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Beliefs Pt. 1

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

I had many successes in 2016! I’ll have many more successes in 2017! And I owe a lot of my success to my beliefs! I have great beliefs! Now, for the sake of this particular post, when I talk about beliefs, I’m not referring to whether or not you believe in reincarnation or the Quran or the Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Rather, I’m referring to the very simple beliefs we hold at a subconscious level. I’m talking about the beliefs that we hold so closely that we don’t even realize we believe them. In his excellent book Awaken The Giant Within , Tony Robbins defines a belief as a “feeling of certainty about something”. This is the definition I’ll be working with.

As Robbins says; “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy”. What we believe effects us at a subconscious level and can drastically alter our behaviors. I’ll use my fear of bats as an example. When I see a bat I believe, at a very, very subconscious level, that I am in danger. My rational mind knows that I am not at all in danger. But, my subconscious mind, being utterly irrational, believes that I am in danger. This very simple and very closely held belief has an immediate effect on my behavior. I don’t know where that belief came from and, for the time being, I don’t seem to know how to correct it. But, it is there and its effects are overwhelming.

What beliefs could you be holding at a subconscious level that are effecting your behavior in an unhelpful way? These beliefs can be very simple and we are often completely oblivious to the fact that we believe them! For example, you may believe that you don’t deserve love. You may believe that your ultimate weight loss goal is unattainable. You may believe that you can never quit drinking or smoking. Those sort of beliefs would definitely result in unhelpful behavior patterns!

I can think of two incorrect beliefs I have held for most of my life which, when finally corrected, led me to make drastic, positive lifestyle changes!

The first belief is one that I’ve talked about quite a bit on this blog! For most of my adult life, I believed that I understood the universe! Now, I never for a second thought that I had it all figured out! I recognized that the universe possessed unfathomable complexity which I could never understand! But, I thought that I, and most of the intelligent and educated people I knew, had the gist of it! I knew that the universe was 14 billion years old, human beings appeared about 150,000 years ago, Socrates was the wisest man who ever lived, and you treat people how you would want to be treated. You know, the basics!

But then, back in June, I realized that a reality TV star was about to become the 45th President of the United States of America! Political commentators who I respect (Charles Krauthammer, Fareed Zakaria, George Will) all turned out to be embarrassingly wrong. I realized that not only did I not understand the universe, nobody did! This drastic change in a very simple belief resulted in very positive behavioral changes! I quit drinking, I began to eat healthy, and I began to seek out the secrets to energy and success! Just one simple belief can single-handedly determine the trajectory of your life! Oh wow!

In my next post I’ll discuss my second incorrect belief which, when corrected, led me to make drastic, positive lifestyle changes! And I’ll discuss what actions you can take to begin to correct your unhelpful beliefs! Until then, if you have any questions feel free to email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter! I love hearing from you guys!

 

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How Busking Rewired My Brain

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

Back in June I came to the startling realization that a reality TV star was going to be our 45th president. This caused me to conclude that I live in a universe that I don’t understand. I also concluded that, like a car, I can operate the universe even though I don’t understand how it works. I quit drinking, I began to eat healthy, and I began to practice self-hypnosis! I changed my body, but more importantly, I rewired my brain! I rewired my brain to enjoy work and healthy food! I rewired my brain to focus on more positive and useful things! I rewired my brain using self-hypnosis! But, a couple of things I did in the years leading up to my discovery of self-hypnosis helped prep my brain for the rewiring! One of those things was obviously my practice of zen meditation! But, the other one, a bit more unlikely, was becoming a street-performer! Busking literally rewired my brain and I’m going to tell you how!

In previous posts I discussed how what we focus on becomes our reality. I used this example: I wear Chuck Taylors, therefore I live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. I don’t literally live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors, but my mind automatically focuses on people who wear Chuck Taylors and creates for me the sensation of living in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. And just as my brain is wired to focus on Chuck Taylors, you can rewire your brain to focus on more positive and useful things.

One of the ways you can rewire your brain is through the repetition of simple words or phrases. Recently a reader asked me how I handle the endless rejection that goes along with busking. The vast majority of people who pass me by don’t tip or acknowledge me! Over the course of a day, thousands of people pass me by, on a good day maybe a hundred will tip. That’s a lot of rejection, how do I handle it! The secret is that I thank everyone who tips me! I even thank everyone who merely compliments me! And repetition of simple words and phrases is one way to rewire your brain! If I say “I’m high-energy” one hundred times a day, I am going to naturally feel more high-energy. And likewise, if I say “thank you” one hundred times a day, I’m going to feel more grateful. Constantly saying “thank you” every time someone gives me a little bit of money or a compliment has wired my brain to focus on all of those things in my life that I should be grateful for!

Also, I’ve learned to smile at everyone who passes regardless of whether or not they tip or acknowledge me. We tend to think that we smile because we’re happy, but science has shown that it also works the other way. We’re happy because we smile! So over the course of eight hours singing on a street corner, I smile at thousands of people and say “thank you” about a hundred times! Doing this full time every summer for the last five years has wired my brain to be more positive and grateful, and it gave me a little head start on the neural rewiring I would begin when I started to practice self-hypnosis!

So thank everyone who helps you out! Smile at everyone regardless! Rewire your brain to be more grateful and positive! Together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at my new high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com! This post was inspired by a question I got from a reader and I’m so grateful for that!

God Pt. 1

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In today’s high-energy blog post I would like to talk a little bit about what God is and what we’re doing here*. This might seem contradictory since a common theme on this blog is how I don’t understand any of this. When I realized that a reality TV star could be the President of the United States of America, I concluded that I live in a universe that I don’t understand at all. But, on the flip side, if a reality TV star can run our country then why can’t a street-performer with an exciting catchphrase tell you what God is? Just think of this as entrepreneurial metaphysics!

If there is a God, then the one thing we can know about God with certainty is that God created us. But, what can we conclude from the fact that God created us? We can conclude that God had a motivation to create us. The fact that God has motivation implies that God is, in some sense, incomplete. I was motivated to quit drinking because I felt incomplete! I am motivated to be high-energy and achieve success because I feel that I have not yet completed my ultimate purpose! This is where I’m going to lose most of you (and that’s okay). I’m claiming that God is incomplete.

As a practicing Catholic the question of God’s motivation always stumped me. Especially since, if you believe in the Catholic version of God, then you believe in a very busy God. Why is God so busy? What’s driving him/her? What could possibly motivate an infinite and complete God? I eventually concluded that any satisfactory explanation of God would have to account for what motivates him/her. I think the most satisfactory explanation of God that I’ve come across comes from the Kabbalists. There may be better explanations of God, but this is the one I’m using for the time being!

The Kabbalists teach that God in his/her primary nature is the giver of divine love. In order to complete his/her ultimate purpose, God needs a creation to give divine love to. God creates a vessel which he/she proceeds to fill with divine love. The vessel eventually becomes ashamed because the vessel has done nothing to earn God’s love. God tells the vessel that he/she will give it the chance to earn his/her love, but it will take a long time and will involve much suffering. The vessel accepts this and God proceeds to shatter the vessel. This shattered vessel is the physical reality we find ourselves in. The purpose of life is to reassemble the vessel so God can once again fill it with divine love and be complete. The purpose of life is the completion of God! We’ve really got our work cut out for us! We’re going to need to be very high-energy!

The Kabbalistic explanation of God not only accounts for God’s motivation, but it also explains how a loving God could allow so much suffering. It’s a really great explanation of God! It makes me feel like life has purpose! How cool!

Now, I’m also a deist. I believe that God is completely uninvolved with his/her creation. That’s because in order for the creation to legitimately earn it’s creator’s love, it has to do so on it’s own. So how does this reassembly come about? It comes about when all sentient beings learn to work together in love! So it’s going to take a while! But, that’s okay, because we have all the time in the multi-verse and we’re very high-energy!

In my next blog post I’m going to discuss what happens when we die! So ya might wanna check back for that!

*This high-energy lifestyle blog is intended for entertainment purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional spiritual advice. Please consult a priest, minister, rabbi, monk, guru, etc. if you have any serious questions about the nature of God or the meaning of life! If you have any non-serious questions about the nature of God or the meaning of life, feel free to email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter!

Alcohol Hypnosis Pt. 2

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In my last post I told you that our society’s unnatural obsession with alcohol is a result of hypnosis and can be countered with self-hypnosis. Society has hypnotized us to think about alcohol in a certain way. We can hypnotize ourselves to think about alcohol differently. We can hypnotize ourselves to think about ourselves differently. I proposed the mantra “Alcohol is a sedative. I’m high-energy!”. This mantra redefines alcohol and ourselves.

Society tells you that alcohol is a social lubricant and you’re awkward and shy. Society tells you that alcohol makes white people dance and you’re white and awkward and shy. Society tells you that alcohol is liquid courage and you’re thirsty and cowardly and white and awkward and shy. Through hypnosis, society tells you how to define alcohol and yourself. Society tells you that there’s something wrong with you and alcohol can fix it. Through self-hypnosis you can change the way you define alcohol and yourself. You can tell yourself that you’re great and alcohol will only spoil you!

Back in June when I decided that I needed to quit drinking once and for all, I didn’t quit drinking right away. Instead I focused on redefining alcohol. I decided to continue to drink alcohol, but I would only use it as a sedative. I never drank at bars or parties. Instead, I would wait until I got home and allowed myself to drink alcohol for its sedating effects. When people would ask me why I wasn’t drinking, I explained that I didn’t drink when I went out because it made me sleepy. This was true. Alcohol makes me sleepy. I would assure people that when I got home I would proceed to get wasted. This made people feel better.

That’s right! It made them feel better to find out that I would be drinking later! You are going to find that when you tell people that you don’t drink anymore, it’s going to make them feel bad. I should just go ahead and prepare you for this now. People are going to feel bad when they find out you quit drinking. I’ll probably write a separate blog post for this phenomenon later!

But back to my initial point, telling people that I don’t drink in public because it makes me sleepy but I’ll drink at home to help me relax so that I can drift off into a peaceful night’s slumber had two effects. First, I didn’t get any of the initial pressure you will get from people when you tell them of your intentions of becoming alcohol-free. And second, the more I went around telling people that alcohol is a sedative the more it became my reality.

In Robert Cialdini’s book Inlfuence: The Psychology of Persuasion, he discusses what he calls the six “Weapons of Influence”. Number two is consistency. Human beings have a subconscious urge to be consistent. The more I told people that alcohol had an overwhelming sedating effect, the more I came to believe it and the more it came to be real to me. In order for my brain to be at ease with itself, it had to match my own perceptions of alcohol with what I was telling people my perceptions of alcohol were. I was effectively hypnotizing myself to see alcohol as a sedative. I had turned alcohol into benadryl with a crap load of empty calories! When I told people that I thought of alcohol as a sedative, the social animal in me needed to be consistent with the words I was saying!

The next step was to redefine myself! The words I chose to redefine myself were “high-energy”. These words allowed me to define myself in a positive way that would be spoiled by alcohol! Alcohol is a sedative, I’m high-energy! I no longer saw alcohol as a solution to something that was wrong with me! Rather, I saw alcohol as something that would spoil the very best thing about me!

 

My Diet Pt. 1

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Over the last week I’ve been pretty immersed in a project and now that I’m done with that project, it feels like my brain is kind of off for the weekend. So with all of my inspiration kind of sapped at the moment, I feel like today is as good of a day as any to discuss my diet. I get a lot of questions about my diet, so  I might as well get that out of the way now.

My diet is awesome! It requires no willpower, I never go hungry, and I’ve been consistently losing about two pounds a week! Since 2017 started, I’ve lost eleven pounds and as long as I keep doing the very easy thing I’ve been doing, I will keep losing weight and will no doubt hit my ultimate weight loss goal within the 2017 calendar year! As I’ve said in a previous post, willpower is a limited resource, so any diet that relies on willpower will eventually fail. You need good habits, and right now I have really great habits! I have the best habits!

First off, I limit my daily caloric intake to 2,300 calories a day, not including vegetables. My actual daily caloric intake is probably around 2,500 to 2,600. I don’t know exactly, because I don’t count the vegetables. I do this in order to encourage myself to eat more vegetables, and it works. I arrived at the number 2,300 through simple trial and error. When the number was 2,500 or higher, my weight loss grinded to a halt. When I limited my caloric intake to under 2,000, my hunger became unmanageable. For me, 2,300 is the magic number where I won’t get hungry and I keep losing weight. This number will be different for everyone, you’re going to have to do your own trial and error to figure out what your number is, and that number will probably change over time.

The second most important factor to my diet is that I eat the same thing everyday. Successful people eat the same thing everyday! The Rock eats the same thing everyday! Steve Jobs ate the same thing everyday! Jesus ate the same thing everyday! And I eat the same thing everyday! Eating the same thing everyday allows you to develop eating habits that are actually habits! Habits are great! Habits are learned behavior patterns that don’t require willpower, and like I said, not having to rely on willpower is the most important thing of all! Eating the same thing everyday is what allows me to consistently keep my daily caloric intake below 2,300 without going hungry! I’ve learned, through months of trial and error, which foods satisfy me the most for the least amount of calories and I’ve brought those selected foods on board as my full time players!

Now an objection I keep hearing from people is that eating the same thing every day is boring. This is because we’ve been hypnotized to think of food as a source of amusement. Imagine if we applied this thinking to every area of our lives! Is it boring to sleep in the same bed every night? Is it boring to hang out with the same group of friends every weekend? Is it boring to worship at the same church or temple every Sunday? So much of our life is built around enjoyable routines, why do we feel like food needs to be something different? It doesn’t. And once you get into the habit of eating the same thing everyday, you will find it easy to eat the same thing everyday, because you will have gotten into the habit of eating the same thing everyday. It’s just that simple. Give up your pursuit of novelty and start pursuing success!

So, those are the basic principles behind my diet! First, find a daily caloric intake that allows you to lose weight without going hungry! Second, find the foods that best satisfy you while staying within that daily caloric intake! And third, eat those foods everyday! Eat the same thing everyday! So that’s it for now, I suppose in my next post I’ll go into detail about what exactly I eat everyday! Unless my inspiration comes back, in which case I’ll save it for another day! And remember that if you have any questions, you can always email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com!

 

Self-Hypnosis Testimonial

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

2016 was the best year of my life! I had many successes! 2017 will be even better! I’ll have even more successes! And a huge part of my success, not to mention my energy, is thanks to the practice of self-hypnosis!

I’m referring to this blog post as a “testimonial” because, for me, the experience of discovering self-hypnosis had a lot of the same qualities as a religious conversion. I experienced a euphoric sense of enlightenment similar to what I experienced when I was 22 and I converted to Roman Catholicism! I experienced a euphoric sense of enlightenment similar to what I experienced when I began to practice zen meditation at the age of 29!

In a previous post I discussed what I refer to as the worst week of my life, which began with a severe toothache and ended with an encounter with a bat. I realized in that week that I needed to get my wisdom teeth pulled and I needed to do something about my extreme bat phobia. The wisdom teeth problem had a pretty clear path to success; go see a dentist, get referred to an oral surgeon, and wait for my surgery date. But, what was I to do about this extreme bat phobia? As I searched the internet, one particular suggestion stood out from the rest: hypnotherapy.

Around this time I had also read Scott Adams’ amazing book God’s Debris. I found it to be the most enlightening book I had ever read! I would soon later discover that the book contained hidden hypnosis techniques designed to make the reader feel a euphoric sense of enlightenment! I was so excited by the fact that I had been effectively hypnotized by a book! As I did more research into hypnosis, I discovered that people who are very imaginative and prone to day-dreaming are often the easiest to hypnotize! “Hey!” I thought to myself, “That’s me!”. Now, I suppose that some people would be concerned to find out that they were easily hypnotized, since perhaps it could make one more prone to manipulation! And as I look on my past, I can see how I was often easily manipulated! But, I was very excited at the possibility of using hypnosis to correct unwanted thought patterns and behaviors!

I did a little bit of research into hypnotherapists in West Michigan, but I was a little hesitant about paying someone a lot of money for something that I still wasn’t sure was going to work. That’s when I began to explore self-hypnosis. I searched “self-hypnosis” on youtube and the first video it suggested was a sleep hypnosis video by a man named Michael Sealey*.

With my intention to quit drinking, one of the biggest obstacles I figured that I would have to face was sleep! For my entire adult life, I had been relying on alcohol to help me sleep! I had just figured that there was no way I would ever learn how to sleep without alcohol! But, self-hypnosis presented a new hope! I figured that if self-hypnosis could fix the sleeping difficulties which had haunted me my entire adult life, then I would already be on the high-energy path to success! I kid you not when I tell you that the very first day I ever listened to one of Michael Sealey’s guided self-hypnosis recordings was the very first day of my alcohol-free, high-energy journey! I had had an erratic and unsatisfying sleep pattern ever since I started college, but now a sixteen year struggle was suddenly gone in one day! With my sleep difficulties gone, my biggest obstacle to being alcohol-free was removed!

I was completely sold on the practice of self-hypnosis! I started searching youtube for other hypnosis videos engineered to help with other various challenges! I found hypnosis videos to help with overeating, motivation, social confidence, even jaw-clenching! There are literally thousands of hypnosis videos on youtube which you can use to aide you in your efforts to be alcohol-free and high-energy! Every night before I go to bed, I set aside a half hour to listen to a hypnosis video on my iPod. This helps me to relax and fall asleep, all while giving me positive suggestions to help me be more high-energy. I often choose what videos I will listen to depending on what areas of my life I feel could use some improvement. For instance, at the moment, I have my work cut out for me in the areas of writing and music. So, I’ve been listening to hypnosis recordings designed to help one be more productive and motivated to work!

*If you’re interested in exploring the world of self-hypnosis, Michael Sealey’s youtube channel is  a really great place to start! And if you have any questions or you have something you’d like to see me discuss on this blog, email me at my high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter! I love hearing from you guys!

What Do I Mean by “High-Energy”? Pt. 2

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

In my last post I discussed how I use the words “high-energy”. I explained that I use the words “high-energy” to motivate myself and the good people around me! I’ve found in my own experience that if you simply say the words “high-energy” you will already begin to feel high-energy! In this post I intend to discuss what I mean by “high-energy”.

When I use the word “energy”, I mean it in the very literal and scientific sense of the word. Energy is the potential to do work! When I say that I’m high-energy, I’m saying that I have a lot of potential to do work! And when I use the word “work”, I mean it in in a very non-literal and non-scientific sense of the word. To me, work is that which brings us closer to success!

Being high-energy is not merely a matter of being hyper or spastic or bouncing off the walls! Being high-energy means having the potential to do that which will bring one closer to success! A lot of times, being hyper can be an obstacle to achieving success! In my twenties I struggled significantly with anxiety, which certainly can feel like energy! It has the sensation of being a force actively working against your success! When someone has a lot of anxiety or stress, we may notice that they move a lot. And yet, we have an instinctive awareness that this is not the same as being high-energy! Anxiety and stress reduction are an integral part of being high-energy! So the paradox of being high-energy is that it’s crucial to incorporate practices that we tend to think of as more low-energy, like guided meditation, breathing exercises, and self-hypnosis.

Work is that which brings us closer to success and is not merely a matter of moving things from point A to point B. I delivered pizzas for four years and in that time I moved a lot of things from point A to point B. And yet, this was doing nothing to bring me closer to success! In fact, it was creating more distance between me and success, because the hours that pizza delivery guys are expected to work are not conducive to someone who is trying to establish a career as a professional entertainer! When I used to spend two hours a day in the gym, I certainly moved a lot of things from point A to point B. And yet, this was not bringing me closer to success because I was doing ineffective exercises and I wasn’t doing anything to improve my diet! The old adage “work smarter, not harder” definitely rings true for me!

So when I say that I’m high-energy, I mean that I have a lot of potential to do that which will bring me closer to success! When I suggest to you that you become high-energy, I’m suggesting that you realize and manifest your own potential for success! I hope these last two posts have helped to clarify what I mean when I use this fairly open-ended phrase, but if you do have more questions, please email me at my new high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Willpower

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

I had many successes in 2016 and I owe none of it to willpower! If you are already a student of self-improvement then what I’m about to say will be nothing new to you! Every self-help book and guru has addressed the subject of willpower and the fact that it’s a finite resource. Everyday you wake up with a fixed amount of willpower and if you deplete it all over the course of the day, that’s it, you’re done.

Back when I drank I used to exercise a lot. Usually around two hours a day. And then on the drive home from the gym, I would stop at the Citgo and pick up three deuces of Natty Ice (or four deuces of Natty Light, if I felt like taking my time). I lost a lot of weight this way, because when all was said and done my calories in were still less than my calories out. But, how was it that for so long I could have one very good habit and one very bad habit? I wondered how it could be that I had enough willpower to exercise two hours but not enough willpower to stay away from that Citgo on the drive home? That very question shows my misunderstanding of willpower.

Willpower is a finite resource. I used up all of my willpower at the gym. And when I drove past the Citgo, I had none left. If mere weight loss was my only goal, then that system would have worked fine. But, when the reality TV star became the Republican nominee for the President of the United States of America, I realized that I don’t understand any of this and I need to be high-energy if I’m going to live in a universe I don’t understand. Mere weight loss was no longer my goal. I began studying all of the great self-help books and gurus and I learned what they had been saying for years; willpower is a finite resource.

If I was going to quit drinking, then I couldn’t rely on willpower. That would give out at some point. In 2016 I learned to rely on good habits and not willpower! It’s now six months since that initial discovery and I’ve quit drinking, I eat broccoli every day, and I make more money than I spend. All because I’ve developed good habits and I do not rely on willpower!

Here are a few examples of how I will use good habits instead of willpower to attain success in 2017:

  1. Instead of limiting my calorie intake to 1,500 a day, I will limit it to 2,200.
  2. Instead of trying to practice music three hours a day, I will practice ninety minutes a day.
  3. Instead of spending two hours a day in the gym, I will do one forty five minute workout routine at home before work.

These habits will bring about guaranteed, albeit somewhat slow, success! However, if I were to practice music three hours a day and workout two hours a day while only consuming 1,500 calories a day, there’s a good chance my willpower could be depleted before I’ve achieved any success whatsoever!

So get to work developing good habits and resist the tendency to rely on willpower and together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions or there’s something you would like to see me discuss on this blog, email me at my new high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com

 

A World Where Everyone Wears Chuck Taylors Pt. 2

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

In my last post I discussed how 2016 was the best year of my life even though everyone else seemed to think it was pretty awful! I explained that this was due to the fact that I had rewired my brain to focus on more positive and useful things! I explained how what we focus on becomes our reality and I used this analogy; I wear Chuck Taylors, therefore I live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. I don’t literally live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors, but because I wear Chuck Taylors my brain automatically focuses on people who do and creates for me a reality in which everyone wears Chuck Taylors. And just as my brain has been wired to focus on Chuck Taylors, I intentionally wired my brain to focus on positive and useful things.

At this point you may be thinking that maybe I just had a really good year. After all, I did quit drinking, I lost a lot of weight, and people gave me a lot of money! I had many successes! Maybe 2016 was the best year of my life because it objectively was! But, I would argue that 2016 could have just as easily been the worst year of my life if my brain had been wired to focus on negative and useless things!

I could have focused on the way the DNC robbed Bernie Sanders of his opportunity to be the President of the United States of America! That was definitely a bummer!

Back in June my impacted wisdom teeth had become infected to the point where I could no longer chew solid foods. It wouldn’t be until October that I was finally able to get them removed. That’s right! For four months I was unable to eat solid foods! My diet consisted of yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and tofu scrambles! I also suffered numerous, painful toothaches! And I often bit my cheeks when I talked!

And, when I did finally get my wisdom teeth removed, we discovered that my mild hemophilia wasn’t as mild as we had initially thought. When the bleeding didn’t stop, I had to be taken to the emergency room. I spent seven hours being poked with needles and pumped full of coagulants.

Bernie was robbed! No solid foods for four months! A seven hour trip to the ER! So many bad things in 2016! But, my brain had been wired to focus on positive and useful things! Each of these bad things became a learning opportunity. From Bernie, I learned that one high-energy person can change the hearts of millions of people! From my four months of not being able to eat solid foods, I learned that I’m capable of eating a much healthier diet than I had been my entire life! From my trip to the ER I learned that my hemophilia is something I should take seriously and I started wearing a medic-alert bracelet!

Rewire your brain to focus on positive and useful things and together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions or there’s something you would like to see me discuss on this blog, email me at my new high-energy email address chuckishighenerg@gmail.com

A World Where Everyone Wears Chuck Taylors!

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

2016 was the best year of my life! I have had many successes! 2017 will be even better! I will have many more successes! But, how is it that I just had the best year of my life while the vast majority of people think it was totally awful? Many people have referred to 2016 as a dumpster fire! So why then did I love it so much?

It’s because what you focus on becomes your reality! I always use this analogy with people; I wear Chuck Taylors, and therefore, I live in a world where everyone wears Chuck Taylors. What you focus on becomes your reality! Because I wear Chuck Taylors, my brain immediately focuses on everyone else who wears Chuck Taylors! There could be just as many people wearing Doc Martens, I would have no idea. It’s just not what my brain focuses on and what you focus on becomes your reality. Have you ever learned a new word and then suddenly everywhere you went you kept hearing that word? That is because your brain has started focusing on it and what you focus on becomes your reality! Have you ever bought a new car and then suddenly everywhere you go you see the same model of car? That is because your brain has started focusing on it and what you focus on becomes your reality!

The good news is that we can train our brains to focus on more positive and useful things. So, for a lot of people, 2016 was the year a lot of wonderful people died and the election was totally stupid. For me, 2016 was the year I finally quit drinking, I made a lot of money doing something fun, and I discovered a secret code in reality that allowed me to become high-energy, hardworking, and happier and healthier than I’ve ever been in my adult life! Now this isn’t the same as a willful ignorance of the problems that face us. Rather, it is a recognition that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us and I’m a lot more useful to the rest of you if I’m happy, healthy, and well-rested! Rewiring your brain to focus on happier things will not only benefit you, but those you serve!

So how can we get down to the business of rewiring our brains to focus on more positive and useful things? One way to do this is to start practicing gratitude. A discipline I’ve taken up is to make a list of ten things I’m grateful for every morning. These vary from day to day, but it usually looks something like this:

  1. I have a reliable vehicle!
  2. I make more money than I need to survive!
  3. I have a job I enjoy!
  4. I have lots of free time!
  5. I have delightful co-workers!
  6. I have a maintainable diet!
  7. I’m high-energy!
  8. I have had many successes!
  9. I’m hardworking!
  10. People give me a lot of money!

If you do this everyday you will  begin to rewire your brain to focus on more positive and useful things! It will also help you to see the little successes in your day to day life! And when you see the little successes than you can use them to build the foundation for your future successes! My successes of 2016 will serve as the foundation for my even greater successes in 2017! For example, I quit eating junk food in 2016! This success will serve as the foundation for the health and fitness successes I will have in 2017! I made a lot of money in 2016! In 2017 I will do a lot of cool stuff with that money!

So set aside a few minutes every morning to practice a little bit of gratitude and together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions or you have something you would like to see me talk about on this blog email me at my new high-energy email address chuckishighenergy@gmail.com!