Props to myself for completing an 18 hour fast earlier today! Yep, my dick just got a lil thicker.
Going through a physical transformation is no easy task… A physical transformation is not as simple as it sounds. Nope. That shit is HARD… But it doesn’t have to be. You can change your life. You’re not doomed. I think it’s all about going at about 75% of your max capacity instead of walls to the wall. I’ve been going “light,” i.e. around 70-75% and my recovery time is way better.
See, for A physical transformation to actually occur so many other changes have to also happen beyond just your physique transforming. The way you think, the way you operate, the way you eat. Honestly, a ton of shit happens inside of you. When you start to change you literally really start to change. This makes lasting change a never ending balancing act. It’s not easy. In fact it being difficult is the only thing you can really count on. This is the reason why I am taking things easy, because if I can lower my expectations I can actually achieve what I’m trying to do. I just have to not try so hard. Trying too hard will burn your ass out!
Changing is tough because we are creatures of H-A-B-I-T and we like our routines whether or not they’re good for us. Not to mention that when things do get difficult that’s exactly when doubt starts to settle in. Doubt sucks. Self-doubt is as insidious as Darth Sidious. BTW, I’m going from a Ford Ranger to a Lexus IS 350…
When doubt comes knocking you must kick it square in it’s chin testicles. You have a plan and you need to believe that either you, and or your plan is doable. Have a vision for your body so that when you feel tired you can look at it and be inspired. You need a vision clear enough that you can see it when you close your eyes. If you believe in your plan and stick to it you won’t need to worry about achieving your goal because you would’ve already done all you could. Focus on game planning, preparation, consistency, and execution and watch the world bend to you will! When you put in the work you can relax knowing all you have to do is be patient and have faith. Faith, belief, vision, a plan, all of these are components to succeeding on your mission to the top!!!
I need to maintain a regular meditation practice. I need it to stay under control…
I have not been meditating everyday and if I don't meditate everyday I run the risk of getting pissy. I have to keep my mental health very sharp but I sometimes neglect it when I’m doing a lot of other things.
I’m trying to sell things online, get more balance in my life, I'm trying to be light….
Considering that, I’d be better off with less. And who wouldn’t? Saying you’d be better off with less stuff is like saying most people could lose a few pounds. True that boss, you’re right... and? Cutting down on stuff is legit work and it requires a lot of you and your real attention. I’m currently going to go through clothes to see if there’s anything else I can get rid of. The less things I have the better off I’ll be considering I’m decluttering my life. I am not going to put myself into a position where I am doing too much of one thing and obsessing about it. Let's get some progress and balance in our lives!
I’m getting it done though it is difficult.
One foot in front of the other is oh so critical.
I’m an MVP type individual.
Daily success is a ritual.
Always under control when on patrol.
I play my role, need meditation to glow.
and if I don’t grow then I’m gonna blow.
Up like a rocket, stay fly like a saucer.
I run the risk of falling off of my rocker.
Must stay mentally sharper than them other doctors.
I hate imposters. I do much bigger things like eating lobsters.
Try to maintain, rewire your brain, ride on the train.
I’ve been to places that you’d never think, let alone dream.
There’s far more art in my words than is in this ink!
If you’re going to get fit you’ll need an optimal balance of exercise, rest, and diet. Well, that’s easier said than done. Essentially, most of us overtrain and/or under rest. Training intensity should only be about 70% and occasionally you go hard. Instead of going beast mode everyday you focus on consistency and flow. Apparently, that allows you to get more volume and better long term results. I am just now getting that through my thick skull and boy are there some great benefits!
Today is a rest day... What that means is I have a lot of stretching to do. I might do walking on my rest days. A lot of walking or yard work on a rest day, or even a light hike,
is cool. Rest can be anything though. These are a few great ways to rest; yoga, floatation tank session, massage, manicure, even a haircut and tanning could work for a recovery day. need to let my body recover and I am starting to see what it looks like to let my body recover. Meditating is always essential but on a rest day maybe you'll go longer or deeper that day.
Here is a great example from a Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Fight Companion episode with guest Firas Zahabi. Zahabi is a world class MMA trainer who has trained MMA legends like Rory MacDonald and Georges St. Pierre arguably the greatest fighter of all time.
No, probably not better than Jon Jones but come on GSP dude... I'm talking about GSP! GSP!! He's a true martial artist and ambassador for the sport. He's never had any bad press. He's clean as a whistle. Except for that one time he had Vaseline all over his back but dude that's just gamesmanship. What? He didn't "take" anything. Anyway check this out, it's fascinating.
You have to loosen up your body every morning and every night as well as before and after each workout. I need to loosen up my body just to have a productive day! If I did a long cardio session followed by kicking the heavy bag then I’d need a serious full body stretching routine.
See, your training schedule won't work if you're always be tight and sore... You've gotta stick to a balanced plan that covers everything; calisthenics, flexibility, mobility, power, speed, while working the cardiovascular system.
The more healthy habits you have the more comfortable in general you'll be.
I'm waking up earlier and earlier. If I wake up first thing in the morning feeling stiff and tight I know I'm not stretching enough and that's today's focus. It means, I'm overtrained, and need to warm up my body and then to stretch out my sore muscles and get loose. Staying loose is everything. You can't even feel comfortable and at ease when you're body is super tight and stiff.
Stretching, yoga, running, meditation, all keys to living a healthy life.
Remember, the more healthy habits you have the more comfortable in general you'll be.
So, when you wake up warm up your body with some light calisthenics, followed by circuits of body weight exercises. After a full body body weight circuit routine move into a body weight inspired cardio session incorporating intervals of varying intensity.
(No wonder aerobics is so dope. Zumba anyone?)
I think you get up and meditate. Then get your body moving, then your mind flowing, then you can really get out there and be dangerous. Next you get a little workout in come back and do some yoga and then write afterwards and lay out your plans for world domination, or peace whatever you like. *knuckles*
I don’t know what to do… I want the world to be a better place. I want to help make people’s lives better.
I pondered, What can I do to help make the world a better place? Learn how to make kombucha? Sell dehydrated fruits? Then I thought, how about getting a job and moving out of my parent’s house for starters? That’d probably make my mom really happy- not having to smell my protein farts, and dirty gym clothes.
Getting my own apartment is giving to my mom... I kinda like the sound of that.
I am not a narcissist, the rest of the world just needs to change.
I do need to be less selfish. They say, “You have to give love to get love” .... So, I’m giving out love 24/7!
I’m working on my networking because I want to be a badass and I know that requires a lots of dedication but I think I can do it. I do have doubts about my ability but I believe it’s possible if I break it down into teeny-tiny-ensy-weensy-wittle-baby steps.
I’m surrounding myself with more positive people. Only letting positive people into your circle makes collaborating with one another easier and also enables everyone to achieve more than when there’s a succubus around.
We are all powerful and I believe if we can get better at following our own rules and living up to the standards we’ve set for ourselves then we’ll meet those standards!
Professional athletes focus on getting a little better each day. I don’t know about you but daily improvement definitely sounds good to me. No wonder we look up to athletes. Although, in my experience, getting a little better each day is only possible if you're actually already operating at your best, i.e. in a peak state.
First, if you’re not operating at your best then you may have to go through a ton of shit or what I like to call preparation or the anticipatory set before you’re able to get to “be at your best”. Next, you must figure out where you’re trying to go. Then you’ll develop a routine to do achieve your goal. Make sure that routine is designed to develop healthy habits that reap the most benefits. We want the biggest benefits so dream big and plan big! Once that routine becomes easy AF then you can truly begin really getting better. OH SNAP!!! After that tweak your routine, adding and incorporating little things designed to bring better results.
Now routines and schedules are two different things. You don’t need a set schedule where you do yoga at 6 am followed by diarrhea at 7… No, you just a series of good routines. A routine is a set of actions you do in a specific order, it’s not time specific, it’s just a sequence of activities. Remember your routine should be designed to support your overall goals and your beneficial habits can simply be a series of routines that you jump into whenever you have the time to. Your routine could look like this; workout, meditate, diarrhea, stretch, writing session, protein shake. Now go get after it.
Where are you trying to go? How will get you there? Are you lost or confused?
First, emotional intelligence is so important that you can’t be successful without it. Okay, here comes the cold water.
Stop doing stupid shit that’s not getting you anywhere fuckface. You can’t bitch about how difficult it is to actually stop being an idiot… If you’re really committed to your achieving your dreams then why are you complaining asshole? If you don’t keep yourself in control of your emotions at some point you're going to crash and everything is going splat!
Understand me here, no one gives a fuck how difficult following your dreams is for you. Whining about that is chump shit. If you’re pursuing your dreams you’re kind of a 1%er (not really, but you get it). Seriously, who gets to do that? There are two types of people who pursue their dreams... The gifted, and the cray. (That’s why so many successful famous people are cray) *Brain explosion* If you're bad at handling your emotions, feelings, and thoughts then tons of things will throw you off your game.
Remember, you go down that path you’ve got to do the right things, and you have to keep your foot on the gas pedal, or at least cruise control.. Shiet, I wrote this to get where I’m trying to go! Alright let’s go kick our former weaker selves in they crotch. Kill your former self and phoenix as the newer bigger stronger faster (blacker?) version of yourself.
When you make being your best a priority you have a far different life from your current life. I believe I can reach my goal of being a professional comedian. From now on I’m doing everything I can to make myself a better comedian.
I strive for excellence in writing, and performance. I practice telling new jokes hundreds of times so they’re as sharp as daggers before I ever even say them onstage. Everyday I review my set listening, taking notes on where I can improve it, and then punching it up so it’s as funny as possible.
I want my comedy to be the best it can be because my priority is being the best comic I can be. Telling the best jokes I can is all about writing the best jokes I can. I work tirelessly to make every joke the best it can be. I focus on arranging my jokes in an order that makes everyone laugh hard as fuck.
During my performances I want people happy and excited so I watch a my act looking for places where I can do more characters, act outs, sound effects, physicality, and creative stuff. When I’m loose, relaxed, and I’m in the pocket I’m as funny as I can be. That is why I am so focused on my process because that will allow for me to be more improvisational onstage. When I’m playing with pauses and timing that’s when I’m at my best. Lately, I’ve been doing weirder stuff and it’s really fun and I can’t wait to see where that takes me. Stay tuned.
I write a lot… Seriously. Well, I spend a lot of time on the computer. I dunno how much time I’m actually writing but I am a writing fool!
Writing 1000 words first thing in the morning isn't the easiest thing to do. But considering all the benefits it's definitely worth the effort.
Journaling first thing in the morning really helps me get clarity. It helps lighten your mental and spiritual load. Basically journaling helps you live your best life. Journaling allows for some solid self-exploration without spending much money! I love to do a stream of consciousness brain dump daily to get everything out of my head. If you think I’m exaggerating then try writing everyday for a month and see the results for yourself… I’m think you’d be surprised. #writerslife
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From time to time I ask myself, why I am doing this? For Self-actualization… I think?
I perform, do blogs, vlogs, and social media along with staying in shape and I wondered, why?
Short answer, because I’ve dedicated myself to becoming a professional writer and comedian, and I love it! Yeah, I make daily blog posts to drive more traffic to my website. Sure, I stay in shape so people will think I’m attractive and I’ll look and feel better. Also, because I relish the feeling of knowing that when it comes to being the best I can be, that I try. Honestly, when I’m doing my thing I feel like a success, and even though I’m not a success yet, I feel like I’m going to become one eventually. I think that feeling is because those actions put me on the path of self-actualization.
I, like everyone, want to be self actualized and yet for so many of us it is merely a dream. Recently, I heard that you can not be self-actualized without being free from addictions. Hmm? That’s crazy considering the average American has at least half a dozen addictions at all times, from soft phone addictions to hard drug addictions. Is that why so many of us are so unsatisfied? Are we all just a bunch of addicts that’ll never reach our goals because we can’t stop looking at social media? If this is true, then what else is true?
Before I thought, “Bottom line is, if I put in the hard work to make my set, and my life, the best it can be I’m going to achieve things and be happy with my life.” But apparently that’s not entirely true…
I thought, “I’ll just get my act to where it’s razor sharp and then positive things will start happening in my life.“ Apparently, also not true. Now my ideas, plans and feeling about things are always changing and I’m constantly developing my approach to life, and the world, but after hearing that you can’t self-actualize while having addictions I was blown away… SMH, WTF? Is that really true?
I thought #MonkModeMay was one thing but now I see it’s even more. Monk mode May is an opportunity to kick addictions and put yourself in line and vibrating at the frequency of your destiny.
I am looking to make my life better and that’s what MonkModeMay is all about. I’m trying to make it the best month of my life. I’m doing it by committing to cutting out all of my negative behaviors from drinking alcohol, to PMO, to excess sugar, to staying up late, to smoking too much weed, to spending too much time on my phone.
This post is about keeping your environment clean.
Nobody likes a difficult day but sometimes emotionally tough days are unavoidable. However coming home to a messy place is avoidable. Having a clean place makes handling all the stresses of everyday life waaay easier. Now cleaning is definitely something I don't like doing all the time so I tend to put it off. Then I realized if everyday I focused time on cleaning I’d actually have less daily cleaning to do and more time overall… JACKPOT! From a psychological standpoint maintaining a clean environment does wonders. Weird but very true.
To become a really successful person you must make yourself make the necessary positive changes in your life. You must push yourself. I try to clean at a designated time everyday so that it becomes a habit.
Cleaning regularly also helps you let go of attachments actually making you much happier long term. If you’re always cleaning then you’re always examining things and gauging whether or not something is clutter or actually necessary. So, you invariably get more organized, focused, and develop a feeling of lightness and internal preparedness.
You already know if you transmute all your energy in any direction you’ll get much greater benefits than if you continue using your skills and abilities the way you've been using them. Don’t get me wrong, cleaning first thing in the morning everyday isn't something I like to do but the effort is definitely worth all the benefits you’ll get from doing it. Yes, the juice is worth the squeeze. It’s part of being the best person you can be. It’s getting out of your own way. If you don’t wake up and start making things happen life will just be the same thing you’ve always had and who wants that? So,let’s get, So Fresh and So Clean Clean!
Well, I’m back to blogging again which is good. Hooray! Now, what shall I do with this momentum? To blog regularly usually I have to challenge myself and dangle some reward in front of my future self like a proverbial carrot. Anway this time is no different except this will be the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced… Yes, read on young padawan.
Wouldn’t it be cool if having your dream life was easy? Well, it’s not so quit your daydreaming!
Taking your life to the next level requires a plan. And my plan is a one month personal development program. I’m calling it Monk Mode May. There aren’t any clearly defined parameters other than it’s “One Month of Selfless Self-Improvement”. Basically It’s all about cutting all the BS out of your life. No excuses. Considering I won't be able to engage in many of my self-defeating behaviours for awhile it oughta be very helpful… Honestly, I think it'll be a great experience.
See, April was a good month for me and I want to build on that momentum. I didn’t eat as much fast food, or junk food, and a ran more too but when I realized one beer can make me feel like shit when I wake up. I said “F” that I’ve gotta make some changes. Jesus, that's incredible that one beer can make me feel so bad when I wake up in the morning... It's like I have no ability to handle booze!
Also, I did No Nut November awhile back in 2018, and it’s completely changed my relationship to porn and semen in general (but that’s another post) and I’ve had more nofap days this April, and in 2019 than I did in all of 2018. I’ve written and spoke about nofap before on my youtube channel and I can’t overstate how helpful doing nofap is. It helps me build motivation and productivity. There is an energy that you build up when you don't PMO and when you build up that energy what happens is you become stronger, better, more pure.
I really like how I feel when I'm on nofap. I actually like who I am more when I'm on nofap. I’m going to focus on completing Monk Mode May, one day at a time, and I'll see where I’m at after that. I just really look forward to all the different changes that I’m going to experience this month.
You must develop your own version of Monk Mode May, but here’s my own personal plan
NOFAP, i.e. No PMO
Keto, No fast food, no candy, no alcohol
Daily exercise, meditation, and yoga
No excess television
Daily reading, writing, and planning sessions
Wake up no later than 6 am, everyday
Complete 31 entries on my website (one for each day of the month)
Good luck, and I’ll see you at the top!
I’m blessed to be performing in my old college town of Richmond, VA this Saturday night, thanks Mike!
Come watch me punch a whole in the time space continuum while making everyone laugh like a bunch of hyenas about to eat a bunch of silly geese. Hang out with me after the gig and enjoy basking in the radiant energy which is my aura. After the show feel free to chat with me about Ancient Alien theory or MMA or anything in between, because I’m that cool.
Hope to see you this Saturday and if I don’t just know that I’ll be very disappointed in you. knuckles