The Art of Moving Forward: Improve Yourself and Reap The Benefits

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No matter what you experience in life, you almost always have a choice for what happens next. Whether it be a challenge or obstacle such as an injury that you recently experienced, a tough break-up, taking an extremely difficult class, or anything else… we must remember that our next move is critical to our success or failure. From all of the incredible stories that we see posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms, the ones that grab us are the inspirational stories of individuals coming from incredibly difficult odds or circumstances and pushing there way to the top. Whether those inspire you or not, you have the ability to do the same, if not better. But it all starts with one thing.


The way we think is a game-changer. It will literally change the game.


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The Art of Moving Forward: Improve Yourself and Reap The Benefits

No matter what you experience in life, you almost always have a choice for what happens next. Whether it be a challenge or obstacle such as an injury that you recently experienced, a tough break-up, taking an extremely difficult class, or anything else… we must remember that our next move is critical to our success or failure. From all of the incredible stories that we see posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms, the ones that grab us are the inspirational stories of individuals coming from incredibly difficult odds or circumstances and pushing there way to the top. Whether those inspire you or not, you have the ability to do the same, if not better. But it all starts with one thing.


The way we think is a game-changer. It will literally change the game.


What does this mean? Think like you are the best and you will be the best? No. Think positive and thereafter, nothing that happens will be difficult or you will never experience challenges? Um… No.

It comes down to the step after. Thinking effectively is critical. It is the make or break you mentality that separates the elite level athletes and performers from the rest. For example, in the moments that something extremely challenging or even over bearing happens (bound to happen to you every now and then) these individuals push through and stay determined to find small bouts of success. Kobe Bryant is a prime example of this. After being drafted out of high school to the Lakers, he faced an almost insurmountable set of challenges. The team needed him to be “The Guy” for their squad. After having a tough start to the year in regards to his performance, he faced his most challenging opponent. In that game, took the game winning shot four times and missed. Four times! That’s a big hit to your mental game if you do no properly stay focused on the task at hand. Immediately after the game he made a choice. He went straight to his high school gym, asked the security guard to open the basketball gym for him (they knew each other over the years), and took shots for around 14 hours. He did this because he had lost the feel for his shot. In basketball, that feel is critical to any shot. Afterward, he dedicated himself to improving his craft. His never relinquished his goal. His eyes were on the prize and no matter what happened, he knew that he would find a way to become one of the best of his time. Look at him now.

The lesson here is that no matter what happens to you, there is always a way. It is a choice and we all have them. Some choose to keep pushing forward and achieving the success that they have already created for themselves in their mind and in their thoughts while others do the opposite and fear withstanding the struggle.


“The struggle is what makes you the person you are and the individual you will become. Push through and reap the benefits of a life truly worth living.”


It’s an art. Those who have grown from difficult beginnings, pushed through the struggles and are now considered the most optimal level performers and people are the examples of this in action. The art of choice. The choice of reaching your destiny. Among all things, if you want to achieve the level of greatness that you truly have a burning desire to become, then let nothing get in the way and keep at it. Fear will certainly be there. As you read this, I am sure that you are shaking in your shoes (in a metaphorical sense) but that is all part of the journey. That fear is actually a very powerful tool that you have in your toolbox. We all have it but have to interpret what it really is properly. The moment you can learn to channel that fear and let it help you, that is when you get better. Kobe Bryant was fearful of missing those shots in the future. Therefore, he harnessed that and went straight to the gym to improve his game and build his level of confidence going forward. Next game he played, you better believe he still experienced fear, but this time around, he was ready for anything.

What is your greatest challenge? Think of it and find ways to harness the fear and anxiety that you may experience to overcome and challenge those obstacles head on. You do that and you will be thoroughly impressed with how fast you can improve and overcome those challenges. That’s why I call it “The Art of Moving Forward“. That’s exactly what it is.

Ready to get closer to living the life where your goals meet reality and the process of getting there is enjoyable yet challenging? Visit Optimal Mindset Consulting and let Max help you get there.

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Cross Country helps team members grow positive attitude

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As new season starts, coaches and members reflect on their experience and set new goals

Coach Kirk Flatow talks with the team at the beginning of practice. He usually shares inspirational words with everyone to increase their morale to run. Photo by Sharon Tung. Coach Kirk Flatow talks with the team at the beginning of practice. He usually shares inspirational words with everyone to increase their morale to run. Photo by Sharon Tung.

Cross Country varsity runners warm-up before starting their formal practice. The varsity team is very close and often run with one another. Photo by Sharon Tung. Cross Country varsity runners warm-up before starting their formal practice. The varsity team is very close and often run with one another. Photo by Sharon Tung.

The team stretches before heading out to run. Chatting with each other, runners bond while stretching. Photo by Sharon Tung. The team stretches before heading out to run. Chatting with each other, runners bond while stretching. Photo by Sharon Tung.

Even if the weather is at a sweltering 80°F at 3:20 pm, the Cross Country runners are ready for their three hour practice of running up to 8 miles at a time. On the second day [Aug. 19] of practice since school started, Coach Kirk Flatow started off an inspirational speech.

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Shine at Every Opportunity

The incredible game of opportunity

The incredible game of opportunity

Throughout history, sports have always found their way into the limelight of our universe. The thrill of the game, uncertainty of what is to come, and adrenaline that pumps through one’s veins is at an all time high. From the arena of home where the fans rejoice in front of their televisions to the players that are ready to blow the world away with their performance the anticipation begins to erupt.

How does this excitement affect the player and the team? For some, the excitement and determination for great success rings true and they perform at their all time high. The other team, while also excited before the game begins, seems to have the opposite experience. Any players or teams that you can think of that have recently experienced this? While it happens in many performances, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins have recently been the culprit of the poor performance bug. Their losses began early in the game and just continued in a downward spiral until that final blow of the whistle. Their sweat and tears lay on the field and it will forever stay there. In the locker rooms they may dwell on the sorrows of the ever so present past and the future may seem bleak…At least for now.

There are always brighter days. The major accomplishments are yet to come as long as the focus is on the present. Do what you can now. If your team is down in next weeks match and you are seeing a potential downfall of your teams demeanor, mindset, and excitement for the rest of the performance, this is your time to shine. When the light is bleak at best and the toughness that your team would usually exude does not show, be the fire starter. Set the tone. Get your mind in the zone by staying as present as possible and play your game. Your team needs a leader in these moments just as these two professional teams did in theirs.

You don’t have to be the leader of the squad to make this happen. Even if you are a 3rd string player that just got put in to play that last 2 minutes of a terrible loss, always remember that this is your time! There is actually no better moment to play than right now! Are you ready to be the change? Go out there, make it happen and illuminate all within your presence.

Be your own bright light. For if you are not, there is no way that the light will shine. You are your own conductor and the electricity that will flow through you will illuminate all within and around your being. Live a life filled with bright lights and learn from the fading moments. Your power will grow stronger with every lesson and each opportunity.

How will you react? Shine!

How will you react? Shine!

Want to find out the tools and strategies that you can incorporate into your game? Visit www.OptimalMindsetConsulting.com to find out how!

Maximilian Pollack, M.S.

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How will you start your day?

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Each morning, we awake from a nights rest. During the awakening process, we end our recharge from the previous nights sleep and enter “on” mode for the new day before us. As you walk to the kitchen to grab your morning cup of joe, each step may feel slower and slower due to your idealistic thoughts of laying back into bed for another 10 minutes rest. But no… You continue your slow shuffle towards the kitchen as your feet do the forward moonwalk to your 1st destination of the day. During these potentially dreadful or for some, delightful first steps that you take in the morning, the plan for your next 15 or so hours (depending on your recharge) is beginning to formulate. 

For some, these moments may ponder thoughts like, “Ahhh… Work again today? Then I have to pick up the kids and work out with Joe… Man, this should be…

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How will you start your day?

Each morning, we awake from a nights rest. During the awakening process, we end our recharge from the previous nights sleep and enter “on” mode for the new day before us. As you walk to the kitchen to grab your morning cup of joe, each step may feel slower and slower due to your idealistic thoughts of laying back into bed for another 10 minutes rest. But no… You continue your slow shuffle towards the kitchen as your feet do the forward moonwalk to your 1st destination of the day. During these potentially dreadful or for some, delightful first steps that you take in the morning, the plan for your next 15 or so hours (depending on your recharge) is beginning to formulate. 

For some, these moments may ponder thoughts like, “Ahhh… Work again today? Then I have to pick up the kids and work out with Joe… Man, this should be a good one…” as some of us may ponder the horrific day ahead of us. For others, their day may begin with their favorite morning shake made freshly prepared with their favorite blender and a giant smile on their face saying, “I am really looking forward to today. Work, grab the kids, and an awesome workout… Joe’s going to kick my butt!” 

Either way, the day will begin one way or the other. The mornings are critical parts of our day. They are what establish the base of the next 15 or so hours that you will be awake and moving. Start your day off on a high note. One that works best for you. For some, they may like to get in a quick 20 minute run before their first daily tasks, for others having that giant cup of coffee and checking their planner makes all the difference. Most importantly, we have the power to set ourselves up for a wonderful day where we can come home with a big smile on our face thinking, “Wow. I feel good about today. I couldn’t have done it any better.” 

Think for a second about how you can come home tomorrow and feel great about what you did that day. How do you want to start your day? What is your game plan for a great day? When you walk to the kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere as soon as you wake up, you can start building your day. So as most of us do slouch as we look at our overfilled cereal bowls with an intense squint similar to those created when the sun is blaring in your face, we can begin to find ways of looking forward to all that will come today. Enjoy it. Love it. Breathe in the pure air and ready yourself for a day of happiness. Because that is, by far, the reason we want to get up in the morning anyway, right? Have fun.

What are your reasons for getting up this morning?

The Run

Well said. Get up and get moving!

Making Moments Matter

Running is sort of symbolic of the challenges many people face in life. You have to push yourself to overcome obstacles. You might come to a point where you feel like you can’t go further. But then, you find an inner strength and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought. For me, running has really become a passion. When I go days without being able to run, it wears on me.To Love and To Run

I’ve been pondering this question lately: Why do I run? The answer should be as simple as to stay fit and healthy, but it’s so much more than that.

  • It’s the way my feet hit the pavement launching me forward.
  • It’s the sweat on my brow.
  • It’s the heavy breathing and especially that really deep one when I can feel the oxygen fill my entire lungs.
  • It’s the looks and waves from the drivers in the…

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