What's the one ritual you practice/follow every day?
Early mornings on my own (I wake up even before my dog!). No phone, no noise, just quiet tinkering as I get going for my day. I’ll even squeeze in some reading.
What ritual brings you the most happiness?
Break time walks with my dog Hank. I know it sounds cheesy but f-it. Whatever the status of my day, he reminds me of what’s real and walks slow enough that I pick my eyes of the ground and really take in the elements of outdoors and de-computerize. We have a specific route and at the end of it, EVERY time I have clarity and restoration.
Do you have any health and/or fitness rituals?
For me, these come by way of my set up for every lift in the gym. Whether a set of 12 squats or a pair of clean and jerks or even a simple seated military press… from my grip to my posture to my breath to my vision. Each movement has a waterfall sequence that I lock into every time for every rep. The ritual for me lives in the setting the stage for my best work.
Do you use rituals to help you achieve your goals?
My rituals create a sense of control and safety, which opens me up to more swagger in my decisions. When I know I have one foot on the ground, I am able to practice way more courage and grow in not just confidence but in the knowledge via those experiences that transfers into greater execution with the goal at hand.
Do you have any meal-time rituals?
Cooking for me is a bit of a dance. It’s a meditative ritual of prepping, timing outcomes, and most of all, delivering at once. I also never, ever, allow my food to touch, unless I want it to. Perhaps that’s more of a neurosis over a ritual though! lol
What advice would you give to anyone that feels unable to reach the next level of success?
In every single category→ KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOUR OWN PAPER. The world doesn’t need replicants, it needs you to be the first and only you. Yes, there’s a place for seeking counsel, however, most of the time I see people get stuck when they are using the answers that other people used to succeed vs. trusting their own instincts that are by nature best suited for themselves. To be, is to do. So be you, so you can do you, and break through!!!
What's your favorite quote of all time?
SO hard to choose-- but right now here’s my top 2! “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” - Jean-Michel Basquiat || “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” - Albert Einstein