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Being Epic!

Being Epic!

Life can get too busy! And drag all of us down. I told Reggie and someone else this a few minutes ago on Facebook: You can be busy and not accomplishing anything you want. Or you can be picky on what you do and get closer to what you want to have in your future.

To have an EPIC life, FOCUS is critical! Over the past few days I’ve told what my days include. I’m obsessed with beating this concussion! And because of that: I will beat it! My activities, my diet, and everything in my life is focused on this single goal. Until I beat this: nothing else gets my focus. I’ve even set my life up to have my business be part of my beating this!

I want to suggest something to you: if I can do what I’m doing to beat a concussion: then what reason do you have to not pursue something you have a burning desire to achieve?

I want to suggest that you watch this 15-minute video on Burning Desire: Napoleon Hill’s Master Key – Episode 8 “Enthusiasm” or “Burning Desire” HD – Think and Grow Rich

If you truly want an epic life, get picky on your daily activities. Everything stems from there.


16 Habits of the Very Rich 10

16 Habits of the Very Rich 10

We are at number 10! WOW!!!!

79% vs. 16%.

What falls into this category? My response will surprise you. And it’s defined at “the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.”

It’s networking.

Here are 14 reasons to do this!
1. You might find a mentor. This is really helpful when you are just starting out or starting over. Maybe you are like me and spent 20+ years working from home and are starting a new career. A mentor will help shorten the learning curve you will go through.
2. You may hear about opportunities that aren’t public yet.
3. Build lifelong friendships.
4. It’s an avenue to exchange ideas. And that will help with creating better business strategies.
5. It makes you more noticeable in public. Your boss will likely notice this. This makes you more stand out and as a result, you will be able to offer more.
6. You can get support from high-profile people. You’ve heard me refer to Reggie Cochran on a number of posts. Likely over 80% of my posts here. He’s high-profile. And you will continue to hear about him. It’s because he is not only my friend, but also my leader. He is very high-profile because he’s the project coordinator for Chuck & Gena Norris, a mentor to other high-profile people, and a best-selling writer.
7. You will have more confidence. As you develop more confidence, your life will inevitably improve.
8. Six-degrees of separation: this makes anything possible! This rule says that generally there are never more than 6 people between you and the person you want to talk to.
9. Finding a job: 60%-80% of jobs are found through networking.
10. By broadening your professional horizons, you will stay sharp and current.
11. If you are in sales, networking will help you with getting more sales.
12. Are you unhappy with your career? Networking will help you get into a new career.
13. Golden Rule: you help others, and you’ll receive help.
14. Finally, remember this: a good network is simply just a circle of friends.


16 Habits of the Very Rich part 7

16 Habits of the Very Rich part 7

We are almost half-way through this series! Today, like yesterday, will be short. Mainly because today’s topic is one, I’ve discussed previously a lot! And taught by Reggie on a frequent basis. If you need help on this: I would encourage you to reach out to me directly. I will connect you to Reggie. He’s the best in this one!

Goal Setting! 67% of the wealthy do this vs 17% of the poor!

Why set goals? Here are some reasons:
1. It keeps you moving forward and motivated.
2. The bible suggests it! Proverbs 4:25-27 says “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
3. It gives clear direction on what needs to happen for your life to be what you want.
4. It’s fun!

How do you set goals?
I have a specific strategy that I use that I learned from Reggie. But here are some of the components to it:
1. Decide what you want.
2. Write it down.
3. Make sure it’s SMART. Is it specific? Is it measurable? Is it attainable? Is it realistic? And is it time bound?
4. Create a dream board to keep you moving forward on it. For a refresher, here’s mine:

Blessing board 2

One of the things Reggie and I both believe in, and I learned this from him, is that until a dream board is created with images to motivate you toward reaching your specific goals your goal sheet is not completed.

Again, if you need help, reach out to me. I will help and get you connected to Reggie as well.

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16 Habits of the Very Rich part 6!

16 Habits of the Very Rich part 6!

Let’s start with a review. So far, we have this, focusing on what the wealthy do.

1. 70% eat less than 300 junk food calories a day.
2. 80% are focused on a SINGLE GOAL.
3. 76% are exercising aerobically 4X a week.
4. 63% are listening to audiobooks.
5. 81% are maintaining a to-do list.

What is #6?

It’s really simple! It’s wishing people happy birthday! Sounds simple, and it is! But very few actually do it. The reason is simple: it makes people feel valued and appreciated.

So, take a few minutes and wish your family and friends happy birthday!

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16 Habits of the VERY RICH 3

16 Habits of the VERY RICH 3

What is #3 on John & Nadya Melton’s My Lifestyle Academy teaching on 16 Habits of the Very Rich? How often do you work out? If you are wealthy (or working toward it), you are part of the 76% of those who do. But if you are poor (and content with it), you are in the 23% of those who do it. Big difference! If you are battling an injury, or recovering from an illness does that mean you shouldn’t exercise? Maybe for a while, yes. But even then: there are things that you can do. Here are some suggestions I got from an article in Shape Magazine How To Exercise After Being Sick:

Start slow! Start with a light cardio then resistance training. Then add on. Start at 70% of what you were doing.

Reduce your weights and cardio by about 30% for a few days. This will make up what you lost while you were sick.

Build back slowly, even if you are temped to push harder.

What if you don’t do typical workouts and are in martial arts? The same idea applies. Talk to your sensei. And follow his/her advice. A good sensei will understand and work with you. You may even need to return to what you did as a white belt. There is NOTHING wrong with getting grounded again in the basics. Here are 10 reasons to exercise and be physically active:

1. More energy!
2. Burn more calories at rest
3. Improve overall appearance
4. Be able to withstand stress
5. Decrease risk of illness
6. Speed up recovery from injury or surgery
7. Keep focused
8. Build up cardiovascular endurance
9. Improve flexibility
10.Increase lean body mass

Reggie and Carlos
It’s known that because of Reggie Cochran, I’m a fan (if not fanatic, lol), of martial arts. Here are 10 reasons to learn one!

1. Fitness! It’s an awesome exercise program!
2. Learn life skills, including confidence, focus, self-discipline, self-defense, leadership and respect! For EVERY and I martial artist I’m friends with: RESPECT is the #1 reason to learn it. It carries over into every area of life.
3. Coordination and flexibility. You will get more flexibility and have better coordination as you learn this.
4. Hammers discipline. An article I read said this: “A sense of responsibility and alertness is promoted as you learn Martial Arts. Thus, with the instilling of discipline comes the knowledge of how to behave, act and perform; curbing any kind of misbehavior and delinquency.” (Ayesha Shaikh: 10 Reasons to Learn Martial Arts)
5. Learn a new art form. The wise never stop learning. This carries over into every area of life.
6. Self-confidence will improve drastically. Having confidence in what you can do will push you to learn more.
7. Law enforcement: Ayesha Shaikh said in the same article listed above “There are times when public becomes barbaric, taking laws in their own hands and creating ruckus on the street. On such occasions, the police usually control the crows by resorting to techniques of Martial Arts. Moreover, when sometimes unarmed officers are attacked by unexpected strangers, Martial Arts comes to the rescue and helps save lives.”
8. Mental and spiritual development. When you learn to focus, you will also learn mental toughness. It’s comparable to being given a challenge, and then rising to the challenge to achieve it. This will lead to spiritual peace. And allows for mental development. Frank Gutting said, “Martial Arts should be a way of life, not a job, hobby, sport but a part of you and the way you live your life.” I see this in EVERY black belt I’m friends with. Without exception.
9. Preservation of a nation’s tangible cultural heritage. Martial arts are a traditional art form. But it’s also plays a HUGE role in maintaining overall growth and development: physical, psychological and spiritual.
10. Finally, self-defense. There is a rise in aggressive behavior. Those people who know martial arts can defend themselves or in someone in need in that situation. A movie called “The Martial Arts Kid” by Traditionz Entertainment show this. And it’s a movie I strongly suggest you get. I loved it!

16 Habits of the VERY RICH! Part 2!

16 Habits of the VERY RICH! Part 2!

John and Nadya Melton taught me that 80% of the wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal! Only 12% of the poor do this!

Over the past 9 years of learning about how to get healthy I’ve read more books than I have ever read! Almost every single one I’ve read points to the power of focus! Here’s what David K. William said in his blog “15 Things Highly Focused People Don’t Do.” He is a publisher and entrepreneur who tries to help professionals grow their business and careers and gives advice for entrepreneurs.

1. They don’t gossip. They have better things to do with their time.
2. They don’t multitask. They focus on 1 or at the most 2 things at a time!
3. They don’t procrastinate! Get it done.
4. They don’t allow distractions to derail them. Reggie has told me to have work hours be work hours. And play hours be play hours. Don’t get distracted without a VERY good reason! For example: a fire, or a life-threatening issue.
5. They don’t seek validation from others. Know your self-worth. And learn to do things for yourself. There is a saying: “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” (Anonymous).
6. They don’t entertain disorganization. The most successful people I know are organized! And they know in advance what is coming. This prevents stress, increases creativity, and doesn’t cost time. Which is the most valuable commodity we have!
7. They don’t give silly excuses not to work. They don’t suffer from excusitis! Saying “I don’t have time for ____” (you fill in the blank).
8. They aren’t afraid to take a risk. Life is a risk, no one is guaranteed tomorrow.
9. They don’t dwell on the past. They accept the past and what happened and move on. “They simply accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what could be.”
10. They don’t act rashly! “They stick to their goals and stay committed to their dreams through the sunny days and rainy days. “
11. They mind their own business. If it doesn’t affect them, they don’t get involved. This doesn’t mean they don’t care. But it can come across that way.
12. They don’t compare themselves to others. They are content with who they are.
13. They don’t have unrealistic expectations. Life isn’t always smooth. And changes happen. They realize this and adapt when needed.
14. They say “NO” when needed! And they are not people pleasers. They say no to things that get them distracted to things that are not a priority. A sick child is a priority, so is getting a business launched or going to a higher level.
15. Finally, they don’t quit! They realize that things get tough. And accept it. They will take a break, but not quit!

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” (Anonymous).

Faith and Martial Arts???

Faith and Martial Arts???

A google search of martial arts and Christianity generated about 16,600,000 results! Can a believer in Jesus practice martial arts safely? My response is YES! There are some martial arts forms that originated in Israel. And the actress named Gal Gadot who played Wonder Woman in the last movie in 2017 was herself Israeli. She learned Krav Maga, a style that I have several friends who are black belts in.

From the beginning, I knew that Reggie was a Christian. And he’s taught me more about being a believer in Jesus than anyone. When Jesus walked the earth, He was all about building relationships. Reggie and I are the same way. I’m not against churches. Far from it. But I do believe that we need to get back to where Jesus had His disciples. And it’s possible. We just need to get back to the basics. And follow what the Bible teaches. Completely. It’s simple.

When it comes to what Reggie has taught me, it’s actually very simple. If Jesus said it or did it: we can do the same thing if we have Jesus living inside of us. It’s really that simple. And achievable. Reggie has encouraged me to learn from 3 specific church leaders. This was really helpful last summer when most of the time on weekends I was working 7am to 7pm and going to a physical church wasn’t logistically possible. But I was determined to not allow my faith to be impacted. Many times, at work I would be listening to online sermons. Here’s the ones I listen to, and still continue to do even though I’m able to go to church now on Sundays and even Wednesday’s sometimes. If you click on the name, you will go to the website.

1. Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Eagle Mountain International Church, which is part of it.
2. Andrew Wommack Ministries
3. Curry Blake who leads John G. Lake Ministries.

What does this have to do with martial arts? A LOT!!!! I have already said in this series that one of Reggie’s projects is he is the project coordinator for Chuck & Gena Norris. It’s well known that the Norris’s are Christians. So is Reggie. So am I. But we are also martial artists.

Chuck Norris has a code of ethics that is excellent! One of these is this: “I will always remain loyal to God, my country, my family and my friends.” When I was first introduced to how martial arts could benefit me, I talked with a few friends who meant well. But they were not connected to martial arts in any capacity. They were VERY quick to inform me that martial arts is not something I should pursue because it’s new age. But my gut said, go for it! Reggie is one of the people who pointed out that being a Christian doesn’t mean you can’t practice any form of martial arts. And since then I’ve discovered that there are a LOT of believers in martial arts. So, maybe you’ve been thinking about martial arts but concerned about being a believer in this. Don’t let it hold you back. Support is there, and its great exercise! Need help finding a dojo? Let me know. I’ve got a LOT of friends in the martial arts community who are also believers. I’ll help. 😊