Mar 23, 2020
Ben recently celebrated a birthday
and talks to listeners about how he approaches these events and why
it is different from all other “special” days with materialistic
agendas. This year he is spending the week surrounding his birthday
in the woods with his family and a friend-mentor and is looking
forward to some time for reflection. For him, always asking
questions about your own thoughts and behaviors is a sure strategy
for personal development.
In this episode, Ben talks about
letting go of the desire to be right, the importance of engaging in
conversations with people who disagree with you or hold different
values, and how we should tackle our bad habits and behavioral
problems at the unconscious level. Trying to destroy or create a
habit is difficult or near impossible, and therefore Ben recommends
replacing a bad habit with a good one and shifting your perspective
from giving up something to gaining. He also answers questions
about effective sleep tracking, the most relevant metrics, and the
stress and recovery cycle that training produces. The Q&A wraps
up with Ben sharing the value of internal strategies for stress
management rather than resorting to external coping
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- Hear about Ben’s upcoming meat
camp, the location, and his first job as a butcher.
- Ben’s stint of vegetarianism, his
unhealthy diet, and debates about eating animals.
- The advantages of having an
in-person conversation with someone you disagree with.
- Letting go of your need to be
right and what David Hawkins can teach us in this regard.
- The well-known book about
attachment styles and why Ashleigh finds it problematic.
- How Ben approaches his birthdays
and what he’ll be doing more of this year. [14:07]
- The value of being your own worst
critic and continuously questioning and reflecting.
- Objective versus process-oriented
goals and why implementing daily habits is best.
- Shifting the unconscious and
replacing habits rather than trying to destroy or create them.
- Why it is necessary to leverage
the unconscious to change behavior. [19:51]
- Thoughts on sleep tracking,
comparing your numbers, and how lifestyle plays a role.
- How training is all about creating
physical stress and then recovering as soon as possible.
- Why the respiration rate is one of
the most important – yet often overlooked – metrics.
- Internal strategies for stress
management versus resorting to external coping mechanisms.
- The powerful opportunity there
exists in making food and doing it with care and love.
- An actionable tip for improving
your glutes and building your lats while training.
- Remembering that exercise
execution is about moving toward the maximum challenge.