Daily Ramblings – Daily Quote – A Goal Driven Life.

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Today’s Quote:

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

Goals are critical to our lives because they focus us on certain things that we want. I can’t imagine living a life without pursuing something. Without a goal life just goes on and passes you by. Why would anyone want to live like this?

We dream, we put a plan in place to achieve that dream, we succeed, and we stretch again to a new dream. Goal setting, planning, and striving to achieve our goals is one of the greatest things we can do with our time.

Goals are personal. They’re yours. Don’t let others create goals for you. You won’t be motivated to complete someone else’s goals. You will only be committed and driven to perform the goals you set for yourself. These goals will drive you daily to achieve them.

I read something today that clarified something for me. The concept is called connecting diamonds. Connecting diamonds is realizing that when we set a goal, we know what the achievement of the goal looks like. We also know where we are. This is a starting point. The challenges arise when we try to move from the first diamond to the last one.

I’m a firm believer in Divine Spirit and the ability it has to step in and help us. Divine spirit is what helps us move from the beginning of a goal and help us get to the end state. Keep looking for the divine spirit in your life. It provides insights about where you should go, what you should do, and what steps to take as you progress toward your goals. If you pay attention, you’ll begin to see all of the opportunities and information placed at your feet. The challenge most of us have with this concept is that sometimes the directions we are nudged to take don’t make any sense. Why should they? Have faith, follow these nudges and see where they take you. I think you’ll be surprised.

After you recognize divine spirit working in your life, you’ll begin depending on it, because it will become a reality for you. After a while you will see divine spirit’s hand in more facets of your life, this opening of awareness will only support more improvement in every facet of your life. So, dream. Set Goals. Plan. Put in the effort to move your plan along. While you’re doing the work, keep an eye out for anything that comes to you out of the blue.

I recently had to give a public talk. I asked some pointed questions about my topic and let them go for a day or so. By the end of that week, while I was going through all of the material I gathered, I had so much information to sort through that I had more than three times the information needed to give my 15-minute speech. It was a great success. I prepared, I sought out information, and allowed the divine spirit to help me. This really works. Keep your eyes open and wait for the miracles of divine spirit to work for you in your life.

Until next time…

Dave

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Daily Ramblings – Workout Diary – Happy Thanksgiving

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In light of Thanksgiving this week, I’ll be taking the rest of this week off to rest and recuperate. I’ve been hitting it hard in the gym for the bulk of this year and need a break. My brother is flying in tomorrow and we are heading to my Sister’s for Thanksgiving Day. I know I’m going to eat some things I normally wouldn’t and I know I won’t have much time in and around all of the planned festivities this week, so I’ll begin posting again next Monday.

For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!

In light of this holiday, I wanted to express my thanks to all of you who have followed this blog and for all of the readers out there that will discover my work at some point. It is a really great thing to have readers scattered across the globe.

I am grateful for my readers, I am grateful for my health, grateful for my family and friends, grateful for my pets, grateful for the opportunity to have this life to lead, and grateful for the blessings that God gives me every day. I am also grateful to those who have taught me, mentored me, and contributed in some way to my life.

I wish each of you a great time with loved ones, good food, and hope you take some time to reflect on all of the blessings in your life. It is really a blessing to live life and experience all of the things that are out there for all of us.

See you next week!

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Daily Quote – Stephen Covey – Responsibility

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Today’s Quote:

“I’m not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

So many people who have problems to solve want to lay the blame for these problems on someone else, or something outside of themselves. Although comforting in some ways, it is a poor way to lead one’s life. It’s so easy to blame parents, your boss, a loved one, or the weather. The difficult road is to face yourself in the mirror and realize that you are the product of every decision you have made.

Honesty is the beginning of improvement. When we are honest with ourselves and truly take ownership of our situation in life, only then can we begin to take the actions that will lead us to a better tomorrow. Are you unhappy with your health or appearance, are you unhappy with the amount of money you make, are you unhappy with some of your relationships, are you unhappy?

Happiness starts within. It’s that simple. You choose to be happy or to be miserable. This is the first step. You have to be happy with yourself and not look for happiness elsewhere. If you are looking for something out there, you’ll always be looking. The same goes for only being happy when the circumstances are right, or some event occurs. Take a look at the people who are always influenced by outside circumstances. If everything is right they are happy, if something happens outside of themselves they are not happy with they are not happy. Can you visualize the roller coaster these people ride?

Once you realize that happiness is an attitude a way of thinking every day you’ve taken a huge step. Next, we have to look for the things we want to improve. Is it your appearance? If so, what about your appearance do you want to change? If it’s weight loss or lean muscle gain, do some research, figure out how you should eat, put together a plan, and begin working toward that goal.

If it’s money, think about what you need to do to make more of it. Is there a chance for promotion in your current firm or are you in a position that does not avail you of a promotion opportunity? If you can’t get promoted, then it’s time to look for a new position. Look around the Internet for job advertisements, improve your skill set, put together a plan and execute.

The key to self-improvement is determining where you are right now, then determine where you would like to be. Once you know these two things you can begin formulating a plan that will help you attain what you want. Plan on mistakes, setbacks, and faults in your plan, particularly if you are attempting something you’ve never done before. This is all about the learning process.

Sometimes you don’t need to start from scratch. If you do a little research, you may find someone else that was in your position and learn how they got themselves out of it. Learn from them, instead of making the same mistakes they did. This will not only help you grow but will also help you formulate a better plan.

The next time you start feeling sorry for yourself, take a quick inventory. Are you letting outside circumstances control you? Are you blaming someone or something else for your current situation? If you are STOP! You cannot control other people. You cannot control the weather. You cannot control anything that is outside of yourself. You can only control how you interpret and react to circumstances. It is your attitude that dictates how you feel.

Be honest with yourself, find happiness within you, and change your circumstances to the ones you want. No one is responsible for where you are but you. I wish you well on your self-improvement journey.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Workout Diary

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Today is a day off, folks. We have friends coming over and then we’re all heading to dinner later. I hope all of you that are exercising in my reading audience take a day off from time to time. The body needs to recover. Your long-term exercise goals should take a balanced approach. Activity and then rest.

When you take a day off, you give the body time to recover and rejuvenate itself. Rest is just as important as the activity you put in. On your rest days, relax. Drink lots of water, settle down with a good book, really take the time to allow yourself body, mind, and spirit to relax.

Nothing relaxes me like a good book, a cup of tea, writing in my journal, and meditating. Sleep in. Enjoy a good movie. Have a nutritious meal. Pamper yourself.

Tomorrow you’ll be back and you’ll be stronger mentally and physically.

See you tomorrow!

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Daily Quote – Listening

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Today’s Quote:

“Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.” – Arthur Helps

Have you ever been in this situation? Someone comes to you for advice and you give it to them and then it appears to have brushed right by them. Take the same situation and instead of passing off advice, ask them a question and just listen. This situation tends to be different. It is different because people don’t normally need advice, they already know what the answer to their problem is. They simply need to talk to someone else and be heard.

Try this the next time someone asks you for advice. Remember in the back of your mind that these people are not seeking advice, but rather seeking someone who will listen to them. We all know what’s right in the end. We may stumble around a bit when we are trying to solve our problem, but we ultimately know what the solution is. Listen to people. Let them air out whatever is troubling them. You’ll find that these people will be more receptive and open once you’ve let them say what they wanted to say and work things out for themselves. This is the true gift—the gift of standing on their own two feet and discovering the answer themselves.

Thanks for reading. I hope it helps you on your journey today.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk – Erin Marie Saltman – Countering Extremism

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In light of all of the extremist activities in our world, I felt this video would be a good one to share. Her talk is about what they are learning about extremist organizations, how people are recruited or radicalized, and the steps her organization is taking to counter the extremist message. This was a really interesting talk.

Enjoy!

Dave

 

Daily Ramblings – Workout Diary

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Had a good session this morning with 20 minutes of cardio to start, then weight lifting, then another 20 minutes of cardio. It was a good workout. Today was my second day using my Yohimbine supplement. I’ll keep you posted on any side effects or things I discover while using it. I only have a month’s supply, so I’ll make a decision to continue using it or dump it depending on the results I see.

I did some pyramid work today, sticking with the upper body. Tomorrow I’ll hit the lower body in between cardio. Fasted exercise is an interesting concept, but I’m finding my energy levels are lower when I go to the gym without eating anything. Subsequently, I’ll be splitting my full body workout into two workouts – upper and lower body to have enough energy to really push myself with the weights.

That’s it for today folks! It’s a grey day in Michigan today. We are getting rain and it’s starting to get chillier and chillier as we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday.

See you tomorrow!

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Daily Quote – Stephen King

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Today’s Quote:

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

This is a particularly interesting quote when you consider work in the creative fields. From my understanding, King writes his books on the fly. He doesn’t outline or any of that.

Other authors do a lot of outlining before they put the pen to the page. I am sort of a hybrid. I need to have some sort of organization before I begin writing, but I also enjoy the beauty of “discovering” a story versus creating everything in a rigid format like outlining. Obviously, I’m still finding what works and what doesn’t work.

This is good advice. Sometimes you just have to do something, make mistakes, and redo. At least you’ll make some progress while you are plugging away. This is what makes Stephen King such a prolific writer. I read his book on writing and he typically cranks out about 1800 words a day. This is why he can put out so many books in a year.

I hope to be able to do the same thing. The first thing I want to do is establish a process that works for me. This takes a lot of reading to see how other people do things and experimenting with different processes. I’ve learned that writing nonfiction books is much different from writing novels.

After contemplating this quote, it really applies to anything. There are those that overthink what they are going to do and never get out of thinking mode. There are others who dive right in and get to work. I think I would like to approach this with a more balanced approach. Think some then write. Think some and write some more. I think that is what will work for me. We’ll see how it goes.

Thanks for reading.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Workout Diary – Yohimbine and Fasted Workouts

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One of my goals is to reduce my body fat%. Right now I’m over 25%, which is considered obese. Subsequently, I’ve adjusted my workout to do more cardio while continuing my bodybuilding routine. Today, I began a more aggressive cardio schedule by doing 20 minutes before my workout and 20 minutes afterward. I’ve recently started a full body workout and will continue to do so since the research is starting to show that full body workouts are terrific for losing body fat.

Another adjustment has been the addition of a Yohimbine supplement called Forge by Legion Athletics. I workout in a fasted state and according to Mike Matthews, one of the exercise gurus I follow, Yohimbine is most effective if you exercise in a fasted state. So, I’m giving this a whirl. I’ll keep you posted as I only bought enough to last me about a month.

Here’s the Youtube video link, in case any of you are interested: https://youtu.be/TI9NfXxDNyM

I got a great sweat in today and felt my body go into 2nd gear. 2nd gear is when I feel the body flip from using aerobic resources (predominantly sugar stores) to anaerobic resources (fat). If you’ve ever run a marathon or done an Iron Man, you know what 2nd gear feels like. Once you hit this state, you can literally keep going for a long long time without the same “winded” feeling you have when you are using aerobic resources to support your exercise.

I hope everyone has a great Friday!!

See you tomorrow…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Daily Quote – Napoleon Hill – Self-Control

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Today’s Quote:

“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” – Napoleon Hill

This quote is all about self-discipline and doing the things we commit ourselves to. I was going to write an article on this topic, but this quote reminded me of a poem I found and have kept for safe keeping. It is called The Habit Poem by John Di Lemme and it is awesome (see below).

The Habit Poem

I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command.

Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,

and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men.

And, alas, of all failures as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine.

Plus, the intelligence of a man.

You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin; it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will put the world at your feet.

Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

I am a HABIT!

–John Di Lemme

I wish each of you a great Friday!!

Until next time…

Dave