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Virtuous self-control. Now there's something worthy of it's own podcast. No? Just me?

Hmm. Okay. What if it's also about exercise and getting fit? I see, I see. Still a pass.

Here's my final offer. How about if you learn how to develop virtuous self-control through exercise so you build strength beyond the gym? [Blank stare]

I'm still doing it.
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My name is Korey Samuelson. I'm a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Behaviour Change Specialist. I also consider myself a Sto… Continue Reading >>
Virtuous self-control. Now there's something worthy of it's own podcast. No? Just me?

Hmm. Okay. What if it's also about exercise and getting fit? I see, I see. Still a pass.

Here's my final offer. How about if you learn how to develop virtuous self-control through exercise so you build strength beyond the gym? [Blank stare]

I'm still doing it.
_________________

My name is Korey Samuelson. I'm a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Behaviour Change Specialist. I also consider myself a Stoic. My Stoic practice focuses on virtuous self-control and how it can be trained in the context of physical conditioning.

Join me as we explore how to become more excellent human beings while doing burpees.
(*We won't only do burpees.) << Show Less
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Episode 47: Do What’s Necessary And Be Done (Gymchiridion 39) In the context of a consistent exercise practice you can over train. It's not likely, the body is highly adaptable and resilient, but it does happen. However, in the context of life beyond the gym you are likely overtraining almost every single day. In this episode we'll explore the consequences of trying to force change and what to do instead. 



For FREE Stoic Strength Training resources (including a Free PDF of The Gymchiridion) go to: https://stoicstrength.com/free-resources/
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Episode 47: Do What’s Necessary And Be Done (Gymchiridion 39) In the context of a consistent exercise practice you can over train. It's not likely, the body is highly adaptable and resilient, but it does happen. However, in the context of life beyond the gym you are likely overtraining almost every single day. In this episode we'll explore the consequences of trying to force change and what to do instead. 



For FREE Stoic Strength Training resources (including a Free PDF of The Gymchiridion) go to: https://stoicstrength.com/free-resources/
Episode 46: Focus On Making The Excellent Choice In The Moment (Gymchridion 38) You probably know the importance of warming up before physical activity. And if you're really on the ball you know why it's important to do so. But do you know how to "warm up" your mind? And why it's even more important?



In this episode learn how to prime your mind before starting each new task. With practice you'll create a routine to better ensure you make the excellent choice in the moment.



To learn more about the research of Peter Gollwitzer click his name to be directed to a Google scholar page with many of his articles.



For FREE Stoic Strength Training resources (including a Free PDF of The Gymchiridion) go to: https://stoicstrength.com/free-resources/
Episode 45: When Training Never Sacrifice Excellent Form (Gymchiridion 37) Skill is a matter of practice. But not just any practice. Deliberate practice. Intentional practice. Repetition isn't enough. You need to pay attention to the quality of practice. Practice is a skill in itself. In other words, are you aware what exactly you're practicing?



For FREE Stoic Strength Training resources (including a Free PDF of The Gymchiridion) go to: https://stoicstrength.com/free-resources/



Two links mentioned in this episode:



Episode 31: Be A Model Of Excellence Worthy Of Emulation (Gymchiridion 24) https://stoicstrength.com/podcast/episode-31-be-a-model-of-excellence-worthy-of-emulation-gymchiridion-24/



The Little Book Of Talent: 52 Tips For Improving Your Skills (Daniel Coyle) geni.us/LittleBookOfTalent* (*Affiliate link. See below.)







*The link to the book, if you click through and buy, provides me a commission at no additional cost to you. This helps support the podcast. Cheers.
Episode 44: Keep In Mind The Context Of Your Choice (Gymchiridion 36) Henry Ford said, "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it." Leaving aside the general insult at the end he had it right. When we're conditioned to respond one way, perhaps poorly, it takes effort to think through the factors that make for the excellent choice.



In this episode, we'll explore what some of those factors might be. We'll also consider why it's necessary to go through with the effort and how it pays off.



For FREE Stoic Strength Training resources (including a Free PDF of The Gymchiridion) go to: https://stoicstrength.com/free-resources/
Episode 43: Having The Confidence Of Your Convictions (Gymchiridion 35) When you have the confidence of your convictions you no longer need courage, you no longer need to endure criticism. It's like closing the door in the face of a bad winter storm. Now you're inside. You're comfortable, warm. You can peacefully go about your business. The storm can rage and, as far as your experience is concerned, it's not even happening.



*Note: I mistakenly described the Solomon Asch experiment as "pick the longest line." Instead it actually was "match the target line length from three line lengths provided." The conclusions are still correct even with my error.



For FREE Stoic Strength Training resources (including a Free PDF of The Gymchiridion, no email required) go to: https://stoicstrength.com/free-resources/
Episode 42: There Is No Pleasure As Pure As Virtuous Self-Control (Gymchiridion 34) There's an important difference between self-control and virtuous self-control. A parallel can be drawn between busy and productive. The former may lead to experiences and outcomes that you'd prefer not to create. Only the latter is consistent, on purpose, with what you want to create.



One of the most important chapters in the book.



For FREE Stoic Strength Training resources (including a Free PDF of The Gymchiridion) go to: https://stoicstrength.com/free-resources/
Episode 41: Interview With Brain Wrangler James Tripp James is an internationally recognized and respected thought leader, coach, and teacher. He's the developer of the critically acclaimed "Hypnosis Without Trance" approach to hypnosis which was my first introduction to his work. 



We'll learn why James doesn't have a mission or purpose and what he does instead to organize his efforts. We'll hear about the principles, maps, and models he uses to navigate life's challenges. We'll also discover what skillset James considers vital to being effective in dealing with others and oneself. This and more in today's episode.



To connect with James Tripp:



Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube



James Tripp websites:



Hypnosis Without Trance



JamesTripp.co.uk



Trippnosis.com



JamesTripp.online



Books* mentioned in the show:



The Discerning Heart: The Developmental Psychology of Robert Kegan (Philip M. Lewis)



The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)



Show Notes



5:08 Korey asks, "Do you have a purpose?"



8:09 An interesting word: nexialist.



9:54 Korey asks, "Do you think we have an inbuilt nature?"



13:04 Being raised as “you are what you are” and the consequences of that fixed mindset.



15:56 Korey asks, "Do you have maps and models that you use to guide your choices?"



17:45 An example of living with the model of “avoiding conformity” as a model.



20:03 How to think about your worldview (the wisdom of Stoicism)



24:06 Blindspots and how to become aware of them with “speculative semantic modelling.”



27:43 Why modelling is so powerful.



29:33 Why coaching is so valuable and a clarifying definition of coaching



31:34 Why coaching isn’t for everyone: the truth trap.



34:16 Robert Kegan’s theory of adult development



38:28 Thinking of your changing life circumstances as a different game



39:14 The idea that you can believe anything you choose to believe



42:14 The functionality of a belief or a metaphor



44:40 Is a metaphor true or false?



47:24 Ideas are tools to work with the way things are



49:20 Exploring life by changing perspectives is like changing glasses



53:00 The consequences of rigid thinking 



55:27 It’s not about balance; it’s about a dynamic interplay of opposing forces



58:08 Some deep philosophy



1:00:09 Korey asks, "Do you have a skillset that you consider vital in all your roles?"



1:03:37 What James does mostly is based on this



1:04:26 The problem with the question, “How do I do that?”



1:05:55 The challenge in coaching for a change in perspective



1:06:54 An example using the difference between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo



1:09:01 The example continues using direct and indirect hypnosis



1:11:04 James’s lack of sleep is becoming a factor



1:11:52 What James considers himself...and it’s not coach



1:13:54 The Be - Do - Have model and the source of your problems



1:16:03 What you need in order to do something



1:17:28 How to upgrade your ability to do



1:19:36 What people who get things done are doing differently



1:21:10 The world is dynamic and what that means for you



1:22:57 I introduce James to my conception of the difference between a “Thinking Choice” and “Enacted Choice”



1:24:34 What makes a choice "real"



1:26:08 Korey asks, "Do you have a time management system?" The surprising answer.



1:26:32 The difference between “generativity” and “productivity”



1:28:27 Organizing by time vs organizing by task



1:29:30 James uses the opposite of a To-Do list



1:32:20 How James rewards himself for sticking to his plan



1:33:27 What happens 99 times out of 100 as a result of organizing by time



1:34:48 Korey asks, "How do you deal with your own mistakes and failures?"



1:35:53 James relaying the advice of Nassim Nicholas Taleb (from the book The Black Swan)



1:36:46 Advice from improvisational theatre



1:38:39 What to do when you drift off your path



1:40:58 The deal James makes with his clients
Episode 40: Decide Who You’ll Be And How You’ll Behave In The Gym (Gymchiridion 33) "When you know who you are you know what to do." The reverse of that also makes sense. "When you know what you do you know who you are." Neither of these is an absolute truth but they're true enough to be practical.



In today's chapter is a list of behaviours and concepts to help you decide.



For FREE Stoic Strength Training resources (including a Free PDF of The Gymchiridion - no email required) go to: https://stoicstrength.com/free-resources/
Episode 39: There Is No Risk When Taking Action (Gymchiridion 32) When you've decided on the most excellent action you can't let your uncertainty of outcome deter your taking that action. You may succeed; you may fail; you may attract harsh criticism. None of that is up to you. Events will unfold as they may.



Regardless of the outcome there is no risk as far as your ability to make good use of the what happens. There is no risk to your ability to craft your character. In the essential matters there is no risk.
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