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How to Start Treating Your Life Like it is a Real Life…

How to Start Treating Your Life Like it is a Real Life…

fakePerhaps one of the greatest disasters of our age is that hundreds of millions of people are content to live life with all its great potential with little or no purpose.

Instead they drift along content to live in mediocrity.

EXAMPLE:

I spoke with a guy who owns a membership website that shows people how to move to live in S/E Asia.

He has thousands of paying members and yet when I asked him:

“How many of your members have taken the plunge and moved overseas?” he replied: “Less that 10% the rest just ‘live out their dream vicariously’ via my site”

And before you start to judge them, stop!

Because 90% of you reading these words are doing exactly the same thing to one degree or another.

Deep down you long to experience things like:

  • Love
  • Romance
  • Purpose
  • Vision
  • Prosperity
  • Spirituality
  • Hope
  • Freedom
  • Forgiveness
  • Hope
  • Adventure
  • Meaningful Relationships
  • Time Freedom
  • Travel
  • Adventure
  • Destiny
  • Prosperity

But instead of doing what needs to be done, you ‘live out your dreams vicariously’ by watching some reality TV show or movie you try to find it in a bottle or at the end of a joint.

And in the meantime as John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens while you are making plans”

I think ours is a generation that has totally forgotten that life is NOW.

Not tomorrow.

Life is Now! Today!

So, Here’s a Question:

= = >Are you treating your life like it is a real life?<= =

For example, imagine for a moment that you were unjustly sentenced to a life in prison, you you would dream of freedom on the outside, wouldn’t you?

And I’ll bet if you had the chance to escape, you would do absolutely anything to get free.

Well guess what?

= = That job that is draining the very life out of you…

= = That abusive relationship with someone who treats you like dirt…

= = The unfit, overweight, angry, indecisive [Insert YOUR adjective here] individual you see looking back at you in the mirror, who refuses to take responsibility for his or her life…

Is in prison!

YOU are in prison.

But you do have a choice: you can keep living your dream through ‘others’ or you can escape today!

How?

You need to start living your life like it is a real life!

If you just make that one quality decision, EVERYTHING will start to change.

  • You won’t just dream – you will act.
  • You won’t just wish you weighed less – you will start eating differently and exercising
  • You won’t just wish you were treated better, you will establish boundaries and cut people out of your life who ignore them and walk right over you.
  • You will start to live in the now.
  • You will start to ask better questions.
  • You will start to implement.
  • You will practice gratitude
  • And if you own a business, or are in a relationship you will STOP making excuses!
  • You will address the issues that need fixing.

And when you do, you will look back on yourself a few months from now and you will think: “Thank God I started treating my life like it was a real life!”

SIDEBAR: Thanks to my good mate, Bob Buckley​ for a comment on an earlier post that inspired me to share this today.

Now – what are 2 or 3 things YOU can start doing, acknowledging, accepting, refusing or addressing today – so that you can look back at the man or woman in the mirror and start liking what you see?

The Year of Living Purposefully – a Momentous Journey

The Year of Living Purposefully – a Momentous Journey

Are YOU Living Purposefully?
Are YOU Living Purposefully?

I woke up on new years day this year with the thought: “The Year of Living Purposefully” going off like an alarm clock in my heart and mind.

It is a surreal feeling thing to wake up with a phrase like that ringing in your ears.

And I soon realized that ‘Living Purposefully’ was going to entail lots of serious commitment and changes…

– – Healing past hurts [people to forgive, lost love to let go of]
– – Taking some dreams down off the shelf.
– – Getting really serious about ‘Doing the Stuff’ that needs to be done.

And getting back the B.D. Factor [ Burning Desire] in bucketloads.

It also involves stepping out of your comfort zone.

For me that includes:

1. Getting up at 6am and walking 2 hours a day.

This is something I always love AFTER I have gotten out and been doing for 5 minutes but seriously, on most mornings, is the last thing I feel like doing.

2. Making a ‘Conscious Choice’ to educate myself in regards to marketing.

I am determined to learn more than I have at any time in the last 15 years.

And so am busy choosing expert mentors and implementing the stuff they are teaching me.

3. Giving serious attention to my marketing.

I am doing my very best to share quality content and reaching out each day to form new relationships with quality people.

4. Getting laser-focused and developing very clearly defined goals.

I know what I want to do. I know who I want to do it with. I know how I want to do it and when.

No vague generalities. No wondering. No drifting along.

Purpose! Direction! Determination! are fast becoming the catch cry of my heart.

5. Living by actions not by intentions.

You see, we can have the best intentions in the world, but is it being a ‘doer’ of the word [and not a hearer only] that separates the men from the boys.

Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words.

6. Keeping my commitments to myself.

We hear a great deal about accountability. But very little about accountability to ourselves.

My daily exercise is a commitment that I made to myself. I looked in the mirror and said “Chris you need to do this for yourself. It is time to get seriously fit and healthy and stay that way!”

7. Living a balanced life.

I am determined to work smarter not just harder. I am taking more time out to stop and smell the roses.

Taking time to enjoy the journey.

8. Keeping my eyes on the prize.


Not getting sidetracked. Refusing to listen to negative people or get caught up in anything that is going to take me ‘off purpose’

Some truly amazing doors are opening up for me. I am determined to ‘step up to the plate’ and do what needs to be done.

Anyone want to come on a similar journey with me?

The Year of Living Purposefully – A is for Action!

The Year of Living Purposefully – A is for Action!

The year of living purposefullyThe Year of Living Purposefully – A is for Action!

When it comes to growing your business, talk is cheap.

What are you actually DOING?

Because is is only the ‘doing’ that changes things. You might have the best of intentions – but intentions alone are like a car without an engine. It looks good on the outside but there is nothing to make it go and it will never take you anywhere.

And so with that in mind, let me ask you a few questions:

• What specific actions are you taking?
• Who are you asking for help?
• What books are you reading?
• Who is mentoring you?
• Which teachers or experts are you listening to?
• Who is holding you accountable?
• What are you doing to work on YOU?
• WHY are you doing what you do?
• What are you doing to get or stay healthy?
• What are the 3 things you need to start doing every day?
• What do you need to get to where you are heading?
• Who should you be speaking to?
• What have you learned from your mistakes?
• Why are you going to take action today?

Why Nobody Likes You When You Are a Miserable Git…

Why Nobody Likes You When You Are a Miserable Git…

Don't Worry - Be Happy!Why Nobody Likes You When You Are a Miserable Git...

Over the years I have met some really ‘sad and sorry’ business owners.

Individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have decided that they have been ‘hard done by’ in life and who get totally fixated on the negative stuff that has befallen them along the road of life.

And before you start looking down on folk in your mind…

Stop!

Be honest.

Because we have all been there at some time or another.

Sometimes life throws you ‘curveballs’ that you could never have expected in a thousand years and when that happens, there is nothing wrong with stopping and having a good cry if you need to.

It is when YOU allow the situations and circumstances you have faced [or are facing] to make you embrace a cynical outlook and disposition that things really go from bad to worse.

Here Are 7 Ways to Start Feeling Better Today:

1. Count Your Blessings.

Get a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle from top to bottom. In the top left write TRIALS and in the top right write BLESSINGS Then start writing. Think of every single thing you can be thankful for.

You will be very surprised to discover just how many things you have to be thankful for.

2. Exercise.

It makes an amazing difference. A few weeks ago, walking 7 kilometers was kicking the stuffing out of me – now I am walking 14 to 16km a day and absolutely loving it. When you exercise, your body releases ‘Endorphins’ [the bodies ‘feel good’ chemicals. Try it. You will love it.

3. Make a Quality Decision to Get Expert Help to Grow Your Business THIS Week.

You would be amazed at the difference ‘Getting the Marketing Right’ makes.

==> NOTE: Not sure who to hire to do what? Or where to start?

Please feel free to message me and I’ll give you my honest opinion. [I know some very smart and wonderful people].

4. Practice Gratitude.

In Sonja Lyubomirsky’s The How Of Happiness, she teaches us how 50% of our propensity for happiness is based on a genetic set point, something we can’t influence very much, 10% is based on life circumstances (such as getting the promotion, finding The One, or achieving the creative dream), and 40% is “intentional activity” that we can influence with our behavior.

That means we can be up to 40% happier in our lives without changing our circumstances one bit, and one of the key intentional activities is the practice of gratitude.

Research shows that consistently grateful people are happier, more energetic, more hopeful, more helpful, more empathic, more spiritual, more forgiving, and less materialistic. They’re also less likely to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, neurotic, or sick.

In one study, one group of participants were asked to name five things they’re grateful for every day, while another group was asked to list five hassles. Those expressing gratitude were not only happier and more optimistic, they reported fewer physical symptoms (such as headache, cough, nausea, or acne). Other gratitude studies have shown that those with chronic illnesses demonstrate clinical improvement when practicing regular gratitude.

5. Be An Encourager.

Sow the EXACT same seed in other peoples lives that you want to see come to harvest in your own life.

Encourage people.

Love people.

Build people up.

Show compassion.

Forgive.

Show kindness and patience. Go out of your way to be considerate and helpful to others..

6. Read How to Win Friends and Influence People.

It is one of the first best-selling self-help books ever published. Written by Dale Carnegie and first published in 1936, it has sold 15 million copies world-wide.

7. Change Your Diet!

Quit eating junk food. Get off sugar. Odds are your diet is slowly killing you. Change it today.

Feeling sorry for yourself is normal but STAYING there isn’t.

Ready to make serious changes starting today?

Read Point #3 Again smile emoticon

The Year of Living Purposefully – Bourn

The Year of Living Purposefully – Bourn

Bourn
Robert the Bruce AKA Braveheart

The Year of Living Purposefully – Bourn

The Dictionary defines the word Bourn

1. Destination

2. Goal

Today I want to ask you if you have a destination and a goal?

Because if you intend to live purposefully, you are going to have to seriously develop both in abundance.

The pages of history are filled with individuals who had “Bourn”

One story I remember from my childhood is about Robert the Bruce:

HUNDREDS of years ago there was a king of Scotland and his name was Robert the Bruce. The times in which he lived were wild and dangerous.

The King of England was at war with him, and had led a great army into Scotland to drive him out of the land and to make himself King of Scotland.

Battle after battle he had fought with England. Six times Robert the Bruce had led his army against his foes. Six times in a row his men had been beaten, until finally they were driven into flight.

At last the army of Scotland was entirely scattered, and the king was forced to hide in the woods and in lonely places among the mountains.

One cold, rainy day, Robert the Bruce lay in a cave, listening to the rainfall outside the cave entrance. He was tired and felt sick at heart, ready to give up all hope. It seemed to him that there was no use for him to try to do anything more.

As he lay thinking, he noticed a spider over his head, getting ready to weave her web. He watched her as she worked slowly and with great care. Six times she tried to throw her thread from one edge of the cave wall to another. Six times her thread fell short.

“Poor thing!” said Robert the Bruce. “You, too, know what it’s like to fail six times in a row.”

But the spider did not lose hope. With still more care, she made ready to try for a seventh time. Robert the Bruce almost forgot his own troubles as he watched, fascinated. She swung herself out upon the slender line.

Would she fail again? No! The thread was carried safely to the cave wall, and fastened there.

“Yes!” cried Bruce, “I, too, will try a seventh time!”

So he arose and called his men together. He told them of his plans, and sent them out with hopeful messages to cheer the discouraged people. Soon there was an army of brave men around him. A seventh battle was fought, and this time the King of England was forced to retreat back to his own country.

It wasn’t long before England recognized Scotland as an independent country with Robert the Bruce as its rightful king.

And to this very day, the victory of Scotland is traced to a spider who kept trying again and again to spin her web in a cave and inspired the king of Scotland, Robert the Bruce.

NOTE: Whether or not the story is part legend or true, it serves a very good purpose. We all need a destination and a goal in life. It also is a great reminder that “Failure ISN’T Final” Our responses determine our destiny.

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The Year of Living Purposefully and The Importance of Big Ideas

The Year of Living Purposefully and The Importance of Big Ideas

the year of living purposefullyThe Year of Living Purposefully  and The Importance of Big Ideas

I have just spent about  7 days straight recording and editing videos. I am now writing sales copy and in a couple of days, I’ll start selling a high-ticket package to Business Coaches and Marketing Consultants.

And here’s the thing:

All of this started with a simple “Big” idea.

I had been speaking to a business coach here in the UK and right in the middle of our conversation it dawned on me that whilst she really knew her stuff when it came to coaching people, she absolutely sucked when it came to marketing her coaching practice.

Something wonderful happened that day…

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The Year of Living Purposefully – A is for Animus [Part Two]

The Year of Living Purposefully – A is for Animus [Part Two]

Th year of living purposefully chris bloorThe Year of Living Purposefully – A is for Animus [Part 2]

How to Make Purpose and Intention Real in Your Life

I think one of the greatest tragedies of our age is the fact that hundreds of millions of people have been lulled into living their lives devoid of purpose and intention.

It is interesting that the antonym for the word intention is discouragement.

There is a very good reason for this…

It is because you born with the seeds of greatness within you.

sadly, over time, as a result of your education and the choices you have made,  you have allowed the world around you [along with the opinions and restrictions of others] to squeeze you into its own mold.

7 Things That Are Stopping You From Reaching Your Destiny

1. What You Watch. I might upset some people here, but if you watch 5 hours of mindless reality TV a night you will never think great thoughts. Television is one of the most powerful tools in the world for the ‘Dumbing Down’ of the masses. 

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The Year of Living Purposefully A is for Animus

The Year of Living Purposefully A is for Animus

the year of living purposefully animusThe Year of Living Purposefully  A is for Animus

[Finding Purpose and Intention in Life and In Business Part 1]

It is an undeniable fact that one of the biggest problems in the world is that huge masses of people are living lives of mediocrity.

I recently addressed this in some copy I wrote for a guy in the real estate niche:


You Have Been Deliberately, Purposefully and Calculatingly Educated to be IGNORANT in Regards to Wealth Creation!

From your very first day at school you were trapped in an outdated, ineffective system, designed to produce… compliant employees not freedom-loving entrepreneurs!

And whether you realize it or not,

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The Year of Living Purposefully – Ambition and How to Get More of It!

The Year of Living Purposefully – Ambition and How to Get More of It!

The Year of Living Purposefully - AmbitionLiving Purposefully involves many things and believe it or not – one of them is a hefty dose of ambition. I don’t mean selfish, shallow, ambition – the kind that ruthlessly walks over others – rather a “Fire in the Belly” to be the very best you can be as an individual.

To reach and fulfill your full potential and to experience what it truly means to live a life of purpose, meaning and destiny.

One of the key synonyms for “Purpose” is the word Ambition.

Here is a List of  26 Synonyms for Ambition:

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The Year of Living Purposefully – The 3 “P’s”

The Year of Living Purposefully – The 3 “P’s”

I woke up early this morning for my 2 hour walk. It was freezing outside and as I walked I started thinking about The 3 “P’s”

1. Purpose
2. Perspective
3. Perseverance

It is sad reality that MOST people live life with all its great potential with little or no purpose.

And just in case you are wondering, no one can give you that purpose. It is something that you have to discover and define for yourself.

Something ONLY you can discover. But one thing is for certain, the moment you discover your purpose EVERYTHING changes.

And purpose gives birth to…

2. Perspective. When I was kid, I had this terrible habit when I rode my bike. I would get absolutely fascinated by the front wheel.

I have a vivid memory of flying through the air after hitting a pothole [that I would have easily seen and avoided if I hadn’t been looking at the front wheel] and thinking to myself “This is really going to hurt!” It did.

Now imagine you visit a big shopping center and when you go to drive home your focus ONLY on the hood of your car…

Trust me, you would be in for a wild time! I doubt you would even make it out of the car park.

But you say: “Chris that is crazy! All I need to do is lift up my eyes and see the road!”

Exactly! That is the power of perspective!

Some of you have your nose an inch away from the front wheel – is it any wonder you keep crashing into things?

Keep your eyes on the Prize!

3. Perseverance. This flows out of the first two. When you find your life’s purpose, you suddenly see things in perspective and when that happens you are willing to persevere.

Purpose – Perspective – Perseverance.

Do you have them?

Are you helping your clients to experience them?

The Year of Living Purposefully – 5 Areas of Your Life Where Purpose Matters Most

The Year of Living Purposefully – 5 Areas of Your Life Where Purpose Matters Most

Nutri-Bullet Juicer
Nutri-Bullet Juicer

The Year of Living Purposefully 5 Areas of Your Life Where Purpose Matters Most [Part 1 – Health]

1. Your Health. If you are like most people in the western world, you are not even slightly as fit as you should be. You eat junk and seldom exercise. And as a result you are opening yourself up to a myriad of health conditions from diabetes to cancer and heaps in-between.

At the time of writing this I am living in the UK which has just won the sad title of being the second most overweight nation in Europe.

 

When I read about this in the local newspaper, my mind went back to when I lived in China a few years back. And I remembered how very healthy the people were.

I was personally amazed at how much fruit and vegetables people ate.

They “purposefully” take care of their health with the result being that you can go into almost any park and see senior citizens exercising every day of the week.

And I mean people in their late 70’s and 80’s

They can be found in all weathers doing Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Dancing.

Yet in the town I live in here in England I have never seen a single individual that age exercising.

But I have seen lots of morbidly obese people riding on assisted scooters.

Last year I had a prostate cancer scare. Thankfully all my biopsies were negative. But it really served as a definite wake up call.

I am now seriously determined to live purposefully with regards to my health.

One of my intentions is to lose 30 kilos in 2015.

Here Are 5 Things I am Doing to Lose Weight & Get Healthy

1] Walking 2 Hours  a Day

This morning when I woke it was raining outside and my bed was very warm.

But I reminded myself that I am asking the afformation question everyday:

“Why do I attain and maintain my ideal weight?”

And the answer is definitely NOT:  “Because I lay in bed and don’t exercise”

2. Eating Healthy Foods. I walked through the supermarket the other day and was amazed at the amount of processed junk on sale.  I am ‘Purposefully’  avoiding processed foods.

3. Using my Bullet Juicer! I cannot even begin to say how awesome these things are.  Seriously  a brilliant investment.

4.  Noah St John’s Afformations. I cannot even begin to say how much of an impact Noah’s breakthrough ideas have impacted my life.

5. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. I am seeing a brilliant Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor in Sheffield and feel fantastic as a result of the explosion in well being I am experiencing.

6. The B.D Factor. [Burning Desire] I made a quality decision that I desire and choose health and fitness MUCH more than I desire the sedentary lifestyle I allowed myself to lapse into.

7. Doing What I Love. I am 100% “Unemployable” [and always will be]. Thankfully, because I work online and love what I do this is not an issue for me. Lately I have discovered a new sense of appreciation and gratitude for the fact that I do what I love and love what I do.

Life is way too short too be chained to a job that is draining the life out of you!

NOTE: Speak to me if you are stuck where that is concerned.

So, What About You?

Are you the weight you should be?

Are you proactively “Taking Responsibility” for your health?

Because your health is a vital part of living purposefully.

In fact, it is foundational to it.

I have seen so many people spending their health to get their wealth, only to end up spending their wealth in an often futile effort to win back their health.

Don’t let that happen to you!

Live purposefully!

The Year of Living Purposefully – Relationships

The Year of Living Purposefully – Relationships

the year of living purposefully - relationshipsThree years ago I lost my marriage.

I cannot even begin to describe the tsunami of emotional turmoil and pain that unleashed into my life.

You see, I absolutely adored my ex wife. I had never met anyone as genuine or ‘perfect’ as her in my life before.

And I am 100% convinced had it not been for the influence of some religious “Charis-maniacs”  we would still be together…

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The Year of Living Purposefully and Why We All Need the B.D. Factor…

The Year of Living Purposefully and Why We All Need the B.D. Factor…

The Year of Living Purposefully and Why We All Need the B.D. Factor.The Year of Living Purposefully and Why We All Need the B.D. Factor…

The dictionary defines the word purpose as: “A person’s sense of resolve or determination.” And for most of us [myself included] therein lies the problem.

We lack the B.D. Factor. [Burning Desire Factor]

We have the best of intentions, we just get sidetracked too easily.

What we need to do is get to the place where our desire, for change becomes genuine resolve or determination.

In my own case, one of my goals is to lose 30 kilos and so everyday I am setting my alarm early and come wind, hail, snow or sunshine, I am starting each morning with a two hour walk.

January 31st I’ll post and share how much weight I have lost.

I am also applying the B.D. Factor to my business.

But that is the subject of tomorrow’s post…

The Year of Living Purposefully

The Year of Living Purposefully

The Year of Living Purposefully Chris BloorI woke up today with the words: The Year of Living Purposefully in my mind.

The dictionary defines the word purpose as: “A person’s sense of resolve or determination.”

If you check out the word “Purpose” in the Thesaurus, you will discover an additional 43 words, each giving a different insight and deeper meaning into the word.

I have decided to make 2015 my “Year of Living Purposefully”

I intend to take each of these 43 words and on my Blog and YouTube channel, share my own journey and experience in making each of them a reality in my life.

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