Ken Okazaki Blogging is serious business

18Nov/101

Whiners are Losers!

What separates the winners from the losers in life? The list can be pretty long, but if you've ever read the book "Think and Grow Rich", which by the way is not only about making money, you'll understand that one of the most basic, yet most important things to remember if you want to be a winner in life is to keep a positive outlook.

This is not to say that you should go into a state of denial and tell yourself that you live in a wonderful place when your house really actually looks like a dump! See things as they are, but give them alternate, empowering meanings which will be beneficial to your personal growth.

In the book the author talks about his son who was born without ears, but he refused to treat him any differently than other children who had normal hearing. He explained to him about the advantages he had over others with things like getting special treatment from his teacher because of his lack of hearing and being able to sell more newspapers than others because people pity him, etc. Because his son was able to see every situation as an advantage instead of a handicap, he overcame his handicap and became an overachiever and a very successful salesman and businessman.

The people I encounter who are not making progress in their lives have three main things they whine about:

1. I don't have enough education

2. I don't have enough money

3. I don't have enough time

Education. If history ever repeats itself, which I believe it does--a lack of education never stopped the likes of Edison, Ford, and even Steve Jobs. Don't get me wrong here--I'm not knocking education, just don't let the lack of it become an excuse! If you feel you need it, GET IT!

Money, or capital may have been a necessity 30 years ago to start your own business, but today there are countless successful companies which were born of the internet revolution which required little or no initial capital investment. If you want a good example explained, buy the book: "You Call the Shots"

Time. We all have the same amount of time and you may have heard this before, but it's so true! The things in your life that take your time (youtube, gaming, cleaning the house?) now are the things that you feel are most important to you whether or not you admit it to yourself. Why not do yourself a favor and put personal-development at the top of your list? My wife is a very busy person and has 7 kids to take care of--myself included--and she said she really did not have time to fit in a daily exercise routine (and I'll admit I was almost convinced). I had to coach her and help her put it above all else, recognizing that if her health failed, then all else in her life that depended on her health, which is just about everything, would also fail. The result? She's already started each day with her exercise routine, prioritizing it above the rest of her duties, and she's on a roll!

What's on the top of your list?

31Mar/109

Are You Fit? Or Are You Healthy?

It's funny how many of us these days equate fitness with health. Although I'll stop short of saying that it couldn't be farther from the truth, I will say that there is a big difference.

The dictionary defines fitness as: [capability of the body of distributing inhaled oxygen to muscle tissue during increased physical effort] and health as: [the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor]
For the record, I would like to have both, but health comes first, if there is a choice.

There are finely tuned athletes who have had the endurance of a camel, or the strength of a gorilla, but have collapsed and been hospitalized during competition or training. I would not call that healthy. There are also those who claim to be healthy because they are not sick. This is also a misnomer for the term healthy. Being free from sickness and ailments is only half of it. If you lack vigor and energy in your life, then you are not healthy. If you are depressed, discouraged or angry frequently then you are not healthy. If you are a fit athlete who relies on unsustainable supplements and diet systems then you are not healthy.

The first step to good health is to have a healthy mind.
A healthy body depends on a healthy mind, and by that I mean that you must fill you mind with positive thoughts. Thoughts of gratitude, love and passion. It's what you focus on that you will ultimately become. You must also have a strong driving force or idea that determines and gives meaning to everything you do in life and how you live your life.

Of course your thoughts alone will not do the job of giving you a healthy life but it's the foundation on which you must build all else pertaining to health and well-being.

The second step to becoming truly healthy is education. There is plenty of information both accurate & inaccurate available online nowadays and it's hard to choose which path to follow, which is why some common sense is necessary in deciding on what you want to do.

One thing I do when researching health topics online is to dig a little deeper into articles I read and find out about the author and his/her history and any affiliation with either food, health, or pharmaceutical companies. Reports on 'scientific data' are generally sponsored. Find out who the sponsors are, and the sponsor's parent company or affiliates.

For example in the documentary "Supersize Me" the McDonald's company did their own research with professional (meaning they get PAID) health experts who agreed that a McDonald's meal can be a part of a healthy diet. However, when Morgan (the host and guinea pig) conducted his own random interview with health experts nationwide the vast majority agreed that a McDonald's meal should be avoided in order to maintain a healthy diet.

The third step, exercise, should come naturally if you have the other two in order. You are thinking positively, are motivated and driven and have a reason to live.

You also have the education that helps define what you will or will not put into your body, and what activities you will or will not engage in, and what type of exercise is suitable for yourself.
Just put the pieces together and start over.

This is the first day of the rest of your life, so make the most of it.
Don't hesitate!

I used to be a procratinator, but Tony shook me up at UPW and I've since decided on a few meaningful changes in my life. In short, I've become vegan -- no meat and no dairy products in my life 90% of the time, and I'm sticking to vegetable proteins instead, which are free of acids and other harmful elements.

I'm also drastically limiting all "whites" in my diet. White rice, white flour, and white sugar.

Drinking a minimum of 2.5 liters of water daily (if my pee has any color, I know I'm not drinking enough). Caffeine is out too, along with hard liquor, but an occasional beer or wine is okay.

The great thing is that I no longer feel the need for my morning fix of coffee, since making all the other adjustments has given me more than enough energy in the mornings to compensate.