The Earth Remembers

It's a tight window, This duration of time. Three thousand or so years since the expanse of civilization. The Earth remembers… The time before; The quiet time near forgotten. She longs for a period of silence And of rest and peace. The…
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Conquering Fourteeners: Grays And Torreys

Recently I had the privilege of writing a few pieces for a weight loss company out of Boulder. I was especially blessed because they allowed me to write about whatever I thought would fit. One of them was my first person account of climbing…
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Is something wrong with me? Do deviant thoughts make us crazy?

The human brain is an odd thing indeed. A quick internet search on the phrase how many thoughts per day reveals a number of "experts" stating that human beings have between 18,000 and 70,000 thoughts each time the Earth spins. Even at…
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Getting Rid Of It All

I don't own my possessions. They own me. I think I'll sell it all. Grand collections of albums I never listen to Just collect dust on shelves. Books and comics stacked away; Movies and games the same. It's strange. How can having so…
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Good Morning Routine

A good morning routine is a ritual that sets a precedent for a spectacular day. It's a must. I feel that I've dialed in a "good morning routine" that really works. I wanted to share it so people could cherry pick elements that will help get…
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Moving On Minute 8-25-19: Impulsive Urges: Don't Control Them, Direct Them

Some people say, "You have to take the good with the bad." The way our impulses and urges work confirms this statement. Sometime I feel an urge to eat a handful of cookies or chocolates. Other times I feel a similar impulse to go get…
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A Good Time To Be A Quitter

Let's do things a bit differently today. Under normal circumstances I provide helpful tidbits, tricks, and life hacks. Never do I intend to tell anyone that they must do anything I suggest. They don't. I cannot force them. It's entirely each…
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Stop & Smell The Roses

Last week I released a piece about the Two Birds One Stone method of hacking a busy schedule or to do list. Finding hacks like that is necessary for the productivity output of the modern entrepreneur or family man or woman. Inversely,…
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Moving On Minute 3-16-19: Communicating Love to Friends

  How often do you tell a friend that you love them? It's probably not often enough. There are those friends that we love tremendously, and yet the sentiment goes unspoken. The love I speak of is not the type one feels toward a a…
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Where Discipline is Born: How I Started Moving On Upwards

It's common for people to start out their lives believing what will happen to them, and more importantly what they are capable of, is outside of their individual control. This fatalistic view of life leads to self-victimization. This paralyzing…
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Habit Stacking / Don't Snooze

My alarm buzzed this morning at 5:52 am. I hit the snooze button knowing the back-up on my phone was set for seven minutes later. I drifted back to that light NREM sleep that doesn't really have any positive benefit for the body. It kind…
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The Moments of Moving On Upwards

It is impossible not to recognize that moment. Isn't it? It's the moment where you realize you are doing the wrong thing with your life or you're on the wrong path. That moment stares you right in the face and screams your name. It calls…
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Losing Weight and How it Improved my Life

I would like to share the story of my weight loss journey in hopes that it may inspire others to do the same. You too, can gain control of your physical being and become the person you've always wanted to be. It will not be easy, but it is…
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The Super-power of Relaxation (Recent Epic Failure Included)

The past several days of my life have been filled with travel and wrapping up work and life responsibilities to prepare for a much-needed vacation. I reflect on how my tenor and mood have been. It is obvious that my mood has had a direct correlation…
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Kung Fu Friends

In recent days I have received a lot of commentary from close friends in regards to the advice and concepts introduced in the Pluck Those Weeds From Your Life article. A few have pointedly asked or wondered if I consider them weeds. To them…
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Feeling Adventurous?

When was the last adventure you embarked on? Has it been so long ago that you can barely remember the feelings it created within you? Monotony; it is what so many people are doomed to be in a perpetual state of. Whether it's based on fear,…
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Face First Into Fist (This Week's Colossal Failure)

I did it again. Failure seems to wait for it's chance to remind us that we are weak, slow, and dumb. It found me once again at my Kung Fu school last night. After our normal class ended and we bowed out I invited an old training partner…
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Failure Habits Turned Into Successful Ones

Failing Upwards has been born and grown very organically. I originally set out to reinforce my writing habit and create a new habit of creative production and publication through these posts. My original intention was to produce fiction works.…
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Hack Your Life to Peaces (punny title, I know)

Hacking, it's not just for computers anymore. Technology today hacks things like note taking and to do lists making them much easier, more accessible, and most importantly quicker. Athletes hack their workouts to maximize gains and wins. Companies…
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Using Defeat to Build Strength

I would like to share some of my experiences in Failing Upward, my personal philosophy. It is defined by a relentless positivity and continually making lemonade out of lemons. If I am going to fail or lose or get hurt or even get fired from…
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The Dichotomy of Habits (or I Only Have One Criterion)

So you have taken a hard look at how you currently utilize your time. It's time to address those pesky bad habits. Some examples are excessive social media, phone and screen time, recreational drug use, pornography, and especially working too…
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Welcome to Failing Upwards

A short while back I made a decision to make some extreme positive changes in my life. At the time and for as long as I can remember I was not happy. I had difficulties in my relationships with family and friends. I brought work stress home…
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Commitments to Myself

I commit to exhibiting high value behaviors and reducing low value behaviors in my life. I commit to surrounding myself with others who are high value in their actions and reducing interactions with those who are low value. I commit to adding…