The Daily Man-Up: Would you like YOU if you met YOU?

July 16, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Self-Improvement |

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Ask yourself this every morning, every now and then. We know you love yourself and that is very healthy. We all know you believe in the “nobody’s perfect” speech so I cannot be it all. But the question to you today is, if you met someone exactly like you;

Someone who has no positive goals;

Someone who is only willing to do to their ‘limit’, but not push the bar to realize their true potential (which is only limited to their own desire BTW);


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The Daily Man-Up: How To Be A Better Listener

July 12, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Self-Improvement |

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One social habit that I used to be quite bad at was to truly listen when other people spoke. I sometimes zoned out. I got distracted or my attention started to wander before they were done talking.

Or I just waited for my turn to talk again (while thinking about what I should say next).

Not very helpful. So things had to change.

This week I’d like to share 10 simple tips that helped me – and still help me – to become a better listener.

I hope they will help you and your relationships too.


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The Daily Man-Up: How to Be a Charming Storyteller

July 10, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Self-Improvement |

Storytelling has been a cherished art form for thousands of years. When done right, it can win an entire group over and have a girl hanging onto your every word. Here are some of the positive effects:


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The Daily Man-Up: How to Love Yourself Mentally

July 9, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Self-Improvement |

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Why People Don’t Love Themselves, Mentally

Everything starts in the mind. If you don’t know how to utilize your mind, your thoughts, and develop it for self-love, it doesn’t matter what changes you try to make for yourself, what methods you try to implement into your life, you’ll fail. Your mindset is the starting point to any significant change in life.

The problem with a lot of mindsets, is they’re usually traumatized at a young age. People go through tough shit. They face unyielding forms of physical, mental, emotional, and psychological abuse. And going through that abuse, on a consistent basis shapes their personal beliefs of self, their mindset.


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The Daily Man-Up

July 3, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Self-Improvement |

Think back to the last time you were motivated to do something.

It doesn’t matter what you were motivated for. It could have been to take the trash out. The point is to recall the last time you were putting something off, over and over again. Always promising yourself you’d get to it, just later.


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The Daily Man-Up: “I Can’t” vs “I Don’t”

June 27, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up, Self-Improvement |

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The Journal of Consumer Research published a study examining the use of linguistics and self-talk in decision making. They brought in 120 undergraduates who were trying to eat more healthily.

When faced with temptation, one group was told to say, “I can’t” and another group, “I don’t”. On the surface, both words have a similar effect – two slightly different ways of saying “no”. However, the difference is internal.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius

When you say, “I don’t”, you are making a choice not to do something and choices are physiologically empowering. You confirm to yourself that do have the strength and willpower to say no. On the other hand, “I can’t” is a restriction, something you want to do is being blocked. It undermines your sense of free will.


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The Daily Man-Up: Stand Up Straight

June 25, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up, Self-Improvement |

To start, lobsters and humans have similar nervous systems and live in a dominance hierarchy. But what do lobsters have to do with standing up straight? Well, humans and lobsters share the chemical serotonin, which governs posture. When a lobster is defeated in a fight, its posture drops, it faces the ground and appears weak to others. The same thing happens to humans, and with each defeat, serotonin levels drop and so does our posture.

If a person slouches, they present themselves as defeated. However, if a person stands up straight, it means they may have taken a hit but are not defeated.


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The Daily Man-Up: How Do I Become Mentally Strong?

June 20, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up, Self-Improvement |

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The same way you get physically stronger…

One rep, one set, and one step at a time.

Mental strength isn’t rocket science.

It’s simply learning to be comfortable doing things you don’t want to do.

So how do you cultivate mental strength?

Here are a few ideas to get you started .

Before We Begin: The Principle of Progressive Overload

It’s funny to me how often people ignore this principle in their lives.

In the same way that you can’t go to the gym, deadlift 225 lbs. for 5 reps one week and then expect to lift 405 lbs. for 5 reps the next week, you can’t expect to just wake up one day and be as mentally strong as a Navy SEAL.

It just won’t happen. You have to work up to it and slowly build your mental strength over time.


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The Daily Man-Up: The Grip

June 14, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Self-Improvement |

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The further you walk away from accountability, the weaker you become!

Some of us suffer from a lack of inspiration and motivation. We are hoping to find it through some fucking miracle! You aren’t going to find it by wishing it true!

One of the places you are going to find it is by putting obstacles in front of you everyday. By putting things in front of you that you think are slightly out of your reach, it forces your mind to examine your true capabilities! In that moment, your mind becomes very focused and, in that focused state of mind, your inspiration appears. You don’t find this by not putting a challenge in front of yourself everyday.

When you are in that challenge, you have several decisions to make. If you decide to move forward, you have now entered what I call The Grip! The Grip is a world of suffering and pain and mental discomfort but on the other side of The Grip is a feeling of total accomplishment.


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The Daily Man-Up

June 11, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Self-Improvement |

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If you can master your ability to consistently act in a focused way toward your highest priorities – your highest wellness – then there’s practically no cap on how high you can go, how far you can reach. But if you don’t master this, and if you’re constantly going back-and-forth between celery and doughnuts, then it’s not practical to expect your life to improve.

Any simpleton can get motivated for a week. But to master your actions in the long-term is the difference that makes all the difference.

I’m going to share this formula for self-discipline that I’ve arrived at to create long-term habit success in anyone. Importantly: this will not make it easier, or remove the ‘effort’ element. All it will do is point out what’s required. This will not happen automatically, it’s done manually. You must do it.


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