One of my former bosses used to always say to people he had not seen in a while, “you are conspicuous by your absence”
And, no… I have not published a blog entry in a few months… partly because I am working on restructuring the format, reworking the content I present, and also I’ve been doing a lot of writing/saving entries… just have not felt the push to post anything.
I also have been thinking about my own image/portrayal… How do I want to be received? How do I want to be remembered? I have a lot of experiences to share, views on things related to life and fitness more specifically… yet, I do not feel this drive to shove my views down the throats of my social media followers and blog subscribers.
I have been posting less, sharing less, taking less photos, talking less… spending more time reading, reflecting, learning, and of course, exercising. You see, while I know I am completely transparent, honest, and express myself freely… I also realize that not every thought needs to be expressed exactly at the moment in which I think it. Maybe I’m analyzing too much… but the more nonsense I see being put out into the world, particularly on social media… the more inclined I am to remain quiet and focused on the things that truly bring me joy, happiness, a sense of fulfillment.
So have no fear… I have not disappeared… I have not gone anywhere, except the Jersey Shore for 2 days at the very end of the summer (that was the first and only time I felt sand in between my toes in 2015)… Just rethinking EVERYTHING!
In the mood to post this oldie but goodie…. I love this song.
So, this entry is a little different from my usual blog posts. I decided to share some of my favorite Hip Hop Tracks…. now, this is just a little taste, and nowhere near comprehensive…. but I think this would make a great playlist to workout to:
LL Cool J – Doin It
Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See
Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On
Noreaga – SuperThug
Eric B. & Rakim – Juice (Know The Ledge)
Naughty By Nature – Uptown Anthem
Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half Steppin
Chubb Rock – Treat ‘Em Right
Wu Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
Dr. Dre – Next Episode
Mobb Deep – Quiet Storm (clean version)
Method Man – Bring The Pain
Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
Last but definitely NOT LEAST….
Notorious Big – Unbelievable
On your quest to that goal you established for yourself, remember to visualize yourself already there. This is a technique I used often during my competition preparations. While I would spend time in the mornings doing my cardio, I would often imagine myself standing on stage, posing, smiling, and then being awarded 1st place! Well, guess what? It worked!!! I know you might think that this is fantasy or day dreaming, but if you truly believe what you are visualizing, you will call it into being!
So, what have you got to lose? Try it. Do you want to get that promotion at work? Visualize yourself in your new office, receiving a paycheck with a higher salary, being recognized for your hard work, having colleagues congratulate you on a job well done, etc… This shouldn’t take the place of the efforts and work required on your part… but start believing the promotion will come!
I found the image below on Bob Proctor’s Facebook page, and I love it.
Taking my own words of advice and putting them to good use… I recently discovered that something in my subconscious was holding me back… and it’s time to just take over, commit to the goals, and get to work. Very excited to continue working hard and testing my limits. As we approach the end of 2014, have you figured out what is most important to you? are you committed to those things? can you make changes right now to get one step closer? Think about it, no, really… take some time to reflect. What went as you hoped? What didn’t work out? and what are you going to do about it?
Go For It.
If you looked in my life
And see what I’ve seen…
This song is on the 2nd album Mary J. Blige released in November 1994… I was a Junior in High School and I purchased the cassette tape… and of course put miles of use on my stereo tape player listening to it repeatedly. This song is particularly special to me. The lyrics hit me hard at a time in my life when I was dealing with a lot of internal strife, pain, and no outlet. My family had been ripped apart, flipped on its head, and my heart ached nonstop. I found comfort in blasting music and dancing in my room… Sometimes, I would put on my walkman and just walk up and down the neighborhood streets, praying to God for peace, for a resolution, and for comfort… It wouldn’t come for many years… and I do recall sharply telling people “if you say to me one more time that what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, I will kick you”… Yea, I had some anger issues. Now, I listen to this song and feel peace… and gratitude that I had something and somewhere to turn.
It is easy to pass judgment on people, without really knowing what private struggles each is dealing with. Perhaps being kind, patient and a bit more understanding could go a long way with someone… You just never know. Hope you enjoy the track.
Instead of playing “Follow The Leader” what many people play is “Follow The Follower”… Unknowingly. Don’t be afraid to be different, be bold, be unique, and think for yourself…. Please watch this video just over 1 minute long, from Earl Nightingale, which summarizes exactly what I am talking about: