Your Stories Define You

The stories you tell yourself repeatedly will eventually define who you are and what you become.

It is up to you tell stories that are either empowering or dis-empowering.

Empowering stories give you the confidence and the energy to follow through – even in the face of adversity.

Dis-empowering stories perpetuate fear and worry.

If you find yourself caught up in making excuses for why things aren’t going your way or blaming and resenting others for your own unhappiness, chances are you are stuck in a dis-empowering story. Re-writing the story to be empowering might not be easy but it is in your control to do so.

Here’s a short video from Tony Robbins on stories, using Steve Jobs as an example:

For another example of someone who has chosen to write the story of her life as an empowering tale, see my previous post on 108 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor Alice Summer.

 

Change Your Approach

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

– I first heard this from Tony Robbins at a training in 2005  (original source is Rita Mae Brown and others).

Dealing with a few injuries over the past couple months I’ve had to change-up my approach to training.

An issue with my hip and low back led my to question how I spend most of my waking hours working at a desk, prompting the use of a motorized sit/stand desk. Just a couple of hours a day of standing at work and my hip pain vanished.

An issue with my feet (plantar fascia pain following copper canyon) has me using shoes with a bit more cushioning – Brooks Racer ST’s –  until my feet heal completely.

As issue with my knee (medial knee strain) has me changing my bike position and equipment. Turns out my road bike and older pedals with less float don’t cause me pain, while my new Time Trial bike hurts like hell, despite having it professionally fit by two different bike fitters. Even though the pedals on my new bike (Speedplay Zero’s) are supposed to be great for people with knee issues (and actually prevent issues from developing), for me, these pedals don’t make my knees happy!

My point in all this is that if you are not getting the results you expect, try talking to as many informed people as you can, assess ALL the options and change-up your approach. You never know what little detail could be the missing link.

Copper Canyon Adventure and Ultramarathon

World class ultrarunner Scott Jurek running with Arnulfo a few years ago before the Copper Canyon Ultra. Source: barefootted.com

Ever since hearing about the Tarahumara from Tony Robbins at a workshop several years ago (Tony was sharing tips on fitness and endurance), I’ve dreamed about visiting the Copper Canyons of Mexico. Reading Born to Run a short while later got me really excited and upon meeting Caballo Blanco (Micah True) and Barefoot Ted in Seattle and hearing about their efforts to help the Raramuri (means “running people”…and is what the Tarahumara call themselves), I realized that the only thing stopping me from doing it was a strong commitment to do so.  So here I go, on Saturday (February 26th, 2011) I’m leaving to visit the Copper Canyons. I’ll stay there for a few days and also compete in the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, an epic 50 mile endurance run through amazing off-road terrain.

View of the Copper Canyons. Source: David B Bell

The race has been organized by Caballo for several years, and serves as a celebration of the Raramuri way of life as well as a fund raiser to support them through the Norawas De Raramuri foundation. Running comes naturally to the people that live in the canyons, as it is their primary mode of transportation between villages, given the terrain is too extreme for roads and cars. Running is also a form of play, with villages playing a “ball game” that often lasts for several days and involves kicking a small wooden ball along a dirt path, covering upwards of 100K+ at a time! Yes, all for fun. For these strong and kind people, running 50 miles really is nothing big. They run in simple sandals made from old tires, wear simple cotton clothing and having fancy in terms of energy gels, bars or camelbacks for hydration. Despite their simple approach, they are incredibly fast! For me, it will be a big mental and physical test and be the longest I’ve ever run in one stretch (when I say run I really mean jog/walk!).

The Copper Canyon Ultramarathon will feature around 20-30 “non-local” runners (mostly from the US) and over 200 Tarahumara runners. Non-local runners have all donated funds that will go back to support local villages, and every local finisher will receive 100Kg’s of corn (their primary food). The top finishers will a lot more corn (I think the winner gets 1 ton!).

Copper Canyons deep in the heart of Mexico. Source: www.graphicmaps.com

The canyons, are very remote – requiring a 3+ day journey (each way!) just to get to the start of the race. I’ll be flying into El Paso, Texas and meeting a handful of runners. After an overnight stay at a cheap motel we’ll meet a guide who is taking us via van across the border (very quickly passing through Juarez!) for a 2 1/2 day overland journey to the edge of the Copper Canyons. After a night’s stay at a hotel we will then hike around 18 miles down into the canyons, to the small village of Urique that will serve as the “race headquarters.” I’ll spend 3 days in Urique hiking the entire race course with other runners, exploring the canyons and relaxing as much as possible. I’ll be staying in some very simple dorm-style accommodations. Hiking 50 miles on rugged terrain 3 days before a race might not be the best race taper strategy, but this is more about seeing the canyons and meeting the people than racing per se 🙂 . I’ve also heard they have amazing grapefruit orchards in the canyons – if this is true I’ll be in heaven!

It’s also the case that the diet of the Tarahumara is primarily vegetarian – based on corn, chia, beans and fruits and vegetables. There is some meat in their diet, but it is limited simply due to cost and the limited land for animal farming. As a vegetarian, this is all good with me!

On March 6th, the race will begin. The course will have a lot of elevation change, I think something on the order of 8-9000 feet of climbing in total (and then descending the same). Some of the course is on old dirt roads and some is on single track. Temperatures in the canyons will be a dry 80-85 degrees during the day and as low as 45-50 in the evenings. In terms of aid station, I’m still unclear exactly what will be offered, though I’m assured there will be “enough”! I’m betting on water and fruit along the course in at least a couple of spots since the route is a figure 8 and will pass through the village a couple of times. My race strategy is to use an Amphipod waist belt to carry around 40 ounces, and an Amphipod hand bottle for another 20 ounces. I’ll carry 600 calories in energy gel (in a gel flask), a bunch of almonds, a Cliff Bar and electrolyte tablets (1 per hour at least). If the aid station situation isn’t ideal, I’ll carry another bottle.

My expectations for the race itself are simply to finish with a smile on my face. Under 10 hours would be awesome, but I recognize that it might take around 12 hours. I really don’t know what will happen to my body after 32 miles (the longest I’ve run) so it’s all uncharted territory. The only important thing as far I am concerned is to finish before dark (we start at 6am) and not get lost…navigating the trails in the dark won’t be fun (or safe).

I won’t have internet access while I’m down there, so however this adventure goes down, you’ll get an update when I return.

Hasta Luego!

The monk who sold his ferrari: book recap

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Finished reading a very quick book – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma. I was perusing Barnes and Noble and noticed the book due to the striking title. I had never heard of Robin Sharma, but have since learned that this book is a bestseller and has been for the past 10+ years.

It was an incredibly quick and easy read (I finished it in 3 sittings, about 2.5 hours total). It’s written as a fable and embeds a whole bunch of personal development teaching through the story. If you have read Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins or other personal and spiritual development teachings, the themes of this book will be very familiar.

Overall, the book was OK. I give it a 7 out of 10. It’s worth reading, but the fable itself had a bunch of information (and quotes!) I had already read through other teachers. the fable itself also was pretty darn predictable in terms of how the dialogue progressed (though there was a twist at the end!).

Some of my take-away’s:

  • Time management is one of life’s most important skills
  • Most of us sleep far too much
  • Not being motivated means you don’t have a clear vision/purpose/goal for your life
  • Mental chatter causes physical fatigue and “aging” on some level – thus the importance of meditation
  • Never put off happiness for the sake of achievement – stay in the present
  • The purpose of life is to serve others
  • Will-power is required for personal transformation on any level
  • The mind will follow your direction, your will….don’t let yourself follow the whims of your mind!

There’s a bunch of other nuggets. It’s a worthwhile read, not mind-blowing but full of good insights and it’s very quick and easy to get through.

The Inspiring Story Behind Stallone’s “Rocky”

Rocky, an inspiring movie - but the story behind how Stallone got it made is even more inspiring!

The story behind Rocky is something that I first heard first hand from Tony Robbins, as part of a training he was conducting several years ago. The story was one of the most inspiring tales I’ve heard. I’m a big Rocky fan and had no idea that it was not only created by Stallone, but of the ridiculous courage (some may say massive obsession with a sprinkle of craziness) it took to stay true to his belief in his work and in his vision for how the movie could best be made.

The best revenge is massive success – Sylvester Stallone

Luckily, I’ve  found the story recorded in full on YouTube. I highly recommend listening. If you are going through a tough time. If you are having a challenge staying true to a vision you really believe in. If you are facing rejection in any part of your life. You must listen to this story. It might just make your day – it might just change your life.

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Tony Robbins Health Mastery Tips

The other day I came across some notes from from a few Tony Robbins programs I attended. As we emerge from the holiday’s and the overeating that typically goes along with it, these will come in handy to help us get back on track.

Tony Robbins Health Mastery Tips: Eight Key Principles for Maximum Nourishment

  1. Break your fast every morning with green vegetables, green juices, non-acid producing, low-sugar fruits and fruit juices or light alkalizing foods only
  2. Properly combine your foods for maximum health. Eat one concentrated food in a meal and do not combine carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal
  3. Eat comfortable amounts of food to maximize energy and nutrition
  4. Consume quality oils (Udo’s oil, flax, primrose and olive oil)
  5. Do not eat when you are stressed or tired
  6. Do not drink water during meals (dilutes the digestive fire)
  7. Eat organic food whenever possible
  8. Do not eat condensed foods, especially animal proteins, immediately before going to bed

Other important tips….

  • Consume 70% from water-rich foods (raw-living foods) – have a salad with every meal!
  • Avoid animal flesh – it’s highly acid-producing
  • Avoid dairy – it’s highly acid producing
  • Eliminate acid-addictions (caffeine, sugar, salt, nicotine, alcohol)
  • Eliminate processed fats

Take The 10 Day Challenge!

Try the above for 10 days and see how you feel. Make it a 10 day challenge to your own health and wellness. Ask a buddy to join you! Leave a comment and let me know how it goes.

Alkaline Diet Tips – Interview With Wellness Expert Ross Bridgeford

You are what you eat.

This statement is so simple but true. I’ve written at length about the importance of eating a wholesome diet full of fresh and organic plant-based food. I’ve also written a bit about the power of an alkaline diet – a way of eating that focuses on supplying the proper nutrients to the body so it can naturally cleanse and provide you with sustainable power.

I’m really happy about today’s post, featuring an interview I recently finished with Ross Bridgeford – Co-Founder of Energise for Life, Europe’s #1 alkaline diet and nutrition store (check out his Energise Blog for more great tips!). Ross has been living the alkaline lifestyle for a while, and has a ton of great insights on how to live a healthier and more energized life.

I think you’ll find this interview incredibly informative. Enjoy!

Hi Ross, thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview. I’ve been checking out your blog and website for a while now. When did you first start to develop an interest in energizing and healthy foods and proper nutrition?

I probably first had an interest when I was about 14 and I became vegetarian after reading an essay by Moby.  It changed my way of thinking about meat and food in general and from that day onwards I’ve not eaten meat.  It helped that my Dad has always grown his own vegetables so I’ve grown up absolutely loving fresh foods.  Cutting out meat wasn’t a big deal at all because I just loved vegetables!

But I still wasn’t really healthy, and my real interest in energizing and being healthy came from day four at UPW London in 2003. [Ravi: note – UPW stands for Unleash the Power Within, and is a personal growth program led by Tony Robbins] I had set so many goals and thought that if I’m going to achieve all of this I’m going to need some energy!

The concept of alkalizing just made so much sense right away and so I spent the next year learning and then launched energiseforlife.com in 2004.  Since then reading and learning about health, nutrition and fitness has been a healthy addiction 😉


Who are your mentors? Who do you look up to and learn from?

I have a few.  Tony Robbins is always someone who I draw inspiration from, learn from and I am enjoying his tweets immensely!

Dr Young is an inspiration in terms of his work and research into the alkaline lifestyle and his commitment and energy towards spreading this knowledge as far and wide as possible.  His work ethic is truly admirable.  He is also a very kind and funny guy.

There are heaps of other bloggers who I respect: Rand Fishkin of seomoz has built something spectacular from being a really nice guy, a strong personality and through constant, dedicated application.  I think a lot of people relate to him and respect him because he is always humble.  Steve Pavlina because his work ethic and drive are incredible.  Darren Rowse of problogger because he is just so smart and Seth Godin for being able to blog absolute genius in less than 200 words every day.  He is so prolific, I’m still not sure how he does it.  Oh and Tim Ferris because reading his book took the life I was trying to create forward about 10 years in 2 weeks.

I think my mentors are all honest, driven and able to communicate in a way that makes you want to get out of your seat and DO SOMETHING NOW!

What’s the story behind your website Energiseforlife.com?

Well, after that UPW in 2003, Callum (my brother) and I really wanted to apply all of this info we had learned.  We wanted the energy of Tony Robbins!  But we found pretty quickly that not only was there very little info on the web at that time, but every site said something different and nobody seemed to say anything useful!.

Alongside this, buying the products such as sprouters and juicers and the supplements was impossible!  You had to order greens from America, sprouters from Europe, pH drops from Canada and other bits from Australia.  All of of these sites were really badly designed too which didn’t give you much confidence that your products would ever turn up!

I was previously a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and Callum was an IT guru for Accenture, so we figured we could do a better job and both set about creating energiseforlife.com.  We just wanted to make it really easy for people to a) learn all about alkalizing and b) get hold of everything they needed to make it happen.

Five or so years later here we are…!

What exactly is an alkaline diet?

The alkaline diet can be explained really simply, or really scientifically – so I’ll go for the simple version.  When you are living an alkaline lifestyle you are aiming to consume 70-80% foods & drinks which have an alkalising effect on the body.  These foods include vegetables, good fats, low sugar fruits, salads, nuts, seeds, fatty fish, water, herbal teas etc. while acidic foods include meats, dairy, sweets, sugar, fizzy drinks, alcohol etc.

To put it most simply you eat the foods you know are good for you and avoid the ones you know are bad.  There are only a few gray areas, so it really is that simple.  I’ve read so many different explanations of that and most people really overcook the explanation.

It makes sense doesn’t it?  It just makes sense to focus 70-80% of your diet around healthy, fresh, raw, vibrant foods rather than unhealthy fats, processed, sugary, refined foods.

And if you are into the science of it, here is the philosophy behind it all:

Your body HAS to keep the pH of your blood, cells and other fluids at just slightly alkaline (pH 7.365) and it will do ANYTHING it has to in order to maintain this pH balance.  To do this, your body calls upon its store of alkaline buffers, which it draws upon to neutralize the acids we ingest or create through bodily processes.  This store of buffers is very easily depleted because most of us eat and drink such strong acids.  To put this in context, the pH scale is logarithmic – so pH 6 is 10x more acidic than pH 7, meaning pH 5 is 100x times more acidic than pH 7 and pH 4 is 1000x more acidic.  Coke has a pH of between 2 and 3.  So you can see how a diet filled with meats, dairy, fizzy drinks, alcohol etc would quickly deplete these buffers.

And when we deplete these buffers and still ingest more acids…what happens? The body is forced into drawing upon the alkaline minerals it has to buffer which causes havoc in the body – for instance, if the body is constantly drawing calcium to neutralize the acids we consume then the symptoms of osteoporosis emerge (hence the recent research articles linking cola consumption with osteoporosis).

This is just one example.  Another outcome is that the body also hangs onto excess fat to protect our body/organs from the damage caused in an acidic state.   Another outcome is that we ingest high levels of sugar, the sugar ferments in the blood, creating more acids, which creates acid wastes, which feeds the sugar which has fermented into bacteria, yeast, fungus which create more acid wastes etc and a vicious cycle of acid creation further depletes the alkaline buffers resulting in skin conditions, yeast infections, mood and emotional problems, diabetes and a whole heap of other symptoms.

By eating 70-80% alkaline foods we not only take this stress away from the body, but we also flood our body with vitamins, fiber, minerals, nutrients, good fats, proteins, antioxidants etc.  which build the blood, cleanse our system and ultimately make us feel great.

Still, the simple explanation is the one I prefer – eat lots of great, fresh foods and treat treats as a treat.

What are the benefits of an alkaline diet?

Where to start!  Personally I have experienced more energy than ever before, I never get ill any more (I used to get coughs, colds, flu every 6-8 weeks), clear skin (I used to have pretty terrible acne), perfect weight (I always struggled with being underweight), I need less sleep, I don’t get afternoon fatigue anymore, my thoughts are clearer and I get MUCH better results from the gym, both in terms of weights and running.

This is a good time for you to ask too because I launched an online Alkaline Diet course in December so I have had plenty of people emailing me their results lately!  Some highlights include:

  • a lady who was housebound with Fibromyalgia for 3 years is now active, exercising and feeling great
  • people are losing serious amounts of fat after many years of trying
  • libido increases!
  • people with years of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other digestive problems are saying they are completely back to normal
  • eczema and other dermatological problems are clearing up
  • people are reporting having heaps more energy

These emails are so motivating to me and make me pretty proud that I did a good job with my designing the alkaline diet course!

How has adopting this way of being impacted your life?

Apart from the benefits listed above to my health, this has impacted me in so many ways.  With the extra energy I have these days I simply get so much more done – work wise and fun wise!  I am achieving so many personal, professional and fun goals – it is just fantastic.  There is no way I could have ever been so productive before!  And you know how success breeds success, so feeling so fantastic physically makes it easier and more fun to achieve my goals which makes me feel great emotionally and it all snowballs.

And when you’re in such a great state of mind it draws more into your life and you put more energy and more positivity out there – which can only be a good thing!

What are a few simple things that anyone can do to alkalize their body?

Heh – the question I get asked more than any other!  My advice is always to try and start with the few core, big areas you can apply right now and which will make the biggest impact on your health, life and energy:

  • water:  aim for 3-4 litres of good quality, clean water every day
  • fats: learn about good fats!  They are so important!  Consume 3 tablespoons of omega 3 each day (read here for more info)
  • exercise: if you exercise aerobically for 30+ minutes 3 times per week you will seriously notice the difference!
  • greens: try to eat a salad, even a small one with lunch and dinner each day and make one meal per day 80% raw, fresh vegetables
  • one vice:  try to pick the once vice that once eliminated would make the biggest difference to your life.  Then set a 3 week plan to cut it out!

If you do these then I PROMISE you’ll feel amazing!

What are your favorite books right now relating to health and vitality?

If anyone is serious about increasing their health and vitality then I have to recommend my online Alkaline Lifestyle Course.  I’m so proud of it!  But second top of my list for anyone who wants to learn more about health is always The pH Miracle by Dr Robert Young.

More recently I’ve enjoyed The China Study by Colin Campbell – very eye opening and Tom Venuto’s new book/ebook – The Body Fat Solution which is a good build upon his first book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle.

With all health books I think there is something to learn, even if you don’t agree 100% with everything said.  It’s good to always keep an open mind!

What is your typical daily diet like?

I try to keep it quite relaxed.  In the beginning I had to be incredibly organized to make sure I always had the right foods, but now I am in good habits so I know that if I have a core of 10-12 ingredients in I can make it a good healthy day!  When I first started I found it very useful to plan out my meals for the next three days, breakfast, lunch and dinner and then buy the ingredients specific to those meals.  If I didn’t do that I would always find myself with an empty fridge – and that is when most people slip up.

Anyway, so an average day would be something like:

Breakfast: green vegetable juice or smoothie (like your green ones!).  For the juice I’ll happily just juice whatever is in the fridge, but it is usually a core of spinach, cucumber, celery and lettuce.  Additional bits and pieces might be capsicum, green beans, kale, broccoli, carrot, tomato etc.

For smoothies, I usually have a base of avocado (makes it lovely and creamy), cucumber, spinach and then add whatever else I fancy, with a little bit of veggie stock.

A couple of times a week if I am in a hurry I might have oats cooked in water and soy milk, with LSA, wheatgerm and maybe a banana thrown in.  Or a wheat/gluten free muesli with almonds, seeds etc.

These breakfast foods keep me going til lunch with a few snacks thrown in.

For snacks I will usually have nuts, seeds etc if I am just peckish.  If I get more hungry I might have some sprouted bread with avocado, tomato & olive oil, or a wrap or something like that.

Lunch: often either veggie wraps and/or a big salad.  If I have cooked a big healthy meal the night before I’ll have leftovers from that too.

Dinner: there are all manner of lovely alkaline dinners to be had!  Check out some of the recipes on my blog.  I’ve developed alkaline green curry, alkaline lasagnas and all manner of stir-fry’s.  I’ll also happily have a big bowl of soup, heaps of veggies with olive oil and lemon squeezed over, giant salads etc or a combo of all three.  Dinner is so easy to have healthy, 60% or more raw and still be delicious.

If I’m cooking for others I’ll often do fish too (still quite alkaline and better for non-veg, non-alkaline girlfriend/guests etc).  My favorite to do for them is either steamed salmon in a lemon and dill or to stir-fry prawns in coconut oil and  cover with a chili-lime dressing.  I just substitute in organic tofu for me!

Drinks: I’m always sipping green drinks and green juices (like these) or warm water with lemon squeezed in.  Oh, or herbal tea.  It’s easy to stay hydrated!

What is your favorite recipe for an alkaline lunch or dinner?

Me and my girlfriend recently made up/stumbled upon two crackers – a Creamy Zucchini Pasta sauce that we have with spelt pasta and Tom Yum Soup.  My staple lunch is to simply have brown rice with sliced tomato, avocado, spinach and lightly steamed broccoli with lemon and olive oil over the top.  Always a winner – the textures are so awesome together and it is really filling!

Any other final tips or recommendations for someone looking to improve the quality of their health and daily energy levels?

There is nothing more effective for increasing your daily energy levels than drinking 3-4 liters of good quality, clean water each day.   Even if this sounds like a lot, build up to it and try it and you’ll be amazed at how you ever got by being so dehydrated!

Thanks a lot Ross! I’m gonna try out some of those recipes for sure! For those of you interested in learning more about how to alkalize your body, please check our Ross’s blog and the Energise for Life supersite!

5 Reasons To Live A Purpose-Driven Life

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For every person you meet who has a clear goal and direction for some aspect of their life, there are another 9 who are going through life aimlessly.

This is not to say that they may not be successful, happy or fulfilled. It is just to point out that not everyone lives a purpose-driven life.

Life just happens, and people seem to make the best of it.

I see this often in my workplace, with very few having any sense of where they would like their careers to head, just taking it day by day and hoping for the best. I also see it in the gym and in the yoga studio, where people just go through the motions, making little progress.

If you were going on a grand voyage….the biggest and most massive adventure (as one might use as a metaphor for life which is the grandest adventure of all) would you not at least start with a purpose?

When I get in my car, no matter where I am going, I at least have some sense of why I am in the car and where I would like to end up. If I didn’t have any idea, I would not get in the car to begin with! On the occasion (rarely) when I just drive around aimlessly, even that is done on purpose.

Why then don’t people take the time to consider what the purpose for their own lives are? This could be a simple purpose for their job, their family-caring and home life, their fitness plan, yoga practice, etc.

If I ask a half dozen people on the street to clearly state at least 1 goal in their life right now, I doubt any would be able to do so.

A purpose can even change over time. It does not need to be “right.” The point is to just have one. Why? Well, here are five reasons why I feel it is critical to have a purpose driven life:

  1. If you are not growing you are dying. Without progress in some aspect of your life, you are not just staying still, but regressing. When you understand the reality of this world and that all living things are slowly evolving, you are either evolving yourself or falling behind.
  2. Harness the untapped potential of your brain. The brain is a deletion machine. Of the millions of pieces of information that your brain captures in each day, it doesn’t keep everything. As I wrote in my post about vision boards, having a goal helps you focus your brain to notice things that will serve you in the pursuit of your goals. There is massive power in this, and takes no conscious effort on your part.
  3. Inspire the people you care about most. Achievement isn’t just about you. As you focus and work towards a goal, you’ll see that your efforts will in turn inspire others to look inward and cultivate their own character and ambitions. They say actions speak louder than works and your own purpose-driven actions will indeed speak volumes and influence those you care about in a positive manner.
  4. It keeps negativity at bay. The more you work to towards a positive end, the more you will notice that you have far less negativity entering your life. It is simple accounting. If you are consuming your thoughts, feeling and actions with energy directed towards a positive intent, you will have fewer mental, physical and emotional cycles to spend on things that drain your body, mind and soul.
  5. It is incredibly fun. Yes, making progress is fun. With a clear goal and purpose that is a stretch yet achievable, you’ll notice that each day will become more fun. It’s a pleasant byproduct of a purpose-driven life.

I could go on for days writing about how important it is to have a purpose-driven life. Remember, it is not so critical to figure out your overall and grand purpose for being on this planet! What matter most is to just focus on one thing (or a few things) that you feel is a positive and motivating ambition. It can be related to your family, body, finances, career, etc.

Just pick something, focus on it daily, work towards it sincerely, and watch what happens.

Don’t worry so much about the end, that is to say, don’t worry about the outcome. Just keep working towards the goal with confidence and see what manifests in your life. You’ll be amazed at the results, even if they end being something that you didn’t quite expect.

Tony Robbins on NBC Today Show

In a recent Today Show interview, Tony Robbins speaks about fear, how society is facing situations (war, economic turmoil) that many people have never had to deal with in this generation, and the need to condition our emotions to deal with such situations effectively.

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