Become Crystal Clear

When we get our desires crystal-clear, we are harnessing and focusing energy into a smaller area similar to what a magnifying glass or a laser does.

Many of us have played with a magnifying glass, when we were children and harnessed the sun’s rays to a specific point. Some of us may have ignited paper or caused dead grass to burn with this focused energy. Sunlight is a very powerful energy source as it is; and, when you focus its energy, its power intensifies.

On the other hand, if you keep moving the lens around, it won’t have a clear target and, thus, it will lack focus. Consequently, that lens will not be able to ignite anything. When you get clear on what you want to ignite and you place the focus of the lens upon that specific item, it will ignite before too long. This is something that you can see almost immediately.

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Start With a Clear Vision

Creating a clear vision of exactly what you want or desire can get you excited about your goal. This article takes the previous articles on Desire to the next level by going deeper. When you begin writing the details, you build a network of cells in your brain. This is a process which leads to the fullfillment of your dream.

To focus precisely on my intended desire, I wrote down clarifying details, which helped me to produce a clear vision. I created a crystal-clear target. If you don’t have a target, how can you reach it? At the time I began the reconditioning process, I weighed approximately 216 pounds. I had acquired a flabby, 35-inch waist and I wasn’t fit by any standards. At six feet, two inches tall, those numbers may not seem too terribly bad. However, they were a fatty 216 pounds on my thin body frame. My original goal was to weigh 195 pounds. After some progress and more clarity, I ultimately decided on 190 pounds. My intention was to have a 32-inch waist, a size not seen by me in a long while. I also envisioned a lean and ripped “six pack” abdomen. To top this list, I intended to be healthy and energetic. I wanted all of these details to represent the new me.

With these detailed characteristics, I now had a clear vision of my ideal body. I had a destination or target. One critical point is that I did not want to revert back to a fat me once I got to my target self. Instead, my objective was to obtain that desired level of fitness, make an evaluation, do some tweaking and then continue to an even greater fitness level. Getting and, more importantly, staying fit is not a 90-day program. Staying fit is a lifetime program. My desire for you and me is a long and healthy lifetime. What is most important is for you to continue moving in the right direction. At the very least, you need to maintain your target.

Can you list several details of your desire? What specifically would you like to experience in your life? What does your ideal body look like? Following are a few questions to ask yourself in order to create the clarity required for your mental picture:

1. What is your ideal weight?
2. What is your ideal waist size?
3. What is your ideal dress or pants size?
4. What is your ideal body fat content?
5. What is your ideal blood pressure?
6. What is your ideal resting heart rate?
7. How do you feel being in your ideal health?

In the next article, I’ll show you how to focus on these answers in order to achieve the mental clarity you need to reach your ultimate success goals.

What you don’t want. Part II

Isn’t it time for you to have what you really want from life? You deserve real fulfillment and happiness. Everyone does! It is my belief that we are all capable of determining what will make us happy, even though it may require some soul searching. Your passions are inside you. When you let them out, you will enjoy much more of life. Our Higher Self sends us messages; but, most likely, they are being pushed down by our conditioning, which took place throughout every moment of our lives.

Negative influences have told us over ten thousand times, “No, you can’t” or something comparable. Some estimates are that by the time we are a teenager, we hear, “NO!” fifty thousand times. Compare this with the estimate that we hear “YES!” only five to ten thousand times. Hearing too many negatives can create doubt in our minds and stymies our true self.

When you release those negative thoughts and allow your Higher Self to come forth, you allow the answers to all of your questions to flow to you. When you obtain these solutions, you finally become clear on what you are to do. Yes, there will be work to do, but it is a different kind of labor. This is an exertion you are inspired to complete. The difference is like night and day. You see, your true self has something of great value to offer and it is time that you began to deliver it. The world is waiting for YOU to deliver. The world is longing for your dream to be fulfilled; and, when you succeed, we all benefit.

For a moment, consider your desire to be fit and healthy. Do you think if you are out of shape, fat and lazy that you are serving the world? Technically, you are, but think on a larger scale. Is that how you want to serve? Seek to understand the big picture. Maybe serving the world doesn’t concern you. In that case, does being out of shape really serve you? When you are in excellent physical shape, you perform better in all areas of your life. You will burn through stress like a hot knife through butter and you will be more energetic, more inspired and perform better in whatever you do. Wouldn’t those benefits alone be worth getting yourself into great shape?

The point is, you really know what it is you want to do. Chances are good you, like many others, have been pushing your true desire down whenever it attempts to reveal itself. My suggestion is to let your passion come out, no matter how big it is. If you were not able to bring it to reality, you would not have received the message that your passion exists. You can do it and I’ll continue to share some tips to help you towards success.

DESIRE

What is your desire? What do you really want? Focus not on what you think you can achieve or what you have been conditioned to believe you can achieve but rather what you really, truly want. I invite you to revisit an old skill. Possibly, it is a dormant skill you have neglected for a long time, such as using your imagination. The pretending we did as kids was and is a good thing. We are going to revive that skill, so let’s get started. Imagine, if you will, encountering a magical genie, who can grant you any wish. Besides wishing for more wishes, what would you really, truly yearn for? If you could do, be, or have anything, what would it be? Remember, it is not what you think you can have but what you truly want.

What would you alter about your body in regard to health, nutrition, and fitness? How much energy and vitality do you want? Do you wish to glow with confidence?

These questions may require some soul searching; and, if that is the only thing you take away from this article, it will be many times more valuable than you may now realize. Let’s look at one way to examine what your ultimate desire is for your well-being.

I wrote down all the things I did not want to do, this action illuminated all the things I did want. I was employing the Law of Polarity, which suggests everything has an opposite. Seeing the exact opposites of what I didn’t want was a good start toward realizing what I did want. I made my list of don’t wants and then looked for the polar opposite. Amazingly, I found what I did want to do. I had found answers to many questions I had been asking myself for over 20 years. I had discovered The Law of Attraction! Making a similar list for yourself can aid you in discovering what it is you do want.

Make a list of what you do not want and then determine the exact opposites of each item on that list. Doing this exercise will help determine what you do want. By finding the polar opposites of the items on your do-not-want list, you are narrowing down your target. Now make your own list.

Personal Freedom

A really exciting aspect of taking responsibility for your actions is the freedom you feel. You will
feel empowered as well. In the 1995 movie Braveheart, Mel Gibson played the character
William Wallace, who desired freedom for Scotland. In the story, Wallace encountered many
obstacles. He didn’t blame the government, his comrades or even the situation. He simply
assumed responsibility, and he took the actions he needed to take to advance toward his goal.
Two of my favorite quotations from that movie are, “Every man dies, but not every man really
lives.” Also, the next line, which is only a word, is fitting here, since taking responsibility will
ultimately gain your freedom. Toward the end of the movie, Wallace is being tortured to get him
to confess. Regardless of the pain and suffering, he holds true to his cause and he yells out,
“FREEDOM!”

Even though Wallace’s country wasn’t technically free, he lived his life as if he were free—and
so he was. Admittedly, this movie contains some violent scenes; but, if you look deeper, it is
more about freedom and responsibility than violence.

We are talking now about personal freedom from our old conditioning. It comes down to your
making a decision. Only you can decide. Then and only then will you take the necessary actions
to accomplish your goals. I decided I was going to write these articles and, of course, you
decided you were going to read it. Unless I understood this concept of responsibility, I would not
have awakened early every day to write. Accomplishment starts with a desire and then taking
responsibility. Will you take responsibility for your success by shouting the word “freedom” for
your old conditioning to hear?

What is it you truly want? Do you know what it is? What does your ideal body look like? How
does it feel to live in your ideal body? Are you willing to take personal responsibility to become
aware of and achieve your ideal body? If so, you are ready to move to the next step of this
process. You need to create a clear vision, in great detail, of exactly what it is you desire.

Aerobic Exercise Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Exercise is essential in preventing heart disease.1 There are primary and secondary strategies for reducing the risk of heart disorders. Primary prevention refers to the preventive steps followed by individuals who are currently healthy and are not suffering from any heart disorders, while secondary prevention refers to the preventive measures taken in individuals who have already experienced an episode of heart disorder. Prevailing evidence indicates that physical activity can help slow the progression of coronary heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, all healthy adults between the ages of 18 to 65 should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week as an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.2

The goals of primary prevention are to stabilize the blood vessels that supply the heart muscles and prevent the accumulation or formation of clots within these blood vessels. Secondary prevention is aimed at improving the fitness of the heart, increasing the chances of survival and improving the quality of life. It may also facilitate a faster return to work. The type of exercise followed in primary and secondary prevention may vary based on the fitness levels of the person/patient.

The most important exercises for the heart are aerobic exercises, which include walking, jogging, running, swimming and cycling. Aerobic exercise improves the health of the heart in many ways. It increases the oxygen intake of the blood vessels of the heart, increases the heart output (volume of blood ejected by the heart per minute) and improves the ability of heart muscles to extract and use oxygen from blood. Further beneficial changes in different body functions such as hemodynamic, hormonal, neurological and respiratory function also occur with increased aerobic exercise capacity. All of these contribute to a healthy and problem-free heart.

Appropriate exercise considerations are required for patients with heart disease. Nevertheless, exercise should be timed appropriately with medical treatment in order to achieve maximum benefit possible from both the modes. Regular physical activity is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy heart and to keep heart disease at bay.3

References

  1. Fletcher GF, Balady G, Blair SN, Blumenthal J, Caspersen C, et al. Statement on Exercise: Benefits and Recommendations for Physical Activity Programs for All Americans. American Heart Association. Circulation. 1996; 94(4): 857–862.
  2. American Heart Association. Available online at http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200013 Accessed on: 12 Jan 09.
  3. Yung LM, Laher I, Yao X, Chen ZY, Huang Y et al. Exercise, Vascular Wall and Cardiovascular Diseases: an Update (part 2). Sports Med. 2009; 39(1): 45–63.

Diet Modification and Exercise Help when You Are Ill for a Long Time

Over the past few decades, considerable evidence has accumulated indicating that regular exercise reduces symptoms and improves well-being among individuals with long-term (chronic) diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and osteoporosis.1

Apart from diet modification, no intervention other than physical exercise offers greater promise to reduce the risk of almost all chronic diseases simultaneously. Based on the benefits of exercise in the prevention of chronic illnesses, the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C. has recommended one hour of moderate physical activity daily in order to gain weight-independent health benefits. This recommendation is in agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) report, which concluded that both aerobic and resistance exercise are beneficial in reducing the incidence of chronic disorders.2

It has been noted that most of the chronic disorders and their associated risk factors are caused due to physical inactivity either in a direct or indirect way. Obesity is one such disorder, the risk of which is increased with physical inactivity. Not just exercises, but other physical activities have been noted to decrease the incidence of a wide number of chronic disorders such as obesity, high blood pressure and heart disorders. Physical exercise benefits our bodies in a many ways. Physical activity is also noted to activate certain genes (basic building blocks of our body) that primarily promote health and enhance physical performance.3

It has been observed that human bodies fail to function properly to maintain health when there is a lack of physical activity. This was proven in a study which noted that the incidence of chronic diseases was very low in societies where physical work was a large part of daily life. Further, the study noted that introduction of regular, physical exercise in a sedentary society with high risks of chronic disorders reduced the occurrence of such disorders to a significant extent. 3

References

  1. Pedersen BK, Saltin B. Evidence for Prescribing Exercise as Therapy in Chronic Disease. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2006; 16 Suppl 1: 3–63.
  2. Diet, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases. World Health Organ Tech Rep Ser. 2003; 916: 1–149.
  3. Booth FW, Gordon SE, Carlson CJ, Hamilton MT. Waging War on Modern Chronic Diseases: Primary Prevention Through Exercise Biology. J Appl Physiol. 2000; 88(2): 774–787.

Exercise and Physical Training Aids in the Control of Acne

Acne is a skin disorder that commonly occurs in teenagers and adults. It is characterized by pimples on the face, chest and back. The skin contains numerous pores which may get clogged due to excessive production of oils or due to accumulation of dead cells, dust, and bacteria, giving rise to acne. Acne has a significant economic and social impact, as well as negative effect on self-image and outlook

It is believed that exercise plays a major part in controlling acne production. Although there is no proven research-based evidence between exercise and acne, it is presumed that exercise increases the blood flow to the skin cells and provides more oxygen to these cells, which may help to reduce acne and improve skin texture.1,2 Furthermore, sweating during exercise will clean the clogged pores from the inside. This, in turn, will prevent further outbreaks of acne and help in healing of existing acne. Exercise also helps in faster healing of spots and blackheads.

Suitable exercise includes cycling, rowing, swimming, jogging and walking. In addition, exercise in the form of yoga and tai chi also relaxes mind, reduces stress and thereby goes a long way in the prevention of acne.

References

  1. Georgia State University. The Benefits of Exercise. Available from: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwfit/benefits.html.
  2. Smith JA. Exercise, Training and Red Blood Cell Turnover. Sports Med. 1995; 19(1): 9–31.

Exercise Improves Mental Focus and Concentration

One’s performance in various fields is based mainly on the ability to concentrate on the task assigned and to remain focused until it is accomplished. A sound mind and body is the essential requirement for better mental focus.

Regular aerobic exercise training has been found to be beneficial not only in improving the physical aspect but also that of the mind. Aerobic exercise has been advised for various disorders that affect mood and concentration. Beta-endorphin, a substance which is produced by the pituitary gland that changes the perception of pain and mood in a positive manner, enables the individual to perform better. Regular aerobic exercise has demonstrated increased levels of beta-endorphin in individuals. In one study, improvements in mood were noted from a single exercise session in certain affected individuals.1,2

A study at the University of Wollongong, Australia concluded that that regular aerobic exercises improved vigor while decreasing fatigue, tension and depression. Hence, the clear mind and a healthy body helps one to focus on the task assigned in a better manner thereby improving the ability to work.3

A study conducted by researchers Davranche and McMorris at the Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences Department, University of Chichester, UK, has found that cognitive processes related to aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment were differently affected by acute or moderate exercise. The study noted that individuals were able to perform cognitive tasks in a better manner when combined with exercise.4,5 Therefore, regular aerobic exercise not only has benefit on general health but also improves mental functions.

References

  1. Schwarz L, Kindermann W. Changes in Beta-endorphin Levels in Response to Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise. Sports Med. 1992; 13(1): 25–36.
  2. Hoffman MD, Hoffman DR. Does Aerobic Exercise Improve Pain
  3. Perception and Mood? A Review of the Evidence Related to Healthy and Chronic Pain Subjects. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2007; 11(2): 93–97.
  4. Anshel MH, Russell KG. Effect of Aerobic and Strength Training on Pain Tolerance, Pain Appraisal and Mood of Unfit Males as a Function of Pain Location. J Sports Sci. 1994; 12(6): 535–547.
  5. Davranche K, McMorris T. Specific Effects of Acute Moderate Exercise on Cognitive Control. Brain Cogn. 2009 Jan 10.

Exercise Decreases Stress Levels

Stress is the feeling experienced by people when they are unable to handle the usual chores or responsibilities that were assigned. The body senses danger when a person is stressed and the body responds by increasing the breathing rate and speeding up the heartbeat.

Some studies have reported that stress can weaken the immune system and also make a person moody, tense or depressed.1Long-time stress increases the risk of blood pressure, heart diseases and stroke.

The benefit of exercises on overall health and fitness is well known. Regular exercise can help in reducing stress levels and increasing energy. With regular physical activity, the brain gives out certain chemical responses, which responsible for stress reduction. This effect is brought about by the production of certain specialized chemicals known as endorphins in our body. The endorphins are seen as natural pain relievers and help in calming the body. Further, endorphins can also make one feel relaxed and positive.2 Relaxation exercises, breathing exercises, muscle relaxation exercises, massage, aromatherapy and yoga help the body to relax and reduce stress levels as well as producing feelings of good health and fitness. Some of the other benefits of exercises include lessening the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety, and increasing self-confidence.3

Reports from multiple studies in the U.S. and Canada suggest that the symptoms of depression decrease with exercises.4 Furthermore, some studies have demonstrated that aerobic fitness is helpful in reducing the stress levels.5

An individual’s response to any type of situation is mainly based on the type of hormones and other chemicals being released in the body. Regular exercise helps in the regulation of hormones or other chemicals that are excessively produced in response to stressful situations and people are helped to remain calm and composed during stressful situations.

References

  1. Motzer SA, Hertig V. Stress, Stress Response and Health. Nurs Clin North America. 2004; 39: 1–17.
  2. Janisse HC, Nedd D, Escamilla S, et al. Physical Activity, Social Support, and Family Structure as Determinants of Mood Among European-American and African-American Women. Women & Health. 2004; 39(1): 101–116.
  3. Dimsdale JE, et al. Stress and Psychiatry. In: BJ Sadock, VA Sadock, (eds). Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. 2005; 8th edn, vol. 2, pp: 2180–2195.
  4. Penedo FJ, Dahn JR. Exercise and Well-being: a Review of Mental and Physical Health Benefits Associated with Physical Activity. Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 2005; 18:189–193.
  5. Kohut, M.L., W. Lee, A. Martin, B et al. The Exercise-induced Enhancement of Influenza Immunity is Mediated in Part by Improvements in Psychosocial Factors in Older Adults. Brain Behav. Immun. 2005; 19: 357–366.