Conquering Change, or Fear…Same thing?

I have made a decision in the last couple of days to do something…. Try a cleanse. I have heard horror stories about different types of cleanses and how you can’t eat during them, so I have gotten turned off by them. But with my recent hobby of working out and eating clean, the programs I work out with (Team Beach Body) use what is called a Shakeology Cleanse. This one is not as dramatic at certain cleanses out there, so I only have to slightly change my diet by substituting some Shakeology smoothies for different meal. I decided to give this cleanse a shot and change! But wait, am I conquering change in my lifestyle or am I conquering fear? Or are they the same??

I have decided they are the same thing! People are frightened by their fears, and people are frightened by change. Both words are intimidating to use, but change seems to be taken in a less harsh way. In my opinion, not knowing what would have happened is boring and uneventful. Always trying something new and going past that line of fear (or change) opens your eyes to a completely new world!

Being Organized

I don’t know about everyone else, but when I have more activities on my plate I seem to be more organized because I am forced to always be thinking. A lot of people cannot handle multiple situations at once, leading to stress and frustration, which then leads to unorganization. In my opinion, these people become stressed and frustrated because they do not take the time to sit down and think all the situations through. These people like to play their life day by day, not having any sort of plan. I’m not saying everyone should have a weekly planner, I’m saying everyone should atleast know what the next day or couple of days hold. This will decrease the chance of surprise and unorganization.

I absolutely love knowing what the next couple of days are going to be like. Whether it is the weather, which exercises I have planned, or what I am bringing to work for lunch. Having these mentally in my head or even written down reduced my worry and stress, contributing to my very ogranized life.

Appreciation

I know I like feeling appreciated, but unfortunately society seems to have gotten out of the trend of appreciating the good people do. Ever heard the saying, “you do not appreciate something until it is lost?” Well, I have seen many different scenarios where people around me continue to use and use people without appreciating them. Eventually, the generous people will get sick and tired of not being appreciated and stop their generousity. The users all of a sudden realize they have lost something which could have easily been kept if they only appreciated the giver.

These appreciative actions can include a simple “thank you” or “I really appreciate it.” A simple sentence which takes maybe 1-3 seconds to say makes a person feel appreciated. But I receive more silence from the users than I receive a simple “thank you.” So what do I do? I stop being generous and lose relationships over something so simple. Society has gotten so ignorant and selfish and this is a huge problem. Let’s change the society. Having even one more person a day be selfless and thoughtful will be the beginning of a better world.

Motivation – Keep Going

From my workout this morning, the trainer said, “You could always be a little bit stronger, and a little bit leaner.” This motivation stuck in my head all morning so I decided to share my thoughts.

A person can always continue to improve and progress, no matter what the situation is. Whether a person is looking to improve in a class, improve in behavior, or improve in exercising. Ironically enough, one of my professors asked what I thought about my performance in class so far. I explained, “I always strive to do better. When I reach my goal of completing a task, I automatically create another goal to achieve.” There is never an end to achieving something. A person can always get a higher grade on a test. A person can always be a little bit nicer. A person can always run a little bit farther or faster. I always give myself a “temporary” goal to reach. For example, when I do my workouts, I always strive to finish more of a circuit than I prevously have. When I do that, I strive to finish another part of the circuit more than I previously have. This is a never ending cycle because there is always something to improve in a situation.

Treat People How You Want to Be Treated

Going back to a couple weeks ago with the topics related to how we learned the most important things when we were younger. The one thing I believe was absolute most important and is not followed through the most today is treating people how you want to be treated. There is so much disrespect in the world today, but these people get mad when they received disrespect. Now doesn’t that follow the rule though? If you disrespect someone, they will disrespect you back? If you want to be treated nicely, you need to treat people nicely first.

Reviews, Helpful or Hurtful?

When trying to decide which fitness DVD will due the most justice… what do we turn to? REVIEWS! Reviews are the basis of our buying decisions. However, are reviews becoming overrated? Some people would agree and say that reviews are fixed. I am going to disagree. With the technology today and the lovely internet, you can find the answer to just about anything. Most likely then not, and depending on your experience with ready reviews, you can figure out which ones are fixed if any. Staying with my example of fitness DVDs, today most programs have their own websites where they advertise and sell the DVDs. When selecting on a program, there are personal reviews from the users. I found that these reviews are extremely helpful and true.

In some cases however, if a product is new and there are many reviews on it already, then those reviews would be a bit fishy to me. Unfortunately, some companies do fix reviews to receive more sales and this is wrong. If you sense the review is fixed, I suggest not buying the product because if the company had to put in their own review, the product most likely is not good quality.

Fast Paced Environment

I am sure this is hard to miss nowadays, but it is crazy how fast paced the world has become is continuing to be. The world is always changing and it is hard to keep up with it. The best example that most people can relate to is clothes shopping. The styles are changing every single season, so last summer style is completely different to the upcoming summer style. I have been noticing that not many stores are selling “last seasons” clothes anymore. Once the seasons change, so does their stock of clothes.

Technology is also a great example. Phone releases used to be more spread out more than they are today. New phones are being developed so rapaidly that by the time one person buys a product, a new version of that product is going to be released shortly.

I am afraid that this fast-paced world is going to become so fast paced that it will be almost impossible to keep up.

February 26 – Challenges Become Opportunities

People face so many different challenges every day. Whether the challenge is a passing a test or quiz, a vehicle not starting, or trying to finish a work project before the deadline. I believe challenges are not a bad thing. Challenges make people stronger and provide different opportunities.
I will use the example of working out. I am currently on day 52 of the 60 day Insanity Challenge with Team BeachBody. I received Insanity as a Christmas gift, so what other holiday is around Christmas? New Years which means New Year Resolutions. So entering the new year starting a full time job, being a full time student, and starting the Insanity program seemed to be a great challenge. I would have to wake up early, workout, get ready for work, go to work, go to school at night, and then go to bed. Talk about a life! But I did not look at it like that. I looked at my situation as a life builder. I find the more activities I have going on in my life the more organized I tend to be and the less lazy I am. This challenge has given be the opportunity to have a better lifestyle and to look at life differently.

February 19, 2013 – Self-Reliance and Individualism

Do you have a sense of imagination? Have you noticed a change in your creativity from the time you were little to now? What has changed? As a person grows older, they face more experiences and become accustomed to his or her own beliefs, norms, and values. A child has no worries in the world. Their biggest challenge is what color to make the school in their project. As people grow, more worries and challenges exist. These worries and challenges make a person create patterns and precautions to take every day. Imagination and creativity diminish as the years go on because adults are focusing on different, more involved problems in the “real world,” not allowing any room for an open-mind or creativity. Robert Fulghum provides the best example of how imagination decreases as he grew older. In “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten” Fulghum states, “Each spring, for many years, I have set myself the task of writing a personal statement of belief: a Credo. When I was younger, the statement ran for many pages, trying to cover every base, with no loose ends. The Credo has grown shorter in recent years – sometimes cynical, sometimes comical, and sometimes bland.” Fulghum had a large amount of imagination when he was a child which allowed him to go on and on in his Credos. But as he grew older, his imagination decreased, taking away his very detailed Credos. Going through experiences as we grow fills our minds with meaningless information. Our minds become more and more complex, taking the creativity and imagination completely away. Some people go through a repetitive routine every single day and follow other people’s directions, not thinking for their selves. Without the creativity to create our own ideas and opinions, people become robots. Ralph Waldo Emerson discusses individualism in his essay “Self-Reliance.” Emerson states, “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of event. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.” Emerson mentions childlike which relates to having creativity and imagination, and how even grown men should act “childlike” and be independent, not worrying about being like other people, following like a robot.

February 5th, Super Bowl

The big game was this past Sunday at 6:30 PM. I was cheering for the Ravens because the inspirational Michael Oher, from the famous movie “The Blind Side,” plays for that team. For those who watched the game, we all experienced the power outage in the third quarter which delayed the game by over half an hour. When the power was restored and the game started again, the 49ers almost won the game. In my opinion, the power outage had a huge impact on this game. If it did not happen, I do not believe the 49ers would have scored as many points as they did. As my first blog post, I am going to analyze how the power outage during the Super Bowl 2013 impacted each team.

The power outage was definatelty an advantage for the 49ers. This gave the 49ers a chance to regroup, talk strategy and rest. Obviously this is exactly what the team did because they entered the game and almost ended up winning the Super Bowl. As for the Ravens, they were winning the game when the crisis happened. Since they were in the lead, they focused on staying loose and focused during the power outage. The Ravens should have focused more on how they could improve as well to keep the lead. The power outage seemed to be more of a disadvantage for the Ravens because their opponent received a chance to recoupe and come out strong once the game started again. In my opinion, the power outage played a huge impact on the score of the game, and could have changed the outcome completely. I believe that if the power outage did not happen, the game would have been completely different.