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No Easy 8…

Ever had one of those days that just as soon as you open your eyes from a good night’s sleep, you instantly foresaw that the day was going to be a challenge?  They say problems, like many other issues in this world, come in sets of three.  Only this morning you sensed those sets of three would be continuous bursts of B/S, intermixed with subtle changes of reality and disenchantment.
First, I need to say that all the motivational stuff I spout really does work, if you let it.  But there are some days when the “connection to all things” falls into the category of “Not now.”  They say that life is a journey, and that not all journeys are easy, but today I say “bite me.”

Lester Levenson once said,
“If we do not like what’s happening to us in the world,
all we have to do is change our consciousness—and the
world out there changes for us!”

But today I said B/S.  I am riding this one out and when it is timed out, it will be a good day.  Like they say, “There is no easy 8.”  So when life is kicking your butt, remember that it’s leg will tire and things will normalize.


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What Say You…to success…

Success. Here is a word or goal that has many meanings and what is success for one is not success for some one else. You will have to define what success is and how it is incorporated in your life and your journey. An example is the following story:

The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.” 

The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.” 

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”

-Author Unknown

How to find and evaluate success:

Reflect on your beliefs. Examining the nature of your reality is a foundation for discovering your purpose in life, and only when you find a purpose will you feel a deeper meaning of life. Consider the following:

Higher power.  A meaningful life involves understanding your role in something bigger, whether it be Christianity, mother nature or the universe.

Human nature. Consider how you feel about the positive and negative aspects of human nature, and what you believe about human equality or inequality. 

Identify your purpose. Take into account your beliefs and values, then decide how you may apply those to your lifestyle in a productive and positive way.  

What are your values. You need to decide what values important to you. Values like: honor, honesty, leadership and determination are just several examples of values that you may believe in.  Define them.

Dimensions of wellness and how you might develop each in a way that will increase your feeling of purpose in life. 

Social wellness involves how you interact with people and how you relate to your community.

Spiritual wellness has to do with developing your sense of a higher power and defining your moral values. 

Intellectual wellness involves expanding your knowledge, understanding and mental ability. 

Environmental wellness has to do with how you interact to your surroundings. 

Physical wellness  encompasses your physical health and fitness. 

Emotional wellness applies to how you feel about yourself and how you handle those challenges in life. 

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be” 

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I Challenge You…

From the emails I have been receiving since I began this blog, I am seeing that there are many people who have come to the conclusion that something needs to change in their lives. I am talking positive, self-determination changes. Some feel they have waited long enough to live the life they have dreamed of, others want to take this journey but do not know where to begin and some are life warriors already, just waiting for that opportune moment to jump into a new challenge. 

Here is my Challenge

I challenge you to pick one goal that you have wanted to accomplish. I will do the same. Together, we will assist each other in focusing in on the steps needed, motivate each other to succeed and celebrate each others victory when we have completed this challenge. 

I will even send you a Challenge packet that will explain how to be your own life coach, a Life Coaching Wheel which you fill out that will examine the different areas of your life and will highlight clearly what goals you can set for yourself.  This is the paperwork I use personally.

So, if you are one of those who desires a new and better life, take my challenge. 

By the way, this is completely free this is not a scam. It is only a simple challenge to show you that you do have the ability to make changes successfully and the only cost to you is a positive attitude.  



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Warrior Spirit…

Throughout human history, feats of courage echoed with the savagery of battle. Almost ever society had within its culture, their warriors. From the Greek Spartans and the Persian Immortals up through the centuries to the modern-day elite military units. Some of those warrior societies that stand out in time: the Samurai, the Vikings, the Maya, the Zulu, the Crusaders, the Native Americans, the Romans, the Knights….and the list could continue indefinitely. All had codes that encompassed the virtues of strength, courage, honesty, respect, loyalty, humility and honor. Virtues that we can utilize in our own battles.

Then, there is another type of warrior that receives less distinction. They are called “spiritual warriors”. These warriors can be described simply as someone who’s journey is for self-discovery and who combats the universal enemy: self-ignorance, the ultimate source of all suffering. Another way to put this is that a spiritual warrior is someone who will fight every battle until they become enlightened, irregardless of whatever obstacles they encounter. Though many people loves this concept and the results are one of ridding one’s self of ignorance and acquiring a self focused knowledge of who you really are, most people haven’t got the guts to tackle this fight.

And finally, there is a life warrior. One of the qualities that warriors have is that they perseverance through challenges and hardships. Their goal is to win in war (life) knowing there are many battles (challenges). They do not make excuses for failure. In the face of defeat they simply state the facts as “I did my best and I lost”., taking responsibility for their own actions and decisions and continuing the good fight   Replace the word “war” with the word “life”, the concept of living life as a warrior means you will do your best, accept defeat but not become defeated and persevere to reach your goals. The warrior spirit enables you to get past even the most tragic and desperate events, become stronger and being prepared for your next battle.

Be aware of yourself and know yourself. No matter how much you have learned and how much you know, if you don’t know yourself you don’t know anything. Indeed, if you don’t know yourself you cannot know anything else. People who don’t know themselves criticize others from the point of view of their own ignorance. They consider what agrees with them to be good, and hate whatever doesn’t go their way. They become irritated about everything, causing themselves to suffer by themselves, bothering themselves solely because of their own prejudices. If you know that not everyone will be agreeable to you, know that you won’t be agreeable to everyone either. Those who have no prejudices in themselves do not reject people, and therefore people do not reject them.” Shosan

So, where does all this lead? It leads to your starting point. It is the first step in your transformation from what you are to what you want to be. By thinking as a warrior, you focus on those aspects and goals which will lead you to where you want to be. Whether in business, relationships or life in general, think as a warrior, feel as a warrior and believe as a warrior and you will find within yourself everything thing you need to succeed.



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Go sit on the Porch…

Picture yourself standing in a long line of people. It doesn’t matter why there is a line but it does matter where you are standing. Are you the first one in line, or are you in the middle? Maybe you see yourself standing at the back of the line. Now, compare your position in this line to where you are in life. Are you out front, setting and achieving the goals you have, or are you in the middle, fumbling around, not being able to focus in on where you want to go? Or are you at the end of the line, having given up and accepted your place in life no matter if you are happy or not.

For those who are in front, kudos to you. You have picked up the game ball and are running for the touchdown. Do not stop running. For that matter, do not stop dreaming. You have goals and you know how to reach them. Feel fortunate. You are a select few.

If you find yourself stumbling around on middle ground, you do know that you have what it takes to make that touchdown, you just do not have a focused game plan to follow. This is not a large obstacle. All you need to do is develop that game plan and you will be on your way. For now, put the ball down, take however long it takes and make that plan come into focus. Look inside yourself and become familiar with what you really want and need out of life. Write this down, read it every day, modify if you have to and then pick the ball up and haul ass down the field.

Now, for those who have given up and accepted life and what it has to offer, you have a choice to make. You can continue to accept the boring and sit back while life passes you by. It may be simple and it may be easy but I can tell you it will NOT be fulfilling and exciting. The old saying goes, “If you can’t run with the big dogs, go sit on the porch.” Find this poster and hang it on your refrigerator. This will be your life and this poster will validate that you do not have what it takes to find your dreams, let alone, reach them.

But, if you are tired of sitting on the porch, here is something you should know. No matter what you think or what people have told you, you do own what it takes to run with the big dogs. You just do not know it. You may not run as fast, but deep inside you, you have the strength, the endurance and the ability to create any dream you want and not only that, you have what it takes to reach this dream.

It is only a matter of thinking differently. We have been taught by parents, schools and society that life is full of obstacles. That life is not fair and only the strong survive. All this information has built up over the years and has replaced our natural abilities towards what is positive with negativity. Many of us wake up in the morning thinking…”I have to go to work.”, “I have to deal with my boss.” or “I hope this will be a good day and nothing crappy happens.” Starting the day off looking at all possible negative things is a damned good way to keep the day negative.

Replace those bullshit thoughts with…”It will be a good day.” or “No matter what the boss does, he does not have the power to control how I feel.” and “No matter what happens, I will keep this a good day and give it 100% of my time, energy and commitment.”

Just by changing how we look at life can be the difference between the mundane and the exciting. If you do not believe that positive thinking can create a positive attitude, please, do not take my word for it. Try it. I can guarantee that if you give it 100%, you WILL see a change for the better….if not, go sit on the porch and be a spectator.


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After the Battle…

Most of the time, I practice what I preach, but it was not always that way. I have fought battles and won and I have fought battles and lost. I have wimped out and let some battles dictate how I felt and interacted with the world. A few of these battles cost me dearly and with some, I almost paid the ultimate price.

I know personally about making stupid choices in life and I know personally about addictions. I know the feelings of isolation, of loneliness, of rage and of envy. I know how it feels to lose people close to you and I have lived in times where you could not break down my walls with dynamite. But I survived….I survived and learned.

I still have my issues, just like every human being on this planet, and I still have to battle some of these issues on a daily basis, but I do battle them. I have reached the stage where nothing and no one will bring me down. It is a place where at times I can find peace within myself, acceptance of both my strengths and weaknesses, and own a genuine connection to what is around me. Some days I just sit and enjoy the benefits of winning battles, knowing I did my best and persevered the onslaught of all the shit that life threw at me. Other days, I awake, knowing a battle will ensue and prepare my self for war. During these times, I fight well, and at the end of the day, I sit knowing I did my best no matter the outcome.

This is how we not only survive life, but grow with life. It is here we exercise our endurance, fine tune our mind and spirit and begin to see and understand that we do have what it takes to create whatever life we want to own.

I own these tools and so do you. Use them.



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Superficially Profound…somewhat…

Some of the most asked questions since the beginning of intellectual existence are: “Why am I here?” , “Why was I born?” and ” What is the true meaning of life?” Unfortunately, we may never know the truth. Besides, what the hell does one need with those types of answers. The number of philosophies attempting to answer these questions is innumerable and mostly redundant. They are born from biological, spiritual, psychological, scientific, and theological weaknesses.  Here is a very simplistic list:  

A biological thought is that the meaning of life is procreation. Expanding the human race and connecting and filling the needs of humanity. Reproducing like cockroaches in the face of dwindling resources leaves this theory somewhat superficial. One just needs to watch the world news. 

A theological thought advances dedication to ones religion, connecting with a higher power, completing the requirements that their beliefs manifest as beneficial to humanity. We all need to blame our misfortunes on something. 

A psychological thought towards life is that life is to be enjoyed and is based on the pleasure principle. Thank you, Sigmund. Expanded by Maslow and Rogers, the pleasure principle became one of an individual’s potential and purpose of life. I could go along with this one. 

An existentialist encompasses the idea that we create our own existence by choices. We become what we are by the choices and decisions we make. This I agree with. You are where you are in life due to those decisions and choices you have made. 

A humanistic approach is that our existence is one of helping others by ending the pain and suffering of humanity. Not a bad concept, but unrealistic. On the small scale, it succeeds, on a larger scale, it will be survival of the fittest. 

Other conceptualizations include our needs to help society with our work, to discover new and exciting technology and that there is no meaning of life. 

But the truth is, we exist in our own personal world, tweaking our lives, our potentials and our connectedness to what coexists in our own small environment, hoping we have made the right choices, picking ourselves up when we do not and learning through attrition. 

I do realize that I do not have any answers when it pertains to the meaning of life, other than how I live my own existence, which I try keep as simple, as humanistic and as spiritual as I can possible make it. We each have our roads to walk and our obstacles to overcome, but along the way, we will find places to rest beneath large trees, to sit quietly and feel the cool, refreshing breath of the wind and feel the encompassing warmth of ol’ Sol. Enjoy these times and let your mind and body absorb the peacefulness. And remember that not all answers are important.

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