Ask anyone about Paleo and you'll get a mixed response.
That's understandable. With all the different experts out there, with differing points of view; the world through our lenses can often reveal a tainted picture.
I had a great experience last year presenting at the Paleo Conference. I met some amazing people, and got the opportunity to talk people about practical steps to improve their health and fitness.
The great thing about the UK's Only Paleo Conference, Health Unplugged, is that the diversity in opinion brings a richness, that only serves to fuel the debate, and can often strip it back to the real simplicity, and effectivenss of Paleo. That's because the starting point comes from the belief that Paleo has been proven to work. That it's more than just a diet. That a 360 degree approach to health, based on ancestoral principles holds real value.
If you are unsure of the power of Paleo check out the trailer to the new independent documentary We Love Paleo released on 30th August, to get a sense of the transformation that every day people just like you have experienced watch the trailer below. And if you are interested >>Click Here<< to get your tickets to the premiere [Enter discount code: 25PALEOLOVEWE_fof to get 25% off]
So in 2015 what will Health Unplugged bring to the table?
It's now grown into a buff two day affair, packed with exciting workshops, and thought provoking key note speakers on how to improve your wellbeing, and create a liftestyle that is abundant in movement, health and happiness. And yes. I will be one of the Key note speakers. Darryl Edwards, The Fitness Explorer and his team have put together a first class event. To find out more and grab your early bird tickets click on the link below .
>>Health Unplugged 2015<<
Did you know that we have between 50,000 to 70, 000 thoughts a day?
Most of which we pay little attention to, or sprint past us without us really noticing.
A belief is just a thought on steroids.
We've trained it.
So it carries more weight.
That's why it's stronger than our other thoughts.
But just like our physical body, if we stop training it, it will get weaker.
(I'm sure you've heard the expression, "use it or lose it?")
It's called the effects of detraining.
And the cool thing is that we don't have to train that belief if we don't want to.
I have a question for you, which beliefs are not serving your best interests?
Stop training them, get them off the gear.
Let me ask you another question?
Which beliefs are working well for you?
I'm sure those could benefit from getting a better workout.
Train those more.
The more you train them, the more those neural pathways are laid down.
The stronger that belief will become.
(now how cool is that?)
You see, you do have a choice, which thoughts do you want to train?
Ask yourself what needs to happen for things to change?
Everyone loves a life hack.
There are certain people who have made a living off of it. Doing the hard work of researching and finding out how to make life easier for you, so you don't have to.
Now if you haven't cottoned on to skewed logic in that premise, I invite you to stop reading.
Really. Stop reading.
Approach the nearest wall. Bang your head on it repeatedly until you lose consiousness.
Everyone wants to lose fat, the body of an adonis, yet few are prepared to put in the time and effort to get the results. The days, the hours and even the years required.
Many more want to be millionaire entrepreneurs. They want short cuts, they want it now. They seek the easy way. They don't want to make the sacrifices, they don't want to graft. They want it handed to them, wrapped up in a neat little box.
They want something for nothing.
Well, I've got something to tell you.
Life hacking the real work, means that you can't hack life.
You're not built for this. You are not prepared to do what needs to be done, to get what you want in real tangible terms.
You love the idea, the fantasy.
The're is a great quote (who's said it I can't remember) that goes,
"The reason that so many people miss an opportunity is because it often comes dressed in overalls and looks like hard work."
If you have ever ever listened to Arnold Schwarzenegger's 6 Rules of Success ( I suggest you do) you will know that rule number 5 is Work your butt off. Don't be afraid of hard work, as the big man says
"You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pocket."
But it's not just about success (as deemed by western society).
So what am I talking about?
The real work is the inner work. And it's often hard (but not always).
You may fool yourself into thinking that you can life hack external stuff, but that is short lived. Want to get healthier? Who do you need to be make that happen? what changes do you need to make in your beliefs about yourself? Because I can assure you, hacking external action will be short lived.
Bullet proof this; Herbal death that.
It's the internal work, the real work,that will give you the long term power to make real and lasting change.
Yes it's uncomfortable. Yes it will hurt a bit. Real change does.
Change causes movement, movement causes friction, friction causes pain.
My point is this.
It's through the journey that you forge the kind of person who you need to be, and develop the skills that you require to get where you need to go. To secure the future that you want.
If you life hack everything, you rob yourself of that experience. Deny yourself the learning that could very well be saving you from making similar mistakes, ones that you will end up just attempting to hack with a "band aid" type solution.
When it comes to your training, don't look for the quickest way, look for the most effective way.
When it comes to your nutrition, stop confusing convenient with healthy.
When it comes to your relationships, stop reading "10 ways too..." and start doing the work of really communicating. Getting it wrong. Learning, and then getting better at it.
Know who you are and who you are not.
Fuck life hacks.
Quit trying to be great.
That great idea you're waiting to start.
The grand project you wanted to begin.
That 5 day a week gym program you set as a goal
(and struggle to maintain)....
The miraculous diet that restricts your eating that you managed for 30 days and then stopped.
Stop trying to be great.
Start working on being that bit better today than you were yesterday.
Work on the small things.
Free yourself up from the pressure of that grand idea that is weighing you down.
May seem insignificant.
Not that exciting.
No fan fare.
Just ordinary action taken consistently over time.
This is how roads are built.
Mountains are climbed.
Races are won.
How victories happen.
Inch by inch.
Minute by minute.
Piece by piece.
I hope you found that useful.
Why did I write this? Well, I was coaching on a program last week and the amount of participants that were crippled by fear when setting out their goals and what they want in life was remarkable.
It was a lot.
So we digged a little deeper.
Got to the core of what they really wanted, and what was stopping them. Now this method is not for everybody. But let me tell you, when they allowed themselves to face the shadows, we had some amazing breakthroughs.
Focus and amplify your strengths and remember to celebrate your successes.
(No matter how big or small).