LIFT HEAVY SHIT!

Yeah! Lift. Heavy. Shit! If you know anything about Bodybuilding, you know that in order to promote muscle growth, you have to push them to their limits. You have to shock them. You have to make the next session heavier than the last (naturally without hurting yourself! Don’t over do it!)

But have you thought about that the same principle applies to anything you do?
You want more flexibility? Stretch farther.
You want more knowledge? Read more difficult subjects.
You want a deep sense of spirituality in your life? Pray hard!
You want to learn a new language? Study hard and talk to people!
You want to be RICH? Study Money and Wealth and Discipline yourself!
You want to advance farther in anything in life?

LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

And Do.It.Everyday!

Kill off that lazy SOB inside and get to work!

Nothing of any value in life is easily attainable. Some of the best are free, yes. But they take constant work to maintain.

Love. Relationships. Health. A Wealthy Mindset.

Some of those things may cost you some money, but it nothing in comparison to the benefits of having them.

Set Goals. Make them so HUGE that you first think that it’s impossible to achieve!

Take Massive Action. Take for granted that everything will take 10 times more effort than you think! But don’t let that deter you. If it scares you then you NEED to do it!

Starve Your Fear, Feed Your Passion!

 

Stop Complaining!

Why are you complaining?

What USE is that?

I mean, it’s ok to be discontented, and that you want to voice your opinion on your situation, but keep it to a minimum. Why? Because only you can do something about it. Friends can maybe give you some insights, so you should listen to at least some of what they say, but please, please, please, not ALL of it!

It’s ok to proclaim that you’re NOT ok with your situation! You may want to keep the sordid details away from your friends, but don’t lie to yourself! Admit that you’re NOT fine. Then, devise a plan to MAKE things fine.

First off, if you think life has just handed you a sh*t sandwich, by all means DON’T take a bite! Go back and recount all the GOOD things that are going on in your life and use that to your advantage. Let it all pump you up to energize you to change your current situation.

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LIFE!!!….

Read it! Own it!

LIVE IT! OWN IT!

Recently, I watched the movie “Cloverfield” again (I’m a science fiction fan). Well, anyway, at a farewell party, before the horror starts one of the main characters is on a fire escape with his brother and best friend. The “Good-Bye Boy” is being told off about how he’s acting like a jerk by letting the love of life, the woman of his dreams, go while he goes to Japan for a new job as Vice-President of a company.
The Quote: “It’s a moments. Forget the World and hang on to the people that you care about the most.” At that second, the horror of the movie begins. Mass destruction by the highly improbable attack of a huge monster where all of the protagonists (and many more) die. (Still a cool film to watch)

A few weeks ago I was having a talk with my oldest daughter who has wrestling over a decision about what she was going to do with her life. A thought that most of us had to answer (or are still trying to answer).  I offered the advice to think about “what she would do for years, over and over, even if you wouldn’t get paid for it”. I told her that it has been estimated that 80% of the population work a job that they HATE! That’s absolutely terrible and sad. To think that the average person works 40 years out of their life at a job or profession, it’s an amazing waste of time out of the brevity of life. Life is much too short to waste so much time with something that one hates or with something that doesn’t fulfill them.

So, what do you do? START LIVING! Carpe Diem!
I believe you only have this one life to live, and you should NOT waste it! God, Allah, Yehova, Yahweh, Elohim, The Great Spirit …  no matter by what name you call Him, did not design the human to suffer, be sad, nor to be unfulfilled. The Human is creative and is intended to create and to come to realization, not only for him/herself, but for all of humanity.

Now, let’s get practical. It may not be possible to do all what we want immediately, but living life is project for life to be worked on continually and does not come to finality except in one’s own death. “The Way is the Goal”. Starting taking back and enjoy your life, piece by piece, every single day, and before you know, you’ll be living in the happiness you were intended to have.

What are you afraid of?

I remember watching the late Bernie Mac on an episode of Def Comedy Jam. He began with the words “I ain’t scared of you M%$@ F*§$%s!

The crowd broke out in laughter, and so did I! I had to! He reminded me of guys I grew up with! Why do I laugh? It’s the kind of laughter of knowing exactly he meant when he said that. If you know Bernie Mac’s material, you know he wasn’t afraid of ANYBODY!

Another guy who reminded me of my school days is singer/actor/talkshow host Henry Rollins. If you know his songs, his stand-up act and his talkshow, you know he’s not afraid either.

It takes this lack of fear to really get ahead in anything you do. For me, it’s a huge cry of declaration of FREEDOM! Freedom to be what you are, who you are, live the way you want without anybody’s approval or blessings, regardless of how many people may think you’re being impractical, illogical, unreasonable, anti-social, or any other kind of small thinking you can imagine. Daring to be who you are is the most loving, pro-social, life-affirming thing that you can do. Not only for yourself, but for everyone!

It’s too easy to just sit in front of the television and let yourself get entertained to death, dumbed down, and let someone else decide who and what you are and what you should do with your life. It’s too easy to buy the newspaper everyday and get seduced by the headlines and believe that either you’re living in danger, or that life has never been better for you. It’s too easy to just follow one political party and put all of your trust in (and give all of your money to) them and not to think for yourself.

This is all like getting a frontal labotomy without having to check into a hospital for it. And it’s totally painless! But the price is very, very high!

Back to FEAR!

I remember back in New York City, as a jazz musician, so many guys where so afraid of someone stealing their “shit”. They were afraid of some stealing their musical ideas, their harmonic techniques, their connections, the musicians in their bands, anything! At times it was so hard to get to know other musicians too personally. When did one really get to meet anybody? Only when the other was sure that you weren’t a threat. Isn’t that crazy? Jazz is a collective art. It becomes its best when several musicians are adding their own creativity to the mix, and making it bigger and more beautiful that any single musician could create. Collaboration is the life blood of all living art!

How I got to travel as a musician for the first time was also the result of fear. I was offered to go on tour with a musical throughout Europe. Many musicians in New York City would go. Not because they weren’t interested, not because they didn’t want to play a musical. Most were afraid of losing career opportunities and wouldn’t leave New York City for any length of time. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” was their motto. Instead of enriching their lives through world travel, meeting new people and cultures, learning a language, forming new career opportunities, they chose to stay put and take the risk of not having anything change in their careers. Does that make sense to you? In any case, I wasn’t afraid. I was excited! For me, it was a childhood dream coming true to travel to Europe. I am a much richer human being for it. So many doors have been open for me because I chose to not be afraid.

Do I ever get scared? Sure, I do. It’s called being a “sane human being”. But at some point, that fear has to stop, or at least lessend. It’s been said; “Fear and Faith cannot coexist in the heart.”

Starve your Fear, Feed your Faith.

Doing It Wrong

A couple of days ago I read a cool comic image. It read;

Going Crazy: If you’re not going crazy, you’re doing it wrong.

Some people may not “get” that right away but no worry, I’ll break it down. It’s about Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle Design, Freedom, really anything that is important to you in your life. We often stop ourselves from following our dreams because;
a) we want things to be perfect (out of fear of failure or looking like a fool), or
b) believing that what we want is not realistic or profitable enough to sustain our current lifestyle let alone our “dream” lifestyle.

There are other reasons available to stop you from living the way you want. Feel free and pick the excuse that fits you. Just kidding. If you’re reading this, I guess you are not someone who believes in excuses. You are someone who believes in taking responsibility.

Taking responsibility doesn’t always mean “acting responsibly”. Of course, you want to be sure that you do all necessary to make sure all things are in place and that no one else gets hurt. But, acting responsibly is also that thing that keeps us acting on our dreams because we want to get everything right (aka perfect) the first time.

Well, forget it! You probably won’t get it “right” the first time. If you had put all your energy into you dreams, even if you don’t “get it right”, you’ll be inspired to keep on going.

I remember creating my first product. It was a CD-ROM with audio and pdf files with a web interface. I recorded everything on my PC, and burn the CDs myself and wrote on the CD-ROM with a CD-Marker. No professional sound design, web design or printing, nothing for the brick-and-mortar books stores. But, you know what? It didn’t matter.

The customers never complained about the price, sound quality, or its non-professionality.  The customers were interested in the content itself, not its packaging. And I think above all, I believe that customers were most content with the sincerity of how the material was presented. That’s what its about!

I was really surprised and excited that I was making money online with my own stuff. That was only the beginning. I didn’t make me rich, nor was I selling on a constant basis, but the experience kept me going to create more products and services.

I could go on, and I may update this post in the future, but in the meantime…

GO CRAZY!