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Making Excuses

Making Excuses

People have been making excuses since the days of Adam. Adam & Eve had the first excuses: Genesis 3:11-13 Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

How often do you come up with an excuse for what you want to avoid (including avoid trouble)? I’m too tired to work out. Or how about this one: It costs too much to eat healthy. Humans in general avoid situations they think will be uncomfortable. The trouble with excuses is it will keep you from experiencing the life you want.

I’m pursuing my dreams. But to do this, I’ve had to drop my excuses. And I’ve chosen instead to find a way. If you want to continue making excuses for why you don’t have the life you want, feel free. But, if you want a life that your dreams become reality, then you will have to drop your excuses.

In choosing to become a leader, I’ve had to quit making excuses. What if Jesus had come up with excuses when He was walking the earth on his earthy ministry? Jesus is my ultimate leader. I look at His works and how He handled all kinds of situations as I learn to do this. One thing Jesus didn’t tolerate at all was excuses. And He didn’t come up with excuses when He didn’t want to do something either.

What if Jesus had come up with an excuse for not going to the cross? I’m thankful that He didn’t! My point is this: stop coming up with excuses. And go after the life you want.

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Fact and Fiction: Vegetarian Lifestyle

Fact and Fiction: Vegetarian Lifestyle

One of the things I’ve been learning about is the vegetarian lifestyle. This blog and next week’s blog will focus on this lifestyle. Today, I want to dispel some of the myths surrounding it. There are many, but I’m only going to talk about 6 and answer 3 questions about it.

Myth: You can’t get enough protein from plants.

Fact: lentils, beans, nuts, seeds and almond milk are excellent sources of protein.

Myths: Your workout routine will suffer

Fact: A vegetarian diet will give you the energy you need if you keep your protein and vitamin B12 levels high enough. And my friends Dana Arcuri and Shannon Cleary have told me that they have excellent B12 levels. Both very much die-hard vegetarians.

Myth: It guarantees weight loss

Fact: Being a vegetarian does not guarantee weight loss, if you are eating processed foods the odds of you losing weight is slim. Weight loss occurs when you follow a healthy diet without processed foods.

Myth: Only liberals are vegetarians.

Fact: I have friends who are liberals, conservatives, and in the middle who are vegetarians.

Myth: It costs too much!

Fact: Meat is expensive! And if you eliminate meat from your diet, you will save money.

Myth: It must be all or none

Fact: Trimming your meat habit even a little can cut your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. On my previous entries on the Mediterranean Diet I talked about this. We would all be healthier if we cut meat (especially red meat) to 2 or 3 times a month.

Questions I have been asked, or I asked myself regarding this:

  1. With the quality of our food today how does one eat healthy enough to actually nourish ones body?

Answer: when the vegetarian lifestyle is followed correctly, you can get all the nourishment you need from it. Next Thursday I will show a 1-week meal plan based on the vegetarian lifestyle.

  1. What about B-12? Can I only get that from meats?

Answer: No, you can get it from fortified foods or from a supplement. There are times and lifestyles where a supplement is absolutely needed. This is one of them.

  1. Doesn’t the vegetarian lifestyle get boring? I don’t want to eat just salad all the time.

Answer:  I’ve been looking up recipes to develop a week-long eating plan, I’ve been surprised to see all the choices available! This lifestyle is anything but boring!

 

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Are you a Winner or a Quitter?

Are you a Winner or a Quitter?

I’m serious. You see me tell names like Reggie Cochran, Andrea Harkins, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Tony Zolecki and many others on this blog. What sets all of us apart from the people who are “the silent majority?” Are we smarter? Or more talented? Or somehow special in a way that you can’t be? You know what, I am smart. And the people I just listed are smart!

But more than that, we are determined! We decided that we were going to follow the Law of Victory I talked about on Monday. If you haven’t read that blog, you need to. Determination will carry anyone further than talent. I’m living proof of it.

In high school, I struggled in science. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more determined. And now I’m in college studying a program dominated by science. And I’m getting excellent grades in it. I’m on track to graduate with honors next year. Do you think it’s become smarter or more determined?

A winner is someone who doesn’t quit. One of the things I know as a fact is that hard work will beat talent every single time. You may have a talent, but if you don’t use it, someone with half the talent you have will come out on top every single time if you don’t use it.

So, here is your challenge: become determined to have the life you want. And be willing to put in the hard work needed to have the life you want. And don’t ever quit! Become QuitProof! You can do it!

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9 Points for a Solid Game Plan!

9 Points for a Solid Game Plan!

Last night I was on a call with my amazing friend & leader: Tony Zolecki who is an amazing husband, father, visionary, and friend and servant leader to everyone who knows him. He told 9 points for setting up a strategy that will lead you to success. His 9 points were well worth repeating.

  1. There is no losing! You are either winning or learning!
  2. You gotta commit to the skills. Learn less, study more. Learn a skill, master it, then apply it!
    1. Habits: Form new habits and become their slaves! (Og Mandino)
  3. Learn a baseline behavior. Move forward.
    1. Get out of I should and move into I must!
  4. Associations & environments: raise your standard! Surround yourself with excellence! Position yourself! Get around people who are striving for excellence. Feed your mind with positivity!
  5. Give yourself radical permission to think bigger! Your potential is limitless! But you have to step into it! Each night ask yourself: What percentage are you operating at? How can you get better? Ignore the masses! Think bigger!
  6. Do the high income producing activities! If you want to know what they are, let’s talk.
  7. Let it go! Don’t hold on to old hurts. Don’t allow others to control your happiness. Make a list of the things that are holding you back. Look at it. Address it. Then let it go! And replace it with the positive!
  8. Create a crazy vision! The one that makes people go wow! And make it crystal clear! If you can see it, you can do it.
  9. Create your game plan! What do you need to do? What does your team need to do? Get some discipline and make the time!

 

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Energy and Success in Martial Arts

Energy and Success in Martial Arts

Welcome to part 2 of this series on martial arts. How often have you wished that you had more energy so you could have more success in your life? One of the things I love when I’m working out is how I can go into a class tired, but come out energized! And also empowered!

There are some very physical reasons that contribute to having energy after working out, but for today, I’m just going to leave it at this: your body loves it when you exercise and it will pay you back with more energy if you expend some energy. If you doubt me, go take a class for a month and see if you don’t have more energy at the end of the month that you do at the beginning of the month.

Do you want to feel empowered? Martial arts can help with this also! Imagine the confidence you would have if you knew that going into any situation you would emerge victorious. Maybe you live in an area that has gang problems. Or maybe you live in a home that you don’t feel safe in. Something else I’ve realized in myself since I started training is that I have the confidence to take on things that that I normally would not have.

In the past 2 weeks I’ve talked about several different reasons to get into martial arts. Next week, I’m going to close this part out by describing some of the different styles of martial arts. Some are Chinese based, others are Japanese, some are Korean, and there are also American styles. I’ll describe some of them. It would be nearly impossible to tell about all of them. But this will give you a starting point as you consider joining this family.

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But my diet is good, oh really?

But my diet is good, oh really?

What is the danger of being on a restrictive diet? I’m not going to name certain diets in this blog. But on Facebook recently a friend asked me about a certain diet that she follows. In this diet, a few things concern me.

One, it is restrictive. And diets that are restrictive long term sometimes are not safe. Plus, it just isn’t realistic to stick with long term. And as I’ve said previously, if you can’t stick with it long term, the odds of being successful on it are slim.

Plus, some foods are called superfoods. These foods are heavy in necessary nutrients. Examples are broccoli, watermelon, cauliflower, eggs, and many others. But with some diets, these necessary foods are not allowed.

Another concern with some diets is that it just isn’t based on science. One person told me that follows a certain diet used the argument that medical professionals are biased. And don’t know. Now, I recognize the fact that many doctors are not taught much about nutrition. Most only get 12-25 hours of training. But, if a doctor makes a recommendation you can be sure he or she is making the most informed decision possible.

Some restrictive diets can be dangerous for some people with certain medical disorders. An example is diabetes. A restrictive diet can be void of foods that can help that medical condition. So, what do you do?

My personal recommendation is that you get help setting up a healthy diet from someone who has the knowledge you need. I can do this, and don’t let cost prevent you from asking me for help. If money is an issue, we will work it out.

 

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