Thursday, August 17, 2017

High Performance Mastery and Garage Gym Meathead Mastery

Still? Really? After all we've talked about? :)

Too many potentially successful people make a crucial mistake as soon as they wake up.

That mistake, as you know from my book, is hitting the snooze button.

But if you're a fighter jet, then you'll make this promise to me:

You'll never hit snooze again – EVER. Here's why...

"When you hit the snooze button, you're telling your hopes and dreams that they are not important and that they can wait." – Bedros Keuilian

WOW! Isn't that scary? Do you really want your subconscious mind believing this?

No way! That's why you must NEVER hit snooze again.

Here's a little incentive. Fine yourself $100 every time you hit snooze. Pay that fine to a cause you dislike.

Yes, this is extreme. But you need to get this serious if snoozing is a problem.

You can also apply this to any bad habit in your life (I used this system to quit cursing in just 6 days).

Here are two dudes that don't snooze!

— with Bedros Keuilian.

I just don't get it.

Oh well...

I didn't hit snooze today even though I didn't sleep well last night.

But I got up and finished my #1 work project for the day, walked the dog, ate breakfast, spent another 90 minutes in creative time, and then hit the garage gym for the following workout:

1A) DB Press - worked up to a PB of 80x12
1B) Band Pull

2A) DB Incline
2B) TRX Row

Tomorrow is an off day and then Saturday AM is Deadlift Day. Hurray!

After lunch I did a podcast and two sales calls, batting .500. I had another high performer join my new Perfect Life Mastery program, which is a 3-meeting per year group that is the next level after my 1-year Perfect Life Workshop mentoring program.

I love sharing my gift of vision and structure with the world because it helps high performers help 10X's as many people.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
The harder you work, the luckier you will get. Put yourself in the places you need to be to meet the people you to meet so that you become the person you need to become to achieve the goals you want to achieve.

Work hard,

Craig Ballantyne

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nashville Uber Toronto Workout

Here's a really fun podcast to start. Enjoy!


Don't miss the wacky fitness challenge he made me "invent" at the start of the show... But the mental toughness challenge is even better!

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Today I did something different, too.

I went to the gym in the afternoon. This is rare. Very rare.

But good fun.

I started the morning in Nashville. Got up early, worked, and hit the airport at 7am. Had a couple of protein bars there, and then napped on a quick flight to Toronto.

Then I took a big leap of faith and took a $145 uber ride from the airport to my home... overall, it'll be cheaper than a rental car.

After petting the dog and cleaning his dirty ears, I biked to the gym for my first afternoon squat session in years.

1A) Squats
1B) Mobility

2A) Good Morning
2B) Box Jumps

Left hamstring was tight and my right IT band is still a tiny bit sore, but overall it was a good session.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Everything you do sets you up for success or puts an obstacle in your way. Choose actions consistent with the image you've committed to…no one likes a hypocrite.

Set your expectations high – and hit them.

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Amazing post from CTT, Stephanie Flynn...

Becoming your best requires daily work. I am working on myself every day so I can make my team, clients, and daughter better every day. It is crucial my team works on themselves every day so that we can make our clients better every day.

We want to be fighter jets in life. When you are a fighter jet, you get extraordinary results fast. That means:

• Getting more done at work and at home in
less time
• Having massive amounts of all-day energy
• Feeling less stress and a greater sense of peace
• Having more impact and meaning through work
• And improving your health and wealth

Here's how you do that...

• More structure in your days
• Clarity of passion and purpose
• Strength in your skills and leadership ability
• Mental resilience and passionate persistence
• Constant and never ending
improvement => KAIZEN

You don't become stronger, happier, and more successful by accident, it is daily intentional (AMAZINGLY AWESOME) "work"

* Thank you for the inspiration Craig Ballantyne and Bedros Keuilian ... fighter jets

Craig Ballantyne
Author, The Perfect Day Formula


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mornings and Meatheads in LAX and Nashville

This morning takes me from LAX to Nashville. I'm meeting a brand new coaching client that inspired a politically incorrect post (Below).

In the meantime, I rocked a short Meathead Monday workout at the hotel gym before hitting up LAX.

1A) Pushup
1B) Pullup

2A) DB Incline
2B) Face Pull

Oh, and here's my new podcast on morning routines.

Politically Incorrect Post:

Work-Life Balance is a myth for the High Performer.

#truth => There is no Work Life Balance for us.

Balance suggests an equal weighting.

The fact is, there is not an equal weighting between work and non-work in our daily schedule.

There cannot be Balance given the BIG goals you want to accomplish.

Not having "balance" is neither good nor bad. It just is.

"People are disturbed not by a thing, but by their PERCEPTION of a thing." - Epictetus.

Forget balance. And get rid of the stress in your life that comes from not living some other person's definition of balance. What a waste of energy!

Instead, strive for the right Work-Life MIX for your dream life.

Your Empire, and your Perfect Life, whether it includes a $1 billion company, a $500,000 net income, or shutting down work at 3pm every day, is not built on balance.

It does not serve you to waste energy chasing society's opinion of "work life balance".

What is right for others is not right for YOU.

So take the energy wasted on being bothered and put it into growth and constant and never ending improvement.

I like the following quote, and hope you will too. It was a favorite of Marty Edelston, a man who built the Boardroom Inc. publishing empire through hard work and long hours, and who was very happy doing so while also raising a loving family and having an impact on millions of people:

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

Bottom line:
Make the right decision, right now, for your right life. Always.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

"It's not about the hour you GET up, it's about what you do with the hours that you ARE up." -

Push on,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Make the right decisions for your right life!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Fun Day

Woohoo, another Sunday Fun Day with Jay Ferruggia in Santa Monica.

Although my mom was partying back in Toronto with my sister, too.

That makes me wonder... who is taking care of the dog!!!???

German dinner
#bratwurstandschnitzel #makingherwaythroughthebeerlist — eating dinner with Marc Doucet and Marlene Ballantyne at Otto's Bierhalle. Oh well.

I also crushed a great workout in Costa Mesa this morning.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Box Jump

2B) Mobility

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Remember the 3-C Formula:

Control what you can.
Cope with what you can't.
Concentrate on what counts.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Workout and Workshop in California

Yesterday was fun. Just look at the smile on my face in the picture below.

After a morning workout with Bedros I drove down to Costa Mesa and spoke to 400 awesome younger-ish folks at Jason Capital's High Status Summit.

It was a blast. My favorite audience in the last 2 years.

Then I had dinner with the one-and-only Vince Delmonte. It was so great.

We ate BIG at Mastro's steakhouse.

Today I was fueled up for a morning meathead workout of arms and shoulders, that was it. Good times.

Then i had to rush to a Perfect Life Workshop. And i'll do the same tomorrow, too. (The workshop, not the workout.)

Sunday we deadlift!

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Fight the dark side.

Remember, If the junk food is in your house, you are going to eat it. So get rid of it.

And don't let it in the house in the first place.

Don't let marketing or peer pressure suck you in.

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Perfect High Status Meathead Workout

This was my last morning in Chino Hills for this month. Bedros and I snuck in one more AM working at 24 hour fitness.

1A) Bench Press
1B) Pullup

2A) DB Press
2B) Chest Supported Row

And we filmed some videos and had a business meeting. A 10/10 trip to the gym. Wish every morning was like this.

Then I drove to Costa Mesa and spoke at the High Status Summit for my friend Jason Capital. Good times. Great audience.

Then it was off to dinner with the one and only Vince Delmonte. We went over to Mastro's for steak.

Now it's time for a big nap before a Perfect Life Workshop in the morning.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
The Discipline you Display Today will be Treasured Tomorrow. Get to Work. Win your Day. Own your life.

"Every success story works at physical health, improving their friendships and connections with others, being creative, and being grateful. Every day. For those who don't, they quickly get sick, depressed, anxious, fearful. They have to change their lives. When they make that change, universally all success stories say to me, 'that's when it all started going right.'" – James Altucher ‬

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Squats and Team Training at FBBC

This morning I got up earlier than usual, did some work, and then went over to 24-Hour Fitness for a 7am squat session with Bedros.

Next it was over to FBBC HQ for a Perfect Team Training session with several Fit Body Boot Camp franchise owners. It was awesome! We turned the rockstars into Superhero's to make them even more effective at changing lives. I loved it.

My morning workout:

1) Squat
2) Good Morning
3) Core Training

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:

Get better every day!💪

Craig Ballantyne
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"Never peak!" - @bedroskeuilian 👑
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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

California Pushups and Pullups

On Sunday morning, very early, I hit a new 2017 personal best on pushups.

I'm shocked. But somehow I managed to crank out 57 reps - without caffeine. Then I flew to LA to spend the day with Jason Ferruggia.

Great Sunday!

On Monday I had a day off from training and did a 4-mile walk.

Today it was back into the garage gym, but not my garage. It was at Bedros Keuilian's home in California.

On Thursday I'm squatting, so today was an upper body workout.

1A) Pullups
1B) 1-Arm KB Presses

2A) TRX Rows
2B) TRX Triceps

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Everyone in the world has the same struggles. They don't have enough time. They lack clarity. They're not sure what to focus on.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Deadlifting on a Cold and Rainy Summer Morning Before Sunny LA

Today was my final workout on the farm before heading to Toronto for the night. I have an early flight to LAX. From there I'll meet Jay Ferruggia, and hopefully Australian trainer, Chris Dufey, too. We'll hit brunch, and I'm expecting Jay to lay waste to a lot of carbohydrates. He goes crazy every Sunday afternoon.

Since it was a deadlift session, that meant I had to leave the home gym and go to the local YMCA for some barbell time.

It all worked out perfectly, since the gym was quiet, even though it was an unseasonably cold and rainy August morning.

1A) Deadlift
1B) Mobilty

2A) Good Morning
2B) Row

That was it. Solid session.

I plan to do something quick before the flight tomorrow morning.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Spend an hour this morning thinking. Turn off your electronics. Avoid the Internet. Don't watch TV. Just sit and think. Finish your day with three hours free from all gadgets and TV. Spend the time in conversation or in love, but not in the digital world.

Rock on,


PS - More content on how to Set Boundaries to Live Free ...

... and Take More Time Off!

Remember my Paradox of Structure:

"The more structure in your life, the more true freedom you will have."

Structure includes boundaries for social media, email, and your phone.

For example, you should not go on your phone until after you have been awake for an hour or two. That way you can get something productive done each morning, like writing, BIG thinking, practicing a sales script, exercise, or meditation.

Likewise, you MUST have a boundary for when you shut your phone off each night. It should be at least an hour before bedtime, preferably two hours. This will help you wind down and fall asleep faster, and sleep deeper.

I even recommend "Device Free Days" or Digital Detox blocks on the weekend when you shut off all electronics. Discover how to do this on my Digital Detox podcast at…/

Doing a controversial Digital Detox Device Free Day helps you regain control of your life, dominate your days, get more done, and finally achieve the success…

Friday, August 04, 2017

Meathead Friday in the Garage Gym

Every day in the garage gym is international chest day. Okay, it's not, but today was!

1A) DB Incline Press

1B] Band pull

2A) DB Triceps Extensions

2b) Mobility

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:

If there is a problem in your life that demands your attention, stop shirking your responsibility and avoiding the problem.

Man-Up. Attack the issue today. Take one big step towards its resolution. Make the call, do the work, pay the price. It won't fix itself.

It's up to you to make the changes.


Craig Ballantyne, CTT

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Proactive Approach

While my workouts are shorter these days, they are also more frequent. Today I did another lower body workout in the garage gym after a morning of heavy writing.

1A) KB Squats
1B) Ball Curl

2A) KB Lunge

3A) Ball Plank
3B) Hammer Curl

The three weeks off from good lifting in Europe have really revved me up to do the more frequent workouts, and even some bodybuilding exercises. Just feels good. Lesson learned: Don't go on a barbell and dumbbell diet!

I need to be more PRO-active and plan workouts when I'm gone ... especially next year because I'm going on a safari in Africa with Joel followed with my annual trip to Europe (July-August 2018). So I'll be looking for good gyms in Cape Town and Jo'burg.

By the way, PRO-active is the best way to live.

You see, there are two types of people in life.

First, there are REACTIVE people that try to find time for what matters.

Second, there are PROACTIVE people that make time for the important matters.

It is the former that struggle, and the latter that succeed.

The difference comes down to two words. One person tries to find time, while the other makes time.

You can't find time! It's not hidden under your bed with Ab Rocker, collecting dust.

You have to make time for your priorities in life. One of the easiest ways to make more time is to get up early.

Success comes from what you do with your time, how you structure your day, the routines you create, and how you block the temptations and obstacles that try to get in your way. <= Ultimate Daily Preparation

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Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
To create new habits, you must internalize the benefits of your actions.

Don't meditate because it is good for you. Meditate because it feels good. Don't have difficult discussions out of obligation. Do so because you enjoy how the challenge makes you grow. Don't exercise for health. Do so because it makes you feel great and gives you energy.

Do your work because of what it helps you become.

Craig Ballantyne
Founder, ETR University


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

1st of the month Workout

Happy 1st. Did you know:

"You could just as easily change your life today or on New Year's Day. Change is a matter of choice, not calendar." – Dan Kennedy

"You are responsible for exactly who, what, and where you are in life. That will be just as true this time next year." - Kekich Credo #58

With that in mind, we must march towards our big goals every day, taking action on the steps to success.

I was in the garage gym and, thanks to my rehab efforts over the past few days, was able to have a pain-free back and biceps workout.

Meathead City!

1A) DB Row
1B) Mobility

2A) DB Curl
2B) Ab Wheel

I'll do a second mobility session this afternoon.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
It's not about the hour you get up, it's about what you do with the hours that you are up.

"It's time to stop being vague. If you wish to be an extraordinary person, if you wish to be wise, then you should explicitly identify the kind of person you aspire to become. Precisely describe the demeanor you want to adopt so that you may preserve it when you are by yourself or with other people." – Epictetus

Rock on all month long,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - I also wrote this crazy article...

Today's lesson comes from JayZ...

The man turned himself from drug dealer to $500 million man (he's probably worth even more).

Now listen, I don't condone what he did... or does.

But we can learn from him.

One of his secrets to success is "Controlling the Narrative".

Jay-Z was the one who controlled the narrative about the past by being open about it... rather than letting others discover his dirty laundry.

By controlling the narrative, he controlled the world's perspective about his past.

Jay-Z set the EXPECTATIONS for how the world would deal with him.

That's the lesson for you today...

CONTROL THE NARRATIVE and set the expectations for the world to deal with you.

For example, you must control the narrative about how people can expect to communicate with you.

Here's how...

.................... Use The 3-B System .......................

Many people let their clients, co-workers, and friends ping them, buzz them and contact them through multiple methods of communication...

...and you feel obligated to get back to them ASAP.

This causes stress because you do not have Control of the Communication Narrative.

FB, IG, and even email should NOT be the mode of communication if someone needs you to see something before the end of the day.

If it's on FB, it's not urgent.
If it's on any social media, it's not urgent for YOU to deal with.
Even email is not an emergency.

Here's the 3-B system...

If it's not broken, bleeding, or burning, it can wait till tomorrow. Or at least several hours.

If it is bleeding, broken, or burning, then it gets communicated to me by PHONE.

And I make sure this is known to everyone that communicates with me.

Communication expectations are about "controlling the narrative".

You can dictate "Office Hours" ...

Remember those from college?

Your professor said, "You can visit me between 2-4pm every Thursday. Otherwise, I'm busy."

The professor controlled the narrative and set the expectations, and we were thrilled to even get a breadcrumb of their time.

That's what you need to do in your business. That's what we ALL need to do.

And you know who's great at that?

True Empire Builders... Like Warren Buffett, Oprah, and even Zuckerberg (who stays off technology for hours everyday... even while he schemes to get you more addicted!)

So how do you retake control of the narrative around communication?

The answer...

Flip the script so that people aren't disappointed that you are not checking FB every moment of the day...

...and get them excited to know that you'll be available for 30 minutes every day at __ o'clock.

Clearly communicate the narrative.

Be in control of when people can contact you.

This will allow you to make time for what matters.


There are two types of people in the world:

1) Proactive people MAKE time for what matters and they are successful.

2) Reactive people who try to FIND time (and fail to do so) and end up struggling in life.

Jay-Z was PRO-active in controlling his narrative, in being the one in charge of his story, and thus, in charge of his future fate.

And you must be PRO-active in controlling your communication narrative, and if you do, you will also control your future fate, and have more success and less stress.

Now get after it and take CONTROL!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Still Paying for Overdoing It Workout

Ugh, my neck was really mangled this weekend. I must have slept on it wrong Friday night. It's been irritated since a kettlebell swing workout the day after I returned from Europe, throwing off my training a bit.

The neck stopped me from training on Saturday, and I had to take Friday off because of early filming and an all-day workshop. Fortunately the tight neck didn't stop me from squatting on Sunday or doing presses today.

Sunday's workout was...

1A) Barbell Squats
1B) Box Jump

2A) Good Morning
2B) DB Lunges

I did two sessions of upper body mobility and lots of neck ROM stuff. I was much better this morning, but still did a long warm up before this garage gym meathead monday session:

1A) DB Chest Press (80x6x6)
1B) Band Pull

2A) DB Triceps Extension
2B) Rolling

Believe it or not, that's the extent of my workouts these days. I also do a lot of biking, too, now that summer is great.

Less is more, but it's hard to convince some TT'ers of that!

Speaking of less...

Try going without your phone for an extended period of time. Do this Digital detox challenge (my latest controversial podcast)


Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Whatever you are going through, this too shall pass.

"Our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory...that will last forever." - 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18

This too shall pass.

Stay strong,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - How to dominate your days...

Sent this to one of my Perfect Life Workshop coaching clients... he just happens to be an actor on TV shows like Scandal, etc.

But a minor role player, and the father of two young kids, so his life is as stressed as anyone's... but here was my advice to him about having better mornings:

Your perfect morning routine starts the night before with a 4pm brain dump, to do list, and process planning session.

1) A "brain dump" is where you write down all of the work-related thoughts running through your head. This allows you to leave those thoughts behind and separates work time from personal/family time. Start using this exercise tonight. It allows you to be present with your family while not worrying about something from work.

2) After the brain dump, script your next workday, filling in blocks of time with important tasks to finish. List the #1 thing you need to work on first thing in the morning so that when you wake up you know exactly what to do.

3) Once you have chosen that priority, write down three steps to make it go smoothly. For example, if you wanted to write an article, then jot down three bullet points to make the writing easier... if you wanted to work on the bills, organize them into stacks and have everything ready to go... or if you wanted to rehearse a script, make sure it is open to the right page and make a few notes about the content so you are "already warmed up"

Other things you can do to make your morning easier include preparing your lunch the night before, laying out your work clothes, packing your work bag, and even sleeping in your (clean!) exercise clothes if you want to do that in the morning.

That makes your mornings flow freely, without anxiety, confusion, or rushing around.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

PITN Pain in the Neck

This is embarrassing. I hurt my left neck/trap/rotator cuff over 10 days ago. If I sleep on my left shoulder, the injured area is tight in the morning.

It was bad this morning, and so that ruled out deadlifting, but I thought it would be okay for pressing. After a lengthy warm-up I decided against it and did some biking and sprints instead, along with extra rolling stretching. Tomorrow might work for deadlifts. If not, then it'll be squats. Either way, it's going to be a serious Sunday session. :)

"Journaling is like a toothbrush for your mind." - @ujramdas 🤔

One of the great insights from yesterday's Perfect Life Workshop in Toronto with another group of amazing Rockstars 💥

Hope to see you at your workshop soon!👊❤️🙏 #entrepreneur #success #workshop #perfectdayformula

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Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
Make Rules. List 3 rules that you will live by for the next 30 days. These rules are NOT meant to be broken. It could be: I will wake up at _am every day. I will meditate or pray for ___ minutes first thing each morning. I will drink ___ cups of water each day. I will exercise ___ minutes per day. I will call __ people every day. I will ___ every day before bed. Etc. Create 3 simple rules for 30 Perfect Days. Use your commitment to these 3 rules to grow stronger in all areas of life, discipline, commitment and love.

And use this plan at night, too:

Keep planning and preparing the night before and tackling that big project in the morning. That's what I did today to overcome the anxiety / stress / procrastination. It's what we must do!

If you're struggling or feeling frustrating... just do SOMETHING that moves you in the right direction. Action beats anxiety. Motion beats meditation.

Focus on what matters and get back to work doing it! ;)

Rock on,

Craig Ballantyne

PS - Remember this simple message next week!

Get up and get after your dreams!
#success #entrepreneur #motivation