Keep Your Blinders On

To be successful, keep your blinders on and focus on yourself. It is proven that deep focus helps narrow down your thoughts. You start to take more control over your own mind. The more you focus on you and your path, the happier you will be. This ties directly into not comparing yourself to others. That theme of comparison has unfortunately become easier due to social media being at the direct reach of our fingertips.

The ole saying goes, “You are your own thoughts”. What you focus on expands into your actual reality. No point in giving others attention if you aren’t paying attention to your own growth. Without a focus on you, there will be no process.

Challenge – Focus on yourself for the next 24 hours and see if you can spot a difference in your own personal grounding. Prioritize yourself with intention. Be obnoxious about it if you have to. See if you notice a difference.

Accepting Anger

Happy February, Bulls! New month, new week, new goals, new intentions, new result.

January is gone. If you didn’t achieve what you wanted to, don’t stress about it. We are working on being gentle on ourselves in 2021. Even if you had a kick ass January, let’s work on making this month an even better one. Momentum with your daily healthy habits, 1 of 12 is now in the books. Keep sharpening your physical and mental axe. What are some of your goals for February?

Today’s food for thought is geared toward controlling your emotions. Especially if you find yourself on edge with high anger tensions given the state of our world. I often times compare it to road rage anger. Where you feel stuck and on edge. Maybe you need to hear this advice, I know I do.

You know why athletes talk trash to each other? It is to provoke action and a rise of the opponent. Knock them off their game through anger. Try to remember that when you find yourself getting mad. Anger is not impressive or a form of toughness – it’s actually a mental weakness. Ever see Mike Tyson walk into a ring? Emotionless. Calm body and mind. He is one with his emotions. To me, that is far more terrifying than a crazed emotional outburst.

The Calm Before the Storm

Strength is the ability to maintain a hold of oneself. It’s being the person who never gets mad , who cannot be shaken or stirred, because they are in control of their passions – rather than controlled by their passions.

Five Tips for Controlling your Anger:

  • Think – “Am I still going to care about this in 5-10 minutes?”
  • Focus on your breath – When you’re angry your breathe gets quicker and sharper. Breathe deeply and slowly into your belly rather than your chest.
  • Get Moving – Regular exercise helps you decompress. Aerobic activity reduces stress which then helps improve your frustration tolerance
  • Repeat a calm word or mantra to yourself – Repeat this a couple times to get your mind fixated on something else.
  • Channel – Your energy goes where attention flows. Don’t keep feeding into a negative space.

Everyone works differently, but these are just five everyday tips you can use to help better your relationship with the infamous “anger”. I hope you were able to find this a bit useful and less of an management class.

Wishing you all an amazing month and rest of the week! Be on the lookout for more Flexibull content this week (maybe a vlog/podcast?) and please shoot me a follow on Instagram @wallstreetyoga

Be great!

Reignite

Sometimes life throws you curveballs that are completely out of your control. Yesterday I was broken the news that my grandfather had passed away unexpectedly in a car crash. I was absolutely devastated and broken given I have now lost both of my grandfathers in the last two months. It felt like I had the wind knocked out of my sails from a emotional perspective. I took the rest of the work day off and was able to take a nice walk along the beach. No music, no podcasts, just myself and the roommate upstairs. I was isolated with my own thoughts.

We have a set plan to go alongside our internal intentions. Sometimes you find yourself drifting away from some of your principles and beliefs that you hold yourself accountable on (especially 2021 self goals). It is perfectly fine and there is no room to beat yourself over it. It happens to all of us.

This is just a reminder to reignite your thoughts, reignite your principles, and most importantly… reignite your personal growth. The beauty of these principles is that you can return and embrace these things at any moment in time. What happened yesterday is the past. We can reignite our body and mind whenever we like. Why not take time to check in with yourself and do it right now?

I love you, Pat. Rest in peace.

Control The Controllable

“You have control over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius

Or as I like to call it, “Control the controllable”. This is a theme I am really trying to focus on this month. A mindset I will carry with me through my day to days and act with intention. Today is November 3rd, 2020, Election Day. The energy in the air is a nervous and claustrophobic one across the country, even the world. Today’s a big day. Why? This is the day you can decide to become more self reliant. This is the day you chose to focus only on things you can control. Don’t let what’s happening around you distract you from taking action to create the life of your dreams.

Today, the majority of our country will lose their minds over an election.

Meanwhile I will be:

  • Getting my daily run/yoga in
  • Making a little cash
  • Calling my parents/grandparents to tell them I love them

Stop betting your emotional state on things you can’t control.

Channel your energy. Narrow your focus.

Be great today.