What Are You Arguing For?

What Are You Arguing For?

You’re either arguing for something or against something.  That is quite clear.

Ryan, what are you talking about?

I’m talking about your desire to make changes, and taking the necessary steps to accomplish your goals.  Whether you’re trying to get out of pain, lose weight, build a business or just be better at something, you’re actually consciously or unconsciously arguing for something.

We see this in our initial assessments with clients looking to make a change in their pain or performance.  Their either in a stage of contemplation where they realize there is a change that can be made or their in a planning stage preparing to take action because the pain or problem is too great to NOT make a change.

Being in contemplation is usually being ambivalent.  For changes to stick, ambivalence is not a healthy state to be in.  The idea of making changes is appealing, but the desire to actually do the work isn’t very high.  This is generally because there hasn’t been enough time spent in contemplation or just isn’t truly ready to make changes.

The motivation isn’t high enough to make a change.

The magic happens in the planning stage, where the desire is great and the need to make changes is apparent.  This is the stage we love to work with people in because they are arguing for the need to change.  Compliance with recommended suggestions is high and the results are really great.

Their motivation is very high to make a change.

The difference in readiness for change can be heard in the language being used.  For example, someone that comes in looking to get out of pain, that is currently in contemplation may say things like:

“I’d like to get out of pain” or “It’d be nice to be able to ______.”

You see there isn’t much sense of urgency to handle the problem therefore the priority of fixing the issue isn’t great.

Now let’s look at the same person who is ready to make a change.  They may say something like:

“I can’t continue being in this pain” or “I need to be able to _______ again.”

There is a strong emotion and connection to regaining something they’ve lost.  That is powerful medicine for change.

As you look at the areas of life you’d like to make changes in, where are you being ambivalent and where are you being sure?  I can almost guarantee the areas that you’re being hesitant, are the same areas that you aren’t getting the results you’d like.  Maybe you just aren’t ready, maybe you haven’t found downside of not making that change.  Either way, it’s ok as long as you understand why.

So, what are you arguing for? Or not arguing for?

Keep moving,


Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First

No, I’m not doling out financial advice, but what I’m about to tell you can surely save you some money (or make you some money).   I look around and everyone’s trying to get paid MORE money so they can buy MORE “stuff” or have a BIGGER house or just have NICER things.  Which isn’t such a bad thing because who wouldn’t want that?  I wouldn’t mind a little more cash, bigger house or fancier car.  What get’s me though is that the “more, better, nicer” is often received at a cost.  That cost is the very vessel you live in – your body.

Here me out

It’s something I’ve been observing for years and see virtually every single day.  What I’m about to tell you is such a simple concept, so easy to perform, with a massive return on investment, yet most of you will still not do.  You and I both know why you won’t do it either.  Because there’s no urgency to do so.  Here’s how you pay yourself first.

By spending at least 15 minutes every single day moving your joints in all of it’s ranges, you will perform higher, avoid/eliminate pain, become more capable and be able to serve the people you need to serve to make more money and live better.

People come to us for many reasons but in short there are really if it’s distilled down, there are only a handful of reasons that we see people:

  1. Get Lean, Reduce Body Fat – This is the biggest reason that we see people in the gym setting.  It’s plastered all over media with the best way to get “tone” and fulfill on your biggest dreams.  None of this is really possible, at least not very easily if your body doesn’t move very well OR you’re in pain.
  2. Get Out Of Pain – This is the biggest reason for us in general because we’re known to get people out of pain.  Nobody likes to be in pain and the number one way we help people get out of pain?  Move better.  As science continues to show, better movement equates to dramatically reduced pain levels.
  3. Perform Higher – This is often thought of as being more athletic or doing some better physically but that isn’t necessarily the case.  Sure we can help people enhance themselves physically, but it starts with the brain performing at a higher level.  The brain needs fuel and activation to survive.  Activation comes in the form of movement.  Continually pushing the envelope of movement (doing daily joint mobility) in ways that are challenging makes the brain better.  This means whether you’re an athlete or desk jockey, you can do what you need to do better.
  4. Injury Prevention – As we age, injuries tend to mount up.  The reason?  Most people don’t move well.  Your body works on a “move it or lose it” model.  That’s why when you stop moving your joints in ways that it was designed, your joints stop being able to move in those ranges.  Then, something happens like moving into a range that is untrained by accident and BAM – injury happens.  Spending at least 15 minutes a day on body maintenance dramatically decreases those odds.
  5. Motivation – Simply put, if you aren’t going to do it, then you’ll need to enlist the help of someone else for motivation and accountability.  There’s a snowball effect that happens when you begin moving more.  You become more motivated to move more and things that didn’t seem possible become possible.  You start to enjoy moving, playing, training and that’s all because your brain craves movement.

This is the power of paying yourself first.  It doesn’t require much effort and you the return is beyond measurable.  It’s a compounding interest at it’s finest.  Put a little movement money in the bank each day and over time you’ve got a huge return.

See what I mean?  You’ll get similar effect when you spend the time paying yourself first each and every day.  Ok, so now that you get the idea of moving your joints, how do you do it?  Pretty simply, just explore each joint all the way up your body in circular movements.  It’s a great place to start.  The goal is control and fluidity, not fast and choppy.  Here’s a quick list to see what I mean:

  • Feet/Ankles/Knees
  • Hips/Pelvis/Low Back
  • Upper Back/Shoulders
  • Hands/Wrists/Elbows
  • Neck/Jaw

This is the same sequence we generally teach to all of our Death of the Desk Members in our Full Body Follow-Along videos.  Here’s an example of what those look like, this is a short lower body follow-along.  Feel free to use this as a starting point.


Let us know if you need help, but just keep moving,


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