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

12 Steps to Following a Bulletproof Diet | Rodale Wellness

Here it is, 12 steps to following a Bulletproof diet. It’s the blueprint to better health. I started this diet a while back and have to say that I’m ten pounds lighter and dropped an inch and a half on my waistline.  Most significant change it is  how good I feel about myself and about life.

Getting over step # 1 is a must. I also recommend doing a fast prior to starting the diet to reset your digestive system.

Good luck 🙂

http://www.rodalewellness.com/food/12-steps-following-bulletproof-diet

Mental Health May Depend on the Health of Your Gut Flora

I’m an advocate of good health and strongly believe there is a connection between the gut and the brain. I came to this conclusion on my own by experimenting with intermittent fasting in an attempt to reset my digestive system and change my eating habits.

The results were  life changing. The total elimination of sugar and any processed food allowed me to really feel this connection with my brain and my gut. I no longer had the mental fog that was blocking me from thinking clearly, I was not feeling anxious anymore, in fact I was feeling giddy and optimistic about my day. Physically, I no longer had sporadic rashes on my skin, I started to see changes on my nails and the texture of my hair in my energy levels were much better that what they used to be.

Now I watch what I eat, take my time to read the ingredient labels, take my probiotics every morning and eat fermented foods. After experiencing the change that I feel today there is no way I’m going back to my old eating habits.

I found the article below to be a good source of information to start changing your diet for the better.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/11/12/mental-health-gut-flora.aspx?x_cid=20151112_nonlead_mental-health-gut-flora_facebookdoc%3Fx_cid%3Dfacebook-os-ce

Is Your Tongue The Key To A Neuroscience Breakthrough? – Forbes

New and promising advances in Neuroscience. I look forward to see this device beyond the clinical trials and into the commercial market.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolefisher/2015/11/02/is-your-tongue-the-key-to-a-neuroscience-breakthrough/

The 7-Minute Scientific Workout App

This little app has been part of my morning ritual for a while. It passed the GMAN’s test and it’s perfect for anyone whom claims to have a busy schedule. It is also great to do with your significant other and even your children for challenge or fun.

Take the challenge and start feeling better just 7 minutes every morning.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2014/10/24/for-a-7-minute-workout-download-our-new-app/?referer=

Absolutely and Positively Yes, I AM Doing It!

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It’s never the right time or ideal  circumstances. Time doesn’t wait for you and your current circumstances are the platform to take on new opportunities  and build the life you always wanted.

Don’t make excuses or justify why you’re not doing this and that or procrastinate about it.  Neither play down the efforts of those who are being, doing and having the life they want. If you cannot join or lead them , then get out of their way.

Do something every day that will get you closer to your dreams.
Write down a goal and start working on it. The details will work out for themselves. You just need to get started and right now it’s the best time.

It won’t be easy, you know that; it may be challenging, of course it will be. Anything unknown creates uncertainty and even fear. However, it doesn’t have to be.
Embrace challenges; accept them as they are and turn them into oppotunities if you just step of of your comfort  zone and take the first step.

It will be challenging but I tell you, it will be totally worth it.  A year from today, you’ll look back only to see how far you’ve gone.

So go on, get started!

20 Life Quotes to Live by

These are 20 life quotes to live by; a work in progress collection of  inspiration and motivation  to share with others ,  the ones you love and put into practice daily.

I’ll keep adding more to this list and continue to apply it in my life.

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*credit to where/whom is due

Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus by Sandra Bond Chapman with Shelly Kirkland 

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I picked up this audiobook, Make Your Brain Smarter, as one of my long road trip companions. As usual, anything with the words “Brain” and “Smarter” in the title gets my immediate attention. I found this book extensive and complex in exploring the brain’s frontal lobe process (cognitive domains) and enhancing it’s brainpower as your own C.E.O. or Cognitive Entepreneurial Officer. It is one of those audiobooks where you have to start taking notes from the get go and even pause to digest all the information. It deserves a dedicated second listening without any distractions. It covers in- depth how to improve your cognitive performance through strategic thinking ( brainomics) on new learning, content absorbtion, project design and implementation, problem solving, breakthrough thinking and sound desicion making.

  1. Strategic Attention:  focusing on one topic, avoiding multi-tasking and other tasks which depletes brain power. I quickly realized this as one of my crutches since I multi-task my life a lot and which I thought it was one of my best personality asset.
  • Brain Power of none: getting some time alone, meditate and reflect on the task at hand.
  • Brain Power of one: taking one task at the time. Make sequential progress and not multi-tasking.
  • Brain Power of two: selecting two of the most important task at hand.

2. Integrated Reasoning:  incorporating and applying information. I found this insightful in the way I gather information,             facts, solutions and how I set my priorities and goals.

  • Zoom in: getting the facts, do the logistics
  • Zoom out: step back to see the bigger picture, bigger ideas, different strategy.
  • Zoom deep and wide: becoming a tactical thinker; when and when not to do something.

3. Innovation: changing old ways and experimentation. I realized this is my current stage though I must go back and see         everything from a different perspective difined in the book to make sure I stay focused, relevant to my goals and not             running around like a chicken with the head cut off.

  • Imagination: infinate subjects, solutions and concepts
  • Paradox: having the tenacity to follow through and not get stuck. Reflect-Reframe-Learn from mistakes
  • Unknown: Ask-Seek-Be Courious

There is much to do to improve my brain’s health fitness.  I found myself pausing the audio- tracks and even going back to previous chapters to better grasp the material. It pays to give full attention to this audiobook. Better yet, get the book instead 😉

Here is a well written summary  by Lauren O’Neil via Learning and the Brain blog, which does a better job describing what this book is all about. Enjoy!

Source: Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus by Sandra Bond Chapman with Shelly Kirkland – Learning and the Brain blogLearning and the Brain blog

What Are Nootropics? Why Successful People Are Using Them For Focus

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This is a great post to understand nootropics or smart drugs.
I’ ve been experimenting with nootropics for a while and I can feel the results in attention, focus, energy and stamina.  Currently, I’m tweaking stacks to enhance memory and cognitive  improvement. It takes some time to stack the right combination  especially when taking 38 pills each day and counting, along with other supplements.

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Few to none side effects but still a long term process to get the desired results.
I recommend keeping a journal to record stack combinations,  dosage intake and notes of changes in your body and behavior or any side effects you may notice.

This is a life’s experimentation journey ,  so enjoy the process 🙂

Click here to read full
the article.

http://elitedaily.com/money/nootropics-successful-people-using-focus/1021500/