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!

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###!

 

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.

Night Jogging

It’s kind of nice!

After making a commitment to my health, I unhappily decided to make daily running a requirement.  30 minutes of brisk jogging in which my only validation of the time-lapsed would be a singular alarm that would cue when I could stop.

Jogging at night is tranquil and peaceful.  Seeing the various lights and scenes is a different experience when you are outside in the open.  I found myself taking deep breaths as the fresh air and smells of pine filled my lungs and provided a harmonious feeling that I did not expect.

Jogging is something that I inherently hate, but the tranquility of running at night was an experience that I found both uplifting and relaxing.

Don’t knock a new experience until you try it.  Even seemingly mundane tasks can offer you new perspectives if you give it a shot.

Tonight is a great night to go running!

Everlasting Friendships

Some friendships are irreplaceable.

I was 24 years old, embarking on a second study abroad experience in Korea.  Stepping off of the plane was exciting, and the range of anticipated thoughts of how the semester was going to pan out enveloped my mind. It was going to be an outstanding semester.

Upon reaching the preplanned meeting place of all the exchange students, I was intrigued by the feeling of an individual who was intently gazing at me.  Turning to look at the person, I found the other gentleman was not offering a menacing, creepy stare, but instead a strangely welcoming stare that was both welcoming and amiable.  

Perplexing to me, he asked if I was a bboy (breakdancer), and I found it strange that he came to that correct assumption.  Maybe it was my outlandish disposition or my dissimilar style of dress, but that was the beginning of meeting one of the significant individuals that has shaped my life.

Lee Boli, a name that would become almost conjoined to my own, and we spent the rest of the semester embarking on adventures that I would never forget.

Friendships sometimes come from the most obscure interactions, but many become so pivotal to shaping our lives that they become invaluable to our personal being.

Therefore, it is important to know that some friendships that are irreplaceable, come from the most surprising interactions!

Loafers

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An extraordinary loafer is a quintessential staple of any man’s exceptional wardrobe.  Versatility is the mainstay of the value proposition of a well-constructed loafer, and their adept versatility is undeniable.  Low, laceless shoes of ease and comfort, loafers have the innate tendencies to be more catered towards casual wear, but contemporary stylists will understand the relevance that loafers have in modern wardrobes; transcending into acceptable dress shoes as well.  When thinking of the most critical shoe a man needs in his wardrobe, loafers offer a strapping choice that can be worn daily.

When picking a prodigious pair of loafers, quality is of the utmost importance.  As an exemplary gentleman’s accessory it will pay dividends through the multipurpose usage you will find in both dress and casual wear.  In accordance with the value loafers offer, it is pivotal that you find a well-made loafer that truly exudes your personal style.

Entrant level:


Cole Haan always come to mind as an entry level brand for gentleman.  If your budget is not great, you will find these appropriate for daily use as they are aesthetically sound and inexpensive.  Although it will not extend the lavish persona you wish to show, it will be suitable for many situations to come.  What Cole Haan lacks in quality and showmanship, they make up for in versatility and admittance into a more refined style.

Luxury level:

Salvatore Ferragamo has been providing hand-crafted Italian luxury goods since 1927, and the level of unprecedented comfort and craftsmanship is exceptional.  The iconic Gancini-themed items are iconic enough to be recognized by a plethora of individuals, and their resounding reputation is superb.  A brand that will be easily recognized, Salvatore Ferragamo offers a wide array of idiosyncratic loafers that will definitely last for years to come.

Connoisseur level:

The only loafer you will ever need.  These one-of-a-kind Corthay loafers represent the finest items of opulence that will become the focal point of any outfit.  The importance of longevity is extremely important to a gentleman, and the patinated surface of the shoes represent hand-brushed excellence, where no two pairs look quite the same.  If you are ready to wow any individual who passes by, you need to own a pair of Corthay loafers, but their versatility can be seen as limited because of the attention they command.  These masterpieces of menswear are extremely lavish and provide a great choice for anyone who is a true virtuoso of style.

Loafers are the quintessential footwear item of modern gentleman.  Although they once held a reputation catered towards casual wear, they have now transcended into acceptable dress shoes.  To ensure you live with less items of opulence, you need to choose a loafer of impeccable style and extraordinary quality, and these loafers provide great avenues to explore your personal style!

The Power of Self-Image

When thinking of the self-image you need to portray, the infamous quote by Henry Ford comes to mind, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”  Belief in your own capabilities is a driving force to becoming an extraordinary gentleman of wondrous class.  Taking upon the robust persona of a modern gentleman requires you to first build internally to transform your personal outlook on life to be abnormally positive to the point of exuding prosperity.

If you perceive yourself as a conservative individual of comfort, are you going to go out and dress in a three-piece suit to dinner? You might decide to don that outfit occasionally, but chances are that you will be more inclined to dress modestly and reserved to avoid attention.  If you perceive yourself as a successful CEO of a large corporation, would you dress casually to a business meeting with a polo and khaki shorts? Of course not! You would definitely dress in business as dressing casually would outwardly clash with the alignment of who you internally are.  We envision ourselves in a certain light that will either promote or hinder our success, and you have entire control over the decisive path you choose to embody.  Therefore, situating your self-image is fundamental to putting yourself in the quintessential position to succeed, and understanding the power of your internal view is paramount in committing to effective change.

Now that you have acknowledged the critical aspect of having a mighty self-image, you can undertake activities that build upon this important characteristic.  As with any worthwhile competence, it will take intentional exertion.  Affirmation of your astonishing traits is a great introduction to any journey of self-improvement.  You are an exceptional individual, and don’t ever lose sight of that.  Others may have imbued their negative perceptions unto you, but that does not define the personality you truly embody.  You are stupendously sensational, and you have enough self-assurance to block despicable remarks of petty individuals.

A handy trick that I like to practice is to envision an individual who you truly admire and surmise how they would react in certain situations.  Emulate the characters of success to help you to strengthen your capabilities to act spectacularly.  From my personal experience, I would channel my inner Conor McGregor (minus the profanities) when entering b-boy (breakdancing) competitions.  The confidence that this prominent MMA fighters has in his abilities is profound, and I always think of the illustrious Irishman as a solid exemplar of someone who has a deep understanding of the power of assurance in one’s potential.  Contemplate how your hero would face situations, and envisage the actions they would take in such an event.

Your circumstances have led you to the individual that you are today, but they do not define the favorable future you will come to enjoy.   Fortifying your self-image is crucial to maximizing your potential, and a true gentleman has an indestructible willpower matched with a impregnable commitment to success.  Never forget how remarkable you are, and utilize your newfound self-image to conquer all of your goals!