Rick Alexander: Author, Veteran, Athlete, Coach, Podcaster, and Entrepreneur

Rick Alexander is a man of many things.  Rick is a published author, Navy Veteran, athlete, endurance and mindset coach, podcast host (Lion Heart Radio), entrepreneur, and snowboarder.  Rick just recently moved to Colorado and I had the pleasure of catching up with him to discuss his life-story.  Rick and I cover a wide-array of topics which included:  Morning routine, favorite podcast, the importance of suffering, military experience, the importance of knowing who you are, and much more!  There are some valuable nuggets within this episode, you will not be disappointed!  Enjoy!

Rick’s Website:

https://rickalexander.com/

Rick’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/rickalexander_/

127 Fitness Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

Chris Ward: Like A Bigfoot Podcast Host, Ultrarunner, and All Around Good Dude

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-6vqqh-a76930

Chris is the host of Like a Bigfoot Podcast.  Chris’ podcast is an awesome listen for anyone who is interested in physical culture and self-improvement.  Chris is also a Husband, Dad, ultra-runner, and 7th grade science teacher.  Chris and I have a fun, relaxed conversation about a wide-array of topics.  Chris and I have a handful of things in common, including our home state of Iowa.  We start off our conversation discussing some “Iowan” things and then dive into mindset, teaching, ultrarunning, the importance of being an example for youth, and much more!  Chris is a super positive and good dude!  We had a lot of fun with this episode!  Enjoy!

Chris’ Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/likeabigfoot/

Website:

http://likeabigfoot.com/

127 Fit Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

Peter Maksimow: USA Mountain Runner

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9sjze-a3b6da

Peter Maksimow is a sponsored athlete.  He has run for team USA.  Peter’s forte is mountain and trail running.  In our conversation, we cover Peter’s struggle through recovery from an injury, his love for traveling, and a lot of other fun, interesting, and challenging topics.

The Natural Mind

I want to live in a routine.  I naturally want to live a life of comfort.  Knowing always what is next.  My mind wants routine.  My mind fights to remain comfortable.  The natural mind will do everything in its power to protect you, protect itself.  To preserve.  The natural mind will lead you astray.  The natural mind will lead you to a dead-end.  The natural mind will eventually destroy you.  You control your mind.  You fight your mind.  If so, you WILL win.

What I Need

What do I need, not, what do I want.  What do others need, not, what do they want.  This is all the difference.  You live for needs, not wants.  You live a life of delayed-gratification.  You put the needs of others ahead of your own, sometimes, not all the time.  You learn the art and beauty of self-discipline.  You grow, mature, and become better.  Doors of opportunity open.  You are prepared, ready to walk through these doors, the open doors.  You walk through, life unfolds, happenings occur.  As it will, as it should.  You are stepping into your calling, your destiny, the dreams planted deep within.  You are becoming the individual you were created to become.

Isaiah Vidal’s Testimony

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ksces-9cfb6c

Professional obstacle course racer Isaiah Vidal shares how God has been so gracious and merciful to him!

The Enemy

The greatest resistance in my life is fear.  The greatest enemy in my life is fear.  The greatest obstacle in my life is fear.  The greatest opportunity for me each day, is overcoming my fear.  Fear is real.  Fear isn’t real.  It all depends on how you perceive fear.  How you accept fear into your life.  How you respond to fear.  Fear is natural.  I don’t care who you are, how crazy or hard you think you are, you have fear.  We all have fear.  We all struggle with fears.  Take a step back though, and think about the reality of fear.  What is the reality of fear?  Why do we fear?  Why do we allow fear to hinder our lives?  Why do we allow fear to prevent us from reaching our full human potential?  Why do we allow fear to consume us?  Why do we allow fear to destroy us?  Fear can be overcome.  How?  Fear is simply a figment within our mind, within our imagination.  Essentially, within our minds, we make fear up.  We allow this figment to effect our being, our existence.  We allow fear to grab ahold of our mind, heart, and soul.  We allow fear to take root within us.  And once we allow fear in, it is an absolute cancer.  BUT, FEAR CAN BE DEFEATED!  Fear is an invisible enemy that CAN BE CONQUERED!  What does it take?  It takes willingness.  A willingness to let go.  A willingness to let go of fear!  Fear can become a comfort for some.  A crutch.  An excuse.  People let fear be their reason they never become who they know they should be come.  They are comfortable with underachieving, comfortable with a life unfulfilled, comfortable with a life wasted.  Fear is the reason.  Fear is the crutch.  The excuse.  You have to be willing.  Willing to let go of the comfort, the crutch, the excuse.  You have to be willing to step into the uncomfortable.  Be willing to step into the unknown.  Be willing to step into failure.  Be willing to step into success.  You have to be willing to fulfill your purpose, your destiny, your calling within this life.  You have to be willing to let go of yourself.  Your ego, your pride, your arrogance.  Fear flees when an individual attacks.  When an individual takes a stand.  When an individual accepts humility and refuses to give in to their fear any longer.  Fear is defeated, conquered when we let go, and leap into the fire.