Don’t Be Afraid to Improve Yourself

At the start of this year I made a decision to listen to and complete Tony Robbins’ Personal Power 2 Program. I did it, and it was an overwhelmingly positive experience that has made a huge impact on my life. The only thing that bothers me is that I waited so long to do it.

I’ve known about Tony Robbins for years and have always been interested in digging deeper into his work. I remember watching a YouTube clip of him in university that really inspired me and had me wanting to learn more. However, I distinctly remember mentioning this to a roommate and getting a response along the lines of “he’s full of shit, that stuff’s all silly garbage”.

I’m even moving beyond the online resources and attending the Happiness and Inner Peace Workshop at New Edinburgh Park in Ottawa on August 7th. And you know what? I’m taking a limo. Because ever since I started focusing on improving myself, I’ve had a lot of extra income, and at Tony’s direction, I’ve been living with passion! Fuck what a hater thinks about it.

I disagreed with him. I didn’t believe that at all. But for whatever reason that comment seemed to be enough to stop me from digging deeper into Tony Robbins’ work. That was over 5 years ago and I just revisited Tony recently. But, why? Why would one person’s off-the-cuff remark stop me from going on a potentially life-changing journey?

Whether I like to admit it or not, I guess I cared what he thought. He was a close friend and I took in what he had to day. But, it’s not like this was a thought-out comment from personal experience about handling a girlfriend issue – this was just a passing blanket statement from a pessimistic person who had no real expertise on the matter.

Nowadays, there are so many paid and FREE resources available to people to improve themselves in just about every way imaginable. Yet, the majority of people don’t even try. I think one of the reasons for this is that people are afraid to look weak or admit they could use help. In many circles, self-help is seen as silly and corny.

There’s also the crabs-in-a-bucket mentality that many people have that will bring you down. People don’t want you to improve yourself because it makes them look or feel worse. I’ve experienced this many times when I took on a new workout program. A friend who doesn’t want to work out will criticize it as a waste-of-time and then order a hot-dog-stuffed pizza.

The thing is this is human nature. And it’s also human nature for you to care about what other people think. But, when it comes to self-improvement, you need to trust and listen to yourself. You know what areas of your like you’re lacking in. You know what you’d like to improve. So screw any weird feelings you have about what others might think and go for it!

Once you’re ready to improve yourself, there are no excuses. Resources are virtually unlimited. Podcasts, articles, seminar, videos, whatever – it’s out there. I’ll recommend the previously mentioned Tony Robbins Personal Power 2 because I consumed it recently, but I’m now always consuming some sort of self-help material and aiming to improve myself every day.

 

Improve Your Daily Routine By Stretching

Improve your life, take time to Stretch!

Morning stretch

In the morning: After laying still for 8ish hours, your body is not immediately ready to tackle the day.  This doesn’t need to be a huge task, a few simple minutes will do just fine. Performing stretches first thing will encourage improved posture throughout the day when you inevitably end up sitting in front of a computer.

Work stretch

 

At Work: No excuses! Unleash the power of the mid-day stretch routine. Many of us are stuck in a stationary physical position throughout most of the day. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours has become the norm and it is aking a toll on our bodies. Stetching in the morning will help loosen your muscles BUT it is a great idea to schedule walking and stretch break throughout the day. No one knows this better than those who drive for a living. My friend over at a limo service explained to me its all about making the right choices. Take his job as a limo driver for example, he spend hours driving clients from location to location stuck in the drivers chair, but has some downtime in between. The average driver will usually sit in the vehicle, maybe read or listen to a podcast. My friend makes a point of getting out of his vehicle and doing a series of stretches to loosen up his hip flexors.

A simple google search for how to stretch your hip flexors will get you started. Consider sitting in the same position all day like putting a cast of your body. If you limit your body to the little amount of movement and function throughout your day it will atrophy and manifest into all sorts of problems down the line. If someone who is stuck in a car all day can find time to make it happen, you can too!

night time stretch

Before Bed:

The daily wind down has become more of a challenge then ever in 2015. The amount of information we consume daily is staggering and it is constantly tempting us via our smartphones. Begin you nightly wind down by reducing the brightness on any screen you are using if you absolutely need to be plugged in.

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