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Today I was driving into Athens when my car drifted a little too far toward the center of the road.  They have reflective lane dividers here in Alabama that make seeing your lane at night way easier.  They also give you an audible and physical prompt that you’ve drifted too far by thumping your tires.

The second I felt the thumping I instinctively centered my car in the lane.  I also told myself “learn to drive, stupid.”  Of course I was joking with myself.  I’m perfectly aware of how to drive.  I’ve been doing it for over three decades now.  And I know I’m not stupid.  But what’s the harm in a little self deprecating humor, right?

Well here’s the harm.  While you have a sense of humor, your brain doesn’t.  Your subconscious mind takes things quite literally.  So when you make a silly mistake and think to yourself “idiot” it’s all well and fine that YOU realize you’re just kidding, but your subconscious believes that you believe you’re an idiot.  And it stores that away for later.

Most things we do in life are the result of pre-programing that our subconscious mind acts on.  So think about that.  If you’ve been, even unintentionally, feeding into your subconscious that you’re fat, or stupid, or not worthy, it operates under the impression that those things are true.  And we wonder why we find success in life so elusive.

So a little self deprecating humor here and there isn’t going to kill you.  If you do make an oopsy feel free to yuck it up a bit.  But pay close attention to how often.  The predominate thoughts in your mind should be nurturing and uplifting.  They should be positive and optimistic.

On a side note, keep in mind that your subconscious doesn’t understand the concept of negating either.  You might think you’re being positive and reinforcing success by saying in your mind “I am not capable of failure” but what your subconscious hears is “I am capable of failure” because it drops the word “not” out.  Another example is instead of hearing “I don’t miss a chance to exercise” your subconscious drops the “don’t” and hears that you do miss chances to exercise.

So be mindful what you program your subconscious with.  I am a success.  I accomplish what I set out to do.  I learn things easily.  I am smart.  I am capable.  I am loveable.  Whatever you program into your subconscious is what your subconscious uses to run your life.  So keep the thoughts positive and happy, and have a great day.

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Remember when you were a kid and you had climbed a little higher than you should?  So high you couldn’t get yourself back down.  An adult, maybe a parent, came out and found you in your predicament and held their arms out to you and said “jump.”  Of course actually jumping was a little easier said than done.  Even though part of you trusted the adult to catch you, the same fear that kept you from descending by yourself also made you a little worried that they wouldn’t be able to stop the fall should you actually jump.

The problem was you didn’t have faith.  As an adult the equivalent might be wall climbing at the gym.  If the wall is high and you’re not very experienced they’ll put you in a harness for safety reasons and up you’ll climb.  If anything happens you know you can safely jump away from the wall and the harness will keep you safe.  Funny thing about that is you still don’t have faith.  You have knowledge.  You logically know that the rope is designed to carry your weight.  What you’re making is a scientific assessment, not a leap of faith.

Faith requires true belief in something that you can’t otherwise know to be true.  It’s jumping without the rope, or outstretched arms, to catch you knowing you’ll still be fine.  The only way you can truly believe is to accept it on belief alone.  Any doubt means a lack of faith.  This is important to know because that’s the level of belief you need for the law of attraction.

It’s why, despite most everyone you know dreaming about being rich, probably none of them are.  I dreamed of getting fit for the longest time.  Visualized it in my head often how great my life would be when I had bulging biceps instead of a bulging belly.   But for the longest time I didn’t get into shape.  My dreams of being better weren’t enough.  And then I started the ketogenic diet.  I can’t explain how, but I just knew this was the one.  I had faith it would work. And sure enough a year later I’m down 85 pounds.

I’ve stated before that how the law of attraction works isn’t really important.  And I still believe that.  Whether it’s self-fulfilling prophecy, a beneficent god, or a magical energy field doesn’t matter.  What does matter is for it to work you truly have to believe.  You have to have faith.  You must be certain in your mind it will happen.  That’s when it will.

So in the days to come think about what you really want to come into your life.  Be it money, or love, or health, whatever.  Just know it’s what you want.  And then take the next step to attract it into your life.  Truly believe that it is already yours.  That it’s a certainty you’ll have it.  It might come to you as a blessing from above.  It might be that you’ll become a vibrational match and you’ll attract it into your life.  Or maybe you’ll just finally do the things you know you need to do to make it happen, without any supernatural help.

However it happens, if you have faith, it will certainly happen.  Maybe not in a few minutes, or hours, or days, but it will happen.  Your faith will see to it that it does.  Have a great day.

You’ve Been There The Whole Time   2 comments

No matter who you can think of, nobody has spent more time with you than you.  Even dear old Mom hasn’t.  Sure, the two of you hung out together for around 9 months at the beginning of things for you.  She was definitely there for your birth.  But from that point forward it’s highly unlikely she’s been there every moment of your life.  No matter who it is, even if they were there the moment you were born and have been around in your life since, hasn’t been there for everything.

Why do I mention this?  Because we get a lot of advice from well-meaning, well-intentioned people, including dear old Mom.  They give this advice based on their best understanding of us.  But try as they might, they’ll never understand you as well as you can.  And sometimes the people giving the unsolicited advice aren’t well-meaning or well-intentioned.

You see, baring some sort of issue related to amnesia, you’re the only one with all the facts of your life.  More importantly, even if there was someone who has managed to be in the same space as you all your life, they still don’t have the insights of what has gone on in your head.  How did each and every one of those moments make you feel?  What impact did they have on your drive and focus?  What things did you consider impactful and what things did you dismiss out of hand?

All of that relevant information is contained in just one individual.  You.  So answer me this.  If nobody else has as great an understanding of you as you do, why do you hold their opinion of you higher than your own?

When someone tells you that you can’t do something, how do they know that better than you?  When someone tries to downplay your dreams as unreasonable, who are they to say it?  Or when someone cruelly tells you that you aren’t good enough, or worthy enough, or pretty enough why would you listen to what they think about you over what you know?

Why indeed.  The answer of course is you shouldn’t.  If you’re happy with who you are don’t worry about what other people think of you.  They don’t know you like you know you.  If you have a dream that others tell you is silly, who cares?  It isn’t their dream, so why would they be as invested in it as you are.  If you’re happy with the way you look and how you feel, never be swayed by the opinions of others who try to tell you otherwise.  Even friends and family who have the best of intentions for you.

Because in the end why would you care about the opinion of someone who is, regardless of intention, trying to bring you down?  You’re a light in this world, never forget that.  So don’t worry about the fog of negativity people like that try to shroud you in.  Burn brightly like you know you can and be a beacon to others.  Have a great and bright day.

Be Of Service By Listening   Leave a comment

I’ve mentioned before about the importance of being of service to others.  I think it’s one of the requirements of getting something out of life.  Kind of like karma if you will.  How can you expect good things to come into your life if you haven’t increased your worthiness via good deeds of your own?

I mentioned a few ways that cost absolutely nothing in which you could be of service.  Holding a door open for someone, or just giving them a smile when they look like they could use a little happiness.  There are many other ways that are of no cost to you as well.  If your neighbor is sick or elderly mowing their lawn for them (or shoveling snow this time of year for some) is a free way to help that is sure to go over well.  Perhaps you’re good with managing your money, but know a friend who struggles in that area.  Why not sit down with them and help them to better understand how to budget and save?

By far though the best no cost way of being of service to others is just to listen.  I went to Starbucks yesterday morning and there was an elderly gentleman there sitting by himself, drinking his coffee.  I sat down in the comfy chair beside his to enjoy my Iced Coffee and read more of my book.  He politely said hi, and I smiled and said hi back.  I opened my iPad Kindle app and was about to read when he asked me about my thoughts on the current government shutdown.

I’m sure he had noticed the iPad.  It was clear what my plan was.  But he asked anyway.  Why?  He wanted to interact with someone.  I could have politely dodged and went back to reading.  I could have been direct and said I came to read and not to talk.  But it was clear the older gentleman was desiring a conversation.  So I chose to be of service to him instead.

My book isn’t going anywhere.  I’ve bought it and it’ll be waiting on the app for later.  He had a need right now.  And it was clear when I replied that he was happy I wanted to talk, too.  We chatted for about 20 minutes and then he noticed his ride had arrived.  He politely thanked me for the conversation and left.  After he parted I went back to my book.

Now for you it might not be the older gentleman at the coffee shop.  It might be a coworker on break.  Or a person on the bus.  The lady in the grocery line behind you.

Then again it might be more.  Maybe a friend or family member has had a bad day.  Or maybe it’s a bad week, or month, or life.  Be of service by listening.  Sometimes people just need to vent.  They want to be heard by a sympathetic ear.  Often we want to help further by giving our take on the subject.  Or advice on how we think the situation could be made better.  I’d encourage you to be of more service to them by listening, and only listening.  If they ask for your advice or guidance by all means give it.  But if they don’t just listen.

Active listening is even better.  Even if you already know that you heard them correctly repeat back what they’ve said to insure you’ve heard correctly.  It lets them know you’re listening.  If there’s a long pause ask them how they feel about the situation.  If you need to speak, keep it brief, and preferably in the form of a question.  That lets them know you’re interested in hearing more, and also that the conversation is about them.  That is being of service.

So in the next few days look for ways to be of service by listening.  It’s easy for you, costs you nothing, and you might find yourself rewarded right away.  I had a pleasant conversation  with the older gentleman who smiled as he walked away.  He was happy.  And that made me happy.  Karma in action.  Have a great day.

New Video Up On YouTube   Leave a comment

This is a review of Keto Meal replacement shake by American Metabolix.  Sometimes life gets busy, or maybe you’re on the road or away from home, and you just don’t have the time or ability to make yourself a full keto friendly meal.  So what do you do?  Well American Metabolix has the answer for you.  Have a quick, easy to prepare, and delicious Keto Meal shake.  While this video is specific to the Vanilla Cake flavor, they do also offer Blueberry Cheesecake (which I’ve tried and love) as well as chocolate (which I’ve not tried personally but considering how well the two I’ve tried taste I’m sure it’s pretty good too).  Links to the products mentioned in the video, and to one of my favorite sources of information on all things keto, Logan Delgado (aka Goody Beats), are included on the YouTube page in the description.  If you try it, let me know what you think in the comments here or on YouTube.  If you check out Logan’s social media let me know what you think about him as well.  He’s a great guy and I’m sure you’ll want to follow him too.  Have a great day.

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So I was driving home tonight when I noticed the view outside my windshield getting a little fuzzy.  I turned on my defroster and increased the heat.  After a few moments the view did get a little clearer, but not much.  As oncoming traffic drove past me it struck me that the problem was possibly the interior of the windshield having gotten dirty.  Not much I can do about that as I’m driving down the road at 45 mph.

I turned onto the main road that leads to my home, and the traffic got a little more dense.  As such I was seeing the dirty windshield more and more.  Was it me or was it getting dirtier as I drove down the road.  There’s a hill I have to go over when I drive home, and the road to my house is on the other side of it about a mile away.  As I descended down the other side of the hill I saw the gas station beside my road.  It was hidden in a weird haze.

And that’s when it finally dawned on me what the actual problem was.  It was misting in this area.  As it wasn’t raining hard enough the water wasn’t repelling off my windshield, but it was misting hard enough the windshield defroster couldn’t keep the windshield clear.  The solution was easy once I knew what the problem was .  I set the intermittent wipers to the lowest setting and wallah, problem solved.

Now the gas station may have been the brightest lit thing on the road, but it wasn’t the only lit object on the road.  So while I should have noted the mist earlier, I hadn’t.  Why was that?  Because I got too focused on the minutia.  I was so intent on the windshield immediately in front of me I wasn’t looking at the broader surroundings, which would have turned me on to the mist earlier.

We go through life like that at times.  So focused on one item or the next that we forget to stop and take a look at the bigger picture.  And that’s important.  Especially when orienting yourself properly.

So this week, don’t get caught in the details.  Occasionally remember to take a moment, take a deep breath, and look around.  You never really know what you’re missing if you’re keeping your focus too narrow.  Worst case scenario by looking up you get a heck of a view.  Have a great day.

First Vlog of 2019 Is Up On YouTube   Leave a comment

I’ve posted a new vlog on YouTube.  It is the first of 2019.  It covers how I did in 2018 in both body and mind improvements and a general overview of what I want to accomplish in 2019.  My YouTube channel is a big part of the improvements I want to make for 2019.  I’d like to see it grow and reach more people.  I have received a lot of help from family, friends, and people who have followed me along the way on my social media.  That has helped so much with the gains I’ve made.  And I’d like to return the favor with as many people as I can.  So I hope you follow me along that journey here.  I’d also love it if you subscribed to my YouTube channel and follow my journey there.  That helps me reach more people, which I’d love to do.  If you ring the bell on YouTube it will tell you immediately when I post new content on YouTube.  I hope you’re having a great day and I’ll see you soon.