Today is going to be a little different. I want to talk to all of you about something that has changed my life for the better, and I’m convinced it can do the same for you.
Back in the day, I used to be a selfish person. I was always thinking about myself, my goals, my problems, and my ego. It’s not that I didn’t care about others, I just cared about myself a lot more. There were people that looked up to me at the gym, and people who needed me at home, but I didn’t pay attention. At the time, I thought I had it all figured out, but I was totally wrong.
A few years ago, I had a wake-up call that I didn’t expect. A serious health issue forced me to reevaluate everything in my life, including my own purpose. I knew that in order to make things right for the people around me and be the best version of myself, I had to get myself right.
That’s when I decided to make a change.
I sat down and created what I call a “bulletproof” routine in the morning that no one can interrupt. When I say bulletproof, that is exactly what I mean, there is no stopping me. This routine helps me take care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally. By doing that, this same routine gives me the strength and energy to serve the ones I care about with passion, compassion, and joy.

When I created my bulletproof morning routine, I did it with the intent of creating a system that would “recharge my batteries” so to speak. Taking care of others and being the person that you promised people you would be, requires energy, and lots of it.
My routine consists of a few basic principles:
  • Exercise and Stretching: This is how my routine starts, and it’s where yours should start too. Here’s why: A focused workout first thing in the morning is a way to keep your body in check by humbling it through self-imposed struggle. This level of productive, physical strain on the body will silence and compartmentalize those little noises in your head that can lead you down the path of anxiety, depression, and so on. Then, with a silenced mind, I’m able to really focus on my next task.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness: Those of you that know me, know that this is a huge part of my life, and I can’t stress enough how important it is to your overall wellbeing. Meditation helps me clear my mind and focus on the present moment and what I need to accomplish for the day. And the huge benefit of doing this after my workout is that my mind is clear and I’m able to focus because I was able to silence my body already.
  • Eat Healthy and Drink Water: Your body can’t perform at its peak without the right diet. There are a million fad diets out there, but the bottom line has always been if you want to get fit or stay fit, then a caloric deficit is not just ideal, it’s critical. It may sound strange to purposely stay just a little hungry, but the positive effect it has on the brain is unbelievable. Studies are already out showing the benefits of a diet that maintains the body in a slight caloric deficit. Not only that, but what you eat is just as important. It’s important to manage your macro-nutrients to maintain balance. Yes, you need carbs and yes, you need fats, but no, you don’t need a double bacon cheeseburger every day for lunch. My method? I prefer balance with a 40/30/30 split between proteins, carbs, and fats, but the human body also responds well to a 50/25/25 split. You may have to vary it if you have certain dietary restrictions, but there is a way for even the most sensitive or picky eaters to find a quality balance of lean proteins, carbs from whole grains or vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats. What is a healthy fat? I’ll keep it simple; it should be in liquid form at room temperature (Olive oil versus butter).
  • Keep a Journal: This sounds way too simple, but the fact is when we get our thoughts out there, it does have an effect on our mood, like getting something off your chest to someone you trust. I truly believe in journaling, but no, you’re not going to see me sitting at my desk with a pen and a spiral notepad. Times are different. Social media is also a form of journaling. You need to always remember your audience and whatever you put out there is out there for good, but it’s also good to get your thoughts out there. You’d be surprised how many people think or feel the same way. And it’s not something you need to do every day even though I do. But that’s why I write the posts that I do. These serve as my way of journaling, and I hope each of you find a way that fits your style. It’s cool if you want to write pages in a notebook, or just use 160 characters to say how you’re feeling, the important thing is to document your thoughts. It will really help in reflection later on.
-this is for you-
By following this routine every morning, I have noticed a huge difference in my life. I feel more alert, happier, and less stressed. I have more energy and motivation to do what I love and take care of the people that I love. And most important, it helps give me more awareness and empathy for the people I serve: each of you.
It’s this exact reason why I make it my business to answer as many DMs as I possibly can every day. It is also why I share my tips, insights, and stories with you on social media. And it’s also why I create content that can help you improve your MMA skills, your confidence, and especially your mindset, because that is where it all starts.
I’m not doing this for myself. I’m doing this for you.
Why? Because there was a time in my life when I didn’t give a f*ck about people.  But living this way ended up making me miserable and my life went to sh*t.
Once I found myself there, I said, f*ck it, I’m going to give it all away, and the truth is that I’ve been happier than a pig in sh*t.
The reason I’m telling you all of this is because I want you to know that you matter to me. None of you are just followers or subscribers. I consider you my friends and fellow Martial Arts enthusiasts. Each of you deserve respect, support, and guidance.
That’s what I’m here for
All that being said, I want you to know that you have the power to change your life for the better too. Life circumstances will always try to break you down, but you alone have the power to take care of yourself so that you can take care of the ones you care about and overcome whatever life throws your way.
You don’t have to follow my exact routine, but you do need to find one that works for you. It needs to be something that helps you start your day on the right foot. One that helps you get your habits in order, and your vices in check.
Trust me, you can’t be optimal for the people you love if you’re living with blind spots that rob you of your true purpose. If you can find clarity on who it is you’re serving and adopt a bulletproof routine, the world can be yours.

Think about it. This is really what the spirit of Martial Arts is all about. When you’re part of a team or a gym, you serve others with your skills, your energy, and your support. It really can be a family environment when you find the right gym, and the energy you get back is just as powerful as what you put out.
So, remember, in order to take care of others, you need to take care of yourself first and if you need any help along the way, just reach out. You know where to find me.
I'll see you in the next one,
-Steven Williams

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