There is a reason I share this outside of self promotion. It’s for only one reason really – to show others that we all have to overcome adversity and we are all human. The choice of success and failure is ours and no one else.
You see for over a decade I was ashamed of my younger years and tried to hide them in hopes no one would bring it up.
But guess what? Those stories of my past made me who I am today.
And I am okay with who I am. Shit – I like who I am and where my life is.
But I had to own my past as part of the story and not be ashamed of it.
I grew up in a divorced home.
I slept on a mattress on the floor.
I was a juvenile delinquent who was in and out of the system.
I was a single dad.
I have been fired from jobs I liked
I lost both my parents, lost my source of income, had a major surgery and had a son born in the ICU all within 6 months of each other.
On the flip side of that I have built over 20 projects, business, raised 10 million in capital, helped hundreds of people overcome adversity, I am an author, renegade, lover and happy with who I am.
This is my story. Unfiltered. Unadulterated and OWED.
Today’s lesson – Own your story. Don’t be ashamed of who you are.
There are so many small changes that you can make daily or weekly to effect your overall happiness, mindset and energy. If you have never run a marathon you shouldn’t set an unrealistic goal of running 5 days a week, if you don’t run at all today. You are setting yourself up for failure.
It is the science of goal setting that will help your path to success.
Below are some things I have implemented in my routine that have shaped my happiness and sense of fulfillment.
Clean Your Workspace: Get all those papers & sticky notes put away. Take a wet wipe, or damp cloth and simply wipe things down. Your mouse, keyboard, monitor and desk area. The sense of clean and arranged work space allows the mind to feel less cluttered and free to make decisions and choices.
Unplug: Our internet went down last night. The kids were watching Netflix, the wife was wanting to watch Hulu and I was working on invoices for open projects that needed to be emailed. At first there was that feeling of panic. Then we all went upstairs, climbed into our bed and relaxed. The kids went to sleep early, mom and I had the chance to tell stories of the week, laugh and simply hang out. It was nice to know that we didn’t need technology to co exist.
Breathe: Your lungs and mind are always working. While sleeping or awake, these functions continue. Yet are you fully aware of the benefits of boosting your PH levels and dropping your O2 levels? It serves as a cleanse, stress release and mind focus exercise that will change the way you think of this basic function.
Breathing Exercise: Sit at your chair in your office or lie on your bedroom floor. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in as much air as you can fit in your lungs. Breathe out – only let half of the air out and take another deep breath in all the way let it half way out.
Do this for the count of 30 breaths in. On the last breath in let all the air out – every piece from your lungs. And sit. How long can your go before having to take a breath? Your first round can be up to 3 minutes. Your body is starting to become oxygenated.
Continue this for 3 rounds. You are now starting to practice the Wim Hof Method. It will change your life, I promise.
When I started this journey now almost two years ago, a glaring health risk presented itself. It was one thing to loose weight and get myself physically in a better place, it was quite the other trying to understand why I was still so anxious. After meeting with a few friends who are experts in the space of stress management, it was clear to me what the next stage of my life was to become.
Immersing myself into understanding the science behind stress consumed me. Now let me be clear about a few things.
I am by no means a Yogi now
I still get stressed and freak out
My wife thinks I am insane
But what I am – is educated on understanding why my body and mind does what it does and how I can control aspects of it without medication or having a damn heart attack.
If you have followed The Healthy Primate and the journey of the site, you will see three distinct commonalities. I focus on Mind, Body & Soul. This has been done on purpose as you see that was the order I focused on and cataloged in my personal journey to becoming a better person.
Mind: Understand the ways to reduce stress, increase cognitive thought and being fully aware of your potential.
Body: If you are overweight and missing physical activity, your mind and systems will respond accordingly. From food, exercise to thoughts and process to make your physical self the best it can be. This will allow the Mind to reach heights un measured before.
Soul: The center of it all is finding that balance, happiness and reaching your full potential. When the mind is right, you can focus on the body. When the mind & body are right – your inner balance comes into play.
Bonus: When we are in balance we will have thoughts to reach the things we truly want to do in life. Start that business you been pondering, quit the shit job you have been shlepping to for years, build a healthier relationship with those in your life from friends to family.
The mind is such a complicated technology that we often take for granted. At the core of it all has been my studies on Cortisol as a stressor. The following video is a great explanation of what is happening in your mind when fall under stress for small and long periods of time.
The presentation mentions exercise & meditation as the route to reduce and control cortisol.
Check out the review we did on the app Headspace for meditation and how 10 minutes a day changes things.
As I journaled 16 months of blood work centered on Cortisol management I recommend a few additional tools that will help tremendously. I cover this in detail in my up coming book that will be released in January 2016.
Why Your Life is Killing You – My Journey to Reducing Stress and Living to Tell About It.
Here are the top three natural supplements that you can take that will reduce your cortisol dramatically. You can get these at your local natural healthy food shop IE Sprouts or online.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, an exotic Indian herb, has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. In addition to its excellent protective effects on the nervous system, ashwagandha may be a promising alternative treatment for a variety of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Ashwagandha has powerful antioxidant properties that seek and destroy the free radicals that have been implicated in aging and numerous disease states. Even more remarkable, emerging evidence suggests that ashwagandha has anti-cancer benefits as well. (Source)
Rhodiola-rosea: Rhodiola significantly reduces the effects of prolonged and minor physical exhaustion that results in fatigue. This is more related to stress and the ‘burnout’ effect, or prolonged but low intensity physical exercise. (Source)
Kava Kava: Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles. Although kava is not addictive, its effect may decrease with use. Traditionally prepared as a tea, kava root is also available as a dietary supplement in powder and tincture (extract in alcohol) forms. ( Source )
*As always consult with your Dr. when taking supplements.
In combination of education, understanding and taking action you really can change the outputs and way your mind and body deal and process stress. Thank you as always for reading!
This week we feature our interview with Coach Jimmy Pedro. He is a World Champion, US Olympic Judo Coach, 2 Time Olympic Medalist, Teacher, Father & Student – highly regarded as one of the best Judo competitors of all times.
We discuss his journey to becoming a world champion, from overcoming a career ending injury that almost paralyzed him, to his road back to the olympics. Jimmy covers his methodology of visualization and seeing success. We also dive into coaching world champions and the first American to win a Gold at the Olympics.
Topics We Discuss:
Judo and the Family Tree
Graceful with Wins and Overcoming Defeat
Career Ending Injury to Olympic Medal
Road to World Champion
The Importance of Visualization
Coaching The Best Competitors in the World
Rhonda Rousey to Travis Stevens
The First Gold Medal for USA Judo
Competing to Corporate America
Click the link above to stream live or HERE to listen to in Itunes.
I have spent the past year cataloging the effects that working 60+ hours a week in a high stress environment. I started with weight loss as I was pushing over 230lbs.
Things then took an interesting turn to blood work and understanding the complexities behind what my mind was going through and how that effected my overall system.
I became a human guinea pig and cataloged all of the various things I have done to learn more and treat the effects stress has had on my life. I am going to share all of these findings and what I did to reduce stress by over 500% based on scientific proof.
This is the basis of The Healthy Primate.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to share everything with our viewers. If you or someone you know has a very high demanding job and personal life, this is a series I ask that you please share. It will help – I promise.
This week’s episode of Juicing with Noah we focus on a juice that is great for boosting your immune system. We have a guest host today, Mr. Bay Max from Big Hero Six. If you like our show, please LIKE, Share and leave comments below.
Citrus Crisp (1 Serving)
1 Lemon w Rind
1 Lime w Rind
* Be sure to properly clean and wash your fruits and vegetables prior to juicing
Join for another episode of Juicing with Noah. This week attempt to make Peach Blast.
It is filled with Vitamin A & C. Aimed at increasing your immune system and keeping you healthy. We recommend that you wear safety gear when working with a juicer. Noah came prepared. We have a special guest this week. Stay tuned for an ending to remember.
Peach Blast – Good for Mental Clarity
Apples – 2 large
Carrots – 10 medium
Lemon – 1
Orange – 1 large
Peaches – 2 large
In our latest Podcast we we feature an interview with Mr. Timothy Bolen. He is a decorated endurance athlete, professional triathlete and business owner. He coaches and trains some of the worlds best endurance competitors and triathletes. Tim is also the Arizona State Executive Director / Team Best Buddies.
In this episode we discuss his journey to becoming a professional triathlete, his time at Berkshire Hathaway, starting a successful business and how a special family member with cerebral palsy lead him to drive a movement that has a global impact on those with disabilities.
“Are you doing something you love every day that brings you joy?”
At the end of the show we are running a contest to help drive more awareness towards the Best Buddies program, so be sure to follow along. Click the Podcast Link in the header or you stream above.