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How to Enjoy Life When No One Else Does

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How to Enjoy LIfe When No One Else DoesAre you sensitive to other people and their energies? If so, it may feel like you're at a disadvantage. Due to the epidemic proportions of depression, obesity and poverty that are encircling the globe, it can be tough to stay positive.

However, feeling sorrow and pain from the energy of others should not be a death sentence.

I will teach you a few simple shifts in your perception to help you live in a more blissful state.

Acknowledge the problems

The problem with adults, which I didn't realize until I was one, is that we avoid problems like the plague. We want to cover all the ugly parts about life and hide them under the carpet. This is the same type of thinking that got us in trouble.

From the pollution of our rivers, lakes, streams and oceans, to air pollution and other environmental damage we've done, we keep ignoring the problem. I'm afraid we will ignore our problems until it's too late.

However, if we can begin to shift our focus to the problems and work on solutions, we will be better off.

There are many similarities to our lifestyle and a cat in a litter box covering up it's poop. Cats may actually do a better job than us!

Action step: Acknowledge the issues around you and take baby steps towards solutions. If the problem is too big, such as ocean pollution, focus on raising awareness.

Get fired up

I tend to keep a pretty calm demeanor which you're probably familiar with if you listen to the show. I've learned there are certain times in life where high intensity energy is required to accomplish something. Often times, in the most intense of experiences, your adrenaline and endorphins make you feel superhuman. These are the times where our true primal nature shows through our domesticated society.

I'm not advocating anger or violence. I do think that humans as individuals are far more powerful than they believe. We have huge potential for strength, revolt and upheaval. As we continue on the same broken path as our ancestors, we need an extreme change.

Now is the time to get fired up about your issues.

Action step:  Let your voice be heard. Raise up with people in your local community. Form a group, club or meetup group designed to empower and help each other achieve the same goal. Strength in numbers is historically powerful.

Quit caring what people think

Worrying about how people perceive you is a massive mistake. If I were to shape and sculpt my show to appeal to every single person, I'd probably be #1 on the podcast charts. However, I stick to my guns, heart and goal to provide the truth.

This comic may present a reason my show is not aired on mainstream television and other more popular outlets.

 

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi

These are two pieces of empowerment you should keep locked in your consciousness.

If you want to achieve something radical, you have the push the boundaries of social acceptance. In college I took a sociology class that focused strictly on discussing and penetrating social norms. Part of our work was to go out in society and break "the rules".

We did silly things like walk backwards down the sidewalk, wear underwear on the outside of our pants and other ridiculous things. I ended up running into a bingo hall and yelling "bingo" way before bingo was even possible. It was hilarious and exhilarating. Societal pressures and common sense usually keep us from doing things like this.

If you live in fear or constantly monitor people's perception of you, you'll end up paralyzed. You'll be afraid to make any action in fear of messing up.

It's in our failures that we learn how to succeed.

Action step: Do something you've always feared and quit worrying about people judging you. "Haters" can be a good thing. Use them as a weapon to sharpen your skills.

Separate yourself from the negativity

What happens when you marinate a piece of meat in the fridge for a few days? The flavors you added to the bag are now part of the meat.

This is the same thing that happens when you "marinate" yourself in society. You absorb, transform and morph into a homogenized version of your former self. We lose sense of who we are when we are mixed into the presence of others for too long.

Scheduling alone time is one of the most important things you can do for your health, personality and sanity.

If you are surrounded by a negative workplace, friends and family members, get away. It's that simple. I know it seems like you are stuck around certain negative situations, people and places, but you really aren't.

I've lived in 3 different parts of the United States in the last 10 years and am proof that you can seriously change your scenery and vibe at any time. Logistically, there will be some roadblocks and other issues that you'll have to work out. However, what are you waiting for?

Will you keep waiting for your happiness to blossom?

Do you say:

  • I'll be happy when....
  • If I can just save a little more money I'll...
  • I can't get away from this job....

These are just a few examples of things I've told myself. These were the thoughts that paralyzed me from making decisions that would later change my life for the better.

When I was able to sit in the woods by myself and really think about what direction I wanted to go in life, the moves I had to make were crystal clear.

Action step: Go in nature, sit by yourself and think. Bring a pen and paper and wait until you have something to write down. If no thoughts surface, walk and sit down again.

Just enjoy yourself

At the end of it all, we are supposed to enjoy life.

It's when we get caught up in the monotony of bills, work, traffic, cell phones, social media, drama, television, news, war, negativity, violence and just plain stupidity that we forget what life is about.

Life is a journey. You're on the journey right this second. This is part of your personal history book.

If you had to look back at this very moment 20 years from now, would you be happy with the decisions you made after reading this article? I sure hope so.

The power is in your hands. One of the few people holding you back from success and the ability to enjoy life is yourself. Trust me, I've been there.

Action step: Turn on music that makes you feel good. Put on your headphones. Go for a walk. Smile. Write down your blessings and ask for help on the next chapter of your journey.

What was the effect on your mindset? Comment below

5 Ways to Create a Strong Mind

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After conquering anxiety and generalized fear when facing the world with my clients and myself, I have documented some key strategies for you to create a strong mind. 5 Ways to Create a Strong Mind

People send in questions through the site each week seeking the latest and greatest herb and supplement to get them through their tough time they’re facing. I’m afraid this is not the answer and this method of “handling issues” does not work, especially in the long term.

What proves to hold greater value and influence over ones emotions and hardships are the following.

Engage in bouts of intense activity

While we may be equipped with modern technology, exercise equipment, performance-enhancing compounds and other biological hacks, at a certain point, we just have to kick our own ass.

If we expect to have a greater immunity against spiritual and emotional attacks, we have to be physically strong and nourished as well. Without a physical body capable of acting in a fast manner, how should we expect our minds to do the same? A slow body equals a slow mind. A slow mind equals anxiety, fear and the inability to cope, adapt or adjust to the ever-changing landscape of daily life.

A simple routine of 5 sets of fast jogs or sprints as fast as you possibly can for 10 seconds each will do wonders as an antidepressant.

Preferably, you should perform your sprints barefoot on a stretch of safe grass, dirt or sand-- free from any thorns, nails, scrap metal etc.

Repeat this exercise once per week, twice if you are trying to burn extra fat and are in capable shape. To know if you are ready to perform this exercise more than that, you should be able to recover quickly.

Being sore for 3 or more days after an intense workout should not happen. You must eat more quality sources of meat; get plenty of sleep before the hours of midnight and supplement with a quality magnesium product if that is the case. In reality, following these tips are essential for you regardless of if that happens!

Ask yourself “what is the worst that can happen?”

Being consumed by negative news was a past time of mine during my early college years. I was in a perpetual state of worry and generalized anxiety about the future of the US and world economy.

Would the dollar collapse? Would world war 3 happen? Would oil run out and cause a societal panic?

These were all questions that seemed obvious to ask after seeing the negative headlines day in and day out. Was there anything good happening in the world? Turns out, yes, there were and still is a lot of good things going on in the world!

Simply disconnecting from that stuff proved to be a huge weight off of my physical, emotional and spiritual shoulders. I just let it go.

Ask yourself, what is the worst thing that can happen? After that, ask yourself how much control do you really have over these global issues? Is it worth trying to conquer them yourself? It’s okay if you aren’t superman or superwoman, neither am I.

Realize that we are all in this thing called life together, as scary as a thought that might be. All the people you’ve ever despised, loved and idolized, they’re all right here on Planet Earth.

Shift your perspective a little bit and see if your problems take on a new personality. You may find that you can now conquer them, or at least muster up the energy to attempt it now!

Call for help

It’s in the times that we think we can tackle life’s problems by ourselves that we get slapped in the face with reality. Some of the greatest inventors and mentors that have ever existed often had accomplices and partners to lean on. Find someone.

In the age of technology, we have the illusion of connectedness and like everyone is out there for us. The truth is that our “connectedness” is often hollow, shallow and distant. Nothing will ever top the physical bonding and energy transfer that comes from an in-person meet up. We evolved in close quarters with groups of people. The segregation of the family, tribe and species is a double-edged sword.

Now that we have peace and quiet in the comfort of our apartments and homes with our spouses and kids, we feel strangely isolated and unfulfilled. What’s going on? Isn’t our immediately family all that we need to have a strong mind and happy life? Not quite.

As life picks up speed after high school, we get caught in the whirlwind of achieving success, leaving behind our friends, families and other relationships. We don't realize for many years or decades that it's not very easy to tackle life on our own! We need others!

The moment you start achieving greater success, the moment you realize you've left everything else you once adored and cherished behind! Do you turn around and run back to the previous chapter? Probably not.

Instead, appreciate the beautiful evolution of your life over the last decade. Sit down with a notebook and a nostalgic album and make a list of the aspects of your past that you want to rekindle. Some of these may be unrealistic and impossible, but find ones that aren’t!

Write a list of nostalgic things

• Time spent playing in the creek • Playing drums and making music with friends and family • Running in the grass barefoot • Doing nothing except listening to music • Playing card and board games with my friends and family • Thinking about today, tomorrow and the next day only

Of course, depending on your state of mind and health, your answers will vary widely. The point is that you get something written down that made you happy at some point in your life. If you can’t figure out what helps you enjoy life now, maybe you can mock these previous habits and events to rekindle your happiness and fulfillment.

When you are at your lowest, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call your long lost friends and family members, they will be happy to hear from you. That friend that you’ve held a grudge on, get that issue off your chest and squash it. Life’s too short to hold negative emotions on your heart. The other person is wondering if you are still thinking about it, they are too.

Move forward

Life is going to keep moving forward.

While society may speed up exponentially, we don’t have to if we don’t want to. A lot of our perceptions about life are just that—perceptions. Over-scheduling ourselves and using three technological devices at the same time is a recipe for a disruption in what Doctor Emmett Brown would call the “space time continuum”. Hopefully you’ve seen the movie Back to the Future?

Life is meant to be the way it currently is.

Don't get discouraged by your situation, as you can't change everything.

Focus on what you can control and act upon those variables.

We are more powerful than we know. Test it out.

Let me know what you’ve felt, discovered and applied below in the comments!

Podcast #82 Chris Walker on Nootropics, Addiction and Stealing Productivity From the Future

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Chris Walker on Nootropics, Addiction and Stealing Productivity From the FutureToday's Guest

Chris Walker is a blogger and podcaster from Chriswalk.com and the Road to Ripped podcast. He is a fan and avid proponent of nootropics and other alternative therapies that can enhance the function and cognitive power of the brain.

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Today we discuss

  • What are nootropics?
  • The president takes nootropics?
  • Drugs versus nootropics
  • Stock traders switching from drugs to safer alternatives
  • Nootropic effects and stories
  • Potential for addiction and disclaimer
  • The feedback loop with your nervous system and brain
  • The importance of patience in a fast paced world

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What Do You Really Want Out of Life? Tackling the Racing Mind

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It seems like everyday there is a new story about something we should fear. Another tragedy, another flood and another war. Is it even worth hearing about this stuff? Does it benefit us to know? Are there anything good things happening in the world? I have named this phenomena selective negativity. 

Wars over spices happened only a few hundred years ago. We have been fighting over food, resources and currency since the inception of currency shortly after drifting away from the barter system.

Although it seems that more problems, complexity and issues have surfaced in recent years, we could say that human life has always been a sort of struggle. Even when we were in tribes and had much less work to do, there were still issues.

I'm not denying the fact that the 21st Century is completely bizarre and unique compared to anything we could ever imagine, but we should proceed carefully and with intention.

Set intention

It seems when you sit around and marinate on the complexity of world problems and society as a whole, you don't get very far. You may end up at the end of a wooden plank on the edge of a ship in the middle of the Pacific. At least that's what it feels like mentally. We become paralyzed with the intensity and size of worldly issues.

The thing is, we were never designed to contemplate, comprehend or even attempt to understand 8 billion people's problems at once. Our brain is simply not wired this way.

However, with intention,  you can create massive power and influence over some of these issues. No, you wont be able to solve the world's drought issues single-handily, but you can at least develop a plan for you and your loved ones.

Having so much information thrown at us on a daily basis prevents us from creating our own lives. We are left spinning in a virtual cyclone of messages, worries, problems and fears that only paralyze us.

A simple look outside of your bedroom window may reveal a hidden secret in modern times. While we are debating planetary issues (which are important), there are few issues lying right outside of our bedroom that we cannot tackle. You may find that there are no problems outside of your bedroom window and that it's time to go for a walk down the street.

Playing a part in your local community CAN have effects. No matter if you are trying to create the world's largest organic garden or if you are just trying to grow a few herbs in your window sill, the fact is that you have to start somewhere.

Set your intention, determine what you want and how you plan to achieve it. 

Focus on what you can control

As someone who has spent too many hours attempting to fix bigger issues in the world, I've realized that it's the small steps that make huge action. Simply reading this article counts as a small step towards success and fulfillment.

Look back at who and where you were about 5-10 years ago. Do you feel like you have more knowledge, wisdom and skills than your former self? Would you take back the experiences that have happened in that time frame? There are no right or wrong answers here.

Instead of focusing and moping on issues that we cannot possibly control, let's focus on things we can control.

You can control:

  • What you eat and drink
  • When you go to sleep
  • Whether you walk or get some sort of exercise
  • Whether you want to yell at the guy who cut you off on the highway or not
  • Whether you want to respond negatively or positively to a challenge
  • The frequency that you hug and kiss your loved ones
  • The amount of love that you send outwards to others
  • How many obligations you assume
  • The choice to seek out happiness and fulfillment

There are many others, but the point is that many aspects of life can be altered with a simple modification in our frame of mind. Remember that.

Stop being so negative

It's far easier to be negative. As Dr. Henry Grayson mentioned on the podcast, 98% of news is negative. Misery loves company as we all know. It's actually quite disappointing, but I encounter far more negative and seemingly miserable people than happy people.

Is the amount of misery a surprise? Absolutely not! As T.S. Wiley mentioned on the podcast, things like excessive night time light exposure, overconsumption of grains, sugars and nutrient deficiencies are some of the largest culprits. However, these are things you can control!

As Mark Sisson mentioned on the podcast, how many people that are "too poor" to afford to eat better have 70" HDTV's, iPhones, Xbox, new cars, fancy appliances, Cable TV subscriptions and other consumer electronics? A large majority to say the least.

If I can still find a 1 pound bag of sustainably and organically grown peas, kale and green beans for $1.98 each at my local Central Market, things are okay.

After getting extremely irritated one day, I caught myself in the act and said, "you're being ridiculous and negative". After the self-confrontation, a sigh of relief and an immediate turn around of the negative attitude was shifted. We do have power over our intentions and thought patterns after all. Although it is much easier to think positive when your brain is loaded full of antioxidants from something like a quality greens powder that my company produces.

Find your tribe

What Do You Really Want Out of Life? Tackling the Racing Mind

My mentor Nora Gedgaudas, me and my wife pictured.

As social media and technology use increases, you'd think that connectivity is improved! However, the connectivity that is replacing a good ol' guitar session by the campfire is hollow, digital and dead of all life and vibration. The physical world will always surpass the ability of virtual interaction and communication. Wouldn't you much rather be having a conversation about this very sentence by a campfire and a hammock with me and some other interesting people? I would.

Finding people that "vibe" with you is an arduous but essential task if you want to be happy in the long run. Regardless of if we feel "content and fine" when we're alone, we are evolutionarily wired and happier to be with others.

It may take time and even some drastic measures like moving across the country or world to find your tribe, but they're out there. Even if it's a tribe of two, three or a thousand, they're out there. You just haven't crossed paths yet. It'll happen with patience. Seek them out and don't be closed off to the experience. You never know who you might run across on a hiking trail one day.

Go outside and wait

An action as simple as turning off the TV, laying down the smart phone and tablet and walking outside can literally save your life. When I was at a low point mentally in life, I would seek out nature. Luckily with the addition of a few key ingredients, I was able to restore the natural healthy function of my neurotransmitters, the brain chemicals responsible for shaping your moods and outlook.

Next time you face a difficult decision or even slightly traumatic event, GO outside away from society. Find a green space. Whether you find a desert oasis or a tropical rainforest, seek out a place of isolation and quiet. If that's not possible, find that place in your head as you close your eyes, listen to this song and just stop everything else you're doing.

Podcast #57 Evan Brand on Quality Food, Supplements and Mindset

Today's Guest Evan Brand of Not Just Paleo

Evan Brand (the host) is interviewed today. Isn't that fun? I think so :)

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  • The importance of local, organic food
  • The differences in supplement quality and what to look for
  • Morning and evening routines and what you should be drinking
  • Supplement timing and when to take your supplements
  • Herbs for stress and how to use them
  • Why you should NOT take melatonin supplements
  • The one thing to remember for success in life

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