Time moves on…

Life throws gems your way in the most subtle, curious ways…

Tuesday morning rolled in, and I realized I had to pick up mail from my old house.  Although it was a simple, mundane task to say the least, I was met with a surprise sitting on a table in the living room.  An unpretentious relic of the past, my grandfather’s travel humidor and cigar cutter sat above his golf items.

Cigars have been a new hobby of mine that has surprisingly made a significant impact on my life, and I only recognized those trinkets due to my newfound pastime. What a realization this had for me… my grandfather smoked cigars at one point of his life.  Although this would seem frivolous, it hit my heart in a significant way.

I was adopted by my grandparents in their years of retirement, and they were the heroes of my childhood.  Never had I ever learned that my grandfather would enjoy a nice cigar from time to time. How many facets of their life were I unaware of? I only knew them in retirement, and that was a good 60 years of unawareness. What experiences did they share in their youth that I will never know about?

Imagining all of that leaves a warm feeling in my heart.  My grandfather loved to play golf, and I always remember him returning when I awoke for school with such a joyous expression on his face.  Life threw this little gem at me in the most arbitrary ways, but I am so happy to have it hit me in adulthood than not at all.

Imagine all of the minute aspects of the lives of your loved ones that you have not shared.  Use this as a lesson to share as many experiential tidbits as you can because time moves on whether we want it to or not.

#LivepositiveAF, and share all of the stories you can with your loved ones because you never know when the story you craft will be over! Your story will eventually come to an end, but the legacy you leave on others will never be forgotten.

Lost and Found!

It’s alright to be lost once in a while.

Life inexplicably has ways of throwing curve balls and obstacles at inconvenient times. When things seem like they can’t get any worse, they do get worse, and our work to control the situation may seem uncomfortably futile in our times of desperation.

Eventually, there is a turning point though.  Eventually life takes a sudden shift towards positivity, and your unfortunate circumstances may either slowly or quickly take a paradigm shift towards betterment.  I am #positiveaf that if today you are not in a comfortable, enjoyable position, it will get better soon!

Although you may be lost at the moment, you will eventually be found! STAY POSITIVE!

Digging Deep!

Be indefatigable in achieving your goals!

Going to Maui for the Leave it on the Floor bboy competition truly taught me the power of being unstoppable in your endeavors.  Due to my work schedule, I almost didn’t embark on this exciting adventure because I had to squeeze the flights on my working days.  This meant severe sleep deprivation was to be expected during this weekend.  Since Maka, my partner, and I trained exceedingly hard though, I was not going to let my day job stop me from this competition.

During the competition we were more than prepared; training for weeks previously and really tiring ourselves out on a daily basis to prepare for this competition of endurance.  Battle after battle we trudged on, and when a mishap in the schedule caused the promoters to rush the rest time in between battles, doubt began to sink in our minds during the final battle we had to participate in.  After finishing a grueling 45 minute 7-to smoke competition, we were thrown into the final battle with fierce competition.

I vividly remember the pep talk I had with Maka for the battle.  We both had vocalized how incredibly tired we were, and how this was the most exhausted we’ve ever felt. After getting those doubts out of our way, I remember our talk. “Imagine the regret we would have if we didn’t give this last battle everything.  Imagine all of the work we put into preparing for this competition.  It’s just one more round and we achieve what we set out to do.  We trained too hard to stop now!”  Thinking about the countless hours of training gave us confidence, and we were able to finish the battle with a fervor that was greater than all of the earlier battles.

In conclusion, we ended up winning the competition and walked away with the great memories of what happened.  We had a new found appreciation for having a specific goal, and we understood that obsessive hard work does pay off.  Be indefatigable in your pursuits, and you can accomplish goals that are bigger than your circumstances.  Believe in the pain and suffering you endured previously, and you will gain exceptional confidence in your capabilities!

The Muscle-up

Pull-ups + Dips = One Complex Exercise!

Today marks the first day that I was able to complete a muscle-up (an exercise where you perform a high pull-up and proceed to push yourself even higher above the bar). After many attempts, I was finally able to perform a singular sloppy rendition of this exercise and defeated my initial fears.

While practicing this movement, there were two main fears I needed to overcome. First, there was the fear of tearing my shoulders from this demanding new movement, and second, there was the more prevalent fear of flipping over the pullup bar and falling straight onto my face and crushing my teeth!

Although valid concerns, these fears only hindered my progress which is a testament to the power of fear in promoting complacency. When any new obstacle appears, there will be fear and valid reasons why you should avoid conquering your goal, but it is your capability to overcome those adversities that will enable you to be unstoppable in all avenues of life.

Although your fears may be very justifiable, it is up to you to be the purveyor of your story and surmount the courage to be successful. Fear is just another obstacle in your way, and I am #positiveaf that you are fully capable of defeating all of your fears if you are willing to stand up and face them head on!

Take a Bath in My Positivity

Envelop yourself in positive vibes to enable yourself to become your best self.

Spreading positivity can be a facile task if you are willing to be thankful for the day you are given as soon as you awaken.  Everyone has something to be thankful for on a daily basis, and embodying a mindset focused on spreading positivity with genuine confidence is both empowering for yourself and inspiring to others. The glass is always half full in a positive mindset, and we would love for you to find the widest smile you can offer to the world on a daily basis.

Surrounding yourself with others who are also positive is crucial to your happiness and success as they will help mold you into the person you will become.  Of course, you will encounter those that have adopted a negative and woeful mindset.  Their problems are just as valid as anyone else’s but always know it is a choice to wallow in the shortcomings of your life.  Instead of committing yourself to the common pitfall of drowning in negativity, rise above and find your inner positivity to drown out the behaviors that will only hinder your progress in life.

Take a bath in my positivity!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

I am #positiveaf that today is a day to rest up and enjoy your time with the special individuals of your life.  Truly relish today’s festivities and do not sully this wondrous holiday with feelings of inadequacies.  Today is truly a day to enjoy the festivities with others because tomorrow we hit the ground running; ready to destroy our goals!

We at the Live Positive Blog want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and we can not wait to hear of your #positiveaf stories.

Thanks for reading this post. Now go out there and enjoy today!

Conquering the Darkness

Things may look bleak at the moment, but they will get better!

What season comes directly after the coldest of winters? If you guessed spring, you get two #positiveaf thumbs up!

Beautiful spring comes directly after winter; sweeping away the woes and sorrows that are associated with this cold and difficult season.  As with our daily lives, we can expect winter to come regardless of how we feel, and the best thing we can do for this inevitable season is to prepare.

When it comes to rough times in your life, dwelling on negative feelings will only prolong the suffering you endure.  As a kid, I used to dwell on all of the negatives of my life; the fact that I was not physically fit and the unfairness of not being socially popular.  If I instead had focused all of my attention on the possibilities of who I could become through the strengths I possessed, I could have very much conquered those inadequacies of my youth!

If you are currently experiencing the harsh unforgiving winter of your life, find strength in the little wins and opportunities life has given you.  There are a multitude of things to be thankful for, but we always focus on only the negatives.  Aren’t you thankful for another day to walk this Earth?  Your circumstances may seem detrimental at first, but focus on being appreciative at all the abilities and opportunities you do have, and you will be able to get through these difficulties with great haste.

Spring is coming soon! Stay positive as F###!

 

#positiveaf

Providing contagious positive as f*** energy is the goal!

When offering a smile, what is the usual first response you receive? Usually you get a smile back (unless the individual is having a difficult day or is a generally unhappy person). Being #positiveaf is a choice to be more intentional with your emotions.

When we are in our personal state of happiness, we are more productive and efficient.  Think of the last time you were exceptionally blissful.  Envision why you were in that state of being and what you were capable in that moment. We work with more fervor and commitment once we are in a positive state, and generally, things get profoundly better once you adopt a more positive mindset.  

The key to this particular demeanor stems from being thankful for ever single day you are given.  I’ve had to face various instances where I thought my hours were numbered. Remember that day where we thought North Korea launched a missile to Hawaii?  I was next to Pearl Harbor at the time, and sirens were blaring across the island.  To add to the panic, every single person in Hawaii got a text message saying that a ballistic missile was inbound and to prepare for devestating impact.  The feeling of impeding doom was immense, and we were more than relieved that it was just a mistaken warning.  This  was one of the various instances that got me thinking about the importance of being thankful for every single day we are offered.  

The fact of the matter is that tomorrow is never guaranteed.  This may be a bleak way at seeing things, but I see it as an empowering way to live your life.  Every single day is a new opportunity to live the best life we are offered, and we can work with avidity on a day-to-day basis if we stay definite in our emotions.

Living #positiveaf is a personal choice to live with more positivity.  Be thankful for the opportunities you are given, and share with the world the vibrant, undeniable energy you can offer!

 

THE PR!

PR stands for personal record, and when life offers you a challenge, it is up to you to make the choice to conquer your goals or accept mediocrity.

Watching an individual squat twelve plates at the gym was awe-inspiring to say the least.  This man did a squat of 585 lbs with such ease that I found deep motivation to begin striving once again for old fitness goals.

Of course the next day, I decided to do squats, one of my weaker lifts, and I progressed through the weights slowly but surely.  Determined to break my own limitations, I was antsy to add more weight to destroy my PR.  It was a little intimidating to load up the bar, but I started blasting heavy metal music through my earphones to drown out my doubts.

The squat began and reality set in.  I felt the weight push heavily against me, but I continued to go through the preparations for the lift.  As I went down, there was a brief moment where I felt my legs were ready to give out on me, and a singular second felt like five.  At the bottom of the squat while lifting up, I felt myself start to fold under the heavy bar.  In a fight or flight moment, where I felt like I was in danger, I blacked out for a second and found my inner strength to get the bar up to destroy my old PR.  That brief moment I was given a choice to either fold under the weight or get that bar up.

When conflict knocks on your door, always know that it is completely up to you to decide whether you use it as an opportunity to conquer your goals or accept mediocrity and let yourself fail.