Challenge Your Intelligence

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I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff :

Have you ever heard that : « If you’re smart and you’re always surrounded by idiots, you’ll always be right ».

Sincerely, there is a deep truth in it. This corresponds to this quote « If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room ». We are human beings and it’s easy to follow your ego. It’s easy to stay in an environment where we’re always right because subconsciously we want to be around people who adulate us or put us on a pedestal.

When we look around, we see people who are successful and who stay in a bubble where they’re surrounded themselves with people who will always agree with them. It’s in our human nature not to like the contradiction of what we are and the values we defend. All of this is logical, we have success, we developed values and a life approach that we tested in the field and we don’t know others ways.

It doesn’t mean that in any case it works and that doesn’t mean that there are not other ways to succeed.

A group of intelligent people

 

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When was the last time you were in a room where you felt that you weren’t the smartest person in the room and that you learned new things ?

What is interesting when yo participate in a mastermind group is that you’re surrounded by brilliant people who don’t hesitate to say when there are obvious things in you and you don’t see them. It allows you to change your point of view and forces you to face your own limiting beliefs.

Often during a mastermind group, there is a « hot seat ». A « hot seat » is when you share a specific problem and a specific question to the group. What is surprising is that we always see the same pattern that repeats itself. There is a person who shares a problem and a question and we see a lot of obvious things about the limiting beliefs of this person, how much that person has locked himself/herself into a part of the problem. From the outside, we see that there are other ways to attack the problem and we also see obvious solutions.

What’s interesting is that it seems extremely obvious for a person who is in the group to help find the solution but when you share your problem and your question, the group offers you things that you have never seen by yourself.

We all need a moment to take out our trash. We all need to share with a group what doesn’t work and what problems we have. Whenever we do that, we realize that we all have blind spots. Things that seem obvious to everyone but seem hard to see. It’s like seeing the flaws of another person but we don’t see ourselves our flaws.

Here’s an example, I’m ticklish. I can try to tickle myself, I can’t laugh but if someone else tickles me, I laugh immediately.

I can’t be at the window and see me walking in the street at the same time. So if you’re an entrepreneur and you feel isolated, break this situation. Go to events, try to meet other entrepreneurs because it will help you a lot.

You can’t know how many mistakes you make each day without realizing it. Only someone else can show you, your mistakes if you allow him/her to do so in a caring way. It’s not a matter of showing mistakes by accusing but in a kindly way to help you move forward. If you can participate in a mastermind group to be in a collective spirit of brilliant people, do it. It’s a great place to no longer be the smartest person in the room and learn new things to improve yourself.

Share this article if you think it can help someone you know. Thank you.

-Steph

Have Mentors ?

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Sometimes the simplest idea can open your mind. Once, at the end of my training, while I was eating, I was talking with a friend about problems I had. And he said a very simple thing: « When you’re in a deep water, you sink or you return to the beach ». In my head, it was « Wow », it motivated me to continue to fight to achieve my goal. And once I had achieved my goal, I’ve realized that I had become mentally stronger.

I don’t want to have more adversity in life, it’s not what I mean, but when it happens, I act. I refuse to lose, that’s my attitude, my mindset. I know that adversity is a test that will make me stronger in all domains in my life. This will give me more experience of life. My experiences make me richer inside. How I can help a person if I didn’t live his situation.

The reason I say that good things coming to me, it’s because I don’t allow negative things have results with me. I always try to use experiences to my advantage to have more wisdom, to become stronger. When I say that life is what you make it, it’s a reality for me and I often say it. Sometimes people want to take videos on their smartphones with me and ask me advice. I can’t make a 10 minutes speech, that’s why I say this sentence.

life is what you make it

There is still another thing, train your mind. You train your body, you fuel better your body to be more aesthetic, more symmetrical but you must do the same with your mind as King Solomon. Train your mind as hard as you train your body. If you don’t train it, it will become weak.

Read the King Solomon’s story, he asked to God to have wisdom, not to be rich. With wisdom, he could get all he needed and more. I’m not saying you have to be like King Solomon but he can inspire you to change your lifestyle. Life is knowledge. Anyone can memorize information, it’s knowledge. It’s not impressive to me. Understanding that knowledge and use it in life and be able to explain it in a simple way to make clear to another person, that’s what impresses me.

You really have wisdom and power when you control your mind and body to control your own life.

Sharing knowledges you have received, create opportunities that you never imagined.

Do you master what you know ?

-Steph

Change Your Goal Into A Video Game’s Boss

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You have trouble to reach your goals ? Maybe you take it a little too seriously ? I propose to you a concept more funny : Consider your goal as a video game’s Boss. That is cool !

Why a goal = a video game’s Boss ?

When you play a video game and you find yourself facing the Boss, you’re motivated, you’re excited and if you fail, you go again without hesitation learning from your mistakes. Keep this same mindset to the goals of your life.

  • For fitness do the same thing, takes it as a challenge because when you buy a video game, your challenge is to finish it.

  • Select specific dates to see your evolution. In a video games your time is always timed.

  • Give yourself a reward once you have reached your goal. In a video game there is always a great reward.

  • The Boss allows you to align your training and your nutrition like in a video game where you harmonize your dexterity and your life bar.

Do you what is great ? You learn what you really able to do.

Build a video game’s Boss in real life ?

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Yes, it’s possible and it’s simple to set up.

  • Chosen a discipline you want to learn

  • Visualize that you are the best in this discipline, be enthusiastic, feel the joy of victory, be invaded by this positive emotion because you’re going to achieve this goal.

  • Chosen reward you going to offer to you for this challenge

  • Reverse engineer your training and nutrition process to be in excellent condition for the specific date, the day you’ll be in front of the Boss.

  • Start today (Fuck excuses) !

You want public video game’s Boss ideas : Powerlifting Competition; Races (sprint, marathon, etc.); Martial Art (belt or competition); amateur boxing fight; Crossfit competition; Other competitions.

Now goes to the next level !

What’s yourBoss ?

-Steph

Be Quiet And Listen

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I want to share something with you, it’s because I have a friend who paid the price of something he did 5 years ago. Like you, I have friends who are going through bad time in their lives. This kind of thing has happened to me often and I haven’t made the right choice. When we have big problems, we don’t want to involve our friends in because everyone problems.

What make me felt super alone, you know that people will listen but they will not help you solve the problem for you, you are the only one who can solve the problem and sincerely you don’t expect other to help you solve the problem. But at the end of the day we are still human beings, we have emotions, feelings and we are sad.

Sometimes in this kind of situation, you feel the pressure to do something or you say to yourself: « No one cares about me so it’s useless for me to take care of me ». When you think like that, STOP, stop what you are doing and breathe deeply. Do right things that can improve your life, I know it’s easier said than done. But believe me, I have also been in these situations. You wonder how you can fix the problem as quickly as possible.

This is the best way to screw up your life. There is nothing wrong with doing the right things to improve your life ! I don’t care to know how long it will take to have it, I don’t care to know how the road is hard to have it because at the end of the day, I have no remorse, no regrets and I’ll be a stronger person when the problem will be resolved. That’s how you become a stronger person with taking this kind of decision.

There are people who don’t know this kind of situations, that they never fought for something, who had never made a decision that completely changes the life, that have not done things that are really annoying or did something that put them in an unstable position. God bless them, there is nothing wrong with that, good for them.

angel and evil do the right thing

There are people like me who have been through this type of situation and at a time on the path there are always two options. There is the « easy » way, risky, dangerous but you can do it, it’s possible and there are tons of things to win quickly. And the other, the « hard » way, the one where you must get up early in the morning, where you the obligation to do several things in the day. It’s boring, monotonous but it’s the real way to take because you grow up, you gaining more wisdom and you become a better person. Train yourself to stay positive and productive, especially do legal things.

Nobody know how the future will be, absolutely not and that’s really cool because everydays you create your future. It’s like a seed planted in fertile soil, you will have a beautiful plant. You plant a seed in a non-fertile soil, you have nothing, this plant wil be useless. It can help you a while but this is temporary and it can even take you away your freedom, your dignity, your self-esteem or your life.

I talked about this because I have lived it, I was in a situation where I had no one to call, I was full of friends, classmates, co-workers, people around me to go to party, buy alcohol but when a big problem happens, where are they ? Not on my side, you know what I mean. So you must invest in your life by planting seeds in fertile soil.

What I mean is that often you’ll have to make tough decisions and choose a path that is not glamorous, not parties several times in a week. But listen, it will make you someone solid, you will get what is truly yours. You’ll have a better esteem of yourself, you will not worry about anything because what you have, it’s deserved.

And that’s the beginning, it’s just creating your foundation, your genesis because you will grow and you will continue to have good things. Now in my life, I have many great opportunities but I have been failures, I’ll not lie to you, I’m not an angel. I was in dirty stories, but I learned. Sometimes someone has to tell you what you should not do and sometimes you have to learn from yourself in the hard way.

yourself do the rignt thing

It was difficult for me and it gave me more motivation to not be in this situation in the future, a situation where you can lose your freedom (prison), losing life (getting killed). This is why I have created my bubble, my fortress to protect everything I like and love, it’s a security bubble.

That is why I am a person who talks all the time to be positive, I motivates people, yes, of course I’m talking about training but there is more. Talking about fitness, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

You know yourself that after the rain, there is the sun and life is the same.

There is nothing wrong in do the right thing for your life, it’s a simple sentence, but it’s so true. Everything is bad when you do a bad thing.

Maybe there’s someone out who is doing something now, that person is confused and doesn’t know what to do. Do right things for your life, if you need help, ask for help to someone, there is always someone who can give you a good advice and a good advice can help you to make the good action that will bring you to the solution.

do the right thing

I’ve seen people do things that put them in situations that we had never imagined and when it happens, it destroy your life and it’s too late, you spend your time regretting your act.

Everything I say comes from the heart and I know you feel it. So do everything possible to do right things to improve your life and your future generations.

– Steph

Fitness History – United States (1700 – 1860) Part 8

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United States – Colonial Period (1700 – 1776)

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Trials of colonial life ensured regular physical activity, however, during this period exercise programs or fitness programs didn’t exist. United States were an undeveloped country with a large portion of unexplored land with uninhabited regions. Lifestyle during this era was for plowing the land for crops, hunting for food and herding cattle. This lifestyle provided a sufficient level of physical activity to maintain a good physical condition.

United States – National Period (1776 – 1860)

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Fitness in the United States during the national period was influenced by European cultures. Immigrants brought several aspects of their heritage in the United States, including gymnastics from Germany and Sweden. The invasion by foreign countries were a constant threat to the independence and nationalism countries. This dynamic was common in Europe but not in the United States. German and Swedish gymnastics programs have failed to achieve the same levels of popularities as in Europe.

However, the first leaders of the United States were aware of the need to exercises and fitness. Benjamin Franklin recommended regular physical activities including running, swimming and basic exercises of resistance training to have good health. President Thomas Jefferson recognized the need of fitness but perhaps in a extreme measure : « Not less than 2 hours per day should be dedicated to fitness, no matter the weather. If the body is weak, the mind will not be a strong ».

The beginnings of physical education in the United States

As for Europe, schools were an important way to spread the necessity of fitness in society through physical education programs. However in the United States, the educational process focused primarily on intellectual matters. Schools focused on teaching traditional subjects such as reading, writing and arithmetic. Physical education has remained absent from the public education system for most of the 19th century. Despite the lack of interest in fitness during this period, J.-C. Warren and Catherine Beecher have made significant contributions to the future of fitness in the United States.

Dr. J.-C. Warren, a medical professor at Harvard University was an important supporter of physical activity. Warren medical experiences have given him a clear understanding of necessity for regular exercise, his recommendations included German and Swedish gymnastic exercises. In addition, Warren began developing exercises for women. Catherine Beecher developed fitness programs specifically to meet the needs of women. Among its many different fitness program, there was a gym program done with music. Although not officially recognized by the name, Beecher’s programs of the mid 19th century are much like actual aerobics.

That’s all for today. Soon the rest of the fitness history

-Steph

Fitness History- China and India (2 500-250 BC.) (Part 2)

ancient civilisation

China

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In China, the philosophy taught by Confucius encouraging regular physical activity. It was recognized that physical inactivity was associated with certain diseases (organ dysfunction such as heart disease and diabetes) that were preventable with regular exercise. Consequently, gymnastics Cong Fu was developed to keep the body in good conditions. Cong Fu exercise program consisted of different poses and movements characterized by foot positions and imitating different animals fighting style. In addition to gymnastics Cong Fu, there were other forms of physical activities through ancient China such as archery, badminton, dancing, fencing and wrestling.

India

ancient civilisation india

In India, physical activity was discouraged because of religious beliefs of Buddhism and Hinduism who insisted on spirituality and neglect development of the body. Consequently, the importance of physical activity in society was really low. However, a similar exercise program to Chinese Cong Fu was developed and still comply with religious beliefs, it’s Yoga. The exact origins of Yoga have not yet been found. Yoga has exist for around at least 5000 years. Yoga word translation means union and refers to one of the classic systems of Hindu philosophy of bringing together all personal development of the body, mind and spirituality. Originally Yoga was developed by Hindu priests who had a lifestyle characterized by discipline and meditation. With the observation and imitation of animal movements, priests hoped to achieve the same balance with nature that animals seemed to possess. This aspect of Yoga, known as Hatha Yoga is the form with which Westerners are most familiar and is defined by a series of exercises with physical postures and breath control. Apart balance with nature, the ancient Indian philosophies recognize the beneficial health effects with a good organ function and well-being. These health benefits have also been known today to the United States with an estimated 12 million people regularly practicing yoga.

That’s all for today. Soon the rest of fitness history.

-Steph

Tai Chi

 tai chi symbol

I was talking with a friend who told me he was pretty stressed out since the beginning of the year. He made good weekend where he drinks a lot, it’s good but problems is the aftermath: stomach ache, headache and even vomit. And he asks me how I destress. Well, my first answer, sex, but you can’t do it anytime and anywhere.

Then I told him about Tai Chi, I do it 10 minutes in the morning after I waking up and at night before bed. That is a meditation in motion and that’s cool. Personally, I’m a martial arts fan so this is definitely something I like.

tai chi meditation mouvement girl

What is practical with Tai Chi is that you can really do it everywhere, just a small space and to concentrate on breathing. In case of stress or great pressure, isolate you and concentrate on your breathing, it’s very effective. Try, take a moment each day just to breath deeply, you’ll see, guaranteed effect.

I am not a Tai Chi’s specialist but I have a 10 minute video which shows movements. Click this link.

tai chi meditation movement boy

What is funny with Tai Chi is that the movements are done slowly, it help to be focused on the decomposition of movement and breathing, but I’ve seen a fight and this is just as effective as Kung-fu or Taekwondo. I don’t do massage to destress my body and Tai Chi destress my body and my mind simultaneously. ALL FOR FREE.

My friend is going to try and he will tell me if it works or not. Do you already try Tai Chi or do you have another trick to destress ?

– Steph