Tag: success

Get Back Up!

Get Back Up!

Since I was born I’ve been knocked down more times than I can imagine.

BUT, no matter how many times I fall down, get kicked down, or whatever: I GET BACK UP. If you want success in anything: this is what it takes.

Here is a very partial list of what I’ve overcome:

1. Speech issues: learned to do public speaking

2. Told I couldn’t graduate from college because I’m not smart enough: did in 2018 with honors.

3. Homeless, more than once: now living in a nice home with plans to help the homeless.

4. Failed biology and ended up majoring in nutrition science in college, then graduated with honors. This coincides with #2.

MANY others are in progress. Including reaching black belt in the Chuck Norris System and beating a concussion.

If you want something bad enough, fight for it!

No weights??? No problem!

No weights??? No problem!

On Facebook, I asked what I should talk about next. My friend Cathy asked this: “What about at home exercise equipment or how we can use every day items to help us get fit.” My response may surprise you.

Weights are good. So is the equipment at the local gym. But, if you don’t have any there are ways around it.

NOTHING except your body.

1. Jumping Jack’s. Start with 10.

2. Planks. Start with 5 seconds and build up to 3+ minutes.

3. Step up. If you have anything that you can step up on, use it. Steps work too.

4. Squats. If your balance is bad, start against a wall.

5. Go outside and go for a walk. This is AWESOME way to get your daily dose of vitamin D as well.

6. Here is an article that helps on this too. 13 Body-Burning Moves That Require No Weights


7. You can also go on YouTube and use the exercise videos there. Faithful Workouts

There are MANY options. Sometimes it just takes getting creative. But, if you want to be healthy, you will find a way.

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 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 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.

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

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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!
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