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The secret to getting clients to take action.

We all want our clients to take action. Especially when it comes to the buying decision.

And I read something really cool the other day that I want to share with you.

That is, when it comes to buying things, we as humans, have 4 drivers for action:

  • Reduce emotional pain
  • Increase emotional benefit
  • Save Time
  • Save Money

Any purchasing decisions we make is because of one or more of these items…!

Yes….ANY!

Which is perfect for you...because now everything you do just needs to focus on one item from the above.

Take a look at your current offerings.

How does it reduce emotional pain? What about increasing emotional benefit?

It would feel pretty good to have your clients feel confident again and be able to feel attractive again, right?

Where do you think that would position you in their lives?

Do you think they would ever look at another coach again if you could make that pain go away?

What about saving time and money…?

If you could get them a result within 12 weeks that they previously couldn’t get in 12 months?

What would that mean?

A ton of cash saved and money as well!

It’s simple stuff once you’re aware of it…

Now all you need to do is elaborate each.

I like to grab a piece of paper and draw 2 big lines down the middle from top to bottom, and left to right.

Then you put in the headings for each of the 4 drivers and work at thinking of 5-10 things for each one…

After about 45 minutes you will have have a TON of information that you can use and you’ll be a lot clearer on why you’re doing them (and trust me...the prospects will be a lot clearer on it too: *read: the will be much more likely to buy*)

Keep your marketing, conversations and sales focused on these 4 things and watch what happens!

Let me know how you go. Hayden

What do YOU want

Often in life, when we are unsure of things, we begin to ask others for their advice. "What would you do?".

As if magically, out of the sky, all of our problems will be solved with the road to riches paved out for us.

Yet, generally speaking, the answers are unqualified.

They may come from a place of love (or sometimes not depending on who you ask), but ultimately, you are responsible.

The reason being is that the question you're asking is subjective.  There are too many variables.

I am all for seeking feedback and raising awareness, but too many people are looking for the magic key.

The problem is, finding someone that TRULY cares about the outcome who will look within themselves to find what is best for YOU (and not them) is very rare.

If I think back to the biggest decisions I've ever had to make, it's always been by following my gut.  To look within my internal compass.

Conversely, if I look at the times when I was the most un-happy, unsure and apprehensive, it has been when I have followed the advice of someone that wasn't me.

And at the end of the day, no-one will EVER care about you as much as you

...and that's just our selfish human nature.

But, I do offer the following piece of advise as you tackle this week, ask yourself, "what do I want?" and then go out there and get it.

 

Hayden

 

What is 'Success'?

What is 'success'? It's crazy how many people tell you they can make you successful.

Their books, their programs, their coaching, their facebook strategy, their online super mega launch program and everything in between.

Yet anyone successful will tell you that it isn't any of those things.

Those with true success know.

They know that success isn't fulfilled by external solutions, or by throwing money at the latest gadget.

These things may, potentially, possibly, assist you. But they aren't 'it'.

It's simple...Success is a mindset.

And you already have it.

We all do.

Once you flick the switch and start to see the amazing value that you already hold within you, the game changes.

You stop consuming, and start creating.

You stop wishing, and start working.

You begin to walk the path that was destined for you to walk.

That's what success means to me.

Why IQ Tests are broken, outdated and dumb! (...how to really measure intelligence)

In this post I share with you my point of view (with the help of Howard Gardner's work), on the theory of multple intellegneces. We are stuck in the past and still labelling children and others as 'learnin disabled' or 'dumb' with the need for special attention if they do not pass an IQ test.

IQ tests were origianlly created (in 1921 by Alfred Binet) to discover within the schooling system who needed special attention.

But times have changed and we need to realise that mathmatetics and grammar/linguistics aren't the only skills we need to have in thi world. There are 8 in total and I take you through them today.

Hayden


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUu1Hciiy9s


 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Hayden Wilson here for Learn Share Grow live. I’ve got a terrific episode that I’m extremely passionate about. Today, we’re talking about intelligence and the different forms of intelligence that we are quite often forgetting about.

This is Howard Gardner’s work by the way. He is a brilliant man. I’ve just finished his book called Multiple Intelligences and this is where a lot of this work stems from – years and decades of Howard investigating how our intelligences are affecting our everyday lives.

In 1921, a guy by the name of Alfred Binet, B i n e t, he’s a Frenchman and he invented what is now known as the IQ test, the Intelligence Quotient. I’m going to tell you why this is broken. This is a broken system because it was originally created to decipher children in the schooling system into two different zones – children that needed special attention and children that were going to be fine. So immediately, from a very young age, whoever took this test was labelled as having a learning difficulty or they struggled, they were boxed into this certain area that they needed additional help, and you can imagine what that does to someone young or someone in their developing stages. What this does, if you’re told that you’re dumb, say your IQ is only 80 or your IQ is 140, whatever it’s going to be, we immediately put these children into boxes and this is ultimately going to determine what they’re going to do. But, would you agree that over the past 100 years – that was 1921 – over the past nearly 100 years, 95 years, that things have changed. Now that we have computers and now that we have a bunch of other tools, mobile phones, the internet, how much times have changed. You would have to agree that there’s more to it than looking at someone’s IQ because all the IQ does is take into account two of our intelligences, our mathematical / logical intelligence and our linguistic intelligence.

What Gardner has produced is a series of intelligences that we really need to look at that really determine what someone is intelligent in. Intelligence is just the ability to comprehend and contextualise something. It’s not based on whether you can work out a problem, it is in one situation, with your logical, mathematical brain – you can work out a problem and look at the dimensions and graphics and whatnot. But if you’re wanting to excel in other areas, or maybe you’re gifted in another area then we need to look at the different aspects and the different intelligences.

So what I want to do with you today is take you through the eight different intelligences we actually have. This will really open your eyes.

So the first one, is musical intelligence. If you’re really great at listening at sounds or maybe you‘re able to decipher different sound effects or you know the beat of things, this means you’re high on the musical intelligence.

Kinesthetics, this means how well you move your body. Maybe you can squat really well, maybe you can do weights, maybe you can jump really high, you have a great awareness of how your body is in time.

The next one, logical and mathematical, like I took you through – it’s all about how someone can work out problems and work through formulations. It’s very common for us to measure someone’s intelligence based on logical, and how they can work out a problem and decipher something, but there’s a bunch of other stuff I can go into.

Linguistic, the other side of the IQ test, apart from mathematical. Linguistics is how well you put sentences together, your grammar, what sort of conversations you spark up.

Spacial awareness. This is all about how well you know your surroundings, everything around you. You might be very good at reading maps. I believe I’m a zero in spacial intelligence as far as reading a map or knowing where I am at a certain point in time. If I go into the woods, don’t follow me, because I have zero idea on where I’m moving in space in time. Someone can say that’s north, I have zero idea. But you might be really good, some people have a terrific sense of direction and they know how to navigate situations. My friend Sean is unbelievable – he knows where north and south are. So some people have a really good spacial awareness.

The next one, interpersonal. If you have a good interpersonal intelligence that means you’re terrific with people. You completely understand how to interact with other people and speak to them in their language, you’re a great communicator.

The next one, intrapersonal. This means how well you know yourself which is extremely important in my opinion. It’s extremely important to understand how well you know yourself, your self confidence, your self awareness, self concept, and all these different things about ourselves. I believe that if you can master that, you can do anything because if you have good self awareness but didn’t have some of these other intelligences, you can work at strategies that I can show you, at how you can build up the different intelligences, so you become better at them. It’s one of the more important intelligences yet we don’t even measure it. It’s not taught in schools, when was the last time you remember a class in school where you were taught about self concept and self confidence? This is all going to change hopefully. It is going to change.

The last one I have here, was added because Gardner has been doing research in the field for 40+ years, and after 25 – 30 years he decided that spiritual needed to be one of the intelligences. Times have changed, he originally had the first seven I mentioned. He’d had feedback from more people and more research. He’s such a humble person, it takes such humility to say ‘my life’s research has been based around these seven, but I’m adding an eighth, because this is required’. So what we find is that spiritual awareness is extremely important. The ability to decipher little things, like where north is, where south is, and the ability to decipher and understand a situation almost on a spiritual level – we know those people, those natural readers. I have a great friend who just knows what’s happening in my life, she looks at me and knows deep inside what’s going on with me. Not everyone has that intelligence, but some people do – we all know someone who has that ability.

So these are the eight different intelligences that we need to be teaching, that we need to be bringing out into the world, that we need to start measuring people on, and accepting people for who they are in their own intelligence, rather than boxing people in and deciding ‘okay, you’re not smart, you’ve only got an IQ of 75 so you’ve got extreme learning difficulties’. Someone who has an IQ of 75 may be an unbelievable genius at music. They might really understand how music works, the beat and the rhythm. Or we might have someone who has an IQ of 150 but they completely struggle with spacial awareness, they can’t even fit into a car parking space. All this needs to be taken into account. We need to stop boxing people in.

So what I want you to do, is take this knowledge that I’ve gone through and look at the eight different intelligences and really understand that if you or your children are having struggles, have a look at these and decide ‘okay, I’ve been pushing them, or myself, to be really good in a certain area, I need to wake up and decide well what I or my child is really good is in this area’. There are so many opportunities.

In tomorrow’s video I’m going to take you through some of the career paths that we can follow within these different intelligences that are really going to make a difference.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. If you have any questions, jump over to haydenwilson.com.au. Ciao.

LSG Episode 4 - Habits - Let's change those habits (a guide for dummies...like me)

Today I am going through a key strategy you can implement immediately to start taking control of your habits and start to achieve real success in your life. This is a great episode to follow along with a pen in hand and focus on the screen.

Enjoy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5uZG7HgEOE


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Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome. Yes, we’re doing a bit of hi-tech today and we’ve got the whiteboard and we have a microphone – we’re all ready to rock.

This is Episode 4 of Learn Share Grow with Hayden Wilson and yes, high budget here in my living room but this is what happens.

So thank you for joining me and basically today we’re going to go over (I’m not 100% sure if you can see this, we’re going to zoom in a little bit).

But basically, what we’re going to go over (as I switch the camera around) basically what we’re going to go over today is how to change those habits and this is a really practical guide for those who want to start identifying what they’re actually doing and instead of their brain being on auto commit and just going through the motions of habit.

And what we’ve found is with a habit there’s basically 4 different parts to it. Sorry, to change the habit there is 4 different parts.

Basically what we find is if you can identify the routine, experiment with the rewards, isolate the cue and then create a plan around that we can start to change all the habits that have already naturally been installed into our lives.

So if you recall from the first Episode, you’ve got the cue, the routine and the reward, that habit loop, what we need to do is figure out how we can change those habits from good to bad ones. I’m going to take you through a very easy guide that you can follow, along with examples. So, let’s take a look at the first step where you’re identifying the routine.

This is the first step, the easiest bit because this is the activity that you want to cut out. So that might be not exercising, or it might be the habit that you’re eating poor nutrition, or it might be that you’re doing something that you really don’t want to exhibit, so that’s the first step.

The second step is to experiment with the rewards and the third thing we’re going to do is look at the cue, you know, whether it’s time, is it hunger or boredom. So when we’re looking at experimenting with different rewards, you need to understand that rewards satisfy the craving. That’s exactly why we do things, because we want to satisfy the reasons why we’re feeling like that.

So we need to identify what are the different rewards. Can we go for a walk, can we see friends, is it a social craving? Are we hungry, is we have an apple, a shake and some nuts, something healthy in the Paleo style? There are 2 actions that we can do around this. So when the cue comes, when you start to get that feeling that you want to walk and go and grab a donut, or you want to eat something bad, you need to write down the 3 things you are feeling on a piece of paper and put them on your desk. Every single time you need to do this. This is going to help raise awareness while we’re doing it, and help us find the patterns.

The second thing you want to do, is you need to start some alternative solutions. So when the cue comes and you’re feeling hungry for that piece of crap, go for a walk, come back later on and ask did that satisfy your craving. If it didn’t, you need to understand that the process of going for a walk didn’t satisfy your craving, so you’re not craving exercise and environment. What you might be craving is social interaction. So you can try going and seeing friends or giving someone a call for 10 minutes. Then, when you come back to your office, are you still craving what you originally thought would satisfy that craving. Try this process out.

The third thing you want to do (I’ll bring you over here) basically scientists have discovered that any cue is going to fall or you can identify it through 5 different choices.

So what I need you to do is write down on a piece of paper these headings: Location, Time, Emotional State, Other People Around (yes or no), and Immediately Preceding the Action...what do you do.

If you write these down and every single time that you get this craving you need to be able to write these down and identify where was I when it was happening, what time was it, what was my emotional state - run through these 5 questions with yourself and you will start to identify what the actual problem was and how you can do it.

So basically, by this stage we know what the cue is through our 5 choices questionnaire, we know what the routine is because we knew that all along, and we know what the reward is because we’ve done that trial and error.

The last thing that we need to do, is to have a plan. So this is probably the most essential step because with the plan, you know, scientists as they do, have created a buzz word - the “implementation intention”, so when this comes about, what are you going to do. What are the actions you’re going to take when you start to get that craving.

And this is where you need to be strong.

And the thing about this is I don’t expect you to be perfect. Everyone stuffs up. I pressed the snooze button on my alarm this morning. It’s not you know, people have this unrealistic expectation that certain people have this superpower and they never screw up, but we’re all human and I want you to realise that.

What we’re going to do is rewire the habit, because these habits and these routines that we have developed are automatic you know. At the start, in Episode 1 we talked about it being automatic and actually the reason we have habits is because it’s more efficient for our brain and we don’t have to use our brain power on what we perceive as automatic decisions that should just happen.

The thing is, we’re going to start rewiring that, because right now, we’ve got a bad routine inside of our habit loop. This implementation intention, your plan, is going to help you to be a lot more aware, it’s going to help you decide what you’re actually going to do when the crisis occurs, and the last couple of things I want to mention is that you need to, like I said at the start, you need to be realistic – you’re not superman, everyone falls off the wagon.

There was a time last year when I was addicted to these cakes at the Green Refectory in Brunswick – unbelievable cheese cake, best you’ve ever had, and every single day at 3.30 I would eat a piece of this, you know, their full fat, sugar, delicious cakes, but I identified the cues and I found out that what I was actually doing was I wanted a break from work and I wanted to get out, and you know, just have a break from the office environment I was surrounded by for most of my day. And I decided that instead of going up there and eating the Mars Bar cheesecake or the Tim Tam cheesecake that I would just instead, go for a 15 minute walk and have a big glass of water. And what this found was that I was actually dehydrated and that being outside was what I was actually craving.

So once I identified that, I could mitigate it, and there were times when I fell off the wagon and a couple of times that week or over the next couple of weeks I did go for a piece of cake, but I made healthier choices and built it into my plan.

That’s what you need to do, so start thinking about the ways you are using routines in your life, and build plans and actions around how you are going to actually change the things that you want to change and start living the person you want to be and creating the actions that are congruent with the person you want to be.

If you have any questions, jump over to haydenwilson.com.au or you can see previous Episodes at haydenwilson.com.au/lsg.

Learn Share Grow.

If you’ve got any questions, chuck them over there in the comments section or I’ll chat to you all later.

Thanks for joining me. I’m enjoying the journey so far.

Tomorrow I’m going to go through with you, the most important resource you can pick up to learn more about habits, I’m going to share a few different links with you, you can watch a couple of TED talks on influences to follow on Twitter or Instagram, and I also want to provide a couple of worksheets that will help you with a lot of the stuff that we’ve talked about this week around habits, and it’s going to make these things a lot more concrete so, within your life, you can understand why you’re doing specific things and really identify the process and the underlying psychology behind why you’re doing it.

So thanks for joining me.

Any questions, again just ask me.

Peace out.

See you later.

(Best ending ever.)

Learning Italian Week 3

Ciao! Week 3 of my Italian Learning Journey has just passed us and we are making some great progress.

I have not skipped a day of training yet (maintaining very good habits), and slowly things are making more sense.

Watch along and learn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pHG9sM_PHs

[drop_cap]The 3 biggest things I learned this week were:[/drop_cap] 1. Create silly stories around what you want to remember.  The sillier the better. (explained below).

This was best learned from Tansel Ali's book: "How to Learn (Almost) Anything In 48 Hours".  The books is a great resource to learn more about why we do certain thing

Learning 1 Practical Example:

Italian Word English Word Memory Triggered by
Scammia Monkey The monkey scams the tourists and steals their money
Topo Mouse The mouse runs on top of the counter before I SQUISH it with my big blundstone boots
Orso Bear The size of that bear is bloody orsome
Leone Lion My Aunty, Leone, lost her hearing recently but is still an amazing woman.  She is brave, like a lion.
Toro Bull I am a Toro (taurus) start sign, which is a bull!
Cane Dog Brune
Gatto Cat I have a book about Mick Gatto on my shelf that my red and white cat constantly climbs on
Uccello Bird Both the cellos and birds make beautiful noises.
Cavalla Horse In Age of Empires you grow your cavalla (cavalry) which includes horses to dominate the opposition.
Pesce Fish Instead of seeing fish as pesce (pesky/annoying) animals, I now see them as delicious pieces of meat
Delfino Dolphin All dolphins from Delaware have pink fins....they call them delfino's.

 

Learning 2: Know your verbs

In Italian, you must be aware of the different verbs that are used.

Italian Verb English Translation Memory Triggered by
Voi Siete You Are (plural) You are all sitting in John Voits Seats
Noi Siamo We Are "No, we are, Sumo wrestlers"
Io Sono  I am I am so alone (have to work hard for this one in between the characters!)
Tu Sei  You Are To say that is VERY rude.  You are very rude.
 Loro Sono  They Are I haven't created one for this.  I remembered 'loro' because it's so different to the rest of them in my mind!
 Lei E  Feminine language Lei on the bed and take your clothes off....! The female obliged willingly.
 Lou E Masculine language "Lou" was my first male dog...he was a good dog.

 

Learning 3: Recalling Gender from Previous Week

I know we covered this last week, but it's good to recap.  Let's take a quick look:

Italian Last Letter + (word) Singular or Plural | Masculine or Feminine English Translation
I (Ragazzi) Plural +Masculine Boys
O (Ragazzo) Singular + Masculine Boy
E (Ragazze) Plural +Feminine Girls
A (Ragazza) Singular +Feminine Girl
I (Alti) Plural +Masculine Tall Boys
O (Alto) Singular + Masculine Tall Boy
E (Alte) Plural +Feminine Tall Girls
A (Alta) Singular +Feminine Tall Girl

 

Bonus Material: I was also asked to practice some sentences so I will review here. Review and Recall are important parts of language learning.  The (m) or (f) after indicates gender, (s) or (pl) indicates singular or plural.

Italian: L'uomo E alto e diverso English: The man is tall and different (m) (s)

Italian: Lei ragazza E bella e alte English: The girl is beautiful and short (f) (s)

Italian: Loro sono bruni e alti English: They are dark haired and tall (m) (pl)

Italian: Noi siamo studente English: We are students (m) (pl)

Italian: Tu sei bella e bionda English: You are beautiful and blonde (f) (s)

Italian: Voi siete brune e intellingte English: You are dark haired and intelligent (f) (pl)

Italian: Voi seite alti e bruni English: You are all tall and blonde (m) (pl)

Italian: Loro sono gentile e intellegente English: They are kind and intellegent (f) (pl)

 

Hopefully you are enjoying the series and of course if you have any questions, please let me know: hayden(at) haydenwilson.com.au

Learning Italian Week 2

Back again for another installment of Learning Italian. This time it is week 2.

As you will hear in my video, this week was a wake up call.  As much as studying on your own can make you feel good, smashing through levels of a new app I found "Duolingo" and a few other self learn techniques I will mention, nothing beats having a real tutor to bring you back down to earth.

You can think you're great by having pages and pages of notes (which do help) but at the end of the day, when Diana (my tutor) started speaking proper Italian to me...I got lost.  Real fast.

Listen along here about this weeks progress and the major things I learned.


 

[drop_cap]New Strategies implemented this week[/drop_cap]

Downloading and use of Duolingo Duolingo is one of the fastest growing apps on the AppStore.  It is also on Android and the web.  It helps you learn languages quicker and gets you familiar with the wording.  It uses different methods which include you speaking the language, your recognising words, multiple choice questions, phrase identification and more. This is all wrapped up inside a 'gaming' style experience which makes it both fun and challenging to learn.  The app is also free.

Listening to Italian podcasts One of the quickest ways to learn a language is to full emerse yourself in that language.  The very best way would be to go to Italy and throw yourself in the deep end with the locals.  Since I do not have the option of heading to Italy at the moment (because of Basilico...my dog), I will have to settle for other methods.

At the top of this is using podcasts as an additional learning tool and recognizing how words are strung together and the sentence structure is formed.

To be honest it's not easy to know what is going on, but words and highlights in the presenters voices can help.

You can download the app: "Tune In Radio" on your phone, or you can search for it online.

One of my favourite programs (which is free) goes through various langauge learning stuff and is highly recommended.  You can find it here.

Or by typing: "Absolute Beginner Italian" into the tune in app.

 


[drop_cap]Major Concepts Learned this Week[/drop_cap]

  1. Masculine Vs Feminine vs Mix

The biggest thing I learned this week was that you use different vowels at the end of words to determine whether you are speaking in masculine language or feminine language (or mixed).

You can see below:

English Word Masculine Version Feminine Version Mixed Version
Tall Alto Alte Alti
Short Basso Basse Bassi
Blonde Biondo Bionde Biondi
Dark Hair Bruno Brune Bruni

We worked through the above using the picture I have attached below.

It has a series of questions that you have to answer, which helps you identify the situation.

italian

2. Syntax

The way sentences are structure in linguistics is called: "Syntax".

"In linguistics, syntax is the set of rules, principles, and processes that govern the structure of sentences in a given language, specifically word order."

My reading of very basic Italian is getting better very fast (faster than I thought it would) and despite it being a beginner's book (with pictures) I am starting to grasp and could read what whats happening.

Which as described above is the syntax of Italian.

 

 


[drop_cap]New Words Learned[/drop_cap]

Each morning I have been getting up and writing down (to get the eye to brain memory happening) 50 or so words.  Some days I am learning the same words.  But it's great repetition and learning.  Slowly we are getting there.

Italian Word + (English phenetik) English Translation
Lei (lay)  she
Lou (loo-ey)  he
Professoressa (prof-ess-oh-rress-ah) female professor
pane  bread
il ragazzo  the boy
contento  happy (male, singular)
contenti  happy (male, plural)
conenta  happy (female, singular)
contene  happy (female, plural)
giornale newspaper
legerre write
scrivere read
acqua water
uova egg
uoma man
L'uomi the man
cuoco cook
bottiglia bottle
donna woman
donne women
sono/sei are
tu you
mi chiamo Hayden my name is Hayden
prego welcome
molto bene very good
cosi cosi not bad
pesce fish
grazie thank-you
favore please
io sono i am
zucchero sugar
caffe cafe
crema cream
cioccolato chocolate
biscotto cookie
tazza cup
gelato ice-cream
ho have

 

[drop_cap]Challenges this week[/drop_cap]

The biggest challenges are knowing the difference between the words that are very similar but different spelling.  From what I can gather, Italian uses different suffixes (the letters at the end of common words) to describe different tense.  Eg: The boy drinks or the boy as a drink etc.  Learning the difference between these and knowing when to use the word beve, bevi or bevette will be great.

I spoke to Diana about this challenge also and she said we will get to that, but to come back down to Earth and let's focus on what we need to learn now....that stuff is too advanced at the moment. (which is where my wake up call came from).

 

[drop_cap]Finishing Up[/drop_cap]

It was a great week and despite feeling overwhelmed, it is always good to remind yourself that Rome wasn't built in a day.  Must keep pushing and putting in the work.

Thanks for watching/learning.

Hayden

P.s If I got anything wrong or if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or drop a comment below.

Learning Italian Week 1

Good day to you! Recently I joined an 'Accountability Group' focused on achieving our best results in 70 days/10 weeks.

One of my goals I set was to post on my social media a video of me speaking Italian on social media.

I've always wanted to learn Italian, so it was finally time to DO IT.

I created time within my morning to learn every single day, and also hired a private tutor once per week.  They're not as expensive as you would think and having a language under your belt is advantageous....especially when you want to travel like I do.

I can totally see myself getting hooked on language learning too!

But without further blabber, check out week 1 below.

P.S: I make a mistake with the letter 'e' which should infact be pronounced 'air'.  But I wanted to keep that part in the video because it's real.  Thanks for following along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXT1_3svDHA

[drop_cap]Learned this week[/drop_cap]

Vowels and Pronunciation

  • A = ah
  • E = air
  • I = eee
  • O = oh
  • U = oo

[drop_cap]Formal Language[/drop_cap]

  • Boungiorno = Good Morning
  • Bounasera = Good Afternoon/Evening (after 1)
  • Come Sta = How are you?
  • E Lei = You?
  • Come Si Chiaima = What's your name?

[drop_cap]Informal Language[/drop_cap]

  • Ciao = Hello/Goodbye
    • Answer with
      • bene =  good :)
      • cosi cosi = not bad :|
      • male = not good :(
  • Come Stai = How are you?
  • Come Ti Chiami = What's your name
  • Piacere = Nice to meet you.

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Letters Sounds Like Example (Phenetik) English Translation
C + I SH or SCH (Like a sweet C) Cielo (Schell-oh)  Musical Instrument
C + E SH or SCH (Like a sweet C) Celeste (Cshell-es-tay) Blue (I think)
CH + I K (like a hard K) Chiesou (key-eh-sue) Church
CH + E K (like a hard K) Che (keh) What or Come Again
C + A Car Casa (car-zsa) House
C + O Coh Collo (coll-oh) Neck
C + U Qoo (like an owl) Cucina (qoo-china) Kitchen
G + I J (like a sweet J) Giornale (Ghee-or-nar-lay) Newspaper
G + E J (like a sweet J) Gelato (jel-ah-toh) Icecream
GH + I Gey (like a hard G) Ghiotto (ge-ee-ott-oh)  Greedy
GH+ E Gheh (like a hard G) Margherita Pizza
G + A Gah (as it looks) Gatta (Gah-ta) Cat
G + O Goh (as it looks) Gola (Goh-la) Throat
G + U Goo (as it looks) Gufi (goo-fi) Owls
S + C Sh sound Uscita (oos-sheet-ah) Exit

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I am no means an expert and this is definitely just a trial run, but I love putting myself out there and the accountability it creates....Put yourself out there and get shit done!

Thanks for watching/learning.

Hayden

P.s If I got anything wrong or if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or drop a comment below.

How To Fix the Workout Rut.

workoutrut So I was in a funk recently.

Work was very busy, diet wasn't spectacular,  I was burned out and generally bummed bout gyming.

I was hopping between programs and honestly after smashing a solid 5 weeks of Charles Poliquin's 2-a-day workouts (same body part, twice per day with a 4 on, 1 off protocol for 30 days straight), I was wondering why the fuck couldn't I keep up that pace.

I mean, I love lifting weights.  It's taught me so much and got me so far.

If I stopped now, I was going to lose it.

Honestly I didn't even want to step inside of a gym.

Then it clicked.  Stop Worrying so much!

I was so caught up with having everything perfect that I was BURNED OUT hard.

I wanted the perfect diet, the perfect amount of sleep, the perfect workout plan....and that was just my gym stuff.

I also wanted the perfect day filled with perfect clients, going home to a perfect life and blah blah....you see the pattern.

But it doesn't work like that.  Sometimes you just have to get it done.  As Brene Brown, says, sometimes it's just about showing up and being seen.


So if you're in a similar situation here's what I did to fix it:

Relaxed on my diet: For the past 2 years..no, 3 years...wait, actually, I don't even know how long, I've been 'dieting'. Now I'm not in 'bad shape', I just just like to watch what I eat.  I tend to avoid high carbohydrates foods, stick to high protein, stay away from insulin spiking foods and never eat highly saturated fat foods...But you know what? It's good to get out of the rut for a bit.

For around 10 days over Xmas, I started eating more carbohydrates, eating how my body felt.  Some days I would have 2 meals and 2 shakes, others I would have 6 meals and no shakes.  I ate cake, and I ate veges.  I ate dairy, and I ate chocolate.  I let go of the restrictions in my mind.  You know what, it helped immensely and I put on ~2kg of solid muscle.  No joke.  The stress was making me hold onto fat and not let my body grow....So relax a bit.  It's a marathon, not a sprint.

 

Went back to Workouts I loved: Don't get me wrong, I have never made progress like I did on Charles' program, but long term, I just don't have the time to be able to commit to double workouts.  And I needed more balance in my life.  Plus....at the moment, it was 3 weeks since I had finished his program, and I'd done 3 half ass workouts. So something had to change.

5.3.1I remembered a couple of years back I used Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 to get some amazing results (like squat went from 6 x 85kg to 8 x 125kg in 6 months)...and I really enjoyed it.  So I put 2 and 2 together, bought the book on kindle and re-learned his beautifully simple system.

I then used an amazing free resource to help me calculate the numbers I needed to hit each week (Jim's program is based off percentages) and printed it off.  This helped me prepare and understand what I was going to be in for.

The main program is built around squats, bench, deadlifts and overhead press as the essentials...then you can just add things (with a method as outlined in the book) as you wish.

Just finished day 11 and loving it....can't wait to hit day 111, then day 1111.

 

3. Find your workout space. For the past 5 years, I've been lucky enough to workout at one of Australia's best gyms.  Doherty's Gym.  Tony has done an amazing job creating Australia's best bodybuilding gym.  A ton of machines, barbells, weights, Eleiko plates, squat racks, boxing equipment and more.

But for me, and the direction my body is telling me to go, it didn't have enough free floor space.  I personally like to get down and roll around, move freely and just do my thing.   Nothing against Tony's gym.  As I outlined above, absolutely phenomenal facility for bodybuilders and regular gym goers...but I needed my own space.

Which is why I recently invested into some of my own gym equipment and decked out my garage.

gym11

Plenty of open space and the bar essentials.  I've set it up exactly how I want it and it's my own unique space.  Perfect for getting my training mojo back.

You can see a tour here.

 

4. Post your workouts on Facebook.

I didn't know whether to do this one or not...I mean, isn't it a bit egotistical.

I asked myself this question.  Then I realised my mate, Travis Jones, posts his workouts and just seeing it inspires me to get out there and do a workout.  So if he inspires me, maybe someone on my friends list gets that same feeling?  Maybe that's you?  Or maybe you hate it?

Not only does it keep you accountable, it's great to share what you're currently doing and learning from.  This is something you'll be hearing a lot more about from me this year.  Learning, sharing and growing in all aspects of my life.

So if you're in a workout/life/diet funk, take a leaf out of my book. Things don't have to be perfect and sometimes it's just about showing up and being seen is enough.

Of course, if you're still feeling demotivated, shoot me a message or facebook friend request.  Happy to have a quick chat.