Things People Do That Annoy You The Most At The Gym!

By Mark Robson

Here is my list of the 10 things that other people do at the gym that drive me absolutely crazy while I work out. Let me start off by warning my friends, that some of you may qualify for a certain one or two of the below mentioned annoying gym traits. Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Several of these things happen on a daily basis and it might not annoy everyone as much as it does me. From body odors, to equipment Nazis to being the idiot who wears his weight lifting belt to do bench press, without further ado here is my top 10 list of the most annoying gym habits of others.

  • Equipment Nazi’s – We’ve all seen them. The guy who uses the only squat rack in the gym to perform his entire workout. First legs, then shoulders and finally biceps. You go up to Gym Nazi and say “hey buddy, how many more sets you got?” and he looks at you confused and angry telling you he just started his workout. Like you really need to use the rack for standing shoulder press and bicep curls, ya dummy?! And then he starts doing squats with a couple 25’s per side and you get even more pissed. The other kind of gym Nazi is almost always the young kid who puts his towel on one rack, his hat over on a bench across the room and his water bottle is left at a cable station.The kid is doing interval training, taking up three pieces of equipment and looks at you like you’re the ass when you start using something he hasn’t touched in 5 minutes. And when you tell him you’re working in, he looks at you in disgust.
  • Walking Lunges around the Gym – Okay, so I know I am going to get called out a lot for this one as MANY of you do it, but please stop! Do you know how annoying and dangerous it is lifting heavy and taking plates on and off a barbell when someone is doing travel lunges in close proximity right in front of or beside you. Now to be fair, the people that do this exercise are usually regulars who know what they are doing, but still, not in the free weight area. Go take your dumbbells to one of the studios or in front of the cardio machines. Stay away from the people pressing heavy.
  • People carrying their gym bags with them while they workout – Folks, what’s the deal with your dirty, over filled, sweat ridden and stank ass bag being left all over the gym floor? Last I checked there were a few hundred lockers a hundred feet away. Go buy a $5 combination lock, or if you have a piss poor memory you can even buy the cool little ones with the key! Put your crap in a locker like normal people and if you aren’t going to change at the gym, why not leave it in your car?
  • Anyone who thinks the gym is their kickboxing dojo – So, this won’t apply to all gyms, but anywhere there’s a bag stand and heavy bag in a regular fitness center, I’m sure you will all know what I mean. Ever see that guy who’s a little past his prime, looks like he took a few Muay Thai kickboxing classes when he was younger and had some aspiring dreams to become the next Ken or Ryu from Street Fighter? And now he wants to show off his limited knowledge on how to perform a roundhouse to anyone who will watch. This is the same guy who comes to a Goodlife, with a gym bag full of his old and very smelly wraps, bag gloves and Thai shin guards. He’ll deck himself out and proceed to pound away on that ONE and ONLY bag in the gym for the next hour and a half leaving a trail of sweat and body odour a mile long, while making the loudest noises the entire time in hopes that people will look at him and think he was once a UFC fighter. Pal, listen, there are MMA and Kick boxing gyms all over the Country for that type of training. Only difference is people there won’t give a rat’s ass about you, so there will be no one to impress. Take your hadookens elsewhere my friend. Goodlife and other gyms are partially to blame, why have a heavy bag and stand there in the first place?
  • Skipping anywhere near where I am lifting weights – Where are my skippers at? Let me start off by saying, that I LOVE skipping. I am also not referring to what 90% of people would think of as skipping. Jump rope and Double Dutch do not count as skipping as it pertains to fitness. Skipping when done right is a great cardio workout which helps with agility and speed and can make some pretty sick looking calf muscles. With that being said, please go find an open area, away from the free-weights and machines to do this. Skipping in the middle of the aisles in the busiest areas of the gym is not cool. It’s almost as bad as travel lunges to be honest. Maybe worse come to think of it. At least with the lunges worst case scenario somebody bangs into you at a snail’s pace. You ever been hit by a skipping rope or worse yet, one of those weighted ropes? I haven’t and I don’t want to be so skip away people, away from me!
  • Guys who wear a lifting belt for no bloody reason – This really shouldn’t bug me. To be honest this has absolutely no impact on me whatsoever. Fact of the matter is buddy looks like an idiot. I sometimes feel like a dick because I wonder if maybe the person in question has a serious back issue I am unaware of, but then I see him lay on a bench to do a machine bench press and I know he has NO CLUE what a weightlifting belt is for. I wonder if they think if they do it up tight enough it’s working their core? Or maybe it makes their chest puff out a little more when they walk with that I have something stuck up my butt posture? Who knows? Deadlifts, squats, Olympic lifts, I have no problem if you want to wear a belt. Walk in the club with a belt already fastened around your waist and head over to work your chest and biceps, and yes I will be laughing at you.
  • Anyone using chalk for deadlifts of a couple hundred lbs – I personally believe chalk should be banned from all major trendy commercial gyms. The guys who need chalk, the power lifters, don’t generally go to a Goodlife or a local Community Center to do their power lifting. It’s just not the place. Where there is no 2000lb tested powerlifting barbells and no bumper plates, where there is no rows of dozens of power racks, there should be no chalk. These every day gyms are not for that kind of lifting. The everyday gym goer does not want to use equipment that you failed to clean up properly, covered in chalk residue when you are finished. And please it’s not like you need chalk to bench or deadlift or clean 100-200lbs. That’s what lifting straps or gloves are for. $10 you can get them for at any local fitness store. Chalk this one up to common sense people! Okay, I had to throw that in there.
  • Leaving free weights on the other side of the gym – Okay, here it is! MY NUMBER ONE MOST ANNOYING THING that you can EVER do at the gym. Not putting your shit away! There are three categories in this one, and I hate it so much, I will go into detail for each.
  1. The person who puts their weight back in the wrong spot. This person is definitely not the most hated and we are all guilty of this at some point. Some gyms have co-op students or employees that stay on top of the ball here, others do not. It is annoying when you are in the dumbbell section and you have to walk back and forth for your next set of weights. Please just try to keep them in the general vicinity of where they should be. Don’t leave the 100’s down by the 10’s and 20’s.
  2. Slightly more annoying is the girl or guy (I find it’s more often girls then guys with this one) that decides she wants to super set, drop set or do pyramids and have 10 pairs of dumbbells all around one bench so that she doesn’t have to get up and search for the weights that person listen above “number 1” has probably put back in the wrong spot to begin with. This may solve your immediate problem but you are being ignorant and causing a bigger problem by now taking up several sets of dumbbells which other people would like to use. In addition 9 times out of 10, it’s so much work to put them all back when you are done, that you just leave them there for someone else to clean up or come over and scavenge through to find the weight they are looking for. You know who you are! You are bad. But there is still one person worse.
  3. Ever been on your 3rd or 4th set and you go to look for say a pair of 40lb dumbbells to curl. Well guess what? You know that annoying walking lunger we were talking about a little earlier? He or she finished their set of annoying walking lunges, and now your set of 40lb dumbbells are somewhere next to the drinking fountain beside the girls change room. After you spend several minutes searching the gym for them you might locate them, on your wait out of the gym, long after you’ve quit your search and failed miserably on lifting a weight too heavy for you that you probably shouldn’t have been lifting in the first place. But you couldn’t find the weights you needed so you tried your best to go bigger. No one should have to search for 10 minutes to find a weight they need to use. This also goes for handles, ropes and other fitness accessories. Put things back where you get them from, please!
  • Tying up equipment for impractical uses – “Hey bro, I think it’s great that you are working so hard on your 6 pack, but could you please get the hell off the decline bench rack, so I can work my chest!?” or “Hello miss, I think it’s great that you like stepping up and down on things, but that weight bench I could really use for about a million other things and eventually laying down on the shit off your shoes is not one of them!” In other words people, there is specific equipment for every exercise so please don’t take up equipment when you could be doing it elsewhere.
  • Body Odors – I often find myself wondering if certain people are really that oblivious to just how appalling they smell. Showering regularly, applying deodorant before and after working out, eating a clean diet and washing your gym clothes after every use easily fixes this problem. We’ve all gotten stuck on a machine next to one of these people and most of us are far too polite to ever say anything. I mean how do you tell a stranger, they stink in the kindest of ways? Carry an extra stick of deodorant and before you vacate the conjuring cloud of toxic human stank, place the deodorant slightly out of sight but on the piece of machinery they are using. Or if they happen to be one of those annoying people who carry their gym bag everywhere, even better, slip it in their bag. Problem solved.

So there you have it, my top ten most annoying gym habits of other people. You may agree, you may disagree but at the end of the day they are what annoy me, so they are all very wrong and you shouldn’t do them in my presence. Now I know I can be very anal and I have a slight case of OCD, so some of mine may sound extreme to other readers but please feel free to share your own experiences and what makes you cringe, cry or go absolutely crazy when at the gym surrounded by the stinky, walking lunger, wearing the weight lifting belt for all the wrong reasons and covered in chalk, with their gym bag left somewhere on the gym floor.

See you at the gym!

Mark Robson
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Boredom and Impatience Are Trying to Tell You Something

By Kevin Schoeninger

We live in a culture that beckons us to constant productivity, consumption, and stimulation. In the face of this momentum, the idea of taking time away from work, shopping, or entertainment seems like a total waste of time. This shows up very clearly if we try to do something like meditate. It’s common to quickly get bored, restless, or impatient with what might seems to be “doing nothing.” What’s the point of this? What am I getting out of it? I could be doing something productive!

Yet what if boredom, restlessness, and impatience signal something deeper, something important to acknowledge and deal with? What if, instead of being prompted to rush off to more feats of economic prowess, accumulation, and stimulation, we use these feelings as indicators to dive deeper?

What if boredom, restlessness, and impatience arise when we are ready to make changes, especially inner changes that ask us to step beyond our current comfort zones?

Let’s begin with a short story that demonstrates what might lie beneath restlessness.

Restless Legs, Restless Thoughts

This story comes from “Meditation: An In-Depth Guide” by Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson. They describe a meditation student John, who had restless legs and equally restless thoughts. (p.114, MAIG)

John was a very active guy, who loved sports and being in the gym. He had a “go get ‘um” mentality and came to an 8-week meditation class ready to “master meditation.” “However, he found it very difficult to even sit still; he had a nervous habit of constantly jiggling his legs up and down, a common form of restlessness. The movement of his thoughts matched his restless legs.

After two sessions John came to Paul and told him he wanted to drop out of the class, saying, ‘I just can’t do it-it’s impossible for me to sit still!'” (p.114, MAIG)

Paul advised John to see if he could just notice the restless feelings with a gentle curiosity. Instead of seeing them as a problem, was it possible to just pay attention to them in a non-judgmental way? Could he refrain from self-criticism, from thinking he was failing at meditation, and just witness what was arising in his mind, without buying into it?

Would it be possible to be present with the thoughts “I can’t do this, it’s too hard” and “This is stupid and I’m not getting anywhere!” and “If only these thoughts would go away, then I could meditate!” (p.115, MAIG) without taking them seriously and without believing them?

For John, who was a proactive, take care of things, make things happen type of guy, this was a novel strategy-yet it worked! In just a few more sessions, he was able to just “sit with his feelings” and he became much more at ease with himself. As a result, he began to experience more of the inner peace he was looking for.

Sometimes that’s all it takes to tame your restless mind-a little self-observation followed by a little self-acceptance-until a new state of being arises naturally. This state is hidden by the way you are looking at life and your feelings of boredom can prompt you to dig deeper to discover it. This is a good first strategy to deal with boredom and impatience in meditation and in life-recognize them, accept them, be present with them-and soon they resolve to reveal a new insight or way of being.

Yet, what about times when this strategy doesn’t work? What about restlessness that cycles stronger and sucks you in deeper? This can signal a deeper defense you are ready to dismantle.

Identifying Your Deeper Defenses

When simple observation, acceptance, and presence don’t free you from boredom and impatience, try to go a step farther. Your mind may be signaling you to become more conscious of a deeper defense, so you can release it to move forward to new possibilities.

Three steps can help: Label the thoughts related to your feeling of boredom and impatience, identify the beliefs behind them, and notice the consequences of this way of thinking. These three steps bring your defenses to light, dissolve their subconscious hold on your attention, and enable you to make new choices.

Step One: Label the type of thought

Thoughts can be categorized according to what they are doing. For example, you could be planning, worrying, lamenting, judging, criticizing, blaming, and so on…

In Step One, you simply name the type of thought you’re having when you feel bored and impatient by giving a one-word label describing what the thought is doing.

Step Two: Identify the Belief behind the Thought

Beliefs are thoughts you invest with emotional significance. They are thoughts you strongly identify with. These are not just thoughts you think are true, they are thoughts you think are “you.” At some level, consciously or subconsciously, you define “who you are” by these beliefs. Therefore, these thoughts become identified with your very existence, safety, and well-being.

Behind repetitive thoughts you can’t seem to shake are deeply ingrained beliefs that originate from experiences of deep hurt. You don’t want to experience those hurts again, so you learn thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that keep you from harm. These hurts and the accompanying beliefs are deeply defended in your subconscious.

For example, you might think: “If I just keep quiet and don’t make waves, I’ll be safe.” Or, “If I don’t make a big effort or commitment, I won’t be disappointed.” Or “If I don’t express my true feelings, I won’t get hurt.”

Yet, these defensive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors also keep you from peace, joy, love, vitality, growth, learning, passion, and purpose you long for. They keep your body in a defensive mode that limits you from doing what you truly desire and from connecting deeply with others. That’s why it’s important to consciously recognize and release them.

In Step Two, you see if you can identify the defensive belief that is behind the thoughts that are cycling through your mind.

You can recognize these defensive beliefs in a couple simple ways:

-They tend to be strong judgments signaled by words such as “should, have to, ought to, can’t, must.”

-They tend to catastrophize, making everything seem bigger and more dangerous than it really is. They make everything feel huge and overwhelming and often come with the words “Always” or “Never.”

Putting these together you get beliefs such as “You should never rock the boat,” “I should always keep quiet,” “You just can’t show your weakness, ever!” “I’m never going to make it,” “I’m never enough,” and so on… Defensive beliefs aren’t always phrased so strongly, but the underlying feeling about them is strong.

In Step Two, you seek the underlying belief that gives rise to the type of thinking you’re mind is engaging in. You can recognize these by the strong emotional charge behind these inner statements. You can get at these beliefs by asking:

What belief am I using to protect myself, to keep myself in a safe comfort zone?

Step Three: Notice the Consequences of these Beliefs

The original purpose of defensive beliefs is to keep you safe. They keep you in a “comfort zone.” Defensive beliefs have two primary consequences. They either make you “rigid,” in “fight or freeze mode,” or “retreat,” in “flight mode.” As life-long strategies, defensive beliefs are severely limiting.

Life is always asking you to learn, heal, and grow. Defensive beliefs cause you to resist growth, to guard against, to fight it-or to retreat in the face of the pressure. In other words, they put you in a state of distress. In fact, defensive beliefs make your life into a series of stressful events.

You can identify the consequences of your beliefs by asking two questions:

What is this belief accomplishing? What is it preventing?

When you consciously and clearly see the consequences of maintaining defensive beliefs, you naturally want to be free from the stress they cause. You want to be free from that suffering. You also see how they are holding you back. With those twin insights, you may naturally become more willing to investigate other possibilities.

You become more open to doing something different. When limiting beliefs have worn out their usefulness, when you are ready to grow beyond them, you feel bored and impatient.

A Two-Fold Strategy

So, when boredom and impatience arise, see if you can pay attention with curiosity and acceptance. See if you can let go of self-judgment and simply sit with these feelings. Notice if something shifts as you mindfully pay attention.

If boredom and impatience persist, investigate them more deeply using three steps:

1) Label the thoughts that accompany boredom and impatience by noticing what they are doing-planning, worrying, lamenting, criticizing, blaming…

2) Identify the beliefs underneath these thoughts.

3) Notice the consequences of thinking this way. Notice what this way of thinking is accomplishing and what it is preventing.

Are you satisfied with the way you are living?

If not, you can consciously choose to let those thoughts and beliefs go and pay attention to the deeper inspirations calling from the Core of your being. Ask yourself, “What is Life calling me to do in this moment?”

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Kevin Schoeninger is a writer and teacher of Mind-Body training, including Mindfulness, Meditation, Qigong, and Reiki. He is the author of the book “Clear Quiet Mind” and numerous guided meditations and programs in the field of personal empowerment and spiritual growth.

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The Wall Of Frustration For One Person Is The Perseverance Factor For Another

By Joshua Clayton

Scientifically, perseverance is everything. Talent is a reality, but it does not count as much as perseverance or persistence. Bluntly, I say, responsibility is power, especially for yourself. In this game of life, we can try to cheat, but in the end we only cheat ourselves because we know fully what we did that we seemed to escape from. The ultimate wall of frustration is not to have that perseverance that does not recognize failure genuinely.

The rich and powerful get more rich and powerful, because losing is not genuinely accepted in the mind and cheating is not an option either. Mistakes, and weakness are simply training for perfection and strength.

The ultimate check and balance is honest persistence and real perseverance, if we do not have those two things we cannot achieve anything in life genuinely. The genuine wall of frustration then is to want ease and luck to be the law instead of what really is the law, work and persistence.

Oh, yes, cheating looks fun until you catch yourself genuinely and unrealistically even in the most “unbeatable” cheating situation. Sure, you can “get away with everything in the eyes of others”, but what about yourself, that is the difference that counts, you cannot beat yourself ultimately.

If you want to genuinely climb to the mountain top, you cannot use the helicopter or chair life, it will never be the same as genuinely climbing. Reality has to be genuinely and persistently lived, and talents must be developed to genuinely get anywhere. I remember when my Dad told me about patience, understanding and tolerance being an adjunct to discipline, thought then control. Sure, I instantly understood, but, you must develop from within without wanting any part of the “way of the lucky masses” that has an outside to inside approach to life that is too pragmatic instead of genuinely creative and original from within. In fact I call patience, understanding, tolerance, discipline, thought, then control “The Big Six”. Without those big six genuine factors, everything in life comes down to nothing, and without persistence and perseverance, everything is really nothing but gambling. I know, that is harsh seeming, but at least it has the benefit of being the honest and realistic truth about it all.

Life and existence are knit with what we are, not what we want to be anyway, however we try to look at it all.

My name is Joshua Clayton, I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California. I also write under a few pen-names and aliases, but Joshua Clayton is my real name, and I write by that for the most part now. I am a philosophical writer and objective thinker and honest action taker. I also work at a senior center in Gardena, California as my day job, among other things, but primarily I am a writer.

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To Prepare Yourself For A Better Tomorrow, Do All You Can To Be Your Best Today

By Tony Fahkry

The Aggregation Of Small Habits Leads To Greatness

Do you realise your best is yet to come? How do you feel when you read that statement? Do you think: “My best is behind me”? But what if you don’t know what you’re capable of unless you continue to move forward towards your goals and dreams? Let me give you an example. When Michael Jordan failed making his high school basketball team, do you think his career was over? Perhaps he thought so at the time because not making the team might have seemed like the end of the road for him, but it wasn’t. It was the beginning of his career as one of the greatest basketballers of all time. Why? Jordan loved to play basketball and spent hours practicing and fine tuning his skills. The setbacks and defeats he experienced were part of the process to achieve greatness. They were inflection points in his career and why your best is yet to come, as long as you continue moving towards your goals. Warning: you must believe your best is still to come and keep taking the right course of action.

Your best will come from your habits, practice, growth, setbacks, victories and knowledge gained over the years. To prepare for a better tomorrow, we must commit to the tasks of today that lay the foundation for tomorrow. Nothing good can come of delaying that which we must attend to now. Whilst many of our daily tasks or habits can be tedious and time-consuming, with the right mindset they will transform our efforts into achievement. We must do our best whatever that looks like, knowing the aggregation of small habits leads to greatness. This is the essence of what motivational author and speaker Brendon Burchard refers to in High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way where he writes: “Being on your A game means that you are giving your best effort with full focus on the singular task at hand. To get it, you need to stoke the internal and external demands of necessity. Specifically, you assume the identity of a high performer and you set up situations that require full immersion.” How does this idea appeal to you? Is this something you’re prepared to invest in or are you already taking inspired action in your life? Whatever the case, investing in ourselves means committing to that which makes our hopes and dreams come alive.

Focus On Priorities That Make You Come Alive

We are the vessel upon which our tomorrow is created or conversely, one in which we will live with regret. Either way, regret is nothing more than ineffective action because we have squandered our time on things that don’t matter. To be your best today, requires bringing your whole self to every situation. What do I mean by whole self? I mean the entirety of your being, including your mind, body and spirit. The person who brings their whole self to their task is inspired by a greater purpose for their life. A person who brings their whole self to their undertakings unites with their deeper intent, so each action is purposefully guided and emanates from passion and direct intention. We are the habits of our yesterdays and the victors of our tomorrows. What we plant in our mind and sow into our hearts becomes the seeds of greatness tomorrow.

So what are you committed to? What actions are delivering you tangible results? We must be clear whether our labour compels us to move forward or keeps us stationary. Stagnancy is a misdirected purpose in the form of resistance because we are frightened by the success of tomorrow. Yet, this is the purpose of daily actions and habits: to sharpen the saw as the late Dr. Stephen Covey wrote in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It is the opportunity to refine, review and reward ourselves for actions we undertake that bring our hopes and dreams alive.

Nothing good can come of setting aside that which can be completed now because what we put off for tomorrow compounds and soon enough we face yet another fear. Our task is to minimise fear from our lives, so we can focus on our highest objectives through purposeful action. We ought to pursue things that make us come alive, not make us feel weary and uninspired. We must do away with commitments and obligations that hinder our progress or better still, delegate them to others so we can focus on that which makes us come alive. We must bring forth the song within our heart because this is the song that touches those whom associate with our work. So I ask you: what are you putting off today that may inhibit your tomorrow? Can you commit to the smallest task, even when you feel less inclined to? Without doubt, if we are inspired by some greater purpose, then the smaller tasks will fuel our actions because a better tomorrow is possible when we commit to be our best today.

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Never Give Up Because If You Do What Is Easy, Your Life Will Be Hard

By Tony Fahkry

Do you want to live an easy life or a difficult one? I know, it’s a worthless question because who wants to live a life filled with pain and suffering? Yet, this is what many people choose every day, whether they are conscious of it or not. I don’t intend to disparage them, however in coaching hundreds of people over the years, many of them unknowingly choose a difficult life because they make easy choices instead of important ones. Considering this, think about the choices you’re making right now and their respective actions. Are they moving you towards growth and freedom or pain and suffering? Easy choices means staying within our comfort zone without exploring our limitations where real growth occurs. Sure, it’s difficult to venture outside our comfort zone because of the psychological and emotional strain. However, if we do what is easy, life will be difficult because our comfort zone does not equate to personal growth to achieve our bigger goals. How does this appeal to you? Is this something you’re willing to explore personally and professionally? I assure you, challenges allow us to delve into the greater depths of our resiliency instead of staying safe.

It’s why we mustn’t give up on our goals or highest ambitions when life gets tough, as it no doubt will. We mustn’t give up because we don’t know how far we will go when we rise above our challenges and obstacles. It is said we achieve our goals by growing into them, therefore growth is proportionate to our self-improvement. Growth takes place in adverse conditions because most people will thrive when conditions are favourable, yet struggle through difficulties. However, life’s conditions are never ideal and so we must show up with total conviction that we will prevail, even if we don’t know how. Most times we will have little knowledge how to proceed because of limited information and the uncertainty of our actions. This mustn’t hold us back because giving up is not the easy way out since we must live with regret and disappointment. In view of this, I’d like you to reflect on a current goal or endeavour you want to give up on. Is this your only choice or have you considered other options? I don’t have the answers because I don’t know you to offer the advice you need. Similarly, I can’t look into a crystal ball and predict the future because neither of us are equipped with psychic powers. But what I can tell you is more often than not, giving up is rarely the answer because if we take the easy way out, we are assured of difficult times ahead. We are likely to miss out on the personal growth that takes place when we expose ourselves to situations beyond our comfort zone.

We Must Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Is this making sense to you? Have you experienced times where you stepped out of your comfort zone, whether it be learning a new skill, habit or otherwise? If so, what did you learn from the experience and has it served you? It’s no surprise that life isn’t smooth sailing and if we want to achieve anything of value, we must do things that scare us every once in a while and integrate it into our reality. We must get comfortable being uncomfortable and those who give up too soon find it difficult being uncomfortable, i.e. out of their comfort zone. Sometimes giving up may be necessary, yet in most parts we can learn to channel the skills we gain from our endeavours and use them to pivot in a new direction or develop a greater awareness of our goals. So considering this, I’d like you to write down five advantages and disadvantages of giving up on a project, a dream, a relationship or career? Look at your answers and connect with the underlying motivation behind them. Reflect on why you undertook this goal in the first place and connect with what you hope to gain by giving up. It is only once we are aware of our motives that we can overcome any regret or disappointment. Otherwise, life is likely to be hard because we pursued what is easy instead of what is essential to our growth. And as you know, real growth correlates to bigger and better achievements.

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How To Restore Passion For Your Life

By Ada Porat

When was the last time you felt truly passionate about something? Felt good, right? And so it should! Good thing is, you can learn how to restore passion for your life.

Passion is most evident when body, mind and spirit work together to create, articulate or manifest feelings, ideas and values. Passion is ignited when all of you work together. It is the presence of your soul combined with the totality of all you’ve experienced, and it empowers to live at optimal levels.

Passion your natural state. When what you do is in alignment with who you are, it increases your energy. Passion is like water flowing along its natural riverbed, gaining momentum from its course – unlike many work environments, where it feels more like trying to force water up and over a mountain!

Passion creates resilience. It enables you to overcome obstacles and to look beyond current setbacks to the infinite potential that’s yours to claim. The passionate soul discovers nuggets of potential in every situation.

Passion transfers vibrant energy to every person or situation it touches. You can’t fake it. Anyone can spot a phony by sensing lack of authenticity and depth in their actions.

And yet, many people run from passion because they’re afraid of being burned. They hang on to the pain of betrayed trust and misplaced confidences as a reminder to dampen their own passion, lest they be hurt again. Perhaps they held the bucket for soulless greed and overzealous egos disguised as passion. Consequently, they’re afraid of taking the risk to live life fully, openly and passionately. They may have even vowed to never go there again.

Instead, they opt for a more predictable, monochromatic existence. Rather than taking exploring the endless possibilities of life, they insist on hiding inside a safety bubble; giving up on adventure to exist in a sanitary, colorless world where nothing new happens.

What they really need is to restore their passion!

If you want a juicy life, you need to open your heart and mind to the multidimensional experience of passionate living every day.

Can you imagine how much more meaningful our roles as parents, lovers, business owners, employees, teachers and leaders would be if all our actions were predicated on our true passion? There is no limit to how far your influence can reach! To tap into your potential, you must engage life with passion. By bringing passion to what you do, you express every aspect of your creative being.

Here’s the secret to living a passionate life: Never try to throttle down your passion for fear of what might show up! You cannot selectively suppress some part of your being without also suppressing the rest of your energy. When you suppress your passion, you also suppress your Life Force.

Truth is, every activity you engage in expresses the whole of you – much like one part of a hologram reflects the whole in its entirety. Even if you pick a narrow skill like running a marathon or cooking, your whole sense of self is expressed through that activity when doing it with passion.

When living from your passion, you bring your entire identity to the party, not just an isolated part. This may sound daunting, but actually it’s the most natural way to approach anything.

When you hold some part of yourself back, you deny it exposure to life; you repress its energy and keep it from learning what it needs to know. Imagine a baby who wants to learn how to walk but has these reservations:

  • I don’t want to look bad.
  • I don’t want to fall down.
  • I don’t want to fail.
  • I don’t want to expend all my energy.
  • I don’t want any pain.
  • I don’t want to suffer.

It would seem absurd! If these thoughts prevail, the chance for mastery could never present itself. Yet as adults we resort to such reservations all the time – and deny ourselves mastery as a result.

The minute a situation arises, all the negatives around that situation will arise in the mind along with all the possibilities. The key is that you have a choice about which to focus on!

When you choose to focus on negatives, you yield to subconscious fear to shut out understanding. Do that often enough and you become a victim, subject to bewildering fears that can threaten to overwhelm you. These fears aren’t coming from blind fate or misfortune; they simply represent holes in your awareness, the places where you haven’t dared to look yet.

To break free from such self-limiting behavior, try looking at an issue that has kept you from totally engaging in life. For instance, if you are worried about what others may think of your effort, then that is the issue you need to challenge!

When I launched out into a solo practice, well-intended friends questioned whether I would make it in a highly demanding field. I chose not to listen to the voices of apprehension; instead, I redoubled my efforts because my passion is to help people.

At the time, it was the scariest, riskiest, most challenging thing I could think of doing with my life. It was also the one thing that kept me dreaming and working against all odds. Today, I can look back at decades of amazing outcomes and success.

Choosing to follow my passion took me to the edge of my comfort zone and stretched me in every way possible. It also brought growth, joy and fulfillment into every area of my life. I wouldn’t trade what I’m doing for the world, because I get to use my innate gifts daily. I love living in alignment with my purpose and my passion!

What is that one, wild dream you have buried deep within? Is it time to let it emerge into the light where you can nourish it into a passionate path to fulfillment? How will you know unless you try?

You can restore passion for your life.

Start voicing your inner dreams and passions. Face down your fears, and treat your dreams like tender threads of gold, for they are every bit as precious. They form the fabric that fabulous lives are woven from!

Ada Porat is a seasoned kinesiologist and pastoral counselor who founded Stillpoint Holistic Services, a center for healing and transformation that serves clients around the globe.. She is passionate about helping clients live their best lives. She can be reached at https://AdaPorat.com.

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The Goals You Set Are Not Promises But Commitments Towards Achievement

By Tony Fahkry

We Ought To Remain Open To Where Life Is Leading Us

There are no assurances of accomplishing our goals since they’re not promises but a commitment towards achieving them. How does this idea appeal to you? You may well achieve your goals, however if you’re unaware of your motives, it will have little bearing on your long-term happiness. As you know, setting goals is easy but staying committed to them when the going gets tough is another story. No doubt goal attainment is important to you, though success is seldom assured because circumstances change which may cause our goals to shift.

Can you identify with this where a goal you set changed along the way? I’ve coached countless individuals regarding their goals. To my knowledge, once they embarked upon the goal, the path to achieving it changed. It’s not that the goal lost its power, rather they developed a greater insight on what they wanted to achieve along the way. Allow me to illustrate via personal example. Long ago when I started out, I aspired to be an internationally renowned speaker traveling the world giving keynote speeches. I had undertaken speaker training with various coaches and was speaking regularly to corporate companies and running public seminars and workshops. However, there came a point where I no longer felt as passionate about speaking as I once did. Instead I turned to writing more which had a greater impact on my message. I hired writing coaches and mentors to improve my writing and the more I ventured down this path, the more passionate I became. I published three books with internationally acclaimed authors writing the forewords. My point is, the process of achieving our goals will change and we ought to remain open to where life is leading us.

Can you identify with this story in your own life? Have you set out to achieve a goal and have it change along the way? If you accomplished it, was it better than your original goal? It’s often said achieving our goals isn’t as rewarding as the person we become. I can attest to the personal growth I experienced over the years and the lessons that pushed me out of my comfort zone and developed my strength of character. Setbacks and defeat have shaped my outlook, though there were times I considered giving up because I lost all hope. There was no money coming in and clients were cancelling, yet I remained committed because I believed in what I was doing. We don’t know what we’re capable of achieving when pursuing a goal, irrespective of how difficult it may be. In those times, our greatest growth will occur because we realise things aren’t as bad as they seem.

Who We Become Because Of Our Actions

No doubt you have your own stories about uncertainty and giving up on a goal, career or project. What makes the story more compelling is the narrative that follows. For example, did you give up or find a way through it? It isn’t so much about quitting or pushing ahead, but who we become because of our actions. The choices we make today either create a compelling future or one filled with regret and disappointment. Often, easy choices lead to a difficult tomorrow. That’s why goals help us become clear on who we wish to become. The greater the goal, the more difficult it is to achieve and the greater your personal growth. Therefore we must examine our motives for pursuing our goals when we embark upon them. Furthermore, who we become when we accomplish our goals is something we ought to give our attention to. It’s why I am drawn to the advice echoed by authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness who write in Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success: “There is nothing more gratifying or fulfilling than setting a goal on the outer boundaries of what we think is possible, and then systematically pursuing it. In a paradoxical twist, we are often at our best when we wholly immerse ourselves in the process of getting better.”

Considering this, I’d like you to reflect on your current goals. Irrespective of where you are, spend time answering the following questions: Why is this goal important? What will achieving this goal bring to my life? Who will I become because of it? Does this goal improve my life and the lives of others? It is when we are intentional and purposeful about our vision that we are likely to achieve our goals and not lose enthusiasm along the way. It is what the British-American author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek identifies in his Golden Circle principle as understanding our WHY? If we want our goals to be a commitment towards achievements, we must do everything in our power to get clear on the goal, so as not to weaken its accomplishment.

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Unlock Your Life’s Purpose With These Motivation Tips

By Verona Blessing

Does it seem like it takes a lot of motivation to just take that first step of starting a new project, article or business venture? Are you unsure or confused as to what God’s will or purpose is in your life?

There is so much more to life than living out each day and not having a purpose for that day. How many miraculous blessings have I missed throughout my life just squandering the days away and expecting to be blessed when I don’t focus on God’s will or purpose?

I love to write but sometimes my lack of motivation keeps me from my writing. When I am motivated, it gives me the will to create, be productive and achieve a sense of satisfaction. I actually get things accomplished, which in turn takes my inaction to action and I feel growth, and a feeling of significance and more power because of mastering my purpose in this life.

By excelling my motivation, I then have the opportunity to touch other people’s lives by my writing and so it becomes the main focus of my life that I enjoy. When I learn to overcome being stuck and become motivated, I am living out my dream of spreading the word of God and His powerful influence in my life.

I have found that the results for living out God’s plan for my life now opens the door for more blessings… how great is that?

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

The best way to stay motivated for whatever your life’s purpose, is to not worry specifically what that is. The best thing to do is take action! Create a schedule that is realistic and stick to it. Do God’s will and it will happen naturally and in His timing as shown:

” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11.

Your schedule will be something similar to this depending on your God-given talent or area of interest:

Every day is a great opportunity to:

Start off the day with prayer. Read the Bible and or listen to a recorded Christian radio show. My favorite is Intouch.org with Charles Stanley. The online radio broadcast lasts about twenty minutes. After dinner, read the Bible and do Bible study. If there is a church service today, it’s good to attend and co-mingle with other people of faith and learn more about His word. Volunteer for help needed when you feel the Holy Spirit prompting you.

Day One:
Reach out to friends and relatives that are not saved and have a friendly conversation. Tell them about what great things God has done for you and is presently doing in your life, and lead them to Christ.

Day Two:
Write an article or work on your particular project and donate something or time to charity.

Day Three:
Do marketing for articles and or products and submit articles to other Christian blogs and social media. Also posting comments on blogs or forums with the related website link will allow for more exposure.

Rinse and Repeat! Now there may be some days where you need to work overtime or a big event comes up and some things need to be moved around. Being there for your family also is a huge priority. Raise your children with more attention and Godly discipline and you will have fewer worries when they are grown!

Another way to achieve even more motivation is to be aware that the days are short and you never know when you may run out of time to fulfill God’s will.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14

Do as much as you can weekly and record your daily accomplishments. Add extra or different Godly activities that fit your life. Review them weekly and see if you are staying motivated for God’s Kingdom and watch how you soon will discover your life’s purpose!

~Verona

Verona loves to encourage others with her Biblical writing about motivation and finding our purpose in life. See more of her writing at http://www.praiseblogs.com

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