GMAN’s Manifesto 2015-2016

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As the year 2015 comes to a close, I take the time to reflect on the most valuable lessons and experiences lived throughout the year. It has been an excellent, productive year; business is expanding, the family is more united, and relationships are flourishing.

I credit this success to a winning formula I adopted and fine-tuned over time that allows me to live the life I want with vision and purpose. It is do what you love. Simple yet complicated depending how you see it. Doing what I love is part of the formula, but there is a catch. The other elements will fall into place; maybe not exactly how I wanted to but they will in due time. Accepting this and letting go of what I can’t control and focus on what I can do are the ingredients necessary to make the formula work.

There are many other lessons and experiences to highlight this year, but I will keep it short. Ten lessons or experiences of 2015 in no particular order:

1. I have learned that even with sincere efforts of trying to help someone else if they don’t want to be helped or not ready for that change, I cannot force onto them. I can hold the door open, but they must walk through themselves.

2. Focus is on what I want in my life, NOT in what I don’t want. This goes hand in hand with life expectations. Expect little or nothing from people. Do what I can and let God do what I can’t do or have no control over it. As a result, I got fewer disappointments. It’s all good .

3. Coffee, grass-fed butter, and coconut oil = Bulletproof Coffee. Drink daily.

4. Getting rid of cable TV has been best decision this year. I was sick and tired of the drug commercials and mediocre programming. I now have total control of what I want to allow in my house. It’s a powerful feeling and honestly, the most responsible thing I have done.

5. Regular Intermittent fasting was a critical factor in resetting my system along with the total elimination of sugar and processed foods. Detox first for two weeks and then intermittent fasting. The cravings and other afflictions were gone in a matter of days after detox. The challenge is in keeping it up. Discipline, discipline is the key.

6. How’s my breathing, am I relaxed? What did I eat earlier today? How is my posture? Can I do this in a different way? Keeping a mental checklist and rehearsal to check how I feel at any moment is a good habit to practice daily.

7. Quality over quantity, always. The quality of the time I spend with wife and family; quality of service I offer, quality of relationships in my life, quality of food I eat and quality of thoughts and visuals I allow to enter my mind.

8. It is not my job to judge anyone or jump to conclusions just by how people look or even by their actions. I don’t know their full story, nor I am walking in their shoes.

9. I am reminded that’s solitude is  part of my reformation and through traveling is where I find it. There is a reason things are happening this way and why they are what they are. I should not question it but instead, I have embraced it.

10. There are no failures only lessons learned. That being said, if it still shows up one way or another in my life it is because I have not learned that lesson fully yet. And, just because it has happened before doesn’t mean that it will happen again in the same way. Circumstances may be similar, but the outcome is entirely different.

I welcome the year 2016 with enthusiasm and look forward to new challenges and adventures. Bring it on!

THE GMAN

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What It Takes to Make the Change

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Our brain is wired to manifest whatever we think the most. For years, I had the intention to make changes and sincerely wanted change. However, my actions did not correlate to what I deeply wanted. I was more on the surface; a wish of short-term goals and instant gratifications. I didn’t realize this because my mind was constantly bombarded by external influences like television, gossip, daily worries and other distractions to infinity.

Garbage IN-Garbage OUT

An internal commitment to change and be disciplined enough to discern what is bad for me versus what is good does make a difference. Later I was able to define it like this: “added value”. Asking questions like “ does this ( thing, TV program, book, word, action) adds value to my life?” helped me to developed a higher standard to what I let inside my mind. Though I cannot take the ostrich approach to everything I face every day, I have the power to choose. Everything I meet whether good or bad does come with a lesson within or an experience that it must happen to decide what is of “added value” and be kept and what is not and be discarded.

Changing my thoughts to change and improve my life is my personal never-ending challenge. Once I had realized this is the key to positive changes in my life, I plunged boldly into self-programming: Neuro- Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Brainwave Entrainment (BE).

There are couple things that must take place ( at least to me) before crossing over to real change: motivation, understanding, and determination.

I was really sick and tired of being sick and tired. This is not just a form of expression. I was absolutely mentally, physically and spiritually sick and tired of how I was handling my life. For some it is just that gut feeling, constant nagging every day. That preoccupation that something is amiss. For others, like me is hitting rock bottom having experience something so dramatic that there is no turning back.

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“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you” that became my personal mantra. A quest to become stronger, wiser and a better person than I was yesterday, the last hour, this past second. This is my motivation; to improve the latest version of me: Version 2.0.

I wanted to take a different route than the traditional faith-based approach to really understand what was going on with me. Through some counseling and personal research, I came to understand that to change what was happening inside my brain and what was influencing my behavior, I needed to go deep into the cellular level of my brain. I just didn’t jump blindly into Brain Entrainment nor I put all my eggs in one basket. What I mean I did my research through reading, counseling and even taking classes and lectures about the Brain, Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity, Addictions, Neurons, on an on. I wanted to understand the science behind it and both sides of the coin. This understanding  it’s a work in progress, not an overnight thing. You will be disappointed to try for a few weeks and then dropping it all because you think nothing is happening or you just don’t get it. Do your own research like I did. What works for me may not work for you. We are all unique people and each brain is uniquely wired and operates  however the owner wants it to.

This takes an 80/20 approach: 80% mental effort (internal) and 20% the rest (external). What I mean is that It works if you believe it works. All the self-help books, classes and gadgets available out there will only input 20% of what you want as the result. No amount of money or time will create permanent changes for you unless you have your mindset into what you want and have the determination to follow through.

Like the saying goes “if you think it will work, you’re right, if you don’t think it will work, you’re right too”.

It is most important to understand and accept this. Believe that it will and do whatever is necessary until the results are evident. Then keep it up as it becomes part of your lifestyle for life. No short cuts here. Change and improvement is a 24/7 operation. Drop your guard and you will be absorbed by the negativity of the world, the mundane and mediocre. You may find yourself right where you started.

And that is why you wanted to make that change in the first place right?

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GMAN’s 2013-2014 MANIFESTO

The end of the year approaches. It is time for me to recount and reflect on the events of the year. Also start planning for the next year.

This year has been a turning point in my life. I have gone on the fast lane and had to come to a full stop.  That doesn’t come close to reality. I have crashed and burn.  What I thought I was living a happy life, turned out to be a world of sadness, lies, frustration and deceit.  It was a rude awakening of the worst kind.

That was my past, I don’t live there anymore.  I am not proud of what I have done but don’t have any regrets in my life either. Those have been painful learning experiences that lead me to who I am now. Everything happens for a reason and if it was meant to happen, so be it. Sometimes I do want to know the answers straight for everything that has happened. I even was angry with God.  My faith has been shaken.  I have screamed out loud “talk to me”, come on down and tell me what to do? where to go? No more riddles, signs or guessing.  Give me a straight answer!  But life is not like that. You live, you learn and you move forward or die trying.

I have come to surrender what I can’t control. I have come to accept what has happened and face the consequences. I have come to let go of what I can’t control and let God do the rest. I have asked for forgiveness and it will come in due time.

God has a plan for me and though I will like very much to know about the plan and give my input about it, I will have trust that he is in charge, in control.

I am grateful for opportunities, knowing that I cannot fail. I have taken this momentum to carry on the next year to change and improve for the better. That I can do. That is all I can do. One day at the time.

I am re-directing my life, changing my energy frequency…my vibration. I am discarding what doesn’t work for me anymore, what doesn’t serve me to reach my goals. I have adopted new agreements to lead my life; starting with loving myself. Being mindful, aware and living my life intentionally. To listening to my body, what I think and feel.  To say what I mean and do what I say. To ask questions and don’t make assumptions.  To never take anything personally; I don’t own all the problems in this world.  Lastly is to do my best every time, nothing more and nothing less.

I have found an internal desire to understand how my mind thinks and how I do what I do. I didn’t wait for the New Year’s resolution so I have started months ago.

I recognize that ultimately I am the cause of all my problems but more importantly, I understand that I am also the solution of all my problems.

I remember the words of  Melixa, my friend’s sister, whom I never knew and now lives in haven. Her words will resonate with me forever everytime I read them:  “I am Strong, Healthy, Powerful”.

I intent to live my life like that.

With that an in full faith, I welcome 2014.

Namaste

GMAN MANIFESTO 2012-2013

GMAN MANIFESTO 2012-2013

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It’s the time of the year to review 2012 and set sails for 2013. To sum up this year in one phrase would be “my come back year”. I remember on last New Year’s Eve, at the turn of the clock, declaring a big turnaround for 2012. That and the previous year were tough both in my personal and business life. But not this year.

This is the year of taking action. It was time to perform and produce. It is happening just as I expected, though not exactly as how I expect it to happen. My business has stabilized; I am back on the map in the field but at a price. I have traveled thousands of miles through many states and out of Country to be where I am today.

The sacrifice has paid off and now I can move onwards on solid ground. Wonderful experiences I lived, places I have been and people I have met. I thank God for all of it. The lesson learned is to take what life has to offer without worrying about the outcome but always expecting the best outcome. As the saying goes “The first light is the one that shines”, I took in every opportunity coming my way without reservations.

On a personal level, I grew up more this year. I learned that what it is asked and done with intention, it will receive what it deserves. Not as one originally expect it but with the expectation of the best outcome possible. I am open to new experiences with the intention to live how I want it regardless of the circumstances. I have not being disappointed. In fact, I welcome the unexpected with a smile in my face. I have seen what the worst that can happen is and it is not all that bad. Even after hitting rock bottom, I started to build a solid foundation. Went all in, receiving more than I have ever expected. I wanted to document my experiences, to write more. Instead, I chose to live and share more. Facebook has been my outlet to document my life. Ten years from now I expect to go back and be pleased of what I have documented over time. Every positive that comes my way and like it, I have shared it with my family and friends. We all enjoy, learn and lived from it. I have created relationships and expanded my horizons just by sharing the good stuff.

This year 2012 is all about stabilization and grounding my roots. The best place to be is where I am now. I am here to continue to lead my life and business with excitement, expectation and always hoping for the best.

Moving on to 2013, I declare progress and constant improvement. Moving forward is the theme. It always has been the right theme to carry on. I will continue to be open to new experiences, taking it in as they come and making the best of it. I expect the business travels to become less so I can get into other important things with the family. That is where I feel that I am needed the most and I want to be there for them. I am contemplating other business ventures for the New Year. I look forward to launch new projects and build stronger relationships with other people. In everything else, expect the best of me. I will keep on improving.

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Ha llegado el tiempo del año para revisar el 2012 y ajustar las velas para el 2013. Para resumir este año en una frase seria “el año del retorno”. Recuerdo en la víspera del año pasado, al dar las doce, declarando un gran retorno para este año 2012. Ese y año previo fueron fuertes tanto en lo personal como en mi negocio. Pero no este año.

Este es el año de acción. De laborar y producir. Está pasando como esperaba pero no exactamente como yo esperaba que pasaran las cosas. Mi negocio se ha estabilizado; estoy de nuevo en el mapa de mi campo pero a un precio. He viajado miles de millas por muchos estados y hasta fuera del país para estar donde estoy hoy.

El sacrificio valió la pena y ahora puedo moverme hacia adelante en tierra sólida. He visitado lugar espectacular y conocido personas maravillosas. Le doy gracias a Dios por eso. La lección aprendida es en tomar lo que la vida le ofrece sin importar el resultado pero esperando siempre el mejor resultado. Como dice el dicho “La luz de adelante es la que alumbra”, tome cada oportunidad que paso por mi camino sin reservaciones.

En el nivel personal, he crecido más este año. He aprendido que lo que pido y hago con intención, lo recibo. Tal vez no como esperaba pero con la mejor expectativa. Estoy abierto a experiencias nuevas con la intención de vivir como yo quiero sin importar las circunstancias. No me ha decepcionado. Es más, recibo lo inesperado con una sonrisa en mi cara. He visto lo peor que puede pasar y no es tan malo después de todo. Aun después de llegar el fondo, comencé a construir unos nuevos cimientos. Me fui de pecho y he recibido más de lo que esperaba. Quise documentar mis experiencias, escribir más, pero preferí vivir y compartir más. Facebook ha sido mi canal para documentar mi vida. Espero en 10 años volver atrás y leer lo que he documentado al pasar de los años. Todo lo positivo que vino a mi vida y me gusto, lo comparto con mi familia y amistades. Todos disfrutamos, aprendemos y vivimos de ello. He creado relaciones y expandido mis horizontes solo por compartir lo bueno.

Este año 2012 es de estabilización, de sembrar mis raíces. El mejor sitio para estar es donde estoy ahora. Estoy aquí para continuar dirigiendo mi vida con entusiasmo, expectativas y siempre esperando lo mejor.

Moviéndonos hacia el 2013, declaro progreso y mejoras constantes. Echar Pa’lante es el tema. Siempre ha sido el mejor tema para seguir. Continuare siendo receptivo hacia nuevas experiencias, recibiéndolas como vengan y haciendo lo mejor de lo que pase. Tengo expectativas de que los viajes de negocios sean menos para hacer cosas más importantes con mi familia. Es ahí donde siento que soy más necesitado y quiero estar ahí cuando me necesiten. Estoy contemplando otras oportunidades para el nuevo año y espero lanzar nuevos proyectos y crear relaciones más sólidas con otras personas. En todo lo demás, espera lo mejor de mí. Seguiré mejorando.

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Yoga made easy. You can create your own routine. Start with breathing just breathing normally, emptying your mind. Let the breath prepare your body. Do not rush it. Just Be.

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20 Instructions for Life by The Dalai Lama

Life instructions list from the Dalai Lama:

1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R’s:
–  Respect for self,
–  Respect for others and
–  Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
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If I were to select a few poses of yoga for back pain, these will be a great choice. It only takes a few minutes and they’re not complicated. Take your time doing these, remember to breathe in , breathe out. Hope you enjoy it and can be of benefit to your morning or any time routine.

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5 Tips to Help Someone Rise

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5 Tips for a Beginner Yogi

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