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!

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.

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!

Crucial Questions Before You Purchase

As a purveyor of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle, you need a foundational understanding of the criterion you must adhere to before making your next purchase.

The minimalistic lifestyle beckons for a wiser methodology to purchases; ensuring clutter-free areas.  The following questions offer brief ideas to ponder before the purchase of a  new item:

1. Will this purchase cannibalize the usage of another item?

The immediate question you must ask yourself is if there is already an item that serves the same purpose as the item you are positioned to buy.  An example would be the purchase of a new belt.  As an item where you can only don a singular iteration, does this item evoke a different enough look where you will be able to utilize each belt for different occasions?  Often times we purchase for various derisory reasons that are not related to functionality, and if the item is too similar in purpose or aesthetics, you do not need the item because of the presence of your item that already performs that task.

2. Does purchasing this item cause a dissonance in who I am?

With the presence of many outside sources, especially from social media, we often find ourselves interested in outlandish items that generally do not resonate with our persona. It is important to be idiosyncratic, and if an extravagant item reverberates with your individuality greatly and it consummates who you are, than you should make that purchase.  With so much noise challenging our stylistic prowess, it can be easy to jump on trending items that look phenomenal on others.  These items though project insubstantial cues that are not everlasting in your own modus operandi. A gentleman is exceptional in his self-confidence and only dons items that amplify his personal style.

3. Does this product have exceptional quality that will last an extended amount of time?

In order to minimize your possessions, quality needs to be taken into account.  Often, required purchases stem from the replacement of low-quality items that do not last.  It is extremely easy to make smaller commitments to items because of their low costs, but weigh the consequences of these actions; including time lost in shopping and capital wasted on replacement of inferior items.  These are two essentials of life that should not be squandered, and it can be avoided through the purchase of high-quality items with long shelf-lives.

4. Will the purchase of this item cause me stress?

When making the final decision to purchase, it is important to think of the corollary of feelings associated with the purchase.  What is the upkeep requirements of this item?  Is the item’s cost so excessive that it will cause anxiety?  Salient in our analysis of this item, it is the cost of doing business with this item.  Maintenance is pivotal in the acquirement of high-quality items that last an extended period of time, but are you willing to make that time commitment?  No item is worth overtaxing your emotions, and the procurement process of attaining an item should be exciting and enjoyable.

5. Will this item have future value?

Thinking of a long-term strategy will enable yourself to rationalize why you need this item.  An example would be for a beautifully crafted luxury watch.  Will this watch appreciate over time in value?  Will this watch be passed down to my next of kin? These are great attributes of an item that will vindicate the reason for their acquirement.  The legacy of these items should be taken into account as it discourages wasteful spending, and could potentially have future residuals that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Although many minimalists will advocate for the entire renunciation of purchases, we at the Minimalistic Gent encourage the purchase of items if they are able to positively reinforce all of these questions.  Understanding the rationality of your purchasing decisions is paramount in reducing the sheer amount of possessions in your household, and these questions will aid in the acquisitions of only the quintessential items that will further yourself as a modern gentleman.

 

The Sagacious Resolution Every Gentleman Needs To Make!

In a world filled with conformity that encourages the sedative, safe net of working a job until retirement, there lies a speckle of hope in finding the joy in life without waiting for the idealistic “golden years.”  As a gentleman it is your duty to find that spark that will help you rise above the short-mindedness of society to pursue an unconventional lifestyle.  Waiting for freedom is miserable, and the Minimalistic Gent does not support settling for what is easily attained.  Therefore, the only way to find your life’s justification in this hard-pressed civilization is to find your passion and dedicate monumental time and undertake a journey that is nerve-wracking in a seemingly unyielding space.

By attempting an array of ventures, you will incrementally get closer to what you set out to achieve. Make the sagacious decision to try something new at every opportunity and be willing to think in an imaginative way.  Truly this is the best way to find the vigorous activities you are willing to dedicate exclusive time and effort into.  Always think about the payoff at the end of the austere and complicated path that has no discernible guarantee.  An unchallenged lifestyle is a sure way to being unsuccessfulness in life, so the only way to cement your prosperity is the distress of adversities.

Finding an avocation that you can commit to will stir the obdurate bounds of society that is both scary and abhorrent to others.  Do not let this negativity halt your pursuit as many have confided in the system of conformity.   Unorthodox success can insinuate loathsome feelings from those that have aversion in their disconsolate hearts.  Untroubled and tenacious individuals will support you in your efforts, so exemplify the example that they set and follow what you think is right.

Pursuing your dreams is not the status quo that most would have us believe.  Only by immense, obsessive hard work and indefatigable belief in your aspirations will you achieve the eminence that you deserve as a gentleman.  The Minimalistic Gent encourages you to take a serendipitous leap into your life’s passion, and can not wait to hear of your accomplishments!