The Happy Monday Mindset #37

Festive Stresstive.

A Happy Monday to you all.

Back in Townsville now – time for the festive season goodness with the family.

I’m writing this email from my phone, laying in bed, aircon on, just about to enter my second nap for the day.

I’m sure this may be it for me, count this as my last living testament

My head is pounding, I’m dehydrated and my mouth feels like a sewer.

I swear, this is the hangover to rule all hangovers.

AND my core is on fucking fore after participating in a Pilates class with Mum & Dad

(wtf Pilates is super hard)

But here I am, writing an email for you lot

Because consistency & persistence is what I preach – and it’s what I damn well practice.

It’s remarkable what you can build if you just don’t stop.

It’s remarkable the business you can build if you don’t stop working.

It’s remarkable the body you can build if you don’t stop training.

It’s remarkable the knowledge you can build if you don’t stop learning.

Today I want to spread a message a little different than my usual.

Usually I’ll prattle on about something, make a nice little life lesson out of it and tie it in to how exercise & nutrition is key to making a ‘fuck yeah’ life.

(which, it fucking is – don’t be a muppet)

Today I want to talk about one of the most underutilized emotional states I see in today’s society.

In a time where most of the population is in a state of heightened stress due to buying people they don’t like, presents they don’t want, with money they don’t have

(P.S. Life hack: you don’t have to buy people you don’t like presents, it’s one of the benefits of being an adult)

One that has the power to change the way you behave, act & react to situations.

One that has the power to bring a huge amount of positivity into your life, and take negativity out.

One that you should feel for me right now with this hangover level 9000.


(the ability to understand and share the feelings of another)

Being empathetic to someone else is one of the purest gifts you can give out to others, and to yourself.

Especially around this time of year.

Discovering how to use empathy will rid you of negative feelings toward life/others.

I see it all the time.

‘That person was such a flat out dick to me, fuck them’

‘Why on earth is she behaving like such a twat’

‘He was an ignorant shitbag bag of a human to me, I have been slighted’

Let’s be clear here

Stress doesn’t make anyone their highest self.

That’s directed at you.

And at me.

“You’re not you when you’re hungry.”


It’s the same with stress.

Often, when we see someone doing something we percieve to be dumb/ignorant/annoying – it’s more a reflection of our own mental state.

(but some people are just fucking dumb)

The key is here, that we have perceived it this way from the outside.

Perhaps if you were in those shoes it would make the most logical sense in the world.

Or maybe not, but that’s just how it is.

Perhaps if you weren’t in such a stressed state it wouldn’t be such a big deal.

Perhaps if they weren’t in such a stressed state they wouldn’t be such a dickhead.

You can’t change how other are acting

You can change how you react to them.

Be a better person & show empathy towards others this festive season.

Don’t even do it for them, do it for yourself.

When you show empathy to another person you release any emotional baggage that could be held onto from the situation from yourself

That’s a fucking beautiful thing.

The last thing anyone needs around this time of year is more emotional distress to deal with.

It’s actually surprisingly easy to implement.

If someone is acting like a giant turd I will ask myself,

“Would you rather be you, or them?”

I have not yet encountered a person that I would rather be than me.

I genuinely believe that if we were to all stand around a table & place our struggles on the table like playing cards, everyone would only pick their own cards back up.

You just have no idea what people are dealing with & struggling with out there.

I am not excusing any shitty behaviour from individuals

I’m asking you to be better & move at a higher frequency.

Show empathy to the fuckhead who double parks like a moron in the only available car space at the mall.

Show empathy to the jackass who cut you off in traffic.

Show empathy to that bastard who eats the last slice of pudding without asking anyone if they want some.

Really, the lesson here is: JUST DON’T BE A DICK.

And, more importantly, don’t be a dick to yourself.

Keep training over the festive season – these are SUPER important sessions coming up.

Not only do they keep you consistent & require you to flex that dedication muscle

But (assuming you’re about to blow the calories out of the water like I am) they are the best sessions of the year! 

Higher Caloric Intake = Higher Caloric Output Potential

Higher Caloric Output = Higher Performance

Higher Caloric Intake = High Recovery Potential

If you need help putting a plan in place hit me up.

Show some empathy to yourself, and sign on for my online training packages here:

New year, new you.

Let’s fucking go.

Lots of love,

Michael x

Anti-Self Dicking Behaviour Management Consultant

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