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What is a Motivated Mindset?

What is a Motivated Mindset?

A Motivated Mindset is one of strength, discipline, courage, positive thinking, confidence, and never-ending hunger for success; all backed by the motivation from within you.

Motivation is the life-force and reasoning behind everything we do. Our actions, our choices, our jobs, our free time, our beliefs, our thoughts, and our dreams are all fueled by the things that motivate us.

Without motivation, we have no reason to do anything.

Even the most basic motivation can drive you to do the impossible. For instance: survival.

Survival can motivate you to get up to drink some water or lead you to fight for your life against an attacking Grizzly Bear. Either way, you are doing it to survive. 

To create a Motivated Mindset, that will drive you to success no matter what challenges lay ahead, you must find the one thing that motivates you to push forward each and every day, no matter how hard things get.

You must search deep within yourself with an honest eye, and discover your purpose. Find the reason you were put on this earth and what you are meant to do.

No one is placed here to be average. Average is a choice you make when you hold yourself back from what you were meant to become. So stop holding yourself back and find what you were born to do!

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How To Create a Motivated Mindset


To succeed you will need to be strong.

  • Strong enough to fight off the self-doubt, and strong enough to do what is difficult. You are stronger than anything standing in your way, and the only thing that can hold you back is YOU.


To succeed you will have to be disciplined.

  • Your self-discipline will guide you to do what you must in order to succeed, even when you don’t feel like it. The Journey will take time, so your motivation must be strong enough to keep you on the path.


To succeed you will need courage.

  • Be courageous enough to move beyond your fears, and get out of your comfort zone. You will have to rise above your fear of failure and know that success is just on the other side. You will have to face your fears and use your success over them as further motivation to succeed. Don’t allow fear to hold you down!


To succeed you will have to stay positive.

  • Even when times are tough, stay positive and find a way to succeed. Emotions do not solve problems, only your efforts can. If you say you can’t do something, then you are right, but if you stay on task, you will always have a chance. And in life, that is all we need…one chance.


To succeed you will need confidence.

  • You will have to be confident in yourself and believe that you can succeed. Failure may occur, but that is never the end. Be so confident in yourself that there’s no room for self-doubt. Doubt will only hold you back, confidence will only push you forward.

Your motivation will guide your mind through all of these pieces to create a powerful Motivated Mindset that can’t be broken. A mindset that fights for success and never strays from the path along your Journey to Greatness!

So now, it’s time to find what motivates you…

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Find Your Motivation

Find Your Motivation

In this World, that has been struck by negativity and a lack of motivation, I bring you some Words Of Wisdom we can all use, to make the World a better place.

Words to help bring love into the world, and motivate you to make your life, and the lives of those around you better, while creating the mindset you need to succeed.

Success does not come easy, but we can all use some motivation, wisdom, and a little love to get there!

My Motivation

I am Ryan J. Mathias, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been on a mission to Change The World.

From a young age, it has always been my dream to make a difference in the world.

With such a big dream, I always had my own motivation. I was never a big fan of superheroes, and I never looked to anyone else for motivation. I didn’t want to be like someone else to make a difference.

Instead, I always had an inner motivation that lead me to push myself and do my best at everything I did. 

I have always been very self-motivated, and I enjoy sharing my motivation with others.

Whether I was competing in martial arts tournaments, winning multiple Grand Champion and World Championship Titles from the age of 15, or vigorously training every day to make my body stronger, or creating my own business (MathiasMethod.com), I have always seemed to find motivation in everything around me.

Along with my quest for greatness, I have experienced many things. I have worked with many people, from as young as 2 to adults as seasoned as 84, and everyone in between, on a daily basis. Many with varying abilities and disabilities; including Autism, Downs Syndrome, ADHD, and even Blindness.

This has led me to always find new ways to motivate each of these individuals.

I  want to motivate others because I know that I cannot Change The World alone. I want you to achieve your dreams too, and I am here to help motivate you to do that!

I also want to help others make their lives better, in order to make the whole world a better place to live.

How You Can Find Your Motivation

That is why I wrote my book, Motivated Mindset. To help you find your motivation to make changes in your life so that together we may all help to change the world!

From my thoughts and experiences, I have learned a lot about motivation and creating the desire to change the world. One very important thing I know is, it takes a certain Motivated Mindset to succeed, and we are all motivated differently to obtain it.

Some individuals are easily motivated, while the rest of us need to look deeper inside ourselves to spark that drive to succeed. In the end, we can all be successful!

All we have to do is find your motivation, and create a powerful mindset behind it so there will be nothing that can break your will to succeed!

In Motivated Mindset, I share with you some of the wisdom I have learned along my journey, and I hope to inspire you to start changing your world along the way.

Let the words guide you along your own Success Journey to find that one thing that truly motivates YOU!

I hope it helps and if you enjoy it, please leave a review on Amazon for me!

If you’re ready to start changing your life, then open your mind and allow the motivation to start flowing in! Are you ready?

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The Mathias Method Story

The Mathias Method Story

“I was less than a year away from graduating college with a Degree in Exercise Science…but I was unsure of what I wanted to do.”

The idea and goal of creating the Mathias Method began on December 25th, 2015 (Christmas Day). I was sitting at home thinking of what I wanted to do with my life. I had my Personal Training Certification, but after doing some training I found it did not fulfill me. I was less than a year away from graduating college with a Degree in Exercise Science, and a Minor in Business, but I was unsure of what I wanted to do. My Financial Aid that paid for College was racked up to nearly $30,000 at this point. I wanted to find a way to invest $2,000 I had saved up, and turn it into a way to pay my loan. 

“I had been searching for answers as to what I wanted to do in life for a while…”

I had just finished reading the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki, a few months before (which taught me to save the $2,000 while still going to college) in an effort to learn more about how to be smart with my money. I looked at a few things to invest in, but none felt right. I had been searching for answers as to what I wanted to do in life for a while, and all I could think of was “Change the World”

“…if I’m going to invest in something it should be an investment in myself.”

That’s when I decided that if I’m going to invest in something it should be an investment in myself. I believe in myself more than anything else, so if it went anywhere, it should go towards helping me follow my dreams. At least then I knew I truly was in control of my future and what I could accomplish. I wanted, and still want to, change the world, but at the time I did not have a “how”

“It was like an idea just dropped right in my lap and told me what I needed to do.”

How was I going to change the world that is changing on its own so rapidly? I had already accomplished a lot at this stage of my life, as I was soon to earn my 3rd Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts, after over 13 years of consecutive training. Still, I had no plan for how I was going to utilize my knowledge and experience. I began doubting myself and was not sure that I had the strength to change the world. I wanted to help others by sharing with them my knowledge of how to grow STRONGER, and make a difference in their lives! Then it hit me! It was like an idea just dropped right in my lap and told me what I needed to do. Suddenly, I knew what I wanted to do! What I was meant to do. I wanted to help others change their world in order to change the world. With that in mind, the plans for the Mathias Method were born! I quickly grabbed a notepad and started writing…

“I dove in head first as soon as the ideas popped into my head and have never turned back.”

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Performing the Daily 30 on top of the Haleakala Volcano in Maui Hawaii

I began by writing down all the different programs, that you see as Levels 1-8 on MathiasMethod.com which teach people how to grow stronger from a beginner level, all the way through competitive strength sports. That same day I also put together the Daily 30, which teaches people to commit to themselves every day, and always be moving forward towards their goals. I have now done the Daily 30 every day since! I even did the first drawings of our Mathias Method Logo with all of its colors that same day, alongside the help of my family. I dove in head first as soon as the ideas popped into my head and have never turned back

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My Strength Journey


The Ryan J. Mathias Way

How It All Began

My Strength Journey started as a child when my dad started to have my two older brothers and I do, what he called, PT’s (Physical Training).

My dad is a firefighter and he wanted to make sure his sons grew up healthy and strong, so he told us to do 50 Push-Ups, 50 Sit-Ups, and 100 Jumping Jacks every day. Looking back, this was not very much to do and would only take maybe 20 minutes if we were slow (which we were).

However, my dad was almost always at work to support our large family of 4 boys (the older 3 and my little brother) and my mom. We hated doing this easy task of PT’s, so we would really only do them whenever my dad came home for a day or two from work. This made for a very infrequent training regiment, but it planted the seed of the importance of strength and fitness

“…it planted the seed of the importance of strength and fitness.”

The Next Step

The next step in my strength journey actually came on my own.

I had been doing martial arts for a few years and in it, we would do different variations of Push-Ups. I was quite good at doing push-ups at this time (likely from my dad’s initial push) and actually started to enjoy them.

We would do 8 variations of push-ups in training that included standard, close, on knuckles, on fingertips, and on our wrists facing 4 different directions (this was to build wrist strength for martial arts).

These were a fun challenge to me and I had the goal then of becoming stronger, so I started to do 70 push-ups (I skipped 1 wrist push-up variation that I didn’t like) every day when I was about 11. I did this for about 6 months around the same time my dad got a bench press and weight set put in our garage.

Again, whenever he was home he would have my older two brothers and I go do some bench press and dumbbell work. Generally, it was 4×10 on everything done in a circuit fashion.

I had the wrong mindset and thought that weights were too hard and would make me too stiff like bodybuilders. After a while, my brothers began weight training at school with their football program, and we stopped training at home.

“I had the goal then of becoming stronger, so I started to do 70 push-ups everyday when I was about 11.”

Pushing For More

“I didn’t want to be big, I just wanted more and more strength.”

Even with the little weight training, we did I made sure to do my 70 Push-Ups because I wanted to get stronger. I didn’t want to be big, I just wanted more and more strength.

So after 70 Push-Ups became too easy for me, I began implementing more push-up techniques until I had a very long and grueling push-up regiment that I would then do only twice a week.

I would start with doing 1-15-1 Push-Ups in which I would do 1 Push-Up, rest for maybe 10-20 seconds, then do 2, 3, 4…up to 15 and back down again. That equated to 225 total push-ups in under about 15 minutes.

Afterward, I would do my, no longer 7 but, 10 varied sets of push-ups which, over time, went from 10 to 20 to 30 push-ups each round. I would even do 5 standard push-ups as fast as I could immediately after each round of the different variations.

THAT WAS 575 PUSH-UPS twice a week (Monday and Saturday)!!!

Now, with that amount of volume, I would not do complete push-ups for most of them. Too many were only half reps that I would not lockout, but more so try to pump out at the bottom.

This was not to focus on the chest, but more just done because I had weak triceps that could not keep up with the volume.

I also added in some leg and ab work which I did even CRAZIER amounts of volume every Wednesday and Friday.

For legs, I would do some old school martial arts bodyweight techniques in which started with 500-750 knee bends. Knee bends are where you grab your ankles, then bend your knees until your bottom bounces off your ankles and then extend your legs again. It was a simple, but painful exercise that I did to absolute failure of 500-750 reps first thing.

Looking back I see how bad that was for me because my back was completely rounded throughout and my ankles became tight due to the constant bouncing.

Next, I would crouch down and do little hops in a crouched position for 100-200 reps doing 2 rounds. That would really burn my quads, cause damage to my knees and also make for even tighter ankles.

I would finish with some bodyweight squats until I felt like puking.

From there I would do different ab exercises for about 20 minutes. I did those 4 workouts per week, not including my 5 mile run every Sunday.

Now it is great that I was training hard, but these workouts really just tore my body apart. Oh, did I mention that I would only workout with a full body plastic sweatsuit on that was under my sweatshirt and sweatpants?

I also didn’t drink much water and almost never ate any fat! My idea was that if I ate fat, I would get fat. I even cut out the fat I saw on lunch meat!

“I would only workout with a full body plastic sweatsuit on that was under my sweatshirt and sweatpants.”

I Was Doing It All Wrong

Again, my goal was strength yet I had no idea of how to get there.

I would do all this training volume, yet I was still not getting stronger or making any gains. In fact, I was losing weight though I wanted to gain it!

This training lasted from when I was 12 until I was about 16 and a half.

I was really great at doing bodyweight exercise, however, I was not getting any stronger, or bigger. My goal was to weight 202 pounds just like Rocky Balboa (I loved the Rocky movies), though I was stuck at 180-190.

I only started doing what I really needed when I was 16…

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Focus: Accomplishing Goals

Focus: Accomplishing Goals

“Focus is where your attention is placed.”

Are you focused on the past? Are you focused on the future? Or are you focused on making today, this moment, the best moment it can be?

A very wise man, and a good friend of mine, Ray Razzano has always taught me to be in the “NOW”. To be in the moment. To see what is going on NOW and not worry about anything else. You cannot change yesterday. You cannot solidify tomorrow. You can only change what you are doing NOW.

To be focused you must be able to let everything else go, at that moment. It does not matter who you were, what you did yesterday, or what you will be or will do tomorrow. The only thing that matters is what you do NOW to create your legacy

Where you focus is where you will grow. By focusing on too many things at once you will see little to no change in any one area.

Often times, a broad focus is more detrimental than good. The same goes for strength training or building your body.

There are three common goals that people pursue in training;

  • building strength,
  • increasing muscle tone or
  • improving fitness.

Though these goals can all build upon each other, by focusing on all 3 you cannot have the greatest effect in any one area.

To increase your strength to its highest level, you must let your endurance and muscle tone fade. Increasing muscle tone is harmful to your strength and building muscle is detrimental to your endurance. By building a great amount of endurance, you will lose maximal strength and decrease muscle size.

However, focusing your efforts on one specific area, or goal you can see continued progress and reach your goal faster.

Set your sights on one goal and stick with it until it is accomplished.

It is important to have a plan to reach any goal.

Louie Simmons, a world-renowned powerlifter, coach, and owner of Westside Barbell, once quoted a powerful saying,

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

To make a plan for any goal you need to answer three questions; why, how and what. 

  1. Why? – Why do you want to reach this goal? Why do you want change? Why are you pursuing this? Why do you need this? If you do not know why you are setting a goal then you will not stick with it. You must have a purpose for a goal to be meaningful. This question can only be answered by you. No one can tell you “why” except you.
  2. How?How are you going to accomplish your goal? How is this possible? How can you make it work? You must know how to accomplish a goal before starting your pursuit. This may require further education, guidance or advice from others that know more about it than you. Take a personal training client for example. If the client knew how to make their goals happen then they would do it themselves. Most personal training clients do not know how to reach their goals, which is why they seek the guidance of those with greater knowledge than themselves. To learn “how” to accomplish your goal, find guidance from those with experience in accomplishing the same, or a similar, goal.
  3. What? – What do you need to do to accomplish this goal? What does it take to reach and surpass your own expectations? What do you need to do this year, month, week, and day to stay on track? What do you need to do NOW to accomplish your goal? When you know what you have to do, then all that is left is, to do it. You cannot just sit around and expect life to come to you. If you want something then go get it. The time is NOW!

After you have a plan of why you are pursuing your goal, how to reach it and what you have to do; what is left is using your focus to achieve it.

Focus on doing whatever it takes to reach your goal.

Use your focus daily and be committed to your goal. No excuses, just hard work. By doing little things every day, they will add up to great progress.

Your goals may take days, months, or even years but if you stay focused you can accomplish them. The greater the goal, the more focus that is required.

While you are acting on what you have to do to accomplish your goal don’t let yourself get distracted. Distractions stall progress.

You must learn to maintain your focus and let it grow into a powerful strength

There are many ways to grow your focus, including strength training. You cannot build enough strength to lift 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 or more pounds without increasing focus. It takes hard work to gain strength and a lot of patience. Not everything will come easy. You will be tested many times, but those that prevail will do so with greater focus.

Just look around. How many people do you know that are strong enough to lift 500 or more pounds and are not focused? They may not have focused on the same areas as others but they have the ability to focus on any task they are given.

Those with increasing strength know dedication, hard work, and focus, as that is the “how” in accomplishing their strength goals. 

Another powerful tool to increase your focus is to just relax and let everything else go.

It does not matter where you are or what you are doing. Just be in the moment, and let everything else around you fade away. Do not think of your success or failures. Do not think of the noise or other bothers around you. Be relaxed and do not think of anything. Be in that moment.

You can do this for 10 seconds, one minute or as long as you need to be able to better focus on the moment. No matter how busy our lives get we always have a minute available to re-focus.

When you come back to action, let all the noise of life stay faded away as you focus on accomplishing the task in front of you. Leave the distraction far away while you are in the moment to create change.

Focus on the NOW and make this moment the greatest it can be. Have no fear. Do not let emotion take over. Let there be nothing in your mind other than focus.

Focus is the ability to stay on track. The ability to continue towards one goal at a time until you surpass it.

Goals are not achieved by mistake. It takes focus to accomplish any goal that is worth writing down.

As a final tip, I encourage you to write down your goals and always keep them in mind. Make a list of life goals. Then list long term or yearly goals. Finally, a list of short-term or weekly and daily goals.

These can be of any subject; financial, life, educational, strength, or health, and fitness.

No matter your goals, do not put them off. Make a plan for each goal and start working towards them. Find “why” you want to accomplish these goals. Find “how” you will accomplish them. Find “what” you need to do today to get started and do it.

Make your life what you want it to be. Take action and bring about the change you want.

It does not matter where you start. What matters is finishing.

Set your goals, hone your focus and go get what is yours! When problems arise, welcome them as they make you stronger and use your focus to leap over them!

No matter what, keep moving forward. Push to the end and never give up!

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