The Reality TV Star

Choosing My Religion

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Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

Having a satisfying spiritual life is a crucial component of living a high-energy lifestyle! So today I would like to talk a little bit about how to choose the right religion for you! Now, it may seem utterly absurd to have a street-performer give you advice on how to choose the right religion. But, I think you know where I’m going to go with this! If a reality TV star can run our country, then why can’t a street-performer give you advice on how to select a religion? In 2017 we are doing exciting new things with entrepreneurship! We used to think that governing and spirituality were dire matters which best be left to the experts! Not anymore! Anyone with enough money, charisma, and brand recognition can ascend to the highest office in the land and anyone with a laptop, a modicum of creative writing skills, and plenty of free time can dole out spiritual advice!

A common theme on this blog is that I admittedly don’t understand the universe. I thought I had an adequate grasp on the basics; humans are roughly 60% water, the universe is expanding, you should treat people the way you would want to be treated, etc. But, then a reality TV star became the Republican nominee for the President of the United States of America and everything went out the window! I concluded that the true nature of the universe is ultimately unknowable and I gave up any attempt to arrive at a correct belief system. So, as you can imagine, my approach towards religion is a little unconventional.

I evaluate religions in terms of the resources they offer, not how correct their beliefs are. So now I would like to take a few moments to demonstrate how one might go about evaluating religions based on the quality of their resources and not the correctness of their doctrines. These are just a few examples, this is not intended to be exhaustive.

First example, I think Kabbalah has the best explanation of what God is. Now obviously, I think the nature of God is unknowable, but Kabbalah offers an explanation which can account for why God created us, why there is so much suffering, and why we never see or hear from God. It’s a great explanation of God, it makes me feel like life has a purpose, and it motivates me to work hard and practice empathy! The Kabbalists’ explanation of the nature of God is an excellent resource!

Second example, I think the Anglicans have the best prayers. I’ve studied the prayer books of various religions and I keep coming back to the Book of Common Prayer. I used to love the Catholic rosary. But, having studied hypnosis at some length, I’m now skeptical about making 53 references to the “hour of our death” and five references to the “fires of hell” all within a twenty minute period. I’ve studied Jewish prayer books and I find them wonderful, but if you’re not of Jewish heritage, the wording of some of these prayers can be awkward. The Anglicans have assembled a nice collection of simple prayers which I think are fairly accessible to people from a wide array of backgrounds. And the prayers touch on all the right points; being thankful for creation, working hard, guiding our leaders in wisdom, being empathetic towards the less fortunate, etc. The Book of Common Prayer is an excellent resource!

Third example, I think Soto Zen Buddhism has the best meditation method! The meditation method taught within the Soto school of Japanese Zen Buddhism is an excellent resource!

Now some of you reading this may already have a church you attend, your family goes there, the people are wonderful, you play on the softball team! That’s great! Keep going there! It sounds like they have excellent resources! I’m not telling you which religion I think you should join, I’m just arguing for a different way of evaluating religion! The ultimate nature of the universe is completely unknowable, so we should evaluate religions based on useful they are, not how true they may or may not be! I would also like to remind you again that this blog is intended for entertainment purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional spiritual advice.

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God Pt. 2

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I would like to spend this beautiful First Sunday of Lent continuing my discussion on God and explaining what happens when you die! I’m aware of how absurd this proposal sounds! Why would anyone listen to what a street-performer has to say about what happens when you die? But, the way I see it, if a reality TV star can be the commander in chief of the world’s strongest military, then a street performer can tell you what happens when you die! I figure that I’m just as qualified as anyone to tell you what lies beyond the grave, and that is to say, that I’m not at all qualified! I call what I’m doing here entrepreneurial metaphysics, because I’m bringing the entrepreneurial spirit to the great questions that have plagued mankind since the dawn of time! There was a time when I assumed that certain industries were beyond the scope of the entrepreneurial spirit! But, then a reality TV star became the Leader of the Free World, and I realized that pretty much anything goes at this point!

In this post from a couple of weeks ago, I explained what God is. God is the giver of divine love. God created a vessel to fill with divine love. The vessel became ashamed because it had done nothing to earn God’s love. God warned the vessel that earning His/Her love would be very difficult, take a long time, and entail much suffering. The vessel was cool with that and God shattered it. And the purpose of life is to reassemble God’s creation and finally earn His/Her love. This is a concept of God which I’ve borrowed from Jewish mysticism. I think it’s the best explanation I’ve heard so far, so it’s the one I use, and I find it very practical.

What happens when you die is implied in this understanding of God and the meaning of life. Life has a purpose and we are here to do work! So, when you die, the universe puts you right back to work! When you die, you’re either not ready to receive God’s love, in which case you get reincarnated to continue to work on yourself, or you are ready and you realize that you’d rather stay behind and help those who aren’t, in which case you get reincarnated! Nobody gets out of this thing until everybody gets out of this thing! Just think of the most frustrating person in your life (for a lot of you, that’s probably the reality TV star)! You don’t get to go to Heaven until that guy does! I think Bernie Sanders said it best when he said “my spirituality is that we’re all in this together”. We are literally all in this together, there’s no one to hate. And we’ve got a lot of work to do! So, it’s very important that we’re happy, healthy, and high-energy!

I’ve borrowed this idea from Buddhism! In the Buddhist tradition there are what are called the Bodhisattva vows. One of those vows is the vow to liberate all beings. When a man or woman takes the Bodhisattva vows, they vow to prolong their own liberation until all sentient beings have attained liberation! When a Bodhisattva dies, they get reincarnated, and they get right back to work helping those of us who are still kind of bumbling around in our own confusion! Talk about high-energy and hardworking!

So that’s what happens when you die! You get right back to work! I’d like to remind you that this blog is intended for entertainment purposes and should not be used as a substitute for professional spiritual advice! If you have any serious questions about God or what happens when you die, consult a priest, rabbi, or guru or whatever! If you have any non-serious questions about God or what happens when you die, feel free to email me at chuckishighenergy@gmail.com. Please keep in mind that I make no claim to be any kind of spiritual authority nor the recipient of any kind of revelation. What I’m doing here is simply an experiment in entrepreneurial metaphysics and I thank you for bearing with me through it!

Beliefs Pt. 2

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In my last post I discussed how our simplest beliefs can have huge consequences for our behavior patterns. I used this example from my own experience; for most of my life I believed that I understood the universe, then when I realized that a reality TV star was going to become the President of the United States of America I came to the belief that I didn’t understand the universe even in the slightest. This change in belief led me to quit drinking, quit eating junk food, and begin searching for the secrets to energy and success! One simple belief can make a world of difference!

Now, if you have 21 minutes to spare, I would strongly encourage you to watch this video! This woman gives an excellent testimonial about how one bad belief sent her life into a complete tailspin. She then goes on to explain how, through hypnosis, her belief was corrected and she went on to live a high-energy life and help thousands of people! All it took was one two hour session with an experienced hypnotherapist and her belief was corrected and years of turmoil were suddenly over, just like that! Very inspiring!

I can relate to her story, because I went through my own experience of meeting a “Yoda” and having my mind drastically altered for the better within a very short period of time! I had struggled with depression and anxiety throughout all of my 20’s. I had seen numerous therapists and tried all sorts of drugs. Nothing seemed to work. When I was 29 I began to explore meditation. I began attending a Buddhist temple in Battle Creek, Michigan called Sokukoji. After attending for a couple of weeks, one night I ended up having a twenty minute conversation with the head priest Sokuzan, the man I now consider my meditation teacher. I told him about my years of depression and anxiety, about my history of panic attacks and obsessive thought cycles. What he suggested to me would irreparably alter my life for the better. He told me; “When you’re depressed, just be depressed. When you have a panic attack, just have a panic attack. Don’t try to control your thoughts. We can’t control our thoughts, we don’t even know what thoughts are”.

For all of my life I had believed that I was the thinker of my thoughts, that I was responsible for every horrible idea that floated through my mind, and this belief had caused me to go to endless war with my own mind! And then one day, when I was in a very suggestible state, this old man had basically reached into my subconscious, tweaked my bad belief, and sent my life on an entirely new trajectory! This was nearly six years ago and I’ve never had an issue with depression since!

Now, it’s not at all my intention to promote Buddhism, it’s definitely not for everybody! I’m just using this as another example from my own life where correcting a simple belief drastically altered the course my life would take! When I was 29 I believed that I was responsible for my own thoughts, that belief was replaced with “We don’t even know what thoughts are” and new positive behavior patterns were the result! When I was 34 I believed I understood the universe, that belief was replaced with “A reality TV star is going to be our next president” and new positive behavior patterns were the result!

Now for the bigger, peskier beliefs, like the ones I’ve described above, you may need to elicit the help of a hypnotherapist or guru. And in that case, I wish you all of the luck in the world in finding the right Yoda for the job. I’ve got a feeling I may need to see a hypnotherapist if I’m every going to overcome my fear of bats! But, we can already begin to use self-hypnosis for the smaller beliefs that may be holding us back! You may believe that healthy food is gross, exercise is boring, or you can’t have fun without alcohol! Youtube is brimming with hypnosis videos which can correct these beliefs! Here’s one for eating healthy! Here’s one for exercise motivation! And here’s one I used in my efforts to quit drinking! And there’s hundreds more! Get to work finding the ones that work best for you! This is one easy step you can take right now to put yourself on the path to success!

Beliefs Pt. 1

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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!

 

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. 1

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So, as I’ve said in previous posts, I am a 35 year old para-pro/street performer who is sharing with you the keys to success before I have yet to achieve my greatest success. I have had many successes! I’ve lost 153 pounds, I’ve quit drinking, I enjoy my work, and I make more money than I need to survive! I have had many successes! But, far greater successes await me! In this blog I am going to tell you my secrets to success and I am going to apply them in my own life and document my successes on this blog! Seeing my successes as they happen will make the lessons more effective!

As I’ve also mentioned in previous posts, when the reality TV star became the Republican nominee for the President of the United States of America, I recognized that I don’t understand any of this and that I need to be high-energy if I’m going to have success in a universe I don’t understand! He became officially nominated around mid-July, but we were aware of its inevitability by early June. That was when I made the conscious decision to pursue the secrets of energy and success! I determined that the first feat I needed to accomplish was to be alcohol-free! I recognized that as my number one priority! For the first couple months, I focused on nothing else but becoming alcohol-free!

I decided to make becoming alcohol-free my number one priority because it struck me as my greatest hurdle! I had been a functioning alcoholic my entire adult life! The night I turned 21 I went out and bought a six-pack and that behavior had been habitual for thirteen years! I realized that I had no idea what it’s like to be an adult without alcohol! I had no idea how to socialize without alcohol! I had no idea how to have fun without alcohol! I had no idea how to unwind from my day and settle into a restful mode that would allow me to drift off into a peaceful night’s slumber without alcohol! Being alcohol-free would require me to basically relearn almost every aspect of my adult life!

When I told people of my desire to quit drinking, they always acted surprised. I never struck them as someone with a problem. Sure, they had their anecdotes about times when I got a little extra rowdy. But, I never seemed to have a problem. I never got violent. I never made any horrible decisions with irreparable consequences while drunk. I was a functional alcoholic. But, I no longer wanted to be merely functional. I wanted to be high-energy. I wanted to have many successes.

I recognized that there’s something unnatural about the way I (and many, many people in our society) think about alcohol. I have come to the conclusion that it is the result of some sort of hypnosis. I had been hypnotized by society and myself to think about alcohol in a certain way. Our obsession with alcohol is too irrational. We would not be this excited about a drug that makes us fat, depressed, and low-energy unless there was some sort of hypnosis going on. My addiction to alcohol was mental not physical. My brain needed to be rewired. In order to quit drinking I needed to change the way I define alcohol and myself. “Alcohol is a sedative! I’m high-energy” became the mantra that I would use to self-hypnotize.

Society tells us that alcohol is a social-lubricant! It makes white people dance! It’s liquid courage! Many different mantras. I gave myself a new mantra. And I had to repeat it to myself many times in order for my brain to accept it as reality. But, it does work! If you want to quit drinking, but you seem stuck, you can’t imagine your life without alcohol, just repeat this mantra; “Alcohol is a sedative. I’m high-energy!” It might take a while, though. It was a little over a month from the moment I purposed to quit drinking to the day I actually began my alcohol-free lifestyle. In my next post I’ll discuss what I did in that month to rewire my brain. In the meantime, 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

 

What Do I Mean By “High-Energy”?

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I recently had one of my high-energy readers ask me what I mean when I say “high-energy”. We already know what high-energy feels like! We know that it feels really good to be high-energy! But, what does it mean to be high-energy?

When I was a religion student at Calvin College, I studied New Testament studies under the tutelage of an excellent New Testament scholar named David Crump. Professor Crump used to always tell us that words don’t have meanings, they have uses. This adage has always stuck with me. So before discussing what I mean by “high-energy”, allow me to talk a little bit about how I’m using the words “high-energy”.

I initially started using the words “high-energy” to motivate myself, to get myself psyched, and to cozy myself up to the possibility of choosing to be alcohol-free. I’ve always found the word “sober” so sobering. If I was going to be alcohol-free, I needed a word that was more exciting. I had seen the way a reality TV star had used the words “low-energy” to completely demolish a qualified and experienced traditional politician. I figured that if the words “low-energy” could be used to effectively bring someone down, maybe I could use the words “high-energy” to bring myself up. I began constantly telling myself that I was “high-energy”.  This idea of being “high-energy” was way more appealing to me than the idea of being “sober”.

My personal mantra became “alcohol is a sedative, I’m high-energy”. Instead of giving up a fun drug in order to become a sensible person, I was giving up a sedative in order to become a high-energy person. And then one day I was out busking on a street corner near Lake Michigan. A tourist stopped by to enjoy my high-energy music. They asked me if I ever performed in any of the bars in the area. I blurted out “I don’t play in bars! Alcohol is a sedative! I’m high-energy! I wanna perform out here in the sun for other high-energy people!”. His face immediately lit up! I realized in that moment that this phrase that I had used to motivate myself could also be used to motivate other people!

I began incorporating the words “high-energy” into everyday conversations, status updates, and stage banter. At first, I tried to do it subtly. But, if you know me very well, then you know that subtlety isn’t exactly my forte! After about a month of using the words “high-energy”, people began to say it back to me and I began to feel like I was onto something!

If you simply say the words “high-energy” you will already begin to feel more high-energy! Whenever I’m going for a run and I start to feel a little winded, I pump my fists in the air and start yelling “I’m high-energy”. It works! Don’t believe me? Just try it! Whenever I’m at work and those afternoon blahs start settling in, I run to the bathroom, look at myself in the mirror, pump my fists in the air, and say “I’m high-energy!”. It works! Don’t believe me? Just try it!

So basically, I use the words “high-energy” to motivate myself and the people around me! In the next post I’ll begin to discuss what I mean by “high-energy”! So, thanks for reading, and if you have any questions please email me at chuckishighenergy@gmail.com. This was my first post that was in response to a reader’s question and I would love to do more posts like this. So, if you have a question, don’t be shy, show some high-energy initiative!

Willpower

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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

 

Why Is This Blog Unique?

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

In my last blog post I explained who I am (a 35 year old para-pro/street-performer from West Michigan) and what I am doing here (teaching you my personal secrets for energy and success). I explained that 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 that if I’m going to live in a universe that I don’t understand I should at least be really high-energy! I likened the universe to a car, in that I don’t understand how it works and yet I can still operate it!

Once I accepted that I don’t understand any of this, I began looking for the secrets to being high-energy and successful. I devoured self-help books and I watched hundreds of hours of youtube videos of motivational speakers, psychologists, entrepreneurs, and spiritual gurus. I began learning the secrets to being high-energy and started applying them to my life. I studied the wisdom of the great mystics and gurus of the last 3,000 years and looked for the common themes they all shared.

In this blog I am going to discuss the secrets to energy and success! But, if you’re familiar with Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, or even Ric Flair, it won’t be anything new! In this blog I’m going to discuss how, much like a car, we can operate the universe even though we don’t know how it works! But, if you’ve studied Socrates, Bodhidharma, or even Alan Watts, it won’t be anything new!

So what makes this blog unique?

What makes this blog unique is that I am not speaking to you from the pinnacle of success! Other writers reach the top of the mountain and then, looking down at all of their accomplishments, tell you what their secrets to success are. They have the luxury of looking back and cherry-picking all of the good stuff. What I’m doing here is kind of like a self-help book in reverse. I’m still climbing the mountain! As I climb, I’m going to tell you what tools I will use to succeed! When I achieve success, the lessons I taught along the way will be more convincing because you watched me as I used them!

I have had many successes and I will continue to have many more successes. But, in many ways, I’m not what society would consider a successful person. I’m 35, living with my mom, making around twelve grand a year. I have experienced many failures and frustrations. But, that is turning around now that I’ve started using the tools to success. I’ve quit drinking, I’m making more money than I spend, I’ve lost a lot of weight, and I’m very high-energy! These successes will serve as the groundwork for my future successes! I’m going to have many successes and I plan on sharing all of it with you!