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

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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

Memento mori

Hey you lovely people,

Today’s topic is about none other than the end of your time. Death awareness, as the title says. This may seem dark or scary. It’s true that death is the ultimate boogieman people look away from. Often this self realization alone may let a person’s worries instantly go. Fear freezes people, yet the remedy is to look at it and let the fear go.

But talking about death is simply a start. The only 2 worthwhile things in life I think are the moment you were born and the moment you know why you’re here. That means know your life purpose. Without any purpose you’d wander the world drifting away. Day’s fly by automatically.

The reason I came up with this topic was the following: Which death would you prefer: A slow and unforeseen death or a quick one knowing you won’t live for long?

If I put a gun to your head and demand within 5 sec to tell me your life purpose you’d instantly know. This is one beneficial result death awareness offers. It eliminates all the bullsh*t and you’d almost immediately have the answer. A slow and unforeseen death I’d recon is the sum total of days you never fully lived with.

Let this message be a warning shot. I hope ya dig it 😉

Cheerios!

Smile

Fake it if ya want, but never forget to smile once in a while! Look up funny stuff, or read and listen about whatever cracks you up. During tough times a smile can lit up an encouraging flame. Dance, play, make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift.

Comment whatever made you smile. It can be anything! Let’s smile together. It’s contagious 😉

Cheerios,

Stephan