Monday Motivational Reads- Toughest Athlete, Tough Love and Presidential Advice

Posted: January 28, 2013 by showmestrength in General, Mental Game, Training


Now is the time of the year where people begin to fade from their New Year’s’ Resolutions, if they haven’t slipped already. I heard someone at the crowded gym in the first week of January say, “I can’t wait until all of these people fall off of their resolutions so I can get my gym space back.” Sadly, it’s pretty true but hopefully, all of you faithful Show Me Strength readers have been able to draw inspiration from our posts thus far and have stayed true to yourselves and new goals for the year. In case you feel yourself slipping, or need a kick in the butt as a reminder that it’s never to late to get back in gear, we are sure these reads and video will pick you up and keep you going strong!

David Goggins: The Toughest Athlete on the Planet?

“He’s in bed no earlier than midnight most nights. Don’t bother re-reading to check your math: It really does add up to only three hours of sleep a night. When people ask if he uses supplements to help him train, he says that he takes a giant suck-it-up pill every morning and washes it down with a refreshing can of hard. This isn’t boasting. It’s military-speak for the hardest part of Goggins’ daily regimen: getting out of bed.”

This is honestly one of the most badass articles that either Chad and I have ever read. If this doesn’t get you fired up for greatness, you should check your pulse!  This guy is the real deal, as I’ve heard from a couple of my friends, one who had him as his Navy Seal instructor during an Olympic Rowing training day, and another Air Force Para-rescue friend who heard him speak. And if that is not enough to convince you, the author of one of the most inspiring books we’ve ever read, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 tweeted this just last week:

Make sure to check out David’s blog as well: Show No Weakness .

You Have To Workout To Get A Workout

On the topic of New Year’s Resolutions, this article could not be more on point with a little, or maybe a lot, of tough love some people need to hear. I’m proud to say that my girlfriend found this article, loved it, and passed it on to me.  It’s now my gift to you. Disclaimer: There is some colorful, yet necessary, language.

“Breaking news, friend: you are not the boss. If truth be told, you are the exact opposite of the boss. You are the servant. You serve the needs of your body. You don’t tell your body to be hardcore. Your body tells you what it needs in order to be hardcore. It needs workouts. Long, hard, painful workouts—for weeks, and months, and years. Purposeful, planned, powerful workouts, that are structured to place your body under the proper amounts of stress in order to achieve the desired adaptations.”


And finally, here is a good reminder we all need that has been floating around the web recently. The language is quite different that the previous two articles, but the message still remains! Great message to get up, get moving, and get better!

“This is life people. You got air coming through your nose. You got heartbeat.  That means it’s time to do something!”

spacejam“What if Michael Jordan had quit when he didn’t make the team? There would be no SpaceJam! And I love SpaceJam. What will be your SpaceJam? What will you create to make the world awesome? Nothing if you keep sitting there that’s why I’m talking to you today!”

“Don’t Stop Believin’, unless your dream is stupid. And then you need a better dream.”

“What if there really were two paths? I want to be on the one that leads to awesome!”

“Give the world a reason to dance! Get to it!”

Show us some of your strength this week! Post your feats of strength on our Facebook page or tweet @ShowMeStrength! SHOW US STRENGTH!


  1. Emily Arenson says:

    Nice article :) thanks for shout out

    Sent from my iPhone

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