Truth Will Set You Free

Ever heard the saying “the truth will set your free”? I felt confined most of my life with regards to speaking my truth to my fullest capacity.

This confinement lead to a gap between my truest self and what others perceived of me.

I suppressed my truth in various forms of my life during many experiences in different times.

The voice suppression began at a younger age with a violent and abusive step father that punished me in various forms for speaking out with how I felt, what I was thinking, and in general if it was a time that triggered his anger.

This voice suppression led into my adult years as I have realized I was conditioned to suppress my truth out of fear for getting hurt or being “wrong”. This conditioning almost killed me as I was 21 and let the medical authorities convince me that I was “fine” even though I was suffering on a daily basis until a concussion led to an MRI finding the cause- a brain tumor.

This conditioning led me to not showing up and expressing myself in my truest form, which affected many of my personal and business relationships.

This conditioning almost prevented me from sharing my truth around the ketogenic diet and lifestyle, which has allowed me to support many people around the globe with empowering themselves to improve their health and quality of life.

After a third brain tumor diagnosis, shortly after placing top 10 in the BMX World Series, I left my dream to speak my truth with no regard to anything besides the purpose of serving others around the world.

Since doing so, I’ve felt more free and have unlocked so much potential to do new things, reach more people, and learn more about myself.

I’ve made it my mission to inspire perspective in others that leads to owning their truth and speaking it as much as they possibly can while empowering themselves to be as healthy and happy as possible.

There’s no reason anyone should feel as if they don’t have a voice and it’s our responsibility to support each of our truths and voice to share that truth.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

What Are You WILLING To Do?

What are you willing to do for the things you say you “need” and “want” in your life?

Are you willing to sacrifice moments of instant gratification for the long game of sustainability?

Are you willing to put yourself in uncomfortable ale situations or moments of immense pain like I experienced in this photo?

The difference between a pro and amateur is the willingness to push past moments of physical and mental pain, fear, doubt, worry, judgment, stress and whatever else comes your way.

The future vision we create as a pro of our life’s journey is what defines us. We’re not defined by our past, who we showed up as yesterday, the times we fell down or “failed”, or the times we heard the word “no”. We are clear on our purpose behind the vision and won’t let anything stop us, no matter how far off course we find ourselves.

Pain is just information. Use the information to trouble shoot navigating forward to success.

When you find yourself comfortable, that should set off an alarm that it’s time to optimize.

Adaptations are healthy and necessary to build strength, but comfort can lead to stagnant phases in life and lead to unhappiness.

That’s what I’ve found in my life and BMX has taught me there’s always more in us to optimize our current level in area of life, if we’re willing to put the work in.

Get after it with clear, purposeful, and align intent that matches the vision you’ve created for your life.

Don’t settle for anything less and don’t let moment of pain persuade you off the path.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

The Gap

This was the moment I woke up from a 6 hour brain surgery.

This “gap” of who I wanted to be & how I felt internally, & how others perceived me and my life, developed from a young age and continued to grow as I progressed in my BMX career.

On the outside, others would often assume I lived “the life”, which I have been fortunate to have worked my ass off to live such a life with amazing experiences.

Others would assume my life was easy, I must have a ton of money, I was always happy, and would often say “it must be nice” when I got to travel the world, meet amazing human beings, and or design my days to do what I wanted when I wanted.

Although I did and do live such a abundant life, I have been suppressing deep rooted limiting beliefs, insecurities, pain, and unworthiness.

It took being told “Josh, you may die” at the young age of 21 to wake my ass up to begin expressing my true inner self, and to begin letting go of all those emotional blocks holding me back from true joy and fulfillment.

It lead me on a quest of progression to become the best version of myself, inside and out.

It taught me that we all have amazing amounts of potential to change our lives and the lives of others when the effort is put forth with a clear vision of what we want to create backed by an immense amount of purpose and dedication to that vision.

It taught me life is all about perspective- how we CHOOSE to see the world and our lives in regards to our personal reality and the actions we take to create that reality.

It taught me how health is an internal aspect of reality, not solely what’s on the outside or in a scale.

It taught me that our reality is a manifestation of our choices in life- what we consume (nutritionally and mentally), if and how we move our bodies, how we choose to think and what we choose to believe, and how we choose to act in our lives in which create an emotional experience, all of which makes up our identity known as “self”. At the end of the day, this moment in that surgical bed not only saved my life, it led me to my higher purpose of showing others what we are all capable of when the desire to write our own life script is large enough.

Josh P.💚🧠✌️

Purpose > Giving Up

Never in a million years did I think this was possible.

That I would be speaking to a crowd of hundreds to thousands of people I don’t know.

Especially with my insecurities of being “good enough” to speak on such a stage.

Or, my social anxiety of speaking with strangers and how they may judge me and my life decisions.

Or, thinking “who wants to hear what I have to say? I’m just a high school dropout that pursued BMX as a career option, overcame some challenges along the way, and am trying to find my way in life beyond my past identity as just a BMX athlete living with brain tumors”. That’s the thing about being on PURPOSE, though.

You overcome the mental challenges to pursue the mission at hand while finding yourself in situations you never fathomed being in.

In this case, my mission is to inspire new PERSPECTIVE in others that leads them to making the choice to step into their power of creating the best versions of themselves.

With that said, I find myself speaking around the world, making videos sharing my journey, experiences, passions and my TRUTH, and reaching out to strangers to have a conversation to what value I can provide and what perspectives/insights I can learn.

The last decade of my life has taught me 3 valuable pieces to life that I live by and am passionately sharing as much as I can:

– perspective is essential.

– Health is internal.

– our reality is a manifestation of our choices.

The more I focus on my purpose to serve others, the more the anxiety, fear, and overwhelm disappear but it’s a constant work in progress to do so.

As a former professional athlete and multiple brain tumor survivor, I find myself being incredibly hard on myself and thinking I could be doing more.

I’m learning this perspective is limiting my ability to fulfill my purpose on a archer scale and manifest my goals in an efficient and the least challenging way.

The fact that I get out of bed every day & don’t give up even when I feel as if I’m a failure, I can’t handle the overwhelm & stress, and think “why bother because no one would care either way”, is something to be grateful for.

If you haven’t given up, be grateful & see the value in that.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Pursuing BETTER

No words will do this feeling justice beyond euphoria and gratitude.

I’ve never felt the same emotions since competing other than before, during, and after I step on stage to share my TRUTH with 1,000’s of people.

The energy from a Prüvit event, the love and support from this amazing community, and the atmosphere of the Louisville Palace is incredible.

I’ve only been speaking for about a year now and to have spoken in front of such an amazing audience in a historical and iconic theater blows my mind and I’m incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity to speak in such a venue to such a crowd.

As I stepped on stage and looked at all the amazing humans challenging BETTER for our society, I felt at home. As I looked up into the second level balcony, I took a breath and allowed all the love and gratitude in as I felt more belief in my purpose to empower people to be BETTER and realize their potential in life as soon as they choose to step into it.

I couldn’t be more grateful for Brian Underwood (Prüvit CEO) trusting me to share with his community and to have the opportunity to experience such an amazing time with Brian Guilmette Prüvit and PrüvitNation.

Thank you all for the love Prüvit, thank you to those who’ve ever given me fuel by saying I couldn’t be successful or that I wasn’t good enough, and thank you for whoever read this all the way through.

My top HACK for BETTER in my life is to become as conscious as possible in such a way that we can audit our personality (our thoughts, actions, and emotions) to see how aligned we are with our desires….and drink Prüvit exogenous ketones!

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Bowling Came First

Before BMX it was bowling and it started 28 years ago.

My dad has been bowling for about 10 years prior to my being born and has been bringing me to the alley since whatever age this is in the photo (1-3?).

The bowling alley that we’ve always gone to opened in the 60’s and its last day was yesterday.

In honor of the memories its allowed us all to have and so many friendships formed, I flew in Saturday morning for the goodbye tournament on Sunday.

To develop an average, since it’s been 15 years since I had one from league bowling, I bowled 3 games Saturday afternoon in rented shoes and a borrowed ball that didn’t fit.

I shot a 176 average going into Sunday’s tournament. I shot a 227 game 1 and 2, 145 game 3, and a 223 game 4 giving me an average of 205 I believe and the second seed into the final 8 after my handicap was factored in.

I was bumped out by a few pins in the first head to head by an OG that was paired up with me. I did bowl a sloppy 154 that game tho, leaving a few open frames.

All in all, I had an amazing time celebrating a facility that did so much for my childhood with amazing people.

That said, I’ve now been inspired to order a ball and some shoes to get back into it now that I’m not competing in BMX anymore.

You’ll be seeing some dope video content from @createdbybrian and myself soon in my new @stormproducts ball and shoes 😎 and some training adaptations in the gym to supplement.

My forearms, shoulders and legs are sore in off places than I’m used to from BMX, haha!

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Patience & Standards

I left BMX competition, working with BMX brands and performing in BMX shows in 2016 for MORE in my life.

I also turned down some sponsorship requests from soda and energy drink brands to keep my integrity rather than a quick financial gain.

I knew if I wanted a new reality on the level I desired, I had to make drastic choices and change how I was living my life.

In doing so, 2.5 years later, I manifested a dream partnership with @justpruvit.

I am not required to do anything I don’t want to or naturally don’t already do. This partnership supports my efforts to change lives and continue pursuing BETTER by just by being me.

No stress to compete, no stress to do things I don’t fully feel like doing, and no need to try and promote a brand I don’t believe in 100% for a paycheck to make ends meet.

I see too many athletes and influencers settling with partnerships they don’t fully believe in or enjoy, just for a short-term gain.

I used to have this scarcity mentality because I was struggling and needed to put food on my table and pay bills. I feel for those athletes with limiting beliefs holding them back but grinding for their passion.

Once I changed my mindset and developed standards for my life, that’s when these radical changes occurred. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t quick, but it’s been so much fun learning and growing to the place I am now and continue to grow into. Safe to say….IT WAS WORTH IT.

I have manifested more opportunities to fulfill my purpose and my dreams, changed more lives, built a team helping support my purpose that I actually pay more than what I take home myself or have ever made personally (real entrepreneur status @kerwinrae), and continue to learn from amazing people within @justPruvit like @brianundy @ryanplowery and @theMusclePHD.

So much love to my amazing team @jciake and @CreatedBybrian, the @justPruvit team, those that have supported me every step of the way, and to those who have ever told me “no”, hated on me behind my back, or straight out dismissed me.

Because of all of you, I am living my life exactly how I want, will continue to do so, and continue to change more lives.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

New Realities Require Drastic Change

I left BMX competition, working with BMX brands and performing in BMX shows in 2016 for MORE in my life.

I also turned down some sponsorship requests from soda and energy drink brands to keep my integrity rather than a quick financial gain.

I knew if I wanted a new reality on the level I desired, I had to make drastic choices and change how I was living my life.

In doing so, 2.5 years later, I manifested a dream partnership with @justpruvit.

I am not required to do anything I don’t want to or naturally don’t already do. This partnership supports my efforts to change lives and continue pursuing BETTER by just by being me.

No stress to compete, no stress to do things I don’t fully feel like doing, and no need to try and promote a brand I don’t believe in 100% for a paycheck to make ends meet.

I see too many athletes and influencers settling with partnerships they don’t fully believe in or enjoy, just for a short-term gain.

I used to have this scarcity mentality because I was struggling and needed to put food on my table and pay bills and I feel for those athletes with limiting beliefs holding them back.

Once I changed this mindset and developed standards for my life, that’s when these radical changes occurred. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t quick, but it’s been so much fun learning and growing to the place I am now and continue to grow into. Safe to say….IT WAS WORTH IT.

I have manifested more opportunities to fulfill my purpose and my dreams, changed more lives, built a team helping support my purpose that I actually pay more than what I take home myself or have ever made personally (real entrepreneur status @kerwinrae), and continue to learn from amazing people within @justPruvit like @brianundy @ryanplowery and @theMusclePHD.

So much love to my amazing team @jciake and @CreatedBybrian, the @justPruvit team, those that have supported me every step of the way, and to those who have ever told me “no”, hated on me behind my back, or straight out dismissed me.

Because of all of you, I am living my life exactly how I want, will continue to do so, and continue to change more lives.

Josh P.

Who Are You?

This quote works really well with this weeks Podcast. If you haven’t listened, check it out! The Grey Matters Podcast!

It’s ok to feel down, angry, sad, confused, lost, alone, and so on.

It’s not ok to judge others for how they respond to hardship in their lives.

We have to remember we are human and emotions come and go. It’s harder when a negative emotion arises from the death of a loved one.

When my younger brother passed last year, I was in a dark place questioning my own life. Asking myself things like “why does it matter if I live or die”? “Why should I bother doing anything anymore”? “Should I feel guilty about living my life and ever-smiling again”?

Being clear on our life vision and confident with our beliefs on life is key to not letting events affect how we feel, long term. Because when we experience an emotional state, it leads us to take action one way or another in our lives.

If we are in a negative emotional state, guess what, we’re probably not going to take the action we’re proud of. And, if we stay in this state long-term, that’s when life may not be how we imagine or want it to be.

Again, it’s ok to feel down immediately after a tragic event and there is no set time one must “get over it” even if others are saying so.

I am confident in knowing that those we love and lose wouldn’t want us to carry on feeling anything but the best we can and living our lives to the fullest in their honor.

I decided I was doing my brother an injustice to be depressed and waste the life I am fortunate enough to live. Instead, I bring his energy with me everywhere I go as I fulfill my purpose to help others.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Starts With Your Thoughts

The life and things we desire both begin as a thought. They only manifest in our reality if we take action.

Take it a step further and add in persistence and consistency to this action as big key players in this equation of manifestation.

The thoughts we have trigger emotions that lead us to take action one way or another. Either way, this action we choose to take yields a result and creates the reality we live in.

This reality builds a belief system within our subconscious mind working for or against us. This belief becomes the code we operate on every single day.

When we don’t make changes in our actions day in and day out, we literally live each day as our present self, manifesting a future that’s no different from our past or current reality.

We literally have to break the habit of being ourselves in order to create a new reality.

I get more and more clear on this statement every day I learn and apply what I am learning.

The more I change my thoughts to align with my desires, the more emotional changes occur leading me to take the action I want and that aligns with my desires.

The more this equation occurs, the more and more I manifest opportunities, relationships, and abilities to create the life I desire.

It starts with your thoughts and manifests into physical form with a belief and action.

Have you witnessed this concept play out in your life?

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️