Month: July 2017

How Overcoming Mental Barriers can be the Key to your Success

Fingerprints vary in size, shape, and form in every person — even identical twins don’t share a common fingerprint. I was thinking about this throughout my week in how we always learned that not one person is alike by their fingerprints. It intrigued me however, that it was limited to just fingerprints. Although fingerprints are a good indicator if differences, every individual is comprised of many different factors. Whether it be physically, intellectually, neurologically, or anything else we are all unique and different in our own way. This does not mean that we cannot share common threads with others, but it does mean that you need to look at yourself as an individual and not just a number within a crowd.

I bring this up because I’ve been working out regularly for the entirety of my summer. I read a quote by Socrates that has stuck with me and has pushed me into creating what I want physically from my body. It read, “It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” My body is capable of far greater things than I can imagine it to possess, it just takes the proper training and dedication to get to that point.

I’m a huge fan of experimenting with my body and testing its limits both mentally and physically, but when it comes to the physical aspects of my body I am often dissatisfied with the lack of progress I show. I see superheroes chiseled from their jawline to their ankle and every move they make another muscle ripples within their body. I see friends with six packs and bulging arms worthy of being placed on greek god statues. It’s an uncomfortable position to be in… You want to emulate the looks of these men and women, but are stuck looking in a mirror with a reflection of a pale complexity with abs barely peaking through your skin.

This is where a lot of individuals just give up and kind of pout to themselves that they’d never attain a body like that or a specific ab count like the models. This is where the idea of 2<102 comes into play. Think of it like this, these individuals have committed to this lifestyle and eat, sleep, and breathe fitness. They have spent hours upon hours perfecting their craft and day after day tirelessly working in the gym. We want results and expect results within the first 2 days of eating well and exercising regularly, but forget the notion that those we aspire to be like have been doing it for 102 days.

It comes down to patience and perseverance. Are you willing to go 100 straight days of doing something you may not love? Are you willing to put forth the effort in the long term to get to where you want? This does not just apply to physical fitness, but also career and long-term goals. It’s so easy to say that someone was an overnight success or that genetically they’re more gifted than you are. But you have to know and understand that it’s an excuse you’re creating to give yourself leeway and take the blame off of yourself. It is a mental barrier that you forcibly put up to convince yourself you cannot.

We are a beautiful creation that can be worked on every day. I encourage you to hone your craft daily and perfect who you are. Define who you want to be and become it.

 

Wishing you all an amazing day and an even better weekend.

And as always,

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant

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How Taking a Break Can Create Personal Growth

It is easy to forget about caring for yourself when you have long term goals set in front of you.

However, it is difficult within the hustle and bustle of day to day life to find time for just yourself.

Not necessarily being alone, but rather doing or seeing those things you find happiness in. It can be something as grandiose as an exotic adventure that takes you halfway around the world or as simple as playing a board game with those you love.

Personally, I get stuck in the lofty goals I have for myself and don’t take the time to rejuvenate my inner energy. This is not only taxing on me in the short term, but also corrodes my long-term goals through not enjoying the moments that I am in.

This blog comes from an interesting situation for me personally. I am at an in between stage in my life in that I know ultimately where I want to end up, but have to find the path that I want to carve to get there. It’d be foolish of me to think that I’d have an smoothly paved asphalt road for me and that thorns and bushes wouldn’t be present throughout the entirety of my journey, but it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t enjoy the small flowers along the way.

I’ve had the pleasure of being home before moving and realized that although my lofty goals have not been achieved yet, the reality is that I can still hold massive empathy for the life I live. Yesterday it came down to having a bottle of wine with my parents and Kas and ending the evening with a game of Scrabble.

I had always thought that I had no time for board games and childish endeavors like Scrabble, but quickly realized that this contributed to the reenergizing of what exactly I’m chasing and why I so vehemently want it.

Take some time for yourself, whether that be through watching sunsets, enjoying an episode of your favorite show, or just eating amazing food. Understand that you and I have very different ways of recouping and that not everyone is alike in that front. Some need time away, some need silence, some need to never stop working. It doesn’t matter exactly what you have to do to replenish your vigor, all that matters is that you do.

I encourage you all to find moments of tranquility and avenues that bring you sheer happiness.

Wishing you an awesome day and as always,

 

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant

3 Aspects of Life That Have Changed Since Training My Brain

I am in a constant state of reinventing myself and wanting to become a better version of what I envision my future self may be. When studying memory and the ways in which you can better your memory, I’ve found fads that seemingly take too much time or inadvertently distract me from the goings on in my life. My desire to strengthen my mental aptitude stemmed from the understanding that mentally you can conquer anything you set your mind to. Although you may have physical impairments or deficiencies, your mind can still be taught to grow and strengthen itself.

With this in mind, I sought to find a way to improve both my cognitive thinking and my overall memory. I wanted to find something that was both simplistic in nature and not too time demanding.

Enter the Pythagoras Memory Technique.

This technique is most famously associated with Pythagoras; the creator of my favorite high school math formula, the Pythagorean Theorem. Outside of his vast geometric knowledge and study, he prided himself on the preservation of thought in what is now called memory. His study of memory took years and years of trials and tribulations and testing and re-testing, but luckily for you and me, I have the opportunity to put a life’s worth of work into a compact format.

Now into the good stuff..

The original application Pythagoras adopted was through a series of memory recollection immediately upon awakening. He sought to remember everything he did in the day before in a chronological order attempting to not miss anything. He quickly realized how much he forgot throughout his day and thus did this daily in attempts to strengthen his memory.

Enough about him however, let’s talk about me. I quickly realized that although I am a morning person, my mornings are rushed. I am either in a haze from my alarm going off or rushing to get out of bed to begin my day. So the idea of recollection in a hurry didn’t seem appealing to me. Rather, I adopted this process as I was falling asleep and/or preparing for bed.

My first three to five days that I began this process, I quickly realized I could barely even remember what I had eaten throughout the day much less conversations I held with others. I thought I was doomed with the little progress I had seen, but it was as if something clicked after my first week.

I quickly realized that I was looking forward to recapping my day as I prepped for bed and was becoming better and better at remembering many little aspects of my days. I noticed outside of the excitement that I had to recall my day, three really important things happened additionally.

  1. Deep Sleep. I kid you not it was like brain exhaustion that knocked me out within minutes and kept me asleep through the night.
  2. I noticed my short-term memory was vastly improved. My recollection of names of those who I had just met or retention of quick information was much faster in comparison to times past.
  3. I became aptly aware of my immediate surroundings and was more immersed in experiencing my own life than ever before. I noticed I began to look for ways in which to describe situations and picking up on subtleties that I could better recollect.

 

This has been one experiment that I’ve taken much pride in and I want you to share the same feelings I have when accomplishing something so small, but so important. Try this out and give it some time for success. Let me know how it goes and how your life improves!

 

Wishing you a wonderful day and as always

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant