Lifestyle

How to stay fit for life

Recently I had my 30th birthday, turning 30 was once something I was worried about. I worried as I had so much I wanted to get done before age crept in and was always conscious of getting the most out of life. As I got older I added more and more things into my life, which meant I had less and less time for working out.

During my teens and early twenties I was obsessed with training and building muscle. In my early twenties, with a marriage, kids, and a business to run my ability to stay as focused and as committed to training started to waver.

When I was younger I used to brush off the excuses my older clientele would feed me as to why they couldn’t commit to their health and fitness due to their ‘responsibilities’. I swore I’d never let those excuses affect me. Sure enough as more and more responsibilities I had laid on myself the more the excuses started to surface.

Thankfully, I value my health too much to have let slide for too long. After a brief stint of being unhappy in my own skin and having to upgrade to a 34 size pant up from a loose 32, I decided to put together a plan that would get me back into my former 20 year old body without killing myself in the gym with unrealistic training and eating routines. A plan that would see me stay fit for life.

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Ferrari Ownership for just $22 a day

At the age of 26 I purchased my very own Ferrari. I had owned it for 20 months, travelled 5000 kilometres, shared the Ferrari ownership experience with over 30 people and have now moved on and sold it.  The Ferrari ownership experience only cost me $22 a day. How you ask? Well let’s find out!

I was able to purchase my Ferrari for a very reasonable price considering its condition. This was due to the rapport I had developed with the previous owner, understanding the market, the inherent difficulty in selling a Ferrari and my (wife’s) negotiation skills.

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How to manage fear and worry

“The fears we don’t face become our limits” – Robin Sharma 

Fear is a powerful motivator and it can be a powerful detractor. Learning how to manage fear and worry is paramount to developing a champion’s mindset.

In this post I would like to share with you, 3 practical ways you can help manage fear and worry in your life.

Write down your fears, worry and problems

By writing down your fears and worries you will have an awareness of the massive amount of brain space these worries and fears are taking up each day. With more awareness you will be able to make better choices to alleviate the worry and fear that can consume your focus and energy. Bruce Lee would write down his problems on a piece of paper, scrunch it up and burn it!

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Simplicity

One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.

–Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was not only a master at martial arts and an actor, he was a philosopher and a believer in constant never ending personal development and self discovery.

He followed a non rigorous structure in his life and his martial arts going against the grain of traditionalist martial arts styles and threw away the rule book. He chose to be like water to be in a constant state of flow, as water is able to adapt and form into its surroundings. This philosophy allowed him the freedom to be flexible and adaptable to any situation.

 

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Daily Gratitude

At a recent breakfast I attended with Tim Ferriss author of The 4 Hour Work Week, he spoke of his morning ritual, one of the key rituals he does every day is write down 3 things he is grateful for each morning. This gave me a kick up the bum as it used to be one of my morning rituals too.

Documenting my daily gratitude was introduced to me by my first mentor and it was something I had done every morning for 4 straight years. Then I kind of forgot about them. It’s not that I was un grateful, but I was missing out on taking the time out to reflect and express gratitude daily. From listening to Tim it reminded me of the importance of taking a small amount of time each day to record what it is I have to be grateful for each day.

For example today I was grateful for:

My two children who slept the whole night unbroken (parents will understand this simple joy)
My morning coffee (it was sensational)
The delayed onset muscular soreness from “Leg Day” indicative of a great workout the day before

These simple gratitudes set me up for a positive day, by focussing on what I should be thankful for, before the day, environment and influences get me thinking about what I don’t have in my life.

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Should you meet your heroes? The Ferrari F355

Since I was 10 I always wanted a red Ferrari. And at the age of 17 with increased clarity the goal was to one day own an F355 6 speed manual.

The design of the F355 is automotive art to me, and has a timeless shape. To this day the F355 is also one of the best sounding cars on the planet with an F1 sounding howl unlike any other.

The F355 was the first Ferrari I had ever been driven in at the age of 16 and I still remember it like it was yesterday. Since that first drive the F355 was just a dream that one day I too would own one.

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By |November 11th, 2013|Lifestyle|2 Comments

Creating a rock week

A rock week is your ideal week scheduled into a 7 day diary. It should include all the things that make you happy, keep you fit, nurture relationships, improve your lifestyle, enhance career satisfaction and prospects.

 

There is an old saying: “What gets scheduled gets done.”

 

Putting together a rock week is a commitment to yourself and to others of time allocated to particular tasks and duties that will enhance your life in both the short and long term.

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3 ways to avoid falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others

We all do it and we all have done it, comparing ourselves to others that is. Isn’t it funny how we always seem to compare ourselves with those who we perceive as having or achieving more, whether it be talent, status, money, power or material items. A sure fire way to be unhappy is to compare yourselves with others. It is a false benchmark of your own success and development.

The goal of beating your personal best should be your focus and desire. Realising your potential is your journey and responsibility.

If you fall into the habit of continually comparing yourself to others, you will ensure that you are perpetually unhappy and unsatisfied, no matter how much you achieve.

Here are 3 ways to avoid falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others:

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One year with a Ferrari

12 months ago I realised my childhood dream of owning my very own Ferrari. This post is to document the joy of ownership, Ferrari experience and to find out if the dream lived up to expectations.

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Implementing a 4 hour work week

Following up from my post on Living a 4 hour work week, as promised here are the first steps I took to gain the momentum of streamlined time, with the goal of subtracting ‘work’, and adding life.

Before we begin, let me add that if you are currently working and counting the minutes till home time, or surfing the net all day trying to look busy then implementing a 4 hour work week probably won’t make you any happier.

I reached a 4 hour work week level and wanted to give it back. The goal is not to be sitting idle. It is to reduce what is not important, easily outsourced or a total waste of time and adding what makes you shine, spending more time on your strengths in and around your working life. If work to you is anything but fun and challenging (most of the time) then your probably going to hate it, even if you only do 4 hours of it a week!

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