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20Nov/100

The Words In Your Head

Stop for a minute and ask yourself this: What are the words or voices in my head saying to me?
Some people will curse themselves every time they make a mistake, while others will tell themselves that they're not "enough" to do something like ask someone out to a date, or write that book they've always wanted to. Others will repeat to themselves how stupid they are every time they remember an incident they regret.
Tony says "Energy flows where focus goes", and if there is any truth behind that phrase then every time you allow those words to enter your consciousness, you are creating negative energy which will work directly against any progress you want in your life.
The law of attraction can also apply here, as you are literally attracting to yourself physical counterparts of those very words and thoughts in your head.

NOW is the time to shift from being a follower to a leader, from doubting to believing in yourself, from listening to the voice to BEING the voice.

Take control and own your words, your thoughts, your emotions, and ultimately your life!

The early apostles of the Bible understood this principle when they instructed us to "cast down imaginations and any high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ", and to "pray without ceasing".

16Aug/101

Fricking Fat People

Do you have any bad habits that you know you need to kick, but haven't done it yet? Maybe it's biting your nails, overeating, or overspending. Whatever the case is, the reason you haven't been able to kick that bad habit yet is because you have not associated enough pain with the bad habit to make it unbearable to you anymore. Instead you came up with euphemisms for it, saying stuff like "I'm just a nervous guy so I bite my nails," or "It runs in the family--we're terrible with numbers so we always overspend."

At UPW Tony Robbins said of overweight people: "Don't tell me that you're "a little on the chunky side," or "have big bones"! What a joke! What are big bones anyhow? Tell me and do yourself a favor by saying "I'm fucking fat!" Does that make you feel uncomfortable? Well I sure hope it does because as long as you keep making yourself feel good for doing things you know are not good for you, then you will not make progress in your life. I'm not afraid to tell you the truth in saying that you're a fucking fat person."

So to all my friends out there, do yourself a favor and say it how it is. Stop making yourself feel even slightly comfortable doing things that are not the absolute BEST for you. Settle for nothing less than what you know you need to make that next hurdle in your life.

Stop telling yourself that you will try to improve later when you can. Learn to associate pain by using language to paint a different picture of your reality. Learn to hate it!

As Tony Robbins so elegantly put it: "Say it out loud! I'M FUCKING FAT AND I FUCKING HATE IT!"

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.