Thoughts On Self-Reliance Optimism Trust and Self-Confidence

self-reliance and my thoughts on emerson
Excerpts and thoughts on self-reliance and what they mean to me. Starting with Emerson and adding as I go. As I read and re-read different essays and passages from the past, I will edit them and makes notes on what affects me most. You can sense the great messages in writing from the past, yet some of it gets lost in the older language used. As I go through this and understand the deep messages, I’ll put them into easier to understand vocabulary.

Trust Yourself

Genius is belief in your own thought. Belief that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all people. Speak and follow what your gut is telling you instead of going with the flow. We call Moses, Plato and Milton great people because they wrote what we all think. Not what we all say. Learn to trust your intuition and flashes of mind more than the voices of authority washed in public opinion.
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Building Muscle And Burning Fat At The Same Time

If you try and build muscle at the same time as you are losing fat, you are not going to get anywhere really on both of those goals. So what you need to do is do very short cycles of each going back and forth between the two. Where for example you are doing 5 days of muscle building, where you are eating more, your training is different, your training is geared towards building muscle and strength and then immediately after those 5 days you go straight into a fat loss diet kind of program, your training is very different, your calories are lower – I like to do low-carb eating when I do fat loss stuff just because it is a lot more effective, I find.
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How To Get A Lean Stomach Including Those Bottom Two Abs

how to get a lean stomach manNewsletter subscriber “Big Man Md” asks: “I have currently got a 4 pack and need to work on the bottom two. All that is there is flab. I just need to know how to get a lean stomach including those bottom two abs. Then I’ll have a complete the six pack.

If you have any suggestions and tips on how to tone up the bottom two abs and too lose the weight off the bottom of my stomach please tell me.”
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How To Lose A Big Gut For Men

how to lose a big gut for men Lets start this guide assuming the worst and that you need to know how to lose a big gut. We’re talking about the kind of gut that keeps you from doing situps or squats and all that other good stuff. Then after that, I’ll give more specific advice as you get leaner. You’ll see this info in the next articles linked at the bottom of this post.

First thing is to stop putting in too much fuel. We need to feed the muscle but burn off fat.

Then we need a simple training program starting from scratch. This program is something you can do at home if you want to. The program must make you stronger, more flexible and burn off fat calories.
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How To Lose Belly Fat For Men – The Full At Home Guide

how to lose belly fat for menWelcome To The How To Lose Belly Fat For Men Guide. I’ll show you why you’re having trouble losing losing your belly fat and how to fix it. I’ll also show you how to build lean muscle at home while you’re losing the gut.

There’s a big problem out there for guys trying to drop a few pounds and get a lean muscular body. Actually, there are 7 BIG PROBLEMS. But they are easy to fix and you’re about to discover how.

On a recent vacation I realized how simple losing 10-20 pounds in a month can be. You just need it laid out step-by-step to cut through the confusion out there. So that’s what I’ll do for you. Watch the vid for a quick explanation…

Have you ever wondered, “Does a regular guy that just wants to drop a couple pounds to look good on the beach really need to go through all the extreme discipline and time suck the magazines say?”

The Answer Is… “NOT AT ALL.”
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How To Use Goal Setting Theory For Your Best Year Ever

goal setting theory - monks destroy goal mandalaMost goal setting theory guides say to form a life long, 25 year plan. Then work your goals back from there to do what you should right now. I don’t agree.

I’ve been there and tried that. The problem is that you truly don’t know the person you want to be in 25 years. You think you do. If you are living life fully, you never know what experience might turn all your best-laid plans on their ears!

14 years ago I was in the Canadian infantry and my goal was to become a sniper, crawl around in the jungles of panama and save the world. Now I’m writing to make a living. How does that work?

Life has a habit of changing. That means you and your goals will too. Why do you think there are so many divorces? People grow, they evolve and they become new creatures. Sometimes they turn into creatures that just don’t see eye to eye on things anymore. Their goals and expectations for life change.
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Your Life As A Song

Carlos Castaneda Thinking Your Life Is A SongWarning: Alternative Thought Ahead – I am reading Carlos Castaneda’s “The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge“ in the backyard. Its 4:10 in the afternoon and the sun is about to go behind the big poplar tree by the back fence. The breeze and temperature are perfect thanks to the wonderful Canadian summer climate.

My girlfriend is asleep for an afternoon nap. We both are getting a little tired on our herbal cleanse. I got up about half an hour ago.

Life comes in moments.

In this moment reading page 110 of Castanedas book, I realize I am really just a part of the universe’s big musical production. We are little songs.
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Pistol Squat Progression Benefits For Broken Stiff People

Ray demonstrating his pistol squat progressionI searched everywhere on the internet looking for a good pistol squat progression to relearn how to do pistol squats after injuring myself. I looked up all the masters. The problem was that the pistol squat progressions given were for normal people whose bodies worked fine… they were just out of shape or a little stiff.

I was broken and I tried them all without complete success.

Here are a few of them. In some way, shape of form, they all contributed a piece of knowledge that at some point glued onto another piece to bring me to the final objective of doing a one leg squat.

In the end I have the routine and approach that showed me how to do pistol squats that worked for my body. My body’s kinks, injuries and limitations. If you’ve weight lifted using the squat, deadlift, bench, overhead press your whole life, then our bodies are probably similar.

The Sources Of Pistol Information

Pavel Tsatsouline (The box down method works if it’s only strength you need but if you are broken, then other methods are needed.)
Steve Maxwell (Just solid stuff that works)
Steve Cotter (Inspired me with the table jumping pistol squat)
Gold Medal Bodies (I find that GMB is better than gymnastics bodies for stiff, banged up adults.
Gymnastics Bodies – Getting rid of lower back curve and improving overall spinal mobility for the handstand spilled over to improving the pistol squat. However their video demonstrations are not consistent in form instruction and I spent a lot of time digging on the forum. I also bought their pistol squat course. Half way through they divided the course into two. Charging more for the piece they cut out. Those that came into the course already able to do deck squats like myself are SOL as that is the end of the first course’s pistol squat progression.
Kit Laughlin (Single Leg Squat Progressions)

Kit Laughlin is well known to those that are into flexibility and a fully functioning body but I wish he were even more known to the mainstream fitness crowd. He is a humble man who always speaks kindly and offers great courses for the most reasonable price if not free.

UPDATE: A new addition to the resource list. Here is an article on hip extension (very important) by Chris Ruffolo (instagram) (youtube) Check out those two links because if something isn’t working right, you’ll probably find out why after watching her informative corrective exercises.
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Calgary Personal Trainer

calgary personal trainersAre you looking through a list of Calgary Personal Trainers for someone to show you how to lose some weight, tone up your muscles and get in the best shape of your life? Are you looking to do it with workouts under an hour and without starving yourself?

My name is Raymond Burton and I don’t know you yet but… Have you ever had this happen to YOU?

  • You decided to lose weight so you started counting calories and made sure you were under a certain amount of calories each day….
    However after a few weeks you realized you weren’t seeing any results or your results stalled pretty quickly…
  • After trying a low carb or no carb diet…the cravings and headaches were just too much to bare…
  • You wasted a bunch of your hard earned money on bogus diet pills and “miracle” supplements – Only to
    realize they were a complete scam and didn’t live up to their promises…
  • After seeing a bunch of Calgary personal trainers or nutritionists, they tried to sell you a bunch of their supplements that you HAD to have?
  • You hit the gym and started using the treadmill or elliptical a few times per week…. But after a few weeks you got discouraged and stopped going because after all that effort, you never saw any results.
  • You went to the pool with your friends or family but you were hesitant to take off your shirt or your cover up because you weren’t very confident about how you looked in a swimsuit.
  • There’s a certain piece of clothing in your closet that you keep around because you’re hoping that one day you’ll be able to fit back into them!
  • You feel like you’re always on a “diet” yet you’re not getting in better shape and you’re frustrated because your waist still looks the same…

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And The Leading Hypothesis For Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Are

And The Leading Hypothesis For Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness AreGoing to answer what the leading hypothesis for delayed onset muscle soreness are in this post and how to get rid of or help relieve muscle soreness.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Ever hit a new cardio class or start on a new exercise program only to wake up feeling like you’ve been beaten all over with a rubber hose?

Its a bummer I know and I feel it too…guess when? When I do something I have not done before or when I change weight, intensity or volume or emphasize the negative portion of a movement OR go into ranges of motion that I am not used to.

First… DOMS stands for delayed onset muscle soreness when you see it below.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) starts to be thing of the past when you have done just about everything the exercise world can throw at you because nothing can surprise your body anymore. Until you one day add in one of the factors I mentioned above.
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Bodyweight Exercises For Back

chin ups are the king of bodyweight exercises for backBodyweight exercises for back break down into two over-all types. These are chinup type and row type movements. Pulling down from overhead towards your shoulders is the chinups. Pulling an object from in front of you to your chest is a row type. There are also multiplanar exercises which you see a lot in gymnastics training.

Let’s get started… this post is around 1000 words and will take you about 5 minutes to read. I’ve also put a demo video at the end of the article if you would prefer to watch instead of read.
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Travel Wods: Full Body Bodyweight Workout Routines

full body bodyweight workout travel wodsNo messing around with this one. Giving you some full body bodyweight workout travel wods (Workout Of The Day) from soup to nuts. Everything you need to workout anywhere and any time.

This will be a complete guide to getting started – followed by a fresh and changing daily workout posted at the bottom. These are bodyweight workouts and travel workouts so that busy people/soldiers etc can do them anywhere at any time.

Here we go…(FYI: this article will take about 35 minutes to read with instructions for beginners and revolving workouts at the bottom of the article.)

Read this series of articles if you are looking for a beginners workout using weight training.

From March to June of 2009 I took a handful of people at different times and personally ran them through 4 weeks of this full body bodyweight workout routine, twice a week. We didn’t use any equipment so they work great as a travel wods that you can do anywhere.

The results were outstanding.

You are about to embark on the same program modified for those wanting to get in shape quickly while traveling.
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How To Work Out For Older Adults

How To Work Out For Older AdultsI was asked by someone if they were “Too old to start working out.” I almost flew out of my seat. Here’s the question.

Hello Ray,

I am 49 soon to be 50. I’m 6′ tall and weigh 186-188 pounds. I have not been working out at all for about 2 or 3 years and somehow I noticed that I have really lost a lot of muscle mass, and have started to look like an older man.
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Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners: No Experience Required

How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners Using UpworkThe day I was laid off from my job as an apprentice electrician I decided to really crack the code on how to get freelance writing jobs for beginners. I had time on my hands so I started with how to get work on upwork.

Why Upwork? If there is low hanging fruit, I’ll eat it. I’m only going to tell you what works for getting writing jobs. Right now, the only thing that works for me is repeat clients on Upwork and a resume on Indeed.

I’ve been copywriting for my own fitness products since 2002 but this loss of the day job has put a dent into my income. I don’t like it, but it allows me to do more writing than I was able before.
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Surviving Debt – Preppers Forget Economic Self-sufficiency

Economic Self-sufficiency And Surving Debt For PreppersI’ve always been into prepping. From setting traps and tying knots as a kid, to my days in the Canadian Infantry. I’ve always invested in skills rather than stockpiles. But one day I realize the biggest threat facing me was surviving debt and increasing my economic self-sufficiency. … and I needed to fix it fast.

No more debt became my battle cry.

Surviving Debt and Economic Self-sufficiency to protect familyThe thing about surviving debt is that its a slinky and sneaky enemy. It’s a covert ops kind of threat to you.

See, it’s sexy to load up on .45ACP and argue about if it will be a flood or nuclear winter that will take everyone out. It’s not so sexy to suggest simple budgeting or developing self-sufficiency skills to get your ass out of debt.
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How To Find Your Passion And Purpose

All right, today, we’re talking Success Principle No. 2, which is how to find your passion, your “Purpose.” Stated as in the book, it says, “Be clear why you’re here. Decide upon your major, definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.”
how to find your passion
Now, for me, my note is that people go a little too foo-foo here. So, for example, I don’t know why I’m here. I’m 40 now. I have no crazy, Ghandi-like purpose or passion that I know of. My main motivator is pretty simple, and that’s to make money, cut obligations so I can enjoy life and be happy. So for me, phrasing it that way makes a lot more sense than to think of smelling crystals and burning incense and stuff. But anyways. To be on purpose means that you’re doing what you love to do and doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you, so that’s how I see it. So that brings up the integrity thing too. I’ll link to the integrity post right here; that’s a good one.
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The Conquest Of Happiness Blog

This is a conquest of happiness blog at the coreAt the root of everything I write, this has become a conquest of happiness blog. All the goals we chase in life and all the things we pursue – have happiness as the seed of inception. These summary notes are the thoughts generated by reading books, listening to audio’s and putting one foot in front of the other.

Sitting on the side of a mountain, a boy and his father were on a bowhunting trip when a scene unfolded in the valley below.
The father pointed, “Do you see the wolves eating the deer from the rear up?
The boy watched fighting the desire to pull his eyes away, “Yes.”
“Do you know why they do that?”
“No, dad.”
“Do you think it is to let him enjoy life a little longer before they have to kill him? Maybe because they are sorry they are killing him?”
The boy watched the deer’s hind quarters crumble under it’s own weight.
“I don’t know,” the boy said looking away.
The father lit a cigarette, “They are keeping him barely alive so the meat stays fresh longer.”
The boy crunched his eyebrows and looked at his dad, “Is that why the factory gives us the weekends off?”
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Culler’s War – Fans Only Monthly Free Read And Podcast

Cullers War Book By Raymond BurtonWelcome To The Fans Only Cullers War Monthly Pulp Fiction Free Read.

The Barrens is a vicious post-apocalyptic wasteland where battles rage between Union Forces and a mutant Hoard army. It’s a dystopian world where you must choose between the safety and rules of living inside the wall, or the danger and chaos of the freedom outside.

Sgt Culler and his wife live inside. They gladly signed the Union loan papers, took the money and now can’t pay it off. The dollars are gone, the business a bust, and it’s time to pay back the debt with blood.

Looking down the barrel of his issued rifle, he wondered if soldiering meant more than a paycheck. Bullet by bullet, he dealt death like cards from an endless deck. His debt dropped in proportion to the bodies that fell.
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The Beasts Of Hill 677 – A Cullers War Adventure #6

The Beasts Of Hill 677 - Cullers War Cullers War Adventure #6-“The Beasts Of Hill 677From the Cullers War Series (Audiobook Version Download At End Of Text Article)

In the near future, our world is attacked and will never be the same. It is a war like no other. A war of chemicals, radiation and mutants.
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Thanks To La La Land I Need An AD-5 AC Adaptor For A Casio Keyboard

AD-5 AC Adaptor For Casio KeyboardsPulled out the old Casio CTK-3000 keyboard today. Watched La-La Land and thanks to it’s killer soundtrack, our house has the piano bug again. Opened the box to find the AD-5 AC Adaptor was gone. So I started hunting around for the proper adaptor after looking in the owners manual and a bunch of googling.

Here’s the link to where I found it on Amazon after much running around locally here in Calgary Alberta. I called the usual music stores and they could order it in but I thought I might as well order it from amazon if I was going to wait anyway. I needed a USB-C to USB-A cable while I was at it to instal Kodi on my Apple TV.

Plus I can always use another book to read.

Might as well kill multiple birds with one stone.

Adaptor Info

I included a picture of the adaptor up there so you could see the info. You may be able to find an adaptor with the same stats around your house. You never know. You’re looking for a center negative, 9V 850 MA adaptor on a 120v source.

Why Not Buy A Universal Adaptor?

That’s what I thought. I went to Canadian tire thinking that if I got a universal adaptor I could cover all my adaptor needs instead of just getting the AD-5 Ac Adaptor for solely the keyboard.

What I didn’t know is that a lot of adapters have a positive center pole. This includes the universal adaptors. Guess what the AD-5 Ac Adaptor you need for Casio Keyboards has?

Yup. A negative center pole.

I Bought A No Name Casio AD-5 Power Adaptor

Why did I go no-name? If I ordered in the Casio one to a local store it would cost me $43 plus gas. If I ordered it from Casio On Amazon it cost $59. The no-name one cost $11 Canadian and had all 5 star reviews.

I’ll let you know how it all works out when the order arrives.