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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.

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16 Habits of the VERY Wealthy! #13

16 Habits of the VERY Wealthy! #13

This 1 will be lucky! Not unlucky! (LOL)

But 1st, let’s recap.

Here’s what we need to be doing (or not doing):

1. Eat healthy.

2. Focus on a single goal.

3. Exercise.

4. Listen to audiobooks.

5. Maintain a to-do list.

6. Wish Happy Birthday to your family and friends.

7. Write out goals.

8. Read for education or career reasons.

9. DON’T speak your mind.

10. Network.

11. Less TV and

12. NO reality tv.

Number 13 is not something many people are a fan of, myself included! But, it’s effective! If used correctly!

44% of the wealthy wake up 3-hours before work starts vs. 3% for the poor.

But why?

Here’s some reasons:

1. Get a headstart on the day.

2. Increased productivity.

3. Timeliness. You’ll be on time for what needs to happen each day.

4. Self-mastery: you set yourself up to be successful.

5. My FAVORITE! Whenever my family allows for it. Peace & quiet! It’s nice to have the house quiet when I do my devotional & prayer in the morning.

6. Faster commute. If you have to commute, you will have the ability to beat the rush hour traffic.

7. Breakfast! You won’t have to rush through it.

8. Exercise. I prefer to get my exercises done in the morning, whether it’s from home or else the YMCA. I have more energy the rest of the day when I commit to this.

Hopefully, you’ll start doing this. It’s worth it!

TV, TOO MUCH???!!!! # 11 & 12

TV, TOO MUCH???!!!! # 11 & 12

80% OF THE USA POPULATION WATCHES TV EACH DAY! But beyond the numbers, is it damaging us? A research on this I learned this from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The states that had the least amount of TV watched were Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Utah, New Mexico and Alaska which had lowest at 1.6 hours a day on average. West Virginia had the worst at 3.8 hours a day! This has me curious.

According to the CDC, Alaska isn’t as bad as several other states. It has an overall obesity rate of 25-29.9%. Whereas West Virginia has an obesity rate of over 35%!

Colorado, Washington DC, and Hawaii have the lowest obesity rates.

Why am I talking about this? It’s because of these numbers from 16 Habits of the Very Rich, which I got from John & Nadya Melton’s Program, My Lifestyle Academy.

These are numbers 11 & 12:
67% of the wealthy watch 1 hour or less of TV everyday vs. 23% for poor! AND
6% of the wealthy watch NO trash tv vs. 78% for the poor! Trash TV is another term for reality TV.

What can you do instead?

Here are some suggestions:
1. Get some exercise,
2. Start a home-based business,
3. Read a book,
4. Take up a new hobby,
5. Go back to school and learn something new! By the way, this is #14.

Get creative, and let me know what you come up with.

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Champions team

Rest, and Remember

Rest, and Remember

In 5-days we will celebrate all over the world Christmas. We go, go, go. Running around trying to find the “perfect gift.” But what if the perfect gift was something that couldn’t be purchased from the store? Either online or offline?

Have you ever thought that the best gift was something that was just time?
When I was growing up, my favorite memories were of going out and just spending time with my cousins, playing games, going on tractor rides (my grandpa was a farmer in North Carolina), and just playing. And not just at Christmas. My grandpa was a farmer, but my dad was an officer in the United States Air Force. We moved around a lot! And because of that, I learned to appreciate it when my family was together. And that equated with having time.

So, maybe this Christmas instead of (or maybe alongside)all the stuff, take some time and just play. And enjoy being together. And say an extra prayer for those who are separated during the Christmas season due to military service. Anywhere around the world.

A New Christmas Poem:
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN’T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
“SANTA DON’T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.”

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.

I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, “CARRY ON SANTA,
IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.”

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
“MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.”

This poem was written by a Marine.
More specifically, written by Marine Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt.

The following is his request. I think it is reasonable…..
PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Cause people to stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

May God Bless You and Have A Great Day

Posted on Facebook by Ryan Parrott.

This post was not what I planned on saying. But it was needed. I invite you to listen to this song, and then remember why you can celebrate it…This Christmas

The Hardest Part

The Hardest Part

Whether it is losing weight, reaching black belt or a combination of both the hardest part of accomplishing goals is the fight between your ears. Do you have a mindset that will allow you to reach black belt and/or get to a healthy weight?

One of the advantages of an effective karate program, like the Chuck Norris System, is it will be a great cardio program, in conjuntion with encouraging a mindset that encourages success. If you combine this with a strong nutritional program, you will be healthy. It is only a matter of time.

But is following a healthy diet, working on a healthy mindset, and doing Karate enough? Well, actually: no! YOU can do the right things, but if you are not doing it in balance, it won’t work. For example, you can follow a healthy diet, but not eat the right portion sizes, work-out at karate, and have a good mindset. In this scenario, 1 of 2 things will happen: you will either gain weight or lose weight. Depending on what your goal is, that can be a good thing. But if you’re at a healthy weight, it could be an issue.

The other thing you can do is as I referred to in the first paragraph: take action now to determine where you need help at. Is it the battle between your ears? The battle against the kitchen? Or the battle in the dojo? If you are in a good dojo, I doubt the battle is there unless you are not following your sensei’s instructions. If you are the sensei, you need to make sure you are setting a good example in your health. I’m willing to help.

So, how do you know what a healthy diet looks like? Well, I recommend that you follow the diet I told about on Sunday. You can find that here: Karate: What Is It?. I know it can be tough. So, if you need additional support let me know. I can be reached here: Malissa Van Zee. 

You can also connect to me by commenting below.

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Going for What YOU Want

Going for What YOU Want

We all have them: those people who tell you that for one reason or another you can’t or shouldn’t do what you dream of. Sometimes they are family. What do you do? I’ve struggled with this in some huge ways over the past 20+ years. Here are some suggestions on what you can do.

  1. Find some small things that you can be successful at that are in the category of what you are dreaming of. For example, if you want to be healthier, begin to take walks or go to a gym. And adapt healthy changes you can make in your diet.
  2. Make it a point to get around people who build you up. This can be done in person or through social media, like Facebook.
  3. Do daily affirmations daily.
  4. Set goals and begin to take steps toward them becoming reality.
  5. Tell yourself, repeatedly as needed, that you can accomplish what you are dreaming of.
  6. Take immediate action toward what you want. No matter how little, a little can go a long way at times.
  7. Find some hero’s and mentors. Someone who will direct you and support you.

Hopefully these tips will help you get started in the life you want.

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