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Dare to Compare

Dare To Compare?

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For a very long time I’ve made the mistake of comparing myself to others…

I’ve done it in my relationships, training (fitness) and my business, but I’ve finally become aware of it and are now making the effort to STOP!

It’s very addictive and can literally ruin your life because you will NEVER be Happy!

I explain the problem with comparing in the video below:

Would love to hear what you think in the comment section below.

Never Give Up!

Stian 

Success Rebel Logo with Bulldog

Success Rebel

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[Attention Guys Only!]

Even though it’s cool to be a tough guy and the warrior amongst your friends, I know that sometimes you use that as a way of protecting yourself from all the pain.
You create the “don’t mess with me” attitude so that no one would dare ask the right questions. You don’t want people to know that you’re actually a pretender…

Why?

Because guys who cry or show their emotions are weak and there’s no place for “weakness” in society, well I say THE HELL WITH THAT!

Does this sound familiar:

  • You work 12-16 hour days, but still you’re not reaching the potential you know you can.
  • You spend less time with your wife/partner, children and friends because you need to make money to put food on the table.
  • You don’t know how to communicate with your partner/wife anymore and therefore you react to everything she says.
  • You’re overweight and unhealthy because you’re permanently stressed and an emotional reck (even though you won’t admit it).
  • You don’t have anyone to talk to because you’re afraid they might judge you (especially the guys).
  • You reach a little bit of success in one area, but everything else feels like it comes crashing down.
  • You drink and watch sport every weekend because it removes you from your “reality”.
  • You hate Mondays and Love Fridays (you even use the ‪#‎TGIF‬ images and tags)

If only one of these sound familiar, then I would recommend watching the video:

If you can resonate with my message, then let’s get on a Free 30min Consultation Call.

Overview of Success Rebel 4-Week Program:

  • How to train like a beast
  • How to be respectful, but not a people pleaser
  • How to create the mind of a warrior
  • How to kick ass in your business or career
  • How to Live Life With Meaning!

I want 10 guys to create the first Success Rebel Brotherhood!

Let’s get the guys back to where they use to be, the Warrior that can not only look after his family, but also himself!

Never Give Up!

Stian 

Wacky Wednesday Burgers

Wacky Wednesday

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Hey it’s Wacky Wednesday!

Now to a lot of South African’s that means they get to go to Steers and get a 2 burger special, but for you it’s going to be a little bit different today…

Why?

Because instead of going for 2 burgers (even if you don’t live in SA), you’re going to add 3 awesome exercises to your workout today! That way you can “burn off” the burgers, even if you were only thinking about getting them.

You’re 3 Awesome Metabolic Exercises:

Leave a comment below and tell me how you made your burgers scream for more!

Never Give Up! 

Stian 

Mindset Misconception

Mindset Misconception

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I’ve studied personal development and “mindset” for many years, but was fooled…

I read motivational books…

I listened to personal development audios while driving…

I wrote down my s.m.a.r.t goals and created a vision board…

I understood and implemented strong Willpower and Whypower…

I even made a conscious choice to become better daily and pursue success as if it was the be all and end all…

END RESULT = Very Little Success For The Amount Of Effort!

Why?

Because MINDSET happens on an unconscious level and not the conscious like all the examples above!

Understanding the power of the unconscious mind will unlock the door to happiness and success!

If you want to learn more about the power of the unconscious mind, watch this Free Presentation

Never Give Up!

Stian

2D Burpee, Breakdancer, Crossover Reach Up

2D Burpee, Breakdancer…

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Today is absolutely FREEZING over here in Joburg, so if you’re feeling the cold (and even if you’re not)…

I have 3 awesome weight loss exercises that you can do to either warm you up or just get you going with your weight loss journey!

I would love to hear your comments, let me know if it was too easy so that I can take things up a notch!

Never Give Up! 

Stian 

Soul Searching or Fake

Soul Searching or Fake?

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So I hear the term “Soul Searching” a lot and I’ve even used it myself on numerous occasions, but I need to ask you this question up front:

Are you really Soul Searching or are you Faking it?

I know that might sound a little bit harsh, but unfortunately it’s a valid question.

Why?

Because so many people say that they need to do soul searching and once they do and find that something is not 100% in their life that needs to change… they ignore it and continue in the exact same fashion they previously did.

So to me that’s being fake! What’s the point of doing soul searching, but then when you find what you’re searching for you decide to ignore it because it makes you uncomfortable…

I discuss this exact situation in the video below:

Would love to hear your comments. Do you think this is a bit harsh or am I on to something?

Never Give Up!

Stian 

FitMind + FitBody=FitLife

FitMind + FitBody = FitLife

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Being in the fitness industry for the better part of 8 years I understand the importance of having a FitBody.

When I refer to a FitBody, I don’t mean being ripped with 6-pack abs or having muscles on top of your muscles.

A FitBody to me is someone that’s healthy, who can run across the road without pulling a hamstring or can play with his kids without having to catch his breath every 2min.

I believe most people understand the importance of having a FitBody, but…

I don’t believe people understand the true importance of having a FitMind, I never did!

Yes it starts with the majority of information you consume on a daily basis being mostly positive and educational, but it goes a lot deeper than that (I recently learned this through my own experiences)!

Having a FitMind is becoming aware of the stories you’ve created due to your influence, perception, expectation and society. These stories drive your decisions and behaviors on a daily basis and either move you forward or hold you back!

Everyone strives to have a FitLife, which is a life filled with love, happiness and success and the only way to get that is…

FitBody + FitMind = FitLife!

A FitLife is not possible without having both a FitBody and a FitMind.

Where do I recommend starting?

FitMind – having the correct mindset will help you achieve the FitBody you want/need, but having a FitBody won’t give you the mindset you need!

Click here to get the FitMind Manifesto for FREE! 

Never Give Up!

Stian 

John 100kg

John’s Weight Loss Journey

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A Weight Loss Journey can be very tough!!!

So today I want to share John’s Story with you, not from my perspective but his own.

Over to you John:

My weight loss journey has been tough and I would say the best way to explain it is a roller coaster ride going up and down. Even though I struggled a lot I knew that I could accomplish my goal thanks to all the positive support from my family, coaches who laid the foundation (they also led by example) and everyone who supported me on my facebook group.

Here is a small insight into my journey, I hope that this will show others that it’s not easy but at the same time that they too can do it!

After I lost my first 50kg I realised that even though it continues to take daily commitment from me to stay on track, it was worth it because I was starting to get my life back. I was experiencing things in my life again that Obesity took away from me and this drove me to my next target which was to lose 100kg.

During my first 50kg I averaged almost 10-12kg weight loss a week so I would say it was relatively easy, but the second 50kg wasn’t nearly as easy. There were many days (sometimes weeks) that I wanted to give up. I was tired of following a meal plan and having to exercise self control on a daily basis, but luckily I had people who kept inspiring and motivating me to continue and push through. My wife never gave me the chance to go off track or back down!

To give you an example: There was a period where I lost no weight for almost a month, but after reviewing my food diary with my coach we noticed that a daily yogurt was the cause of my plateau (yes something as stupid as a yogurt). After cutting the yogurt out, I started dropping weight again and went up to a 74kg total weight loss. It was amazing to wear some of the clothes that I could last fit when I was 26 years old. My golfers shirt that I was wearing went down from a 10XXXL to a 7XL. I could suddenly do everyday things again like going into a public toilet (previously I struggled to fit) and fit in my bath and car again, even the blood circulation in my leg was back to normal because I was able to move a lot more without having to sit down for hours. I’m also able to do work in the garden again, something that obesity completely took away from me. From May to the end of December 2014 I managed to lose a total of 80kg.

January I was back in the gym working towards my 100kg goal, but this is when all the mind tricks really started. I wanted to reach the 100kg goal, but my mind kept on telling me that I already feel so much better so why even continue with the journey. I started reading stories of others who were facing a similar transformation journey and that helped me realise that I couldn’t give up! Getting from 80 to 90kg weight loss was a struggle, but a managed to reach it by middle February. Once I reached the 90kg goal, I started experiencing a lot of pain due to gout in my foot. This pushed me off track quite a bit because I had to get medication from the doctor and at the same time couldn’t go to the gym on a regular basis because the pain was just too much. 

Even though I was going through this difficult time, I was able to accomplish one of my biggest goals which was to support my son with his rugby. I went to every practice and game and even stood next to the rugby field for the whole day (previously I had to sit in my car and watch from a distance).

John 100kg

The 90 to 100kg weight loss was even more difficult as I hit another plateau that lasted for almost a month once again. This was a really frustrating time as I couldn’t understand what was happening, I was following my meal plan and even my food diary didn’t show anything that could cause this plateau. When I got on the scale at the gym and my weight increased from 208kg to 218kg, I was devastated. I wanted to find the cause for my sudden plateau and even weight gain, so I contacted the doctor to ask about the gout mediation I was taking. The doctor explained to me that the medication that I was consuming on a daily basis contained cortisone which is known for water retention and even weight gain. I decided that I would stop using the medication and rather except the pain caused by the gout, but luckily I managed to find some other medication that worked to a lesser extend but at least it didn’t contain cortisone. I saw results immediately after removing the cortisone medication, I lost 6kg in 2 days and lost a total of 12kg in that week.

Finally I was close to my 100kg goal, but after reading a story of a guy that lost 100kg in 12 months I got inspired once again because I knew I could do better than that.

I lost 100kg in 11 months and 6 days!

This amazing feat would not be possible without great support and people like the Sportcon Team that set a good example for me. My next goal is to lose another 50 – 80kg so that I can weigh in at 120-150kg.

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I want to thank John Barnardt for sharing his story with us. Yes, a weight loss journey can be tough, but consistency and mindset is key!

Never Give Up!

Stian

Motivation vs Inspiration

Motivation vs Inspiration

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Spreading motivational images and quotes on social media has become part of our daily ritual.

It’s suppose to motivate us, lift us out of our current hole and catapult us into absolute positivity without being fazed by any negativity pointed our way, yet so many people are struggling…

Thousands, maybe even millions of motivational images and quotes exist, yet thousands even millions of people are struggling…

Why?

Motivation comes from the outside!

What you, me and everyone else facing difficult times need is INSPIRATION!

Inspiration is something you find INSIDE yourself, it’s that warm feeling that let’s you believe that the slump is only temporary and that better days is around the corner!

It gives you the confidence to face your fears and tackle your obstacles without a drop of doubt.

How do you find more inspiration?

Find or “follow” someone that doesn’t just motivate you, but actually inspires you, someone that makes you believe that anything is possible! That person will mean more to you in life than someone that screams and shouts motivational quotes daily!

Why not do the same for others?

Be an inspirational person by showing others what is possible instead of telling them!

A motivational mind is temporary –  an inspirational mind lasts a lifetime! 

Never Give Up!

Stian 

Making blind choices

Making Blind Choices

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I’m sure you’ve heard of people writing in a journal or diary, but have you ever tried it yourself?

Maybe you’ve seen it in the movies or heard a friend talk about it…

We use journaling in my fitness business to help clients who are struggling to lose weight, understand where they’re going off track and how to make better food choices.

I use journaling in my own personal life to understand how I react to certain situations and how it makes me feel. Without understanding how situations make me feel or react, I’m going through life making blind choices.

Example:

I know that if I eat red meat after 9pm I experience a lot of BAD nightmares.

Doesn’t sound like anything too bad except that I might experience a little lack of sleep right?

Wrong!

Let’s say tonight I have some meat at 9:30pm, I go to bed and start experiencing my nightmares. The next morning I wake up cranky because I didn’t sleep well and then start working on a major project that needs to be finished today. I can’t seem to function at full capacity because the lack of sleep and crankiness is making me agitated and causing fights between myself and my team. At the end of the day we have a massive fight and the project doesn’t get completed. I get home and just like any other day my dogs are extremely excited to see me and just wants to play. I absolutely freak out on them because I had a crappy day and want to be left alone…

What caused this in the first place? Eating some meat after 9pm…

I Made A Blind Choice!

If I was able to sleep in tomorrow because I was on holiday, then maybe eating the meat after 9pm tonight wouldn’t have had the same effect on my day tomorrow…

Get a journal and start writing down how you feel every day and after 30 days review your journal, you might find a couple of triggers that are sabotaging your day or week!

P.S – Please comment below, telling me what blind choices you’ve made as well as if you’re currently using a journal and how it’s helping you!

Never Give Up!

Stian

Vulnerable

Vulnerability

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Being vulnerable in most cultures is frowned upon because society in general sees it as a form of weakness.

Growing up as an Afrikaans boy in South Africa we are taught that toughness is the only way, that we shouldn’t let anything stand in our way, but most importantly to not cry because if you did, you were weak and called a “Sissy” (a girl).

Yes it’s important to fight for what you believe in but portraying the image of a warrior 24/7 is not normal (or healthy) and I don’t care how strong or tough you are, everyone breaks sooner or later.

I know a lot of people that “play tough”, but are absolutely broken inside.

Why?

Because society and their heritage taught them that being vulnerable is wrong, that it’s a form of weakness and that “weak people” don’t make it in this world.

So what ends up happening?

This person (let’s call him John) goes through life miserable, pretending to be someone his not, just to please others.

John’s “cup of pain” starts overflowing into his marriage and even the relationship with his kids.

He starts to withdraw from everything and everyone because he doesn’t know how to handle all the pain.

John’s wife and children automatically start to think that maybe there’s someone else or that he doesn’t love them anymore…

This might sound like a very far fetched story, but unfortunately this happens everyday.

Broken relationships and lives are caused by many different factors, but in my opinion many of these situations could be prevented if people learned to be more vulnerable. Accepting that you are not super human and that having pain or concerns is part of being human.

Vulnerability would lead to better communication and understanding of how people (your partner) reacted to a certain action or situation.

P.S – Please comment below and tell me if you’re willing to be vulnerable or do you feel that you’re just not there yet…

Never Give Up!

Stian

recipe book with vegetables on kitchen table

The Food Diary

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Now I’m sure you’ve probably heard the importance of keeping track of what you eat, but are you actually doing it?

If you are, then I have to congratulate you because you’re part of the 1% that actually do!

Don’t despair if you’re not because you are not alone. From my experience, the people who get the best results consistently are the ones who keep track of everything they consume (including alcohol and anything small like a sweet or two).

Here are two real life examples of how two of my clients were able to BUST through a plateau just by tracking their food consumption:

Example 1: Etienne and the Apple.

After losing 60kg Etienne hit a massive plateau, not losing a single gram of weight in 6 weeks. Etienne and I sat down and had a look at his food diary, trying to figure out what was going on. We took one thing out and tried it for a week, we saw no results so we placed it back in his meal plan. After about 2-3 weeks of testing we found that Etienne consumed an apple a day (just like the doctor recommends), but for some reason his body just didn’t want it and so completely stopped his progress.

After the apple debacle Etienne went on to lose 9.7kg in only 28 Days! This would not have been possible if he didn’t track his food consumption, who would of thought an apply would make such a massive difference?

Etienne Before:After

Example 2: John and Yogurt.

John was well on his way to losing 70kg in record time but then suddenly his progress came to a grinding halt at 52kg. For a whole month John didn’t lose a single gram (just like Etienne), so we knew it was time to go back to the drawing board. Looking over his food consumption of the last month, John realised that for some reason he started consuming yogurt on a daily basis (something he didn’t do previously), even though it wasn’t large quantities it still wasn’t what John’s body wanted.

After removing the yogurt John has gone on to lose another 18kg in 2 months. Once again this would not have been possible without tracking.

John 100kg

As humans we tend to sometimes give ourselves way too much credit, we believe that we are performing better than what we truly are and this is definitely the case with a food consumption. We only remember the good we ate and not the bad.

Start tracking everything you consume (if you can include the size/quantity), continue in this fashion for at least a month and you will quickly see some bad habits that you’ve created. Knowing the problem will take help you create a plan to get around it.

Never Give Up!

Stian