HAPPY PLACE

HAPPY PLACE

Well, I'm back and super happy to be home. I love to travel and I love to hang out with my friends from all over and do some fun stuff. But I also REALLY like my routine. I'm not talking about the "rut" routine, but rather the set things I have to make my day as good as it can be. I know when I like to drink my coffee, when I like to listen to my Revolutioner music, do my conscious breathing, see my kids, do my workout, etc. What I like about my routine is that I feel like it gets me going in the right direction from the start. I can calm myself down, release some of that stress, and then let some of the basic stuff run on auto piloet so that I can put my mind to the things that need more brain power. When I travel around, I have to search for my breakfast place, wonder how I'm going to go from here to there, figure out this system and that system, etc and it takes time and energy to do. Not that it's not fun to do and is sometimes a great adventure, but that can be the entire work for the day, just doing that. But I also think you need to figure out what a good routine for yourself is and that takes experimenting. Not everyone likes to wake up at the butt crack of dawn and work or likes to do their work late at night. Or maybe they have a place that they like to the certain parts of their routine. But how did they figure those out? They heard someone talk about it, then they tried it. If it worked then they continued. If it didn't work then they didn't. You have to figure out what yours is. Once you get it figured out (or figured out for that period of your life) then ingrain those so you can jump into your day from the same safe and positive starting place. No matter what new things you have to deal with. And one final thing, your routine is supposed to make you feel good. It should make you feel happy or feel productive. It shouldn't be something you don't want to do or get bothered that you have to do it. Make it your happy place! :)

FEEL THE BURN!!!

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RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW

Did you use to be a "someone"? Do you remember that time when you were really good, really strong, really fast, on top of your game, etc? Damn, it felt good to be good huh! Of course, it did! But now.....you are older, you aren't the new guy with energy, there are others that are stronger or better, or you had an injury, or haven't been as consistent in the gym, or financial issues have hindered you. The normal mindset is "why the hell am I not like I was?!?!?" or "I should be {insert whatever here}!!!" When you have these thoughts of comparing yourself to what you USED to be or what you thought you used to be, instead of dealing with where you are right now, you will get you into all kinds of trouble and frustration. Think about that time where you had a great workout streak. You were strong. You felt like you had a crazy engine. You could handle ANY workout that was thrown at you. But then a couple years later, school, family, job, life gets in the way and you AREN'T where you were. You come in and do workouts and get crushed. The frustration sets in. You think you suck. "What's the use. I should just not even go to the gym I'm so bad." Does this sound familiar at all?? Well, you need to put a stop to this noise as QUICK as possible!! How can you be performing in the same way as when you were in the gym all the time? You can't. If you are coming back from an injury, you NEED to give yourself workout amnesia: FORGET where you once were. Concentrate on where you are at this moment. In either situation, when you concentrate on where you are, then you can put the most into it and get the most out of it. If you are constantly looking back to the past then it's like running with a parachute, it just slows down the progress. Stay right here, in the NOW. Put your energies into what's happening and where you are right now. This doesn't mean you won't get back to where you were. You might even be able to surpass it. But that will unfold in the future. Let it do its thing. But right now you need to do YOUR thing. Make the most of your RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW!!!:)

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THE SECRET

THE SECRET

There is something the SEAL Teams do that is pretty impressive. They learn that if you tend to your weakest, or faltering, teammate, that you actually forget about how bad you are hurting for a moment of time. Are you still working? Yes, Did the work disappear? No. But do you feel better? Of course. This is a perfect way to think at all times whether you are a SEAL or not. Think about when you are working out. You are aching, your lungs are on fire, you feel dizzy and you just don't want to continue. You look up and see someone else is feeling the same way or resting longer than they should. If you speak up to them to encourage them to keep going or that they are ok, then for that moment you aren't feeling your own pain. It actually gives you a chance to recover from the workout. Sure you may not be doing as much work as if you were full-blown into it, but if you are thinking about how bad it hurts, you aren't doing any work. In real life, if you are struggling with your stuff, but you are able to give someone some help, either cheering them on or helping them somehow, then it takes you away from your own struggles for a moment. It allows your brain to relax a bit. But more importantly, you get the intrinsic benefits of feeling good when you do it. Now you are able to get back to your own stuff with a renewed state of mind. Even if its a slight improvement, that is ALWAYS better than less of an improvement. So when you get the chance, give a helping hand, a word of encouragement, some assistance. It will make you feel better, let you recover and relax and be allow you to get you back to your stuff ready to attack. It's worth it!! :)

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REGRETS?

REGRETS?

When the twilight of your life comes for you, and you are sitting there with a finite amount of time left, will you be thinking "I wish I would have done this or that", or "NOT this or that"? Or will you be saying "I did alright, and even though I don't want to go, I'm happy with my life"? I know its dark, but this isn't about your life ending. It's about what you are doing RIGHT NOW. Since we don't know when it will be over, this question can be asked of you each day: Do you have regrets or are you happy with your life? No this doesn't mean you have the most money possible, or you drive the nicest car. But rather, did you do everything you could and enjoy it? I think people misunderstand the whole idea of "CARPE DIEM", or seize the day. It doesn't mean to throw all responsibilities to the wind and just indulge yourself in only things that feel good. I think it means to not miss living life. Life isn't all easy smooth sailing. Its ups and downs, fights, and battles, joys, laughs, loves and everything in between. I think we are most proud of ourselves when we battle some adversity and make it through. And we should be VERY proud when we do that. There shouldn't be any regrets here. There is pride. Even if you loved hard and it didn't work out, there shouldn't be regrets. So if you asked yourself right now if you did anything that you regret today, what would your answer be? The more times you don't say you regret something, the better you will be, AND I'd venture to say the happier you will be with your life!! So do you have any regrets today?:)

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JOY

JOY

Do you have something in your life that makes you feel good? I don't mean a person. I mean something that you do that makes you feel good. Ok, so how many are saying working out? Yeah I know we all feel better when after we workout. The endorphins etc. I know. But I'm talking about something that you don't ever DREAD to do. Maybe its a walk. Maybe it's sitting with the morning coffee and watching the sunrise. For me during this time of the year, it's listening to Christmas music. December 1st is when it all begins. I will listen to ONLY Christmas music. Doesn't matter if I'm in the car, or listening while I'm working, or if I'm cleaning the gym. It's Christmas music. It makes me feel good. It brings back feelings of good times, fun childhood memories, fun times with my kids, excitement, hope, joy. I don't really sit there and reminisce or anything. But rather it's like these undercurrents that I just ride on. There can be all kinds of shit going on, but with these tunes, I seem to be able to smile and keep going. The weird thing is that the moment Christmas is over, I refuse to listen to any of those songs. Almost like its taboo. But the main point is that there is no dread to do it, it makes me feel good whether its 5 minutes or 4 hours and when I stop, I can't wait to listen to it again. This is the way things you like should be. We have so many things we NEED to do or that we know that are good for us, or that we get paid for. But when you have something that you completely love, and makes you feel good, you MUST do it. It can be painting, or reading, or whatever. But it makes you a better person because you are a happy person. When you are in a better state of mind, in a happy and positive state of mind, you are so much more of what you are supposed to be. Use these things to get you, and KEEP you, in that very positive state. Plus it just feels better to be there anyway! If you don't know what it is, figure it out and then go do it! Well, I'm off to put on some Frank Sinatra or Charlie Brown Christmas!! :)

FEEL THE BURN!!!

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