Limitless!

Today I decided that I would succumb to my inner movie buff and view a film from my collection. The first movie that came to mind was the 2011 box office hit “Limitless”. Limitless is an action-thriller about a writer who consumes an experimental drug allowing him to use 100% of his mind. The main character evolves into the perfect version of himself, and builds a massive empire of wealth in a short period of time.

Naturally thoughts evaded my defenses like a stealthy and seasoned assassin nearing a target. Am I applying myself as much as I can? Should I be doing more? Am I making the best use of the skills I possess?

We’ve all heard the farce that the average person uses just 10 percent of the brain. It may be true that the brain has underutilized parts, but it’s highly unlikely that 90 percent is useless. If we had that much unused brain capacity, we as humans would be better apt to withstand brain disease or damage.

“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” – John Adams

Even though we can bend spoons by simply staring at it, the mind is an extremely powerful tool when wielded in the right manner. The mind is the engine that accelerates life’s car forward in the direction of success.

What percentage of your brain have you been using lately? Are you using 10%, 50% or 100% of your brain power?

If you continually exercise, educate and harness the power of your mind; the sky will no longer limit where you can go!

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Clean Sweep!

Today I embarked on one of the most therapeutic and highly soothing actions a human being can participate in. I decided to clean my apartment unit. I apologize for slight indulgence in sarcasm. However, as I began cleaning a superfluity of thoughts crashed through my brain like a wrecking ball forcing its will on an old abandoned building.

What areas of my life are in a dire need of a spring cleaning? Are there any influences that need to be swept, mopped or vacuumed away? If I took a second to closely examine myself would I see clean towels or filthy rags?

“Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

No one drinks from the diamond encrusted chalice filled with liquid perfection. We all have various characteristics and areas in our lives that could use some improving. Take a few moments to highlights the areas that you sincerely desire to improve and do what is needed to make forward progress. In life we constantly face the need to improve our lives via skills, education, job title, living conditions, who we are as a person, etc. We can always improve in some way, shape or form.

Treat each day as a new opportunity to become an upgraded version of the person you was yesterday!

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Habit@ for Humanity

We’ve all at one point or another acquired a behavioral pattern that has become almost involuntary. We perform these actions with pin point precision and accuracy. Unfortunately, we have the tendency to develop a few bad habits as we wake board along life’s river. They may come in the irksome or intrusive form of nail biting, knuckle cracking, cuticle picking, chronic coughing, or throat clearing.

“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.” – Anon

I too have my share of bad habits. During my high school years I started cracking my knuckles. I got to the point where I would crack my knuckles unconsciously. I adopted an addict-like dependency on daily hits that came in the form of knuckle cracking. I took me a few years but I was able to free myself from the wretched clutch of my knuckle cracking habit. (Now I need to work on my back and neck cracking habit)

What bad habits do you need to make a greater effort to eradicate?

Do you have the habit of tearing others down with your sharp axe-like words? Do you struggle with the need to embellish in order to paint the portrait of your life using watercolors more appeasing to the eyes of others? Are you one to “pass the buck” and place blame one everyone but yourself? Do you adopt the negative side of a situation due to a fear of disappointment?

“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they’ll eventually conquer you.” – Dr. Rob Gilbert

Don’t miss the opportunity to snag your golden egg of success because your beanstalk of life experienced growth stunted by bad habits!

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Father Time!

A father is often defined as a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider. In my humble opinion a father is more than a generic definition. There is no monetary value that can be placed on the importance of a father’s presence in the household.

A father goes out of his way to ensure that his kids enjoy a childhood that is superior to the one he had. A father makes time to share in the interests of his kids. A father spends countless hours teaching his child a sport, how to repair a car, or how to survive in the wild. A father takes any moment to teach his child important life lessons that will be involuntarily passed on to the next generation. A father makes time to attend as many of his child’s sporting events as he possibly can. A father in his excitement forgets to record his son’s first dunk with the camcorder in his hand because he’s temporarily suspended in midair yelling at the top of his lungs. I’ve been blessed and privileged to have amazing father. My father has greatly influenced and played a direct role in the man I’ve become today. It is my hope that I too will leave an indelible mark on my kids in a similar manner as my dad left on me.

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.” –Umberto Eco

I don’t know nature of the relationship you have with your father. However, it is imperative that you take every opportunity to build your relationship with your father while he is still alive. You can start by calling your father to tell him how much you appreciate him.

Happy Father’s Day!

A very special Happy Father’s Day goes out to my father in the Bahamas!

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A Not So Thunderous Storm!

According to the meteorologists and all the other weather SME’s (Subject Matter Experts); a massive thunderstorm (with anywhere from golf ball to baseball-sized hail) was going to make its way into north Texas by the early afternoon. Naturally, I tried to plan for the apocalyptic end of the world as best as I could (via toting an umbrella) once I heard the news. Of course today turned out to be a sunny, 92 degree day devoid of precipitation. A thought rang in my head like the cacophonous sound of an exasperating alarm clock at 5 in the morning.

How often do we allow ourselves to fret over things that we shouldn’t?

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!” – Barbara Hoffman

Let’s try our best not to sweat the small stuff or become frazzled by things we cannot control. Life never works out in the exact manner that we may hope, dream, or imagine.

Benjamin Franklin stated “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen.  Keep in the sunlight.”

Worry can become an arduous burden that can crush an individual. Don’t allow worry to steal away today’s joy!

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IndividuaLESStic World

Have you ever found yourself in a state of bewilderment at the exquisite intricacies and differences of the human race? We’ve all heard the maxim “To each, his own!” This saying endorses the premise that every person is entitled to his or her own personal preferences, tastes, etc.

No two people are exactly alike. Our brains are precisely wired in order to highlight our specific quirks and qualities. (There are some with a short or loose connection throughout the circuitry of their brain but that’s a topic for another time). I can’t describe the immense looks of abhorrence and dismay that splashes across the faces of individuals once they discover that I detest (with a passion) the death in a jar referred to as peanut butter. I guess I was traumatized at a young age by a family member’s decision to use the same knife when making a PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) sandwich. I wanted a J sandwich and always got putrid traces of PB. Its nuances like those that serve as the cement used to foundation of our individuality. Imagine how drab this world be if we were carbon-copy drone like clones of each other lacking free will or cognitive skills.

“No one should part with their individuality and become that of another.” – William Ellery Channing

If you yield up the qualities that define your individuality, you would have in essence robbed those around you of experiencing of getting to know you.

Don’t allow become a less attractive generic version of someone else!

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Change of Pace

The last few days I’ve been trying to adapt to a scheduling change that has politely intruded on the workout schedule I’ve had for the past 6 months. My brain is slightly addled as I attempt the uphill battle to become acclimated to a life barraged by this intruder (commonly known as an internship).

“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” –Les Brown

We as humans are creatures of habit. We usually prefer that things to remain untouched unsullied, or as exactly as we know it. As the maxim goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  We fancy lying across an inner tube and allowing our lives to glide along the lazy river leading to a monotonous and vapid destination.

Change is simply the act or process of becoming different. Changes occur in relationships, on the job, physically, and in every other facet of our lives. Why is there such a resistance to change? Why does the phobia of change reduce so many individuals to a pint sized version of themselves. One can never fully prepare for changes that sprout up like a pesky weed in life’s flowerpot. However, we should put forth our best effort towards to embrace and make the most of changes that occur in our lives.

We need to welcome the unexpected in life and never forget to look for the beauty that comes with change! Change could be the parmesan cheese you need to add more flavor to your chicken spaghetti of life!

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Wall-Et Shame

A few moons ago when I was nine years old I went on a trip to visit a few of my relatives. Being the robust and adventurous kid that I was, it irked me to be cooped up in the confined space of a hotel room. Thus, I decided to prance around the hotel lobby like an antelope in a fresh green meadow during the middle of spring. I made my way to an area where a pay phone was located and my eyes became fixated on a rectangular object. The object in question turned out to be a pleasantly plump wallet. I was only nine but my face lit up like the North Star once I saw a wallet full of bills with Benjamin Franklin’s face on it.

I took the wallet to my grandpa and asked what I should do with the wallet. His words, “Keep it!” I shared my predicament with a friend who told me to “Keep the money and turn in the wallet with the credit cards intact.” If you found yourself in my position what would you do?

“You can never lose anything that really belongs to you, and you can’t keep that which belongs to someone else.” – Edgar Cayce

In society today we’ve adoption the kindergarten playground notion “finders keepers, losers weepers”. When did it become unpopular to be honest? How did the ethical and moral behavior of our society deteriorate to the level in which integrity is a now faux pas occurring once in every blue moon?

We need to make a greater effort to do what is right even if even if no one is looking!

If you were wondering, I turned the wallet in to the front desk. The owner wrote me a heartfelt letter and gave me $5. To this day I still feel good about what I did. Would I go back and change anything? Absolutely not!

 

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