Archive for December, 2016

You’re trapped in the matrix. Here’s how to break out and wake up. #hackthematrix

If you know me personally, then you know that I grew up watching lots of television, particularly 80’s movies and cartoons. In fact, I know the names of more actors/actresses than I do real people’s names. Sad but true.

One of my all time favorite movies is The Matrix with Keanu Reeves and other actors/actresses whom I will forgo naming for the sake of time. This message is one that you’ll want to hear right now.

If you haven’t seen the Matrix Trilogy of movies, I’ll give you a little synopsis: A guy discovers that his conscious awareness is living in a virtual reality game, while his ( and the rest of humanity) physical body is being used as a battery by squid-like robots. He is awakened to the truth by a bald headed black man, gets pissed off, and hi-jinx ensue.

These movies have spawned a cult consisting of people of all ages, races and creeds (present company included) who believe that we really are inside of some type of matrix. I do believe this, but not in the way the trilogy portrays it.

Now, I’ve been thinking about life and reality in general (dangerous, I know) and I’ve come to the conclusion that the matrix in which we live is one of ineffective and life-draining beliefs. At the end of the day, we are and do essentially what we believe. When you stop and think about it, we are technically “surrounded” by our beliefs, which guide us, for our good or ill.

Our beliefs control our physiology and ultimately, our reality. I believe this is the true force behind the “self fulfilling prophecy”, wherein which a person entertains a specific outcome and experiences that outcome, whether positive or negative. Science has proven that our thoughts and beliefs can influence our hormonal output, which in turn influences the way we perceive and interact with reality. Job said “behold, that which I have feared the most has come to pass…”. Henry Ford said “whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right”.

Naturally, questions about Fate and Destiny begin to arise in your mind. Put those aside for a few moments:)

You should get extremely excited about this news because it means that we can literally create the reality we want to experience. Successful people of all levels know this fact and create the realities they desire.

Now here’s the the ugly side of this coin: when we act on beliefs about ourselves that prevent us from taking uplifting actions and growing in new directions, we strengthen the negative thought matrix around us. It’s like the person that looks in the mirror everyday and tells themselves that they are fat; their body begins to conform to that belief and becomes hold extra body fat. Furthermore, these negative energy beliefs act as blinders that prevent us from seeing the true beauty of life. This can create a maze-like effect wherein we literally spin our wheels, wasting time and precious vitality.

Believe that you are a super stud and very shortly you will walk and talk like a super stud. That’s how I did it ūüėČ

Ready for some good news? Listen up: by strategically giving ourselves positive affirmations about our ability to act in this world, we temporarily create an opening in the dark cloud of beliefs, so the warm sunlight of positive energy can come through and empower your to achieve the success you deserve.

By now you’re wondering, ” How can I crush my limiting belief matrix and create a positive, empowering belief matrix, Amir?”. Hang in there, because that information coming forthwith!

Here’s how we do it:

 

  1. We continuously bring out focused back to our most magnetic desired outcomes.
  2. We de-vitalise/transmute old beliefs that don’t serve our higher good and input powerful new beliefs, one at a time.

The cool thing about doing this that even just installing one powerful belief into you physiology and nervous system can increase your health and your income dramatically.

The fastest and most powerful way I found to do this is through body-focused affirmations. These affirmations activate your nervous system and your mind so that each affirmation is driven deep into your nervous and rapidly becomes a reality in your body, which then is manifested in the real world as action.

A simpler version of this process is to simply think your desired change to yourself over and over as your performing an activity that you truly enjoy. When you do this, connect the good feelings generated from your activity to your desired change, resulting in a positively charged belief, ready to serve you on your journey through life.

The cool thing about beliefs is that when they don’t serve us anymore, we can always get rid of them and replace, like you would with a old pair of tennis shoes ( sneakers).

The next time you find yourself doing something you truly enjoy, give yourself an affirmation of success and prosperity and watch as it manifests in your life as the goodness you deserve to experience.

Best,

Amir

 

 

 

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Why you eat like s#!t… and how to fix it in five minutes or less. #eatgoodfeelgood

As a personal trainer, it’s one of my duties to show my clients how to choose healthy foods and eat those foods for optimal energy levels and maintaining their desired body composition. Don’t get me wrong: I love my junk food. French toast sticks, burgers, french fries, chicken wings, mountains of cheese. I ¬†could go on, but I would drown in my own drool.

I was sitting down wondering to myself why it is that when I make a recommendation to eat foods that will improve a person’s energy levels, a person will ignore that recommendation or “forget” to eat like I recommended.

It was one of those things where I already “knew” the answer, but I couldn’t yet put it into words. I’ve been trying to put it into words for years now, but I finally broke through the mental roadblock that prevented from doing so and the answer both shocked me and made perfect sense, as it may when you keep reading on to discover it:

One of the reasons why people tend to eat lots of junk food – re-frame that to “vitality draining foods” – is because their body wants to defend itself. Now you’re probably wondering what EXACTLY their body is trying to protect themselves from. Terrorists? Old ladies driving extremely fast? No. Here it goes. You ready to hear this? Ok:

 

Their Bodies Are Trying To Protect Them From Their Own Lives.

 

More specifically, their bodies are trying to protect them from performing activities that are a waste of the precious life-force with which God has imbued us all. The body “figures” that if it is slow and sluggish, then your conscious mind will want to forget the notion of performing the undesirable activity. It’s called a Secondary Gain. A secondary gain refers to a perceived benefit received from a certain action/inaction.

Here’s my reasoning for this postulate:

  1. Why would we deliberately do something that would take our energy levels from 100 to 50?
  2. Notice the times and contexts in which you indulge in junk food.

 

Now, I realize that we eat junk food because it tastes really good, at least that’s why I eat it. But why do we indulge to the point of gluttony and feeling sick afterwards?

Another reason why we tend to over-indulge is because eating junk foods makes us feel good, lending credence to the idea that food can have the same affects on our brains as would a drug or mind- altering substance, like caffeine. It’s perfectly logical: If xx feels good, then more of xx will feel even better.

Obviously, this doesn’t apply to junk foods (which are usually high in saturated fats and refined carbohydrates).

So now that we are aware of the reasons for why we eat the way we eat, how can we fix it?

Here are two ways that will help:

  1. Affirm to yourself: ” I stop eating when I feel full. I allow myself to enjoy my favorite treats”. This affirmation is awesome because it removes the feeling of guilt that sometimes accompanies the eating of junk food.

2. Before you take a bite that favorite treat of yours, ask yourself: ” What am I lacking in my daily life that this treat will allow me to feel? What activity could I add to my daily actions that would cause me to feel as good as this food tastes?” It may seem silly, but just say it to yourself a few times and notice what your subconscious mind gives you to chew on ( pun intended).

Use these simple tips to take control of those junk food cravings and put your vitality and health over the top.

Peace and Love,

Amir Campbell

 

Prepping for the Police Physical Agility Exam #mindandbodygainz

Back in 2014, When I learned that my wife was going to give birth to our son, I decided to start looking for a career that offered my security and stability. Becoming an officer of the law was something that everyone that knew me thought I was perfect for. I didn’t think I was “police material”, but the salary was enticing and the benefits would bring my family peace of mind and stability.

With those motivators leading me like a carrot on a stick, I began the process of becoming a police officer. I took the civil service exam, which I literally just barely passed ( a passing score was 75%, which is what I got).

With the written test just a distant memory, the next step in the process was the Physical Agility Exam. This portion of the test consisted of performing push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run in different times, depending on your age and gender. Being a personal fitness trainer, I look forward to the challenge that lay ahead because although I could do a ton of push-ups and sit-ups, I hated running. I actually DESPISED it.

The time in which I had to complete the run was under 12:58, which a moderately challenging time, but when you throw my lack of running experience and my weight into the mix ( I completed the exam at a bodyweight of 225), I knew that I had to look deep into myself and be honest with my physical and mental areas-of-improvement.

With that attitude in mind, I begin assessing myself to determine just just much work I needed to do to meet the standards. As I already knew, I could easily crank out more than double the required number of push-ups and sit-ups in the required times. When it came to the run however, I was kicked in the nuts HARD. My current 1.5 mile time was 2 minutes OVER what was required of male my age. What punched my ego the most was not the fact that I was a personal trainer and should be able to do anything physically rather easily ( I was teaching group exercise classes 3 times a week), but the fact that I had some serious work to do in order to transform my body in such a way that I could run that portion of the test in UNDER 12 minutes.

So I took everything I know about Positive thinking, Psychology, Sports Training, and nutrition and applied it to myself AS IF I were one of my clients striving for a specific fitness goal. I applied ll of my knowledge and experience and I designed a training program that supposed to help me ace that exam.

Skip forward to test day: I passed my push-ups and sit-ups with flying colors (in fact, at the end of my training, my push-ups and sit-ups numbers had what I could do before training). It was time to run my ass off. I looked around at my fellow test takers: some were smiling, others were stoned faced, and I was somewhere in between those two emotions.

So I ran my run. I hauled ass and kept running. I’ll be honest: there were points in time when I saw fellow candidates stop running and start walking and I was tempted to do so. But I thought to myself, “Somebody has to be a positive example to everybody else to keep going and since I’m already running, it may as well be me, damn it!”.

With that thought in mind and many others pulling me to the finish line, I completed my running portion of the exam in 11:27. I was pumped, not just because I passed the test, but because I was able to validate that I was able to take all of my knowledge and resources and apply them to the achievement of a goal.

Not only did I pass the test, but I also helped several others pass the test with the program I’ve developed.

The motto of this story is that we should look at challenges as potential for growth and helping others become successful. Complete the prosperous circle!

Can you remember a time when you faced a challenge and overcame it, having been made stronger as a result of the struggle? Share it with us in the comments!

Best,

Amir

 

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