Your Time To Build Is Right NOW

Your Time To Build Is NOW
What better time to start than the second after you read this line.

Time is the most valuable commodity. And if that holds to be true then your time to build is NOW. It’s the one commodity that you can’t get back once it’s gone. With this being the case you need to utilize the time you have and make the most of it.

How many times have you had something coming up (an assignment at school, a project at work, a trip you wanted to take, a business you wanted to start), you knew you had ample time to do it, you look up and that time is gone?

It’s a very easy thing to do. Trust me, I know.

You don’t want to have the feeling of being stuck in a horrible situation and all you have is the time to look back at the actual time you’ve wasted.

“Time waits for no man.”

-I don’t think any one person said it

But yes time, most certainly, waits for No man, woman or child.

So it’s time to get in front of the actual time you do have to plan, prepare and position yourself to make the greatest life you can.

Since this is a health and wellness site, let me tie this subject into that.

Mind

Your mastery of time starts in your mind. You must mentally grasp the crucial importance of time management and utilization.

Why?

Because a missed opportunity will affect your mind the most through regret and guilt.

Don’t do this to yourself!

When you find yourself in those times of sitting on your ass thinking about what you’re gonna do, wanna do and can do, sort it out and jump into action. Don’t wait.

How many times did you find yourself under the gun with an assignment or a project and you’re just sitting there, in panic mode, thinking about how you procrastinated your time away?

It friggin sucks, right??

Always remember that feeling!

Let it burn into your soul so you never do it to yourself again!

Body

Your body is the next thing to suffer.

How?

From a lack of rest, stress and self sabotage.

You can’t rest because you’re cramming…or you’re rushing to have fun (and not have fun at all)…or so stressed out that it translates itself into physical health problems.

Get proper rest and keep your body tuned and conditioned so you can handle what’s to come.

Spirit

This, to me, is the most important because this is what ultimately is effected the most.

We are naturally spirits (souls) in and beyond this flesh and bone suit we’re using to have this physical experience.

When you consistently rob yourself of time and opportunity, it wears on you. For some people, so much that they never recover. You’ve seen this through the guilt, shame and regret they carry like boulders on their backs.

This is a weight on the spirit that eventually transfers to the physical realm.

Get ALL the way in front of your time so you don’t put yourself through this torture.

Don’t Miss Your Time To Build….

“Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.”

-Cameron Crowe

I go to this quote sometimes when I get down on myself. It helps put me in motion. It helps me get out of my head and back into my body to start moving towards change.

I hope it does the same for you.

You might be in a situation right now where you have a lot of time to get something completed.

You might be in a situation where you have plenty of time to take a long desired trip.

Well if you have the time and the means to do so, DON’T WAIT!

Remember, time waits for NO man, woman or child. Your time to build is NOW!

What are you using your time for?

How are you staying motivated to do so?

Let me know!

Cheers

The Importance of Silence For Peace of Mind

The Importance of Silence For Peace of Mind

Do you understand the importance of silence and what it means for your peace of mind?

Silence Is Golden.”

-Egyptian Proverb/Thomas Carlyle

Whoever said it first was Really on their shit!

When is the last time you just shut everything off for a day? A week? A month?

Consequently, I’m one of those people who sometimes likes noise in my head to help shut off my most frightening thoughts lol.

I’m not saying it’s the most healthy thing to do, but I’m just being honest.

With that being said, I’m also one to take a day or two and shut Everything off…TV, radio, phone and computer.

Needless to say, the latter is much better.

Reset

A total reset of the mind, body and spirit is what we need at times and silence is a good place to start. I was just telling a family member the other day that a lot of times it’s the subtraction of things that makes a difference as opposed the addition of things.

What does silence subtract?

Noise…Confusion…Chaos

If you’re one who meditates, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re not, don’t worry. Just sit in silence with the intent on resetting your mind.

It’s actually more difficult to do than it sounds. Try it and get back to me.

Percolate Some Ideas

Silence is where some of your brightest and best ideas can come from.

In fact, can you remember doing an outline for a book report in school? Remember when your mom told you to turn the television off so you could concentrate?

What happened?

As much as you hated it, the silence cleared your mind so you could focus on your paper and boom, you were writing.

The same will hold true in your adult life with work, study, planning, etc….

I know how much working in noise can help, but you’ve got to try this if you haven’t. Instead of working in Starbucks, try going to the library (yes they still exist).

If you’re reading this with the television on, turn it off now and focus lol.

Mental Detoxification

Similar to the benefits of a physical detox, a mental detox gives you a chance to do a brain dump.

A chance to drain your brain from all the negative and trivial thoughts that can sometimes swirl around your head.

Silence will give your mind a chance to stop receiving and start processing what’s already in there.

What stays? Who goes? What thoughts are needed? What Ideas can be scrapped?

Connect To The Universe

Someone once posed the question

“How do you talk to God? You pray.”

“How do you let God talk to you? You meditate.”

That always stuck with me. IMO, true meditation is not the focus on asking the universe for things or favors, but letting the silence of a meditative state take you away from the noise.

Think about the times when you’ve gone to the beach, or the lake, or the dessert, or the bathroom in an empty house and just let yourself be taken away by the silence.

Honestly, I feel that’s the universe connecting with you in that quiet time.

Lastly On The Benefit of Silence….

Lastly, don’t take the importance of silence lightly. It can really do wonders for your mental health. And if it can do wonders for your mental health, and the body can’t sustain without the mind….

You see where I’m going with this.

Take today to start. Try starting with a minute. Yes, 1 minute of complete silence and build from there.

I want to hear from you! What does the importance of silence mean to you?

Cheers

Time Management Tips – 5 Steps To Do NOW

Time Management Tips - 5 Steps To Do NOW
When is the last Time you had the Time to manage your Time?

Timing is indeed EVERYTHING! And time management is the skill that will bring Everything you desire to your feet.

I can’t tell you how many blessings and curses I’ve encountered at the hands of good and bad timing. But I’m not gonna bore you with a rundown on my bullshit.

Here are 5 simple time management tips to do Now.

1. Stay Ready So You Don’t Have To Get Ready

I once heard Will Smith say that and it stuck with me. What it means for me is to keep yourself in a state of preparedness for anything that you desire.

So, for example, you have a trip coming up, say to the beach or to see family, and you want to look your best, right?

Usually you might start working out and eating better just to get ready for the big trip.

But what if you just start living as though you Always have a trip coming up?

What do you think it would do for you if you just stayed in the gym and maintained a consistent nutritious eating regimen?

You’d be ready to go on a trip next month….next week…tomorrow!

2. Make An Outline Of Your Tasks/Goals

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you reach your destination?

Making an outline is what gives you a vision in time management so you know where you are at all times.

And it doesn’t even need to be an outline, per say. It can be a simple to-do list, or a task sheet.

Just get your priorities down on paper (or in your phone). I like to use a white board. It’s truly changing how I govern my time. Sometimes I make my list of to-do’s before I go to bed at night. Other times I do it as soon as I wake up in the morning.

Try both and see what works for you. I can guarantee you will be more confident in your tasks and goals for that day, and even that week depending on how far you want to plan out.

3. Know The Difference In Priorities and Pleasures

Do you? Know the difference I mean?

A priority would be:

  • finishing that report for work
  • showing up to your kid’s recital
  • making your appointment with your dentist

A pleasure would be:

  • seeing that movie the night it opens
  • going out in a snow storm to get ice cream when you have fruit in the kitchen
  • staying up to watch the game when you have an early meeting

See where I’m going with this?

A priority is a necessary task for your advancement and maintenance in life.

A pleasure is a quick fix to make you feel good.

There’s nothing wrong with chasing a pleasure…just don’t sacrifice your goal of time management

4. Manage Your Priorities

Now that you know the difference between a priority and a pleasure, it’s time to set a pecking order for your priorities.

For example….

You have a deadline at work, but your car Seriously needs an oil change. Are you gonna forego your deadline so you can beat the rush as Jiffy Lube?

Another example….

You need to do some much neglected chores around the house, It’s Saturday, but your kid needs quality time. Now you can kill 2 birds with one stone on this one and do chores together (granted he didn’t want to play baseball at the park), or you can forego the chores, spend the much needed time with your kid and use your Sunday to knock those chores out.

It’s your choice, but you see where I’m going here.

5.  Manage Your Time Management

While every task is important, all tasks aren’t equal.

Because of this, you should put a time limit on your tasks.

If you’re writing a report, that’s gonna require more quality time than doing yard work (even if you’re a passionate gardener).

If you’re taking care of a sick loved one, that’s going to require more quality time than changing your own oil (even if you’re a passionate DIYer).

Lastly on Time Management….

At the risk of sounding like a wise ass, time management takes time to manage.

It’s gonna be a process of trial and error. The important thing is to keep at it until you get it. Start with a list of 3 things everyday that you can prioritize, and build from there.

Be easy on yourself but remain diligent.

I want to hear from you! What are some methods that you use for time management? Leave a comment below.

Cheers

Happy New Year In November

New Year's In November
A resolution is only as good as your intention to break it.

Happy New Year! That’s right! Happy New Year in November!!!

So here’s the reason behind my early good wishes…..

The Cliche New Year resolution!

I was in the gym last week and one of the regulars was telling me how this is the perfect time to join a gym and start training.

Why??

“Because nobody’s in here this time of year” he says.

“But come January?! Maaaan this place is Packed! So this is the time to get a good rhythm going and build consistency.”

Now that’s a Damn good point!

Why wait?! Get your ass in there now and get started with your New Year’s resolution before New Year’s actually comes.

What I’ve noticed (at least with myself)  is every time you wait until a big moment like New Years, your birthday (especially a milestone birthday), an anniversary, any holiday or even a freaking Monday morning,  and make an event out of it, it’s typically a set up for not following through.

I’ll explain…

When people tell me they’ll start on “this day” or “that day”, it’s usually so they can keep doing what they’re doing for at least a little bit longer.

But what happens when Monday morning comes? Or New Year’s Day? Or that milestone birthday?

Excuses, excuses, excuses, excuses and more….

Excuses.

And that’s on The Day!

So let’s say you honor your commitment on The Day…let’s take the featured day of this article, New Years Day, for example.

When January 8th comes, the moment is over and now you’re in the process.

But the process is boring. Right? You’ve been at this for a week now and you deserve a break. Right?

“Just to let my muscles heal.”

“I’ll pick it back up tomorrow.”

“I don’t wanna over do it.”

Bullshit. More bullshit. And then some more bullshit.

The moment is over. The event is over.

Honestly, I feel like it is a psychological build up of some kind that sets us up for failure when we wait for a desolate and declaring moment to do something.

Just F*CKING DO IT!

Why wait??

What’s wrong with Thursday morning? Or Saturday afternoon? Or Tuesday morning?

Maybe it doesn’t sound sexy enough to say “I had an epiphany on Saturday morning after my oatmeal that I need to change and change now!”

But if that’s the moment that it happens for you….then ACT!

Final Thought…..

In conclusion, that’s why I’m wishing you all Happy New Year in late November. My well wish is loaded with motivation to start taking your health and wellness DEAD SERIOUS….RIGHT NOW!

Just think….

How will you feel when you walk into the gym on New Year’s Day, already in a routine and ready to get to it?

It’s a fleeting event for someone else and you might not see them in there next week.

But for you it will be another set, another rep, another healthy meal….another day in your new lifestyle (or not so new lol).

So what will you do first? Something for your mind? Your Body? Or your Spirit? I want to know!

Whichever you choose, choose NOW….and Get Started!

Happy Early New Year!

Budget Your Pleasures Or Your Pleasures Go Bust

Budget Your Pleasures Or Your Pleasures Go Bust
Budget your pleasures. Your dopamine receptors will love you for it (Trust me).

What Does It Mean To Budget Your Pleasures?

When it comes to health and wellness, you must look at your body like a small economy. Just like in a regular economy, spending too much money on the the wrong (or right) thing can leave a depletion of resources for something else. This is why it is important to budget your pleasures.

In a regular economy, spending too much money even on the right thing, can leave a depletion of resources for another area.

The same holds true for the human body, mind and spirit, which is why it is necessary to budget your pleasures. Our pleasures, although very necessary for a fulfilling life, can be a detriment when we spend too much time and energy on them, by which neglecting other (and maybe a little less fun) necessities in life.

I’ll explain.

It is a pleasure of mine to indulge in junk food. Big surprise, right? But what happens when I indulge in it too much, neglecting my nutrition? Very, VERY bad things. Heart attack, shortness of breathe, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes….etc, etc.

Therefore, it is crucial to budget my pleasure of junk food so I can enjoy it and not kill myself in the process.

This is why I designate my indulgence of these foods around the holiday season. I was explaining to a friend the other day how, to me, it is pointless to binge on cookies, cakes, pies and other sweets any other time of the year except for the holiday season.

Why?

Because all of the best stuff comes out at that time of the year anyway. To eat that stuff year around is just pointless and VERY dangerous to my health.

Not to mention it takes away from the joy of it when it becomes a regular thing.

I say wait until you can get the best of it, know your limit and then Cut It OFF!

Now that’s just dealing with a small aspect of nutrition. Let me show you how it can apply to the rest of your life in terms of mind, body and spirit.

Budgeting Your Pleasures All The Way Through

Mind

I love watching television! I used to wish there was a career where I could just sit around and watch television all day (I know you can get jobs doing something like this, but they don’t pay enough lol).

But to sit around and watch television all day won’t get me where I need/want to be in life. You either. So….set a budget for your tube time. You’d be surprised how much you can get done if you just shut if off, or maybe even take a couple of days out of the week where you don’t turn it on at all.

Try this to start:

Take on hour of each day to voluntarily cut off the television and do something that contributes toward a life aspiration. Exercise, reading to elevate your consciousness, taking up an art to stimulate your brain, starting a business to make more money…..something else other than your normal tube time.

Try it and see how you feel.

Body

While watching television, this usually involves sitting on your ass in the process.

But….

What if, instead of sitting or laying down, you sat in lotus position? Or you stood in Wuji (standing meditative posture)? Or you exercise during every commercial break?

Your pleasure of watching television just got re-budgeted into something much more rewarding!

You’re not missing out on your pleasure of watching television. You’ve just revised your budget to include something productive to your well being.

Spirit

Don’t save your pleasure for self help books and programs for when you need self help. Make them a part of your everyday routine. What we define as a good day can often mean that no one challenged us or told us we were wrong.

Therefore, a bad day would be defined as the opposite of that. In this case you want to increase your pleasure budget of self help material to get in front of a bad day before it happens.

Another example for the spirit would be lowering your pleasure of being sedentary and budgeting in some meditation time. Meditation is probably one fo the most overlooked things we can do in society today.

The idea of slowing everything down and sitting in stillness. You’d be amazed at the benefits.

What are some ways that you think you can budget your pleasures? I’d love to hear them!

Be well

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