Though training is a huge passion I pride myself in developing the mind as well. These are some of the books I’ve read, that are easily integrated into a modern lifestyle.

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior is an amazingly profound book, that’s really easy to read and will change the way you look at strength and life in general.

Body Mind Mastery: Creating Success in Sport and Life. Supposedly Phil Jackson asked all of his players during the double threepeat with the Chicago Bulls to read this book. It’s about integrating the body and mind to increase athletic performance.

Exuberant Animal: This is another potentially life-altering book. Frank Forencich describes an approach to life, health and fitness that origines from exuberant play. The book is made up of small essays that fit into a great context. For that reason it works great as a book you can read a chapter in here and there, as opposed to a “read cover to cover in a week” type of books.

The Tao of Pooh (The Wisdom of Pooh): It’s a very easily read introduction to taoism, with a little bit of Winnie the Pooh thrown in. In some parts I found the Pooh-thing a bit trivial, but in the end, I think the book works pretty well overall. If nothing else, it made me curious enough to buy the real deal – the Tao Te Ching.

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Do you want to be a loser?

Last weekend I visited one of my oldest and best friends in Germany. One of the great things about our friendship is that the conversation naturally flows from toilet stories over politics, society and parenthood and crude inside jokes. We pretty much cover everything.

My friend works with some real characters and one of them recently offered this little golden nugget of wisdom:

Winner in highschool, loser in life.

While this obviously doesn’t always hold true, I really like the underlying message. While the “carpe diem”-cliche may seem attractive at first, long-term planning is the way to go. In training and in life.

Training for today, this week or even this month is better than not training at all, but if you really want to kick it up a notch, you have to think long-term. How hard and how heavy you can go this week doesn’t really matter if you’re not training next week. Slow and steady wins the race.

Develop a philosophy over time and stick to it. Results will come.

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