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True vs. false values

“How can you be so disciplined? How can you do all this stuff like read, train, meditate and eat healthy every day?” is a question I get asked a lot. The answer is it has nothing to do with discipline because I don’t have to force myself to do any of those things I do on a daily basis. I know what my highest values are and just live according to them. It’s that simple. Read more…

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Success vs. failure – part 2

“What if I go after what I love and fail?” is a question I hear often when I converse with people about success in life. And for those who have read the first part of the success vs. failure series know that success depends on its definition. When someone defines success as doing something that he or she loves then how can he or she not be a success just by doing that no matter Read more…

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Controlling vs. letting go

Nearly all people face some sort of problems when they begin with meditation practice. Some right from the start, others after some time if they stick to the practice. Most often people have reported to me that they feel physical pain or some sort of discomfort, others can’t seem to relax or be still even for a second, many say they just can’t stop thinking and some relax too much and doze off. Here I Read more…

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Success vs. failure

We very much like to read or listen to success stories about people who had to go through immense struggle to succeed or who came from nothing to become famous or who sacrificed everything in life to achieve something great. And it’s essential to every story that it’s so well written or told that we would identify with the character in it. But the problem begins when we get so caught up with someone else’s Read more…

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Motivation vs. inspiration

One of the main reasons why a lot of people seek a personal trainer is because they seek motivation which they think a trainer will provide. I once worked with a female client who was trying to lose weight and she had this strange habit that every time we met she told me all about how she overate just before we were supposed to have a training session. She then expected me to be very Read more…

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Choice vs. no choice

In today’s world, we are battling with choices and decisions. Sometimes we have so many options to choose from that in the end we don’t make a choice out of fear of making the wrong one. Sometimes when we think we have only one or two choices in reality we have much more than that but our limited perspective doesn’t allow us to see them. And other times we think we have many options when Read more…

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High vs. low standards

Some people have said to me over the years than I am a difficult person to work with because of my high standards. Some said it directly, others around corners – acquaintances, clients and/or business partners. And from the point of those who have said it, it’s probably true but from my perspective their standards were low. So who is right? Standard means a level of something. Either qualitatively or quantitatively. So if you imagine Read more…

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Inner vs. outer revolutionaries

When we look out in the world we can see what I like to call inner and outer revolutionaries. Both are at one point or another unsatisfied with their lives, the world or sense tension and then seek a way to relieve it. But they will act very differently to find the solution and gain a sense of relaxation or inner peace. The outer revolutionaries believe that until something outside themselves changes on a personal Read more…

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School vs. life

This is the second part of the knowing vs. understanding series and in it I write about how school differs from life. One way to see the difference between knowing and understanding is to look at our social educational system. The fact is that today’s formal education does not guarantee in most cases a bigger success later in life. Usually, it’s quite the opposite. The longer we stay in school the less prepared we will Read more…

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Support vs. challenge

In all my years of working with people, I have learned that one of the key features of an effective leader is the ability to be able to balance himself and those around him. Both challenge and support are essential parts of a whole and we usually lean towards one or the other but whenever we get just one or the other from ourselves or people around us we become more and more unbalanced. Both Read more…

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