Mental Muscle: November 2017

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“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

~ Leonardo Da Vinci 

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Mental Muscle: October 2017

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If you missed the first installment of the “Mental Muscle” series last month, you may check it out here. 

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Sleep Strategies For Success

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According to National Geographic’s 2014 documentary, Sleepless In America, the average American sleeps just 6.5 hours each night, with 40% of all U.S. adults sleeping less than 6 hours per night, and many more getting less than 5 hours throughout the week—this despite The National Sleep Foundation’s recommendation of at least 7-9 hours per night for adults.

What does this data imply for our overall health and well-being as a society?

Well, being chronically sleep deprived can lead to a whole host of problems for us—cognitively, behaviorally, and metabolically.

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Know Thyself

 

socratesWho am I?

What is my purpose?

What is the meaning of life? 

Humans have been asking these questions for centuries.

I personally struggle with them on a daily basis, and have done so for quite some time.

Knowledge of self, or self actualization, is defined as the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.

In philosophy, it’s considered the highest of all human needs.

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Morning Rituals For Success

057How many people do you know (including yourself) that actually enjoy living?

Seriously.

Think about this.

How many people do you know that greet you with a warm smile and make eye contact?

How many folks do you come across that ask about your day, and actually listen to what you are saying?

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A Renaissance Man’s Guide To Reading

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. –Oscar Wilde

We have officially begun the second half of 2016, and I have just started reading my fourteenth book of the year.

If you know me or have been following my blog, you know that reading is one of my greatest passions.

I was an avid reader as a child, but, like many people, I fell out of the habit in my early twenties.

I few years ago, I made it a goal of mine to read at least two books per month as a way to spur me back into action.

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You’re Doing It Wrong

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We are officially one whole month into the New Year!

You know what that means.

It’s just about time for the majority of people who started the year off with the resolution to lose weight and get “healthy” to give up and try again next year.

I can already see it happening at my gym.

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Every Book I Read This Year

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I had one New Year’s resolution in 2015, and it was to read 2 books a month for all 12 months.

I am pleased to say that not only did I accomplish this task, but I totally murdered it!

As I type this post, just 3 days away from the new year, I am currently half way through my 28th book!

I can honestly say that this experience has been life changing, and I will undoubtedly continue this hobby through 2016, and beyond.

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Attention Deficit Training

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“Jack of all trades, master of none.”

Unfortunately, in this day and age of the internet and information overload, this phrase is beginning to apply to more and more people – especially when it comes to training.

Everyone wants to have and do it all.

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The Real Deal

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you heard about Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.

Whatever your religious views are (or aren’t), one would have to admit that the man is truly an impressive and admirable human being.

In just 5 days, he managed to meet with our president, address a joint session of Congress, address the United Nations General Assembly, head a multi religious prayer service at the 911 memorial, give a mass at Madison Square Garden, and participate in many other acts of good will and charity towards the citizens of this nation – all at the ripe young age of 78!

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