On the Path with Andy Petranek
To ice or not to ice? That is not the only question.

To ice or not to ice? That is not the only question.

July 24, 2021

I've been talking about this for MANY years.

Does ice work for injuries? These are the cases where it does: a severed limb, a temporary reduction in pain (from numbing), a reduction in inflammation to reduce pain.

Where does it not work? EVERYWHERE ELSE for EVERYTHING ELSE.

Yes, you should stop using ice for all your little aches and pains, and for speeding up healing... it doesn't do this, in fact, it slows it down.

Watch the video for more details.

And don't take my word for it. Try it out... see what works for you.

As with just about everything in life, adopt a mindset that has YOU in the driver's seat, acting as the CEO of your own life. Listen to advisors, but take responsibility for your decisions.

It's the only way to maintain your integrity and stay out of victim mindset.

❓🤔 So... what do you think? Need to learn more? YES! Read the NYT article "Ice for Sore Muscles, Think Again."

👀 🕵️‍♂️ Where have you been following, not leading? Where have you been allowing others to dictate your decisions and actions? Where could you use a dose of self-leadership?

Self-Expectations - if they never turn off, they can f*** you up!

Self-Expectations - if they never turn off, they can f*** you up!

July 22, 2021

Questions for thought...

👉 Does driving yourself as hard as you do, as consistently that you do it, actually helping you?

✌️ Do you have a bottomless pit of self-expectations? A standard that no matter how hard you try, you'll never live up to?

🤨 Do you let that part of you lead all the time?

😫 Have you noticed how much of a mental, emotional, and physical toll that takes on you and your loved ones?

🤗 Might it be good, and a relief, to take your foot off the gas for a bit, and ENJOY yourself and your life? 🤙Can you even do that?

🖐Want to talk about this, or anything else related to your relationship or career? DM me...

When is enough, enough?

When is enough, enough?

July 19, 2021

How long must you endure the suffering before you decide enough is enough?

For me in my marriage, it was over 15 years. It didn't NEED to take that long, but I guess I just had an incredibly high tolerance for inner pain and suffering, until I finally had enough... and decided to take full responsibility for my marriage being exactly the way I want it to be.

And low and behold, when I became the person I always wanted to be in the relationship, everything changed!

The questions for you to grapple with... 

🤔 How long do YOU want to suffer? 

😠😡🤬 What's been niggling at you, bothering, annoying, and perhaps even making you angry or resentful - and causing your inner suffering... and how long do you want to stay stuck there?

The four phases of mastery… and the long road to “getting there…”

The four phases of mastery… and the long road to “getting there…”

July 17, 2021

Information isn't the problem. Knowledge isn't either. The answer isn't in reading another book, or learning another system.

When it comes to habit formation, ACTION is where it's at. What are you doing each day to move closer to being the person you've always wanted to be? Are you showing up?

The question is, what works FOR YOU? What's going to get you to the fourth phase of mastery - unconscious competence?

For me, the Whole Life Challenge is one of the things I use to keep myself on track. In spite of the fact that I've been the Challenge now for over 8 years, there are still habits that I have to bring to the forefront of my brain and remain conscious of and accountable for, or they will drop out of existence. That's how I know that these things are still in the realm of the third phase of mastery - conscious competence.

The WLC does something else for me... it helps me remember the other things, the things that are not part of the Challenge, habits that I want more of (or less of) that I want to keep in my conscious awareness in order to have more of what I want in my life.

🟢 🟢 So the real question is this... what structure do you have now, or want to consider using in the future, in order to keep yourself accountable and solidly on the path? A group program, community, coach, challenge, best friend, or anyone willing to hold your feet to the fire are all great ways to make that happen. 🥰

⛔⛔ You know a surefire way FAIL to achieve this level of mastery with any habit, no matter how small? Go forward without any sort of structure or accountability.😵

Are you in RESISTANCE? Here’s how to tell if you are.

Are you in RESISTANCE? Here’s how to tell if you are.

July 15, 2021

Resistance is the thing that we do to avoid being outside of our comfort zone.

We don't necessarily do it consciously.

Here's what Steven Pressfield says about it... "Resistance is an impartial force of nature, like gravity and the laws of thermodynamics. Resistance is clever. It knows if it personalizes its manifestations, it can deceive us and slip past our defenses."

There are 12 indicators - any of which can mean you're in resistance of something you say you really want. Some of them are pretty innocuous, even reasonable (doesn't everyone have no time, or forget?)

But don't kid yourself... if you're saying even just one of these to. yourself about something you really want in your life, you are in resistance with a capital "R".

🌺 Which one of the 12 is most prevalent for you?

🌺 What are you resisting?

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The 3 most important questions you can ask yourself every day.

The 3 most important questions you can ask yourself every day.

July 7, 2021

Who are you?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?

Does it get any simpler than that? Simple, yes. Easy, no. But practicing answering these questions every day will lead you down a path to self-mastery and personal leadership that will elevate your game, inspire those around you, and create a new version of you that will transform your life.

❣️ 👉 So... how about it... Who are you? Where are you going? Why are you going there?

How being best as you are today is good enough
No Productivity Tool or App Will Help This

No Productivity Tool or App Will Help This

July 3, 2021

You want to be more productive?

Here's the truth... the latest and greatest app, system, or program won't help without something else in place. Trust me, I've tried them all.

It's not that a new system or app is bad or wrong or doesn't have a good idea for a new, fresh approach.

If you're suffering from a lack of success or productivity around getting the things done that you know need to be done, the solution is not "out there" somewhere. And the problem is also not out there somewhere.

The problem AND solution are both "inside of you".

You've got to want it, and be willing to use strength, discipline and focus to get it, to change it. No app in the world can make that happen... can they help, sure, but the bottom line is that it all comes down to one thing, YOU.

🤷 Can you relate?

🔔🔔 Want to join a group of people, committed to VITALIZING their lives? Check out my private FB Group [link in bio] facebook.com/groups/vitalizeforfreedom

No place to go. No time to get there
GET INTO THE GAME!

GET INTO THE GAME!

June 29, 2021

Remember what it was like to be a kid?

Everything was new... life was an adventure... and you were in it to explore, learn, be curious, all while having fun in the process.

Do have anything in your life today that feels that way? Because if you don't, the I would suggest that you're not "in the arena".

If you want to feel alive, you've got to get off the sidelines and get on the dance floor. Whether that means literally or otherwise. Find something that interests you, and get super curious... and whatever you do, let go of your need to 'already know' the answer before you begin. That spoils all the adventure, and fun!

🎢 🎢 What's something you're interested in trying that would invite curiosity and get you adventuring and exploring?

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