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Showing posts from March, 2012

how to live an exceptional life

All the way up until in the year 1954, it was a common and widely propagated myth (created by sports writers) that a human being was physically incapable of running a 4 minute mile. ¹   "The reason the myth took hold was that four minutes was a nice round number which was slightly better (1.4 seconds) than the world record for nine years, longer than it probably otherwise would have been because of the effect of  World War II  in interrupting athletic progress in the combatant countries." Then on May 6, 1954, during a meet between British AAA and Oxford University, Mr. Roger Banister finally broke the world record. He ran the mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds, and achieved what others had claimed to be physically impossible. Since that amazing feat in 1954, eighteen people have gone on to best that mile record, along with thousands of other people who have since been able to break the 4 minute mile. Why am I telling you this story? Because this story changed how I live

don't be afraid to be yourself

I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day, and at one point something occurred to me that I had never really thought about before: A lot of people these days are living in fear of expressing their true selves. As I began discussing the implications of this idea, I struggled to articulate how I went from being someone who was afraid of the truth, to being someone who embraced it with open arms. I knew there were many times in my past where I had been absolutely terrified of what would happen if people discovered the truth about who I really was or how I truly felt inside. Then I thought about how four years ago -- around the same time I began my journey to lose weight and get my life in order -- something happened that changed the trajectory of my life forever... I let go of my fears! Fear of judgement Fear of failure Fear of rejection Fear of not fitting in Fear of ridicule Fear of death Fear of being laughed at Fear of abandonment I knew

10 simple ways to improve your life

Over the past few years I have read a lot of fantastic work regarding the different methods one can use in order to improve the quality of their life. More importantly though, I have experimented with them. As a direct result, I have come up with a pretty neat array of different things that you can do today to help improve your own life. Below is a list, in no particular order, of a few things that I have applied to my life that have had a positive impact on me personally. My advice to you is to not take my word for it, but to simply try these methods out for yourself and see if they might be helpful to you. [1]  Exercise. I could talk to you all day about the benefits of exercising, but for the sake of time I will try to keep these brief and to the point. Thirty minutes of exercise every day can work wonders in your life. To me, exercise is simply a fun and rewarding way to maintain and repay your body for being so wonderful to you. I've said this before, but it truly