It’s 2018! New year, new surprises! Stop dwelling and start living!

 

What do you honestly love to do? Yesterdays excuse isn’t today’s excuse and tomorrow remains uncertain. Nothing stops you!

Ignite that inner-fire by trying over and over again until you get into a flow-state. Humans are creatures of habits. Make use of habits!

Personal growth is simply mind over matter: You’re most likely not a kid. That kid is long gone. Nobody can stop aging process. Even when time is wasted in some life-areas, life goes on. Take responsibility! It’s the key to winning! Hold back the sands of time. I’ve seen old people who look like they’re in their 20’s and some people in their 20’s complaining like a cranky grandma/grandpa.

A challenge for you and myself: Do what you love to do for 1 hour everyday. Put every distraction out of reach (shut any devices off). Focus entirely on 1 thing within that hour and everything else falls into place. Witness the birth of something awesome! Give it a go for 1 week to see if you’re getting into a flow-state.

Feedback and comments appreciated!

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2018: Happy New Year! 32.850 days from 0 to 90 yr: It’s not too late!

Best wishes to you all!

Kicking off this year with the most memorable quote in my opinion from Steve Jobs. I hope it’ll ignite that inner fire deep inside your guts.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Memento mori = remind your own mortality. The opposite of seize the day, but with way more impact. The way I approach it is count the amount of days it takes from 0 to 90yrs old. Which adds up to a total of 32.850 days. I personally find that number pretty short! Realize how old you are now? I am currently 26 meaning I already lived at least 9490 days. How many of those days can I say I could’ve done more? Obviously most of them!

Don’t waste another day cause of reason x, y or z. We all have ups and downs. Like Steve basically said is we got nothing to lose. We are already blessed so much with food, a home, family, kids, love and what not that all of that is slowly disappearing from our life. You came into this world with nothing. You’ll leave it with nothing. One life-cycle is like a boomerang writhing your story from birth to death.

In between that boomerang throw there is aliveness. Sometimes you feel like you lost everything. Remind yourself that something still beats your heart. That something is still living you. Sometimes you feel like you got everything you want! But still feel empty.. Remember that you came here with nothing and leave everything behind. How you treasure you’re life and loved ones is up to you. However, 32.580 days from 0 to 90yr is hella short! Time is ticking. Let’s kick ass and enjoy a wonderful living!

Cheers guys!

Stephan

 

 

Chinese Bamboo Tree – Motivational (5 min read)

Recently I stumbled upon this principal coming from Les Brown which turned my head around 360 degrees. I felt it necessary to share, so enjoy!

Chinese Bamboo Tree 

Like any plant, growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing through water, fertile soil, and sunshine. This remarkable tree is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. In its first year though, we see no visible signs of growth in spite of providing all of these things.

In the second year (again), there is no growth above the soil.

The third, fourth year…still show no signs of anything happening.

Our patience is tested, and we begin to wonder if our efforts caring for and watering the tree will ever be rewarded. We start to doubt ourselves and question the value of our efforts. Inevitably, we contemplate quitting.

But then finally in the fifth year – something amazing happens…

The tree begins to grow at an astonishing rate! In a period of five weeks, a Chinese bamboo tree can grow to a height of 90 feet.

It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before your very eyes. But wait a sec! Does the Chinese Bamboo Tree really grow 90 feet in 5 weeks? Did the Chinese Bamboo Tree lie dormant for four years only to grow exponentially in the fifth?

Or, was the little tree growing underground, developing a root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond?

Patience and endurance is the answer. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew. The same principle is true for people.

People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success. Meanwhile get-rich-quickers and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth. They haven’t become the person they need to be to support such success.

And had the Chinese Bamboo Tree farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the tree’s growth. In other words, the actions caused by self-doubt would’ve halted the miracle from ever taking shape and cause him to go backwards.

You and I are the same. It takes faith to work while you wait. It takes belief in yourself to keep going. It takes confidence to trust that you always get paid for how hard you work – sometimes now, often times later, always eventually.

(source: https://mrkreport.com/2016/05/05/daily-motivation-les-brown-chinese-bamboo-tree/.)

Love ya,

Stephan

First premise: Win in your mind

Hey you lovely people!

I picked up one of my favorite books called Unbeatable Mind, from Mark Divine. The first chapter is already a positively charged mindf*ck. To summarize it all: We all suffer from what Buddhists call a monkey mind. Let’s go bananas on this!  Mark says: “SEALS operate at an elite level because they know how to discipline their mind and secure the win before they enter the fight.” We must first go into the belly of this beast to tackle how o develop mental control/toughness.

Try winning in the midst of any challenge. it’s damn hard! A champion trains daily to maintain his peak performance. He cannot expect to suddenly “win”it. To highly boost mental control, you must have that strong rooted conviction that you already won the match. Winning is all about your state of mind. Win in your head first before you arrive at the arena.

Smell ya later,

Stephan

 

Book Review: the War of Art, by Steven Pressfield. (5 min read)

war of art

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.”

In The War of Art Steven Pressfield tackles our greatest demon. That thing called RESISTANCE.

Resistance is a bully! You’re familiar with some form of resistance. Let me start with 10 greatest hits where resistance occurs:

  1. A pursuit of any calling.
  2. The lounging of a product or your business / work.
  3. Any diet or health regimen.
  4. Any program / tool for spiritual advancement.
  5. Any activity whose aim are tighter abdominal.
  6. Any course or program designed to overcome an unworthy habit.
  7. Any education
  8. The decision to change for the better
  9. The aim to help others
  10. Any act that entails commitment to the heart: Pets, relationship(s), parenting.

Get the picture? A simple diagram I made up might clear things up:

resistance

Your potentials lies beyond resistance. I’ll lay out the symptoms in which you can recognize resistance at play.

RESISTANCE: 1. is negative 2.aims to kill 3. is impersonal 4. is a repelling force 5. invisible 5 drama-queen 6.  loves life troubles 7. the devils lawyer on your shoulder 8. victimizes 9. it’s aggressive 10. it’s FUELED BY FEAR 11. always points NORTH (Meaning: face it head on!) 12. never sleeps 13. can’t be reasoned with 14. procrastinates 15. it’s universal: we are not alone dealing with resistance. 16. recruits allies: your closed friends/family/lover dislikes your new behavior and fight against it.

How does it feel?

FEELS LIKE HELL! The stages of resistance are as followed:

  1. bored, unhappy, no satisfaction, restless, unloved or unloving, feeling guilty of not knowing what to do.
  2. web surfing, over-eating, gaming, watching tv all day, masturbating, gossiping, texting.
  3. depression, aggression, dysfunction, victimized.

Resistance is FUELED BY FEAR and always POINTS NORTH like a compass. 

“The more scared we are  The more certain we can be that WE HAVE TO DO IT!

(For example: approaching a hot girl/guy for a normal chatter. Or skydiving. Or telling that “special” person that you love him/her. etc.) Steven Pressfield said his life can be devided in two parts: before and after turning pro.

Resistance’s remedy: 

TURN PRO!

Not a professional as a doctor or a carpenter. A professional as an ideal. An ideal that DESPISES RESISTANCE. An amateur plays for fun, a pro plays for keeps. An amateur is a weekend warrior, a pro commits full-time on the case. An amateur makes excuses, a pro doesn’t take shít personal. The pro loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. Resistance hates it when we turn pro. A pro doesn’t think about it too much, cause that would lead to procrastinating into thinking not to procrastinate 😛

Lance Armstrong had cancer and won the Tour de France three years and counting. An amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The pro knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there isn’t such a thing called a fearless warrior. Henry Fonda puked into the toilet in his dressing room before getting on stage. He is still terrified but he forces himself forward in spite of his terror. He knows that once he gets out into the action, his fear will recede and he’ll be okay.

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What will you do: Wait with future regrets on a life that never happens or THROW UP and ACT?

Be miserable, love it! A pro will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt and humiliation = external reflections of internal resistance.

The pro’s aim: Take what the day throws at him/her. He/she is prepared! (for example: packing your schoolbag the night before you sleep cuts unnecessary stress whenever you need to hurry. If that happens to be a habit of yours :P)

The pro’s goal: Handle himself/herself, his/her insides, as sturdily and steadily as he/she can.

Don’t wait! Or resistance gets the best of you already. Turn pro this instant!

Cheerios,

Stephan