Right now I feel useless.

I’ve dramatically changed my macros after having eaten relatively unhealthy for a few months, and my body’s taking its time adapting.

My energy levels aren’t horrible, but my ability to focus is useless. I have no oomf today, no get-up-and-go, but that’s exactly what has to be done.

Action creates motivation.

Today’s a writing day. I have the whole day dedicated to writing articles for both web sites. Coming up with ideas when your brain isn’t responding is difficult. Writing creatively is nearly impossible. That, however, is what I have to do.

I cannot let this day become a waste. I have the power to change the trajectory of the day, and that’s what I’ve done.

So, what did I do… and what should you do?

1. Take a cold shower.

Cold showers are awesome. For one, cold increases your body’s brown fat, which burns white fat. Second, they can boost your T levels by lowering your cortisol levels.

Cold in general can also boost your metabolism and your immune system. When you’re in a funk they’ll wake you the hell up too.

2. Juice.

Veggies and fruits, not steroids.

A surge of nutrients is always beneficial. To compound the effectiveness of this juice that contained 2 beets, 2 leaves of kale, 2 stocks of celery, 5 strawberries, and one apple, I took 5 grams of fish oils.

3. Feed your brain.

Our brains, when dried, are 60% fat. There’s also a lot of evidence that suggests that the reason the human brain evolved and grew was because of our consuming fatty acids. (Check This Out: Essential Fatty Acids and Human Brain)

We find fatty acids in some nuts, fruits, and mainly in fish. Feed your brain by eating these fats in abundance.

4. Lift.

Muscle is your best friend as a human. You want to become stronger. Muscle improves your posture and it helps you live a more powerful life.

If you’re struggling, trying to figure out the best way to train to get stronger, leaner, and more athletic – check out this article.

Lifting will get your blood flowing.

I woke up in a funk, had coffee, made the juice, had the cold shower, read, then got to the gym at 6am.

5. Work after the lift for 45 minutes.

Immediately after the gym I wrote. I was useless. I got nothing of value done, but I still did something, I didn’t just let my uselessness run my day.

Do the same. Even though you may be unmotivated, in a rut, or whatever, still do what you do. Don’t take a day off.

6. Move outside for 30 minutes.

Have active work breaks that are outside.

I’m lucky enough to have a dog that likes to be outside more than he likes being inside. I also have a Provincial Park next to my house. So right after the work session, I got outside for a walk in the cold, sunny atmosphere of Calgary in May.

7. Repeat 

Keep your work sessions timed.

As soon as that time is up – regardless of whether you’re finished or not – stop and get outside.

It’s actually better to not finish something when your break comes, that way when the break is finished you’ll have something to complete rather than having something new to start.

It’s easier to complete an already started task than to begin something new all-together.

You can do this every day, this routine.

It becomes even more important when you’re feeling lazy and un-motivated.

Stick to it.

Do what you do regardless of whether you feel like it or not.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

You can contact him at –




Motivation is a prick. It comes and goes. It’s unreliable. It cannot and should not be depended on.

Motivation is like an emotion in that our surroundings, our lives, our brains, they all give us motivation or can take it away. It’s our choice, of course, whether or not we’re motivated. Few, though, create motivation. Few create scenarios where they can’t help but be motivated. Most sit and wait.

They perform great when they’re motivated but they’re so seldom motivated that they don’t often perform up to the standard that their potential could have them perform.

You should not aspire to be more motivated. You should aspire to create motivation.

1. Practice positivity.

Actively find things that you appreciate. Every day write down 3 things that you appreciate that have happened within the last 24 hours.

It’s the act of training your brain to find opportunity. Most people dwell on despair, winners actively find and act on opportunity amidst crisis.

2. Plan your day, week, year.

Being motivated is more about habit than emotion. In The Power of Full Engagement, Tony Schwarz and Jim Loehr delve into how our brains can be programmed to create motivation and energy.

When we habitually do the same thing we get programmed to ‘get up’ and ready to do the task. It’s like waking up at the same time every day. At first, we need an alarm. After a week or so – or more – we begin to wake up at (or earlier) than the time we once set our alarm to rise at.

This is no different with working out at the same time than with waking up at the same time. Have a consistent plan to your day. Write at the same time every day and the muse won’t be something you have to chase, but something that meets you when you sit down to tell stories.

3. Read history, not self-help.

History provides proof about what can be done. It’s evidence of possibilities. It’s also a guide to what to avoid, how men in the past have made their mistakes, and where opportunities lie.

History repeats itself. It’s incredible how true this statement is. No matter the period, humans have won and lost due to similar circumstances. Knowing how to win, knowing how big-thinkers created something from nothing isn’t just motivating, it’s inspiration based on fact, not on weightless sentences that provide brief instances of inspiration.

4. Get 8 hours of sleep.

Being sleep-deprived is akin to being drunk. We perform at about the same level. Now, eight hours isn’t a must, some can go off of 6 or 7, but knowing how much sleep you need is important. Get it. Get enough sleep so that while you are awake, you can focus and perform at your best.

5. Be in peak physical condition.

It’s difficult to be motivated when you’re not healthy. Too many ignore the health aspect to being an optimal performer – and that’s what you’re trying to be. It isn’t a motivation, per se, that you’re after, but the ability to perform at a high level.

If you’re fat and out of shape, you’re putting one more barrier between you and what you want to accomplish.

Habits are also important. If you don’t workout, if you don’t eat right, how do you expect to do the right things in your other endeavors?

6. NEVER stay safe.

Excitement, more than motivation, will give you the energy you need to do great things. It’s excitement that most of us lack, and we think that we’re not motivated.

You cannot be excited about safety or ease. You need to push yourself, to set higher goals to be excited. When you’re excited about the possibilities of what you’re aiming to accomplish, you’ll feel more motivated than ever.

7. Know exactly what you’re doing in every moment.

Before I go to the gym every morning I start something. In the past I’ve come back from the gym and wasted time not knowing exactly what I should be working on. By starting something before I go I come back and continue doing what I was doing before I left.

It isn’t motivation, necessarily, but it’s motion.

Stagnation is a killer. That’s how we open our internet browser and begin wasting time. That’s how we lose an entire day in our quest, which eventually leads to a life wasted.

8. Be disciplined.

In The Lost Art of Discipline, we go over how discipline removes barriers and how a lack of discipline puts more barriers between you and who you need to become to reach the goals and dreams you want to accomplish.

Discipline is avoiding things that pull you away from your potential, and adopting things that bring you closer to realizing that potential.

Those who are supremely motivated know what they want, they aspire for greater things than the average fella, but they’re also supremely disciplined. They know that to rely on the feeling of motivation is a horrible way to live, and that creating the habits and the lifestyle that fosters motivation is a far better way to be.

9. Review your biggest goals every day.

Back to being excited…

When we set a big goal, we get excited, but we lose that excitement a couple weeks after when what we do has become routine.

Set massive goals, but keep them close, keep them in mind, continue to feel the energy that comes from possibilities.

10. Track everything.

Know exactly where you are in relation to where you want to be at all times.

Too often we lose motivation because we feel like we’re not doing well enough. Feelings don’t matter. Numbers matter.

Know where you want to be. Figure out how to become the man worthy of that life, job, degree of excellence. And then keep track of how you’re doing. Know how much you spend, save, invest. Know how many words you write a day. Know how much more business you’ve created this month versus this month a year ago.

I’ve seen this first hand. I’ve thought I was doing a lot worse than I really was simply because I wasn’t measuring what I was doing.

11. Never envy. Never compare yourself to someone else.

Your path in life has to be your own path. You have to focus on your own shit. Someone else’s path cannot be your focus. It pulls you away from what you’re doing and it removes any possibility of having the positive, alive, motivated mindset you need to win at your idea of success.

NEVER look at someone else, at what they’re doing, and get down on who you are or what you’ve accomplished.

Make a point to not even think about what others are doing, not even your competition, nor your allies.

Do your own thing. Live your own life.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.

You can contact him at –

Methodical Persistence Beats Motivation Every Time

Methodical Persistence Beats Motivation Every Time

Forget Motivation, Be Persistent

In love as in business, he had a longer time frame, a more settled will, than other people. ~ John Chernow

Quiet persistence isn’t sexy. It’s not what gains one acclaim nor fame. We want to hear about the inspired, the motivated, the moments of daring that change a man’s life and the world in the process. (Read This: Quietly Become Great)

That’s not how it works.

Winning at life and in business is less about motivation and more about what you do every day.

The quote above is, of course, an observation about the constitution of John D. Rockefeller, once the richest man in the world and in comparing wealth to spending, also one of its most frugal.

He saw life not as a romantic novel with him as its protagonist, but as a culmination of each individual day.

Each day is a life. What you do every day determines what you’ll create by your end. It determines your legacy and your value.

Today we aim to be busy, to be engaged in something with energy. Rockefeller had the wonderful insight in this pursuit that…

People who are perpetually busy are rarely proportionately successful.

It’s not about taking chunks out of your pursuit. Life isn’t about the grand days, though there must be some. Life is a daily grind. The key word is daily. Not wanting to break routine, Rockefeller worked on his wedding day. He kept detailed accounts of his expenses and earning and worked hard, but never aimed to merely be busy. (Read This: 12 Business Lessons from John D. Rockefeller)

He took long breaks during the day. He got out of the office, but every day he accomplished valuable work. He chipped away at his work daily, not aiming to do it all at once, not aspiring to show that he was doing it all at once.

His work was habitual. His life was habitual.

My Content Strategy

My business is essentially writing. I do other things, like filming or editing or some work on the sites, but the vast majority of my time is spent at the computer writing.

Writing is seen as something that’s beholden to motivation.

The inspired are writers.

That’s just not the case. I’ve seen it in guys like Stephen King who write every single day. And I’ve experienced it in my own work and in my own life that good things don’t happen unless you work at them every day. No days off. No attempts to knock off 10,000 words in a day. Just routine.

I’ve had routines that relied on motivation. They’re routines that looked more at the work done in a week rather than putting specific tasks into certain days of the week. They don’t work. The work never gets done.

Now, I work on one thing a day, with other days left for bigger projects. Every Tuesday, for example, I work on newsletters. They get done and they fit better together because they’re tackled in the same mind-frame.

Podcasts and other videos are on Wednesday.

The other days have their purposes be they articles or bigger projects, even books, even things we’re not releasing until next year.

The pursuit has to be daily and routine in order to be productive.

When you get your work done every day, you free up far more time to live as well, and writing in my mind is dependent on living a life worth writing about.

Your Work. Your Life.

It isn’t about what you appear to be doing, but about what you actually get done. Not all of us have bosses that understand this. Most bosses want you to show up at a certain time, on their clock, and work as they want you to work. (Read This: How to Get More Done in Less Time)

Do that. And do more.

With your training, aim to add small but effective habits into your routine to get you closer to your goal.

It’s not just the workout, but the 200 push ups you do everyday, or the breakfast that you have or the run or walk you go for after work.

Create the habits. Do the work. Don’t look for acclaim or eyes focused on what you’re doing or how you’re doing it. Don’t tweet or Facebook the epic work you’re doing. Just go at your business methodically. Track it. See the progress you’re making. Measure everything. And continue this boring ass march that will one day give you an unmatched source of pride.

About The Author

Chad Howse: Chad’s mission is to get you in the arena, ‘marred by the dust and sweat and blood’, to help you set and achieve audacious goals in the face of fear, and not only build your ideal body, but the life you were meant to live.
You can contact him at –