Who is your Master?

I was having one of those days where negative thoughts were starting to dominate and gain momentum. Ever had a day where negative thoughts begin to stack on top of each other and crush the positive intentions beneath? I find productivity takes a real kick in the guts on days like these… I just couldn’t quite find the answers I needed to get my mind back on track. Then in an absolute random act I found myself in a folder on my PC where I spotted a document containing some quotes I had enjoyed and recorded years ago… I opened the document and staring me straight in the face was exactly the answer I needed. Isn’t it such a mind trip when things like that happen? I thought it was worth sharing… written by a wordsmith outdone only by Shakespeare himself…  James Allen… take it away my brother… “Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master. Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this – that man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny. As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the Lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills. Man is always the master, even in his weakest and most abandoned state; but in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his household. When he begins to reflect upon his condition, and to search diligently for the Law upon which his being is established, he then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence, and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought; which discovery is totally a matter of application, self-analysis, and experience.”]]>

Free Tickets to The World’s Biggest Waterslide

wbwLast year we launched theFreemanX Foundation, it’s still very much early days however we hold high hopes for the positive influence we’ll be able to achieve in New Zealand through this charity in time. This post isn’t about our charity however but about a charity a friend of mine Daniel Drupsteen who along with Jimi Hunt established last year to support the education and awareness of depression. The Charity is called Live More Awesome. They have gone out and with the help of many volunteers and generous people built the world’s biggest waterslide! You can view details atwww.worldsbiggestwaterslide.com. As you can imagine the desire to have a go has been huge and their 2000 tickets (1000 this Sat and 1000 this Sun) have all sold out… I do however have a couple of spare tickets I’d like to give away for free. I would like to give them to people who for whatever reason need an injection of fun, positivity, and can do attitude in their lives… if you know someone like that and you feel is deserving please tell me the circumstances in a comment and you could be sending them down the world’s biggest waterslide this weekend!

Top 3 Fastest Ways to Lose Weight Guaranteed.

Fit Woman3rd fastest way to lose weight  guaranteed – Eat 2kg of Plums and wait 1 hour. 2nd fastest way to lose weight guaranteed – contract gastro Not pretty but the pounds will melt away. No.1 fastest way to lose weight guaranteed– amputate a limb. Lose up to 20 kgs overnight! Right jokes aside… Why do we expect a quality outcome when we don’t invest a quality effort? Are you ready to get a better body? Are you ready to live a healthy lifestyle? Are you ready to do it properly!? Great! Now stop looking for schemes, revelations, potions, fads, and stop watching infomercials on the most ridiculous contraptions known to man (and women)! The recipe for losing weight  has been well established for centuries…sure there are numerous schools of thought, some contradictory on small pockets of theory but by and large the recipe is pretty straight forward. # The fundamental Truth to losing weight and having a healthy body: Eat nutritionally balanced meals and exercise regularly. Boom! Surprise! Sorry if that’s disappointing but no matter how many books Opera tells you to read or ab-masters you buy you can’t escape the fundamentals. Until you accept the need for the foundations to be laid it will be a waste of time trying to maintain quality healthy results. Ok so hopefully we can find agreement on the fundamental truth… So now what? Well I believe the key is to start gradual and don’t try and do everything at once… Look for sustainability not rip, tear and bust quick results. I know you crave the result badly but extreme measures may get a short term impure result that will only gradually reverse itself in the short to medium term and leave you back at square one. I’m sure you would rather achieve an outcome that is sustainable so you can enjoy the rest of your life in a healthy and attractive body. Breaking the fundamental truth down we have two areas of knowledge, Nutrition and Exercise. I’m not going to get into the specifics here because there are tens of thousands of books written on both and 30mins research on the Internet will have you versed in the basics. Protein, Carbohydrates and fats are the building blocks of nutrition… Just get familiar with what foods are nutritional assets and which are nutritional liabilities… Don’t over do it… Just the basics for now… It’s not hard I would guess most people already know. Good food examples: Chicken Lean beef Fish Veges Etc etc As for exercise well again most people already know… Just get your arse moving and build up a sweat… Again keep it simple to start with. Now here’s the kicker… My recommendation for the first month is don’t worry about how much you’re eating just eat clean, quality food and cut out as much of the crap you eat and drink as possible… Goal one is simply to change your eating habits…forget about quantity for now, eat as much as you like… Secondly on the exercise front…get your arse moving to the point of sweating just 2 times a week for 35 mins… Now anyone can find time for that… That’s it for the first month… No big deal… Begin today… Just ease into it with this and I’ll post my recommended Stage two in a couple of weeks…

The Power of Desire

power-of-desire What drives us in our daily lives? How can we tap into that driving force and better control it in the direction we want our lives to go? If I said to you that your Family would all drop dead 2 years from today unless you were able to honestly make $1,000,000… Do you think you would find a way to achieve it? Of course you would. How focused would you be? How open would your mind become to ideas? How many hours a day would you dedicate to the pursuit? How often would the goal leave the front of your mind? Would you be distracted by unproductive endeavors or be prone to excuses? What’s the difference between that scenario and what you want in your life right now? It’s your level of desire, how badly do you want to achieve these things? Desire is effectively your willingness to pay the price for that outcome. If you want to be a world class swimmer how badly do you want it, are you willing to pay the price? 5am starts in the pool, early nights, strict diet, years of dedication and on and on it goes… One of the biggest challenges when pursuing your goals is the ability to build and maintain a level of desire strong enough to repel distraction and excuses as well as be strong enough to find ways over and around obstacles that come hand in hand with the pursuit of any worthwhile goal. So how do you do this? I’ve always found applying the carrot and the stick method to your own mind is a good start. Try filling your head with all the positives achieving your goals will bring to your life and how much better, brighter, and enriched your life will be after achieving them. Likewise acknowledge all the negative things that will eventuate from doing nothing. Remind yourself of these as frequently as you can. Build a visual wall of your goals and the positive outcomes that will eventuate from there achievement. This will in turn give you regular positive visual cues. Do whatever it takes to build and maintain your desire. The stronger your desire for a better life, the more likely you will endure the journey required to achieve it.