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COMBATING THE CONSTRAINTS: 3 THINGS STOPPING YOU ACHIEVEING SUCCESS

Arnold "Success" Schwarzenegger

Arnold “Success” Schwarzenegger

There’s an old African saying that goes something like this.

If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.”

The majority of the time we’re our own worst enemy. We sabotage our own efforts.

In this article I’m going to outline three key inward enemies that are halting your progress when it comes to achieving success.

Lets get to it!!

1) Worry

One of the biggest time wasters in life is worry. People tend to worry about stuff that doesn’t even concern them. Why bother worrying about something you have no control over? It’s absurd.

It’s pretty useless, yet powerful at the same time.

How and why? You might be wondering.

Look at it in context. When you break it down, you’ll find worry is useless because it doesn’t in any way, shape or form help you achieve or reach your goal.

You can worry your head all day long, but the fact is, if you don’t take a step and actually do something to reach your goal, you’re never going to achieve it.

I always say,  “If you’ve got time to worry, you aren’t putting all your time into achieving your goal because if you were, you certainly wouldn’t have the time to worry about it.”

On the flip-side, worry is a powerful emotion, only because we give it power. The only power worry has is that which the worrier gives it. The more you worry about something the more you feed the worry.

It’s like a fire. Add more wood to it and slowly the flames grow.

The only solution to combating worry is to get your ass in gear and start physically taking action to get you closer to your goal.

You’ll find when you’re busy doing something, you won’t worry about a thing.

Only an idle mind worries. As the saying goes, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

2) Fear of failure

This one is pretty obvious but worth repeating.

A person that attempts nothing will never fail at anything. It’s a pretty straightforward principle to grasp.

Obviously that same person will never get anywhere in life, they’ll simply remain where they are as they drift through life.

In many cases people fear failure more than a life of mediocrity.

If you’re afraid of failing, you’ll never take a step towards success. (You don’t need me to tell you the result).

Arnold Schwarzenegger said it best.

“ You can’t always win, but don’t be afraid of making decisions. You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and in your vision. And you know it is the right thing to do and success will come. Don’t be afraid to fail.” 

3) Fear of success

Sounds strange, I know. Just as you have people that fear failure, you have people that are afraid of success.

You see the more successful you become, the more different you become to others. You become less regular. Less ordinary. People begin to look at you differently. You don’t fit in with everyone else.

To some people the thought of not fitting in and being part of the crowd is unbearable. They want to become successful, yet maintain their level of regularity.

Newsflash: If you want to be hip, cool and be liked by everyone, you don’t deserve success. That’s the harsh reality. There’s no sugarcoating it.

In an ideal, fairy tale world, you would be able to be successful and yet maintain your likeability and ordinariness. But as we all know life isn’t such.

The truth is, as you become successful, you’ll find people start to become jealous of you. Some of the people you once called friends are the ones plotting to stab you in the back.

The point is, if you want to be a success, you’ll have to sacrifice some of your social status. You have to be prepared to lose a few friends here and there. You have to accept the fact that you just won’t fit in with the rest of “ordinary society” Deal with it. You’ll realise you’re better off not being ordinary. (The world ain’t pretty).

Arnold. A true definition of success. Whether you like him or not, there’s no dennying what the man has achieved.

PERSEVERANCE AND PROSPERITY 

THE GREAT GARBAGE APPEAL

Garbage, garbage everywhere.

Garbage, garbage everywhere.

Society really is downgrading. Even with all this modern technology, fancy gadgets and world of upgrades, the quality of life simply isn’t keeping up. Everywhere you look, people are ensnared in it.

The garbage is all around.

Instead of eating whole, natural foods we consume processed garbage. We watch garbage on TV instead of doing something more beneficial like reading an educational book, boosting our knowledge and empowering ourselves.

People view garbage on their phones and social media, rather than actually physically interacting with others. As a result they’re becoming more robotic themselves.

Society is turning us into lazy slobs. We’re ultimately to blame however, because we don’t do ourselves justice.

We conform to all the bullshit. The common excuse is convenience.

It’s more convenient to order out pizza and ice cream than it is to cook chicken, rice and veggies at home. It’s more convenient to take the car down the road to the supermarket than it is to walk. (Moaning about the heaviness of shopping is no excuse).

No matter how  hard or tough we consider ourselves, there’s no denying the fact that as humans we’re more likely to opt for the easy way out. We’re always looking for short cuts to everything.  (I’m guilty of it as well at times, just like anybody else).

Garbage is everywhere. No wonder society is falling apart.

The more of this garbage people absorb and consume, the more moronic society is becoming. It’s really quite utterly ridiculous. If things keep going humanity is going to end up as one uncommunicative wreck. (It’s happening).

Humanity is losing its grip on reality. (That’s no damn joke).

What’s the appeal with all this garbage?

What’s the solution to this situation?

Where to even begin?

START WITH YOURSELF. BETTER YOURSELF. Instead of going home tonight and sitting your comfortable touché on the couch and turning on the brainwash box (TV) pick up a book, newspaper, hell read a blog post. Something that you can get actual value from.

Better yourself. Make yourself smarter. Don’t be like every other individual that goes home after work and sits in front of the box, counting the hours till they go to bed, get up, come home from work and repeat.

It’s not really that hard to read a book instead of watching the latest episode of whatever corny show’s on.

If you hate reading, here’s a quick, simple tip.

Create a blood oath with yourself. Every night before you go to bed, read at least 1 page of a book of your choosing.

Eventually that 1 page will turn into 2,3,5, and soon enough you’ll enjoy reading.

Switch that damn mobile off every once in a while. In fact I know a guy that doesn’t take any calls after 6pm. Thats it, his cut off point. It’s distracting, disruptive and constantly an annoyance.

The worst bit is you’re in the middle of a conversation with someone and your phone goes off. You answer the call and start babbling away.

How does that make the person you’re conversing with feel?

Maybe it’s happened to you. How’d it make you feel?

I’m not saying these things are inherently bad. it’s fine to watch a little TV, spend a bit of time on social media and phones.

The problem is when it ends up taking over your life. When you’re more concerned with what happened last night on TV than the goals you’ve set yourself. If that sums you up, you need to seriously sort out your priorities.

You might not feel it now, but it’s great to be (at least a little) different than everyone else. Not to be grouped and lumbered with Tom, Dick and Harry.

Raise the bar, be a leader, don’t follow the rest of the herd. If everyone selects x, pick y. If they  take a left, take a right.

At first you may find it hard to break away from the conformity and constraints of others, but realise this. You are your own person. You have your own path in life.

Nobody in this world was meant to be exactly the same as someone else. Otherwise we’d all look the same, talk the same and be the same.

YOU’VE GOT TO GO AGAINST THE GRAIN TO BE THE ONE THAT STICKS OUT.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD. TO DO IT YOU’VE GOT TO FIRST CHANGE YOURSELF. 

Ironic that one of the greatest speeches came from the mouth of a comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin.

LIBERTY AND REVELATION 

THE POINT OF A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE

Purpose, obsession, Rage. The Wrath of a god.

Purpose. Obsession. Rage. The wrath of a god.

I’m not a huge video game fanatic. That said, I do enjoy a select few titles. The “God Of War” series being one of them. As I sat down and played through God Of War 3 again, I had an odd thought.

In life, we must have a goal. A pursuit. Something that we strive and go the distance for. Pour our sweat and guts into achieving, so that when we take our final breath, we can leave this world with great pride and satisfaction, knowing  we discovered our purpose, acted on and realised it.

For Kratos (God Of War protagonist) the loss of his family and his quest for vengeance on all those responsible for their murder is his driving force. His purpose. He’s consumed with it and stops at nothing until he completes his objective.

Ultimately he reaches his goal, (bringing the whole of mighty Olympus crashing down in the process). Yet after all that, he’s left empty. He exacted his revenge, but nothing he could ever do would bring back his family.

Once again, he became a man without purpose. The objective had concluded. The purpose served.

What’s the whole point of this scenario?

It’s all fine and well discovering your purpose and knowing “where you want to go in life.” You maybe one of the enlightened few that actually knows where they’re headed and are actively taking all the necessary steps to get there.

But!!!

Sometimes, even after achieving your DREAM/ GOAL/ PURPOSE, you may feel a little empty. In society nowadays, people are led to believe that the next gadget/electronical gizmo will give them ever lasting happiness.

While the fun may last a day, week or month, eventually it subsides and you’re back to square one. Looking for the next “big thing” and going through the damn cycle again.

The same thing can happen with goals, aspirations and “purpose.” There are people who achieve everything they want to and yet, they’re still not truly satisfied. What they thought was their purpose and path in life, turned out to be  nothing more than a stepping-stone leading to another goal.

What they perceived as their purpose, was more of a hurdle. A little drop in the ocean. A road paving the way to their ultimate destination.

We need purpose to give life meaning. Without purpose we have no real value, and if we don’t find the value in ourselves neither will others.

Agent Smith said it best in the matrix.

There’s no escaping reason, no denying purpose, for as we both know, without purpose we would not exist. It is purpose that created us, purpose that connects us, purpose that pulls us, that guides us, that drives us; it is purpose that defines us, purpose that binds us.

Without purpose we can drift through life, never smelling the sweet scent of satisfaction, success and contentment. We’d never fully understand and reach our dreams and goals.

So how do you discover your true purpose in life?

Great question. Thought you’d never ask. I could bullshit you and give you the general, “When you’re happy doing what you’re doing, you’ve discovered your true calling.”

Sure it works for some people for a while. But lets face the music. We’ve all been happy doing something at one time or another, but realised that we couldn’t find ever lasting happiness and satisfaction doing it. We got some happiness and satisfaction out of it but it was only temporary.

I know people that were over the moon in a particular career, truly believing it was their purpose. They were made for the job and had found their calling in life. (Or so they thought).

Yet after some time the wild fire was reduced to a mere flame. They gradually lost interest.

The passion turned to bane. Ultimately, they changed career paths, walking down the road of self-discovery, trying to rediscover their true purpose again.

The truth is, there’s no one size fits all approach to finding purpose.

I think identifying your true purpose is as much an internal pursuit as it is external. You have to ask your self some honest questions that demand, honest, serious answers. Have the guts and respect for yourself, to answer them with total honesty, even if the results are less than satisfactory.

  • How passionate/committed am I with my identified career path/endeavor/purpose?
  • Could I really see myself doing it for a lifetime?
  • On a scale of 1-10 (1 being lowest) how happy am I really with my perceived purpose?
  • Am I willing to put everything on the line to achieve my dream?
  • Am I able to enjoy the beauty in life, whilst pursuing my goals and purpose?

If you can answer all those questions honestly with the majority of answers being positive, you’re probably headed in the right direction to discovering your purpose.

This is something that you won’t figure out in one night. You may have to sit down with a pen and notepad and have a real hard think about it. This isn’t a decision that you can just blindly make. Take time, pride and enjoy the show.

Remember, it ain’t over till it’s over. As long as you’re still breathing, there’s still time for you to discover your calling.

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DISCOVERY AND PURPOSE 

 

ACID/ALKALINE ADJUSTMENT: A GUIDE TO BALANCING PH LEVELS

Acid or Alkaline?

Acid or Alkaline?

It’s an often-overlooked aspect in the fitness community. Something just brushed under the carpet. Understandable, as people don’t know enough about it. Many make the mistake of sacrificing their health in pursuit of their aesthetic goals.  A damn shame, considering they complement each other nicely.

Confused?

Time to elaborate.

Your PH levels have a major impact on your health. A PH of 7.0 means your body is neutral. Above 7.0 means your body is alkaline. Below 7.0 and your body is acidic. (Danger zone).

Ideally you want your PH to be in the neutral range. The more acidic you are, the higher the probability of you experiencing some nasty effects. (Real nasty).

Joint pains, arthritis and body stiffness are some of the more common and moderate indicators of an out of whack PH. (Those bad knees aren’t just a simple by product of old age). These are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s plenty more.

The harsher consequences include:

  • Inability for cells to receive and absorb nutrients.
  • Decrease in cell energy production, resulting in fatigue.
  • Decrease in the ability for cell repair.
  • Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment.

You’re probably wondering how this ties into you and your physique/fitness goals.

Well, if  your body isn’t efficiently absorbing the nutrients you’re taking in through all that food your shoving down the pie hole, you aren’t going to be able to produce the best gains in relation to muscle growth.

Remember, muscles are made up of cells and like any other cell in a highly acidic environment, they won’t be able to uptake the maximum amount of nutrients from the foods you consume.

You’re wasting time, effort and money and not receiving the maximal benefit. The logical solution is to balance out your PH levels, enabling your body to better absorb nutrients.

You might find your recovery sufferers between training sessions as a result of impaired cell recovery. Your muscles will recover at a much slower rate when you’re highly acidic.

It’s more common in the western world for people to suffer the negative effects of high acidity levels. The funny part is, it’s not necessarily their fault. Many people aren’t aware of the problems associated with an acidic PH.

Combating the problem

Now that we’ve covered some of the problems, let’s look at some good old common sense solutions. (Thing with common sense is, unfortunately it isn’t that common nowadays).

Solution 1: Drink more water

Water alkalinises the body. The PH of naturally sourced spring water is 7.8 (neutral). Everybody knows the importance of drinking enough water, yet many still don’t drink enough.

Water cleanses and flushes all the filth and junk out of the body. If you’re one of those individuals that doesn’t drink enough, you’re seriously messing with your health in the long run.

Aim for at least 2 litres a day as a base. Obviously if you’re more active go higher, maybe 3 litres per day. That’s what I do. NOW GET CHUGGING.

Solution 2: Ditch the processed junk

Pretty obvious. If you eat filth regularly you’re going to end up overloading your body’s toxin levels.  Especially sugar laden garbage. Excessive sugar and processed carb intake will not only imbalance your PH levels, tipping the scale in favor of the acidic range, but also lead to a cascade of other ailments, from obesity to diabetes etc.

If you can’t completely avoid it, seriously limit your intake. (It’s your health). If you have a severe acid problem, you should reduce your total carb intake and eat only veggies, proteins and maybe some roots like yams and sweet potatoes. Try that for a month or so, after that you can begin adding back other starches.

Solution 3: Increase your intake of alkalinising foods

This one’s a no brainer. If you want to alkalinise your body it makes sense to fill up on foods that promote an alkaline environment. I’m not going to go into a whole list of foods, you can easily just google it. I will however, give you some examples of the foods I include in my diet to maintain the balance.

  • Lemons/limes – I like adding a few drops to some hot water and drink it in the mornings. It’s great for helping to reduce acidity as well as cleansing the liver. (One hell of an important organ).  Use it as seasoning to meats and salads. The applications are limited by your own imagination and creativity.
  • Green veggies – (Especially leafy ones). You likely know the benefits of eating greens. They’re high in micronutrients, fiber etc. Real important for cleansing the body of all the toxic rubbish. In order to heal you need to cleanse. Without cleansing there’s no healing. In order to restore your PH you need to cleanse your system. Period.
  • Berries/low sugar fruits – Low sugar fruits are good in helping to restore the PH. Here’s the catch, not all of them are alkalinising. Strawberries for example are acidic, while blueberries are alkaline. Apples are highly acidic and pears are alkaline. You don’t have to stop eating the acidic fruits altogether, but you should limit them when you are highly acidic. Until you alkalinise your body, you should only eat fruits that have an alkalinizing effect.

Bonus tip: High protein diets

We all know how important protein is in relation to muscle growth and repair and how it’s important to eat a sufficient amount daily. Problem is, meats and animal proteins are acidic.

What to do?

Does it mean stop eating meat?

Not really.

To counteract this, combine your meats with alkaline forming foods like veggies and you’re good to go. It’s that simple.

You know what to do, now you need to do it and see the benefits for yourself. Thinking that this article will solve the problem entirely is like thinking one tablet will cure all disease. It won’t.

I talk about all of this and much more in my book/program WARRIOR 101. If you haven’t already, be sure to grab a copy.

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HEALTH AND WEALTH