I Admire You…

Feeling envious when you talk with someone who you think is “better” than you are is often a disingenuous, false signal. Everyone’s dealing with something you have no idea about… Everyone has a struggle. A better approach is to really admire that person for their ability to remain calm on the surface while their world could likely be falling apart. Thinking, I admire you, is a form of mental Aikido will help you in the end.

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Mental Aikido

Aikido, jiu jitsu and judo all can turn your opponent’s strength against them… Each is an art form… When mastered, a smaller, physically weaker person can easily overcome a sulphurous, vesuvian beast. Inner struggles are always a mismatch… Weakness is so strong. We shouldn’t try to meet it head on. At least not for the first 5,000-7,000 hours of our hero’s journey. Our higher self is too weak to aggressor the lizard directly… We must perform mental aikido. Practice redirecting the inner beast every day… Catch it off guard. Redirect…

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Who Am I? It Depends On Who You Ask…

who am I?

Who do you think you are? If you sometimes think to yourself “Who Am I?” you are you’re not alone… We’re in a constant battle to define ourselves. The battle is between the outside world and our thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences inside ourselves. Who Am I? If you ask the outside world for the answer, chances are you will eventually hit a dead end… But it’s entirely possible it’s not your fault. You may not even realize that you’re looking outside for the answer. We’re so overwhelmed by stimuli…

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Invoking The Muse vs. A Personal Mantra For Success?

invoking the muse vs. a personal mantra for success

What’s the difference between “invoking the muse” and using a personal mantra for success? Invocations and mantras have similarities… An invocation is like a prayer that is said in tribute to a higher being… Such as a spirit or a god. You may find an invocation in a religious text, or really anywhere. It doesn’t need to be religious… It can be any passage or writing that is meaningful to you. Invocations are meant to show praise and respect for the spirit being invoked. Invocations are said with sincerity and…

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How to Get What You Want…

How to get what you want - feel the fear and do it anyway.

Start small. Admit to yourself that you want things. More money, more freedom, better friendships, a different job, recognition, creativity, better health, a smaller waistline, to stop drinking… Whatever. Practice telling yourself what you want. Then practice telling yourself that you deserve it. Start showing others what you want in small steps. For example, start by wearing your favorite sports team memorabilia out in public. Or put a bumper sticker on your car promoting something you believe in. Work to overcome the fears that are holding you back from getting…

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Remember Your Acting Career…

And that you have one. It’s a life and death role with massive potential for success (or waste and failure). How it’s perceived, good or bad, it’s all an act. It’s not being inauthentic to try to act a certain way that you believe will help others, even when you don’t necessarily feel like it. Also, practice your acting. Memorize things and practice them in front of a mirror or camera. You’ll probably be surprised at the amount of acting talent that you have… And what an amazing actor you…

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Is It Impossible to Gain Meaning Without Struggle?

Is It Impossible to Gain Meaning Without Struggle?

One of the greatest paradoxes is of success by “playing it safe”. Indeed, look at the people who always play it safe… But still fail the worst. If you never have to overcome anything, because you are afraid of being tested (or worse, because you seek to find the easy way out for everything), you may find yourself in a never-ending, meaningless loop. And without meaning… What do you have? Depression and depressive thoughts… This is a bad place to be because thoughts lead to actions which lead to results……

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A Game With No Clock

We’re all participants in a giant game with no clock. In the game, you can more or less make your own rules. You can ask others to play with you, you just have to ask… You may surprise yourself by how many people say yes. But you have no idea when the game ends for you… So try to enjoy each moment you have playing the game. And remember each day that the game is over when you die. — HT to Sam Harris

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Failure Leaves Clues Too…

Tony Robbins is often quoted for the phrase “Success leaves clues“. He may have learned this from his mentor, Jim Rohn. Of course it’s true… Success does leave clues. It can pay to watch what those who are successful are doing and try to determine what they are doing that makes the difference in their lives. Remember that trying to simply observe what a successful person is doing to become successful is extremely hard. You are observing only the tip of the iceberg, or what’s visible, above the surface. Chances…

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