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9 Things to Think about Before You Give Up

9 Things to Think About Before You Give Up

Things to think about

Original Post at Marc and Angel Hack Life

If you feel like you’re at the end the road with nowhere to go, realize you are lying to yourself.  You have imprisoned yourself in your own mind by telling self-defeating stories – stories about what your life should be like, what you should have already accomplished, and so forth.  By doing this you’ve created a tiny space in your mind and you’ve begun to believe you are actually living in it.

But you are NOT.  You are alive in a vast world with infinite destinations.  Take a moment to remind yourself of this.  Go outside.  Look at the sky and the clouds.  THIS is the space in which you really live.  Breathe it in.  Then look at your current situation again.

Here are some things you need to consider before you give up:

  1. You never fail until you’re satisfied with failure. – Failure is not falling down; failure is staying down when you have the choice to get back up.  Sometimes you have to fail a thousand times to succeed.  Which means you haven’t really failed yet; you’ve just found a bunch of ways that don’t work.  So don’t get so hung up on a few failed attempts that you miss every new opportunity coming your way.  All of your ideas that don’t work are simply stepping stones on your way to the one idea that does.  As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  Read Awaken the Giant Within.Voice is a liar
  2. What you have learned is what’s important. – Life always offers you a second chance – it’s called tomorrow.  But this second chancedoesn’t mean anything if you haven’t learned from the events of today.  You have to acknowledge your troubles but gather strength from them, and laugh at your mistakes but learn from them.  Getting a second chance in life is about giving yourself the opportunity to grow beyond your past failures.  It’s about learning as you go and positively adjusting your attitude and efforts toward future possibilities.
  3. Tough times are just part of life’s natural balance. – Life lives, life dies.  Life laughs, life cries.  Life gives up and life tries.  And life looks different through everyone’s eyes.  In fact, who you were, who you are, and who you will become are three completely different people.  And as you gradually grow beyond the person you were yesterday, keep life’s challenges in perspective.  Hear life’s harmony, and notice the delicate balance.  Realize that life is like playing a grand piano.  The white keys create your happiness and the black keys denote your troubles.  But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also create music.
  4. Pain helps you grow. – Sometimes things must change so you can change.  Sometimes you must break a little so you can get a peek inside to see what an awesome powerhouse you are.  Sometimes mistakes must be made so wisdom can be earned.  Sometimes you must overcome heartache so you can begin to follow your heart again.
  5. Success is a way of living. – Don’t let your struggles become your identity.  Not everything in your life will go as you expect it to.  This is why you need to drop expectations, live in the present, and go with the flow, rather than against it.  Remind yourself that it’s perfectly okay not to be perfect.  Ultimately, success is not something you achieve, it is what you learn and how you grow as you deal with the realities of life – it is a way of living and being.  Read As a Man Thinketh.
  6. You can choose differently. – The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.  And in many cases, the only thing in life you have control over is your perspective.  No matter what happens, YOU control Progress not perfectionwhat the meaning is, and what to do with the meaning you give to the circumstance.  Choose to react in a way that motivates happiness, love, or forgiveness, even when circumstances make that choice difficult.
      1. It’s not supposed to be easy. – Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday.  Again, success is tied to long-term determination.  Successful people keep moving and trying.  They make mistakes, but they do not quit.  If things in your life aren’t happening as planned right now, that’s okay.  It just means it’s not the right time.  Life’s brick walls are not there to keep you out, they’re there to give you a chance to show how badly you want something.  They’re there to stop the people who don’t want it as bad as you do.
  7. Simplify, simplify, simplify. – Like all magnificent things, life is quite simple.  Its simplicity is found not in seeing how little you can get by with – that’s poverty – but how efficiently you can conquer your biggest difficulties.  Remember, the greatest wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.  Your most significant ideas and accomplishments will be genius in their simplicity.  One day you will find the right words, the right decisions, and the right solutions that will lead you to victory, and they will be far simpler than they seem right now. Read The Power of Less.You are not a tree
  8. Life is still good. – You may have seen better days, but you have also seen worse.  You might not have all your wants, but you do have all your needs.  You woke up with a few aches and pains, but you woke up.  Your life may not be perfect, but it is good.  And more good things are coming down the road as long as you keep moving forward.

What of these is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

SABOTAGE!!! Weeks 11 & 12

Sabotage…

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Sorry to say, this is not an article about the beastie boys.

This is about the one thing we have all done to ourselves at least once while on a “diet.”

Yes…. Sabotage.

 

It doesn’t matter how, when, where, or who does it – but I can guarantee you that it will happen.

It happens to the best of us, including me and Sergeant Rians!

I was doing so well on my transformation, aka “diet.”

Key word here is WAS.

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Then it happened, My Birthday.

Now, I know you are thinking, “A piece of birthday cake is not that bad.”

I would normally agree with you but, my husband went all-out for my birthday (he usually does!!).

Here’s how the sabotage started…..

 

Friday morning I was told to be ready and in the car by “0800.”

Any of you that have kids knows that it’s nearly impossible to be on-time, ever.

We have 3 kids, but we were pulling out of the driveway at 7:58 a.m. (simply because I am amazingly punctual 🙂 )

I had no idea where we were going.

Long story short….we headed out to Catalina for the entire weekend.

We are on the boat heading out to Catalina, and I was literally calculating how many meals we would have to be eating out.

Holy crap, I was about to commit Diet Suicide!

Here I was supposed to be celebrating my 36th birthday, and all I could think about was how hard it was going to be to get back on track Monday.

This is where the sabotage comes in to play.

I could have ordered the grilled chicken breast with veggies instead of the fish & chips.

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Or…. instead of ice cream in a waffle cone – I could have had frozen yogurt, but hey birthdays only happen once a year, right?!?!?!

That’s where I did myself in.

I put my mind set in the zone of “It’s for my birthday, I’ll bounce back on Monday”… SABOTAGED!!!!

 

It was a snowball effect from that point on.

I haven’t eaten like that in MONTHS!!

I knew I would pay the price on Monday when I weighed myself.

Boy, oh boy… did I pay!  4lb GAIN!!!!!

After a few tears were shed, I sucked it up and told myself, back to work.

I must end with this –

I enjoyed myself tremendously and knowingly sabotaged my own diet but this time it was for a good cause ;0).

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Now…. I know I will NOT make this a habit, but if this has happened to you make sure you don’t make it a habit of your own.  I don’t need to explain to you the term “Yo-Yo Effect……”

Mrs. Melissa Rians

When you HIT that WALL

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Okay, okay…. so I didn’t post last week I’m sure I could come up with some great excuse but I won’t even try.

The truth is, I hit “The Wall”.  Everyone probably knows exactly which “wall” I’m talking about.

The one that makes you feel like you have somehow failed, like you may never reach your goal weight.

It’s a terrible feeling and it truthfully made me want to give up.

The thing is, I know where my down fall was.

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Two days before Valentine’s Day me, my 4 year old, and my 10 year old each made our own special Valentine’s Day cake (we make some kind of baked goodie for every holiday, it’s our tradition).

The thing is I was the one who had to mix all the batters, and I don’t know a single person that loves cake batter more than me.

So, I ate my fair share of cake batter, AND frosting knowing that I had to weigh myself in 2 days.

When that Saturday rolled around I got up on that scale and was actually shocked that I hadn’t gained weight, but I hadn’t lost anything either.

I decided that I would recover this week and be back on track, no such luck.

I hopped back on the scale Saturday and STILL at the same weight.  I haven’t dropped anything in 2 weeks!!!!!

Now, having to live with Sgt. Nick Rians who is in amazing shape, makes me be even harder on myself.

So when he asked me why I didn’t write my last blog I was super embarrassed to give him my reason.

I sucked it up and was completely honest with why I skipped the last blog, he just stood there with a puzzled look on his face.

I immediately got really defensive and said “WHAT?!?!”  That’s when he put some perspective on the situation.

He says to me, “We’ll how much have you lost since Sammie was born?”  I told him 26lbs so far and I only have 8 more to go to reach my pre-pregnancy weight.

women, exercise, diet, goalsHe reminded me of how good I have done so far, and that I shouldn’t focus on hitting a wall but focus on how great I’ve done so far.

And with just that little bit of encouragement I felt 100% better and have a new goal… I’m giving myself 2 weeks to lose my last 8 lbs.

So if you have hit that wall, remind yourself of how good you have been doing and give yourself a pat on the back for all the hard work so far and DON’T give up!!!!

Mrs. Melissa Rians

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Stuck In A Rut…..

English: Stuck in a deep rut on the outskirts ...

How many of you out there have ever been stuck in a rut?

I sure as hell have.

How did you get out of it?

Did you rely on someone else getting you out of it?

Did you hope your fate would change?

Or did you get up and get your damn self out of it?

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I take option number 3.

What happens to you in life is all up to you.

I know there’s a few of you shaking your heads right now, saying no I was just dealt a bad hand. It’s not my fault.

And that’s true, we all get dealt a bad hand once in awhile (some more then others)

But it’s all about what we do with that bad hand.

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You can just hand in your cards and give up. Or you can try to make something better out of a bad situation.

I have been faced with quite a few bad spots in my life, but luckily I have been able to see the foot hold to get myself out of it.

And every time I have come out of a bad situation, I have propelled myself even further in life.

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I believe that’s just LIFES way of testing you.

To see if you deserve what it’s about to give you.

You have to prove that you have the mental fortitude to push through a rough spot to earn the reward at the end.

Seriously guys, it’s all about your mindset.

Just look for the good in every situation.

If you look hard enough, you will find it.

Stay Motivated,

Sgt Nick Rians

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MIA??

04/04/2013 1 comment

Sorry I’ve been Missing In Action!!

The past month has been crazy with the international launch of my fitness ranking system.

You can check it out here if you want: http://www.fitranx.com

Things are starting to calm down now, so I can get back to my regular routine.

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Bring it in and take a knee…..

I received a few emails this week from people that are chasing their dreams.

Now I’m not trying to brag here (maybe a little:), but they said the reason for that was based on some of the motivational comments and stories I post.

Damn that’s cool!

It made me all warm and fuzzy inside and for a hardened warrior like myself, that’s tough to do.

It just goes to show you how POWERFUL words can be.

They can start WARS, Change a LIFE, or Make someone fall in LOVE with you.

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So don’t just follow the herd, stand out from it.

No matter how outrageously crazy your dream may be. CHASE IT!

Just because everyone else is going through life one way, doesn’t mean you have to.

Some of the most successful people out there are the ones that grabbed life by the balls and said “I’m doing shit my way!”

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The only person holding you back is yourself.

You can always come up with excuses to make yourself feel better about not going after your dreams.

It’s up to you to break through those barriers and let nothing stand in your way.

It’s your dream….No one else is going to get you there except yourself.

Enough with the balloons and teddy bears….Lets get out there and get to work!!

Stay Motivated,

Sgt Nick Rians

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Don’t Fall Off…..

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This is for all you people out there that have started meal plans, diets, healthier eating, whatever you’d like to call it and are starting to fall off the wagon.

Now, I really want you to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself

WHY?

Why are you allowing this to happen?

What is it that’s more important to you then your health?

Is it the taste of the food?

Is it that 10 minutes of pleasure that you get from eating something that tastes good but is going to hurt your body?

REALLY think about that.

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Also I REALLY want you to think about what would happen if you ate something a little healthier.

If you dropped a little more weight.

Imagine adding a year onto your life, because of your healthy eating choices.

And imagine in that one extra year, how many more pleasurable moments you will get to experience.

Spending more time with your children

Your grandchildren

Your other half

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Imagine today was your last day on earth.

And if you ate healthy today, you would get to live just one more day.

WOULD YOU DO IT?

Now, we are all going to stumble.

You are most likely not going to be successful at your first try at eating healthy and dropping weight.

Probably not the second time or the third time either.

So for all of you that have failed and are still sitting on the sidelines…….

SLAP!!!

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Yes, I just slapped you in the face and said, “ Get on your feet!”

Get back up, keep going, and try again!

Every time you are about to put something bad in your face.

Think about what I just said.

Think about those moments in your life that you were the happiest.

And think how many more of those moments you can have just by eating a little healthier.

So, get your ass off the sidelines and start doing something to better yourself.

Like the Body Weight Workout of the day:-)

Stay Motivated,
Sgt Nick Rians

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What’s Holding You Back?

02/18/2013 1 comment
6a00d83455f11369e20177432f5723970d-320wiYesterday, one of my clients, lets call her Mrs Smith.

Shared with me some of her most deepest darkest secrets.

Of course, I am not going to talk about what she told me, but I wanted to address how brave it was for Mrs Smith to do this.

A lot of times the past is the reason why we are doing things in the present.

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If what you are doing in the present is not making you happy, then you may have to face those demons from your past.

For Mrs Smith to actually confront her demons and talk about what had happened to her is a huge step in the healing process.

Her realizing that those things are what is holding her back from eating the way she wants to and getting the results she wants is the first hurdle to becoming who she wants to be.

Morning JourneyThis journey is not going to be easy.

This journey is not going to be short.

But we can make this journey together.

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Stay Motivated,
Sgt Nick Rians
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