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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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Beating a Concussion, Part 3

Beating a Concussion, Part 3

Exercises are important.

Diet is important. 

But, then there is what I call the glue to the entire thing. No matter what the issue is. And it’s the mental component.  We can exercise and we can eat right. But, without the mental component the battle is MUCH harder.

When I am frustrated or overwhelmed, I have symptoms from the concussion that I got back in 2018. It can range from a mild headache to a borderline migraine that NOTHING except a dark, quiet room deals with. So, I’ve been playing around with what helps for me.

One thing started standing out. Stress. Reggie Cochran reminded me that stress is connected to fear. And that fear is kryptonite to faith. I can follow a diet that has all the benefits to my brain. And exercise too. But, unless I keep my stress level down it won’t work.

So, what are the things that I’m doing?

1. I pray 1st thing in the morning. And begin with praise and worship music because it’s uplifting.

2. I do affirmations. Again, it’s to keep my mind positive.

3. I have a gratitude journal. Whenever I have something positive happen, it gets written down. It keeps me looking for positive things.

4. I limit news, and that includes political ads.

5. I take 15-20 minutes a day and meditate. Typically right after lunch. It makes my day go smoother.

6. I limit conversations that tend to cause stress. And that includes with my family.

7. I get plenty of sleep. And whenever I have a hard time getting to sleep, I remember my things I’m grateful for. And put some soft music on. Typically from Pandora.

8. Visualize. I imagine myself living without the concussion or any of the symptoms of it.

9. Finally, I memorize small bible passages. Or uplifting thoughts. My favorite is 3 John 1:2. It says, beloved, I pray that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

These activities may seem simple and insignificant. And they are simple. But they are far from being insignificant. By following the diet that I am, exercising, plus mental components, and seeing a local chiropractor. I am beating this.

Are you fighting something? I’d like to help. Sometimes, the only way to fight is to figure out what isn’t working and then look at what is working. By doing these 3 posts, I broke down what have realized is helping me. Some of these ideas, everyone in my opinion, should do.

16 Habits of the VERY Wealthy THE END!

16 Habits of the VERY Wealthy THE END!

Throughout this series I’ve covered a lot! And if you implement what I’ve endeavored to teach you, then you will have a successful future. Today, there are 2 more things that should be implemented and will help you have a better life. But, they are NOT easy. But are worth it!

Avoid TOXIC people and DON’T give up!

86% of wealthy people associate with other successful people. 96% of people associate with other people who are poor.

I’ve said this before: YOU ARE LIKE THE 5 PEOPLE YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME WITH. And it’s completely true!

Wealthy people have these 3 things in common:
1. They are focused.
2. They are persistent.
3. They are patient! Good things really do come to those who wait, but while they are waiting, they are also working on doing the daily actions that will get them where they want. They aren’t LAZY.

Wealthy people don’t quit chasing their big goals. But, those who struggle financially stop short!

Do you struggle with any of the things that I’ve talked about here? I’ve got a book recommendation for you: Mel Robbins 5 Second Rule

Coming up, I am going to look at my friends who are martial artist and see what sets them apart from other athletes.

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

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!

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:

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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 5

16 Habits of the Very Rich, Part 5

What do 81% of the wealthy and only 19% of the poor do? I’ll give you a hint, or 2: it only takes a few minutes and will DRASTICALLY reduce stress in your life! And people with autism can’t function without doing this. It gives direction to the day, week, month and year! It’s the 5th thing that John & Nadya Melton teach about on this.

It’s having a to-do list! Sounds simple (and it is!), but very few do it. On this post, I’m going to pull from my own knowledge from my home-schooling years. And when my own kids were little. My kids are now ages 16-23. And when I quit doing this simple activity, my life became so chaotic, that I ended up falling apart. But maybe you’ve never done this. Or been taught how. Here’s my way of doing it. There are many ways to do this, but this is what I’ve learned.

1. Write down EVERY single thing that you have to get done. Include business/work, personal, kids, family, etc. This needs to include things that only get done on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
2. After you’ve written down what you have to do, categorize it into what needs to be done daily, then weekly, then monthly, and finally yearly.
3. After you’ve determined what needs to be done and how often, it gets MUCH easier! You schedule what order things get done. And this really comes down to personal preference. Some people work best by setting time blocks to get things done, others do best by doing a calendar with times. Most do a combination of these. For example, maybe you are in a class at the local gym. That will be at a specific time. That will also apply for work hours. By the way, a success tip I got from several of my leaders, including Reggie Cochran is if you have your own business: schedule it and work it like you would a job you go to. And treat it like that!
4. And that’s basically it. You will need to tweak it and adjust it when life changes. But a basic to-do list will simply allow you to get the things done each day that are required. And a bonus that you will discover is that you will have time to pursue those things that you “thought” you didn’t have time for. Such as a home-based business or a goal you thought you didn’t have time to pursue.

Now, what do you do when your friends/family/others don’t support this? First, decide if the opinion of that person really matters. A spouse or your parents, yes, they matter. And hopefully will support you in this! But anyone else (even well-meaning friends), decide if they are against it because you are making a decision that will inevitably change the relationship with them in some way. A story Reggie told me a few years ago will help here it’s the story of the crab bucket.

THE STORY OF THE CRAB BUCKET
One time a man was walking along the beach and saw another man fishing in the surf with a bait bucket beside him.
As he drew closer, he saw that the bait bucket had no lid and had live crabs inside.
“Why don’t you cover your bait bucket, so the crabs won’t escape?” he said.
“You don’t understand,” the man replied, “If there is one crab in the bucket it would surely crawl out very quickly.
However, when there are many crabs in the bucket, if one tries to crawl up the side, the others grab hold of it and pull it back down so that it will share the same fate as the rest of them.”

Do you have too many crabs in your life? If you do: maybe, it’s time to change it.

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Another lesson I learned applies here too: you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with. If you are spending time with people who are broke, who have no ambition, or no dreams. That will impact how you live your life. But the nice thing is you can change this. I’m not saying it will be easy or that everyone will support it. In fact, since I made the commitment to change, I’ve lost MANY friends. BUT I’ve gained friends who have more than made up for it. And it’s changing my life for the better!

Here’s a video that talks about it:

The Law of Averages | One Minute Lesson

Finally, get a GRIP on life. (I’m not yelling, by the way). This is an acronym from my awesome friend, Bob Goshen. From his book: “Confident Hope:Getting Through What Your Going Through.”

G: God is in control. He will help you through this and guide you. Just ask Him to.
R: Rejoice during the challenge. Taking control of your time is a challenge, but it’s so worth it!
I: Initiate your faith. Bob’s wife, Kay, has a wonderful take on Hebrews 11:1 which says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Kay’s interpretation is this: “Faith is believing something is so when it is not so, so it can be so.”
P: Prayer! Prayer is how I begin and end my day. But throughout the day, I also find myself praying throughout the day. And it’s because of that I’m able to handle my life. And anything that comes my way.

I hope this helps. As always, if I can help, let me know.

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. 😊

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