If you truly want to create the kind of ass-kicking personal transformations in any aspect of your life, then I recommend you begin with one area. In fact, it’s my belief that everything from excelling in business to climbing out of depression can be built upon this one foundation: healthy eating and brutal exercise.

That may sound strange. “What in the hell does training and eating right have to do with changing your life or achieving something?” It has everything to do with it, and I’ll explain why.

Three Reasons Good Food and Hardcore Training Changes You

There are three reasons why eating right and training hard are the foundation to real achievement and lasting change.

  1. A healthy body purges out the negative emotions that stem from bad food.
  2. Hardcore training releases endorphins (a form of morphine) which help you to feel better.
  3. Immediate visible changes in your physique are the quickest means to converting you from an undisciplined slacker into a real achiever.

So much of our attitude and outlook is determined by what’s in our bodies; and massive amounts of sugar, processed foods, salt, fat, etc. will war against your body’s ability to create the organic chemicals you need to feel the best you can. It’s as simple as the old saying, “Garbage in—garbage out.”

Creating Your Own Drugs

Not only does healthy eating help you to feel good, but so also does vigorous exercise. As I mentioned above, I recommend this as a foundation even for those dealing with bouts of depression, sadness, and anxiety.

The reason is because hardcore training (weight lifting, cardio, etc) releases endorphins which are a form of “morphine” that help to create a kind of natural euphoria, e.g. “runner’s high.”

With regular intense training, you are routinely releasing positive chemicals instead of assaulting your body with endless doses of adrenaline that typically get released when dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression.

Ever wonder why you can’t sleep sometimes even though your body’s tired? It’s adrenaline, and you’re creating it yourself. Hardcore training helps you to offset that vicious cycle.

Change Your Body, and You’ll More Easily Change Your Mind

Besides feeling good from producing your own healthy chemicals, there is a psychological phenomenon that happens when you eat right and regularly train with intensity.

If you get on a routine of healthy eating and intense workouts, you quickly begin to see actual changes in your physical body, and nothing creates a new belief system faster than this.

It’s one thing to try and think positive as the way to change your life, but a new outlook is so much more reinforced when you actually experience something physically. If you see positive changes in your body after a few weeks, your positive thinking is much more believable to you than if you would’ve gained more fat during that same time.

You’ll Believe It When You See It

As you continue to see changes in your body over time, your mind will better make the connection between action, discipline, and results. You will then find it much easier to apply that same connection to other areas as you become more disciplined with your money, your job, your business, etc.

This is all part of my belief that the foundation of all that we do and become is created solely with “human technology” and not drugs or therapy. Granted, there are instances when alternative treatments are necessary, but for most people, they could experience a radical transformation in every area of their life by simply eating right, drinking lots of water, getting rest, and training hard.

Have you found this to be true yourself? Let me know in the comments below, or tell me about your own approach to health and fitness.


C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    27 replies to "Skull Change: How to Create an Ass-Kicking Outlook That Will Change Your Life for the Better"

    • Man I needed this as I started slacking after the Devil Dash!

    • Awesome! No slacking! 😉

    • Frankie

      I’m actually pretty lazy as far as exercise goes, but I can attest to the effectiveness of this formula regarding recovery from severe, physical brain injury. It’s also largely free. You have to eat, anyway, might as well spend that time, cash and energy on diet that will return a reward. Exercise is the same way. We’re really already doing both.

    • Thank you for that, Jennapher. That’s a good testimony, and you’re correct, we are already doing both.

    • monica

      Damn CJ! You are ALWAYS on point!!!!!!

    • Thanks, Monica!

    • Renee

      A great read, as always. Definitly managing my depression a lot better with positive thinking, exercise and a healthy diet (well healthier than it used to be).

    • Thanks, Renee! You’re doing a great job.

    • jen

      drinking good water to flush out the toxins, and proper breathing also go a long way toward keeping the PH properly balanced. thanks for sharing, and dayum man!!! you’re doing great!!! keep up the good work!

    • Thank you, Jen. And you’re right, proper breathing is crucial. Good point.

    • I am discovering that myself! I am 10 times happier than I have been in a while from making small changes in my activity level by joining a gym and hiring a trainer to kick my ass (and I will admit I need that right now). I am already seeing results…I am turning HAWT! LOL! By the way…you look absolutely LUSCIOUS…I mean, DAMN! 😉 I will never possess a Supermodel’s body (well, maybe a Plus-Size one), but I will be healthier in the long run. Thanks for the encouragement, keep it up!

    • Slynnh2011

      i feel so much better when i work out! feel my muscles, the pain.lets me know i am alive,and takes away the numbness.

    • Awesome!

    • jen

      often found that the best form of meditation is when i’ve worked out. it brings the focus in that much sharper, and i find i can last longer with my home gym when my mind is not ‘there’ with what i’m doing.

    • Thank you, sweet Tara. You’re awesome!

    • That’s good.

    • Craig Perra

      Another amazing post. Thanks so much for the incredible energy you bring to the universe. Rock on and thanks for being such a big part of my rebirth here in CA.

    • The honor is all mine, Craig. Your support means a great deal to me.

    • Jason Smith

      C.J. I’ve seen my body under so many different diets, modes of eating/exercising that I can tell the quality of food by how my skin reacts. Similarly, I’ve come to understand just how damaging sugar and alcohol are to my moods, because large amounts of either just fuck them completely. So, I try to take them in in smaller amounts. If I totally abstain, I binge, because by nature I’m drawn to excesses. Thankfully, this has never included drugs.

      It really upsets me that the proffered cure for things like depression and ill health are pills and medications, and not exercise and proper nutrition.

    • Jason, that’s very insightful. I love you both understand and work within the bounds of your own psychology.

    • Andreas

      Fear is Physical huh?! I got to kick my ass on exercise in order to kick the shit out of laziness and depression? Sounds good to me! A delicious sacrifise! muhahaa 🙂

    • Excellent!

    • Bonhilda

      I have already tried this more times than I could count, and despite working long and hard, I end up with no results at all. I have never been able to understand why… It just doesn’t seem logical, especially when so many others benefit!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      I’d have to personally see your life routine, diet, and training habits in order to judge.

    • Aubrey Aguilar

      C.J., your words and inspiration are more helpful than you know. You help me kick my own self into change and positive growth. I still have my struggles…and weakness… However, you help me to see them for what they are. I’m starting to put them into certain “files” look at them for what they are. Your articles have helped me pull myself out of the heavy parts of the “dark season” and see that match of light. So thank you

    • Joseph Zechariah Dunegan

      Hey bro, this is Joseph Dunegan. Just read this article and I have to tell you that you ain’t full of shit. I’ve been steadily walking 4 miles 3-4 times a week. Then, after my best friend’s and neighbor’s death 4 weeks ago, I decided to start lifting weights. It’s weird, I haven’t lost weight, but gained. However, my waist size is diminishing, chest and arms, etc are augmenting. Like those big words? Love ya’, bro.

      Joseph

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Wow, that’s awesome, bro! So good to hear from you, man. Let’s catch up soon!

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