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Interview with Christian Straka 12_11_2020

[00:00:27] Mike: [00:00:27] Hey, everybody. Welcome back to Java chat. You’re sitting here with coffee with Mike and my guest today is a, I, I like this particular subject because it digs into mindset, and we have a gentleman that’s a specialist in it in some really cool ways, because he’s like, He’s like an athletic coach, but he’s, he’s evolved from that into, into, teaching anybody.

[00:00:57], but his, his history, Well, I’m going to let him explain a little bit more of his history. Cause he’s, he’s caused some pretty phenomenal people, and, and a lot of mindset in and around that. So I’d like to welcome to our podcast, Christian. How are you, buddy? 

[00:01:12] Christian Straka: [00:01:12] I’m very good. Thank you very much for having me on your podcast.

[00:01:15] Mike: [00:01:15] I appreciate you coming in and sharing your, your insights and your expertise. Give us a little bit of background on you, man. Talk, tell us a little bit about who Christian Straka is, where you’re from, what you’ve been up to and how you got to where you’re at today. 

[00:01:28] Christian Straka: [00:01:28] Yeah. So who is Christian Straka? 

[00:01:33] Mike: [00:01:33] and that, wasn’t the philosophy that wasn’t the philosophical question.

[00:01:36] Yeah, we’ll get into that 

[00:01:37] Christian Straka: [00:01:37] more later. Exactly, you know, I I’m originally check. I grew up in Germany and then in Spain, I am basically, had tennis as my main focus since I was a little boy and I was my big goal to become a professional tennis player and make it to the top. Nice. Eventually I had to stop early in my.

[00:02:00], early twenties because of an injury. I had surgery on my shoulder, and then thanks to my mentor, back in the day, I then actually transitioned to becoming a coach, a tennis coach very early on, much earlier than, you know, let’s say the average coach who starts maybe in his thirties, forties, starts to coach.

[00:02:22] I started out in my early twenties already, 

[00:02:25] Mike: [00:02:25] how was, how was that dude? I mean, you’re, you’re a coach in your twenties trying to coach people. You’re literally, you’re up against 30 somethings that have more experience. I mean, how do you deal with that? 

[00:02:38] Christian Straka: [00:02:38] Well, I was very fortunate in so many ways. My mentor,, then state my mentor and he didn’t just, coach me to play, but then he continued coaching me to coach.

[00:02:50] Nice. So that’s a very rare situation to be in where you don’t just, you know, learn to teach because you go through some, you know, coaching course, on the weekends or for a few months or whatever, but he was actually teaching me to teach for six years every day, multiple hours. I was next to him on the cord and it’s kind of something that’s, I don’t personally know anybody who went through something, but I wasn’t allowed to go.

[00:03:15] Mike: [00:03:15] That’s fair. Well, in the, in the sports realm, that’s extremely rare in the business realm. It’s not so rare, but in sports, I have never heard of that, 

[00:03:22] Christian Straka: [00:03:22] actually me neither to this day, I’ve been doing it for a while now. Right? Still, I haven’t met anybody who was as lucky as I was, so, you know, from an early stage, I was just, able also because of where I was coaching, which wasn’t his Academy in the South of Spain.

[00:03:40] and it was one of the best academies in Europe. And I was coaching a whole breadth of athletes from, young kids to, amateur athletes, to just recreational players in their seventies. Two young, ambitious college players, two full on professionals. So it was, you really learn to teach in so many different ways because, you need to teach something different to each one of those people, obviously.

[00:04:07] So yeah, that’s kind of, how I grew up and then, one, I, you know, Got into my late twenties, then I lived for 12 years in Spain, already. And then I moved away for brief moments to Germany, back with my wife, but then decided Germany isn’t quite for us anymore. And we moved here Los Angeles. 

[00:04:42] Mike: [00:04:42] And in that time, you’ve, you’ve just continuously been coaching. 

[00:04:45] Christian Straka: [00:04:45], yes. I mean, that’s what I do, you know, I coach for the, now for the past decade, I have, shifted my focus to not just coach tennis players, and not just.

[00:04:57] The physical or strategical aspects of tennis, but, to the mental aspects in terms of how to take advantage of your attentional skills, how to deal with challenges and that, had evolved into just coaching athletes and. Developing these skills and that’s really what I do now. So I work with my own company, mind size.

[00:05:21] I worked with, Adidas as their mindset coach, and, yeah, 

[00:05:27] Mike: [00:05:27] damn dude. That’s a good, that’s a that’s cool. 

[00:05:31] Christian Straka: [00:05:31] So it’s, it’s exactly what I enjoy doing, what I love doing, and I’m doing it every day. I’m in contact with a lot of different people from all walks of life, and all have basically, what you were mentioning at the very beginning when we were talking, they have the same goal in mind.

[00:05:50] They want to become, better hans in whatever capacity that means for them at that moment. 

[00:05:56] Mike: [00:05:56] And that’s a big thing with me, Especially right now with your coaching. Obviously you mentioned that there was an evolution from the physical over to the mental. Where, where did you start noticing that that wasn’t necessity.

[00:06:10] And how did that, how did that kind of transition? I mean, where was it just an aha moment or was it one of those deals where you started noticing different, different? Because you said you had different levels of, of professionals in tennis. Needing different things. I mean, was it through that or was it, was it, how did that work?

[00:06:31] Christian Straka: [00:06:31] Yeah. It was a combination of my own experience, noticing where my limitations were, which were, much less physical, and much more mental when I was a player. Yeah, so I know by experience what it’s like, if you’re playing well and you’re just mentally, you know, and flow so to speak, or if your mind playing tricks on you and you can, you can become anxious, nervous, afraid, you know, or you.

[00:06:57] Are neither of those and you’re just distracted the whole time. Right, and then as a coach, I realized that that’s not unique to me basically, everybody’s going through that. And it didn’t matter whether those, players that I was coaching were professional athletes or whether they were ambitious juniors or whether they were, you know, older adults that are playing recreationally.

[00:07:20], the basic principle was always that the vast majority of. People that I was coaching, had a level of performance that was their optim, and they have experienced that, you know, frequently. But sporadically and for short periods of time and because they know what it’s like experientially to play at this level, what they can do, but they do it very rarely.

[00:07:49] And if they do it only for a few minutes at a time, it’s becomes very frustrating. So everybody on the tennis court is the whole time, like, why can’t I do this? Why can’t I do that?, and you know, when we spend a lot of time with people and you just see it from the outside over and over that, they’re just not paying attention to this, or they’re just much paying much, Way too much attention to how upset they are or to the past five minutes, or what’s going to happen in 10 minutes.

[00:08:19] Then you can notice all that has nothing to do with how fit they are or how good their technique is, or they don’t understand the game strategically. It’s just, they don’t have the ability to allow. The challenges that are there, that they can change to be there. And on top of that, they don’t have the ability to direct their attention to what is most important at this very moment, so they can perform at their best.

[00:08:47] Gotcha, and then however, I did see that in like the exceptional player. So I was also playing with some and coaching some, people that, you know, reached the top in the world. And, whether they have developed those skills systematically or sometimes sense of the skills, you also can have them naturally develop a little further than others.

[00:09:10] Just like one person is faster than another, without any training, or one person is stronger than another without training. So with athletes and hans in general, some people have this ability to pay attention to something more than. The next person without training, of course, if you start training your attention, then you know, you Excel.

[00:09:31] So once I was seeing that and the difference between the very top in the world, how they are able to deal with challenges and how they’re able to pay attention to what matters and everybody else, how they didn’t have that, or very rarely I realized that’s, exactly what I was also struggling with.

[00:09:51] That was, I was exactly in that boat. And then, for the first time in my life, I realized, well, that’s actually something you can develop. That was like the big game changer for me. That was a moment, this realization that this is the ch the challenge and the issue for a lot of people, there was, you know, over years that happened over a decade, realizing that, Oh, it’s not out of my hand.

[00:10:18] I can become. As good as paying attention as this person, once I realized that I dedicated my entire life to developing these skills, and once I got to a degree where I was like, Oh, this is different now. Yeah. Then I decided, that’s what I want to teach. That’s how I want to help people to get to, if they, you know, if that’s something that they feel like they wanted to improve, 

[00:10:44] Mike: [00:10:44] you found your zone and you said, okay, I know what the zone looks like.

[00:10:47] I know what it feels like here. Let me show you. Yeah, exactly. I love it. So you’ve been coaching for how long, now?

[00:10:51] Christian Straka: [00:10:51] [00:10:55] 18 years.

[00:10:57] Mike: [00:10:57]  And in that, and then at 18 years, how long was it before you found before you came to that? Aha moment? 

[00:11:04] Christian Straka: [00:11:04] Eight years. 

[00:11:07] Mike: [00:11:07] Isn’t it interesting. On how long it takes for sometimes, sometimes it’s immediate. Like you said, some people have natural natural abilities to, to do certain things and further develop from there.

[00:11:18] And some people, it takes a little bit of time for me, 15 before I realized that I needed to be doing something different besides playing music all day, which was my life. 

[00:11:31] Christian Straka: [00:11:31] Well also eight years of. Coaching, don’t forget that I was already playing professionally before that for another 16. So really it’s 16 plus eight, right?

[00:11:45] Yeah. We’re talking about 24 years until. The aha moment came. 

[00:11:51] Mike: [00:11:51] And how many have you had since then? I’m sure. A ton. 

[00:11:54] Christian Straka: [00:11:54] Yes. So to speak aha moments, or in other words, like insight, right? You start to understand things from a different perspective or you’re able to see and experience things from a different perspective.

[00:12:06] You’re not so limited anymore in terms of your approach, that is also something that you can train and improve through mental training. So once you really dedicate time to that, that becomes a. Overtime much more frequent. So by now, I can’t tell you how many of those heads, but plenty. 

[00:12:26] Mike: [00:12:26]Sure. I’m sure that there are nervous by now for, for a lot of us.

[00:12:29] When we, when, when we finally get to that point of recognition, you’ve coached some of the best tennis players in the world. 

[00:12:38] Christian Straka: [00:12:38] I guess, 

[00:12:39] Mike: [00:12:39] of those that you have coached, whether they were world-class or, or ambitious youngsters, do you have any stories you can share where. You saw that happen with them and all of a sudden they were able to start moving into their zone if you will.

[00:12:56] Christian Straka: [00:12:56] Yeah. You know, I mean, the.

[00:13:03] For me personally, I have coached a lot of people over the last, almost 20 years now, 

[00:13:11] Mike: [00:13:11] 18 years, a lot of people, 

[00:13:14] Christian Straka: [00:13:14], I was very fortunate and still continue to be, that the people that I, spent time with, they’re always. Extremely passionate and interested in improving at something. And most of the time in that case, it’s like, you know what?

[00:13:34] I might be able to help them with, and a lot of times that is not just the professional athletes. So whether it’s somebody, you know, who reached the number one in the world and became world champion or won a grand slam in tennis. But it also has some other people that are not, professional tennis players, but they are, you know, maybe the best in the world.

[00:13:54], I mean, that’s something, that’s something you can say, but a very successful, singer or guitar player or a music producer or something like there are similarities between all of those people you can see, like, and what I have experienced over the years is that the similarity is that they are, is, obvious, curiosity about really perfecting the craft and it’s not only, goal-driven the whole time they all have a goal and it might be a very ambitious goal.

[00:14:36] sometimes too ambitious, sometimes not enough, so that varies, but what really doesn’t vary is there. Willingness and passion, that they bring to the table when they are working on whatever it is that they’re working on, whether they are doing a mental exercise, whether they’re hitting a forehand, whether they’re doing, you know, physical exercise they’re running or doing playing.

[00:15:05] So it doesn’t matter what it might be or a street strategy. There is such an interest and passion and like really paying attention to that, that their mind is not going off and just wanting to already achieve it. 

[00:15:22] Mike: [00:15:22] Somebody becomes like that 

[00:15:24] Christian Straka: [00:15:24] and they can let it go. And now they only pay attention to what really matters most.

[00:15:29] And that is what allows them to achieve that goal actually quicker or in the first place compared to other people. 

[00:15:38] Mike: [00:15:38] That’s huge, I think when, and we’ve heard this from a few of our other guests that passion resolve commitment, things of that nature, these are the things that are necessary in order to reach the zone or the goal that you’re looking for.

[00:15:52] even if it takes them multiple steps to get to that goal, you just mentioned another little tidbit. There is like when they get really focused on taking it one step at a time, eventually they do make it to the goal, what would be. Who is your most memorable of all of all the clients that you have?

[00:16:11] Who’s, who’s the one that you remember the most?

[00:16:16] Christian Straka: [00:16:16], well, that’s a challenging question because, I have. I couldn’t pick one that I would say I remember the most, because they’re so unique and their interests and dedication to what they’re doing. Sure, you know, but for sure, and that I wasn’t coaching him at no point, but we were, playing together was a Roger Fetter.

[00:16:44] For sure. He stands up. 

[00:16:46] Mike: [00:16:46] You played Roger Federer. 

[00:16:47] Christian Straka: [00:16:47] Yes. We played doubles together and it was awesome. So, I mean, I remember that is something that I remember, like it was yesterday, and it’s not, yes. 

[00:17:00] Mike: [00:17:00] Right, exactly. 

[00:17:01] Christian Straka: [00:17:01] We were standing there. We were juniors we’re a seven or 16 and, he was playing and I was watching him.

[00:17:09] and I was just thinking to myself, like, How much better can somebody be who’s in the top 10 in the world? I don’t understand how much better you could play, and then, you know, yeah, right months later he was basically beating the top five in the world. So at least, like I realized at that moment, okay.

[00:17:27] This is like as good as it gets. He was just 16. 

[00:17:31] Mike: [00:17:31] What’s he? Like in real life? Is he real cool? 

[00:17:33] Christian Straka: [00:17:33] Oh, he is the nicest person. He’s very goofy. He’s just cracking jokes the whole time. I’ve heard that. 

[00:17:41] Mike: [00:17:41] He’s just really down to earth kind of person, 

[00:17:44] Christian Straka: [00:17:44] such a nice guy. I mean, you, you know, of course when you have a million people, requesting things from you, wanting things from your companies to work with you, autographs pictures with you, you have to create a barrier around you because it drains too much energy.

[00:18:00] Oh, you can’t interact with everybody where it doesn’t matter if you’re nice or not. You have to just protect yourself in order to be able to function. Yeah, but, and this barrier that he has, that is a professional barrier, which is highly appropriate, very respectful professional. And he does as good of a job as anybody else that I’ve seen.

[00:18:28], how he handled, how he deals and interacts with people that are, let’s just say beyond this invisible barrier, right, once there somebody with insight, this barrier, okay. Then of course it’s different. You’re you can kind of let the guard rails down somewhat. Not that he’s changing his personality, so to speak, but it’s like, there are certain things you can do in front of the camera and certain things you can do.

[00:18:55] Right. Right. So private. So when he’s just completely private what I have seen and I, it’s not like I am dealing with him over the past decade or something. Right. He is. Just, you know, the super casual down to earth, funny, a buddy, a good friend, you know, he doesn’t put himself above anybody else, because of his accomplishments or skills or financial success or standing in the world, he is, basically at a point as a han being where me as a coach, I would like to.

[00:19:36] get the people in, especially the young players that I teach, to see what it is like to be a han being that is not, Mistaking these accomplishments for something that makes them better as a han being. Right. And he is there, you know, he appreciates, you know, being the best in the world and having all the money and a great family, but it’s just like, yeah, that’s a nice add on.

[00:20:08] Yeah. 

[00:20:09] Mike: [00:20:09] He’s not letting it get to his head that said that’s 

[00:20:11] Christian Straka: [00:20:11] not true. Not to what I’ve ever experienced. 

[00:20:13] Mike: [00:20:13] Yeah. I don’t know. That’s and that’s, that’s wonderful to hear it kind of had a feeling that was the case that I know a few other celebrities, not, not in sports, but they’re just like that. We’ve, we’ve met them in person.

[00:20:24] Again, that’s an entertainer. You run into them. Some of them are absolute down to earth, sweethearts, and. They don’t let the fame get to their heads. And some of them, you just don’t want to be around. You know, it’s just kind of how it goes. The ones that are good hans, you know, like we’ve met, some of these names, people won’t remember, but Jim neighbors who played a character called Gomer, Pyle, nicest guy in the world, just real sweet.

[00:20:46] Richard Pryor, who was a comedian, also one of the nicest guys, met Arnold Schwartzenegger. Definitely one of the nicest guys, Maria Shriver at the time was his wife and then them both sweet people, they don’t let it get to them. They, they believe that they’ve gotten to where they’ve gotten because of the people that support them.

[00:21:10] And they understand that. And they’re very appreciative of it. That’s really cool. Hey guys, we’re going to take a short 32nd break. And when we come back, we’re going to, we’re going to start digging into some of this mindset stuff with Christian and, and what inspires and what motivates, et cetera, et cetera.

[00:21:23] So give us a little bit of time and then we’ll be right back and see. 


And just those short 30 man, we’re back here at Java Chat Christian Straka mindset, coach, we were just talking a little bit earlier about, Some of the stories that he’s, that he remembers with people that he’s coached. And he brought up, the, he brought up in an experience with somebody he didn’t coach, Roger fader.

[00:21:44] And we got into this whole thing about, how celebrities are and what they’re like and how cool some of them are, the second section, we always talk about what inspires, what motivates, but I do want to talk a little bit about mindset and things that can, maybe some tips and tricks that can help somebody to get past some of these blocks that I’m sure Christian sees in his, in his students or his or his, is that what you call them students?

[00:22:11] When you’re coaching someone, your clients, 

[00:22:13] Christian Straka: [00:22:13] clients problems. Yeah. I think I call them clients. Yeah. I don’t know. There’s no, kind of perfect words for it, 

[00:22:23] Mike: [00:22:23] yeah, there really isn’t this there, 

[00:22:24] Christian Straka: [00:22:24] no, it’s kind of like, you need to come up with something. Eventually most of my clients really turned into, some of them are became one of my best friends.

[00:22:34] I’m sure. Do your friends, you know, so it’s kind of. 

[00:22:39] Mike: [00:22:39] That’s that’s interesting. How, how inevitable that, that becomes a reality when you’re, when you, because I have other friends that are coaches, some of my coaches are my best friends now today, too. I mean, it, it just, it’s interesting to see how, how that plays out.

[00:22:53] A lot of times when you’re talking with people that, you know, you’re giving them, you’re giving them another perspective. You’re outside the storm. Like we were talking about earlier and you’re giving them another perspective and all of a sudden they have their aha moments and they’re, It’s kind of hard not to become a friend of that person because all of a sudden it’s like, you know, even though I might be engaged with you as a, as a business arrangement where there’s some financial, interests there, there’s an emotional arrangement there too.

[00:23:22] I mean, there’s, there’s no way around it, cause you’re literally helping somebody. Overcome a block break, a block, or, you know, get over under or through whatever it is that’s holding them up. So I can, I can completely see that, when we come and talk about, I, a lot of s today, I don’t know. This is weird.

[00:23:41] We come to a LA, th the second section, we talk a lot about the inspirations things that get us up in the morning and get us moving, obviously for you. That’s probably your clients, because you know that there’s something there’s going to be a breakthrough somewhere. Sometime today, sometime this week, there’s going to be something awesome.

[00:23:57] I want to be ready for it. Let’s go. I get that part. What other things inspire you? What are the things get you up in the morning, or keep you moving throughout the day, especially like, you know, there’s that, that. Nice warm sunny time in the afternoon around two o’clock when nap time starts calling. And, you know, I usually grab another cup of coffee, but that’s different.

[00:24:15] What keeps you moving? What, what motivates you? Like you had your mentor. Who else, anybody else that you’ve ever followed and, or mentored you or any, anything that you’ve read or anything of that nature that has helped you to just like, hell yeah. I’m in the right place. Let’s keep going. 

[00:24:32] Christian Straka: [00:24:32], that’s a great question.

[00:24:35] I’m really surprised every time, you know, I do a fair amount of these conversations and podcasts and every time, like I get asked questions, That I have not been asked before. And I’m like, every time I’m saying this is a great question, this is another one of those great questions. 

[00:24:53] Mike: [00:24:53]  I haven’t been asked it as a reflector.

[00:24:54] This is, this is one of those reflection questions. This is, this is, and this is why I do it just because I don’t, I don’t think enough people do. And it’s pretty awesome when they, when they start like that,  you’re not the first one then to have this happen, but I can tell you, every answer has been amazing.

[00:25:10] Christian Straka: [00:25:10] Well, what gets me up? I think there’s really like two kinds of answers that I would give to that, one is really what motivates me. What gets me up is that I have. Been fortunate enough and able to, do for a living, what I’m passionate about. And that’s kind of what I’m trying to also, you know, give to my friends and clients, this perspective of like they can do what they are passionate about, or they can incorporate things that they are passionate about.

[00:25:47] And then you’re doing things throughout the day that are enjoyable for you. And not only things that are tedious and you actually don’t want to do it’s hard work and no fun. And then hopefully further down the road, you know, you’re going to make money from it, or you’re going to have some recognition or some other form of success.

[00:26:07] But if everything that you’re doing, you’re always experiencing as unpleasant. Yeah, only for, to have the end goal be something pleasant and it’s kind of not a nice way to go through, like from my perspective and 

[00:26:23] Mike: [00:26:23] not as fulfilling, 

[00:26:24] Christian Straka: [00:26:24] I agreed there was a lot of people that might not have that, luck to be in a situation where they could maybe choose what they do, right?

[00:26:33] Because of the life circumstances that they’re in, but many people do and they don’t realize it, and so also with the young people that I’m working with this, I’m trying to really show them that perspective, like look at my life, you know, like I didn’t go, the traditional route is a lot of people and I’ve gotten to a point where I’m really content because most of the day I’m doing what I.

[00:26:56] Truly love. And that is, doing sport and sharing with people, these, experiences and skills that they can develop. So I’m using them myself and while I’m using them and I’m explaining what I’m doing and sharing with them, how they can do it, they’re improving these skills also. And these skills allow them to perform better, in the moment of whatever they’re doing.

[00:27:26], and they also, allow them to be healthier and happier han beings, outside of, you know, whether they’re working or sport or whatever. Sure. It’s really, what gets me up in the morning, is that I am able to do what I enjoy. I’m doing enjoyable things. Most of the time throughout the day. It’s a lot.

[00:27:53] I have a really busy schedule, but it’s not something that I. You know, dread, I’m not like I have to do this today. And I have 10 hours of work today. You have five hours of this. It’s like, no, I don’t even think about that at all. Because all of the things that I’m doing, I’m mostly enjoyable. And then I do things that are not enjoyable in the moment.

[00:28:14], but they are good for me in the future, so you know, whether it’s. Drinking, how much am my drinking? I think it’s like six to nine liters, a day of water I drink. Okay. So maybe it’s not the most enjoyable thing, but it has a very pleasant effect on my body. My body feels much better if I drank like this throughout the day.

[00:28:35] Right. So things like that. 

[00:28:36] Mike: [00:28:36] So it’s like me drinking six or seven cups of coffee, thus, it doesn’t necessarily 

[00:28:40] Christian Straka: [00:28:40] do my body with coffee here as the thought I’m going to bring my coffee too. I haven’t also.

[00:28:47] So, and then the other, answer to your question is like, who has inspired me or what have I read? Yeah. 

[00:28:54] Mike: [00:28:54] Yeah. 

[00:28:55] Christian Straka: [00:28:55], so actually, like to read a lot about, from teachers that are teaching what I teach, but back in the day, Kind of, so, within the mindfulness world, a lot of times that actually is people that, you know, that are, Buddhist teachers, whether it’s Zen Buddhists or whether it is, Teradata, Buddhists, or, you know, from the Tibetan, Tibetan traditions and so forth.

[00:29:25] And, history books actually about, Indian history and a history from Japan, but everything into kind of, Mental, development aspects. Like all the books have this inline that it’s basically somewhat historical, but then it’s also, other always talks about the same theme of how you can develop these skills.

[00:29:52] And by exposing myself continuously to other people that have, you know, developed. Insight to a degree that most other people haven’t and they have their own language, so to speak, Opens up my perspective continuously, you know?, and so that’s people like, adjunct char and it’s people like, or from nowadays, it would be for example, a car Tali or Joseph Goldstein, Shinzen young, who was my mentor.

[00:30:24] then, also from back in the day or B Bodhi, he has written a lot of books that are, quite dense and very educational, 

[00:30:36] Mike: [00:30:36] his name’s also familiar. 

[00:30:37] Christian Straka: [00:30:37] Yeah. And they 

[00:30:39] Mike: [00:30:39] all have to do with mental 

[00:30:40] Christian Straka: [00:30:40] development, yes. Exclusively it’s alive. I, I enjoy reading fiction very much, but really over the past, past decade, I have maybe read, I don’t know, a handful of books that are fiction and, everything else is non-fiction.

[00:30:56] Mike: [00:30:56] Yeah, no, I did that make sense, most of my books are nonfiction. Self-improvement that kind of stuff, or, you know, things in marketing, et cetera, et cetera, because of our agency, I have to stay up on top of stuff. Some of these things are, some of them are a little bit, you know, I have to, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by a few of them that, as much as I had to, I ended up wanting to, and it was actually pretty cool.

[00:31:22] What would be one of the best things that you could. Say as a 

[00:31:25] Christian Straka: [00:31:25] good 

[00:31:27] Mike: [00:31:27] what’s the word?, something good to do when somebody finds themselves in a block, if they, like, we were talking about that earlier, that you, you help athletes figure out how to get past things. When they’re, when they’re too focused on the wrong things.

[00:31:42] When they find themselves running down the wrong road, what can they, what can somebody do to shift? Yeah, get out of that. 

[00:31:51] Christian Straka: [00:31:51] I mean, the first thing is they need to want to shift. If you don’t find yourself in a position where you have any motivation or desire to shift, then. You’re just where you’re at. You know, you got in a, in other words, you gotta suffer for a little longer until you get to that point.

[00:32:11], and then when you do it depends on where are you at in your life right now?, if you have some previous exposure, experience and, mental skills in terms of, developing these attentional skills that you developed through mindfulness practice, then I would actually, Recommend that you emphasize practicing in a systematic and consistent way.

[00:32:37] A lot of people in the world by now have a good amount of experience with. Mindfulness practice, but they just don’t do it. So it’s not about like, I don’t know what to do. Like how does this work?, they do know how to do it. And even if they don’t, maybe you not just get an app, right. Mind or Headspace or calm.

[00:33:00] And like a lot of people have already done that for months and months. So it’s now just sit down and practice again because the practice is really, what’s going to have the long-term beneficial effects on you. There’s no quick fix. 

[00:33:16] Mike: [00:33:16] There never was a that I completely agree 

[00:33:18] Christian Straka: [00:33:18] exactly. This is a deep fix, or like my mentor says, but not a quick fix.

[00:33:24] Okay. If you want a quick fix, that is kind of a quick fix. A lot of times is a little bit of a lucky break, but the quick fix is also not lasting. It might like more be in. Alleviate the issue or the challenges, but not get rid of them, you know, or solve them. Yeah, difference 

[00:33:45] Mike: [00:33:45] between dealing, dealing with a symptom and a root cause.

[00:33:48] Christian Straka: [00:33:48] Yes, exactly. Exactly. Yeah. However, the other aspect is also, you can just expose yourself to the materials, so to speak. You can talk to people, that you, that are inspiring to you. You know, listen to webinars, listen, I mean, there’s on YouTube and wherever there is. I mean millions and millions of hours of unbelievably, awesome teachers that are sharing, you know, these, this knowledge with you from different perspectives.

[00:34:19] So sometimes people have a very strong aversion towards actually practicing these skills, which is really the essence because they first need to get to the point where they intellectually understand, this is, this really would help me. And once they understand it, it can unlock this intrinsic motivation where they now want to practice.

[00:34:42] Right, and that can happen, you know, through listening to people, or reading these books, from, you know, whether it’s people that have passed away by now or whether they’re alive, you basically need to find somebody that speaks a language that you connect with and it’s like, you hear them speak.

[00:34:59] And you’re like, yeah, I get what you’re saying. You know? And there’s other teachers that are saying the exact same thing, but you, you, it doesn’t vibe with you. So you just need to find at least one of those or multiple who you enjoy listening to. 

[00:35:15] Mike: [00:35:15] When, and I know that this is probably a question on people’s minds when they listened to this, we talk about practicing mindfulness.

[00:35:25] Christian Straka: [00:35:25] How do you 

[00:35:26] Mike: [00:35:26] understand the definition I’ve had? I’ve had two other people talk about practicing mindfulness and like, I I’ve had two different. Definitions so far I’m banking. I’m going to get a third. So what is your definition of practicing mindfulness? 

[00:35:41] Christian Straka: [00:35:41] Well, I am going to say that, people give different definitions and words, but, what you’re actually doing is the same.

[00:35:50] So it’s really, mindfulness by now is very clearly set. Like we know exactly what it is. So even if you have two people, you know, that are, 

[00:36:02] Mike: [00:36:02] yeah, there, there, there, there, it was a perspective on it. That’s why I asked. 

[00:36:05] Christian Straka: [00:36:05] Yeah. Yeah, exactly. But it’s like really, like, I think it’s important for your listeners to know that even though you have, might have two, or maybe now me as a third person give you a different explanation.

[00:36:16] What you’re actually doing when you’re being mindful, it’s always the same. Okay. It’s just a different way of talking about it or trying to explain that same thing. Okay, so the way I, explain what mindfulness being mindful is is you’re using three different skills intentionally, simultaneously, and these three skills are.

[00:36:42] Concentration clarity and coolness. So the first skill is concentration as your ability to pay attention to whatever you want to pay attention to for however short or long, it can be your breath. It can be what’s going through your mind. It can be, how you feel emotionally. It can be externally something you’re looking at or something you’re hearing or smelling on tasting.

[00:37:06] It doesn’t matter. Whatever you want to pay attention to could be, the object of concentration and you can pay attention to it for two seconds or for two hours. It’s up to you. The second scope clarity is what people describe as awareness being in the moment, presence and so forth. So that’s your ability to be able to track what you are paying attention to in real time.

[00:37:31] So if you direct your attention to your breath, let’s say, then you’re using concentration. You’re directing it there and you’re keeping it there. But if you, if you now notice that your chest is expanding and contracting, that’s clarity that now you’re aware of what’s happening, you’re tracking in real time.

[00:37:48] What you’re feeling. 

[00:37:49] Mike: [00:37:49] Which of course now I’m doing, because you’re talking about quite effective. Appreciate 

[00:37:54] Christian Straka: [00:37:54] the third school wellness is what, other people describe as equanimity, openness, acceptance non-judgment and so forth. So that is your ability to try to be equally open. Two pleasant and unpleasant experiences without trying to suppress experiences that are unpleasant and without trying to cling to experiences that are pleasant.

[00:38:19] So it’s like a matter of fact, third option in the middle between those two, so when you’re being mindful, you’re doing these three things, you know, other people say it’s, Non-judgemental present moment awareness. Right? Okay. That’s what a lot of people say, also, but it’s, if you break it down, that’s exactly what I just said.

[00:38:39] It’s just using different terms. You know, you got the, 

[00:38:43] Mike: [00:38:43] you got the three CS in there. I learned that from, in our meditations from some of my elder brothers in martial arts, one of the, Seeing, I think he was at the time and he, he explained to me, he says, when you meditate, wherever you do it, however you do it.

[00:39:05] Remember that you’re going to see a lot of thoughts pop up your mind will never be blank. That’s impossible. Your brain is always working on something. It’s always focusing on something. So he says, when it does come up, you let it, let it come up, present itself, whether it’s good or not acknowledge it, and then let it go.

[00:39:22] And that’s that. So you just, you just pass through all of that to keep yourself in that zone of calm. When you come out of it, it’s like nothing can bug me at that point. It’s a complete zone out and not, and not in a bad way either. It’s like, I can stand up. I can focus on what I need to focus on. I can get it done and it’s, and again, it gets done in, in good time when I don’t do that.

[00:39:48] Then the other part do you lose you lose coolness. Like almost completely, it becomes, it becomes, it becomes a block because you’re stuck on hot and asshole said, dubbed, blah, blah, blah, blah. Or that person’s doing this and this, and this is really irritating. Why, why does it irritate? What is it about? And it’s always the going back and going internal.

[00:40:08] What is it about you that’s bothering you? That, that, that person’s actions are bugging you? Are they hurting? You know, why is it bothering you? It doesn’t really affect your life. Why does it bother 

[00:40:21] Christian Straka: [00:40:21] you? Yeah. Yeah. So those, you know, that’s what the mind does. It kind of tries to understand things and have kind of come up with answers and, then you might have an insight, like what you were just like, basically talking about.

[00:40:35] It’s like, Oh, actually, if I really, you know, analyze this a little bit, this doesn’t really affect me. You know, however, that’s not what it feels like. Right. But it’s hard to realize that in the moment, because you’re not realizing in a real time. What it is that you’re feeling and anything that’s going through your mind, whatever kind of thought that might be, will become very sticky in your mind.

[00:41:04] So to speak like you believe it and you can’t let go of it. If there is a strong somatic. Connection. Right. If you have a thought in your mind, but you’re somatically neutral, so to speak it, doesn’t kind of trigger you in any way, positively, negatively pleasant, unpleasant. And then it’s kind of just like a thought it’s like, you know, the sky is green, like Hmm.

[00:41:27] Whatever, you know, it’s raining elephants. That’s a thought like, it’s just like, I hear it. Okay.

[00:41:36] But there might be another thought, that, will trigger a strong emotional reaction. Right. And all of the sudden that thought is not so easy to let go of. And that’s because of the intricacy of how all your sensory experiences kind of interact with you each other. 

[00:41:59] Mike: [00:41:59] Right. When you’re looking at that from a sports standpoint, where do you see that apply?

[00:42:05] If somebody is trying to perform in a zone, where, where does that come in? 

[00:42:11] Christian Straka: [00:42:11] So, if somebody is in the zone or, you know, in a flow state or what ever you want to call it, flow state is definitely one of the terms that they’re using more in the scientific community now, which is pretty well-defined and, and includes multiple.

[00:42:28] skills that are working at the same time. Also one of them is for example, decision-making another one. So if you’re not needing to make decisions, you’re not really in there flow state, so to speak. Okay. It might be another state. That’s also very pleasant, but like the flow state nowadays, but chick sent me, it has been defined as, Oh, you need to be.

[00:42:51] needing to make decisions. You also need to be, performing just above your, optimal performance. If it’s too difficult for you, you won’t be able to enter it. If it’s too easy, you won’t be able to enter it either. Got it. However, three of those flow. The skills within the flow state are the three skills that I just talked about.

[00:43:13] Right. And you, so another way to look at it is when you’re in a flow state, then one thing that’s happening is that concentration, clarity and coolness are at least momentarily, significantly elevated. So you’re much more concentrated. You’re much more aware of what’s happening and there’s much less resistance towards your current experiences.

[00:43:34] And those three skills can be elevated. Also if you’re not in a flow state, So you can just be sitting and, you know, turning your attention to your breath or you can be walking and that’s not very challenging and you’re not making decisions, but your concentration clarity and coolness could be much elevated.

[00:43:51] And especially if you’re training them, 

[00:43:54] Mike: [00:43:54] that makes sense. I go for long walks and then actually happens. So it makes sense that that would why that is now. I’ve never thought about it that way. 

[00:44:02] Christian Straka: [00:44:02] Yeah, 

[00:44:03] Mike: [00:44:03] I appreciate that. They, you, you kind of gave me an aha moment today. That’s pretty cool. 

[00:44:07] Christian Straka: [00:44:07] Yeah, 

[00:44:08] Mike: [00:44:08] just a little bit about that.

[00:44:09] A little bit at a time. When you’re, when you’re in a coaching situation and you see somebody that’s in that block, how do you get them to understand all of this? I mean, when somebody comes to you fresh, they have no idea what a coach is. You, you have to kind of educate them obviously first, but when you, when you see that, how do you bring them through that process?

[00:44:34] What do you tell them? 

[00:44:36] Christian Straka: [00:44:36] Well, I, again, one second I have, one very big advantage, which is when people come to me, they’re very malleable. I can form them like clay because they are willing. To do what I tell them, there is no resistance, you know, it’s not like maybe a very good friend or my mother, I tell her and it was like, no, she wants to do what she wants to do.

[00:45:03] So when people know that there’s a lot of acceptance, you know, and interest in doing exactly what I’m telling them. So that means, a lot of equanimity and openness towards, you know, the information I’m giving them. That’s very, very helpful. Yeah. And then I’d take two approaches. One is I explained to them why this is helpful.

[00:45:26] So they don’t just have to take my word for it. So they intellectually can somewhat understand why this has beneficial for them and like what is happening, what they’re doing voluntarily or involuntarily that is actually making their life more difficult. Got it. Yeah. And then we transformed that, into an experiential part where they actually need to do something.

[00:45:49] So now that I try to somewhat,, what’s the word I’m losing the word, 

[00:46:00] Mike: [00:46:00] Are in English. 

[00:46:01] Christian Straka: [00:46:01] Give, give a little bit of, foods to their curious mind and now their curiosity is kind of, fed. Yep. Now they’re even more willing to just do it. Okay. Now it’s not about understanding or thinking about it anymore.

[00:46:16] Now it’s actually just pay attention to. Where your arm’s at, just pay attention to, are you tense right now? Or are you relaxed, pay attention to, are you watching what you need to be watching or are you, is your attention, you know, maybe on what you’re thinking right now. Right? So now we are, I’m basically incorporating exercises where they are using these three skills.

[00:46:44] so they’re practicing mindfulness, but. It is tailored to that current situation because, performance and mindfulness in combination is very, situation specific. So if you learn to pay attention to your breath, if you’re walking in your ability to pay attention to your breath for longer, without getting distracted improves.

[00:47:13] That doesn’t necessarily mean that all your attention also improves and how you need to watch the tennis ball. Right. So attention is situation specific, and that’s why, mindfulness training that you know, helps with anxiety or depression might not necessarily help, with performance enhancement. Of course there’s some overlap.

[00:47:36] And of course, if you’re less anxious, you might perform better, but it’s not that it’s not that specific where you’re like, oh no, I am better at paying attention to this and that retina, which I need to do or right, so we are doing, situation performance, specific mindfulness exercises during the, physical exercises.

[00:47:56] So it’s always a combination of physical and mental training. Got it. 

[00:48:00] Mike: [00:48:00] Got it. Are you only coaching in the F in the sports realm right now? Or have you has your practice? 

[00:48:07] Christian Straka: [00:48:07] but I always, use the athlete’s mindset so to speak, so even if I work, you know, with Netflix and I give like a workshop for them, or with Facebook, we did something then, it’s always kind of the sports aspect that I bring to the table.

[00:48:26], and yeah. There’s just a lot of interest in that. And there’s a lot of other people that are amazing at, you know, giving a different perspective and approach. So that’s what they should do. And I kind of try to stick to, like, this is what I have spent my life on doing. And if people and a lot of people are, and some people aren’t, I’m interested in how the sports mindset and techniques and, you can leverage.

[00:48:55] For your life, maybe even if you’re not doing sports right, then that’s where I can help you the most. And if you’re more interested in something that is completely unrelated to sports, what I teach will still help you, but it might not be so interesting to you. So there’s, you know, other coaches that are believable that you want to kind of business.

[00:49:16] Mike: [00:49:16] So when you’re out in the corporate world, since you’ve mentioned Netflix, Facebook, and I think you are, you’re still on with Adidas. If I remember correctly, What’s that like, I mean, what kind of response? Cause you, you said you get, you get, you get a lot of responses that’s in the positive and some not in the positive.

[00:49:31] No han is the same, obviously, but I mean, what’s it. What kind of response do you get from those people when it, when you’re doing or sharing your perspective, as far as the sports mindset and things of that nature, are they, are they catching it? Is it something that they really pick up or is it, is it something that, it takes a little bit of explanation or how does that, how 

[00:49:49] Christian Straka: [00:49:49] does that work?

[00:49:50] Yeah. I mean, it definitely takes a little bit of explanation, but also not too much, once, you know, basically what I explained here a few minutes ago with the three different skills working at the same time, intentionally, and once people realize that these skills are not skills that they need to kind of conjure up from nothingness, they already have these skills.

[00:50:13] Everybody has these skills. Nobody is never aware. Nobody can never pay attention and nobody is always reactive to everything. So everybody has these skills and they’re active in certain moments more and in certain moments less. But what people do rarely is that they use these skills on purpose, 

[00:50:35] Mike: [00:50:35] right.

[00:50:36] Christian Straka: [00:50:36] So once they realize like, Oh, I already have the skills and now all I have what I, and I use the skills, but sporadically and unintentionally. And now all I need to do so to speak, is start to use them intentionally and systematically. These skills will improve. You know, it’s just like going, running like everybody who is physically healthy and doesn’t have any disability can walk and run.

[00:51:01] But if you are just walking and sometimes running a little bit, just as life requires it, you will never become faster and you will never be able to run longer, if anything, it will actually decline over time. You will become slower. You will be able to walk, shorter distances, right? So, but even if you’re in your thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, if you start to develop your ability to walk and run, which you have.

[00:51:30] In a systematic and consistent way, you will be able to run a 5k, a 10 K a half marathon, a marathon. Like there’s no question that you will able be able to do that if you put in the time. And it’s the same with these mental skills that everybody has. 

[00:51:42] Mike: [00:51:42] Yeah. I just had, I just had that, that type of conversation with one of our guests, who’s a.

[00:51:51] Spiritual guide, breath breathwork therapists kind of person she’s, she’s run a couple of marathons and same, same path, same path of thought it was, you know, getting into it and doing it. Never thought that she could, she mentioned that her most men, her most memorable was the Chicago marathon. She had, she had issues.

[00:52:14] I don’t know if it was chronic injury or if it was just not able to perform at, at level that she believes she should. And coach said, kill it. Let’s take a, take three weeks off, you know, and then right at the time of the marathon, she jped in and had her fastest time ever. And it, what you’re saying, there is just kind of like just I’m hearing in her head.

[00:52:41] I need a break and cause she’s been trained. She was trained in and train in and train in and I was like, okay, I can’t, if I do any more, I’m going to really hurt myself and then got out there and blew the doors off of the deal. And I th I think that’s a part of practicing mindfulness, correct me if I’m wrong is knowing when you need to step out, your body only can handle so much, like you said, it needs to be trained.

[00:53:07] If you want to do more, any skill needs to be trained. If you want to do more. But you also need to know when to take a break and think a lot of people forget that part because they get into the grind and they think that’s the flow state. And it’s like, no, at least not in my experience. It hasn’t been that way.

[00:53:25] There’ve been times when I’ve had to take off a whole week. I didn’t like it, but I came back next week with a fire that nobody could stop me. 

[00:53:33] Christian Straka: [00:53:33] Yeah. So that’s, you’re bringing up an interesting point and that’s starting to, be quite subtle, but like, I would not say that, you know, being mindful, means that you can make better decisions or you’re making better decisions because you’re mindful.

[00:53:54] However, there is a very strong connection, which is the more mindful you are. The. Better informed your decisions will be. So, if you are not mindful, let’s just say, and you know, the, guest on your podcast is running and there are not. Turning their attention. Let’s just be super extreme. Okay. Yeah.

[00:54:17] Yeah. They’re just listening to music the whole time and they’re trying to distract themselves and they’re actually accomplishing, that they’re getting distracted and while they’re running, they’re feel fatigue and they feel pain in their knee and they’re have a whole bunch of issues, and then it gets to a point where they’re in so much pain that they can’t distract themselves anymore from it.

[00:54:37] And now it’s too late. Yeah, and now they have to take a break and the break will take very long until they have recovered from it. And then we’ll miss the Chicago marathon. Right. If you’re a mindful while you’re running the whole time, you know, not just once, but, every training that you’re running, that means you’re directing your attention at least to some parts of your body, because that’s the activity that you’re doing.

[00:54:59] Right. And you’re tracking in real time, whether you have pain, whether you’re a fatigued, whether you feel good, are you relaxed? Is there tension? Are you performing the. Movement, technically the right way. You’re tracking your body movement and so forth. And you’re experiencing unpleasant as well as pleasant, somatic experiences.

[00:55:19] So relaxation might be pleasant tension, a quick, fast breath. Fatigue might be unpleasant, and when you’re tracking that in real time for most of the time, then you will notice whether you’re actually, getting to a degree that starts to be unmanageable or whether this is actually you’re fatigued.

[00:55:40] But really your mind is just telling you, Oh, you know, I can’t do this anymore. I can’t do this anymore, but it’s actually a mind telling you, you can’t do it. It’s not like that your body is not functioning. Right. And that’s how you can then make better decisions. Should you take a break? Should you not?

[00:55:56] But the decision of taking a break or not is not being mindful. That’s right now, you’re using your intellect and your conceptual mind in order to, you know, analyze the information that you got through being mindful. That 

[00:56:11] Mike: [00:56:11] makes absolute sense.

[00:56:16] Oh my goodness, I’m going to have to sit with that one night later on for sure, I think for, for most people. And I, I sure hope my listeners heard all of that 

[00:56:29] Christian Straka: [00:56:29] because 

[00:56:31] Mike: [00:56:31] what you just said right. There is a huge point that I think most people miss. I really do. I I’d be willing to bet that a bunch of, of your own clients have missed that in the past at some point.

[00:56:43] Christian Straka: [00:56:43] Yeah. Because you know, it’s subtle, there there’s a lot of subtle things are significant, but because they’re so subtle, they’re so hard to kind of detect and keep track of. So things get a little bit confused and like, you feel like, you know, just at the very beginning, people feel like, Oh yeah. If I meditate, that means my mind will calm down and I will not be thinking, why is that a misconception of a lot of people?

[00:57:13] It is a misconception because, and you actually meditate for years and years and years. The effect of it eventually will be that you will. Experience some periods of time where there will not be thoughts in your mind, and you will notice silence in your mind. That definitely does happen, but it is an effect of many years and hours and hours of training.

[00:57:36] Just like if you train running, eventually you can run a marathon. Yep. I, it’s not what you’re doing right now, what, when you start to meditate for the first few years, what you’re noticing is actually that your mind is much more active than you ever thought it would be. So there’s this contradiction.

[00:57:54] and this is how a lot of these things, you know, if you start off, become very confusing and there’s a little doubt and you think you’re not doing it right. And there’s just misconceptions because of lack of information. Yeah. Haven’t talked to enough people. You haven’t read enough, so it’s very normal.

[00:58:12] It just certainly haven’t I 

[00:58:13] Mike: [00:58:13] certainly haven’t practice that’s for sure. 

[00:58:16] Christian Straka: [00:58:16] Yeah. 

[00:58:16] Mike: [00:58:16] That same thing happened to me when we first, when I first started meditation, like I started realizing my head was full of a lot of shit. And getting to the point of quieting, all of that down was it took a few years. I mean, it’s not it’s even, even to this day, I mean, My mind’s still active as all get was that one meme your mind all day dead, as soon as it’s time to go to sleep.

[00:58:39] Oh, by the way, here’s some philosophical thoughts that I was thinking about sometime today. And you just like, no, not now, please. I just want to go to bed. It’s hilarious. How the mind works, and I say that with love, obviously for our own brains, we are amazingly intelligent beings. I just think practicing mindfulness would probably bring us into a better awareness and presence.

[00:59:02] Guys, we’re going to take another 30 second break. And when we come back, we’re going to figure out what, you know, what’s next. What’s Christian going to be up to next. We’ll be back in about 30 seconds. 


And, we’re here back for the last session, section of this session, Java chat with Christian Straka and has brought a buddy of his, his little fur baby there.

[00:59:22] His name is Apache and an Apache is a what again? What is it? 

[00:59:27] Christian Straka: [00:59:27] He’s a Cocker Wawa. I don’t know if that’s the official name, but that’s just what my wife and I named, but it works. 

[00:59:34] Mike: [00:59:34] He’s so he’s part Cocker, spaniel, only part Chihuahua and  adorable. This guy is pitching. 

[00:59:40] He is an adorable little one. Yeah. We have a lot of people on our team all have dogs or cats or some, some kind of pet.

[00:59:47], and we just, we adore them. That’s awesome. So this last section is basically what’s. What’s in the future for Christian Straka, what’s what’s next, other than we know you’re going to be coaching. It’s your passion. That’s not going anywhere, but I mean, are, are there any other things that are going on? I, you know, any, any webinars coming up, any books being written, any kind of cool stuff that’s going on, where, where you can teach other people as well.

[01:00:11] Christian Straka: [01:00:11] Yeah, actually, many things at different stages of development, a book is in the works, but at the very early stages, then we have, let me go through the list in my head, with the DDAs we were wrapping up, expanding, to other sports, so to speak. And also with a dear friend of mine, Amira, Omar, she focuses heavily on culture, inclusivity and diversity.

[01:00:44] Love it. How are we incorporating mindfulness there?, then with my company mind size, that’s where I invest a lot of energy, to, you know, help people really develop these skills that we’ve been talking about for the past hour, and I’ve spent all of last year with my team to develop a. A program that is now accessible to anybody in the world.

[01:01:09] You know, that was really my 

[01:01:12] Christian Straka: [01:01:12] big goal. And we have done that now. And then I’m also, I’m a working on a project, or I just finished a project actually with a company called ultra han. Nice. That is an app where, my company and, ultra han have partnered together and created a 14 week program, where you learn to incorporate mindfulness into running.

[01:01:38] that was a lot of fun that took this year. That’s coming out later this year, next year, and then I’m working on another project with a dear friend of mine, former client, you know, that’s. Yeah, of course, of course, who, where we are, working on developing, a company where we kind of. Attempts to revolutionize the fitness industry by helping and supporting the people that help other people.

[01:02:05] So we are not focused on, so to speak the end client, the per people that take the fitness classes 

[01:02:10] Mike: [01:02:10] that you’re talking about, the people giving the fitness classes. 

[01:02:12] Christian Straka: [01:02:12] Exactly. So we want to help them to become. You know, more successful entrepreneurs to be able to stream it online, to do it in person and a good facility to have more accessibility and more flexibility.

[01:02:24] Absolutely. Have everything COVID safe and, up to. And also combine, different wellness aspects. So it’s not just fitness, you know, in all of its forms, but it’s really wellness, mental health, whether it is psychotherapy, mindfulness practice, you know, in the future might be psychedelic therapy might be involved.

[01:02:47] Like there’s so many different avenues, and this is going right now and we want to help all of the people. That make their lives go to help other people to make their life easier. 

[01:02:59] Mike: [01:02:59] Yeah. That’s going to be huge because, and it’s interesting this, this path that you’re mentioning that you’re gone down, I have, because everybody’s always focused on the end client.

[01:03:10] People forget the people, forget the coach. People forget the teachers, people forget the service workers, you know, the people that are there serving other people, that’s huge, dude. That’s that’s, that’s gonna be. That’s going to be something else I can tell you. 

[01:03:25] Christian Straka: [01:03:25] Yeah. 

[01:03:25] Mike: [01:03:25] I don’t know of anyone at it. I don’t know of anyone servicing that.

[01:03:28] So that’s, that’s pretty good. That’s pretty good. Where can people find you online, man? Can they follow you? Like, are you on Instagram, Twitter, 

[01:03:34] Christian Straka: [01:03:34] Instagram,, M my handle and my website is mine size 

[01:03:42] Mike: [01:03:42] Mine size sports, 

[01:03:44] Christian Straka: [01:03:44] correct. 

[01:03:44] Mike: [01:03:44] Okay. Okay. And then you have anything on Facebook yet? 

[01:03:50] Christian Straka: [01:03:50] I have also Facebook.

[01:03:51]   yeah, it’s the same. Okay. So I was struck You will find it 

[01:03:56] Mike: [01:03:56] wherever it is is struck it out. 

[01:03:58] Christian Straka: [01:03:58] LA 

[01:03:59] Mike: [01:03:59] that works that’s that’s that’s that’s his domain name. If you haven’t figured that out. I mean, 

[01:04:04] Christian Straka: [01:04:04] exactly. 

[01:04:05] Mike: [01:04:05] That LA is a, is obviously the extension for, well, I think it’s the extension for Los Angeles. Is that correct?

[01:04:10] Christian Straka: [01:04:10] I sure hope so. So South America, my friends call me. 

[01:04:15] Mike: [01:04:15] I love it. That’s cool. As long as it’s not Louisiana, not that that’s a bad thing. It’d be a lot of Creole and that one guys 

[01:04:26] one, well, first off, thank you, Christian. Very much. For again, coming and hanging out, sharing your expertise, sharing some insights, sharing some tips and things about, you know, practicing mindfulness and what it means to be mindful.

[01:04:38] A lot of the, the wellness side of things does, I don’t think gets addressed enough, which is why I keep looking for, people like you to come and share your perspective and, and share, you know, some of the things. Cause again, like you said, they might vibe with one, they might not vibe with another.

[01:04:55] And, I want to make sure that someone in there is going to be a good vibe for them. Then they’ll pick up on it and hopefully it’ll change their life a little bit, so thanks again for, I thank you, Apache for hanging out with us for the last part. We appreciate that. Look at him. He’s just snuggled in now.

[01:05:09] He was getting a little restless there for a second and all of a 

[01:05:11] Christian Straka: [01:05:11] sudden he’s like a little bit. 

[01:05:14] Mike: [01:05:14] Yep. And then all of a sudden he’s just like, yep. I think that just wants me to sit. 

[01:05:18] Christian Straka: [01:05:18] Perfect. 

[01:05:19] Mike: [01:05:19] All right. Well, y’all know how we love to end these. I want to thank everybody for watching. If you’re watching on YouTube, make sure you hit the subscribe button and the button and the bell right next to that.

[01:05:28] So, you know, when we get another. Killer guests like this one, come on and share their insights and expertise. You’re listening to us on any of the level 11 platforms. I think that we’re syndicated to make sure you download it or just subscribe on their platform. That’s fine. If you’re listening to us on anchor FM, that’s our home base, you know, feel free to support us there every little bit helps.

[01:05:50] And, it always makes sense to take a moment in a day and. Do these things that Christian shared, you know, block out a time, you know, if, if, if you, if you really want to start seeing some clarity, take a moment, get out of the craziness. And we like to call it recenter. Everybody has a different town term for it, but get present with yourself, get present with what’s going on and find some clarity again, and then get back into it.

[01:06:25] So stay up, stay safe, stay healthy. For Christus Straka and myself, coffee with Mike ciao for now.

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