As Steve says in this interview, he likes to lead by example. Steve doesn’t really have a doctrine, but he IS trying to say to people – here’s an alternative way to live.
He really is one of the freest people I know, and gives me a similar vibe to Ido Portal. He’s gone beyond social expectations and definitions.
Steve is a big favourite with you guys, and I know you’re gonna have your own takeaways, but here are some of the top things that have stuck with me since the last interview.
- Control of the mind
- Forget the collective conscious
- Zen training – for the sheer joy of doing, not for performance
1. Mind Control
This first piece is really the key to Steve’s knack for adaptability, and I swear it’s the foundation for how he manages to live like a nomad, and on his own terms.
Steve tells the story of his old Army sergeant who never seemed to be working out but still managed to stay totally ripped and have one of the best physiques Steve had ever seen.
The trick was completely mental. Every night before bed this Army sergeant would thank God for giving him the body he wanted to have.
This is an extreme example, but there’s a lot of truth in it. You can go the opposite way and be working out six days a week and see little or no change in your body.
It’s about the mentality. If you don’t have control over your mind, all your energies will go to waste.
As Steve says, we need to reclaim our minds from the fear-based culture, otherwise we will just be rehashing second-hand negativities.
Steve uses affirmations, meditation and gratitude lists, and it’s this that helps him take control of what his mind manifests in his life.
2. Get free of the hive mind
This is related to that last point about mind control, but Steve applies it to everything.
We’re so caught up in the rituals and celebrations of society that we forget sometimes why we even do what we do.
For a lot of us, our whole lives are run like this – doing stuff just to impress people we don’t like and because society says that’s always been the way.
Steve doesn’t even celebrate birthdays and anniversaries! He’s taken himself out of the obligation game completely.
As Steve says, this same mentality that says you have to celebrate this or that, is the same mentality that tells you you have to buy the house, the car and and all the useless consumer goods we think we want but don’t even know why.
We end up following the crowd, not even knowing why we buy stuff, and most of the time we end up being miserable.
This is because we’ve allowed the collective to do the thinking for us, and Steve really got me thinking about how following the crowd on the little stuff like birthdays and anniversaries can lead to following on a bigger level too.
We don’t have to abandon everything – we’ve all got to live in the world. But it’s worth bearing in mind. How much of our time do we spend doing what we actually want, rather than what society has told us to want?
3. Training Without Goals
Goals are such a big part of what we do here at London Real Academy, and in my view the right goal is the game changer in living the life you want.
On the face of it, it seems like what Steve said about not thinking about goals and doing the whole zen thing, contradicts that. But I don’t think it does.
Steve quotes a classic book from the 1970s called The Zen of Running. Basically the idea is to run for the sheer joy of the exercise. Steve says he loves to watch dogs – they run and go crazy, but they do it because they enjoy it, not because they feel they have to.
But Steve also says that he will have smart, localised goals, like perform kettlebell reps with good technique, or make sure his breathing is executed healthily.
The point is to get back to the joyful, animal instincts of exercise, and not get bogged down in impressing others.
If you’re gonna have goals, make those goals personal and purely about good execution. But above all we must enjoy what we do, and that means being adaptive going from workout to workout.
We’re not robots, so we need to listen to our bodies and listen to what Steve calls the higher self. And that can mean changing up your running from day to day. You don’t always need to be beating your PB, but you should always be running correctly and breathing naturally.The last interview we did with Steve is already a classic, and I’m sure you relate to it in your own way.
Let me know in the comments below what YOUR takeaways were, and whether you agree or disagree with what I’ve written here.