Staying Sane During Isolation

So by now the reality of the situation has set in for most of us and the harsh reality that life as we knew it only a few weeks ago is now over, movements are restricted and monitored, and we are not even being given any indication when this may or may not end, people are losing their jobs already as an economy largely built on debt and the management thereof fails almost instantly the “just in time”repayment money fails to appear.

It would be easy to fall into depression, in fact that is one of the things that is worrying governments around the world, people will take longer to recover from the effects of having their lives taken out from underneath them slower than the world will take to beat Covid-19.

The important thing to remember at this time is that although this seems insurmountable it is not, it literally is just a matter of time, and frankly the conspiracy theorists out there claiming that governments have a cure but aren’t letting on are dreaming, there is no government anywhere in the world that would allow the demise of millions of registered tax payers if they could help it.

After the Boxset

Initially I think the majority of people will turn to Netflix (and other streaming platforms) with time on their hands, but once you have binge re-watched your favorite series what then, twiddle your thumbs? the reaction that the world had to being told they should stay in doors was almost completely uniform.

Majority of people had to get out and see other people, not because they suddenly had the desire to be social but because they were frightened about losing the ability to do something.

Our minds need stimulation and leisure activities are designed to give us a break from the stress and planning of normal daily modern life, if you think about what you would normally do in a typical day it is quite a long list, juggling work, home, activities, money, emails, social media, planning holidays, dealing with children and their problems, worrying about children the list is endless.

But these worries are starting to diminish we are not going out as much, balancing all the activities that we would normally do in a day and a night aren’t there any more and our brains are struggling to slow down, this is where the boredom and the frustration comes in.

As we become bored we become aware of the lack of stimulation, and that frustrates us more, the lack of stimulation is the biggest change we can go through at this time because people with a normal active life are, if anything, over stimulated, modern life has dictated that we become 24hr people and suddenly we have been thrust back into a time long gone where there is very little to do and a lot of time to think about things.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, you do not have to succumb to the boredom and ultimately the cabin fever, all you need to do is find a source of stimulation, a path of mental and physical occupation that means you are expanding your mind, believe me it will make that boxset even sweeter in the evening if you have been busy all day.

My Tips to Stay Sane in this Insanity

  1. Start a course online, literally pick a subject and start to learn it, if ever you needed the time to learn a new skill this is the perfect excuse.
  2. Spend time with your family (in your household of course) you would be amazed how little you know about each other really, as modern life forces the “ships passing in the night” on all of us.
  3. Make good use of Social Media, I hate it personally but not because of itself but rather the applications that humans find for it, usually the instrument of either hate or bullying or pornography, instead we now have the opportunity to use it for face to face communication, and to catch up with people you possibly haven’t had time to before.
  4. Read, reading is by far and way the easiest way to lose some hours while engaging your mind, read fiction and your brain will conjure images and emotions as well as improving skills that can be useful for education purposes, most of us fall out of the habit and struggle when we pick up educational books, not because of the subject matter but because we are out of practice with reading.
  5. Enjoy the time together, partners, children and pets are awesome we rarely (in most cases) get the opportunity to really enjoy time as it is always so finite but now the rushing around is out of the way you can truly enjoy the time together.

I hope this helps to at least give confidence that the way people are feeling is normal, and that there are ways to ride this thing out, it will be (and is being) a very challenging time for the world, but we will get through it, and who knows, with a helping of luck come out the other side a bit better connected and with a better prospective on the life we were living and how important some of the priorities we had were.

Quick Word on Staying Fit in these Difficult Times

I have seen and answered quite a lot of questions recently on Quora regarding training while in isolation, so I thought I would put a small post together just to help with this subject.

First things First

You don’t really need the gym, or at least not as much as you thought you did, the vast majority of us that are looking to stay in shape can do so quite easily from home, but we are sold the Gym story because it makes money for others and we buy it (on the whole) because it gives most people the best excuse for not working out, if I can’t get to the gym I can’t train, but the reality is (and if we are honest with ourselves) this is exactly what it is an excuse, I am not knocking Gyms, far from it but right now in this moment you haven’t got that as an option so let’s work a way round it, I put a previous post on about working out with an old log or tree stump located here but you don’t even have to go to those extremes, there are a few simply rules to remember and you will be just fine.

  1. if you no longer have access to a wide range of weights, slow down your repetitions and use increasingly concentration exercises, so this would mean concentration curls resting your elbow on the inside of your leg, or lunges instead of squats.
  2. Anything can be a weight if it weighs something, sounds simple but it doesn’t have to be a bar with plates on it, logs, stones, paving slabs anything that weighs something and you can pick up will work, just remember to be careful of sharp edges and any dirt falling into your eyes and so on, apply common sense.
  3. As long as you stress the muscle or you push cardio capacity till you are out of breath you are going to adapt it is simple, so go out for a run (on your own or with members of your household) and push yourself.

Desperation is the Mother of Invention

Remember that you can think a way through anything, in fact a little time having to invent movements will probably do us all some good, consider the muscle group you are wanting to train and think about what movement involves that muscle group, then perform the movements slowly and deliberately, try and feel the muscle group working under the weight, not only will this help with the mind muscle connection when you go back to the Gym but you will find that using heavy objects that are not always completely centred or are awkward to pick up will help recruit supporting muscle groups as well meaning that you can push more weight with the main group as it now as much more support.

Sticking Points

Chest, is always going to be a difficult one, as the normal way of training is to be on a bench allowing greater movement of the elbows, but you can just as easily lay on the floor and do flys, again just slow down and feel the movement, press-ups are of course the staple and see if you can get someone to place a weight on your back while you perform them, cross bench dips can be replicated with two chairs just be careful that one of them does not tip over, I would say just use one and place you feet on the floor. elevating your legs during press-ups will also help engage your upper chest, but not too much as your blood pressure will rise easily in this position.

Yoga, Yoga, Yoga

I cannot stress this enough, if you are looking for a way to improve overall health and wellbeing as well as improve muscle tone and burn fat and you only have restricted space, you cannot beat Yoga, there are a million and one videos on YouTube that you can just put on and work along with, you will feel better for it, I know that for some the idea of Yoga seems a little hokey but believe me I have such an admiration for the strength, flexibility and durability of Yoga practitioners since I started doing it, and my flexibility has improved no end.

Above all

This time is unavoidable, you cannot do anything different because this virus has taken those options away, but although it is controlling our lives now, don’t let it win in the long run, think a way round the limitations and work to emerge better, stronger and more educated when all this is done, and reap the rewards of a bit of time away from keeping up with the virtual Jones’s

Another Casualty of Human Nature – Every Man and Woman for Themselves.

As this continues we have started to see (and I suspect will continue to see) the true nature of mankind, the underlying motivation in any society would appear to be one of greed, and at a time like this it seems incredulous to me that as a race we appear to still be looking out for ourselves, companies rushing to find ways around the restricted opening, looking to still sell as much as they can to a population that have nowhere else to go right now, here’s the thing, if there is nobody left to spend it then money is wallpaper and nothing else! you see money and wealth are not mutually exclusive, although we are taught this through countless morons on social media, making money from using whatever they think they can sell, and of course the powers that be want us to equate the two as equal as well as it serves their purpose, after all if you have lots of money then you are wealthy right? no, No and F**K NO,

It is not only perfectly possible to have money and be broke as well as have no money and be wealthy and in fact in most cases that is the status quo, think I am talking rubbish? think about it, how many people living lavish lifestyles actually have money? the vast majority of them are living with eye watering debt and yet they live lives of personal Jets, Yachts, huge houses and extravagant vacations either to elite destinations or in some cases destinations they own, and the reality of it, none of it is theirs, they have become what the Mafia refer to as “A good earner” that is to say their debts are so huge that they never repay a single cent or penny of the original sum, simply the interest they have become essentially an investment by the bank and a dividend payment at the end of each month, if they screw up then they lose all the loaned goods and lifestyle and the bank moves onto the next entrepreneur.

During this time there will be job cuts, people will lose their livelihoods due to the chaos that is going on around us, and they will find it difficult if not impossible to find another one in a short space of time, after all they can’t even leave the house to attend an interview!

Stuck in a mountain of debt this is where the lesson will be learned that human nature is to cut loose anything that is no longer profitable and ignore it till it goes away.

What then ?

Well the first instinct is the emotional response that sends most people into a pit of either saturated fat or alcohol self pity, but there is nothing to stop you from taking action and becoming the top of the pile, hell if you make enough noise the people that turned their backs on you will come running again you’ll see, whatever you did, whatever your shape of cog within the machine of the larger organisation is your way to work yourself back up the ladder, you can start a business, because now you have nothing to lose, if you are already in debt and you have been cut loose by a company trying to save money in this time when we have a global need for stability then you will eventually lose what you have anyway, so if all is lost then why not gamble what you don’t have on a future a million times as bright as the one you have now?

Finally….

I want to wish everybody around the world the best of luck with this because that is what we are going to need, my whole point is that although your landscape may be changing every day and seeming to just get darker, with the right motivation you can turn the tables on the establishment and secure your own seat at the top, there is shameless display of profit over human life evident in most quarters of the globe, maybe your empire will change that and value your fellow human.

Finally some calm amidst the chaos

Finally after we all got told not to go out and meet up with old friends and to strip the shelves bare like a plague of locusts the message appears to have hit home, finally there is stock back on shelves, not all stock is back admittedly but there is a good chance that when we go to the shops tomorrow there will be food and toilet roll, so what have we learned ? nothing, not a damn thing in my opinion as the time frame so far is to small to effect a change in human nature, you see the problem is that we still have companies doing everything they can to stay open, bending the rules and attempting to subvert the government at every turn, all in the name of profit, and this (to some) is reason enough to doubt the validity of this pandemic, there are demonstrably those among us that need to feel that if they are disobeying advice, coercion and ultimately instruction that somehow makes them free, even if that freedom endangers the lives of themselves and there loved ones and in this case can go onto to infect and destroy the lives of others not even known to them.

Define freedom

Unfettered, ungoverned freedom is a flawed concept, it simply cannot exist within a civilized society, the very fact that we are civil is based on rules and etiquette we do not simply voice an opinion or carry out a threat every time we feel like we could kill somebody for a wrong they have done us, and many of our freedoms are afforded to us due to these rules, the fear of recourse from breaking a rule provides the barrier to the vast majority of human impulse.

The past couple of weeks in the UK have been surreal, the lack of constructive advice from recognised authority figures and the mass dissemination of opinion presented as fact on social media caused panic and mayhem in the lives of ordinary people, it stripped us of our freedom the freedom that can only exist with rules and guidelines, the freedom to eat when we want and to drink when we want, to feel the comfort and assurance that living in a rich western country provides through abundance of resource, there was no supply chain issues other than the ones caused by the panic buying, this situation will pass and hopefully it will take some of the values of the human race with it.

Fresh Start

When the dust settles on this and we look back, I would hope that we will see money and the acquisition of money for what it really is, nothing, money and wealth are nothing unless they are applied to a situation, my point is that if you never go anywhere and never do anything but you have a million pounds in the bank then you may as well not have it, if you don’t believe me take out a note right now, it is a piece of paper, nothing more and nothing less, but imagine that there are no more people, what then ? what if there were no more food to fill the stripped shelves ? what is you had all the money in the world but your family were sick, if there is no cure then believe me one cannot be bought, I am hoping this makes us not stop the pursuit of money, but rather make us pursue the things that money provides, freedom of movement, cultural and academic education for our children through travel, time to relax and enjoy what is truly a beautiful planet, sure pursue money start your business, buy your stocks and shares but when the money starts coming in apply it to life and enjoy the freedom of controlled and grown finance.

You have a choice

Just because certain shops are open and trying to entice people to gather make a choice for you and your family as well as the rest of the human community that you are likely to be in contact with, you do not owe these retail giants anything, and they will not turn you away when this is over, in fact a drop in profits may very well make them realise the value of their customers and maybe they will change how they operate in the future, becoming fairer and more focused on the person rather than the value of a persons spending power, above all you must preserve your life, and that does mean staying as far away from this silent killer as much as possible, sure humans have always gone out to hunt and provide food since time began but the sports equipment or a pair of jeans will not feed anybody, leave them today and ensure you are alive and well to buy them tomorrow.

Above all stay safe and look after yourselves.

Don't fall victim to virtual Corona

As the world comes to terms with the new way of working and of course the huge loss among our number it would appear (as if it is a surprise) that there are certain quarters looking to profit from or use this pandemic as a way to push their message, we personally have already seen fraudulent transactions on Paypal, ordinarily not really a problem just call and they will fix it, but this time PayPal customer services are CLOSED yep closed, even in this age of distributed call centres they are closed, and this is the real problem, as some businesses just simply pack up and shut their doors others seem determined to put profit over and above public health, not a huge revelation but there you go.

So for the foreseeable future you should really pay attention to the following.

  • Check Bank accounts for unauthorised payments
  • Be very wary of visiting websites that provide information on Corona stick to easily verifiable sites
  • Don’t spend a fortune on supplements to boost the immune system, some help is good like vitamin C and so on but companies are already selling “immune packs”
  • Remember that it is going to go on for a while, so stay alert and always check who you are talking to before handing over any credentials, companies will use messaging apps during this time make sure it is the company you want to talk to on the other end.

Stay SAFE

First Day of UK Lockdown

So we did it, the Great British public managed to bring the pain of lockdown on itself, best thing for us really, the stupidity of the human race as a whole has never ceased to amaze me, even faced with the prospect of an early and painful death people still believe more in their own home spun wisdom than the advice of any government or governing body, life however from the window looks no different the birds are singing and the sun is shining (sort of) but life is now so very very different.

Why ignore the advice ?

You see this feeds into a lot of what I have been saying about all these books on the subject “of not giving a f**k”, in fact I will go one stage further, you should (if you own these books) find them and carefully take them outside and burn them, every single one, listen the human race has a pack mentality it always has that is why we gravitate to other people, it is in our DNA and in the programming from the very first conscious thought right up to today, after all it is how we breed and sustain the Race, so when somebody writes a book about not giving a f**k they are ultimately lying, sure there is some element of truth in it, but the ability to live that way is a luxury that stems from a stable society, literally the society these people are advocating against, “not giving a f**k” is what drove hundreds of thousands of people to seaside towns and parks this weekend, and it has probably helped to spread the infection by some tangible number, and I am not claiming that I have never considered that way of thinking, but it is only good for selling books, it goes against the nature of Humans and in this particular instance, believe me it could be our undoing.

Opportunity in isolation

Now is the time to start reading, not popular tripe designed to be “controversial” simply to get people buying it, after all if this thing goes much further there will be no need for money, and it will become worthless, I mean pick a topic, programming, language, fitness whatever it may be and take this time to educate, the vast majority of the planet will simply sit back and binge watch shows on Netflix, or busy themselves hoarding beans, pasta and toilet roll, and emerge no better than they were before, any global event is signal and an opportunity for change, take that opportunity and run with it emerge stronger and more educated than you went in, then as life goes back to a steady pace you will enjoy the benefits of your labors even more.

Choose Wisely

But this is not without it’s pitfalls, choosing the right path now is paramount to how this comes out, and the only way to effectively make the right decision is to do what you want to do most, pick what you are passionate about not what you think will make money in the next 24hrs, because money in the next 24hrs will be worth what it is now, sod all, so pick something that you have always wanted to learn, and learn it, inside and out, but I cannot stress enough that going down the “not giving a f**k” route is partially to blame for the situation we find ourselves in now, so don’t do it because it’s bullshit.

Overall stay safe

Stay safe, follow guidelines and remember you are not missing out, if people are gathering then great for them, hopefully they will get beds together in hospital, or all club together to pay the fine (UK) for the first time in the history (for most of us) this is literally a bid to stay alive, so do everything you can, regardless of any distrust in governments and their minions, and even with all the conspiracy nuts claiming that they are testing biological weapons or preparing us for the end of the world, the only truth you need is that if you don’t get it it can’t affect you simple.

Want to make a million? follow me and lets see if we can.

So you are stuck inside and you think this could just be the best time to start an online business, after all amidst all the stock market strife that is happening right now Amazons share price is $1,846.09 and although it has dropped 34%at last market close that is still the dream, to be as wealthy as Bezos and live a life of luxury, it would appear that that tide of inspirational videos and ways to make money online just keep coming in from the well shot polished video with some royalty free music in the background to the simple video shot on a white background to keep it “real”, there is something for everyone, but bear this in mind, all the time you spend watching these videos is time you are not spending doing anything about it, I am furious, literally beside myself with anger at the way the vast majority of people on these channels seem to think I have an endless amount of time to listen to the same piece of advice over and over again to different music and of course different adverts running in the background, a lot of the claims however have been reduced to $100’s a day or week instead of thousands, but this is still bullshit, complete and utter bullshit.

I don’t want to become a person who just sits at home calling out these leeches but somebody has to because you can literally spend hours watching this tripe with absolutely no beneficial effect, the aim with the clickbait headlines is to get the ad revenue everybody wants to be pew die pie, but guess what it ain’t gonna happen.

Really unpopular point #1

You cannot cannot cannot, make any serious kind of income in a small amount of time each day with the majority if not all of these schemes. are you familiar with the old low cost high volume business model ? that worked because you could sell thousands of individual product at low cost and make money due to volume, bear in mind that every time you go down the rabbit hole with one of these schemes itis the same model, except that the product is your time, and there isn’t thousands and thousands of hours out there, so no you cannot start or run one of these in your spare time, cos you won’t have any, or have any money either.

Am I talking rubbish ?

I hate hypocrisy so I am going to test my theory, below is a linked video that claims I can make $100 in 5 minutes, by yet another millennial success story that went from serving burgers and fries to people through a hatch to being worth nearly half a million dollars, I am going to follow this video to the letter, and see if we can get $100 a day, if we do all well and good, if not then it will be added to the rogues gallery.

Let’s see

Please Please Please

If you try and get better or worse results with this or any program on my site then let me know, leave a comment and explain what you did different and we can compare notes, learning is the most important thing. my point is that you have to choose very carefully what you learn.

I really want to be wrong honestly I do, but the only way to find out is to start so that is what I will do, dissect the advice on each chosen video and follow it to the letter, wish me luck.

Want to see how this turned out ?

Should we be trying to make money during this situation?

It is now obvious that this is going to be a long drawn out process, businesses are closing their doors and funded with government money are putting employees on furlough, given the complete inability of the Great British public to stay indoors it looks like even more restrictive measures will be put in place to slow the spread of this virus, for some however this presents an opportunity, a way of leveraging the falling markets for their own gain, as millions is stripped off of stocks seemingly every hour they are buying up cheap stock as if it is going out of fashion.

I, as a capitalist cannot with a straight face say that this is a bad thing and you, like me may well be tempted to speculate with what money you have based on the now numerous YouTube videos from these millionaires telling you how they are going to make so much money in the future.

It is a great idea, but stop to think for a minute, this (in the UK at least) is only just beginning to take hold, there are a lot of companies that will not be able to sustain the downturn and their stock will dwindle to nothing, remember the markets and a lot of business was not doing so well before Corona came along. there is actually now reason to think that it will suddenly all go back to normal after the pandemic is over, in fact it is my opinion and one that is growing steadily among others that life will literally never be the same after this, too many firm held beliefs and control structures have been challenged and show to be incorrect.

Traditional business models

Already on the ropes, traditional business models may well see this as the final curtain call, long commutes congested over crowded city centres, huge budget air conditioned offices and constant flights among business users may well be a thing of the past, seen currently as a necessary evil in the name of business progress, new ways of working are being utilised now more than ever, just as some of the biggest medical breakthroughs came from war and famine, so to will come the implementation of a better way, a cleaner way, and one that costs a lot less money, business is being conducted over the internet and work is being done remotely, all with relative seamless adoption, this adoption is based on need, substantial change never comes from patient lobbying, or protest even if the protest or the point is valid, change is only tolerated when it is required to meet an adversary head on, to fight back against great odds and win at all costs because we are fighting for our way of life, how easy will it be to justify the recommencement of wholesale business trips or large office space when we have already proved that business will not stop because we can’t travel, or that people can just as easily work from home because the infrastructure was put in place when they couldn’t get into the office, with all this in mind it would be beneficial to look at any company that looks like a good investment and consider how their business model will change post covid-19.

Human habit will change

One of my pet peeves has always been the pursuit of money for money’s sake, as in literally the desire to have more money just so you have more money, and not to do anything with it, the fact is that money has always bought opportunity, it has always bought time from the rat race and the “paypacket enslavement”, as we move forward through this situation and notice the huge sums of money that governments can now access to help with the worries of business and of the person on the street, we work from home and see more of out families than at any point in recent history, we cannot escape the feeling that society as we know it is a tissue of lies and mi-representation, additionally when forced to go back to more traditional ways of living, cooking on a regular basis, spending time with children and significant others, the vast majority of people will inevitably question the way we lived before, chasing from one place to another, living life through a phone screen and children who know what Instagram is before they know their times tables, it is not too much of a stretch to say that life has become so cynical (on the whole) that there may be some good to the human condition that comes from this, of course we may just go back to our previous ways once the danger has passed but if enough people think clearly, we should be able to see the benefits of using modern technology as a vehicle for something more than trying to be a millionaire for nothing more than pouring ice over yourself, we can enjoy holidays with loved ones and still cut the planes in the sky by a significant amount, and no matter what you may or may not think about pollution the fact is that they do pollute and the less of them in the air the better, and possibly if more people can work from home we could make the air in our cities breathable again, rather than just trying to make more money by charging people to be able to pollute the atmosphere.

Panic Bringing out the worst in people

Any event such as this runs a certain way, people panic and cause more chaos in the first few weeks of the situation than the underlying cause, in the UK there is no supply chain issue (at the time of writing) other than that that has been caused by the panic buying of some of the most ridiculous items, Don’t get me wrong I understand the panic that must be setting in among certain groups of people, and of course the reality is that no matter how much moral high-ground you take and refuse to join in with the hysteria eventually you have to, maintaining morals for too long in a situation like this just means that you starve, but it is important to realise that this not merely people being scared and panicking because they fear any kind of extinction event, the thin veneer of social politeness is easily scraped away and we soon see modern society for the ugly egotistical and self serving animal that it is, there are no justifications for what is going on in the country right now but we have to queue with the rest first thing in the morning to get milk and bread just the same, because if we don’t there won’t be any when we go later, this is a lesson that will be well remembered after this disaster has passed, make no mistake this is a disaster and it will get worse before getting better, but when the dust settles and the smoke clears remember that when push came to shove you only had yourself and a handful of people that you could truly rely on, so after this is all over think very carefully about all the “friends” on Facebook and the “followers” on Instagram, think about the time that is taken from your life and that of your family while pandering to these people that ultimately would stand on you to get a pack of toilet roll.

Don’t expect that you will be a millionaire after all this.

Another thing to bear in mind is that the vast majority of us do not have the kind of money to invest that the YouTube “guru’s” have so any upturn we are likely to see will not improve our lives indefinitely and is actually likely to just provide a nice little lump sum when whoever we invested in gets back on their feet, with enough time spent fighting this thing the way we use and value money itself may change, and we should be prepared for that.

All in all the best thing to do at the minute is think with a clear head, think slow and act with purpose, frivolous action could have a massive detriment on a far wider reaching mass than we can imagine, life now is the butterfly effect.

The World has Gone Crazy – but I don’t need to tell you that!

So Gym’s, pubs, clubs and all meeting places have been shut down, and it is really for our own good, after all you don’t want the corona virus do you? the issue with this is that although life is changing in an unprecedented way it appears (through the front window) to be normal, peaceful and quiet, meanwhile the TV sounds and looks like the plot of a Hollywood movie, so it is difficult to get a handle on the reality of the situation.

The gym I attend was shut this week and fortunately for me they have taken the generous step of “hiring” some equipment out so I do have a bar and some 20k plates at home to train with, but before we knew that was going to be a thing I first went out and found myself a log, yes, a log, and I intend to find more, you see we have become so ingrained with the convenience of gyms and facilities that we have forgotten the very basics of why we can build muscle, Adaptation the muscle doesn’t care if you are deadlifting with an ivanko bar or a tree trunk, it reacts to something you can’t do by growing bigger and stronger in order to allow you to do it, your body is your greatest ally.

What the hell do I do with a Log ?

Here are my suggestions and the muscle groups this will use, remember that you are now working within “functional strength” so there is very little in the way of concentration movements but as well all know by now, when you recruit the vast majority of your muscle groups in a movement the effects on the body are increased, with elevations in BMR and testosterone production as well as growth hormone release.

  1. Lift above your head – Starting from the ground grip the log and lift so it is above your head horizontally (obviously balance will be a big thing here) and then pass it from shoulder to shoulder in an arc over you head, this will involve back and leg muscle as well as front delts to get the log in position and then delts and triceps as well as forearms to pass it from side to side.
  2. Bent over row – Easier with some grips but you can use rope or chain to wrap round the log to get a grip, I used chain, place the chain around the log taking great care to place the chains at the point the log is balanced, this way when you pick it up you will get even load distribution, then simply carry out your bent over rows.
  3. Squats – While not conventional these are easily achieved by picking up the log and rolling it along your arms until it rests on your upper chest, by slightly leaning back and opening up the chest cavity you will place the load in a balanced position then squat, for the squat monsters out there you may have to up the reps in order to compensate for the lack of weight.
  4. Deadlifts – same as bent over row really just deadlift it instead !
  5. Lift / Carry – with the heaviest log that you can carry, do just that, pick it up with your arms round it and walk, this is an amazing full body exercise and will help with core strength as well.

These are just a few examples and I have set myself a little challenge, rather than come out of this situation having to start again, I want to go back to the gym in better shape than when I left, remember the gym is the best place to build muscle it is just not the only place, and when this is all over these businesses will need us to go back as soon as possible, because while all this is going on they still have to pay the bills.

Recognise and break the cycle of destructive self prophecy.

Regardless of how bizarre a theory sounds (and these are all theories at best psuedo science at worst) the classification of a theory changes with the amount of people that believe it to be correct, a theory becomes and idea, and idea becomes an inspiration, inspiration becomes research and research leads to documentation which then becomes widely regarded as fact, and one such theory is self-fulfilling prophecy, or our ability to somehow place a barrier to a goal or state of being based on our constant denial of our ability to achieve.

Discussion

I love bodybuilding, I really do, it has been part of my life now for 31 years, but I have always had my own personal doubts as to my ability to compete so I never did, I simply carried on training but never even tried to compete or diet down for that matter, why? because I had already decided that I would not be able to, now at the risk of sounding like I am trying to brag (which I assure you I am not) a quick idea of what I did achieve is, I had 38 inch thighs, a 32 inch waist and was rapidly growing out of 56 inch chest jackets, so at the tender age of 19 I was actually doing quite well, so why didn’t I compete ? well it is a lot of extra work and pain, lifting big weights when you have lots of calories and the right amount of protein and supplements going in is easy but the same tasks dieted down not so much, and after all I was not good enough so why bother?

Progress in any form of life is normally facilitated by the perseverance or person through the application of pain or discomfort, for every goal there is a sacrifice and we weigh up the benefits of an action against the potential cost every day in a mostly sub conscious state.

Method

Realisation of the reasons for failure is the key, you can take a person who feels they cannot do something and put them in a position where they have either no choice or to not do it would cost more than to participate and they can find that extra something deep inside and complete the task, moreover you generally find that they then go on to repeat the task in the future without concern and can become quite good at it or very comfortable with the feeling, that is what we are trying to achieve in our daily lives, and the initial key is to understand why the “self-fulfilling prophecy” is so detrimental and what we must do to get around it.

I it simply because in that moment we made a decision, a decision based on the pain level we were feeling and the possibility of relieving it by carrying out an action that was unpleasant or counter intuitive to our beliefs or fears but nevertheless it was the better option, what we lack in our daily lives is the impetus to make the decision, just as people live with failing eyesight through the ageing process until it gets so bad that they have to go to the opticians we adapt to the pain and stress of our lives as it is applied gradually from birth, what we need to do is recognise that the limits we set are indeed set by us and the same delivery of dialogue that oppresses and controls us , if altered to a positive message will free us from not only the bonds of society but from the boundaries we set ourselves through lack of belief in our own ability.

Begin by taking each situation you find yourself in that is painful or stressful and reinforce to yourself that you do not deserve it, you deserve a better life, and it is within your power to attain the solution and to live that better life, conversely when enjoying yourself actively remind yourself that you do deserve this and that you have worked for that moment of calm or day in the sun, by doing this we change any negative self fulfilling prophecy and turn it into a positive and through practice and action derived from personal reinforcement of a positive message and a belief that you deserve a better life you will change your actions to suit your goals.

Conclusion

I believe, truly believe that while we are a product of upbringing and environment we also have the ability to change our lives for whatever we decide we deserve or we should be doing, modern life has a need to keep people within boxes and limitations in order to prop up the financial culture of debt and the insecurity in social circles that feeds that debt culture, life is far to short to remain in a planetary gear in the corporate debt machine, it isn’t fair and the fact is that although a level Utopian playing field would be nice, we passed the time to make that change at the beginning of civilisation, now is the time to fight for the happiness and success of yourself and your loved ones by living your best life.

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