Matt Perryman is my guest today on the podcast and it’s a real treat. Matt’s been an old friend from the online lifting days who’s been on quite a journey.
The quest for understanding stress, rationality, and why some people change and others don’t led Matt from the weightlifting and fitness realm to a Ph.D in Philosophy.
In this episode we talk about how higher-level thinking moves us but we don’t get deep in the weeds. Instead, we bring it back to the practical and how to translate that deeper thought and connection into actual success.
Matt has a gift in his ability to break down how we see and interact with our environment, purpose, and ideal selves… all in an approachable, functional way.
Give it a listen for:
- Why, despite our best efforts, none of us are fully rational. That’s ok, as long as we realize it.
- The best approach we can make when it comes to change ISN’T attacking the behavior itself. It’s often going to be more fruitful to looking upstream and adjust our environment. For an even deeper dive on this particular point, check out Episode 008 of the podcast.
- The number one life variable, that we all experience to some degree, that greatly affects our decision making.
- How stress is systemic and highly misunderstood. With appropriate approaches and understanding we are able to tolerate far more than most people would think possible and push our results much faster. The inverse is that if we don’t understand how stress affects us then we’ll always feel like we’re dragging an anchor and wonder why we can’t garner the achievements we expect.
- The mystery of why and how some people can be so good at one area of their life and seem unable to transfer those skills to other areas. There’s a middle ground here that they seem to miss. It CAN be avoided and how you can watch for it.
Matt Perryman is a freelance writer, coach & philosopher for hire, and marketing consultant hiding out in a bunker somewhere in New Zealand. You can contact Matt at https://mattperryman.com
Matt’s great book: Squat Every Day. (Not an affiliate link)