7 Signs Your Transformation Will Fail Nobody likes the F-word. No, not that F-word. Everybody likes that one. I'm talking about... failing. On average, more than half of the people who express New Year's fitness goals end up as statistics, not success stories. That's a huge problem that hits close to home for us here at Bodybuilding.com. Your fitness fantasy is too vivid As someone who spends a good chunk of my day reading transformation stories and looking at before-and-after photos, I know how totally inspirational other people's successes can be. A powerful story like this one pretty much inevitably gives you a tingle in your muscles. Slow your roll, bro. While this spark of go-getting is awesome, the trouble starts when you begin weaving together a fantasy of your perfect workouts, perfect meals, perfect discipline, and your seemingly inevitable march toward fitness glory. Instead of spending all day in your head thinking about where you'll end up, spend more of your time mulling the major obstacles standing in your way.
12 Ways To Make Talking To Strangers Less Awkward post written by: Marc Chernoff Email Let’s face it, fewer moments are more awkward than trying to strike up a casual conversation with someone you don’t know very well. Here are some quick tips to lighten up the situation: Talk about who you know and what you have in common. As long as you avoid anything personal, political, or controversial – at least during first encounters – and know which questions to ask, you’ll be talking the talk of certified socialite. , for a great read on this topic. Photo by: Sharkbait If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)...
Complaining is Only a Symptom — Experiment No. 5 Results Done. My campaign to go 21 consecutive days without complaining or gossiping is finally over, and what I discovered surprised me. To recap, the experiment was to cease complaining or gossiping for twenty-one straight days, as long as that took. If I complained, I started the count again from zero. The idea was inspired by the book A Complaint Free World, by Will Bowen. The original post is here. I cruised through the first week complaint-free, then cracked on my eighth day. It took a total of 55 days. In the book Bowen says it takes most people about six months before they can string together 21 consecutive days. Why I did it The main goal was to completely kill the impulse to complain. The secondary goal was to see how well the bracelet technique works. What I learned Most of my discoveries were quite unexpected. Five days in I recognized that complaining can actually be a lot more subtle than plainly saying, “This sucks.” I never would have believed that before. Inner vs. The Verdict
Top 10 things you didn’t know about Tarantino films - 7mate - Channel 7 Anyone who’s ever seen a movie by boy-wonder Quentin Tarantino knows that the director has a very unique – often copied but never matched – style. The quirky dialogues, the many pop-culture references, the winks and nods to other films and directors, the stylised violence, and the feet... Tarantino flicks are a hoot, no doubt about it. And because we’re sure you’re looking for an excuse to watch them all over again, here are the top 10 things you didn’t know about Tarantino films. Red Apple cigarettes For Quentin Tarantino, there is only one brand of cigarettes worth smoking: Red Apple. Female feet fetish Tarantino loves female feet. Captain America All the girls in Kill Bill's Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are named after snakes and members of the Marvel Comics fictional organisation The Serpent Society – sworn enemies of Captain America. Trunk with a view One of Tarantino’s trademarks is the trunk shot: filming the action with the camera positioned inside the open trunk of a car.
Books that changed my life These are books I think are outstanding. I’ve limited this list to books that precipitated a personal breakthrough in my life. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff – Richard Carlson If this book was never written, the blog you’re reading wouldn’t exist, and I don’t even want to think about what shape my life would be in. When I discovered it I was a college-age mess, and this simple little book taught me life’s supreme lesson — that the quality of my experience depends on how I interact with it and not what happens to me. After writing about this same approach for five years (and reading about it for fifteen) it’s such a basic notion to me now, but at the time it changed everything about my world. The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle Living in the present is a cliche that everyone knows, but I think relatively few people actually comprehend the totality of the present moment — it really is all there is, and The Power of Now gets this point across without any mysticism. A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle Tea
25 Killer Actions to Boost Your Self-Confidence Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – E.E. Cummings By Leo Babauta One of the things that held me back from pursuing my dreams for many years was fear of failure … and the lack of self-confidence that I needed to overcome that fear. It’s something we all face, to some degree, I think. By working on your self-confidence and self-esteem. I still have those fears, undoubtedly. This post was inspired by reader Nick from Finland, who asked for an article about self-worth and self-confidence: Many of the things you propose make people feel better about themselves and actually help building self-confidence. Truer words have never been spoken. As an aside, I know that some people make a strong distinction between self-esteem and self-confidence. Taking control of your self-confidence If you are low in self-confidence, is it possible to do things that will change that? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
How to Build Self-Discipline Discipline is freedom. You may disagree with this statement, and if you do you are certainly not alone. For many people discipline is a dirty word that is equated with the absence of freedom. In fact the opposite is true. As Stephen R. Covey once wrote, “the undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions”. Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. Work on an idea or project after the initial rush of enthusiasm has faded awayGo to the gym when all you want to do is lie on the couch and watch TVWake early to work on yourselfSay “no” when tempted to break your dietOnly check your email a few of times per day at particular times In the past self-discipline has been a weakness of mine, and as a result today I find myself lacking the ability to do a number of things which I would like – e.g. to play the guitar. If you struggle with self-discipline, the good news is that it can be developed. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
10 Tips For Waking Up Early and Refreshed | Practical Manliness Looks like you're new here! Join our manly community by subscribing via RSS or email. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”- Benjamin Franklin As Benjamin Franklin wisely and wittily noted, our sleep habits have a large effect on our health, wealth, and wisdom. Although most people today would probably agree with Franklin, many also struggle, or used to struggle, to maintain a good sleep schedule. To wake up on time and ready for the new day, consider applying these ten tips to your own life. #1 Exercise Regularly Not only is exercise an important activity because of the strength and discipline it imparts, but it is also very useful in helping you sleep well. Exercising the day before you sleep will help you… fall asleep more quickly. sleep more soundly.wake up more refreshed. Exercising when you wake up will help you… be more alert. feel less inclined to crawl back into bed. start your day with an early accomplishment. #2 Avoid Caffeine #3 Eat Healthfully
11 Stephen Hawking Quotes for His 71st Birthday When Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21, doctors thought he'd only survive a few more years. But the theoretical physicist defied the odds: Hawking turns 71 today. Here are 11 quotes from the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time. 1. "At school, I was never more than about halfway up the class. From the lecture "My Brief History," 2010. 2. "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans. From Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, 2010. 3. “I wouldn’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.” From a lecture at Arizona State University, April 2011. 4. "If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault, but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you. From "Handicapped People and Science," Science Digest 92, No. 9, September 1984. 5. To the New York Times, May 2011. 6. 7. 8. 9.