jULY 31, 2017 PT OF THE DAY

jULY 31, 2017
PT OF THE DAY

TODAY’S PT OF THE DAY I’M USING MARIA FORD’S (AKA Coco Qream)
a heart felt inspirational write up she posted
the morning after bringing home 2 trophies in Figure at the Canadian Nationals….
it brought tears to my eyes…
and competitor or not you can learn something from her story….
IN MARIA’S WORDS:
“Yesterday National competition was fun.
Being backstage and just waiting for my category to be call observing athletes with their coaches amazed me.
Some of the athletes are pretty intimidating to look at.
Bad little voice saying tricks with me.
” I think your not going to make it”
I just have to flick that negative voice
and let the good voice tell me “you got this Maria”!
I humble, set my luggage next to my sifu Brandon Best calm myself,
focus on me, and meditate.
I said to myself
” I train, sacrifice, and prep so hard to get to this
and I’m not letting myself down
just because I saw an athlete more condition and bigger than me”.
I eat my meals, follow all the guidelines my coach Dawn Alison Ifbb Pro prepared for me.
Just focus, peace, calm, great smile.
I’m so happy when they call my number top 5 at the morning show.
And I said to myself ” this shit is for real now”!..
At the evening show when they called my name and I won and placed top 3 in class A open and class A Master.
Wow! I was shocked!
I couldn’t be happier with the results.
I said to myself I won and I’m third all over Canada.
Looking back at my very first show last year October 1st 2016
and July 9 then winning top 3 at National July 29, 2017 is such an accomplishment!
Now I’m moving forward,
we’re flying out August 29 to compete with top athletes from Mexico, USA
Pittsburgh Northern American competition Aug 31st .
Oh ya baby!!!
Pro card come to me!
I want you so bad I will get you!
I’m not stopping I will keep going because I’m born ready!
I want to thank all my friends and family that wished me and support me.
Big thank you and I love her dearly my coach Dawn Alison for keeping me in a very tight leash
and I know she keeps it tighter today.
She pushes me, trains me like a beast,
but polish me like a beautiful muscles barbie.
From posing, makeup, hair, suits,
I just listen to her because I know what’s best for me.
I will not second doubt her with her advice and decisions we both make.
We’re a great team and we’re just starting .
Hopefully my dream will come true just to be next to the top athletes in Olympia.
I always set a plan ,
a plan that will motivate me,
and keep me focus to accomplish.
Big thank you to my sifu Brandon Best for all his advice to me.
You rock Brandon!
The last but not the least
is my big supporter the big beast behind the selfie camera Joshua Liberman
my gorgeous fiance love of my gains for always there more me.
My Knight in shining armor, my partner for life,
my beastfriend and big Papi.
I love you so much thank you baby Love for being awesome!
Pittsburgh here I come!
Let’s do this!”

July 29,2017 pt of the day

July 29,2017
pt of the day

“Your words control your life,
your progress,
your results,
even your mental and physical health.
You cannot talk like a failure
and expect to be successful. “
At the end of the day,
remind yourself
that you did the best you could today,
and that is good enough.”
as long as it was…….
you can sleep well….

July 28, 2017 pt of the day

July 28, 2017
pt of the day

Do not fear failure.
Fear mediocrity.
If you resolve to NEVER quit then there is no failure
, only setbacks.
It’s never too late to become what you could have been…
Mediocrity scares the shit out of me.

Average.

Ordinary.

Standard.

Usual.

Normal.

Typical.

Common.

Customary.

Regular.

Everyday.

The idea that I was conceived,
built, grown and launched into this world
to be nothing more than “Run-of-the-mill”
is simply unacceptable.

Some may see this as a silly, contrived fear.

How can someone find fear in being average?

Average is safe. That’s why we all strive to achieve the same things in life…

…safety, security and sanctuary free from scrutiny.

No one second guesses the standard process.

No one questions the usual path.

Because people who break free from mediocrity aren’t normal…

…they’re radicals, rebels, and rabble-rousers.

They wipe their ass with typical.

Typical is the murderer of thought…
the defiler of the idea…
the jailer of genius.
Typical is the synapse
you’ve already burned into that genius brain of yours…

…that genius brain of mine,
and it leads right to the lizard brain.

The lizard brain wants us all to be the same.

A flock of geese.

A herd of cattle.

Middle management.

The lizard brain tells us to avoid trouble…
“Don’t rock the boat…” and we listen.

So we put in the time, we pay your dues
and we pray that someday everything works out.

That the cubicle will become an office…

That the hourly wage will become a salary…

That the job will become a career…

That our sensibility will become success…

…hopefully.

Mediocrity is a choice.
We don’t choose to die.

Even if we did, it was going to happen eventually anyway.

Why fear something you can’t avoid?
Not that I want to die,
I certainly don’t,
but fear of death just doesn’t seem to make sense.

Death isn’t a choice.

But fear courses through my veins at the possibility of living a typical life.
Debilitating, gut-wrenching, sweat-inducing fear.

Fear of expectations not achieved.

Fear of childhood dreams cast aside for the security of a life not questioned, not critiqued…

Fear of never really being alive.

Never taking a risk.

Never putting myself on display, naked and alone, vulnerable to inquisition.

Never feeling the pain of defeat… of failure.

Fear of average.

Fear of being picked 5th for dodge ball.

Fear of being no different from you.
I don’t mean better than you,
I mean different.
How can I add value to your life if our regular lives are exactly the same.

Am I supposed to help you become more typical?
More mediocre? More regular?

I fear mediocrity and not death
because one is my choice and one is inevitable.
When I death becomes me
and I’m given the opportunity to look back on my life
it will be my choices that yield regret.

See… I want to dent the world in whatever way I can.

Not because I have some unique gift others are incapable of providing…

…but rather I have the willingness to do so.

Creation Destroys Mediocrity
Ahhhh…

Creation.

My friend.

The bright light in our would be dark, mediocre lives.

Creation is my prayer, my meditation, my savior from leading a mediocre life.

And honestly there is no method to my creation madness.

Maybe one day it’s fabricating a new word to describe something I don’t understand.

The next it might be making my wife laugh so hard she has to pee.

Today’s it’s writing.

My point is this…

Mediocrity is a derivative of our surrender to the lizard brain.
The lizard brain says don’t create, don’t stick out, don’t be different.
There is no safety or security in being different.
Stand out and you will be scrutinized,
you will be criticized,
you will experience failure and you will feel pain.

Listen to the lizard brain and you will be safe,
you will be secure and you will be mediocre.

But you will never experience what if feels like to be completely awesome,
even if only for a moment…

…and you will certainly never be the person you were conceived,
built, grown and launched into this world to become.

Mediocrity scares the shit out of me.

But as fate would have it, the choice to overcome that fear is mine.

I choose to create.

I hope you will too…

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” ~ Confucius

July 27, 2017 pt of the day

July 27, 2017
pt of the day

“We have to dare to be ourselves,
however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions.
It’s your life, not theirs.
Do what matters most to you
; do what makes you feel alive and happy.
Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are.
If you let others tell you who you are,
you are living their reality — not yours.
There is more to life than pleasing people.
There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path.
There is so much more to life than what you experience right now.
You need to decide who you are for yourself.
Become a whole being.
Adventure.”

JULY 24, 2017 PT OF THE DAY

JULY 24, 2017
PT OF THE DAY

“Birthing is never easy or without pain,
be it a universe,
a child, or a fresh start in life.
Contraction precedes expansion.
Darkness comes before dawn.
Joy follows pain.
This is the way of things.”
Today when I awaken,
the slate will be clean,
and a new day will stretch before me.
How I use that day,
the choices I make,
will be the story my life…
Know the true value of time;
snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.
No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination:
never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Yesterday’s the past,
tomorrow’s the future,
but today is a gift.
That’s why it’s called the present.

July 22, 2017 pt of the day

July 22, 2017
pt of the day

“You never change your life until
you step out of your comfort zone;
change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
“Never under-estimate your effort,
no matter how little.
Every effort,
little or great
is a step closer towards the actualization of your dreams.”
EVERY CHOICE YOU MAKE
IN EVERY MOMENT
TAKES YOU EITHER:
CLOSER TO
OR FURTHER FROM YOUR GOALS….
take responsibility for your own happiness,
your dreams, your goals, your reality, your self….
and realize you and your life
is the residual effort of all your past thoughts, choices & actions….

July 20, 2017 pt of the day

July 20, 2017
pt of the day

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues
because without courage,
you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
“You cannot swim for new horizons
until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
(“It had long since come to my attention that
people of accomplishment rarely sat back
and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.”
― Leonardo da Vinci)
“Once you make a decision,
the universe conspires to make it happen.”

July 19, 2017 pt of the day

July 19, 2017
pt of the day

“Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain,
which often leads to long-term gains.
The mistake many of us make is
the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification),
which often leads to long-term pain.”
“Perfection of effort is not required,
by the way.
It is the consistency of attempting to work these tools
that brings the progress.
It’s like anything else.
If I want to tone muscle,
lifting a ten-pound weight a few times every day
will move me toward my goal much quicker than
hoisting a fifty-pound barbell once a week.
Yes, it really is true:
“Slow and steady wins the race.”
Just try a little, every day.
You’ll see.”

July 18, 2017 pt of the day

July 18, 2017
pt of the day

“To conquer frustration,
one must remain intensely focused on the outcome,
not the obstacles.”
“Obstacles are things a person sees
when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
“Goals are my north star.
My compass.
The map that guides me along the road I wish to travel.
Goals are motivations with wind in their sails
they carry me forward despite the storms.”

July 17, 2017 pt of the day

July 17, 2017
pt of the day

“Life is too short to waste any amount of time
on wondering what other people think about you.
In the first place,
if they had better things going on in their lives,
they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you.
What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me,
but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.”