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I’m an athlete, writer, and personal growth addict. I share articles about creative ways to become a better human being. I also run marathons and race IRONMAN triathlons. www.blogextraordinary.com


7 productive activities to translate your thoughts into words

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Your problem is not idea creation.

According to a study published by psychologists at Queen’s University, human beings have around 6,200 thoughts per day. This means that generating writing ideas isn’t the problem. It’s converting those thoughts and ideas into words.

When you can’t think of something to write, what you’re actually struggling with is translating your thoughts into words. Going from private ideas to fully-formed, concrete concepts. Oftentimes, the hardest part is making sense of what you’re thinking. And then articulating that in a way that would make sense to other people. …


Run to eat — not to avoid becoming something or someone

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Set a goal and run towards it. Don’t try to avoid becoming something you don’t want.

I recently stumbled on a video of a lion hunting down a gazelle in the hot summer heat. As the lion silently stalked its pretty through the tall grass, the narrator set the scene by describing both animals' advantages. The lion was quick, clever, strong, and agile. Conversely, the gazelle was fast and had the endurance to outlast the lion if he managed to stave off the initial attack. Both animals had their unique advantages.

However, the lion’s mindset is what separated him from…


The key is to consistently show up, year after year

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Good health is a long-term game.

It can’t be won overnight, in a week, or even after a month of hard work. The truth is, your health is a never-ending pursuit. The clock resets every 24 hours, and you’re responsible for showing up. The longer you play the game, the better off you’ll be. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get started.

To get in better shape, you have to consistently show up, year after year.

You Have To Show Up Over the Long-Term

When you realize that good health is a long-term game, short-term blunders become much less important.

In the grand scheme…


The secret to good health is doing something you love

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If you hate working out, you’ve already missed the mark.

Good health cannot be achieved in a single day. It can’t be won overnight, in a week, or after a month of hard work. The truth is, your health is an infinite game. There are no winners or losers. The trick is to consistently workout — day after day, month after month, year after year.

Good health is achieved over the long-term — with consistency and a whole lot of discipline.

Consistency is impossible if you hate working out.

If you don’t enjoy your method of exercise, find a new one.

When a workout feels more like a…


It’s been lying to you for long enough

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If you can’t quiet your mind, you’ll never reach your full potential.

Success in health and fitness comes when you stop letting your brain lie to you. As human beings, we’re hard-wired to seek comfort. It’s biological. Out of our control. More times than not, when our brains tell us something is impossible, our bodies are more than capable of accomplishing it.

To get in incredible shape, you have to learn to ignore the lies your brain will tell you.

Ignore the Lies: The 40 Percent Rule

There’s really no other way to say it — David Goggins is a super-human.

He’s the only U.S. Armed Forces…


Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity

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Hustle culture has you brainwashed.

Now more than ever, people are obsessed with “the grind.” The more you work, the bigger your supposed success. It’s laughable to think that someone can work all day without any time off. Contrary to popular belief, taking a break will not harm your long-term success. When it comes to relaxation, hustle culture severely overlooks the importance of vision.

Long-term vision significantly reduces the impact of time off.

Short term vision is deceiving.

In the short term, taking a break will significantly impact your productivity.

Let’s say you take a week off from writing online. In the context of one…


Tim Ferris’s “fear setting” will terminate fear of the unknown

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Photo by Patrick Mueller on Unsplash

When I was in college, I passed out in the middle of giving a speech.

While answering a few Q&A questions, my eyesight started to go black. The next thing I knew, I was slumped against the wall staring up at the ceiling of my classroom. Apparently, after losing consciousness, I leaned back against the chalkboard and slid down to the floor, where I came-to about a minute later.

The paramedics didn’t find anything inherently wrong, however, the damage was already done. As a college student, this was about as embarrassing as it gets. …


Blissful dissatisfaction is the key to staying driven

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Happiness is the ultimate checkmate.

I’m not going to lie to you that a billion dollars, a Porsche, or a mansion on the coast of California won’t make you happy. They honestly might for a short period of time. But true happiness or fulfillment comes from pursuing a higher calling. The intention is to find happiness in the life we have while continuing to pursue the life we want. But how do you stay grateful while not losing your ambition?

Blissful dissatisfaction.

People confuse happiness and satisfaction.

The truth is, you can be happy while also being unsatisfied.

Happiness describes your mental or emotional state…


Don’t hit a home run on your first at-bat

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Three days ago, I tested positive for COVID-19.

After more than a week of visiting my hometown, I started to feel achy and rundown. The following day I got tested, and 60 minutes later, I got an email with the test results. Quarantine these past few days has given me more free time than in the previous 8 months before. Unfortunately, that time was spent resting instead of writing.

I’ve fallen off the wagon, and I’m struggling to get back.

I’m back to square one.

Ground zero. The starting line. Nada.

Before all of this mess, I was doing really well. …

Devin Arrigo

Athlete, writer, and personal growth addict. Writing about creative ways to become a better human being. Get my free mindset & fitness ebook👉 bit.ly/devarrigo

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