Coldogblog – Success

Coldogblog – Success

Coach Col Dog’s Tip of the Week


Success leaves clues – Charles Poliquin, one of the best strength coaches out there uses this saying a lot, and it really resonates with me. To use a more common saying – you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

This week I wanted to talk about some methods I am finding to be really effective in chasing my goals:

  • If you’ve read a few of my earlier tips, you may remember me referring to the circle of 5 – being the 5 people you spend the most time with having the most profound impact on you. They influence, support, keep you in check and are (hopefully) great for you soul. I am super grateful I can say that about my 5 peeps
  • Outside the circle of 5, what I have definitely found though is that there is a fine line between too much information and not enough. When I really started wanting to learn more about health and fitness, I completely overwhelmed myself and downloaded so much stuff that I didn’t know where to start, I wanted to be good at everything and jumped around from one thing to another, but didn’t really get the results I wanted. Frustrated with this, I then made the decision to work with the personal trainer that had the best rig of all the PTs at the gym I was at during that time – success leaves clues – what could I learn from him? Turns out plenty, I focussed on the program he set for me and got the results I was after.
  • Focus on habits and processes – most of you know I’m a huge fan of The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) – he puts the work in, gets up early every day and prioritises his training. 4am starts are the order of the day for me and I prioritise some form of training/movement/recovery protocol every day – nailing these things as often as I can makes a huge difference to how I feel at the end of the day, as I don’t feel like I have wasted the gift of making the most out of my time on this planet
  • Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss is one of my favourite reads – a diverse range of people who have been successful in a range of things – seeing some of the common habits that helped them along the way and keep them at the top of their game gave me a stack of ideas that I could apply to my own life  – not everything resonated with me, but those that did have definitely helped.
  • Distilling my go to influences outside my circle of 5 has definitely helped me focus more – success means different things to different people, there are lots of successful people out there – finding those that resonate with you and identifying the keys to their success is well worth it!

Outside my circle of 5, I have listed below my Instagram go to’s that are helping me be my best self:







Colin Barnes

Personal Trainer



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