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August 29, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

Discipline starts every day when the first alarm clock goes off in the morning. I say “first alarm clock” because I have three, as I was taught by one of the most feared and respected instructors in Seal training: one electric, one battery powered, one windup. That way, there is no excuse for not getting out of bed, especially with all that rests on that decisive moment. The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win – you pass the test. If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail. Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions. But if you exercise discipline, that too translates to more substanstial elements of your life.

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August 28, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Man-Up |

Hi, I my name’s John. I need to get my life off my chest. About me. I’m a 46 year old banker and I have been living my whole life the opposite of how I wanted. All my dreams, my passion, gone. In a steady 9-7 job. 6 days a week. For 26 years. I repeatedly chose the safe path for everything, which eventually changed who I was.

Today I found out my wife has been cheating on me for the last 10 years. My son feels nothing for me. I realised I missed my father’s funeral FOR NOTHING. I didn’t complete my novel, travelling the world, helping the homeless. All these things I thought I knew to be a certainty about myself when i was in my late teens and early twenties. If my younger self had met me today, I would have punched myself in the face. I’ll get to how those dreams were crushed soon.

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August 25, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

We’ve been conditioned by ourselves and by society to cling to things that don’t really matter. When you realize that everything is nothing but perspective, you become free for the first time in your life.

It gives you peace, and it removes the burden of having to act according to who you “are.” And what is left?

Sheer happiness vibrating throughout your entire body.

You can’t control everything that happens in life, but you can choose how you respond. You can learn to see opportunity where others see misfortune. It’s all down to your perception of the event.

Virtually everything that makes us unhappy is the result of the way we think, the things we cling to, and the ways we mislead ourselves. You have unlimited talent and potential, but it can’t break through until you’ve freed your mind.

When you are no longer a prisoner of your own mind, you set yourself free to do the things that really matter and start creating some truly amazing shit with your life.

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.. – Lao Tzu

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August 24, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

TV streaming apps make money from stealing your attention. Their goal is to monetize your wasted time and distract you from your dream. They’ve been successfully doing this for years.

I heard a lady the other day in the office explain in exquisite detail about a show she was binge watching. She watched two whole seasons during one Saturday, last week. A few weeks later I heard the same lady complain about how she felt that she was unhappy with her job and deserved to be paid more.

 Alarm bells went off in my head.

All of the hours you are spending watching TV shows is the time you need to do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do. Maybe you wanted to go back to university, or do yoga, or learn how to invest or spend time with your family.

Stop yearning for these things and go and do them! House of Cards can wait. You don’t need to know who dies, or cheats, or has a baby or get’s shot or hit in the face by a piece of salami. It’s not that important guys and girls!

In your life right now, your addiction to TV shows is the single biggest thing you could do to change your life. It’s that precious time that can help you take back your freedom. The feeling you get when you have time back in your day and make progress towards a goal you care about makes you feel ridiculously good.

You won’t understand this feeling though until you try. You need to see how much better your life is without TV shows. They don’t tell you that when they advertise next weeks episode because they want your attention.

“When you give away your attention like a side of salad with a Big Mac, your life passes you by. It allows you to numb the pain of all the goals that you never started and may never achieve”

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August 23, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

We may not say it, but deep down we often act and behave like we’re invincible. Like we’re impervious to the trials and tribulations of mortality. That stuff happens to other people, not to ME. I have plenty of time left.

We forget how light our grip on life really is. How out of our hands it can be.

Otherwise, we wouldn’t spend so much time obsessing over trivialities, or trying to become famous, make more money than we could ever spend in our lifetime, or make plans far off in the future. All of these are negated by death. All these assumptions presume that death won’t affect us, or at least, not when we don’t want it to.

It doesn’t matter who you are or how many things you have left to be done, somewhere there is someone who would kill you for a thousand dollars or for a vial of crack or for getting in their way. A car can hit you in an intersection and drive your teeth back into your skull. That’s it. It will all be over. Today, tomorrow, someday soon. And there’s nothing you can do about it.

What is in our control? What we do with this moment right here, the one that is slip, slip, slipping away even as you read this.

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August 22, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

Most will never even take that first step; fewer even will ever take the last.

You have to have the guts to do what – possibly – no one you know or have ever known has ever done.

While everyone you know accepts their life as they feel it’s laid out for them, you have to break through what you’ve been conditioned to do and ask for more from life but also be willing to TAKE IT.

Fuck mediocrity.

Kill it.

Loathe it.

It isn’t what you’re here for and the choice is your as to whether it’s what you get or what you leave behind.

Aim beyond what you know you can accomplish and wade into the uncertainty of what you think you cannot accomplish. (Read This: The Relentless Pursuit)

It’s in the unknown that you will be pushed, even beaten, hurt, maimed and broken. But it’s also where you will rise, if you so choose, to the existence that has always been possible.

Pain was once something we experience daily. Our lives were once but 40 years. We’ve grown weak, soft, and complacent because we feel we have all the time in the world but we ignore the clock that never ceases to tick. We’re blind to the coming and going of the days, months, and years, until one day we wake up and we live our last day with a gut filled with regret and rather than a death welcomed with open arms and an open heart we enter the afterlife never having truly lived a day in our decades on this earth.

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August 18, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

You know you should be doing something — whether that’s working on your project, being present with your loved ones, eating healthy, or a number of other things — and you knowingly act in contradictory ways.

Like me, you may justify your behaviors and convince yourself you’re on the path toward your dreams. But an honest look in the mirror would reveal that you’re deceiving yourself. After all, Gandhi also said, “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”

Your behaviors directly translate into your results. And when you consciously sabotage yourself, you cannot have confidence. Instead, you’ll have identity confusion.

The small stuff is the big stuff. First things must come first. Motivation and momentum are very fickle. It doesn’t matter how much you currently have. You will lose it if you don’t maintain the garden of your life. Which, is a daily process.

How close to your values and goals are your living?

How internally-conflicted are you?

I’m not above this. My behaviors often contradict my values and goals. Perfection shouldn’t be the objective. However, consistency and implementation of our values and goals creates substantial momentum and results.

There’s no way around it. As Aristotle has said, “You are what you repeatedly do.” Or perhaps Albus Dumbledore put it best, “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.”

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August 17, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up |

The SEALs have always had an unspoken creed of valor and honor. In 2005, a formal creed was adopted in order to clearly delineate the values of this special team.

United States Navy SEAL

In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.

Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.

I am that man.

My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.

My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.

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