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Life is a dream, and I dream lucid. 

Lifestyle, Mindset By August 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

There is no such thing as too much ambition. 

Small minds will tell you that there is. But there isn’t.

Greatness was never achieved by thinking small or doubting your abilities. Maybe I am overly confident in myself, but I doubt it. 

 This morning, I was having a conversation with my colleague about how I don’t have a fear of losing my job – not because I think it would be impossible for me to lose my job – but even if I did, I have the utmost belief that no matter what life throws at me I can’t be broken and I will always be okay.

Yes – I can fail, repeatedly. I can be hurt. These things happen while living a full life but these are parts of the journey, not the end of it. And it’s because of these beliefs and understandings that I don’t think there’s such a thing as being too ambitious. I recognize that life is a dream, and I dream lucid. 

My first year of college in my Intro to Psych course my professor wrote a message for our class to read: “Positive mental attitude + Goals = Success.”  This message has never served me wrong.

If you believe in yourself, your mission, and you have the tenacity of a honey badger – you can’t be stopped. 

When people tell you that your goals and dreams are too lofty, remember: no one ever broke new ground or did anything epic by thinking “Let’s be realistic,” or by self-imposing limitations. 

May your dreams and aspirations be larger than life, and may you be tenacious in achieving them. 

 

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Daily Dose of Hustle

Lifestyle, Mindset By January 31, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

I guarantee this is something everyone of us has heard at least once in our lifetime. In fact, you’ve probably even lived it if you’ve ever had to work in order to succeed at something.

Who comes to mind when you think of success or greatness? I think of Beyonce, Oprah, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. Some of the things these people have achieved are remarkable and may even seem almost unrealistic or unattainable for lots of people to replicate in their own lives. Arguably people could say it would be impossible to achieve as much success as these people – but that’s self-defeating mindset, and that’s not what we’re about.

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And by no means I am going to imply I expect you to be the next Oprah, but I do wholeheartedly believe that if there is something you want to achieve in regards to your physique, your health, your strength, your career, your life, you should pursue it with a relentless and consistent effort such as the Beyonces, Oprahs, and Michael Jordans of the world.

If there’s something you really want, and I don’t mean “kind of want”…I mean you want it so badly you’ll do what it actually to get it – you should take a step each day that brings you closer to your goal. 

But you can’t just say “I’m gonna do something every day to make it happen.” That’s a sweet intention with good enthusiasm – but you need to take it one step further. You need to plan ahead. You need to plan your actions. Your actions are the biggest indicator of whether or not you will fail or succeed in achieving what you want.

Actionable planning can be simple. In fact the simpler it is, the better. What I’m working on for the next six weeks is weight training four times per week for 45-60 minutes and doing aerobic cardiovascular training seven times per week for 20 minutes. If you were to look into my monthly day planner right now, I can show you exactly where my training time slots are for each workout and where I intend to do them. It’s a very simple and specific plan and undoubtedly a good way to get my achieve what I want. Not only is it easy to adhere to, but I’m creating a plan to forge habits that will allow me to live my life in a way that I want. 

By living in a way that is consistent with our desires we bring our dreams to life. That is how we achieve success. And quite honestly, that’s completely worth a daily dose of hustle.  What do you need to do to live the life that you want?

 “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your destiny.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Did this post make or break your day? I wanna hear from your. Leave your thoughts and questions in the comment section 🙂

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A Case for Selfishness

Mindset, Nutrition, Training By July 7, 2015 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I want you to be selfish. But that doesn’t matter. You should want to be selfish.

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[sel-fish]
adjective
1.devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.

2.characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for oneself: selfish motives.

While reading that definition you may have thought to yourself: well that’s not really fair or reasonable to disregard other people. But that’s not what I want you to emphasize.
You see, I was raised by an old Eastern European man who frequently reiterated the need for me to take care of myself. I was raised to be selfish. I was raised to be responsible. I was taught that nobody was going to care about my needs, goals, values, desires as much as I do – nor was it anybody else’s job to be concerned with what I want.
“Keep your brain in your head. You come into this world by yourself, and you leave this world by yourself. The only person who will always have your best interest at heart is you.”
You’ll have to pardon me, but I think when looking at the definition of “selfish” that being “concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, and welfare” is what standouts to me. That’s the way everybody should be. Especially since the only person in the whole world who can look out for all of your own wants and needs is you.
You know what you want. You know what you need.
You ask for what you want. You ask for what you need.
You do what you want. You do what you need.
Nobody is going to read your mind and make your dreams come to life. Nobody is going to hold your hand and tell you to go to the gym and build the body you want. Nobody is going to tuck you into bed at night to make sure you get enough sleep for the day ahead. Nobody is going to give you what you want. You have to do these things yourself. You have to ask for it, you have to want it, you have to work for it. The only permission or approval you need to do these things is your own.
I’m going to tell you something personal. I often get made fun because I don’t drink alcohol. Most people who know me well know that I don’t drink alcohol: 1) because it’s not conducive towards my overall health goals, 2) because I generally don’t feel great when I drink it. Now being a mere 24 years old, a lot of people think that I am weird and make fun of me for abstaining from alcohol. I also get made fun of frequently for being in bed by 10pm. However it doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t bother me because I accept that fact that I don’t do it for them.
I do it for myself.
I give myself permission to say “Yes,” to the things I really want and say “No,” to the things I don’t want. I am selfish with my time and I am selfish with my efforts because those are things I can never get back. I don’t have time to waste doing things that are against my values, that don’t invigorate me, that don’t improve me, or that don’t bring me joy.
And to be honest, you don’t have the type of time either. So before you say “Yes!” to something that devalues what’s important to you or makes your miserable – please think of yourself and be selfish, my friend.
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Do you want something for nothing?

Mindset, Training By June 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard someone tell me “I want to lose 10lbs.”

Not that this is a bad thing to want. But I’d rather hear someone say “I want to start going to the gym because I want to lose 10lbs.” Do you understand the difference? The first is an outcome, the latter is an action…and you can’t have an outcome without an action.

We live in a culture that is obsessed with outcomes but consistently neglects the fact that outcomes occur as a result of work.

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As a result of this mindset, we turn into people who want something for nothing and fall into traps of self-defeat because we haven’t achieved what we wanted despite not having taking steps to achieve what we want.

How logical is that? It isn’t logical at all because you can never have results without taking action.

You need to shift from focusing on “what you want” to focusing on “what you can do” – and by doing this you are guaranteeing yourself results. You are creating a process, whether this is for your personal fitness, your career, your relationships, etc. Processes are the pathways to success.

Hearing someone say “I want to lose 10lbs” means nothing to me. Hearing someone say “I want to go to the gym five days per week, drink 3L of water a day and, and eat vegetables at every meal” is much more tangible and valid. It creates a sense of urgency and priority.

When we neglect to prioritize our process – we doom ourselves. Having priorities is how you get stuff done – and if you have no priorities than you should reasonably expect nothing in return. Every single day we can choose to be engaged in something that will bring us closer to where we want to be. Your priorities and your actions are a reflection of your values and your true desires. And you need to own your actions.

By owning your actions, you remove yourself from being a victim and you give yourself power. You don’t feel like a failure if you aren’t seeing results. You go back, change the plan, and keep trying because you are in control of how you feel and what you do. You understand that you are the only person who can take the necessary action to keep moving forward. You own your process. And when you own your process that is when you succeed.

“Action expresses priorities.” – Mahatma Ghandi

What steps are you taking today to get what you want?

 

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