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A Moment To Remember

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2018 has been great so far and I owe this to my family first, and my mindset second.

My mindset has been about seeing the positive and comedy in everything. I’m still working on perfecting this but I’ve come a long way. A huge piece in perfecting this perspective has been to simply shut up, listen, observe, and learn. The less I post, the less I flap my gums, the more I read, and the more I consider, the better my outlook has become.

Like I said, a lot of my growth comes from my family. My wife often stops and says, “Just give me a hug and a kiss.” and I’m often so busy minded that I need those reminders to just slow it down and take it easy. My daughter, 10 months old, just looks at me and gives me a huge smile… melts my heart every time. Then, there’s my boy… My son knows exactly how to cheer me up. The other night, after showering the kids and bringing them to my son’s room to get their pajamas on, my daughter kept twisting herself to turn over while I was trying to put her diaper on while my son jumped around the bed. This is frustrating for me because I’m not short and I have to bend forward so much, it puts a huge strain on my back muscles. After a while of chasing my daughter around, my son squeezes in his comic relief by saying, “No jumping on the bed like a monkey!

Now, what really stopped me in my tracks was when I was finished dressing my daughter and I was trying to get his pajamas on for bed. He was non-stop-moving like he ants in his pants… and I hadn’t even gotten his pants on yet!! I asked him nicely several times to lay still so I could get his pajamas on and he continued to give me a run for my money. I finally said sternly, “Please stay still so I can get your pajamas on.” What he did next brought from level 8 right down to zero… I was crouched down, kneeling on his bed and he was standing, so we were roughly the same height, and he blew in my face a couple of time to get my attention. When I stopped and looked him in the face, he gently grabbed my cheekbones, smiled, and softly kissed me on my nose, then hopped away and continued jumping.

Instantaneously, he had shattered my adulthood into tiny pieces with joy and innocence, reminding me that “nothing is really that big of a deal“. Moments like these elicit me to stop taking life so seriously and just enjoy the time we have. These moments provide me with so many learning opportunities for personal growth beyond anything I’ve ever imagined. I used to think… correction… I used to believe it was vital for me to work extremely hard for endless amounts of hours, sacrifice any and all pleasure in my life, and relentlessly pursue success in the form of monetary value, and if I didn’t do these things and live in such a way, I would be doomed for failure in the eyes of America… Well, maybe in the eyes of the public culture where everyone on Instagram is a fitness champ and public figure, everyone is a business owner bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, and everyone can show you how to be just like them! Seems nice and all… but I’ve got different plans.

My plan includes spending time with my family, learning to be a goofball with my kids at all opportunities, remembering to be a romantic towards my wife, staying in touch with my sisters and my good friends, having a couple of hobbies like rebuilding my motorcycle and sculpting play dough with my kids, and helping people with A Living System ™ by restoring hope in humanity. If I can create that automated online business selling digital products like I intend to, great! If not, I’ll work my day job and spend the rest of my time with my family. As long as when I lay on my death-bed I have beautiful memories to smile about and the ability to say, “I don’t regret a thing“, then it’ll all be worth it in the end. In the meantime, it’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cuddling, story reading time, and bubble baths for this guy.

I hope you’ve found something valuable from my posts and I thank all of you for subscribing to my blog column. Please remember to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and be on the lookout for my book, “May, I Work For You” coming out later this year.

“Here’s to family, love, and aspirations.” – Clinton

Stay Strong,

Clinton N. Downs

IamClintFit ™




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My Experience

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One of the best feelings ever is when I’m hanging out with my little girl and she falls asleep right on my chest as I lay on the couch. I can’t describe this feeling with any other word except beautiful.

I absolutely love staying home with my girl. The only drawback to staying home with her is that it’s usually when she’s sick. If it wasn’t for her being sick, I wouldn’t get to spend the day with her. Talk about bitter-sweet… but I love the bonding.

Now, in Module 3 of A Living System ™️ I talk about how important relationships are, and as a parent, my relationship with my children is right up there with my marriage. I was thinking about this today as I was out running errands and adulting. I thought of this as I went to visit my good friend Izzy, a successful barber, soon to be husband, and father of two wonderful boys (see Izzy’s business info at the bottom of this post).

So, I was driving through Lowell on my way to his shop to give him the second shipment of clothes that I had purchased as a Christmas gift for him. For some reason the order was broken into two shipments. Anyways, as I was driving, I looked around the city and it reminded me a little of my hometown, Lawrence.

Nostalgia set in and my mind began to run in analytical mode as I started thinking of how a lot of my old friends (not including Izzy) are still living the same lifestyle as we were in our early twenties, except now we’re all in our thirties and most of us have children. I imagined their children watching and learning from their parents as they behave, speak, and live. Being who I am, I couldn’t help but imagine speaking to our younger selves, mentoring us on readjusting our priorities and getting a head-start on life and success so we’d be excellent examples to our children.

After my mental visualiztion and internal dialogue finished, I came to realize that a lot of people hold onto a false sense of loyalty to their city, the people they hang around with, and a lifestyle that does not do them any favors. This false sense of loyal also gives birth to a blanket of guilt which keeps them at bay whenever they think of moving forward in life. It’s as if they would be disrespectful and disloyal if they were to improve their lives and move out of their hometown, doomed forever to be marked as deserters, guilty of betrayal.

I thought about this deeper. What is it that truly inhibits these people? Why is it some people grow and strive for more while others fall into stagnation?

In Module 5 of A Living System ™️ I talk about Habitual Thinking and where this stems from. It all stems from a person’s belief system. The true self-imposed inhibition is a person’s lack of self-belief. They simply don’t believe in themselves, and because they lack the self-belief, they seek external validation. This is why they hold dear to their false sense of loyalty to their hometown, friends, and lifestyle that serves them nothing but disservice.

I share this awith certainty and conviction because I’ve lived it and it wasn’t until my late twenties that I was able shake myself free of these footholds and confront my own beliefs. It took me years before I was able to look in the mirror and take the mask off and truly see what and who I was. Only then was I able to genuinely start my growth and begin evolving.

If you’re faced with this struggle, my advice is this: look deep inside of yourself and asking yourself what really matters to you. After identifying your priorities, acknowledge what you need to change, add, and/or remove in/to/from your life to being growing into the person you want to be, the person you want your children to be like, and the live the lifestyle you actually want to live.

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For those of you in the area, visit Izzy for a haircut in Dracut, MA.

Five Stars Barbershop
16 Pleasant St, Dracut, MA 01826
(978) 364-0137
Instagram: @iz_the_barb3r
Twitter: @iz_the_barb3r

Stay Strong,

ClintFit Consulting ™

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