October 14, 2014

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Want to Grow? Get Curious, Creative and Take Risks…

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It’s been said that curiosity killed the cat. Well, it may have killed the cat, but it’s one of the primary reasons people have grown throughout history. The sense of wonder drives mankind. It put us on the moon and created computers. It led to the accidental discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. It led us from the savannahs of Africa to spread to Asia and Europe. Yes, curiosity is very important and always will be.

My own curiosity led me to learn and continue to learn from many people. Two years ago I started engaging in Parkour. This week I started learning freestyle rapping. You may be thinking, “What is this old guy thinking?” Right? For me, it’s about expanding. Like poets of old, freestyle rappers are a modern day version of the poet. They simply use poetry in versus’ created on the fly and to a beat (usually a 4-count beat). It’s fun and I think we should all do it. I believe that Senator John McCain also learned how to rap. The first time I heard rap was back in the late 1970′s and from a group called The Sugar Hill Gang and the song was Rapper’s Delight. I was a Los Angeles police officer at that time and loved that song.

In those early days of rap, they certainly were creative and curious, they also took risks. I really don’t know if me doing freestyle rap in today’s world is much of of risk. Yet, it’s all about expanding my horizon, isn’t it? Those who know me know that I’m into taking risks and rapping is no different. Wait until I create a new rap song and put it on YouTube. Hahaha! It will happen!

Fitness is the same way. We see the advent of new trainings and bringing back that which was once old and made new again. Is that taking a risk? Sure it is. If it’s bucking the current trends and challenging the status quo. Add it some new equipment to the old training and creativity comes about.

Again in fitness, muscle grows by being challenged. It doesn’t have to be from lifting weights at a gym. Getting creative and going outside will do the same. Using your bodyweight, you can do pull-ups, hand balancing, pistol squats, sprints and so forth. Sure, there is an element of risk. Get curious and see how you can challenge yourself.

“10 Amazing Life Lessons from Albert Einstein:
1. Follow Your Curiosity
2. Perseverance is Priceless
3. Focus on the Present
4. The Imagination is Powerful
5. Make Mistakes
6. Live in the Moment
7. Create Value
8. Don’t be repetitive
9. Knowledge Comes From Experience
10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better”
~Albert Einstein

Where else can you apply the elements of curiosity, creativity and risk-taking? Businesses certainly grow from each one. Peter Drucker once said that the basic function of business is marketing and innovation, everything else are costs. Innovation is about growth. Innovation takes some risks, creativity and curiosity, doesn’t it? Science is another arena where each element is considered. One just has to get past being stuck in a box (as are most academic types) and go for it.

As for me, I will continue to put into action the elements of risk-taking, curiosity and creativity so that I can continue to grow throughout my life. I’m not going to let the past hold me back (only will I let it be a learning process for me). Now to think of that dang rapper name for myself. Hmmmm…. Y’all can help me too! Haha!

Cheers,

Bob Choat, “Transformational Master Black Belt” Black_belt.svg-sm
America’s #1 Mind-Body Transformation Expert and author of Mind Your Own Fitness

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October 12, 2014

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Reaching the Top of Your Personal Mountain

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My friend, Rodrigo Araujo, is a mountain climber and motivational speaker.  In his prior life he was part of the French Foreign Legion and has fought as a heavyweight fighter.  He’s had some harrowing experiences when it comes to some of his climbs and many adventures that he has yet to tell me.  In all […]

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October 10, 2014

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Creating a Fitness Battle Plan

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When I was in the Marines, we followed a fluid or natural plan of action.  This wasn’t some strict “by-the-book” way of thinking.  To the contrary, we were told that we could take a leadership position, when necessary.  Plans are a necessity in war and in life.  They give one a roadmap towards one’s goals/dreams.  […]

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October 8, 2014

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The Magic of Flow: Allowing Yourself to Live Life to the Fullest!

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In a recent conversation with my good friend, Jason Scott Johnson, I heard in him a sparkle of life that was amazing.  In his drive for his passion, he allowed himself to engage fully in his endeavor.  He had no expectations except for staying in a flow state in accomplishing his mission.  In this case, […]

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October 4, 2014

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How Taking My Training to the Outdoors Helped Me Massively Increase My Fitness

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Like many people in the fitness arena, much of my training was indoors.  There I was pounding the weights, each and every day.  Sure, I was building muscle and strength.  Back then it was all about size and how much weight I could lift.  It was a crazy time and I falsely believed that I […]

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October 2, 2014

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3 Ways to Create More Luck in Your Life

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Years ago an acquaintance of mine was sold on the fact that some people are born lucky and others will never have luck. It’s the same as seeing someone succeed because they were “born with a silver spoon in their mouth.” I can tell you that being lucky has nothing to do with being born. […]

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September 29, 2014

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How to Feel More Internally Powerful in Three Easy Steps!

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Being a man and only 5-8, I used to think that I had to be tall to feel powerful.  Yet, history of mankind shows that anyone one, man or woman of any height, can be powerful.  Napoleon Bonaparte was short and stood tall in the eyes of his peers as well as those he led.  […]

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September 25, 2014

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Apply Yourself Towards Your Goals and It’ll Become Easier

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Applied effort starts out hard in most instances. Yet, the momentum that you started with increases with the amount of effort you give. Eventually, that effort becomes easier. This is a simple rule of physics and of muscular endurance. When you push a car, it is hard until motion takes place. Once the wheels turn […]

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September 21, 2014

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Creating Your Inner Mastermind Group of Mentors

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I recently had a chat with a friend of mine regarding a mastermind she’s attending.  Napoleon Hill made the concept famous when he described it in his 9th Step towards getting rich.  A mastermind is simply a group of people coming together of two or more people and using the combined knowledge, experience and creative […]

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September 17, 2014

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Being More Mindful in Eating and in Life

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I’ve written a few times about mindfulness and as the year of the mindfulness revolution winds down, mindfulness itself will keep going. With the latest stats on obesity increasing, it’s time we bring mindfulness more into the mix to help stave off the worldwide issue. Most people are engaging in mindless activities which also leads […]

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