Saturday, December 24, 2016

Reprogramming Your Subconscious
















Based On:

The Art of Mental Training

By DC Gonzalez

Based off of the experiences of a martial artist, Navy pilot, Federal agent, and peak performance coach; DC Gonzalez teaches how to train your mind to gain strength from within.

 Attitude

Having a good attitude helps to achieve control by creating an expectation of success.

 People within our culture convince us to never brag and never talk to yourself because that means you have gone crazy. But champions maintain positive thought loops and positive self-talk.

 Society teaches us that negative and self-defeating thoughts equal humility, but champions eliminate the victim mentality. A champion sees negative setbacks as opportunities.



Gaining the Mental Edge

It’s not just about vision and imagery, but also feeling the emotions associated with success.

Feeling good creates confidence. It’s easy to let your mind focus on what could go wrong, but discipline your mind to see success and feel the emotions that come from success. It takes practice, but it’s better to be disciplined and confident than lazy and miserable.

Learning to Fly Navy Jets

Don’t rush when the pressure’s on. Breath, Pause, and learn to gather yourself-but never, ever, allow yourself to rush your game.

Gonzales talks about his training as a Navy pilot. Instructors put tremendous pressure on students in order to weed out the mentally weak. He advised a fellow student pilot to think thoughts like, “I’m fast, I’m good, I’m focused.” Make it a habit to shut down negative thoughts.

When you feel that someone, like an instructor or a boss, is purposely trying to throw you off of your game; Gonzales explains that you can see person like that as an opponent. Become so focused that your opponent is unable to throw you off your game.

Importance of Self-Belief

When you really believe that you can win, something extremely powerful is set into motion.

See yourself succeeding in your mind continuously and you will improve your ability to believe in yourself. You will be locked in on succeeding when the pressure is on.



Controlling Fear

Inside the eye of a cyclone, there is peace-while outside, the cyclone unleashes all its fury and power.

When we become afraid, we naturally focus on what can go wrong. Champions learn to limit their fear by bringing themselves to the present. Fear is worrying about the future or remembering a past failure. But bring your breathing under control and run towards your fear. Switch thoughts of fear with positive talk and positive images.

Changing Your Mental State

Pretend you’re an actor. Start being a champion. Start hearing the self-talk of that champion. Pretend and feel that you are this champion.

Three keys to change your mental state include:

Self-Talk: Tell yourself that you are strong, fast, dominant, and unstoppable.

Body Movement: Start walking like a cages gladiator ready for battle. Move like a champion ready to defeat your opponent.

Breathing: When we are afraid, we take quick breaths from our chests. When we feel relaxed or powerful we take full breaths from the base of our guts. Breath like a champion.



Conclusion

We give our thoughts the power to control us. As a result, we give in to fear and anxiety. Pretend that you are a champion long enough and you will become one. If you are too lazy to police your negative thoughts, then cause you to become consumed with fear. Become self-disciplined and use your mind to make you a champion.







-R. Schulz

Monday, December 19, 2016

What Makes a Great Leader?



















Based On:

The 21 Laws of Leadership

By John C. Maxwell

Theses are three of the laws that stood out to me the most. They encompass humility, selflessness, and patience.

 3. The Law of Process

Patience is the key. Be a learner first and be willing to say “I don’t know, please help me.” That takes humility. As simple as that sounds, the human ego stops people from having a willingness to learn. Being put in charge is not the same as being a leader.

“To be Conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.”

In other words, being a leader isn’t about being born with leadership skills. It’s about learning all you can in order to become a leader.

“Champions don’t become champions in the ring, they are merely recognized there.”

Being a “born leader” is a flawed statement. Leadership is a process. It takes time and patience to develop the skills and knowledge to become a great leader.

12. The Law of Empowerment

A leader who is insecure makes it impossible for his or her people to give power to others. To keep others down, you’ll have to go down with them. These weak leaders think that delegating power and training others up means that they themselves become powerless. It boils down to the fear of losing power.

“You can’t lead a cavalry if you think you look funny on a horse.”

-John Peers

To be self-conscious means that your thoughts are only of yourself. Believing in the power of people below you shows that you are a great leader.

18. The Law of Sacrifice

“For everything you have missed, you have gained in something else; and for everything you have gained, you lose something.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no success without sacrifice. You must put your team ahead of yourself to become a leader. Constantly improve and continue to grow. Keep fighting and be willing to fail. I’d rather try and fail than watch from the sidelines and never even try at all.

Just like Martin Luther King gave up a comfortable lifestyle to fight for freedom for others, great leaders think of the needs of others first.

21. The Law of Legacy

“Legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into the position to do great things without him.”

Leaders know that actions have reactions. And their decisions today have an effect on people tomorrow. Giving your knowledge to others, making sacrifices for those below you, and putting others in positions to do great things.

Too often, I’ve been subordinate to poor leaders who lacked the humility to focus on the needs of their own people. It’s easy to spot insecure leaders. So, remember to build others up and drop the damn ego.



“If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

-Teddy Roosevelt





-R. Schulz

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Become Relentless






















Based On:

Relentless

By Tim Grover

Tim Grover is the famous personal trainer of champions like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade. Grover describes the mental aspect of attacking your goals. He has seen, firsthand, the difference between the naturally gifted athlete and the work horse that fights every day for success. He breaks mental toughness into three levels and the ones who are truly relentless are called Cleaners.



3 Levels

Cooler: the one who worries

Closer: the one who gets the job done and is satisfied with the results

Cleaner: the one who is unstoppable and is never satisfied



 Most people are satisfied with remaining good, above average, and then settle there. But the Cleaners are people like Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney. Men and women that are always hungry for success and who are working while the rest of us are sleeping or celebrating. They are the ones who offend us because they get mad if we fail to reach their standard of excellence.



Don’t Think

Thinking causes hesitation. But Grover says, “Decide, commit, act, succeed, repeat.” Thinking allows you to place limits on yourself.

What separates us from greatness is limiting thinking. What we think is realistic thinking is simply limiting ourselves. But the great ones, the cleaners, place NO limits on themselves. And it starts by raising your standard for excellence.



Keep Pushing

Physical dominance is what makes you good. Mental dominance makes you great. But your mind, your fears, and your ego will make you weak. But if you want to be successful you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Doing the thing you dread is the way to kill your fear, don’t from it.

In other words, be OK with failure. Fearing failure kills dreams. But if you make failure your friend you will not fear it. Besides, being extremely prepared makes it easier to focus on the task at hand you cannot focus on the fear.





Get Into Your Zone

The zone is the place that place where your killer instinct lives. It’s a form of meditation where nothing exists except a pure focus on the task at hand.

Michael Jordan entered his zone whenever someone challenged him. His dark side said “Kill this Motherfucker” and went into attack mode, straight into the Zone. Result: Unstoppable.

Cleaners ignore the drama because they are too focused. Kobe Bryant said, “You know you’re in the Zone, but you can’t think about it because thinking is a distraction.” Become detached from everything on the outside.



You Make Decisions Not Suggestions

Push hesitation and indecisiveness aside. Never waste time by overthinking an infinite number of possibilities. Thinking doesn’t achieve outcomes, only action does. Prepare yourself with everything you’ll need to succeed, then act.

Some people try to look like they are successful by having multiple activities but never accomplish a damn thing. When you are truly relentless, you beat on your craft constantly and become excellent at it. Find out what you do, then do it. And do it better than anyone else.



You’d Rather Be Feared than Liked

This is a tough one for me because I have a need to be liked. However, a real cleaner doesn’t care about being liked. A cleaner tells you straight to your face what he thinks whether you like it or not.

Let your actions speak louder than your words. Grover uses Don Corleone, the Godfather, as the perfect cleaner example. He’s the quietest guy in the room and everyone is wondering what he is going to do or say. His actions speak louder than words.

“Let them hate you; it only shows their weakness and emotion and makes you more powerful.”



Don’t Recognize Failure

You don’t fail, you adjust and adapt. When everyone is talking about how you “failed” you show up like a professional, remap you course, and get back to work.

That’s what it means to be OK with failure. You see it as a temporary setback and learn from it. If you find me wrestling with a bear in the woods, pray for the bear. Being relentless doesn’t mean success 100% of the time; it means you come back stronger after failure.



Conclusion

When it’s too tough for them, it’s just right for you. You keep going when everyone else quits. That’s what mental toughness is. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you look like. Your strength is not in your likeability, compliments, or fake friends. Your strength comes from within. You have zero limitation. Take the unpopular path and keep grinding; that’s the relentless mentality.





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I Am Malala











I Am Malala

By Malala Yousafzai

“God, give me the strength and courage and make me perfect because I want to make this world perfect.”

This is the belief of a 15-year-old from Pakistan that she could make a lasting impact on the rights for girls to receive an education. Malala is more influential in fighting against terrorists like the Taliban than any politician in the world. In a country filled with Islamophobia, many people cannot understand the difference between a Muslim and a terrorist member. Malala is an inspiration because she has shown the world that a real Muslim is peaceful and is meant to make the world a better place.

The Quran teaches-patience-but often it feels that we have forgotten the word and think Islam means women sitting at home in purdah (female seclusion) or wearing burqas while men do jihad.”

In an environment of constant conflict, Malala attempted to show that radical men like the Taliban do not represent what Islam truly is. In her home in Pakistan, the Taliban harassed her father for running a school that allowed girls to go to school. They harassed men wearing western style clothes and even snatched female mannequins from clothing shops. While these foolish men focused on destruction, she focused on improving her environment.

“The Quran says we should seek knowledge, study hard and learn the mysteries of our world.”

Malala first gained notoriety by corresponding with the BBC by writing a diary describing life under the Taliban.  She went by the pen name, Gul Makai, in order to protect her identity. As her reputation grew, she became a target for the Taliban. Two young men got on her school bus one day and said, “Who is Malala.” Followed by three gunshots. One bullet had passed through her forehead.

“I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Do not be afraid.”

After recovering in England, the sight of groups of men would frighten her. Yet her heart was stronger than her fear. Her desire for peace in Pakistan and for the education of girls outweighed her fear. She had a purpose beyond being “the girl who was shot by the Taliban.” Now,  Malala has become the most influential spokesperson for education in the world.

In the Quran it is written, God wants us to have knowledge. He wants us to know why the sky is blue and about oceans and stars.”

Malala was accused by some of seeking fame and a life of luxury abroad. Yet her impact is more powerful that any politician, more powerful than any soldier, and her passion for girl’s rights for education is unquestionably genuine.

Conclusion

Personally, I am not religious, but I cannot help but feel admiration for this young woman’s faith in God. People throughout history have used their religious beliefs to spread hate, but Malala has used her faith to spread peace and love. It’s no surprise she is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient in history. Her book displays how passionate she is for education. Her pure heart to help others and her sincerity is so refreshing in an era where most people are consumed with themselves.

Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky.”

     -Malala




R. Schulz


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

To Learn the Samurai Way























Based On:

The Book of Five Rings

By Miyamoto Musashi

Even though this was written for Samurai warriors in the 15th century the Book of Five Rings shows the way to learn and master your craft. Learning how to learn is a skill that few have. The ego gets in the way. People often lack the humility to say, “I don’t know how to do this.” As a result, they master nothing. While most of us are not Samurai warriors, we all need to learn how to practice and work consistently in the era of instant gratification

The Way of the Warrior

“The teacher is as a needle; the disciple is as thread. You must practice constantly”

Good leaders and good followers cannot exist without one another. As a learner, drop the ego and learn from the master to improve your craft. Not just working hard but working consistently.

Likewise, the master has more responsibilities, especially if he has multiple followers. He must be aware of his people’s morale and find out how to challenge his students without putting too much pressure on them.

Strategy

“Train day and night in order to make quick decisions. In strategy, it is necessary to treat training as part of normal life.”

People in our culture tend to give up quickly when they don’t see immediate results. Musashi teaches that you must constantly beat on your craft, see your art in every aspect of life, and practice to the point where it becomes instinct.

The Way to Learn

“It seems difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first...As you become accustomed to the bow so your pull will become stronger.”

Most of us tend to give up immediately when things get hard. The damn ego convinces us to feel sorry for ourselves or to make excuses why things get uncomfortable. Musashi says that everything seems hard. Don’t just work hard, work consistently and patiently with the intent of mastery.

Increase Your Arsenal

“You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well.”

Developing one style makes you one dimensional. Musashi isn’t saying that you should master multiple crafts. He is saying that mastery is continuing to improve in your own field of study.

One example that comes to mind is Michael Jordan. In the 1980’s people thought he was just a dunker that couldn’t pass, shoot, or play defense. As a result, Jordan mastered every aspect of the game. In 1988, he even became the NBA defensive player of the year. Master your craft by becoming skillful in every aspect of it.

Spiritual Bearing in Strategy

“Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined through calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased.”

This is the killer instinct. That mind state of pure focus on the task at hand. Not getting over hyped or consumed by timidity. Get in that zone where all you can think is, “I’m about to kill this motherfucker.”

Mountain-Sea Change

“The mountain-sea spirit means that it is bad to repeat the same thing several times when fighting the enemy.”

You are never predictable. You must become formless like water. That is why being one-dimensional is so dangerous

Way to Win

The way of strategy is straight and true. You must chase the enemy around and make him obey your spirit.”

In other words, make your enemy play your game. Become the standard in which others hope to match. An example is when a runner runs at the speed of the other runners rather than trying to surpass all of them. Or in an argument with a fool, do not stoop to his level, let your actions speak volumes.

Speed

“The master of strategy does not appear fast…when your opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily and keep calm.”

This doesn’t mean you should be slow, rather you must be precise. In any area of life, be consistent and be masterful.

Conclusion

We live in a culture of instant gratification. It hard for people to wait patiently for their own goals to become fulfilled. Have the humility to learn and the consistency to improve daily you can achieve mastery in due time. Don’t listen to your ego because it will give you excuses to quit. Mastery and success both come gradually.



-R. Schulz




Sunday, October 30, 2016

Dealing With Egos




                                     

Based On:

Eleven Rings

By Phil Jackson 
I have never heard of anyone who knows how to handle personalities and egos like Phil Jackson. He is one of the best examples of leadership that I have ever seen.  How can anyone be a leader to NBA legends like MJ, Dennis Rodman, or Shaq & Kobe? As a NBA fan and a student of life, this book is very inspiring to me.


The Jackson 11

“With leadership, as with most things in life, the best approach is always the simplest.”

-Phil Jackson

Dialing back, one’s ego is crucial in leading other egos. Unlike most leaders that have control issues, Jackson learned to distribute power yet maintain final authority.

He led without forcing his will on people. He chose to motivate and challenge them instead.

“If you give a cow a large pasture to roam around in, it will be more content and less likely to break loose.”

Hearing the Unheard

When Jackson became the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, he had an established superstar in Michael Jordan as one of his players. What Jackson was able to do was state what he wanted to Jordan by making him think. Jackson challenged Jordan. He treated him like a partner rather than a subordinate.

Scottie Pippen was a different personality and a different skillset than Jordan. Phil Jackson was aware that Scottie played point guard in college and played more like Magic Johnson than Jordan. So, Jackson created a position for Scottie “point forward.” Putting Scottie at point guard gave him a leadership role which also helped the team because Scottie was the leader that the players came to for guidance. Jordan was the tough leader that they feared.

Jackson learned how important it is to relate to each one of his players as individuals. An example is the ’91 finals. Jordan wasn’t passing the ball. Jackson simply said, “Who’s open, M.J.?”

“Paxson.” Jordan said.

“Okay, so find him.”

Without yelling or insulting. Phil Jackson new how to get through to his superstar.

Phil Jackson was able to point out mistakes to players and have them identify that they’ve done wrong.


Basketball Poetry

When Dennis Rodman joined the bulls, Jackson saw beyond his antics. He saw the generous heart and the work ethic within Rodman.

Instead of losing his temper when Rodman was late or kept his jewelry on at practice, Jackson would give him a silly fine or joke about how Rodman looked. Jackson showed Rodman that he was not interested in his rebellions and the problem disappeared.

When other coaches treated Rodman like a child, Jackson was able to relate to him and also hold him accountable for his actions just like everyone else on the team.



One Breath, One Mind

While most coaches come to a new team with an intent to impose their dominance over their players, Phil Jackson came to the Los Angeles Lakers, the players could see that he came in observing them, seeing how they handled stress, and never panicked or overanalyzed.

When dealing with Kobe Bryant, Jackson realized that he had to be direct and straight to the point. When they players needed a kick in the ass to motivate them, he’d say,

“If you don’t win this one, then you don’t deserve to move onto the next round. You’ve got to play to win, not play to avoid losing.”

Conclusion

Being a great leader is not bossing people around or being popular. Phil Jackson showed that leadership is letting your people bloom and grow without being forced to bend to his will. Everyone reacts and responds differently and Jackson was able to observe his players and deal with each ego and personality.

Jackson taught his players to stay focused on the task at hand rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

I have been around too many superiors that only care about promotions, status, and power. It’s hard to find leaders like Phil Jackson.



 R. Schulz

Friday, October 21, 2016

Kaizen: Constant and Gradual Improvement











Kaizen


By Kai Musashi


Kai Zen: “Assess how you can improve things, act on them, and then continue the improvement process constantly.”

Set New Standards

Constant revision and upgrade. Only key elements should be focused on.

Japanese society prefers the gradual improvement. Americans on the other hand prefer giant leaps forward. It’s like constantly trying to hit home runs but striking out as a result.

We think that working to exhaustion is a virtue. All that does is burn you out and make you miserable.

Perform work better rather than performing more work. In other words, quality over quantity.

Kaizen in Personal Life

“Little grains of sand make the mighty desert.”

Since humans are naturally resistant to change, it’s more beneficial to us to make gradual steps instead of giant leaps.

This includes, maintaining, hanging in there, not giving up when things aren’t going your way.

Learn to master your craft rather than running on to something new whenever things don’t go your way.

Improve your Personal Workflow

Take on easy tasks first. This goes against what we are taught because knocking out easy tasks firsts puts you in a rhythm. Small wins create a mindset where you are ready to advance to harder tasks.

Look for better ways to work rather than continuing something just because it’s familiar.

Goals Through Kaizen

Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bounded

Set goals in increments. For example, set an annual goal by pointing out what you hope to accomplish in 3 months. Establish simple goals with the big goal in mind.

When people try to quit something “cold turkey” they have the unrealistic belief that their willpower is strong enough. They have the mindset that they are giving up something.

Breaking down goals makes it easier to change. Gradually improve, gradually make changes, and gradually cut out unhealthy activities

Improve Health Habits

Radical changes activate the fear response in us, while kaizen is so gradual that the fear of change is not triggered.

Change the words “I like to” to ‘I will.” Consume healthy and positive thoughts. This is not being unrealistic. Rather optimism is realism. This positive self-talk will gradually cause your sub-conscious to believe in your own personal greatness.

Conclusion

Creating lasting change cannot be done by leaping into something because the human brain simply cannot adjust that way. Our Western mentality of instant gratification makes it difficult to comprehend Gradual Improvement.

 But lasting change comes from taking small steps. Working your ass off is not the way to improve yourself. Work gradually, consistently, and improve daily. And when it’s too tough for them. It’ll be JUST RIGHT FOR YOU.

“Focus on the bullseye and not the trophy.”

-Chin Ning Chu




Monday, October 10, 2016

The Cool


















Based On:

Calvin Coolidge

By David Greenberg 

“Coolidge’s muteness is especially striking because he chose an extrovert’s profession.”


Presidential

As a soft-spoken, nonchalant person, It’s easy to think that my type B personality makes me a “sub-par” person amongst extroverts. With loud mouth politicians, braggadocious pop culture icons, and flamboyant characters in western culture some of us may feel like we are weak or unworthy of success.

But from 1923-1929, the most powerful man in the United States was Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge.

Doing by Non-Doing

Cal believed that problems would solve themselves over time.

“If you see ten troubles coming you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you, and you have to battle with only one of them.”

-Coolidge

Instead of panicking or taking on too many projects alone, Cal took a hands off approach. He felt that there were enough laws and regulations. This country didn’t need anymore.

Demeanor

Coming from Vermont he grew up in a family that believed in thrift and hard work, Cal grew up in a quiet and hardworking mentality. He was raised to look down at no one except those who “assumed superior airs.”

He was deliberate in his decisions, conservative in his temperament and ideology, and restrained in his personal style

When he campaigned he didn’t denounce opponents. Instead, he stuck with his principles.

Conclusion

Even though politics disgust me, every once in a while, you will find a leader who is genuine. When I’m tempted to think that jerks and  d-bags are the only influential people. I just think to myself, “Be presidential, like Silent-Cal.”

Sometimes less is more. Inaction is often more powerful than action. Cal was president in the most prosperous decade in American history. He is proof that having a cool calm demeanor is a type of leadership that others will secretly admire.

 “A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done his aim is fulfilled.”

-Lao Tzu

Monday, October 3, 2016

Are You a Victim or an Adventurer?























Based On:

The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

“I wanted to write about my quest to find my treasure. I wanted to follow the omens, because I knew even then that the omens are the language of God.”

-Paulo Coelho


I’m don’t typically review fiction; however, the Alchemist is so inspiring because it represents the potential for greatness within a shepherd boy. That destiny lies dormant in everyone, but only a few are determined to go after their dreams and give up comfort. The average person settles for what is comfortable and then lives with regret. This story explains how the universe conspires  to give you whatever you desire only if you are determined. Don’t settle for mediocre.

Steps to A Personal Legend

Everything leads you to your personal legend. Santiago, the shepherd boy in the story, became a shepherd because he wanted to travel. At that point life, life was good and comfortable. Yet instead of staying in his comfort zone, he learned that his time as a shepherd was simply a step towards his Personal Legend.

The shepherd boy meets a king who tells him of a treasure at the pyramids. The king tells him that what we mistake for beginner’s luck is actually the principle of favorability. There is a force that wets one’s appetite for success. The boy decides to seek out his treasure.

Not a Victim, But an Adventurer

 The boy sells his sheep in order to travel from his home in Andalusia to North Africa. Upon arrival, and young thief steals his money. Most people would take that opportunity to go home feeling sorry for themselves. Instead, the boy had to choose between being a victim or an adventurer.

“I’m an adventurer looking for treasure.”

The boy began working for a crystal merchant who struggled to make sales for thirty years. Over a year, the boy increased business for the merchant and earned enough to buy his flock back. The boy inspired the crystal merchant who dreamed of traveling to Mecca, the holy city.

“You dream about your sheep and the Pyramids, but you’re different from me, because you want to realize your dreams.”

Unattached Love

After the boy left the merchant, he met an Englishman who told him of an alchemist that live in a desert oasis. They traveled with a caravan to the oasis where he met a girl named Fatima. He felt tempted to give up on his search and settle down with her. Fatima told him that she wanted him to keep going towards his goal.

“If I’m really part of your dream, you’ll come back one day”

Later on, the boy met the alchemist who showed him the way to the pyramids. Once again the boy wanted to return to Fatima a give up on his search. The alchemist told him that:

If he returned without going after his personal legend, he’d walk around night after night. And Fatima would be unhappy because she’ll feel that she had interrupted his quest.

“Love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love.”

Conclusion

Santiago the shepherd made the decision to push past the desire to remain comfortable. As a result, he kept pushing until he found his treasure. Family and friends will tell you to find a steady job with mediocre pay. As you make money you will feel that you are making progress, but deep down you will feel regret every day. You gave up on your Personal Legend because you feared the unknown.

Live like you’re going to die next year. Keep f*cking going and find your Personal Legend.

-R. Schulz
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“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”

-Paulo Coelho



Thursday, September 29, 2016

How to be Fearless













The Joy of Living Dangerously

By Osho

“Life goes on moving with a thousand and one uncertainties. That’s freedom. Don’t call it insecurity.”

-Osho

Why is it that whenever you try something new or go through a change, it’s natural to run the other way in fear. We all feel fear, but only cowards listen to their fears. The brave push through it. The more often you meet fear head on, the easier it is to see it for what it is: an illusion. This book teaches the importance of living in insecurity and loving life to the fullest because to live in security is to live in a prison.

What is Courage? Risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar, the comfortable for the uncomfortable.

Following rules imposed on you keeps you from being your authentic self. Osho states that rules are made by those who wish to rule over you. The courage to stay on your path means you will fall at times, but if your goal is behind a door you have to knock down a lot of doors before you find the right one.

Keep making mistakes as long as you make each mistake only once. Learn how to live by living life. Osho describes the importance of disregarding bullsh*t rules that are ready made (The 10 commandments for example). The problem with that is that life is always changing. The world is constantly changing. Cowards who are too afraid to live life, love these set rules because that means they don’t have to learn by living life.

Maturity of the Mind is: “looking at life without questions and simply diving into it with courage”



-The Courage of Love

Just as darkness is the absence of light, fear is the absence of love. Most of us in the English speaking world equate love with sex or with some weak emotion. But loving life, loving the world, or loving others cancels out fear.

Osho says, “The more you love, the more you become lovable. The less you love and the more you demand that others should love you.”

The key is to get rid of the belief that you deserve everything without giving anything. Many of us (and I’m guilty of this) walk around mean mugging and get mad when no one reaches out to us. Then the social anxiety increases. I wish I could have learned how to gain courage through self-love years ago, but I am thankful that I’m learning this now.

Take Yourself Out of the Crowd

When you are alone you become your true self. When we are in crowds we become fake.

Osho says, “Just be what you are and don’t care a bit about the world.”

Be yourself despite the fact that society constantly tells you how to “behave.” Society tells you how to dress, how to talk, how to fit in. The moment you expressed yourself when you were a kid, a parent or teacher slapped you down. Instances like that create fear whenever you begin to express yourself.

Osho talks about having your “original face” Live according to your true nature.



The Joy of Living Dangerously

Live in insecurity. To live comfortably is just waiting to die. Yet people trying to live in safety and security act as though they can live forever if they are careful. A prisoner’s life is secure. Seeking security and familiarity is to live like a prisoner.

When people try to take control of their spouse or children, they create security. They let fear of loss control them while silently killing the relationship. There is no person on earth that you own or possess.

To fear life’s storms is to fear personal growth. Comfort makes us soft. People with zero problems life in graveyards. The man or woman that meets a challenge head on grows and gains inner strength.

 Marshall Mathers’ poverty and desperation made him rap with an edge that no one else had. Crazy Horse fought harder than any other Lakota because he believed that he was destined to die in battle. Adversity stretches us even though it hurts.

In Search of Fearlessness

Fearlessness is not repressing your fear, it’s embracing it. Look at you fear and see what an illusion it is.

Kill the ego because it feeds on fear. When I worry about being judged or what others think of me, that’s just my ego seeking approval from others rather than gaining approval from within.

“People full of fear make others afraid so they can rest at ease.”

Just as people who are against their sexual urges often turn out to be perverts, those who are against fear are actually afraid.

Conclusion

To love yourself will cause others to love you. Being full of love kills fear and keeps you from comparing yourself to others. Comparisons feed the ego and the ego feeds your fears. Love yourself from the depths of your heart and kill that fear until it actually dies. Run at the fear and it then you will see how weak it truly is.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Be the Master of Your Fate
















Based On:


Think and Grow Rich

By

Napoleon Hill

“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”
-William Henley

The power of the mind and the power of one’s thoughts control his or her reality. Negative self-talk is self destruction disguised as humility. When this book was written in was 1937, the Great Depression was in full effect. Americans had a poverty mentality. Their thoughts became reality. Napoleon Hill told his generation that if they changed their attitude, their lives would change for the better.

Desire.
Cut all sources of retreat. If a person has no other option except to achieve their goals, then their focus remains on their mission only. Modern culture tells you “Have a backup plan.” But I like what people like Curtis Jackson say, “Get rich or die trying.” Napoleon Hill describes the concept of DEFINITENESS of PURPOSE. In other words, know what you want and go after it with passion.

Faith/ Auto-Suggestion
“Conduct yourself just as you would as if you would if you were ALREADY IN POSSESSION of the material thing you are demanding.”

Hill describes faith as a state of mind rather than a blind belief in a deity. Faith is the result of repetition of thought that ends up a part of your subconscious. Repetition of thought becomes belief. Belief becomes your reality. This is auto-suggestion. False humility causes people to say, “I’m old,” “I’m not talented,” or “I’m a loser.” If you truly believe that, then you will become that.

Decision
If you are influenced by the opinions of others, you will have no desire of your own.” Be willing to die for your decision. You know where you are going and nothing can sway you.

Persistence
Everyone fails but only a few keep pounding. Fight for your dreams. This means getting rid of negative friends or family. Always expect resistance when you go after your goals. The truly successful people are exactly like the rest of us, but the only difference is that they never give up.

The Mastermind
Henry Ford said, “Men take on the nature, habits, and Power of Thought of those which they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony.
Get rid of negative people around you. All they do is drag you down to their level of mediocrity. You ego resists people that you may be jealous of. Don’t listen to the ego, be around people that make you step your game up. They will become your mastermind group.

Six Ghosts of Fear
Six Basic fears are: Poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of a loved one, old age, and death.

Shakespeare said, “Nothing is good or bad. Your thoughts make it so.”

We often speak apologetically of ourselves. This false humility simply feeds these fears. Our minds are programmed to be self-defeating. Fight this by loving yourself from the depths of your heart. Create positive thought loops and worry about seeking approval from yourself and no one else.

Conclusion
Learning to reprogram you mind and focus on achieving your goals takes constant practice. Love yourself totally to the point where the only approval you seek is your own. I’m learning how to de-clutter my mind and I improve daily. I practice realistic thinking (not positive thinking) daily in order to eliminate the self-defeating bull-sh*t that I used to have. Believing that you are destined for wealth and greatness is not positive thinking, it’s realistic conviction.

“I’ve got a grind that won’t stop, a hustle won’t quit. Grind like no other I be on some other sh*t.”

-Tip Harris


R. Schulz