16 Secrets Of Success From A Soldier

Here is something I got in the email from Bob Parsons and thought it was worth sharing so I added my two bits and a handful of shrapnel. Sometimes, a lot of guru’s “secrets to success” come down to a lot of sitting on your thumbs and doing some wishful thinking. Although that is part of it, you hardly ever get any meat and potatoes to work on, I hope this is different. To me this post is just like a readers digest version of The Secret and Tony Robbins all mixed into one! I’ve read stuff from a lot of self improvement super stars but have settled on Jim Edwards because of that fact that he is one of the few that always stresses that action is the key to success (and he didn’t become successful by selling people “how to be successful”). You can have the best battle plan in the world, but if you never drop your ***** and pull on your socks, you wont accomplish squat.

Here are the 16 secrets to become more successful
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Choosing A Career Advice And Your Purpose

career adviceToday we have a question from Joel about Choosing A Career Advice And Your Purpose that I’ll throw my 2 cents at. Here we go,

Hi Ray,

This is Joel In San Antonio. The workout is going great and I’m already seeing some good results after only a week. I got more accustomed to the diet and am eating a bit more so I’m not hungry all the time. I’ll send you some pictures after a month or so when I see some really discernible differences from my before pictures. (Joel is doing the “Begin At The Gym: From Fat To Fit” program.)
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Glute Exercises For A Nice Perfect Butt

My Top Three Butt Exercises For Better Glutes

perfect glutesGorgeous Glutes. The perfect butt. Pretty much everyone wants to have a better butt and here’s how! Over the the past couple of years of training, I have narrowed down my list to these few best butt exercises.

1.Back step lunge glute exercise
2. Sumo squat glute exercise
3. Single leg, bench step-up exercise

Here are how the glute exercises are done for a more shapely butt:
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Our Sayulita Mexico Tattoo Shop Travel Adventure

sayulita mexico birds eye viewSince most people get a lot of joy out of travelling, I thought a section on Sayulita Mexico might be of interest to some people. First, if you make most of your income on line like I do then you will want to know a good internet cafe. Garcia Realty on calle Revolucion 41 is a great place and you can even check out some real estate while you are at it.

There are about 12 computers in here and a wireless connection if you have your laptop. Let me tell you, if you do any work on the internet its a heck of a lot better to be sitting in this little surfing town then in crowded puerta vallarta. Its cheaper and better in all regards except maybe accommodation.
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Culler The Caledonian 2

Culler The Caledonian PictHis blurry eyes began to focus and he animal in front of him became familiar yet slightly disheartening. Two massive paws weighted down on his crossed legs as he stared into the mixed colored eyes of a beast called Rector. At first he felt cross eyed looking at one green and the other blue and thought for sure he just needed another shake of his head to clear things up but making a sudden move didn’t seem like the best of ideas at this point. Rector was the form of a wolf or a dog, it didn’t really matter to Lumen at this point. It was big, hairy and had enough teeth that the species wasn’t his foremost thought. To clarify, Lumen knew WHO this was and this was the form he took when he was to do high magic or simply wanted to be alone in his work.

The villagers knew the wolf was the druid in his power state and respected his wish to be undisturbed. Rector’s lips curled back and his warm, moist breath started to elevate the already present twitch in Lumens sword hand. “Good afternoon great knight. It appears you have some questions that need answering?” Lumens shoulders relaxed towards his hips as the intensity of the shared gaze increased. His sword hand however remained ready. Rector looked up and pulled Lumens focus to follow as a hawk took flight from the tree above.
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Culler The Caledonian

Culler The Caledonian PictThis will be new and I hope very cool. I am writing a story. The story will unfold as it comes to me. Each chapter I write I will put the rough version up here to read. The story will be of a Knight and his journey through life, what comes along the way and revelations that surface as his spirit grows. Read deep or just enjoy the surface story. I hope reading the story will touch you in the same way as writing it does for me.

Culler The Caledonian

Sitting at the morning table the knight pondered over his bowl of oatmeal. He had won so many battles and claimed hundreds of honors yet still felt empty inside. He had worked hard all his life and achieved all the goals and titles that the other knights only dreamed of.
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Sitting And Thinking

sitting and thinking zenThe dilemma comes when one day you realize you’re an adult. Suddenly you have the realization that all of your childhood illusions should have by now taken place. It now seems that your whole precious experience has been a journey-and now you’re at the destination. Maybe you’re not sure this is where you really want to live.

These are just thoughts of an average man, things that trouble me from time to time and I wonder if the same thoughts nag other people, or if maybe I should just try to ignore my deeper thought and try to preoccupy myself with the mindless activities and social games that seem to prevail over everyone else’s minds.

I wonder if there is actually a just cause or a morality worth upholding and to what end. Who is capable of giving the reward for achieving the highest order?

Everything seems like a game of make believe, I cant really see the usefulness of anything except helping other people. Especially easing their suffering. Self interests seem to be based on the journey and destination road, i.e., you work hard and long (giving you a sense of purpose) then you succeed and feel great satisfaction for a while, but then the process is over and you have nothing to preoccupy your mind from the larger nagging inquiries of your now unfocused consciousness.

The same goes for when your happy. You shirk off deeper thoughts because everything is fine now, and you don’t want to deal with the larger issues. It’s like when your lying in bed and then bam, you realize that someday you will cease to exist, death. It freaks you out to the point of panic because there is nothing you can do about it. So you just try to preoccupy your mind with some other menial thought and hope you fall asleep. Sometimes in a way, life is nothing more than a distraction, an endless game of successive apprenticeships to different loyalties, used to avoid deeper issues.

Much time needs to be spent alone finding out what your own mind says and what your spirit is trying to guide you to do. To this point, sickness can be gift, for the fact that it causes you to stop and reevaluate life, a startling progress check.

Everyone at some point wants answers. The questions vary but all have the same theme. To what end are life’s activities? To be rich? To be held in high esteem? To be happy? To have a family? What is the ultimate goal to strive for? Lastly, whom are we trying to impress?

In the end, is a rich man less dead than a poor man? A wise man than an idiot? A president than peasant? So what does it really matter what you have accomplished in the end? Only that you where happy and helped while you were here.

Inspired (Poem)

zen thought circleCrashing waves, dramatic scenes.
Synchronicities are my dreams.
Everything that gels and flows with ease,
What I search for smelling the breeze?
Twilight sparkles and thoughts that flow,
Words not spoken but somehow known.

Searching for passion, needing a cause,
Something that will inspire makes energy flow.
Breaks in rhythm building suspense,
out from the ordinary awakes my sense.
Needing fulfillment, seeking the way,
try not to struggle and ruin the wave.

I AM

To not be anything, holds the ability to be everything.

What is seen on the outside is not what you are, but what others perceive you to be.

When labeled with a title, you try to live up to that expectation, but the thoughts and actions of one thing, keep you from being another.

Be nothing and in this have the ability to become everything.

When unprogrammed and free the mind is clear and startling realizations come – opportunity knocks.

Don’t waste time trying to find yourself, your already there.

Self

To not be insulted is a fine state indeed
And attacks on your character show another’s need.
For an emotion to rise, a comment struck home.
Offense was taken by this persons ego alone.

No one else noticed, their security was intact,
But the chink in ones armour, felt the pressured attack.
If one feels angered, and another does not,
It’s the development of ego, the difference a lot.

Past experience and future dreams,
Values held dear and moral extremes.
These are the things that sense the assault,
The real person inside is not at fault.
For when you were born, you were still who you are.
The passing of time has pushed the real you far.
Some things have happened, and only to you,
These are the sees, that taint what is true.
Lose your self, and the labels you’ve claimed,
And enjoy a free world, unburdened by chains.

Missing The Point If There Is One (Poem)

questioning reality crazy catLate at night it gets so quiet.
I hear the fan hum, but nothing else.
The whole world is sleeping,
Or that’s how it feels,
As I try to figure it all out.

My guitar sits in the corner.
I was going to be a rock star.
Somehow that fell out of view.
Chasing success or survival at best,
Consumed the last few years.
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Meditation Mantram

walden quoteI read an interesting piece in one of my books today. The book is called “Meditation: An Eight Point Guide” by Eknath Easwaran.

There was similarity drawn between the human mind and the trunk of an elephant. The point was that just like the ceaseless movement of an elephant trunk when it walks, so too does the mind always try to wander during meditation and daily life.
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Running With The Wolf (Poem)

wolf
Where the wolf runs I follow. We run fast and free.

We dance in the desert. I’m dancing with me.

A chorus of howling, rising up to the sky.

A circle of colors, where the wolf and me fly.

A bite from the wolf, and the ground becomes torn.

I’m sent to the dark, I start to perform.

I dance for the darks. I dance from the heart.

On my soul journey, this is the start.
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The Bear Crawl Exercise A Killer Upper Body Workout

Bear Crawl ExerciseThe bear crawl exercise is the tasty treat of the day…today. ummmm yeah, anyway. This bad boy usually starts of in a pushup like the video but doesnt have to. The point of this is functionality. This kind of training is supposed to turn you into an animal. Doesnt matter if you’re vertical, horizontal or whatever, these exercises make you able to GO and kick butt.

Since taking capoeira, falling in love with yoga and getting more involved with core performance training, my workouts are changing drastically. Thats cool, they always do or you get bored. But with this training are some exercises that are not the usual out of Flex magazine or muscle and fitness. Because of this I am going to put up one of my Commando Cardio exercises every once in a while in the form of a short video. [Read more…]