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A WARRIOR EMERGES

Out of the blue, I got an email from one of my earliest followers on this site. What’s striking about him is the sheer will, dedication and drive he’s displayed to get himself into fantastic shape.

He writes:

Hey brother remember me it’s me Franco. I decided to send you my picture so you can see how much my body improve since I started reading your blogs and follow all your instructions to lose weight I feel great and I feel amaze after I took picture of my self and see the big changes and it’s all bcoz of your tips and advise. I miss you brother I’ve been away for so long and I lost my email that’s why I don’t send you any messages. But anyway I hope you doing great godbless you brother and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the helps and good words that you provided me to becomw a better man.” 

This is a man who once started out on the real heavy side. (280 lbs to be exact).

However, he’s since made a damn significant transformation, through his own effort and help from yours truly. Not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.

A true Warriorif ever there was one. He’s a living, breathing embodiment of what this site represents.

Becoming a damn powerhouse by following and implementing what I talk about here on home base and in WARRIOR 101 ,

HE DAMN WELL REMOLDED HIS PHYSIQUE.

CHECK IT OUT!

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I’m proud and privileged to present Franco’s testimonial 

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You too can get into your best shape. Lean and mean like a warrior. Pickup a copy of WARRIOR 101. Currently being offered at a special price for a limited time only. 

3 TYPES OF PEOPLE TO AVOID IN LIFE

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Choose your associates wisely.

Whether you like it or not the types of people you hang around and associate with in life can make or break you. Hang around with successful, enthusiastic and optimistic individuals and you’ll start thinking and acting in a similar manner. (But you knew that already, right?)

Hang around with deadbeats and energy leeches on the other hand and you’ll end up like one in no time. Worst of all they suck the joy and happiness out of your life.

Yep, the people you associate with definitely have an impact on you, your attitude and outlook on life.

Without taking anymore of your valuable time, lets delve right into the types of people that will sabotage your drive and desire for success and happiness.

The Schemers/Users

These people are a real nasty bunch. The kind that resorts to scamming, manipulation and trickery to get their way in life, whether it’s in business or relationships.

They’ll lie through their teeth to get what they want.

Schemers have one goal and come from one frame of mind. “Screw everyone else, I only care about me at the expense of everything and everyone else around me.”

They’re the guys or gals always backstabbing others to get in the bosses good books at the office.

They pretend to be friends with you, but secretly behind your back they’re really just using you to suit and fulfil their own devilish desires.

Problem is, the world’s full of them. Best thing to do is just avoid them. Don’t be around them and you won’t expose yourself to any of their negative crap.

How can you tell if someone’s a schemer?

Excellent question. Stay sharp and look out for the following signs:

  • Those who gossip and spread rumors about others.
  • Those who try and get you to come around to their way of thinking, without justifiable reason.
  • One sided conversations, where everything is focused on them and their problems and how you can help them. (These people expect you to help solve their issues, while never even considering you).

The bottom line is schemers always have a hidden agenda.

The Short-sighted/ Naysayers

Next on the list, you guessed it. The short-sighted. These people have a very limited perception of the world. They’ll really dampen your mood and enthusiasm.

As a result of their narrow mindedness they can’t imagine anyone else having a more positive attitude and success than themselves.

These people will crush your dreams and drive for success faster than grapes in a vineyard.

They’ll try and dissuade you from your pursuits.

Some of the common statements you’ll hear from them go along the lines of:

  • “Be realistic”
  • “Stop dreaming”
  • “You’ll never be able to do that”

These people love labels and they’ll label you “dreamer” or “insane” because you refuse to accept anything less than you know you’re worth. Pay no attention to folks like this.

If you do unfortunately come into contact with them, just laugh off any of the pathetic statements and drivel that comes out of their mouths.

Keep believing in yourself and pushing forward, and when you achieve your goals, let them wonder how you did it.

The Losers

Lastly, we come to the good old loser. The way to identify these individuals is generally by their failures and clear displays of lagging self-belief and feelings of unworthiness.

People that are unwilling to help themselves are not worthy of respect or help from anyone.

As you ascend the success ladder, your ability to identify these individuals will become more pronounced. As a general guideline, losers tend to have a pessimistic outlook towards life.

It’s all in the mentality of the individual. If you believe in yourself and see yourself highly you’re already steering clear of the loser trap. You’ll tend to find you’ll start to automatically meet and associate with people who have an optimistic attitude to life. Like attracts like.

THINK LIKE A WINNER, BECOME A WINNER.

It pays big time to devote a little extra attention to your social circles and get to really know the people around you, like your colleagues, co-workers, friends and heck even family. You need to assess for yourself if they really have any care and value for you as a person.

One thing is certain if you mix with the types of people listed above they’ll drain you of your positivity, happiness, and optimistic attitude to life. They’ll suck all your energy and drive you mad. (Something I cover, plus more in my soon to be released book on happiness).

If you take anything away from this article, make it this….

CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS CAREFULLY.

 They have an impact on and say more about you than you may realise.

 FRIENDSHIP AND HAPPINESS

A GUIDE TO DEVELOPING UNSHAKEABLE FOCUS

Zero in on your goals.

Zero in on your goals.

Want to achieve a goal, dream or aspiration? Of course you do. What a question.

Stop me if this sounds familiar. You want to improve your body composition or become a better parent.

Whatever it is, you’re 100% committed to the goal. You make the necessary changes. You start to eat better and train hard.

Maybe you take a parenting class and just spend more time doing things with your kids.

You stick at it for a while, but inevitably something stops you in your tracks like a kick in the nuts.

Your FOCUS WAIVERS.

Focus, or lack thereof, is probably the single greatest obstacle preventing people from achieving their goals.

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” Zig Ziglar

If you improve your ability to focus, you’ll improve you’re life. You’ll get things done and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that follows.

I know, you’re anxious to get started so here we go.

Without further ado, here are three simple, yet not so simple factors you can use to help DEVELOP UNSHAKABLE FOCUS.

1) Meditation

This is the most obvious one. So it’s a good place to start. If you think it’s dumb stop reading right now.

Meditation is key to developing focus and concentration. When you can let your mind become clear of useless thoughts, emotions and general clutter, you’ll develop the ability to focus on the things that really matter to you in your unique life.

I mediate everyday for about 20mins. I get up bright and early at 5:30am, when half the world is still sleeping in their warm comfortable beds, dreaming about achieving goals.

You don’t have to do any mindless chanting, just sit quiet and try to clear your mind. Sounds simple, but the reality is another thing entirely.

In fact it’s probably one of the hardest damn things you can do.

You don’t have to start at 20mins. Work up to it. If you can only go 1-2 mins without thinking about something, stick with that and gradually work your way up.

As soon as a thought enters your head, that’s the point where you should stop. Don’t force yourself to go on.

Forget about and pick it up the next day. The idea is you’ll be able to go longer without a thought entering your mind. Just keep pushing to improve, but remember, it’s not a race.

2) A specific “concentration exercise”

This is a simple exercise I do daily and its done wonders for improving my ability to focus. It’s pretty simple in theory, but in practice it’s a very different game. (Trust me. You’ll find out when you try it).

Whatever menial thing you’re doing, whether it’s washing your dishes or cleaning your car.

Forget about everything else. Empty your mind of all the clutter and just FOCUS only on the task at hand. Think of it like active meditation.

Devote all of your attention to that one thing for that limited time.

You’ll more than likely fail on your first few attempts. I did plenty. Somewhere along the line a stupid thought will enter your head. Don’t worry about it.

Think of this as “Mind Training.

We’re exercising the mind, which never seems to be given much significance, and stimulation. At least not to the same extent our bodies when we’re at the gym.

“Focusing isn’t just an optical activity, it is also a mental one.” Bridget Riley

The really important thing is to keep at it. Do it daily and watch as your ability to concentrate improves.

If you apply this to simple situations, as your focus develops you’ll find more complicated ones become a breeze.

Note: Be 100% damn honest with yourself. Self-honesty is paramount to this exercise. You’re only going to waste time and effort and cheat yourself of the potential benefits. So keep it real. THIS IS CRITICAL!!!

3) Ingrain the goal in your head

This is probably the simplest and easiest to implement out of the three. It’s so simple and that’s probably a reason why it’s often overlooked.

The gist is, GET THE GOAL STUCK IN YOUR HEAD. THAT WAY YOU’LL LEAVE YOURSELF NO OPTION BUT TO FOCUS ON AND SPEND TIME TAKING STEPS TO ACTUALLY ACHIEVE IT.

It doesn’t matter what the goal is, JUST DO IT!!

Write it down and repeat it to yourself when you get up every morning.

Write it down on a post it note and stick in places where you’re likely to see it.

Think of it like an insurance policy. The insurance being, you not losing sight of your goals.

So that’s it. Three simple steps you can implement today, that’ll get you on the fast track to obliterating obstacles and reaching your goals.

Leave a comment in the comment section if you plan on using this information and reaching new heights.

If you know someone that could benefit from and find this useful, pass the word on.

FOCUS AND FURY 

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