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    Todd Talks: Play The Cards That Are Dealt And Win ♠️

    Todd Talks: Play The Cards That Are Dealt And Win ♠️

    A wise player can play a weak hand and win the game...

    For those of you that have kids, they're home from school and for extended periods of time now. I wanted to look at "how are you guys reacting to the situation?" Are you taking it as time for yourself to get better? How are you carrying yourself around the house with your kids or your friends? Are you engaging in the media blitz and full of negativity? Or are you harboring this time to really pull together with your loved ones and set an example for your kids?
     
    I want you to show them how you react to challenging situations and how you make greatness come from dark times. How your kids see you react is going to be a direct reflection of how they react.  If they see you harboring the victim mentality and "negative, negative, negative", what do you think is going to come out of them?
     
    While you are home educating your children and educating yourself, do they see you engaging in books? Do they see you engaging in activities with them?  Are you going online to Amazon or to school resources to get them the experiences, workbooks and things they need? Or are you just putting the iPad in front of them or giving them the iPhone then going about your day, just looking at them as a nuisance? Or are you really engaging in their lives and taking his time to bond together and come out on the other side stronger?

    Maybe you had some challenging times where you've had a job that you didn't really like. Maybe this is that defining moment in time when you do have time off? Or possibly where you're forced to have time off and really allow yourself to get rid of all your excuses. You know, those things that were road blocking you from having success and from stepping out and taking risks because risk was not imposed by yourself. This quarantine was not a choice. It was something that's been put into place and you're going to have to deal with it. 
     
    Maybe this is that kick to the teeth or that chance for you to really level up your life. Take this situation during turbulent times and turn it into tremendous times. Make these times full of prosperity and abundance coming out the other side, feeling fulfilled, feeling like you have a purpose. If you do have a family, make sure that you've really bonded and pulled together. Allow your children to see that sun really shine. Let them see all the opportunities that they have in their life and in your life, making it better.
     
    Fully engage with your children, give them that big hug in the morning. Tell them how grateful you are to have this opportunity to really spend time together. Appreciate the time with them and just soak it all in.  Be that example you want to see shine in your children. Like I've said in previous talks, for some of you, this is the first time you've ever seen this type of a situation, and probably the last time you'll ever see this situation. But it's going to pop up many more times in your children's lives.
     
    How are you preparing them for this? Set them up to really have this course in uncharted waters. I truly want you all to be present in the moment. You have this opportunity to play such an influential role in determining your own future. This is a pivot point for your future, for your kids future and for your legacy! This is not a choice that was made by you, so take that as an opportunity to better yourself.

    Step up. Put on a great smile and go crush today.

    Scott Herman | Fitness Content Creator | Everyday Icon

    Scott Herman | Fitness Content Creator | Everyday Icon

    This week we're excited to feature Scott Herman! An online fitness coach who balances work, fitness, the day-to-day grind, and of course living and eating healthy! Here's why Scott is our Everyday ICON of the week...

    What do you do? (Job-wise)

    I am an online fitness coach and one of the very first influencers to begin teaching fitness on YouTube back in 2009! I currently have over 2.3 Million subscribers and deliver educational fitness content on a weekly basis through my videos and my website MuscularStrength.com!

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    Michael Dean Johnson | Reality Star/Personal Trainer | Everyday ICON

    Michael Dean Johnson | Reality Star/Personal Trainer | Everyday ICON

    This week we're excited to feature MTV reality star and personal trainer, Michael Dean Johnson. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Michael gives us insight on fitness, the day-to-day grind, and of course living and eating healthy! Here's why Michael Dean Johnson is our Everyday ICON of the week... 

    Can you give us a little background on yourself?

    Growing up in Tennessee, I was very active throughout my childhood. My fitness journey really began, though, when I started competitive wrestling at the age of 10.  I competed in wrestling over eight years for my school teams as well as the Tennessee National Team. Over those years, I learned a good amount about discipline. Wrestling opened my eyes to the fact that strength is a choice, and that we have the ability to push ourselves to do things we never thought possible as long as we persevere.

    Upon graduating high school, I transferred my dedication to wrestling over to bodybuilding and weightlifting. After four men’s physique competitions – including three 1st place finishes and one overall victory – I decided to move to New York City to kickstart my modeling career. Since making the move, in addition to becoming a published fitness model, I’ve been featured on MTV’s hit show ‘Are You The One’ and have made over 15 appearances on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’!

    What do you do?

    I am a personal trainer. I'm also a sponsored athlete for MuscleTech and Leorêver.

    What made you want to do what you are doing?

    I have always loved working out, ever since I was a kid doing push ups in my bedroom. Working out has always been a great outlet for me and has taught me a lot of discipline and helpful tools for life... I’d like to share my experience with others!

    Why Icon Meals? What makes us different?

    Icon meals is hands down the freshest prepared meal service out there... it doesn’t matter which meals you get and on which day you eat them, you can always expect them to be fresh.

    What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

    The best advice I’ve ever gotten is “That is that success isn’t easy (in anything) if being successful was easy then everyone would do it... so be prepared for hard work!”

    You are a social media “influencer” what are you doing to be “influential” in today’s society? 

    I like to say that I only spread good vibes. I try not to talk bad about others whatsoever on social media- I try to spread only positivity in hopes that it will help someone else.

    Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?

    As cliché as it is... Arnold Schwarzenegger has inspired me for years. He always talks about putting in hard work and I respect that.

    How do you balance work and life demands? 

    I have a good support system at home- my wife is someone who I can always count on and she helps to push me through any struggles.

    What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?

    I want to be known as the guy who only spread positivity.

    What is your current focus? Any plans for the future?

    Currently I am preparing for a bodybuilding competition in early spring so I’m eating my meals and putting the work in the gym!

    What are your favorite Icon Meals? Or favorite thing about Icon Meals?

    THE BREAKFAST MEALS 🤤 the Icon breakfast meals are hands down my favorite (the pancakes or the southwest egg skillet) 

    Stay connected with Michael Dean Johnson on IG at @michaeldean2.0

    His personal training site is: https://www.philosophy-fitness.com 

    Want to be featured as an "Everyday ICON?" Submit your stories to info@iconmeals.com or send us a DM on IG or Facebook!