Combatting Procrastination

We all face procrastination.  It’s an ever present ever green issue for a reason.

I, myself, have things that I always put off: from writing my book, to doing the simplest things.

The first thing I have to say is look at goals from a micro and macro level.  Once you do, you’re going to be able to break down goals into the smallest actions conceivable.

Example, writing 2000 words in one day just seems like such a daunting task that will scare the hell out of you, ultimately having you just put it off until the next day, week, month.

Instead, you want to just write 1-2 bad pages.  Take away the number (2000) and just write a couple of bad pages of your book first.  What that does is create momentum, and a lot of us know when we’re in the zone, we continue going.

Next, if you have 10 things on your to-do list, which ONE THING can you do that will make the rest easier or irrelevant?

Example, Tim Ferris talked about flossing your teeth.  You want to make it as easy and automatic as possible.  Do less than what you’re capable of doing….so how about saying, “I’m only going to floss three teeth.”  Yeah, sounds a bit odd, but this applies to a lot more than just flossing.

How about incentives and consequences? Having an accountability partner?

Example, get into a challenge whereas there’s a pot of gold at work, and whoever doesn’t work out for an “x” amount of minutes, they have to donate $1 to the pot.  Raise the stakes, make it a few dollars.  Why? Because people hate losing money, right? When money is at stake, you will do whatever it takes to get the task done.

Example, I try achieving 13,000 steps a day.  The most difficult part about this is of course having a watch and tracking it makes it easy, but if I’m sitting at 9,000 steps and I’m going home in the evening, that means I have to somehow get 4k steps before hitting my night routine, which is the ultimate slayer.  Can you imagine after teaching all day having to come home and walk 1-2km just to achieve the mark? Hold yourself accountable.

If not, get someone who will.

More in my podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9597615

Jack Canfield – Pay Yourself First

“You have a divine right to abundance, and if you are anything less than a millionaire, you haven’t had your fair share.” – Stuart Wilde

Hmmmm…..back in 2007 when I began working as a work-study student at college, I use to save EVERYTHING.  When I needed to move out of my apartment due to family transgressions, NO PROBLEM!

When I had emergencies, NO PROBLEM!

When I had the idea at just past 12am on a very early May morning in 2009 to fly to Australia, I checked my bank account and realized I had enough money for the plane ticket, and 100$ spending money per day.

But….WHAT IF I wasn’t an aggressive saver?

Some of you reading this right now are also thinking about your future in terms of saving and where to go next with ROTH IRA’s and 401k’s.

You’re going to have to learn to pay yourself first.

Jack Canfield wrote in his book about George Clason who wrote a book  called “The Richest Man In Babylon” – one of the great success classics of all time.  It’s basically a fabled story of a man named Arkad, just a simple kid who convinced his client, a money lender, to teach him the secrets of money.

The first principle the money lender tAught the kid was “a part of all you earn bus the yours to keep.”  He goes on to explain that by first putting aside at least 10% of his earnings – and making that money INACCESSIBLE for expenses – Arkad would see this amount build over time.

Many people have built their fortunes by paying themselves first.  It’s as true and effective today as it was in 1926.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9591625

Stephen Covey – At The Center: Who Are You?

In order to write a personal mission statement, we have to begin at the Circle of Influence, that center that’s compiled of our most basic paradigms.

Whatever is at the centre of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.

Remember, security represents our self worth, self-esteem, and our basic personal strength or lack of it.

Guidance represents the source of direction and decision-making in our lives.

Wisdom is our perspective on life and sense of balance.

Last but not least, power is the faculty or capacity to act.

When these four factors are present together, they create a noble personality, a balanced character, and a beautifully integrated individual.

You’re probably asking yourself, “where do I stand?” Well, that’s what this next chart will indicate for you to find out your influence.  You can trace it back to the centre, the genesis and figure out if it’s actually holding you back.

For example, if you’re friend centered, you are highly dependent on the opinions of others.   You’re also easily embarrassed by other people and you see the world through a social lens.

The best way I can describe Thai society is definitely self-centred.  Everything revolves around, “if it feels good, what I want, what I need, what’s in it for me.”  The view of 80% of the lives of people living within these borders revolves around how decisions, events and circumstances affect you.

Most foreigners who visit Thailand is pleasure centered.  You feel secure only when you’re on a pleasure “high.”  You make decisions based on what will give you the most pleasure.  You only see the world for what’s in it for you.  Security is also short lived.

If you want to know about every category, tune into my podcast down below.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10321998

 

Lisa Nichols – Diagnose The Problems, Resolve It, & Move Onto Your Abundant Life

I talked about having money blueprints and how they have been such a powerful influence on virtually everyone’s life.  Geographical, Cultural, Spiritual, Gender, Economical, Spiritual…..one of these played a huge part in how we view money.

For instance, when I was young, I remember my mom cooking flower tortillas in vegetable oil just to put some food in our stomach.  I remember wearing water shoes to school everyday and had my “friends” spew hateful rhetoric at me because I was widely known as the “poor boy.”  The days where we couldn’t even afford to have water at my house so my dad had to fill water jugs in the restrooms at his job.

See, you can see how this could’ve ultimately doomed me.  Look at the southside of Chicago, Camden, Gary, Flint, Detroit and so many other places around America where African Americans have generationally lived and continue to live in ravaged cities just narrowly surviving.

So, how come I’m the only person in my family who had the ability to escape that blueprint and create my own?  Moving forward, how come I’ve been shunned from my family because I don’t “act like” them and I’m hated by my brother?

Simple.

I choose NOT to live in the past influences of my life.

There are some techniques and behaviors that you can engage in so you can begin diagnosing and resolving the problems in your life that’s currently happening because of past actions and blueprints.

Here are several podcasts to get you started.

 

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10255673 – #1: Create A New Relationship With Money
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10273024 – #2: Your Economic Background Helps Draw Your Money Blueprint, Too.
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10287697 – #3: Gender & Geographic
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10314021 – #4: Your Spiritual Upbringing Can Be A Help Or Hindrance

 

 

Jack Canfield – You Get What You Focus On

“If you don’t put a value on money and seek wealth, you most probably won’t receive it.  You must seek wealth for it to seek you.  If no burning desire for wealth arises within you, no wealth will arise around you.  Having definiteness of purpose for acquiring wealth is essential for its acquisition.” – Dr. John Demartini

Like Tim Ferris wrote in his book, “a lot of us don’t want to be millionaires or have a million dollars in the bank, but we would love to have the million dollar lifestyle.”

To be honest, as a teacher teaching here in Thailand, it’s so easy for me to travel everywhere.  With two trips to Arizona and Hawaii looming large, and a couple others such as Bali, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, I’m already living in the wealthy mindset.

I can easily say, “oh, I don’t have enough money to buy a plane ticket to go to America twice.” I could’ve easily said that and not go.  However, that’s a limiting belief.  I know that’s a life.  I want to be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want, for as long as I want.

Decide what wealthy means to you.

  • I will have a net worth of _____________ by the year __________.
  • I will earn at least ____________ by December 31st of this year.
  • I will save and invest ____________ every month.
  • A new financial habit I will develop starting now is __________.
  • To become debt free, I will ______________________.
  • I will be debt free by _______________________.

How much is it going to cost to finance your dream life?  Life right now is the result of the thoughts you have thought, the choices you have made, and the actions you have taken in the past.

So, what we can do is research how much it would cost you to do and buy everything you want over the course of the next year.  This could include food, clothes, plane tickets, hotels, education, recreation, insurance, philanthropy…you name it. See how much it’s going to cost you.

For each category, visualize those items or activities in your life, then write down what you would need to spend to get them.  Imagine eating in fine restaurants, driving your dream car, going on your dream vacation – even refurbishing your home or moving into a new one….

More in my podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9443056

Banana + Herbalife Pancakes – Post Endurance Workout Meal

Hello, people! Welcome back to the foodie blog and what I’m bringing to you today is a HEAVY carb meal after a crazy endurance workout.

On days I go running through the sweltering heat, stench of sewage, pollution from 40 year old buses and ominous stares from people, I love to load up heavily on carbohydrates so I can get that energy back.

Ofcourse depending exactly what you do, carbs after a workout for cardio burn – for weight lifting it would be protein.

With that being said, I love my Herbalife.  If you guys aren’t a fan of it, you can find some protein at your local store.  Doesn’t matter….but having the variety of flavors at hand makes for a delicious plate of heaven.  I recommend using vanilla or chocolate since those actually go along with the distinct sweetness of a banana.

Ingredients……

📌100 g. flour pancakes
📌1 tablespoon baking powder
📌1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
📌2 eggs
📌2 tbsp sugar (recommend 1 for those ewwww-I-don’t-like-sugar-junkies).
📌1 1/3 cups milk
📌1 scoop herbalife nutritional shake mix (vanilla or chocolate). One scoop contains 9 grams of protein.

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Jack Canfield – Develop A Positive Money Consciousness

“There is a secret psychology to money.  Most people don’t know about it.  That’s why most people never become financially successful.  A lack of money is not the problem’ it is merely a symptom of what’s going on inside of you.” – T. Harv Eker

Let’s identify some of these limiting beliefs….

  1. Money doesn’t grow on trees.
  2. There’s not enough money to go around.
  3. It’s selfish to want a lot of money.
  4. You have to have money to make money.
  5. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
  6. You have to work too hard to get money.
  7. Money is the root of all evil.
  8. People with money are evil, selfish, and unethical.
  9. Rich people are greedy and dishonest.
  10. You can’t buy happiness.
  11. The more money you have, the more problems you have.
  12. If you are rich, you can’t be spiritual.

Now that we have listed these, all of these messages from early childhood can actually dilute your later financial success because they subconsciously emit a vibration that can cancel out your conscious intentions.

That goes for experiences, too.  I had a terrible experience tripping over a 300m intermediate hurdle on a spring evening in 2006 – I never ran it again because of what happened.

See, a lot of people believe that money brings pain and misery, not ok to make more money than your family, becoming rich or successful would violate the family code, I’ll become a burden.

We make all these excuses that act as a psychological muscle. It holds us back and will continue holding you back if you don’t release the breaks.

So, I’ll give you three steps to turn around your limiting beliefs about money.

  1. Write down your limiting belief. – Money is the root of all evil.
  2. Challenge, make fun of, and argue with the limiting belief. – Money is the root of all philanthropy, might be the root of evil for someone who is evil, etc.

You can even write out your new money beliefs on 3×5 index cards and add them to your stack of affirmations to be read out loud with enthusiasm and passion everyday.

3. Create a positive turnaround statement.  – Create a new statement that is the opposite of the original belief.  “When it comes to me, money is the root of love, joy, and good works.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9409156

Jack Canfield – Keep Your Agreements

“Never promise more than you can perform.” – Publilius Syrus

Keeping agreements nowadays are literally a hit-or-miss affair

You integrity and self-esteem are worth more than a million dollars.  When you realise how important they are, stop making casual agreements just to get someone off your back.  You won’t sell your self-esteem for momentary approval.  You won’t make agreements you don’t intend to keep.  You will make fewer agreements and you will do whatever it takes to keep them.

Here are some tips on making and keeping agreements.

  1. Make only agreements that you intend to keep.  Take a few seconds before making an agreement to see if it is really what you want to do.
  2. Write down all the agreements you make.  Use a calendar, daily planning book, notebook smartphone, tablet, or computer to record all of you agreements.  Review the list everyday.  If we don’t write these things down, brain research has indicated that the particular thought would be lost in 37 seconds. WRITE IT DOWN!
  3. Communicate any broke agreement at the first appropriate time.  I’ve done this plenty of times with my friends.  If it’s not going to work, hurry up and connect with the individual and make arrangements. DON’T WAIT until the last minute.
  4. Learn to say no more often.  Give yourself time to think it over before making any new agreements.

More details are in my podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9551524

Roasted Veggies Recipe

For everyone who’s looking for a nice side dish to eat for dinner, I’ve got you covered with some roasted vegetables!

Ingredients:

Choose your favorite vegetables…..heck, I like to even throw in potatoes, too.  However, just try veges this time around.

Get your variety of veges such as broccoli, celery, brussel sprouts, or whichever you like and chop them up.

Procedure:

Throw your chopped Veggies into a big mixing bowl along with 1 tbsp salt, and 1 tbsp of paprika. You can even throw in some fresh Rosemary, as well as well as some garlic.  Now, with the garlic taste, it could be very distinctive, so be careful.  If some of you don’t like garlic, don’t put it in.  Finally, throw in about 1/4 cup of Olive Oil, and 1 tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar (the real stuff if you can get it, otherwise any wine vinegar will do.)

Cover a sheet pan with Aluminium Foil and spread the veggies in a thin, even layer. If you pile them up too much, they won’t brown properly. If you end up having too much, just set some veggies aside and roast them later.

Roast for 20 minutes at 450 degrees, take them out, give them a stir, rotate the pan, and place them back in the oven until they’re nicely charred. Check on them after about 10 minutes, but let them go a little longer if you like. Be careful not to cook them too long or they’ll get mushy.

And here’s your basic, charred veges recipe! Please comment, like or share and here’s my podcast down below if you want to actually listen to me explain the process.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10315122

Jack Canfield – Practice Uncommon Appreciation

“I have yet to find a man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirt of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” – Charles M. Schwab

Throughout all my teaching jobs in Thailand, I’ve never been praised for an amazing job I do. Period.  Even if my students excel significantly, it’s not happening.  Other foreigners would want to see me fail than succeed because that means they’ll get a higher salary if I get fired.  The scrutiny is incredible, too, especially when color goes against you for whatever reason.

I still love telling the story about my first dental assisting job in America.  I worked with one of the most wonderful Dental Anaesthetist who I thought was a big brother.  His wife would come in and say, “we need positive reinforcement.”

So, one day she walked into the surgery and delivered some good news.  He said, “hey!”….approaching her, put his hand up and said, “good job.”  She bursted into laughter, including the dentist and I.  It’s hard to practice uncommon appreciation.

A management study revealed that 46% of employees leaving a company do so because they feel unappreciated; 61% said their bosses don’t place much important on them as people, and 88% said they do not receive acknowledgement for the work they do.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, manager, teacher, parent, coach, or simply a friend, if you want to be successful with other people, you must master the art of appreciation.

What Are The Five Love Languages?

Words of affirmation.  If this is someone’s primary love language, they feel most cared for when you are open and expensive in telling them how wonderful you think they are, how much you appreciate them and what they do, and sharing words of encouragement expressing your belief in their talents and abilities.

Quality Time.  If someone’s love language is quality, they need you to be fully present and engaged when talking to them.

Receiving Gifts.  If someone’s primary love language is receiving gifts, you need to give them a gift for them to feel loved and appreciated.

Acts of service.  If someone’s love language is acts of service, doing something for them makes them feel appreciated.  It could be watching the kids so they can go to the gym, washing the dishes without being asked, bringing them breakfast in bed, etc….

Physical Touch.  A warm hug, a kiss, snuggling, holding hands, a massage, and sexual intimacy will make them feel most loved.

If you want to know more about these, tune into my podcast down below.

Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9374684