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EP050: 10 Big Ideas On How To Develop Culture That Breeds Success, Growth, Purpose And Results

What do the most successful companies and organizations in the world do that makes their teams work so well together and succeed? Is it just a “fluke” that some companies do better than others, or is there more to it?

From my studies and insight I share the clarifying power of cheesy catchphrases, the necessity of feeling safe (when developing ideas with a team) and how you can use the energy of crisis to crystallize purpose in your company, team or organization.

All successful groups (no matter how seemingly different they are on the outside) operate off an identical algorithm on the inside. The formula is clear, repeatable and applicable to your life/business. Dive into the principles and methods that you can apply to make your tribe function better and succeed.


  • Why psychological safety and the answer to the question “Am I safe here?” are important factors that decide whether your business or team can work together and succeed long-term
  • The principles and tactics that have helped my favorite sports team (the San Antonio Spurs) become the most successful sports team in the past 20 years – despite having equal talent to other teams
  • The reason you must admit to your weaknesses and how doing so will improve your team
  • Why your team needs to see the connections between their current work, bigger picture long-term results and their future within the group – and the steps to make that happen
  • What Pixar, the Navy Seals and every other successful group does that is painful and yet necessary for smooth co-operation and success
  • Why inspiration is nowhere near as important as ___________ and the unique way you can work this into your business to get ahead of the competition
  • How Kindergartners beat top level executives and CEO’s in a challenge called “tallest tower” and the lesson that is crucial if you want to be able to beat other organizations with less resources and knowledge
  • What Harry Nyquist and Rochi Givechy did to make everyone consider them the super-power for their company, and how to do it in yours
  • How a restaurant super mogul turned a near catastrophe into the catalyst that made his company into the industry leader it is today, and how you can turn tragedy into triumph

Vigor Ground Fitness:
Luka Hocevar YouTube (Subscribe Now)
Book: The Culture Code – The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups (Daniel Coyle)
Luka Hocevar Instagram (Follow)

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EP049: Why No Tactic Or Strategy Will Ever Work In Your Life Or Business Until You Change This

The majority of the online space is made up of brands, businesses and people pitching you the best method, tactic and strategy to help you change your body, build your business, generate more leads, improve your health, or whatever else you’re looking for. It’s not that the methods and strategies they’re sharing don’t matter. They just won’t work unless you don’t change your belief system first.

After working with 1,000’s of clients both in the world of fitness and in the world of business, along with studying behavior change and the science and biology of belief, I wanted to share some insights that will help you breakthrough the most important part of a successful transformation – your mindset.


  • How to change your internal stories so that they better facilitate your goals
  • Why millennials are more likely to achieve their goals than the older generation (over 60) and how this affects you
  • How cynicism becomes a self-protective behavior from past failures and why it might be the things that’s holding you back from achieving success
  • What Zappos, Flight and the 4-Minute Mile have in common and the key to your superpowers
  • The 4 dead giveaways that determine whether your beliefs are holding you back
  • Why you’re not great at building relationships and the change you can make to your limiting beliefs that will fix this
  • How to tell is social media is having a negative impact on your life
  • How to upgrade your beliefs and change the trajectory of your life
  • Why having the resources to do something may actually make you worse at your job/career
  • Why your past doesn’t equal the future UNLESS you make this ONE change

Vigor Ground Fitness:
Luka Hocevar YouTube (Subscribe Now)
Book: Best Year Ever – A 5 Step Plan For Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt 
Luka Hocevar Instagram (Follow)

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EP048: A Different Approach To Happiness and How To Make Your Days Better While Getting More Done In The Process

At the end of the day we’re all seeking more happiness. In this episode I share the secret to how you can significantly increase your happiness level, while teaching you how to become more productive and successful at the same time.

If you struggle to find happiness in your day-to-day life and would like to increase your productivity so that you can drive your career further and create more impact and profit, this is the episode for you.


  • The truth about success and why the traditional teachings of it are making us miserable
  • Why success and happiness are not on the same line and how to put on a different lens so you can have both
  • Why you can search for happiness and how to actually achieve it
  • How to optimize your life and happiness with a simple exercise that will help you focus on the things that make you happy and eliminate the things that don’t
  • The happiness equation that will explain why you may be unhappy and how to change it
  • Thoughts vs. reality and suffering vs. pain, two concepts you must understand to help you change your present
  • The 5 states of thought and how to shift yourself to the ones that are aligned with what you want to feel and achieve
  • The 6 grand illusions and the 7 deadly blind spots and how they alter your reality and keep you unhappy
  • How thinking about life like a Super Mario game will turn your anxiety into excitement and help you take on challenges rather than run from them

Vigor Ground Fitness:
Luka’s YouTube Channel (subscribe)
Book: Solve For Happy -Engineer Your Path To Joy (Mo Gawdat) 
Vigor Life Podcast (subscribe)
Luka Hocevar’s Instagram:

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Detox From Diets: The Truth About Why Diets Fail And What To Do About It

I know your type…

You’re just like our client. You want to create lasting change with your body and not have the yo-yo effect and frustration of losing and gaining weight, looking and feeling amazing only to fall off because you couldn’t sustain the changes.

You want to be empowered and OWN the change that you have created.

But you don’t have all day to dedicate to fitness and nutrition.

You’re busy.

You don’t want to feel like you have to eat bland foods that are the same all the time and that your social life will get completely eliminated.

You want results and you don’t want to be sold B.S. You want the truth.

That’s why this post is for you.
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EP047: 8 Ways To Communicate Better And Supercharge Your Business, Relationships and Life

No matter what you do for work, there’s a good chance you have to communicate with people… at some point, or another. How well you do that determines not only your success at what you do, but also the quality of your relationships and connections outside of your workplace.

Having a framework for how you can improve the way you communicate with people might be the game changer that you need to make substantial improvements in your life. In this episode, I give you that blueprint, and discuss seven rules that will help you improve your conversation and listening skills.

I think you will be surprised by amazing conversation can be when you have these skills.


  • 7 rules that will help you improve your conversation and listening skills
  • Why we’re not listening to each other and why it’s creating a divide in how we behave (I’ll teach you how to fix this so that you can become more connected to people)
  • Why conversational competence is the missing link and single most overlooked skill in the 21st century
  • The myths and truths about what makes conversation great
  • The 4 stages that most people go through to improve their communication skills, and how to apply them to your life
  • The reason why quality human relationships are so important to us and why life sucks when you don’t have great relationships (and how to fix it)
  • The #1 rule for having a great conversation and connecting with people
  • Why going into every conversation wanting to find out something awesome about the other person will in fact help you find out something awesome about the other person
  • The power of “I don’t know” and why you should be using it more
  • Why building rapport is important but discover why you shouldn’t equate your experiences with others (it’s not about YOU)
  • Why conversations are not a promotional opportunity!
  • THE most important skill you can develop and the reason why I like to talk more than listen

Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Luka Hocevar’s YouTube Channel (subscribe)
Vigor Life Podcast (subscribe)

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EP046: 10 Big Ideas On Leading Teams, Influencing People and Building Relationships

Would you like to improve your leadership and influence skills so that you can be better at guiding, motivating and building a team?

In this episode I talk about the 10 big ideas that are the foundation to success in a position of leadership and influence.

I’ve devoted a lot of time to learning how to become the best leader possible in the last 5 years – hiring coaches, reading 100’s of books and taking countless courses. Here are some of the most important things that I have learned that you must apply to win friends, influence people and lead successful teams.


  • The 5 things that the world’s leading doctors have found influence our happiness and how to apply that to yourself and the people around you
  • Why leadership is a learnable skill and the daily practices you can start doing to master it
  • The one thing you must NOT do if you want to avoid repelling people from wanting to be around you
  • Why you should admit your mistakes immediately and how this will build trust and put you in a position of leadership
  • How giving people a reputation to live up to is a secret weapon that not enough leaders use with their teams
  • The often unknown skill of radical candor, and why it’s so powerful and how to employ it with people in your life to help them grow
  • The three things that you must remember ALWAYS if you want to build powerful relationships
  • The number one mistake that leaders of teams make that causes them to lose respect and staff productivity and how to fix it

Vigor Ground Fitness:
Book: How To Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie):
Book: Radical Candor – Be A Kick Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity:
Vigor Life Podcast (subscribe)
Luka Hocevar YouTube Channel (subscribe)

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EP045: How To Get Better Results With Your Clients and Unique Tools From The Coaches Toolbox

Frequently I dig through my notes (that date back years) and find myself getting more “aha” moments from those old notes than I do from anything new that I’ve learned.

Last week I stumbled across an old 5-year journal that housed some coaching secrets that I rarely discuss. One of those secrets is the solution to the common bottleneck that many coaches run into when it comes to getting their clients continued results with training and nutrition.

In this episode I also reveal some of the things that I’ve learned from the masters that have not only helped me get results for my clients, but also help myself.


  • Why you and your clients aren’t making “bad choices” but are stuck in a thought pattern that is leading you and clients away from their goals – I will teach you how to stop this behavior
  • The reason all your fitness and nutrition knowledge won’t help if you don’t understand this one concept then eliminate it from your client’s perception
  • How to help your clients get rid of their biggest roadblocks
  • The first thing you have to do before becoming the most effective coach in any area – this one will surprise you
  • How time can be a threat to people when there’s no expectations set, and why the unknown leads to anxiety; which then leads to _________
  • Why sentence stemming is my secret exercise to help unlock breakthroughs for my clients
  • What you can do with your clients fears to help them overcome them—so that you can get them results they never had before
  • The coaching super power that most coaches lack, and how I stumbled upon a little known secret to develop it
  • The judgement check test that will help you see if you’re doing the things that you hate to your clients
  • The mistake you’re making that is costing your clients their results and how to address it so that no client ever leaves you again
  • How to make every training session finish on a memorable moment


Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Book: You Are Not Your Brain – The 4 Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life (Jeffrey Schwartz):
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance Facebook:
Book: Conversations with God:
Vigor Life Podcast on iTunes:

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EP044: 11 Ways To Pattern Interrupt Yourself To Success

How do you feel about interruptions? I think we can agree they’re not the best… unless they’re interruptions to your habits and aren’t taking you away from your goals and results.

In this episode I share eleven pattern interrupts that you can use throughout your day, week, or month to shift you away from your current patterns and mindsets — that aren’t helping you succeed — to new ones that will steer you towards your goals, desires and dreams.

These are actionable strategies that you can use RIGHT NOW. Choose the best ones for you and start making positive changes in your life.


  • How I used pattern interrupts to change the trajectory of my life
  • 4 ways you can change your morning and turn it from stress and anxiety to clarity and power – this will allow you to walk out of your door every morning ready to dominate your day
  • How to create your own “change” university with a simple 20-minute morning ritual
  • The strategy that I use to disrupt myself out of stress, anger or anxiety in 3 simple steps that takes less than 60 seconds
  • Why meditation is a powerful tool, but doesn’t work all of the time. And what I do when I need to pattern interrupts fast
  • A very short intense workouts that will kick you into a different gear when you’re having a tough day
  • The 10 questions that you can ask yourself after meditation that will help refocus you to your goals and give you power
  • How to analyze your environments and change the way you feel and perform with some small changes
  • How to use my simple “Positive Focus” strategy when you’re feeling down so that you can shift your thinking away from negative thoughts
  • How I got double the work done after playing PacMan and how you can use this technique to supercharge your results
  • The secret you don’t know about going to events that is even more powerful than the information or the people
  • How traveling can be the catalyst to finally doing things you’ve been afraid to do but know you want to
  • Why I went crazy and threw out 60% of my belongings so that I could breakthrough to the next level of life and business success


Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Book: The Dark Side Of The Light Chasers (Debbie Ford) – Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance and Dreams:
Book: The Right Questions: Ten Essential Questions To Guide You To An Extraordinary Life (Debbie Ford):
Book: The Gift Of Fear And Other Survival Signals That Can Save Your Life (Gavin De Becker):
Warrior Week:

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11 Things We’ve Learned Coaching Nutrition To People Who Have Failed Over and Over

We’ve had tens of thousands of people walk through the doors here at Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance and as you can imagine, we’ve learned a thing or two (to say the absolute least).

The biggest and most influential things we’ve learned, is what works and what doesn’t work. We’ve done surveys, interviews, and interacted with so many clients at this point that it allows us to cater to exactly what people truly need in order to be successful in a coaching program.

Because of that, we have the experience and knowledge to bring you this article – so whether you’ve made it in our doors yet or not, we can help you out by showing you what we’ve learned from so many others just like you.

So without further ado, here are 11 things we’ve learned from coaching nutrition to people who have failed over and over…
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EP043: 4 Motivational Secrets To Overcome Resistance And Get Out Of Your Own Way

In a lot of ways we are our own worst enemy. We self-sabotage. We procrastinate. We put roadblocks in our own way, and we make excuses for our behavior to make us feel better ourselves when things don’t go our way.

We all do it, but why? And is there something we can do about it?

The simple answer is yes, and in this episode I get into how so that you can get out of your own way and finally make things happen for yourself.


  • The reason you don’t do the things you know you need to and why you must have these 4 tools in your arsenal to change your self-defeating behavior… for good
  • How Craig was able to find a way to overcome his challenges, training and toughness to become part of the Special Operations Force (SOF) team—and how you can use his strategy to win when times get hard
  • The “opposite rule” and how embracing it will help you stop quitting so that you don’t have to start from ground zero ever again
  • How to break the underlying patterns that are taking you away from your goals
  • How to face your fears and go after everything that you’ve ever wanted in your life
  • How to turn your fears into your strength and how I used this strategy to get over my debilitating fear of public speaking
  • Why your feelings are false, how they’re messing up your results, and how you change  can the behavior
  • The question that will put a stop to your bad habits and help you focus on your actions so that you can drive your life towards what’s most important
  • The one thing that connects all of the healthiest cultures in the world and how it can help you improve your health, business and personal life

Vigor Ground Fitness and Business Summit:
Book: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Gregg McKeown):
Aubrey Marcus Podcast:
Take Control of Your Body, Nutrition and Life Seminar:
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance:
Book: The War of Art (Steven Pressfield):
Book: Turning Pro – Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work (Steven Pressfield):
Book: Do The Work – Overcome Resistance and Get Out Of Your Own Way (Steven Pressfield):

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