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The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Hello Everyone!

As always, thank you for reading and subscribing to my blog column. I hope all is well.

I wanted to share my early bird rise this morning. I give some of the credit to my son and here’s why. At 3:30 AM this morning my son woke up and he was crying. My wife and I heard him and I went to his room to check on him and see what was up. He had simply woke up, wanted Mommy and/or Daddy, and was thirsty on top of it. So, when I went in, I greeted him with his nickname “Papa”, leaned over the side of his bed and gestured him to come over to me. I asked him what was matter and he said he wanted milk. I asked him if he was thirsty as I took a peak at his mouth to see if his lips were dry and how his speech sounded. He said he was thirsty and I agreed to take him to the kitchen for something to drink. We had our Father/Son moment and had some water, then brought him back to bed with a small bottle of milk to soothe him until we had to wake up.

The thought of staying up crossed my mind since I aim to wake up at 4:30 AM every morning, and the extra hour and a half seemed quite appealing. I went back to bed anyways and laid there for about 30 minutes. I couldn’t fall back asleep. It wasn’t a feeling of frustration and being tired, but instead it was a compelling, driving force that persistently urged me to get up and start my day. I kept thinking of Eric Thomas and hearing in from one of his speeches saying, “I DARE YOU TO STAY UP!”.

SO, I GOT UP!

I followed my intuition because somehow I knew it was going to be good. And lo and behold, it was! I got up went down to the kitchen to brew some coffee and gobble a couple gummy vitamins. Once I had my cup of coffee, I took the coffee, some weights, and my the dog outside. It was a surprising 47-49ºF with some humidity in the air. It felt great! Cool, but not too cold. I did some bent over rows, squats, and ended it with some shoulder shrugs. A nice way to start my day and warm up my body. I sipped my coffee in between sets so by the time I was finished with my last set of shoulder shrugs, I was more awake and alert than ever! I played around with my dog in the grass a little until he head butted my in the cheekbone. I considered it my MMA training for the day and moved on.

This next part was my favorite. Being so bright eyed and bushy tailed, with the captivated audience of my dog, I practiced my speaking. I started going through A Living System™, one module at a time. I felt focused, determined, and productive. In that moment, I was working towards my dream, my vision, and putting in the work when no one was looking. This was a activating and triggering behavior because for the entire drive to work, all I could think of was my vision, as if it was the first time I had thought it in my life. I felt new, revived, and full of vitality, both physically and mentally. I felt hopeful, happy, and thankful about every area of my life.

When 5:00 AM rolled around, I began my usual routine of getting ready for the day. However, today is an exceptional day because I started it so early and took advantage of it. I give my son the credit and thank him for getting me up so early, and I’m thanking myself for taking advantage of the early rise. So, with the worm in hand, this bald eagle wanted to share my morning adventure with you in hopes of inspiring you to rise a bit earlier and work towards your vision.

May your mornings be productive, your nights be restful, and your life be healthy.

Stay strong,

ClintFit Consulting™

© 2017 Clinton N. Downs

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5 Tips for Staying Motivated

Hello All,

It’s a trying time here in the U.S. and with all the negativity swimming in the air, how the heck are we supposed to stay motivate? Seems like there’s more heart in the Disney movie Moana than there is in our communities. But I don’t want to be daunting and add to the grief, so let me share some inspiration and strategies I use to get me back in gear. Check out My Why YouTube video for extra motivation and inspiration.

As a speaker, trainer, life coach, husband, and father, there’s a lot of pressure to be a leader. But being I’m human (I think), sometimes even I get discouraged. There are times when the house gets messy, the hours at work are long, the hours of sleep are short, the commute to our day job is similar to watching paint dry, and the children need time with us to bond and build on our relationships. That doesn’t leave much room for chores, personal “me” time for my wife or I, time for my wife and I to spend with each other, time for the dog, time for blogs or vlogs. Life, especially with children, can be pretty demanding.  And those are the times where dispiritedness can creep in. It’s crucially important to do some self reflecting during these times to find fuel to your fire.

Try these 5 strategies for boosting your inner-drive when you’re feeling low on gas.

  1. Remembering why you started in the first place. This is number one for a reason. Your why is the reason you get up in the morning, the reason you don’t quit (even when you want to), it’s THE reason you continue on. Consciously thinking of this can give you a boost to finish the day, even if that’s all you can muster for the time being. Your why could be your significant other, it could be your children, your parents, your current goal, your passion in life, etc. There are many reasons why people persist, so just make sure you find your why.

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  2. Change your perspective. How often you sit back and compare your life to someone who seems to “have it all”? Do you ever do this? Do you ever scroll through Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or watch a bunch of YouTube videos and see what appears to be the “good life” and wonder why you don’t have it that good?
    Ask again: “How would I feel if I had it worse than I have it now?” Let that marinate for a little bit… Doesn’t that change your outlook? When you think about it, is your life really that bad? I mean, are you starving? Are you without clothing? Are you without shelter? Are you in a war zone? The truth is, things could be a lot worse. I was at the gym the other day and I watched a commercial for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I couldn’t help but think of how hard it must be for those children. Then I thought of the parents, and imagined how powerless I would feel if one of my children were in that situation. Those three to four minutes of commercial made me grateful for and appreciate my children’s health.
  3. Think about the last time (negative). Seriously, think about the last time you got down on yourself for one reason or another and what did you do? You stayed in and watched TV? You scrolled through social media and made it worse? Binged on a bunch of junk food? Did that make things better? Or did it make things even worse because not only did you feel down on yourself, but you engaged in “I feel bad about myself so I’m going to do *blank* and feel worse about it” behavior? (Yes, I just made that up).
    Instead of repeating the behavior, do what you need to do, even if your heart isn’t in it at that moment. Go to the gym. At least you went! Write part of that paper, that blog, that chapter, that report… just write something because it’s better than writing nothing at all. Don’t let history repeat itself.
  4. Just do it. I’m not getting paid to advertise for Nike but their slogan suits this post. The last tip had you think about how you felt the last time you felt down about things and engaged in positive feedback behavior (that’s when you feel bad and do things that will make you feel bad, making you feel worse). So instead of thinking about what happened last time, don’t think, just do. Are you down about how much laundry needs to get done? Start a load buddy. Are you bummed because the sink is full of dishes? Roll up your sleeves champ. Feeling bad about not spending time with someone? Reach out to them, and if they’re available, go see them. Don’t procrastinate, just start doing! You can feel bummed, down, tired, unmotivated, uninspired, and still command your body to move. It’s not like your actually paralyzed. (Think of tip #2).
  5. Think about the last time (positive). Tip #3 was about thinking how you felt last time you gave in to the feelings and did what you were already bummed out about. This time, I want you to think about the last time you achieved a goal. Think of how good it felt to clean up your place and easy it was to pick out clothes when everything was put away. Think about how good it felt last time you didn’t want to go, but you went to the gym anyways. Think about how good it felt when you wanted something bad to eat, but you ate well instead and lost a pound or two that week? Think of how good it felt when you paid off that loan or credit card because you didn’t spend on X, Y, or Z. Remember those times? I bet they felt fantastic! Consciously bringing those rewarding thoughts back to life  activates the reward center in your brain because your brain can’t tell the difference between reality and a thought. It reacts the same. So, think of some rewarding time and use those good feelings to move you towards achievement again!

Keep these 5 tips in mind next time you’re thinking of skipping out on responsibility and make the choice to do today what you will thank yourself for tomorrow.

Stay Strong,

ClintFit Consulting ™

© 2017 Clinton N. Downs

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An Uneasy Vlog

I decided I wanted to give you a vlog. It was 08/28/2017 and the time was 8:13 PM ET on a Monday night. Our son was in bed and my wife was cuddled up with our daughter and I had a thought on how I had been feeling last month. It started when I fell behind on my writing back in July. I had this combination of content and complacency going on inside of me and it’s been a confusing state to be in. On one side of the coin, I feel compelled to push and strive for more. On the other, I look at what I’ve got and how far I’ve come, and I feel at ease. It’s the experience of two polar opposites occurring simultaneously that’s got me in a constraint. So while the flick of a thumb sends fate rotating into the air only to to make a decision based on chance, I’m left with one question: Why am I leaving my life up to a coin toss?

What I decided to do with this unique situation was to create a vlog. I’m overdue for a video on my YouTube Channel, Facebook, and Instagram, and I think my blog column deserves a little media in it. I spent a few days thinking this over so…

…without further ado, I present my first vlog ever.