Why We Want To Achieve Excellence

The truth is, everybody’s answer is different. What we want in life is not the same as the person next to us. As much as we think about more money, a better job, a bigger house, a nicer car… it’s really more than that.

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Everything we think we want initially actually leads to more.

The first chapter in “Book of Excellence” is about why we want to excel. What will becoming more do for us?

More opportunities become available to us. When you think about who stands out in this world, you start to see the opportunities they have compared to those who do not stand out. This might mean an opportunity for a promotion within a company, an opportunity to get hired by a better company, an opportunity to go to a better school, or even a chance to play on a better team. There are simply more opportunities for those who excel.

Those who excel have more freedom than those who do not. This could come in the form choice; like a person being able to choose from 100 different companies rather than just a few. This could come in the form of position; like the person who chooses their role within a company. It could also mean freedom to simply do things the way you want to do them; they’re working so why stop? Those excel have more freedoms available.

Gravitation. Not in the way you think where an apple falls from a tree. In the form of people wanting to be around you. People wanting to know you, listen to you, learn from you. You become a greater influence on the world because more people want to be in your world. This might also lead you to becoming a role model.

Those who excel leave behind a legacy. One day we will all move on. Whether that be from a job, a classroom, a team, or whatever else you can think of. The work we do, the excellence we achieve, and the people we’ve impacted will determine whether we leave behind a legacy or we are forgotten.

Now think about why you would want to excel. What would you gain from it? What would the world gain from it?

Like this post if you’re on your way to achieving excellence. You can be a blogger, a student, an athlete, a parent, a friend, a professional at your job. Whatever you are doing, you have the chance to achieve excellence.

Comment on why you would like to excel.

Check out “Book of Excellence” on Amazon or by clicking this link.

Want to see what the book is about? Read my last post here.

Until next time,

John

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5 Fitness Tips

For anybody experiencing the daily struggle of working out, we have just the article for you. Fitness seems to be one of those things where you either love it or you don’t. Many of us know we need to work out, but don’t make time for it while others look forward to it. So to stay on track with your own fitness, we have some tips for you.

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  1. Start. To start is the hardest part of your journey. If you can get going, you’re more than half way there. So our first tip is to simply start. If you have a gym membership, simply go to the gym. Do the absolute simplest thing you can do until you’re ready to move on. If you don’t have a membership, you might find it benefits you to do one repetition of something. Maybe you can start by going for a walk and work your way up from there also. During your simple workout, you’re more likely to push yourself because you’ve already started. One push turns into 25, one lap turns into four, the elliptical leads you to a full blown workout. If you’re struggling, focus on the start.
  2. Find motivation regularly. Is there an old picture of yourself that you would like to look like again? Is there a body builder or another person you want to match their physique? Is there an event your training for? Visualize it, write it down, and look at it as often as you can. Motivation can drive you to start each day.
  3. Have a goal accompanied with a plan. Create a S.M.A.R.T goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely). Then create a plan on how you’re going to accomplish that goal. Take advantage of the millions of resources online for help.
  4. Join a group. This might be a fitness class at the gym. It could be inviting your friends to become fit with you too. Surround yourself with people who will help you on your journey to reaching your fitness goals. You might even be able to help them in the process too.
  5. Celebrate your achievements. An achievement is something we look forward to and love. Maybe you brought down your mile time or you’ve burned more calories per hour than before. Celebrate your small and large goals. This doesn’t mean celebrate your goals irresponsibly, however. Don’t celebrate a fitness goal by eating an entire pizza pie or taking 5 days off. Celebrate in a healthy, beneficial way so you can move on to your next achievement.

Your ideal fitness goal are just ahead of you. Take the time to try some of our tips and watch how fast you reach them. Let us know how it goes!

Infinity Intuition Team

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Eliminate the Monday Mindset

For many of us working our 40 hour week, Monday is tough. Tough to be excited about. Tough to get through. Tough to cope with the fact that it’s only the beginning of a long week. I’m writing to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way.
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Let me say this first, I understand the Monday mindset. I used to hate Mondays too. I hated them because I hated my job at the time. I felt like there was nothing to be excited about and nothing to look forward to. Each Monday, I started the day groaning and ended every night with a long sigh now that I had finished day one of five.
 
Let’s talk about the work you’re doing. If you absolutely hate it that much that no matter what day it is, you still hate your job, find a way out. That doesn’t mean an excuse to miss or taking 15 bathroom breaks throughout the day. No, find a way to change your job. Even if you work a 40 hour week, you have 128 other hours to research a new place to spend 40 hours a week. If your research comes up with nothing, or you don’t know where to look, seriously consider going to a Life Coach like myself or anybody in your area. We are trained to help in circumstances like this. If you don’t want to research or go to a Life Coach, consider reaching out to a mentor on the matter of switching jobs. If none of those work, a talent agent is often a good choice as well. No matter which route you choose, educate yourself on the decision that’s about to be made. Weigh out the pros and cons of every possible outcome of this decision.
 
Now if you like your job, but don’t like Mondays please read on. The Monday mindset hits everybody with a concrete schedule. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but we can combat this mindset to make 52 days each year much nicer.
 
Your first step is to appreciate what you have. Appreciation decreases stress and that alone could change your MM (Monday mindset). Next, consider what you’re looking forward to. WRITE THIS DOWN. Being able to see what you’re looking forward to will help you make it through the day. I also encourage you to write down something you look forward to each day. Then each hour if it’s possible. When I was doing a job I hated I started writing down what I looked forward to each day and each hour of that day. I usually looked forward to going home to hit baseballs. Each hour (you’re going to think this is silly) I looked forward to drinking a half cup of juice. I was working a job delivering cleaning supplies in a box truck. Each hour that went by I would pour juice into my thermos top and sip on it. I couldn’t tell you how much that changed how I thought of my job. Each day I knew I could break my day down into 8 half juice cups to sip on. This completely altered the rest of my days working for that company.
 
Now we move on to something more difficult. Getting to work. Your MM could categorized into a variety of emotions. Sadness, happiness, excitement, anger, etc. Watch what happens when you change your emotion to “DRIVEN”, “FOCUSED”, AND “DEDICATED”. This is a something that is practiced. But think about making your Mondays your most productive day and see how much nicer the rest of the week is. Being driven, focused, and dedicate on your Monday (likely your toughest day) will make the day go by quicker for you mentally. You will be so focused on being productive that your worst day will fly by. On top of that, you will have accomplished more which will make the rest of your days nicer too. So instead of coming in on Monday feeling some type of negative emotion, work to become the hardest worker there.
 
If you’re sitting in your office today thinking about how much you hate Mondays I want you to start with this blog and see if you can make a change to your MM. I’m going to have more detail for you in the future, but for now this is a great start. 
Til next time,
John

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Your Excuses Are Worth Nothing

Quite often I find myself writing about what I experience as a Life Coach. Sometimes, clients that I talk to are going through something that I think needs addressing on a larger scale. It’s not a knock on them, if anything they should be rewarded for bringing up something so important for the world. Today I want to talk about my own personal experiences. If you don’t want to hear about my stories, that’s okay. Skip to the very bottom.
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REGULARLY I come across a friend or somebody I coach with that has some excuse for why something can’t be done. If you read anything else today, remember this: YOUR EXCUSES ARE WORTH NOTHING. Worth nothing to you, to me, to the world. If anything, people will remember you for what you wanted to do, but didn’t do it.
I wasn’t sure where to begin with this blog, but I guess I can start with WHY your excuses are worth nothing. Plain and simple, they do absolutely nothing for you. An excuse actually hinders your ability to grow in the long run. You start creating a mindset that excuses are acceptable. A mindset that accomplishes nothing. You will continue to be stuck right where you are because your excuses held you back.
I want to give you a personal example. Now I don’t want to toot my own horn here, but I think I was in a position before where I made excuses. Maybe my stories can help you.
First, my career as a Life Coach. Although I am fairly young in terms of Life Coaches, I’ve been successful doing it. My job is to help others really any possible way I can. Most of the time it’s through reaching goals, but it extends to just about anything. My excuses for not doing this sooner was that I didn’t have a degree in it. Another excuse was that I was too young. And my third major excuse was that I didn’t know enough.
Well, first of all, there are no degrees in Life Coaching. If anything I would have gotten a psychology degree. Second, my age has actually helped me succeed in this industry rather than hurt me. And third, I found out that I did know more than enough to get going.
When I wrote my book “A Student- Athlete’s Guide to Excellence”, I got all sorts of feedback. Most of it was positive. Some of it telling me how my book was too simple. And another portion was from Life Coaches, counselors, mentors, and other success professionals telling me I wasn’t qualified to do this… to help. I started doubting myself. I pulled back on helping others. I thought that maybe I should leave this work to people with degrees and accreditation. After a few days I looked into what I could do to get a degree just like everybody who criticized me. Not that there is anything wrong with a degree in psychology, but it wasn’t for me and on top of that, I would have had to wait YEARS to start helping again. So, I looked into what else I could do. A simple Google search led me to becoming a Certified Life Coach. I had to put in ALOT of hours studying, taking notes, and researching. But it all paid off. I was able to gain some type of accreditation and learn exactly what I needed to help more people on top of what I already knew.
This is one story. There are thousands upon thousands of other stories out there that explain why a degree might be great, but it’s not exactly necessary. My excuse for not helping more people was because I didn’t have a degree, and I wound up proving to myself that my excuse was worth nothing.
One more example I want to share is the fact that I am an astronomer. I have a marketing degree which has absolutely nothing to do with astronomy. But this proved to be irrelevant. My passion for the stars has led me to hours of learning. Hours of my own research. I used the excuse before that because I didn’t have an astronomy degree, I couldn’t be an astronomer. Wrong. I’m still able to contribute to space agencies just from sheer love for what astronomy is. Astronomy isn’t my first priority by any means, but I’m still able to accomplish a great deal. I found this out by asking questions as to what it would take to do what I love (astronomy) while also helping contribute. NASA gave me more than enough to work with after asking.
Moving on to my point about being too young. One of the people I used to speak with regularly about their goals helped me get rid of this excuse. I was a 24 year old recently out of college mentoring other college students. And his point was this: You’ve been through it, you did great, and you’re willing to help. And he was right. That’s all I needed. I needed experience and an expertise. I was actually better able to relate to these students because of how young I was. And now I’m finding out these students who are not much younger than I am would rather listen to me than somebody much older with a degree and years of life on me. My excuse of being too young did me and everybody else no good at all.
My last major excuse was that I didn’t know enough. And it was because people told me I didn’t know enough. This changed when I actually spoke to one of my critics. I reached out to this person to learn what I could do better. And they brought up everything I just mentioned. I had to be older and I needed a degree. I listened politely, but knew those two reasons weren’t enough to hold me back. So I asked what does this person do to set them self apart from everybody else. At first this person didn’t have an answer, but they managed to come up with how they are always there for their client. Let me rephrase that. They are always there for their client when the client has $250 to pay them for the hour. When I heard that price, I asked them what exactly do they do for the client. And they said they give them a template (used for every client) with the same cliche sayings, quotes, and inspirational messages. When I heard that was all this person had to offer, I walked out of their office ready to work.
What I provide to people speaking with me is personalized and helpful. No client is the same, just as what I give them is never the same. This person had a degree, but I had more to offer. I had more to offer through a passion of hours upon hours of learning about how to help others. This person had a degree that led them to complacency. My excuse again, was worth nothing to nobody.
One last story. Although I haven’t been scuba diving in a little while, I used to every morning. And every morning I cleaned up the ocean just a little bit at a time. I loved it because I was killing two birds with one stone. I loved scuba diving and I loved being able to help. I used to think I couldn’t do this because I didn’t have a Marine biology degree. Wrong again. I am able to contribute. I’m not a professional in this industry, but that excuse is worth nothing.
All too often I hear a friend tell me why they can’t do something. And although I don’t tell each friend this, their excuse is worth nothing. I always hear about why something IS NOT possible rather than the reasons it is possible. Quite often these are the same people not willing to put in the work it takes. But nonetheless, their excuses are worth nothing. And if this motivates you even a little bit, it was worth writing. Every time you make an excuse about something, somebody else has the jump on you. They are making your dreams their reality and you’re left wishing you were them.
Don’t be the person wishing. Your excuses are worth nothing.
Til next time,
John

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Best Time to “Stop and Smell the Roses”

What I really mean is “when is the best time to appreciate your success”?
 
This will be one of my shorter blog posts. I hate to say it, but there is no definite way to really answer this question. Data can’t back me up here. Everybody’s stories are different for when they felt the breeze of accomplishment blow by them. But for those who have been asking me, I have my own personal answer that I believe can be a huge help. I often coach people on success, and I won’t regularly speak to the matter of appreciating it. So, I want to give you my brief answer today.
 
You should appreciate your success ALWAYS. Think about how far you’ve come from where you started. Consider the steps it took to get where you are. Acknowledge the fact that you’ve taken steps to better yourself where others have not. So my brief answer is simply: always.
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With that being said, success and excellence is a lifestyle, not a destination. There will always be more to achieve. You will always have the opportunity to be a role model TO THE WORLD (I don’t care how small your circle of influence is currently). So embrace that fact that you are successful and you are excellent. Wake up and go to bed thankful for what you have and what you’ve accomplished. Take a break throughout your day to appreciate where you are. You can do this often throughout the day as long as you are ready to accomplish success afterward. Growth can be constant if you allow yourself to constantly grow.
 
The main point of this article was to let you know two things:
 
1. Appreciate where you are and what you’ve accomplished regularly.
2. Have the pedal to the metal mentality when it comes to success and excellence.
 
Never stop either of my two points and you will live a happy, successful life.
Til next time,
John

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You DO Have Time, No Excuses

You won’t believe this, but you DO have enough time to accomplish your goals. Your “too busy” excuse won’t hold up anymore, sorry.

I’ve been asking around about why people don’t succeed in whatever it is they desire. And the majority of the answers were “I’m just too busy”. Okay, explain too busy to me. They go into such fine detail about how their schedule is filled up with this and that; none of which includes working toward their goal.

These are the same people that answered “Yes” when I asked if they watch a show regularly or look at their phone for more than an hour each day. Some of them saw were I was going with my questions and gave me something along the lines of “But I need to relax at some point!”.

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Again, these same people are seeking advice on why there are not succeeding. Well, the hour of Netflix and the hour of scrolling through social media on your phone each day aren’t doing you any good. On top of that, your day is filled with activities not even relevant to what you enjoy doing, let alone want to succeed in.

So I broke down the days, weeks, months, and years for those I’ve spoken to. With a lot of calculus, some algebra, and even more rocket science… I was able to come up with a timetable WE ALL GO BY.

In a day there are 24 hours.

-Sleep for 8 hours(if that)
-Work for 9 hours(lunch included)

At this point we have 7 hours to spare. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and fill in your day some more.

-Commute to work for 1 hour(back and forth)
-Eat for 1 hour(all of your meals)(overlapping work by the way)

Now we’re at 5 hours to spare. I’m not positive what all of you do during the day, but let’s say:

-Miscellaneous for 2 hours(laundry,cook,clean,talk to friends/family)
-Exercise for 1 hour(gym, run, stretch)

Now at this point we have 2 hours to spare in our day.

If you’re reading this thinking, “I’m way busier than that!”… you’ve already lost.

If you are looking for ways to tell people (or yourself) that you’re so busy you can’t accomplish your goals, you’ve lost. You’re creating an excuse right this second as to why you can’t do something.

So if you’re struggling to accomplish your goals because of time, get rid of that excuse. If its an ego thing, like you need to be busier than everybody else, you’re not going to accomplish your goal. You will be putting this excuse ahead of your own goals; for what reason, I don’t know.

I can promise you the world will respect the person who accomplished their goals more than the person complaining that they have no time to do anything. And if you’re not doing this for respect from the world, that’s okay too. How about yourself? Which version of yourself is more impressive to you? The one knocking down obstacles and crushing their goals or the one moping about being too busy?

 

Moving on, let’s pretend you really are mostly busy and your day is jam packed with activities and events. You have 2 hours to spare each day. I’m even going to pretend you’re working 7 days a week for you complainers out there. This means you have 14 hours each week left over….pretend it’s a leap year… that gives you 728 hours each year.

728 is equivalent a little over 30 days (about a month). Wow, one entire month each year to accomplish your goals. Now some of you are thinking, but that’s going to take a whole year? You’ve lost again. Is your goal that important? Then a year of hard work won’t mean a thing. The time it takes you to accomplish this goal will mean nothing to you. If you really care about your goal, the time it takes to get there won’t matter, just the outcome.

I’ve given you busy bodies out there the benefit of the doubt. The bare minimum here is 728 hours in a year if you work every single day in that year and you’re packed to the gills with things to do.

 

I know nobody out there is working 365 days a year for 9 hours each day. I know most of you aren’t even getting in 8 hours every single night. And I know that every other daily activity I brought up doesn’t happen every day for anybody.

Eliminate the excuse that you have no time. You do. It’s how you use your time that separates the successful from the unsuccessful. In reality, you have more than 2 hours each day. You probably have enough time to accomplish your goals AND relax. So I know this blog post was harsh to some of you. If you’re a person who needs to tell everyone or yourself how busy you are to feel better about not accomplishing your goals, I hope this can spark a change in you.

Thinking about a goal and actually accomplishing it are much different. If you want something bad enough, make time for it. Not only that, but make a habit of working toward that goal. Incorporate it into your everyday life. Lose the excuse, and get to work

 

Do you have advice for anybody struggling to make time? Leave a comment to help other readers.

You can always reach out to my email: contact@johnbrocious.com for more help.

Share this and be a part of this world willing to help others!

John

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The Nature of Fear

You have a great idea, an ambition, a dream, but something is holding you back from beginning the journey to achieve it. Most times, fear is holding you back. It could be fear of failure and fear of your self- image. No matter the nature, fear is still holding us back.
Let’s start with fear of failure. Whatever it is we are thinking about accomplishing there will always be the possibility of failure. There is a chance we go after something wholeheartedly and come up short. And how you’re thinking about this right this second might determine whether you succeed or fail.
Consider the opportunity to fail a blessing. Yes, a blessing. Stop thinking about the opportunity to fail as a negative connotation. I’ll give you an example to explain this a little better. Let’s pretend you want to start a business. As you might know, there are millions of people just in our country who want to do the same. For example’s sake, lets say 1 million people want to start a business too. Out of those 1 million people, we can assume many of them (a number around 90% depending on the business) won’t even begin the process of starting a business. Right off the bat, our competition has dropped tremendously. Then we have those who start the business, but quit after a series of small failures. Now you have our world. The people that pushed through the initial fear of failure and those who stuck it out through the difficult times of their business. What’s left are the people that used failure as fuel. They learned from their mistakes, they’ve conquered the problems they were faced with. What does this example tell us?
We can see fear of failure as a great attribute to our world. In a sense, it helps us out. Fear of failure weeds out the people who clearly don’t want it bad enough leaving us less to compete with. Not that competition is a bad thing, but I’ll take competing with 100,000 people compared to 1,000,000 any day. And then once people take that initial step, and face failure head on they quit. This means our basic guideline to overcoming fear of failure is simple.
First, BEGIN. Just go for it.
Second, OUTLAST. Outlast failure. Learn from it. Grow from it.
And at last, if you have learned from failure and not quit, you have succeeded. Make this simple! Don’t think about the complex details of your goal when you first begin. Understand that failure can be your friend. It can work for you if you’re willing to let it.
Now we have the fear of self- image.
All too often we see people concerned with how they’ll look once the world knows their goal. We see this because the world is accustomed to laughing at people with goals higher than anything they could image accomplishing themselves. The 99% dictate how each person feels individually. And because we see the “norm” doing or saying something, we feel the need to follow along. Then we wonder why we’re not happy with ourselves living a normal life.
We combat the fear of self- image with confidence, emotional intelligence, and commitment.
We gain confidence through a number of ways, but the smallest victories count the most. Find something every day that makes you proud to be you. Something that says you’re ready to stand out in a crowd of millions just because you are who you are. This might mean you worked incredibly hard today, or you’ve accomplished a small goal others are not willing to accomplish.
Emotional intelligence is tough for most people to understand. It’s an understanding of people. I think of this as one of the closest things to mind- reading. We need to understand what others feel and often think to see through their doubt of our goal. Quite often you will hear people tell you why something can’t be done. You have to have confidence within yourself to hear what they have to say, and work to prove their theory wrong. Understand that they think this can’t be done because they do not have confidence in themselves. They also doubt your goal because they do not have a plan of their own to accomplish it. We have to be able to say “Okay, thank you” and distance ourselves from their negativity and put in the work.
Our commitment covers a variety of positive traits to success. First we must commit to our goal by planning. This means you have a detailed route to accomplishing your goal. We have to commit our time, energy, emotion, and feelings. We must be willing to sacrifice doing things that don’t allow us to reach out goal. We must be ready to wake up early, stay up later, and give energy toward this goal for it to work. Emotionally this won’t be easy. We must be ready to experience the highs and lows of what our goal entails. Commit to any and everything relative toward your goal, and you will find success.
Can you overcome the fear of failure and the fear of self- image? Everybody will face both, but not all will succeed. Can you outlast the rest? Failure is a prerequisite to success. Will your mind help you or hurt you in this process? Doubt is inevitable, success can be too if you’re ready mentally.
Let me know what your fear is. What’s holding you back? How can we help each other move forward from fear?
John

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4 Steps to Better Meditation

This post comes to you from a person that used to hate meditation. For most of my life I thought it was weird, a sham, and pretty much not useful. I could not comprehend why people would meditate and what the accomplished doing it.
Then life started getting busy. I seemed to be doing a lot of different things. I was working, I was moving, I was going to college, I was creating my own ideas about future businesses, and still trying to live a happy life. I remember one day after working on everything I just mentioned for about 14 hours, I knew I had to make a change. I wasn’t happy. My head was cluttered with thoughts from everything I was doing. And I wasn’t performing the way I knew I could in anything.
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So I started looking around at what I could do. I was reading blogs just like you are now in search of some information that could help me. I was grasping at anything that could help. I was downloading productivity apps, looking at quotes, reading about what others do, and just about every article on productivity, happiness, and success. Throughout my search, I saw a lot… a whole lot of meditation. A found out that one key to success, happiness, and productivity was meditation. So I gave it another try when all hope was lost.
Now I write to you as a beginner. Not in terms of time, I’ve been meditating for about a year now consistently. But a beginner as in, there are plenty of people that know much more than I do. But I’m writing to anybody who might be hesitant to try meditation or anybody who is looking to improve their life a little bit.
When I got back into meditating, I went at it with a plan. I researched what people do when they meditate, what they listen to, where they meditate, the benefits of meditation, and anything else I thought could help me meditate better. I was on a mission to make this work. So I wrote down everything and began to practice. Yes meditation requires practice. I would try: listening to music, meditating in different areas, change the temperature where I was meditating, thinking differently, and even changing the time I was meditating. I found certain things I liked and others that I didn’t. I tried changing certain aspect of meditation to help me improve for the next day. Now I have a pretty good system for mediation.
I’m writing to you today to talk about the benefits. First, I was relaxed. Something I was struggling to do prior to meditating. I found I was happier. I was getting rid of most of what was stressing me out. And the 1/2 hour I was (and still am) taking to meditate proved to increase my productivity. I wasn’t working with a cluttered mind anymore. Life was simply better.
Now I’m not here to guarantee any of this for you. But if you feel stuck, try meditating for 30 days in a row and see what it does for you. I only meditate for a 1/2 hour, but I’ve heard of people going anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours. Find whatever works best for you.
When you’re experimenting meditating, try these variables to make your experience the best as possible:
1. Where you meditate.
-Go somewhere quiet
-Sit or lay somewhere comfortable
2. External Noises.
-Listen to music
-Listen to a sound
-Listen to a guided meditation (YouTube has this)
-Anything you hear (if anything) should be relaxing and pleasant
3. Time
-There is no specific time
-See how long it takes you to block out everything else and go from there
-Practice meditating without the clock, when you’re finished, open your eyes and write down the time it took to finish
4. Thinking
-Begin by thinking about something simple
-I think about what dropping into a puddle to start and allow my mind to relax
-Let your mind take over itself by blocking out all thoughts
-Done correctly, you will be in complete peace with your mind and body
Some helpful links to learn more about meditation:
Give these a try and let me know what you think! Is there anything you found that helps you meditate effectively? Outside of meditation, what helps you relax? Comment on any of the social media this is shared on and let everyone know!
John
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7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Lunch Break

Even on your work days you can be productive outside of work. All too often we find our break goes by in a flash. Why?

It’s because you don’t want it to. You want more time to relax before heading back to a job you may or may not enjoy. Given the choice, we would all choose a lunch break over working right?

For those of you that can handle the work, we wanted to give you some advice on how you could make your lunch break productive. After all, you’re in a working mindset right before and right after. Why not keep that working mindset going at a more relaxed pace?

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Here’s what can be done in a 30 minute to 1 hour lunch break:

  • Exercise
    • No, not a full workout, but some exercise is doable. You can go for a walk, that’s probably your safest bet. It can be short and won’t get you sweaty before heading back to work. You can possibly do some light exercises like push ups, sit ups, squats, or lunges that don’t require anything but space. Try to finish these within the first 10-15 minutes of your break so you have some time to rest/ change clothes before heading back to work.
  • Read
    • If you’re struggling to read at home, this is a great chance to catch up in a quiet place. Assuming you can go anywhere for lunch, find a quiet spot and open up your favorite book.
  • Write
    • John will tell you to write your goals, priorities, time management schedule, but this can be anything. All of us here at Infinity Intuition agree that you can write about anything to be a little bit more creative. Don’t have a bucket list? Create one at lunch? Write your perfect eating lists, your exercise lists, or a list on what you could do to help others. Let your mind run wild with a pen and paper in your hand and see where it takes you.
  • Learn Something
    • Take an online course, read up on articles, watch YouTube videos, and whatever else you can do to learn. There seems to be an endless amount of information available at our fingertips with smart phones and computers. A half hour of learning each day will lead to a lot of learning each year, and even more each career.
  • Meal Prep
    • Get a chance to go home? Start cooking what you would need for dinner. Or you can go out an get all the ingredients you will need for the night. Either way, taking time during lunch can save you time when you really want to relax at night.
  • Pay Your Bills
    • Does it suck giving up money? Yes. But, paying your bills during lunch might increase productivity during work. You will feel the need to gain that money back, and there is no better time to do it than your work hours. Grab that bonus, reach your sales goals, or possibly use your overtime hours to regain the money you spent.
  • Catch Up With Friends
    • Who is guilty of not keeping in touch? We all are at some point. Catch up with friends through text or call if they have a minute too. It’s okay that life gets too busy when work is done. You don’t want to miss out on a friendship because of it. Catching up could just be a text saying “Hey, just wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you and miss you”. Don’t make it more complex than it has to be if you don’t want to.
    • You can add “catch up with clients/ businesses” to this too. It doesn’t have to be about making a sale or a deal. Reach out and bring up something they would be interested hearing. Make them feel like a friend rather than somebody you would use to make money from.

Check out one of our earlier articles on how you can be productive on your commute here to see more ideas. Productivity Tips for Commuters

Let’s say you work 200 days each year. And each day you take your lunch to be productive.

30 minutes x 200 days = 6,000 minutes or 100 hours or 4.17 days of productivity

1 hour x 200 days = 12,000 minutes or 200 hours or 8.3 days of productivity

Imagine what you can get done with that amount of time. It’s really the small changes you can make daily that will help you in the long run.

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Eating with a Purpose

The self perceived image we tend to aim and eat for, generated through the current norm developed by society can sometimes be misleading. The vast amount of body compositions, physical bodily structures and genetics make everyone of us unique. That being said, not every “diet” will work for everyone, however that doesn’t mean throw the towel in just yet.pexels-photo-264537.jpeg

As a certified Nutrition Specialist, a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer and a USAW Strength & Performance Coach, I have seen it all in regards to fitness routines but most importantly nutrition and dietary regiments. Some kind of fitness routine will definitely help speed up aesthetic goals one may have from burning fat faster along with speeding up the metabolism. However, I have had many clients who work a large amount of long and odd hours of the day and simply cannot get into the gym. Do not fret, there is plenty of hope for you looking to seem some “summer body” features within the near future.

Fad diets such as Paleo, Keto, Atkins, Weight Watchers etc. have been proven to work for many but rather in small quantities of success. Often many do not realize some of these diets are depleting us from some essential nutrients that our body needs to regulate its daily intake as well as absorb and use what nutrients we are ingesting to help us properly operate on a daily basis.

The most efficient form of dieting that I myself conduct daily along with teaching to my clients and coaching them thoroughly on is the “macro nutrient” diet. Counting your macro nutrients have never been labeled as a diet until more recently where a-lot of these top athletes in the sports and fitness world have started to tinker with the concept. Macro nutrients consist within every form and shape of food we eat, we just don’t choose to acknowledge them and how many of them we take in at a time. The three key nutrients that make up our macro nutrient count are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. If you pay attention to the nutrition facts panel on every product you purchase, these three nutrients are listed amongst a few other things. The process that goes hand in hand with these components is what regulates our body’s consumption which targets the body’s aesthetic make up.

Eating “healthy” is a great start to dieting however we don’t eat the exact same portions every day which causes an irregular intake balance typically leading to a fluctuation in our BMI (body mass index). Through counting your macros (macro nutrients) you can regulate your body’s daily food intake speeding up the metabolism, burning of fat, function of organs and many other bodily advantages we possess and require. One great thing about counting our macro intake is that we are not limited to specific foods unless we choose to be. Yes, that is correct. If you still want to enjoy that half of pint of ice cream at night you still can. The only catch to that is you will be tracking the serving size consumed which typically leads to “In Moderation” portions but we can still enjoy the finer things. Exercising can be a hassle to those day to day workers who may be overwhelmed with school and or family and can be tough to pursue.

Do not fear, the macro option is here. On my next write up I will go further into this dieting option and how it works from the calculation of your starting macro numbers, how they can be regulated weekly and the process at hand of transformation through it.

 

-Mike Casper, CFL1, FNS, USAW S&P

 

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