How to Have a Blast Diving Head-First Into the Mosh Pit of Life

mosh-w800-h600Your own mind is out to get you. It’s constantly throwing sucker-punches at you, harassing you, and just downright fucking with you.

Comforting ain’t it?

Whatever you do don’t believe its stories of doom and gloom, its endless shenanigans trying to distract you from your path, and its constant doubts about just how awesome you truly are.

Don’t get caught up in the never-ending comparisons of how you’re better than this guy over here, but not as good as that dude over there.

Don’t listen to the self-criticism and incessant mental fuckery no matter how loud they’re screaming at ya.

But don’t tell yourself that you’re wise either, when there is still so much to learn. Life has a way of showing you just how little you know.

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How to Kick as Much Ass as Possible and Have the Time of Your Life Kicking It

0DD7BD0D-3612-449A-AB6F-0C6DECC755EB-w800-h600Man was not meant to waste away in a cubicle, or on a couch in front of a box.

We were not meant to worship people on movie screens, in magazines, those who have it all, or anyone at all.

We were not meant to dwell on the thoughts of others who themselves are dwelling on the thoughts of others, seeking validation from those who seek validation.

We were not meant to quietly tiptoe around on the surface, safe from the judgments of others, careful not to be ridiculed or rejected, cautiously avoiding failure at all costs.

We were not meant to worry about the things that simply do not matter, or even the things that matter the most.

We were not meant to worry at all.

We were not meant to buy into the fables in our head that tell us that we can’t, we shouldn’t, and we better not… or else.

Or else fucking what?

Or else we might [Read more…]

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Change This One Thing and Have a More Badass and Fulfilling Existence

Change4-w800-h600What’s one thing you can change in your life today that will set you on a path to a more badass and fulfilling existence?

There may be a whole bunch of things you wanna change… but what’s the one thing that will have the biggest impact that you can change now?

What’s the one thing that will make it easier to change some of the other things?

For example, if you’d like to save more money, but have a gnarly heroin addiction, then you might wanna address the heroin thing first, since it will make saving money a whole lot easier. Active heroin addicts are known for their bad spending habits and poor money management skills. And I ain’t just making this shit up—it’s fucking science!

Kicking a heavy opioid and benzo addiction is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. And when I quit, I had to change how I did just about everything… literally everything. But when you’re fresh off drugs that kill pain and anxiety, EVERYTHING hurts and everything is scary; even just making a piece of toast can be an adventure in [Read more…]

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True Confessions of My Double Life

A78C7E7F-D636-490F-8005-3FB9B190CF93-w800-h600I’ll just come right out and say it. I’ve been leading a double life.

One is the life of Chris…

It’s a life of goals, dreams, drama, money, position, status, comparison, possessions, people, appearance, to-do lists, accomplishments, paychecks, bills, taxes, lawyers, heartaches, conquests, let-downs, judgments, expectations, handshakes, stress, smiles, frills, frowns, flaws, fun and the occasional flat tire…

It’s a life of more… more more more and gimme some fucking more.

Better than you. Worse than you. What you have. What I don’t. What I want and how I’m gonna get it.

It’s a life both wonderful and tragic.

There are times in this life when everything just seems to go my way without even the slightest bit of effort… where everything is mine for the taking and the taking is EASY.

Ahhh… gotta love the good times.

HOWEVER… [Read more…]

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How to Immediately Get Rid of ALL Your Problems

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Artwork by Joshua Coffy

Discover the Place Where Problems Go to Die…

You have problems. A lot of them. And if you don’t right now, you will soon.

That’s life. One damn problem after another.

They’re built into the mechanism.

Life’s default setting is chaos, disorder, and problems.

And it’s all by design.

But there’s beauty in the problems. There are gifts in there if you just look.

Your problems help you learn.

They help you grow.

They can help you evolve through your fears.

They give you a chance turn to something greater. And to turn into something greater.

And they can help you to discover the one place where problems don’t exist.

Right [Read more…]

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79 Reasons NOT to Workout Today

1161EA97-D3F8-4DEC-B04F-6B416FAC643D-w800-h600Here’s 79 reasons you definitely don’t wanna workout today…

1. Your dog ate your gym shoes

2. You don’t get good cell reception at the gym

3. American Idol, Honey Boo Boo, those Duck guys or some other lame show is on

4. You’re waiting for your workout partner. He hasn’t been returning your calls though—since 2010

5. You like the whole concept of weakness

6. You can’t find any cool workout outfits that fit you right

7. You like getting injured bending over picking up groceries

8. You’re visualizing your ideal body and the Law of Attraction is doing all the work for you

9. Workout? Sheeeet… I just pack my glock nigga!

10. Your headphones broke and you can’t stand the shitty music they play at the gym

11. You don’t wanna do steroids… all those guys who workout do steroids

12. You wanna do steroids… you just don’t [Read more…]

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How To Reinvent Yourself in One Second Flat

E0F6CD69-C338-4CA3-B30B-BEEE380F5740-w800-h600Every moment is a brand new chance to reinvent yourself.

To redefine who you are.

Right now, you get a do-over. And you can do it over anyway you want to.

Our do-over button comes factory installed. And it’s always available to us. Especially when life isn’t going our way.

We can drop the things, thoughts, attitudes, people and beliefs that don’t serve our purpose.

We can change the rules of the game, or even the fucking game itself.

We can change the direction we’re headed, the people we walk with, and the tunes we jam along the way. (Gotta have some good tunes)

We can see life—and everything in it—from an entirely new angle. One full of possibilities.

Where before we only saw a wall, now we can see for miles.

If there’s something we wanna change all we need to do is take new actions… even if they scare us… even if they hurt.

That fear and pain is the kiln through which we’re forged into something greater.

Willingness to [Read more…]

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How to Kick Back While Kickin’ Ass

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My heart raced. I could feel my chest tighten, my muscles tense up, and nerves vibrate throughout my entire body like an engine running on overdrive.

I had a huge list of shit to do sitting just to my left. Some of it I wanted to do. Some of it was nothing more than a pain in the ass but it had to get done. And some it was stuff that I needed to knock out to reach my goals.

7801007C-7892-4EE1-85B3-C903B06C5ADC-w800-h600I couldn’t wait to get it all done so I could just hit those fucking goals. Every obstacle that got between me and the goals agitated the shit outta me. And there were a lot of obstacles.

The urge to get to the other side of the to-dos was overwhelming.

I felt like I was racing against the clock. A clock that always seemed to be winning.

I envied my friends who were blessed with Type B personalities. I bet they wouldn’t understand the obsessive compulsive madness that consumed me. The undying need to get things done that always seemed to get the best of me. The low-grade panic attacks I brought to each task.

The need to accomplish. To get shit done. To get to the greener grass on the other side. To control.

After all, I [Read more…]

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Burn Everything But This

8F378C04-B064-4775-988F-6A05FC21743B-w800-h600Don’t give in to the minutiae of the day that tries to distract you from what matters so it can steal away your dreams.

Don’t give in and let thoughts of what could be tomorrow—or next year—deprive you of what is right now. Fight for a better tomorrow. But live in today.

Don’t give in to thoughts about how you can’t, aren’t good enough, or don’t have enough.

Don’t give in to the idea that you need to be more than you already are.

Don’t give in to the illusion that there’s something or someone out there, over there, or just beyond that can fix it all and make you happy.

Don’t give in to [Read more…]

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Why Getting Sick Was One of the Best Things That Could’ve Happened To Me

rabiesThis past few days I’ve been sick as a junk yard dog with rabies. Fortunately it’s just a bad case of the flu.

I haven’t been up to doing my normal stuff… training, working, writing, the uge.

I think lately I’ve just been a little too go go go without taking any breaks. So my body stepped up to the plate and forced me to go on a little couch vacation.

But even in the florescent neon-yellow nuclear-looking mucus that’s colonizing in my nasal passages there is good to be found.

I’ve been able to [Read more…]

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How to Stay Cool No Matter How Psychotic Your Life Is

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Unless you’ve been floating around in a cozy little bubble somewhere south of reality, your life is most likely completely fucking crazy…

… Dealing with difficult people, unwanted dramas unfolding, conflicts to resolve, shortcomings to make up for, challenges to overcome, problems to solve, and more shit to do than you have time to do it in.

Not to mention the fact that the entire world itself seems to be out of its planetary mind.

Let’s face it: life can be fucking hard—full of chaos, struggle, and uncertainty.

Here’s some things to keep you mentally cool, no matter how insane your life or the world around you may be… [Read more…]

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How The Flaw of Attraction Nearly Killed My Friend and How to REALLY Get What You Want

Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 11.17.11 PM-w800-h600 Fuck the Law of Attraction… Well, sort of.

I’m a firm believer that you get what you focus on.

I’ve seen plenty of proof in my own life, attracting both situations and things I wanted, as well as ones I didn’t want, largely through the power of thought. But rarely completely by the power of thought.

I also believe that…

The Law of Attraction—popularized by the movie “The Secret”—has caused a great deal of people to dogmatically expect something for nothing.

I’ll use the example of an old friend of mine we’ll call Dane back from my days as a personal trainer. Dane was smart, fit, good looking, charismatic, and well liked.

Back in 2003 Dane had fell on [Read more…]

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39 Strange Things About Life

MPW-63258-w800-h600Here’s 39 strange things about this paradoxical thing called life.

1. Our best solutions, creations, insights, and moments of genius rarely come from our minds. In fact, they don’t actually come from us at all. They come through us.

2. We live in the one place our minds seem to have the damndest time finding—the Here and Now. We spend the majority of our lives constantly consumed with our perception of the past and anticipating—in either a positive or negative way—an imaginary future.

3. More often than not the best things in life happen when our well-designed plans fall apart. But it’s still good to make plans.

4. The more we try to be liked and admired by others, the less they tend to like and admire us.

5. We search for anything and everything to make us a happy…be it money, a house, a car, a person, a job, a business, retirement, recognition, or a new pair of shoes…yet we rarely look to the one place it can actually be found—inside.

6. Trying to do [Read more…]

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Why You Want More Haters And How To Get Them

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8C0CCD03-A143-4EF6-92CB-19730D9EBC1BA few days ago I stumbled across a forum where about 15 people were bashing the living shit outta my writing style and my blog posts. There wasn’t a kind word among ’em.

Being a blogger, I’ve dealt with my share of critics—it comes with the job description.

But this was the first time I was aware of being the target of so much slamming, by so many people, all at once.

I felt the sting for about a minute and fifty-seven seconds, quickly remembered that having these haters is actually a good thing, made a mental note to get a blog post out of it, and went about my day.

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

Aristotle

104A01D35-5440-4F4D-B667-A575D9A42FB5There will always be [Read more…]

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15 People With Shitty Lives Who Are Happier Than You Are

homeless happyRight now there’s a guy doing life in prison who’s more free and happy than every single person you ran into today, including you, me, and the dude who’s got it all.

Right now there’s a woman with no arms and no legs enjoying her life far beyond what you or I can even fathom.

Right now there’s a homeless guy who appreciates his urine-stained piece of sidewalk more than any billionaire in the world appreciates his mansion on the hill.

Right now there’s woman who was sexually abused her entire childhood who’s making a more positive impact on people’s lives than any best-selling self-help guru who’s ever promised you that you can “have it all.”

Right now there are little children playing hide-and-go-seek in a war zone with bullets flying over their heads who are more optimistic about their future than any one of the success-driven Americans repeating feel-good affirmations of personal prosperity while staring at vision boards covered with images of perfect bodies, dream homes and private jets.

Right now there’s a guy so miserable with his Barbie-doll wife that he’s trying to find some thug he can pay to [Read more…]

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Creating The Future From Where You Burn

02C9A460-72D0-4450-839B-B75E0473ABB9This post is about creating the future you burn for. It’s about living from your heart, instead of just tiptoeing along with the status quo.

Personal evolution is a funny thing. Like…

Road Rage and the Jesus Fish Guy

Today I saw a woman with a big “Om” sign and a Namaste sticker on her car brazenly cut someone off with the vehicular swagger of a coked-out outlaw being chased by the cops.

It was even more impressive than the time the guy with a giant Jesus fish on his truck assaulted me with the middle finger of hate for doing 35 mph in a 35 mph zone. I wonder if he ever forgave me for safely driving the recommended speed limit.

I recently heard the reason people go so crazy in their cars is that [Read more…]

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An ode to the iron

ironAgitation, frustration and too much coffee
My mind is racing and thinking about all the shit I gotta do
My body is “off”
My eyes have seen too many screens
My brain has one too many batteries plugged into it
My blood is starting to simmer
I fight it, but part of me is searching for situations to find disagreeable, things to be upset about and people to be pissed off at
I need to be in a better place
Right now, I’m a fucking problem
I’ve got demons to exorcise
Fortunately there is one thing I can always rely on
It’s time to make peace with the day
I get in my truck and crank stress music fueled by angry musicians to match my mood
And I [Read more…]

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Straightforward Answers to 37 of Life’s Most Common Problems

simpleAs humans living in an ever-changing and complex world, we tend to think that everything has to be complicated.

But often times the best answers are the simple ones.

1. Need more money?

Add more value to the world.

2. Bored?

Man, life’s too short to be bored—go do something fun

3. Too many commitments?

Say “no” more often

4. Stressed out?

Meditate, exercise, do that shit you’ve been putting off; don’t take yourself so seriously; stop trying to [Read more…]

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How to Be Absolutely Fucking Unstoppable

1187296049_4ca280905eWanna do great things?

Make up your mind that NOTHING is gonna stop you.

NOTHING

No one else has a say, unless you give ’em that right.

It’s literally all up to you.

Your success or failure has nothing to do with anything else, anyone else, and anything that is not YOU.

Thinking that something or someone can stand in your way is giving away all your power and giving permission to the world to choose your destiny for you.

Stories in your head about why you can’t do it—the kids, your lack of skills and education, it’s too late, too early, you’re too young, too old, or the dog ate your homework and pissed on your good shoes—are works of pure fiction unless you choose to make them your reality.

If your reason “why” is big enough, you’ll find a way to do it.

If you’re [Read more…]

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9 Ways to Improve Your Focus in an Attention Defecit World

distracted for sureWe Are the Distracted.

Citizens of an Attention Deficit Culture.

A generation trying to do too many things at once, paying too much attention to shit that doesn’t matter, and never fully focusing on the things that are most important to us and best serve our journey.

But even in this complicated and frenzied modern-day world, by doing just a few simple things, you can flip the commotion, confusion and interferences on their ears, and focus like a fucking champ.

I actually have clinically diagnosed A.D.D. … I was one of those kids teachers would have to pry down from the ceiling fan just to get me to stay in my seat.

The remarks on my report cards were always the same: “Chris is a nice boy and has a lot of potential. But it’s like mentally he’s not even in the classroom. He seems to be constantly daydreaming—off in La-La Land”

I happen to like La-La Land… it’s where the fun stuff happens, and there was definitely nothing fun goin’ on in the classroom…

Unless it was the almighty “show and tell day” and some kid brought in a tarantula or boa constrictor or something cool that bites and scares girls. Otherwise, I couldn’t pay attention or process a thing. [Read more…]

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