I find it amazing how simple it is to be wholly immersed in a good read. Don’t you? Wait, I am assuming you love to read. If you don’t, that’s ok. I am not judging here. There are times when I do get a little down and will not pick up a book but take to the television and binge watch some show. However, for the most part, I enjoy reading and writing.
Reading allows me to see the writer’s point of view on a certain perspective on a particular topic or life in general. I love the WordPress platform, and as long as they keep growing and evolving, I see myself being a part of this platform for a very long time.
Why the question in my headline? I am interested in building a mastermind group interested in changing their life through the power of learning new skills and concepts via reading an excellent instructional book. There are thousands of books from which to start. So how do you know what book to begin with? That is a great question. I guess that depends on what areas in your life you would like to make changes to first.
Who is up for a challenge?
I am willing to start right where you are at. But, I am looking for a few good people ready to take their lives to the next level. Someone who will be dedicated to their cause to make the sacrifices that come with exiting the comfort zone in their life. Are you that person?
It doesn’t matter what age bracket you are in. Young or seasoned, it does not matter. The only thing that matters is you. So please reach out to me, and let’s have fun changing our lives together. @ firstname.lastname@example.org or right here on this platform, you can reach out to me via email. Also, please share with me the book you are currently reading. I genuinely am interested in knowing. Thanks for your time, and have a great day!
Before the pandemic hit in March 2020, I was suffering from the loss of several family members and the near death experience of my wife. Then the pandemic hit, I felt as though I was suffocating and really did not understand what was happening to me. Trying to be positive for my wife who was implanted with a Ventricular Device after her third heart attack.
I completely turned numb to my situation and feelings. I started binge eating and ballooned back up to 292lbs. The day I realized I could no longer fit my clothes or walk a short distance without being completely winded. I knew it was time to get back to the living and start taking care of myself. I must make the change if I were to be there for my wife and kids.
I knew what would work to lose weight, however, it was the implementation that was difficult. In other words, taking the first step so I can take the second. This has always been a journey for me. I embark on gaining momentum and then life hits and I lose steam and stop. I don’t start diets, I change habits which work for periods of time. However, I now realize changing habits is great to change, but for lasting results I have to change my mindset as well.
So, how do I do that? I started updating my library and pay attention to what I mentally intake, and I slowly start taking control of my thoughts. I slowly alter what I eat. Why slowly? I say slowly because it is the habit I am changing as well as the mindset. I understand making the decision to this is instant. Making the actual change takes time, persistence, dedication, and desire. If you persist you would see your vision, dreams, and aspirations materialize.
Small changes Over Time Can Have A Big Impact Over Time
Small changes over time can make a big difference and impact to what you are trying to achieve. Every morning I would have two cups of coffee and don’t eat anything until afternoon. Which was a great way for go into starvation mode and store fat. My small change Example; I eat two eggs with spinach and one cup of coffee followed by a cup of tea. A funny thing happened. I found myself dropping the coffee and now have a bottle of water and a cup of tea. After two weeks of doing this combine with other small changes in what I eat I notice weight loss. Small changes equals big results.
Here are some ideas of small habits you can alter that will greatly impact you in the future in more ways than one.
Go for a walk for fifteen minutes instead of just flopping down in front of the television or computer. Over time you can increase your walk time to thirty minutes if you want. Remember the idea here is small until you can increase or make a small difference that will lead to better or healthier small habits that can possibly become big changes in your health and life.
How can walking make a big impact? Walking has been known for improving you mood. It has also been linked to helping you maintain your weight, including being responsible for losing a few pounds. Not to mention, how brisk walking can help to improve your balance.
Substitute bad sugar for good sugar. I know it’s crazy but it works. What is the difference you ask? Bad sugar is found in processed food, soda, sugar in you coffee, or added sugar you may add in sauce for your meals. Cereals, bread, and pastries, just to name a few.
Read ten pages per day. Over time you will increase your vocabulary, and increase your knowledge. Reading can be a great stress reliever. Reading allows you to escape and take a journey into a wonderful creative minds of many creative people. Reading ten pages a day can help you become a better writer as well. Small habit changes can yield big results.
Power Learn for fifteen minutes a day. Have you ever wanted to learn something new but felt you just did not have the time? Take fifteen minutes a day to explore new concepts and ideas via reading or video. Several things over time will happen. Your curiosity will grow prompting you to find time to continue to learn more about that subject, trade, idea or concept. Depending what you learn can make you more valuable in the market place. There by increasing your confidence and financial status. Increasing your rate of pay and or better position with a new title can provide you with new avenues that will allow you to help others do the same. Always remember, learning new information is great. However, if the new information you acquire is not acted upon it’s just that, new information for entertainment purposes. You must put the new information, concepts, and ideas into action for them to work for you in your life.
Change Your Habits. Take a look at your personal life. I am sure you heard this before and may have perform it as well. Take a piece of paper and write down some of your bad habits you would like to change. Be brutally honest with yourself. Just writing down what could be improved upon is one of the first steps to taking ownership and responsibility and making it real. Be clear and concise. You want to tackle this list with small changes at first. Write out what needs to be changed and create a clear road-map of how those changes will take place. Then take ACTION!
There are a host of habits you can make small changes to that can have an big impact. Smoking for one, drinking, and drugs are all habits I have personally conquered by the grace of God with no intervention. I can attest by making a decision to take action you can change your life completely around. I have been clean for over thirty years. I know and have experienced the adverse effects these types of bad habits can have on you and love ones.
Taking action by changing small things in your life can create a better future for you and those who you love and adore in your life. More importantly, you become a better person in society. Creating an impact of light that will shine and emanate with the capacity to effect others in a positive way.
Today I am up with an early start and back at the office. Yes!!! Time to work out. This feels like a long awaited moment with all the hype and expectations, all the trash talk and the legacy two warriors about the meet for the first time with one massive explosion of talent and in the end when all the dust settles, when all the blood sweat and tears hit the canvas. There will be only one WARRIOR standing.
Wait!!! I know you don’t think I am talking about that UNBELIEVABLE EXCUSE OF a fight Saturday night whose names are not worth mentioning here? Ah, ah, ah. Oh grasshopper, how easily fooled are you.
My mind matures the older I get and it’s understandable too. Over time you accumulate knowledge, experience and so forth right? Tell me if you get this. We mature however, the mind stays young while the body throws up red flags, sickness, and limitations due to the aging factor. I can surely tell you if I knew back when what I know now, I would have prepared much better. The great news is I realize I have an opportunity to slow down the process by taking care of my body with good maintenance through eating healthy, exercising and getting the proper rest.
Ten great benefits of exercising;
1. Reduce Stress
2. A Release of Endorphins which increases happiness.
3. Building Self Confidence
4. Maintain Cognitive Mitigation
5. Become More Creative
6. Increase Relaxation
7. Boost Brain Power
8. Increases Energy
9. Helps Ward off Disease
10. Creates a Stronger Heart
Here’s a bonus, you get to lose weight!!! Lol!!!
Thanks for reading my post today. As always I wish you a great and prosperous day.
It’s that time again. You guessed it! It is time to hit the office and put in work. You know that great part about putting in the work. You get to grow as a person, you get to feel what’s it’s like to work hard for something. Sure there are times you feel discouraged but you put in the work anyway, and in you get to see what you are made.
There may be times when you feel down and out and you hear that voice inside you that won’t let you quit. This allows you to grow in strength and integrity. There are even times where life derails you but the champion in you finds the correct detour to get back on the track of success. This is when you let that fire in your belly burn, the urge to succeed takes over and keeps you on course. This is what solidifies YOU as the WINNER YOU ARE!
It doesn’t matter what you are trying to achieve in life, if you truly want it go get it.
I will be looking at maximizing my workout time to burn as many calories in a workout as I possibly can. Then I will start watching what I eat and to be sure to consume 2600 calories a day per my friend who is a nutritionist and advised me to do.
The reason for the change is I noticed my heart is in the right lane but I lack the ability to effective create the desire change I so desperately seek. I have already started this regiment and have notice some changes just within the several days I have been trying this.
You know, that got me thinking. Sometimes it’s good to acquire or enlist the help of someone who is very successful at what you are trying to achieve. If I can do this about with health, I can certainly do this spiritually, financially, and academically. This is a great way to achieve faster results and learn how to avoid the pitfalls they have encountered. In essence, we can learn from other people’s success, failures and forge our own success with all of our hard work.
I guess we must be certain of what we want out of life to forge a clear and laser focused path to our desire results. Are you sure you are on the correct path or are you doing what you think is expected of you?
I talk a lot about passion because so many people are not doing what they are truly passionate about. I for one can attest to this because I am passionate about writing, encouraging, motivating others through my writings. That is the reason I write here every day.
Enough about me.
Start asking yourself life changing questions. Am I living in the house I imagined? Have I travels to all the destinations I wanted to? Does my life reflect my imagination? Have I lived up to my own expectations, or can I achieve more out of life? If not, WHY?
(Personal note, these are questions I have asked myself just over six months ago. I feel my life changing for the better for having asked and responded.)
Don’t answer these questions here but write your answers on a piece of paper.
1. What am I most passionate about?
2. Am I living my passion with purpose?
3. Do you have a bucket list? If not, why?
4. What are my strengths?
5. What are my weaknesses?
This is what I would like to achieve in the next year __________________. Why?
This is what I would like to achieve in the next 3 Years ____________________. Why?
What is stopping me from reaching my current goal?
What can I do to change my outcome?
As always I want to thank you for reading my post. I hope you challenge yourself to answer these questions. For now have a spectacular day!
In a world where there is an abundance of food choices we can only imagine the temptation that accompanies a variety of delicious cuisines. I for one love sweets and is tempted every to engage my taste buds with mouthwatering chocolate delights that seem to light up my day. Yes! Light up my day!
I am all smiles when I have my daily dose of chocolate and it appears I can handle just about anything that comes my way. Crazy right? Well, I discovered that we are capable of believing in some silly ideas about all sorts of little quirks and habits that we have formed over the years. We even have our very own personal data to back of what we believe it to be factual. The truth of the matter is our habits are just that habits.
Whether you are junk food junkie or sweet fanatic like I am, or perhaps have to have a couple glasses of wine or a couple of bottles of bear every day, there’s no harm in that right? It’s just the opposite; you are forgetting about the power of compounding effects over time. So, I set out to find out some basic facts of why I should stop eating so much chocolate or simply stop eating it all together. Let’s face it, if I don’t find out about everything I intake or ingest into my body. I am only kidding myself to think I can become healthier while slowly and methodically killing myself through choices I have made over time.
Let’s take my own habit Three cookies a day, let me digress a moment to inject this thought. We are creatures of habit, some of have more habits then others and we trade one habit for another. The key is to trade bad habits for good ones, so keep that in mind.
My three cookies a day cannot be that harmful I thought. But, it can depending on what could be happening with the physiology make up internally that I cannot see. Let me explain. Chocolate is high in calories and leads to weight gain. I go to subway every day to purchase those wonderful mouthwatering chocolate wonders which for on cooking has 220 calories. (3 cookies x 220 = 660 calories) Talk about shooting yourself in the foot this is ridiculous. That is why it’s taking me so long to lose the weight.
Chocolate is also high in sugar and too much sugar over time can lead to becoming a diabetic. Remember the compound effect is at work here. So, I know what you are saying, 3 cookies are not that bad, so let me break this insane idea down for your further.
3 cookies = 660 calories a day! 660 x 30 = 19,800 calories a month! 19,800 x 12 = 237,600 a year!
Insane right! Not Even! I been doing this for five years I have been working on my job so let’s do one more fact.
237,600 x 5 = 1,188,000 THAT’S INSANE!!!
Well I know what I have to do from this point on, do you?
What is it that you harmlessly consume? Have you seen some of the learn term effects of what alcohol does to the pancreas, liver, or kidneys? Not to mention the brain. The same with smoking. All I am saying is think about your bad habits and start replacing them with good ones.
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:
Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:
Steatosis, or fatty liver
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the: