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First off, an apology is in order. Many of the training myths I will be debunking were passed on to readers of fitness and weight training magazines in the thousands of training articles I’ve written over the course of almost 30 years. As time went on, I eventually figured out that I was merely parroting advice that had been handed down by generations, often taken as gospel truth and its accuracy rarely questioned. Through extensive research, discussions with multitudes of experts and veteran coaches and physique athletes, I arrived at the conclusion that much of what we accepted as truth was nothing more than dogma. Not only that, but putting 100 percent faith in the veracity of some of these myths would most likely prevent lifters from reaching their full physique potential. In order to redeem myself somewhat, here are some of the most popular training beliefs that are in fact based on nothing more than hearsay, poorly drawn conclusions, and incorrect information and assumptions.

You Can Only Train a Body Part Once a Week

The crazy thing about this belief is that it’s fairly recent. As far back as the early 1970s, Nautilus pioneer Arthur Jones preached about the neglected factor of recovery. He prescribed brief, infrequent workouts in which each muscle group was given a full seven days to recover before being trained again. Later his motives came into question. He had licensed hundreds of Nautilus gyms and fitness centers across the USA and worldwide, many exclusively featuring his Nautilus equipment. Was the workout system he advocated merely a way to keep members out of the facilities most of the time, so more memberships could be sold without fear of overcrowding? Mr. Universe Mike Mentzer was heavily influenced by Jones, and his Heavy Duty training system was a massive departure from the standard training style of the 1970s, in which body parts were hit twice a week. Heavy Duty had you training muscle groups just once a week, and Mentzer even claimed that some with extremely poor “recovery ability” might require 10 to 14 days!

Though Heavy Duty certainly had its fair share of disciples, it wasn’t until legendary Dorian Yates began his six-year run as Mr. Olympia in 1992 that once-weekly body part training caught on in a major way; as millions of meatheads around the world hoped to stack on slabs of muscle like The Shadow. That turned out to be more than a fleeting trend, as many embraced the concept of utterly destroying a body part and then leaving it alone for a full week. Soon, it became the generally accepted way to train, and those working their muscles more frequently were sneered at for “overtraining.” The inherent problem with this argument for once-weekly training of a muscle group is that a lot of people do better with higher frequency. And I truly believe that for many of us, we start to lose some of the gains we have made from a workout if we wait a full seven days before working that muscle group again. Since you wouldn’t know which style worked better for you unless you try, a whole generation has been missing out on potentially superior gains because they never gave training a muscle group twice a week a chance. I urge all of you to at least give it a try for a couple of months if you never have. You might find out it’s what your body would have been thriving on all along.

The More You Train a Body Part, the Bigger It Gets

On the flip side of that, we are often told the solution to bringing up a lagging body part is to work it more frequently. The inherent problem with this concept is that it doesn’t quantify how often we should train the area. If you take the advice literally, that would mean that working a muscle group several times a day, every day, is the key to maximum development. Once you dismiss that as overkill, you’re left to try and figure it out on your own. Should we train it twice a week, three times, every other day? Recovery must be respected regardless, because it has been established that muscles do need some amount of time to repair and rebuild with thicker fibers. There is no consensus on how much time is required. There are some general guidelines that have been determined through anecdotal evidence as gathered by millions of meatheads over many decades. It’s very safe to say that large muscle groups such as the back and legs would need a minimum of two to three days between workouts. Smaller muscle groups like the shoulders and arms recover faster, but care must be taken as both are involved in exercises for the chest and back. The only muscle groups anyone seems to have had any success with when training them daily are calves and abs, likely because these are denser muscles that are already accustomed to being “worked” all the time in daily life. While working a stubborn muscle group more often for a limited time period of four to six weeks has helped many guys see new gains, the principle should not be taken to extremes. If it was true, training every waking hour of every day would result in the biggest muscles possible.

Machines Suck, Only Free Weights Are Effective

Free weights work very well, and they will never become obsolete. That doesn’t mean that machines can’t also help you grow. There are even some machines that I consider more or less essential for anyone seeking complete development in all the muscle groups: leg curls, pec deck/flyes, leg extension and lat pulldown are a few that come to mind. For me, pec flyes are vastly superior to dumbbell flyes, which don’t give any resistance in the final third of the rep. And if you have certain injuries such as in the lower back, leg presses can help you keep your thigh mass when you can’t squat. Those with shoulder injuries or arthritis, and that’s a lot of us, are often able to press heavy for chest and shoulders even when free weights with moderate resistance are sheer agony. Free weights aren’t the best training tools, and neither are machines. The very best “toolbox” to build your masterpiece would be both.

Wide-Grip Chins and Lat Pulldowns Make Your Back Wider

This one sure sounds like it makes sense, until you truly master mind-muscle connection and investigate further through your own experimentation. At that point you will realize that wide-grip pulling movements cause greater scapular retraction, and you wind up feeling them more in the mid-back and lower traps. Ponder this for a moment if you will: Dorian Yates, owner of one of the widest backs in human history, never did anything with a wide grip. He preferred close-grip underhand lat pulldowns and shoulder-width underhand barbell rows as both provided the greatest range of motion for the lats, and also put the biceps in their strongest anatomical pulling position. The bigger your back gets, the wider it will become, period. Stop wasting your time with grips that go anywhere past your own shoulder width.

You ‘Have To’ Bench Press, Squat, and Deadlift

The short answer to this is, no you don’t, unless you are a powerlifter. Don’t get me wrong. These three basic lifts have contributed to many millions of pounds of muscle gained for the better part of a century now. They work very well for a lot of people. They also work terribly for a lot of people. Personally, I bench pressed from age 13 to 20 because that was the exercise everyone else did for chest and we all wanted to have a big maximum bench press number to brag about. But I never felt them as well in my pecs as I was supposed to. I found that dumbbells gave me a better feeling, as well as Hammer Strength and Smith machines. I wound up building pecs that were thicker than a lot of pros, and certainly far more impressive than nearly all the guys at any gym I was at who were bench-pressing big weights (yes, there were some huge dudes at times who showed me up, of course!).

As much as I preach the value of squats and concede they always worked well for me in building my thighs, I also saw many guys, particularly taller men, who were just not mechanically built to squat. They were always better off doing leg presses and hack squats. Deadlifts are also great, but again, some of you aren’t structurally suited to do them well. When you hear anyone say, “You can’t get a great back without deadlifts,” know that this is also bullshit. I have seen more than a few guys who busted their asses on all types of free weight and machine rows who managed to build very impressive backs without deadlifting. I say that if you do those movements and they work well for you, keep on keepin’ on. If not, stop banging your head against a brick wall and focus on other movements for the chest, thighs and back that you can work hard and heavy on. Again, it’s nice to be able to say you can bench press, squat and deadlift X amount of weight, but that’s powerlifting, not building muscle.

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You Need to Get Stronger to Get Bigger

Relax and let me explain what I mean before some of you blow a gasket. When you start training, size and strength gains are both steady, and they go hand in hand. You start off struggling to squat the 45-pound bar with chicken legs, and by the time you can bury 315 for 15, your legs will be twice that size. Some people will try and tell you that you can increase your strength forever. This is complete bullshit. If it wasn’t, we would have some of these top powerlifters bench-pressing 2,000 pounds and deadlifting twice that much. It might take you three, five, 10, or 20 years, but there will come a day for all of you when you simply will not be able to get any stronger; unless you specialize on some odd exercise for a while that you never tried to get super strong on. I maintain that nearly all of you will be able to continue to add muscle mass long after your strength has topped out. By using techniques such as less rest time between sets, higher reps, supersets, giant sets, forced reps, and drop sets you can put extreme stress on muscles without having to go any heavier. Food and supplements will also play an increasingly important role in gains once your strength is maxed out, though of course I am not advocating the abuse of steroids, GH, and insulin – merely pointing out that they have helped many competitive athletes grow without getting any stronger. I need to emphasize that I fully believe in getting stronger to get bigger for as long as that process works for you. Dante Trudel of DC Training based his entire program on progressive resistance as the key factor in growing larger muscles, and many have experienced excellent results. All I’m saying is that you can keep growing even after you’ve stopped getting any stronger, which is good to know.

You Have to Use Perfect Form

I used to believe that nothing short of textbook form was either acceptable or effective, having been brainwashed into this mainly by the writings of the aforementioned Nautilus inventor/owner Arthur Jones. Then over the years, I made a significant observation. The biggest guys in the gym rarely used perfect form, while it seemed that a large percentage of those who did were far from impressive in their development. Huh! It made no sense to me until I came to the realization that adhering to absolutely perfect form drastically limited the amount of weight you could use on most exercises. That’s not to say you sling weights around with sheer momentum, either. There is a balance that needs to be found between that textbook form and cheating form. Once you find it, you will be able to still put the muscle under tension, but with heavier loads. The key is to always be able to feel the muscle working. Your form might look questionable to the observer, but you will know if you feel the target muscle contracting and stretching or not. Four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler said on various occasions that even though his form appeared “sloppy” at times, he was always working the muscle. With the three power lifts, i.e., the bench press, squat and deadlift, you probably do still want to employ better form, as the risk of injury when veering too far from it is substantial and not worth the trade-off for heavier loads. In the end, you shouldn’t always use either perfect or bad form. There is a time and place for both, and knowing when to apply both will lead to your best results.

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A Mans Best Friend – How Does Owning A Dog Improve The Quality Of Life For Men?

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As men navigate the challenges and demands of the modern world, it becomes increasingly important to prioritize their overall well-being. While different individuals may find solace in various activities and hobbies, owning a dog has emerged as a proven method to improve the quality of life for men. With their unconditional love, companionship, and ability to bring joy and fulfillment into our lives, dogs have become much more than just pets — they are valued members of our families. In this blog post, we will explore the numerous ways in which owning a dog can positively impact the lives of men, from promoting physical health and mental well-being to fostering social connections and personal growth. So, if you’re a man considering welcoming a furry friend into your life or if you’re simply interested in learning more about the benefits, read on to discover how owning a dog can enrich your life in ways you might not have anticipated.

Highlighting the companionship and emotional support that dogs provide

Companionship and emotional support from dogs can have a profound impact on improving the quality of life for men. Dogs are known for their unwavering loyalty and unconditional love, making them the perfect companions for men seeking emotional support.

In today’s fast-paced and often stressful world, it’s not uncommon for men to feel isolated or overwhelmed. However, owning a dog can help alleviate those feelings by providing constant companionship. Dogs are always there, ready to greet their owners with excitement and a wagging tail, creating a sense of belonging and connection.

Dogs also have an innate ability to sense their owner’s emotions, making them invaluable sources of emotional support. Whether it’s a rough day at work or a personal challenge, dogs have a unique way of offering comfort and empathy. Their presence alone can make a significant difference, as they provide a non-judgmental ear to listen and a source of comfort through physical touch.

Studies have shown that owning a dog can reduce stress levels and increase feelings of happiness and overall well-being. Beyond companionship, interacting with dogs releases oxytocin, a hormone known for its positive effects on mood and stress reduction. This natural “happy hormone” not only improves emotional stability but also has physical benefits, including lowered blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease.

Moreover, dogs encourage men to live healthier and more active lifestyles. Regular walks, playtime, and outdoor activities with their furry companions help men stay physically fit and maintain a more balanced routine. Exercise has been proven to boost endorphins, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep patterns, all crucial factors in enhancing the overall quality of life.

Exploring the positive impact of dog ownership on mental health

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Dog ownership has long been associated with a range of health benefits, particularly when it comes to improving mental well-being. Men, in particular, can greatly benefit from the presence of a furry friend in their lives. Owning a dog not only provides companionship but also has the potential to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Studies have shown that spending time with dogs can have a calming effect on individuals, leading to reduced stress levels. Interacting with dogs has been found to increase the production of oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone.” Oxytocin is known to play a significant role in reducing stress and promoting feelings of relaxation. Simply petting or spending time with a dog can have a soothing effect on the mind, providing an escape from the pressures of daily life.

Additionally, dogs require regular exercise, which can benefit both physical and mental health. Engaging in physical activity with a dog, such as going for walks or playing fetch, releases endorphins – hormones known for their positive effects on mood. Regular exercise not only helps to reduce stress and anxiety but also improves overall mental well-being.

Moreover, the social support provided by a dog can have a profound impact on mental health, particularly for men who may find it challenging to express their emotions or seek support from others. Dogs are non-judgmental listeners and can be a source of comfort during difficult times. Sharing a bond with a dog creates a sense of companionship, reducing feelings of isolation and boosting self-esteem.

Studies have also shown that dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, further promoting overall health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Improved physical health can indirectly contribute to better mental well-being, as a healthy body supports a healthy mind.

The physical benefits of owning a dog

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Owning a dog has numerous physical benefits for men that greatly enhance their overall quality of life. From increased exercise levels to improved cardiovascular health, the positive impact of having a furry companion cannot be understated.

Regular exercise is vital for a healthy lifestyle, and owning a dog provides the perfect motivation to stay active. Unlike going to a gym or jogging alone, owning a dog encourages men to engage in daily physical activity. Taking them for walks, playing fetch or even participating in agility training can significantly increase the amount of exercise men get on a regular basis. This increased physical activity not only helps to shed extra pounds but also provides an opportunity for men to stay fit and maintain a healthy body weight.

In addition to the active playtime, the daily routine of caring for a dog also involves regular walks. These walks not only benefit the dog but also benefit men by bringing about cardiovascular improvements. As dogs are energetic and enthusiastic walkers, their owners often find themselves walking longer distances and at a brisker pace than they would on their own. This increased physical exertion helps strengthen the heart muscles, improve blood circulation, and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Moreover, owning a dog can also have a positive impact on mental health, indirectly contributing to physical well-being. The companionship of a dog brings joy and happiness to men’s lives, reducing stress levels and promoting overall mental well-being. Studies have shown that reduced stress levels play a significant role in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. By reducing stress, owning a dog can indirectly contribute to improved cardiovascular health.

It is important to note that the physical benefits of owning a dog are not limited to the cardiovascular system alone. Increased physical activity and exercise have a positive impact on muscle strength, bone density, and overall physical fitness. By incorporating a dog into their lives, men can enjoy a more active lifestyle, leading to these various physical health benefits.

Touching upon the role of dogs in strengthening social connections and combating loneliness

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Owning a dog goes beyond providing companionship and loyalty; it also significantly improves the quality of life for men by playing a vital role in strengthening social connections and combating loneliness. In today’s fast-paced and digitally-dominated world, it is not uncommon for men to feel isolated or disconnected. However, the presence of a furry friend can make a world of difference.

Firstly, dogs act as social catalysts, effortlessly breaking down social barriers and facilitating connections among individuals. The simple act of walking a dog in the park can lead to spontaneous conversations with other dog owners and passersby. Dogs have an uncanny ability to draw people together, sparking conversations, and creating opportunities for interaction. These interactions not only provide a sense of belonging but also widen social circles and foster new friendships.

Additionally, owning a dog can combat feelings of loneliness, especially for men living alone or those experiencing solitude due to work or life circumstances. Dogs provide constant companionship and unwavering support, which can easily alleviate feelings of isolation. Men often find solace in the unconditional love and acceptance they receive from their furry friends.

Furthermore, dogs have been known to be natural facilitators of social activities and outings. From trips to the dog park to attending dog-friendly events, owning a dog opens doors to various social engagements. Men can connect over shared interests and bond with other dog owners, creating a sense of community and belonging.

It is worth noting that dogs can also help men build confidence and improve communication skills. Interacting and caring for a pet encourages individuals to develop empathy, patience, and responsibility, qualities that positively impact personal relationships, both with fellow humans and in professional settings.

Addressing the sense of responsibility and purpose that owning a dog instills in men

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Owning a dog can be a transformative experience for anyone, including men. Beyond the companionship and unconditional love they offer, dogs have a unique way of instilling a sense of responsibility and purpose in their owners. This is particularly beneficial for men who may be seeking a renewed sense of self and direction in life.

When a man decides to bring a dog into his home, he takes on the role of caregiver and provider. This sense of responsibility goes beyond simply feeding and walking the dog; it encompasses all aspects of the dog’s well-being. From ensuring regular veterinary check-ups to keeping up with grooming and exercise needs, owning a dog requires commitment and dedication. In taking on these responsibilities, men develop a sense of purpose and take pride in being able to care for another living being.

The act of being responsible for a dog also encourages men to develop a routine and structure in their lives. Dogs thrive on routine, and by establishing a consistent schedule for feeding, exercise, and playtime, men are compelled to incorporate these elements into their own lives as well. This newfound structure can promote a better work-life balance, as men prioritize their dog’s needs alongside their own.

Moreover, dogs can be excellent teachers of patience and empathy. Training a dog requires time, effort, and plenty of understanding. Men who take the time to patiently train their dogs develop skills in communication, demonstrating empathy and compassion for their canine companions. This ability to understand and respond to a dog’s needs can translate into improved interpersonal relationships and a heightened sense of emotional intelligence.

Owning a dog also encourages men to lead an active lifestyle. Regular exercise is not only vital for a dog’s health but also for the owner’s. Whether it’s going for long walks, playing fetch in the park, or engaging in more vigorous activities like running or hiking, dogs motivate men to stay active and embrace a healthier lifestyle. This increased physical activity has numerous benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced stress levels, and enhanced overall well-being.

The impact of dogs on men’s social lives

Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend, and their impact on men’s social lives is undeniable. Owning a dog not only provides companionship but also serves as a catalyst for social interactions and conversation starters.

For many men, especially those living alone or without a family, having a dog allows them to easily connect with others in their community. Taking your furry friend for a walk in the park or on the neighborhood streets instantly opens up opportunities for social interaction. Dogs are natural ice-breakers, attracting attention and creating a friendly atmosphere that encourages conversation.

Men walking their dogs often find themselves engaging in conversations with other dog owners, leading to new friendships and connections. These interactions can happen simply by exchanging pleasantries about the dogs or sharing stories about canine companionship. The shared experience of owning and caring for a dog is relatable, giving men common ground to connect with others who share similar interests.

Moreover, owning a dog provides men with a sense of responsibility and purpose. This responsibility often leads to increased participation in community events such as dog shows, pet-friendly social gatherings, or volunteering at animal shelters. These activities not only allow men to engage with like-minded individuals but also contribute to the community and make a positive impact.

Dogs also serve as conversation starters outside the typical dog-related setting. Whether at a café, park, or even at work, men with dogs become approachable, as their four-legged companions often become the topic of conversations. Discussing your dog’s breed, training methods, or even funny anecdotes can initiate conversations with colleagues, acquaintances, or potential new friends.

Furthermore, dogs can be seen as an extension of their owners’ personalities. Men who own dogs are often perceived as caring, responsible, and approachable individuals. This positive perception can attract others and facilitate social interactions, making it easier for men to initiate conversations or be approached by others.

How dogs can act as a source of therapy and emotional support for men with mental health issues

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Dogs have proven to be more than just loyal companions to their owners; they can also play a significant role in improving the quality of life for men, particularly those struggling with mental health issues. Many studies have shown that owning a dog can act as a form of therapy and provide emotional support, making a positive impact on men’s overall well-being.

For men battling mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the presence of a dog can offer a sense of comfort and solace. Dogs have an innate ability to sense their owners’ emotions, offering unconditional love and companionship during tough times. When feeling overwhelmed or experiencing heightened levels of stress, simply petting or cuddling with a dog can release oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone responsible for reducing stress and promoting a sense of calmness.

Engaging in physical activities with dogs also boosts mental health. Taking a dog for a walk or playing fetch in the park provides an opportunity for exercise and fresh air, both known to have positive effects on mental well-being. These activities not only help to distract the mind from negative thoughts but also promote a healthy routine and encourage regular exercise – a key component in managing mental health conditions.

Furthermore, dogs alleviate feelings of loneliness and social isolation that can often be overwhelming for men with mental health issues. The companionship offered by a dog is unwavering, and their constant presence can provide a sense of purpose and responsibility. This can be particularly beneficial for men who struggle with forming and maintaining relationships, as a dog’s presence can bridge the gap and offer a meaningful connection.

Additionally, owning a dog can encourage social interaction and foster new relationships. Dog owners often find themselves bonding with fellow dog enthusiasts during walks or at pet-related gatherings. This shared interest acts as a catalyst for forming friendships and participating in a supportive community where individuals can share their experiences and challenges.

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Failures in Business: The Unseen Stepping Stones to Success

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Equally significant is the need for businesses to remain vigilant about broader shifts in both domestic and global markets. Macro factors, whether they’re economic trends, geopolitical events, or emerging global challenges, can have profound ripple effects, impacting even the most niche industries. By staying abreast of these larger market dynamics, businesses can better anticipate risks, adapt to challenges, and capitalize on new opportunities. In an ever-globalizing world, the ability to navigate both the nuances of one’s immediate market and the broader global shifts is what separates thriving enterprises from those that falter.

TACTICAL Takeaway: Stay sharp and monitor your industry’s trends. When things shift, being ahead in understanding consumer habits offers you the flexibility to adjust and succeed. Things can change rapidly and the sooner you have insight into consumer behavior changes, the more opportunities you have to pivot.

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The sports nutrition industry is an interesting, fast-paced vertical where what’s old can quickly become new again but also what worked yesterday likely won’t work tomorrow.

It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s spot-on. Take creatine as an example. It hit the shelves in the early 1990s and quickly became a hit. Yet, a decade later, its demand had waned. Jump another decade to today, and it’s back more popular than ever.

TACTICAL Takeaway: The key for businesses is knowing when to go all-in on a product and when to ease off, as it’s the ever-changing consumer market that truly drives demand.

Never Rest On Your Laurels

Just because something “has always worked” doesn’t mean it’s going to continue to work (or continue to work as efficiently).

In the dynamic world of business, the saying “never rest on your laurels” holds more truth than ever. What propelled a company to success yesterday might not necessarily be the formula for its tomorrow’s success. Market demands, technological innovations, and consumer preferences are in a perpetual state of evolution. While a particular strategy or product might have been a game-changer at one point, there’s no guarantee that it will remain relevant or effective in the future. This inherent unpredictability underscores the need for adaptability and forward-thinking in any business endeavor.

This reality pushes companies to be proactive, always forecasting and adjusting to the next potential shift. Relying solely on past successes can lull businesses into complacency, risking obsolescence in the face of changing tides.

TACTICAL Takeaway: To remain competitive and relevant, businesses need to cultivate a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and agility. In essence, the past can inform and guide, but it’s the vision and readiness for the future that will determine enduring success.

Embracing The Journey

To any entrepreneur reading this: the road to success is rarely a straight one. At times, it may seem like every decision leads to a dead end. But remember, every misstep is an opportunity to learn, grow, and pivot.

The trials you face in business are not meant to discourage you. Instead, they are meant to shape you, refine your vision, and improve your strategy. As the age-old adage goes, “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” It’s the challenges that will arm you with the experience and resilience necessary for long-term success.

So, the next time you face a setback, remember that your next big success could be just around the corner. Embrace failure as a part of the process, learn from your mistakes, and continue pushing forward with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey. With so much time spent working and navigating challenges, it’s essential to find joy and have fun along the way.


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Negativity Is a Losing Mindset

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By Marc Lobliner


‘A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.’

I coach my son’s U11 football team. I am just the line coach, but the dudes who coach with me are also in the same mindset as I am.

Positivity wins.

Let’s start off with last weekend’s game.

It’s 0-0, the opening kickoff is a short one and we fall on it.

You can hear our coaches getting our kids fired up and getting the offense ready for play. POSITIVE statements. A lot of “Let’s Go!” and energy.

On the other sideline, you hear the coaches angrily yelling at their players for the execution of the kick.

First play from scrimmage, our line makes every block and opens the outside for our running back to score.

You hear their coaches furiously yelling as we celebrate.

We celebrated and our fullback punched in the extra point.

After the kickoff, our defense held them to four and out. We got the ball again, touchdown. Extra point good.

14-0 in two offensive plays.s

Their coaches were still mad. Angry. Yelling.

We smiled, encouraged our kids, and ended up with a 42-0 mercy-rule win.

Our players are awesome, but not the biggest, not the fastest, not the strongest.

It’s all about culture and what you’re playing for.

We demand a lot of our athletes. Learn your plays, DO YOUR JOB, and we will win.

Every Tuesday after we win, I buy my linemen doughnuts and give them to everyone, telling them that a random lineman (changes weekly) said everyone deserves doughnuts. We don’t punish every mistake with extra running and up-downs. We focus on what we do RIGHT, and not what we do wrong.

The other game one of my linemen got called for a hold. He came off the field expecting to be scolded. I put my arm around him and said, “What happened?” He explained it and then I said, “You’re better than that guy, you don’t need to hold. Show the world how dominant you are!” He didn’t get one call the rest of the game and crushed it.

This is also my management style at work. Managers are usually garbage. You can do 1,000 things right and you mess up once and your manager attacks you.

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Employees typically respond better to positivity, and numerous studies have found that positive reinforcement and a positive work environment can significantly improve employee motivation, performance, and well-being. Here are some reasons why, supported by various studies:

Increased Productivity: According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick, happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers were 10% less productive. The research shows that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity.

Better Decision-Making Abilities: Research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center found that individuals who were induced to feel positive emotions were better at problem-solving and making decisions than those in a neutral state.

Boosts Creativity: Positive emotions widen attention and allow people to think more broadly and openly. This is discussed in the “broaden-and-build theory” by Barbara Fredrickson, which suggests that positive emotions broaden an individual’s momentary thought-action repertoires.

Enhanced Team Collaboration: A study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory found that teams that communicate effectively, with members actively reaching out and connecting with all other team members, were more successful. Positive interactions contribute to this dynamic.

Reduced Employee Turnover: According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a positive work environment and culture encourages employees to stay longer in their jobs, thus reducing turnover rates. This is KEY at where our staff has mostly been there for 5+ years!

Better Health & Well-being: A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that positive work environments and low job stress are linked to better health outcomes for employees, which in turn can lead to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

Increased Engagement: According to Gallup, workers who are engaged and have high well-being are more likely to be attached to their organizations and are more productive.

Enhanced Learning & Flexibility: Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that positive emotions can facilitate adaptive thinking and flexibility in cognitive processing. This helps employees adapt to new situations and learn more effectively.

Higher Levels of Satisfaction: A study by BrightHR found that happiness is a key indicator of job satisfaction. Happy employees are more likely to report high levels of satisfaction with their jobs than those who report low levels of happiness.

Creates a Positive Feedback Loop: A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology found that experiencing positive emotions leads to higher levels of resilience, which in turn leads to increased positive emotions. This positive feedback loop has a myriad of beneficial effects in the workplace.

How about parenting?

Same thing. PRAISE YOUR CHILD! Make sure they know you love them. While bad behavior should be addressed, be sure to also reward good behavior. Kid had a good day at school? Get him ice cream! Tell him you love him. Say you’re proud of him.

As my mother said, “You catch more flies with honey than with crap.”

And one can’t deny the lifelong impact of a good coach. As the sign in the office says, “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”

Be positive and be a winner!

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