Are You A Slave To Your Emotions?

Before I started reading The Subtle Art To Not Giving A F*CK, a book written by Mark Manson, I had this idea that you could smile and turn a bad day into a good one. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. It may help in the short term, but it won't fix the underlying problem. You can't run away from the pain and cover it with a smile. You can't mask suffering with positivity. Nowadays, everyone tells you to be more positive, but that is bullshit and doesn't get you anywhere in life. All it does is take the pile of shit and throw it under the carpet. A better example would be taking dirty clothes and throwing them in the closet.  They may have disappeared, but we both know they are still there. The same can be said for the emotional state.

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Increase Productivity With Journaling & Meditation

Before I moved to Los Angeles, California, I was a student at East Carolina University studying to become a health fitness specialist. As you know, you have way more free time during college versus the real world. I took advantage of the free time and dedicated it to my health. I slept 8 to 9 hours a night and lived in the gym. I would meditate every morning and exercise two hours a day. On top of the exercise, I would train 5 to 8 clients a day. My mind and body felt great. I was focused on my career which calmed my anxiety. But that all changed after I graduated and moved out to Los Angeles.

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Increase Focus With Meditation Part II

In last week’s blog post I wrote about how cell phones are rewiring our brain’s attention span to seek instant gratification.  To counteract this rewiring, I recommended guided meditation with the Headspace app. In this week’s post, I will go over how meditation rewires the brain. As I wrote last week,  the mind is similar to the body. If you stop training a muscle it will atrophy (become weaker) and so will the mind. As we age our mind and body break down at a faster rate. But we can slow this process down with exercise. Now, I am not just talking physical exercise, we must include some type of mental exercise too. After all, if you don’t use it, you will lose it.

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Increase Focus With Meditation Part I

Human beings are pleasure seeking machines. I know I would rather experience bliss over pain, wouldn't you? Unfortunately, this behavior has a dark side. When you experience pleasure from something (i.e. a smartphone) you expect to experience the same amount of pleasure each time, but the brain is wired for novelty. So every time you check your phone you desensitize your brain, which causes a greater stimulus to trigger the same amount of pleasure as before. The same thing occurs when you drink coffee. The first cup of coffee lights your brain up and makes you feel like the king or queen of your land. While the second and third cup does little compared to the first. This desensitization causes you to check your phone frequently.  But we don’t have to be controlled by our phones, we can fix this addiction with meditation.

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7 Principles To Live By

For the last five years I have been an avid podcast fan, listening to a podcast every day. I find podcasts to be very informative and a great learning experience. Furthermore, it is very humbling and inspiring to listen to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Mullenweg, and Vince Vaughn to name a few. But the true beauty of a podcast is how it humanizes the individual. It shows us that the most successful people are just like you and I. They have fears and insecurities, but what makes them different is their ability to confront those fears.

One of my favorite podcasts, The Tim Ferriss Podcast, does just that. His goal for the show is to interview experts who excel in their field to find out what makes them so successful. His questions range from their morning routine to their favorite books. In his last podcast (HERE), he interviewed Ray Dalio, who is considered one of the greatest investors of our time. In the podcast they covered a range of topics, but the one that stood out the most was the discussion on principles. Both Tim and Ray have very strong principles and recommend that you develop a set of your own. So I decided to take the opportunity to compose my own seven principles. Enjoy.

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