you’d like to read the article, you can check it out here: Huff Post Books: The Blog
If you’d like to know about the history behind the book, I set up a page here on the site. It has an intro video, a more in depth book description, and some warrior quotes to get you started (facing any challenge you are currently facing in life). I hope to share with you the story behind why this book was written, what it’s all about, and how I think it can help. Here’s the link: CancerWarrior Page
Alright, who brought the champagne. Lets pop the top and get this thing rolling…
As I was working on “The Way of the Cancer Warrior” project this morning, these quotes reminded me of my dad, and the fierce battle he fought against cancer. Who he was and what he did continues to inspire me every day.
Now maybe you will see these and think, dude, you need to grow up. You’re a frickin’ 35 year-old quoting warrior philosophy like a teenager, and literally thinks he is a modern day Ronin (a vagabond, a samurai with no master). Get a haircut and get a real job.
But maybe, just maybe, they will help you face some struggle or challenge you are facing today, with courage and conviction.
THE WARRIOR’S WAY
1. No matter what it is, there is nothing that cannot be done. If one manifests the determination, he can move heaven and earth as he pleases. — Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai.
2. Do not think of possible outcomes until you have finished with your battle. To do so is foolish and takes your mind off the primary objective, which is to destroy the enemy. ~Miyamoto Musashi
3. The power of faith – thoughts backed by faith will overcome all obstacles…Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man’s mind can conceive and believe. It is a well known fact that one comes, finally, to believe whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false…Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind. ~Bruce Lee
4. This will be accomplished if only courage is fixed in one’s heart. If one’s sword is broken, he will strike with his hands. If his hands are cut off, he will press the enemy down with his shoulders. If his shoulders are cut away, he will bite through ten or fifteen enemy necks with his teeth. Courage is such a thing. — Hagakure: Book of the Samurai.
5. The warrior does not depend on anything but himself to beat the enemy… Only through a constant search from within, based on one’s own lifestyle, can the truth be known. It is absolutely a personal thing. Commercialism does nothing to enhance the reality of truth. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
6. Do not acknowledge the possibility that the enemy is stronger than you are. Do not accept the possibility that the enemy is smarter than you are in any way whatsoever…The Way of the warrior does not permit you to accept an inferior position to anything. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
7. Flexibility is a very important attitude. Things will not always go your way regardless of your practice and your attempts to define your own existence…You attack with a technique and it does not work. You try it again and it still does not work. Switch! You must never rely on only one particular attitude to get a job done. The enemy may be prepared for this technique in a way that you may not have anticipated, so it is indeed foolish to try to continue with it. ~Miyamoto Musashi
8. By thinking you must complete the job you will run out of time. By considering things like how many men the enemy has, time piles up; in the end you will give up. No matter if the enemy has thousands of men, there is fulfillment in simply standing them off and being determined to cut them all down, starting from one end. You will finish the greater part of it. – Hagakure: Book of the Samurai
9. The only shame in dying incorrectly is to die a stupid and meaningless death. To die as a warrior means to have crossed swords and either won or lost without any consideration for winning or losing. ~Miyamoto Musashi
10. If a retainer will just think about what he is to do for the day at hand, he will be able to do anything. If it is a single day’s work, one should be able to put up with it. Tomorrow, too, is but a single day. — Hagakure.
Thanks pops for showing me Your Way. I miss you man…