How do I get rich?

In a world full of comparison through social media, we get used to think being rich is the solution for all problems in life, but things are not like this, more often we see famous artists or rich people in the news with depression, drug addiction or even suicide. For example, It doesn’t matter how rich you are, if you are not happy with yourself or not treating others equally, you may have all the money in the world and still be poor, so in this case wealth does not come from money itself but form other aspects in life.

Based on my experiences I’ve listed 3 main aspects that will make you rich:

#1 – Health

Your body is like a machine and health is the engine, if you don’t operate it properly or choose to fill it with bad quality fuel, it will break or ask for maintenance through diseases. Good health is the primary key to drive you to success and will be the “one step ahead” factor from your competitors. Without it, everything can get more difficult through tiredness, depression and lack of motivation. If you have any type of restrictions, focus on eating well and doing at least 30 minutes a day of any kind of physical exercises, avoiding drugs, alcohol and finishing your day with a good night of sleep.

Key points to increase health:

  • Exercise 30 minutes every single day
  • Decrease sugar and carbohydrates, increase vegetables and grains
  • Avoid any type of drugs or alcohol

#2 – Spirit

Be in peace with yourself, avoid overthinking and make your way out of depression, find balance between you and the environment, who’s in peace with yourself will be with others. Make the difference, treat others equally (from the janitor to the CEO), no prejudice or bad treatment and focus in always doing good. Have more empathy, connect with nature, find what drives you to peace. If you don’t have inner peace, you will never be satisfied with the things you have or accomplished, it’s going to be an endless journey pursuing happiness.

Key points to increase your Spirit:

  • Start doing outdoor activities, increase your contact with the nature
  • Take a moment to listen only to yourself, without any external interference, might be meditation for example or doing a solo activity
  • For each negative thought you must seek for other 2 positive ones

#3 – Knowledge

After having everything set up (Health and Spirit), you can seek for knowledge which is the key to open new paths and opportunities to your life, only like this you will be able to reach to your objectives. Knowledge is one of the true differentials in our society who values futility and appearance is more important then the actual reality.

“Knowledge is power.”

– Francis Bacon

Key points to increase knowledge:

  • Study at least 30 to 60 minutes everyday, it can be any theme you want
  • Listen to podcasts during commute
  • Filter your social media and start subscribing to good quality content that will ad value to your life

Having those 3 aspects in balance, money will eventually come to you as a consequence of all your behaviors, and maybe you won’t need as much as you might think because when being in peace with yourself and others everything will be better and will be no need of pursuing happiness through money.

Photo: Kamilla Kvamme

How to achieve greatness?

Behavior change, reaching objectives, overcoming barriers or anything related to these might be considered daily challenges for most of us, but this can become easier if we accept the reality and embrace the challenges that will come.

The most common situation that I’ve noticed is that most people set huge goals or decisions for their lives in a short period of time, such as losing 14 kilos in 4 months, running a marathon in less than 1 year of trainning, start triathlon to do a full Ironman or even start a business immediately without any plans or researches. The issue here is that you are starting from scratch and trying to reach that far objective as fast as you can avoiding or disconsidering any type of barriers like bad days, disappointments and mistakes.

We are living in a society where everybody appears to be better and happier than you, and that achieving goals seems to be pretty easy, but in real life things are not like this, it involves a lot of struggle, sweat, blood and tears, and if people tell you that things are easier than you think, they are lying to you.

A few things must be considered while setting goals or facing challenges and barriers, first of them is to Think Like a Ship, because ships don’t change their directions so fast or in a abrupt way, every decision is well though and made in small degree adjustments in its direction and speed. To turn or to stop a ship you must think about it way before doing it and execute it in small steps until it really happens. Thinking like that you can consider that the small actions in your life will drive you to change and to achieve your objectives, small actions like waking up early, choosing the right food, or dedication at least 30 minutes or 1 hour of your day to studying can really change your life path. What is 1 hour of study compared to at least 3 hours of social media wasted during the day? Chose What is Right!

Embrace the Suck! Stop expecting that life will get better or easier, accept that life is a fight regardless of what you are doing, start building mental toughness and get stronger to face all adversities that will be thrown in your way. If you want to achieve success nothing will be or ever get easier.

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – John F. Kennedy

Eagles don’t fly with pigeons. Have you ever thought if the people around you are telling you good things? Or are they just putting more negativity and barriers to discourage yourself be the your best version? Surround yourself with people that will unleash who you are capable of.

Set Small Goals. Try to do the basics before doing the most outrageous accomplishment, why thinking about doing an Ironman or a Marathon if you don’t even run three times a week? First you must adapt your mind and body for a new routine, it’s easier to accomplish running once a week and then increasing to twice and then to three times. Remember that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and it must fit inside your routine that is already full of tasks, that’s reason we must always Prioritize and Execute.

If you define big and outrageous goals, it will be easier to quit since it feels to be so far away from what you can do at this moment.

Take small steps every day toward your goals and don’t stop for any reason, only like this you will achieve greatness.

Picture: Took this photo of FDNY Engine 54 / Ladder 4 / Battalion 9 and it’s amazing flags remembering some of their roots and the fallen heroes.

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When I need peace, I look for nature

Uncertainty and stress are not new to human beings, our ancient ancestors had their share of challenges to staying alive in a world filled with wild animals and unpredictable food supplies, consequently shaping our bodies to set the right triggers in case of any danger. Today, we don’t have to worry about those kind of adversities, instead we unconsciously turned our mind and triggers to focus on work, performance, family, exercise activities and even war.

Despite having new accomplishments, goals and habits, the main difference from our ancient ancestors is the lost of spiritual connection to life that infuses us with trust and confidence that everything will work out in the end.

We no longer seek for healing or regenerative power in our environment, and we can notice this in our daily basis through:

Open landscapes are now city blocks, most of the time we are surrounded by concreted and metal, from buildings to cars and buses, without any sight or sound of nature. You might listen to birds singing but from a .mp3 in a train station.

Sunrises and sunsets take place while we are stuck in the confines of an office, when was the last time you stopped your routine to watch a sunrise or a sunset, even if you see it, you might be stuck in traffic or inside a building. That makes you lose entirely the connection and power of healing from the sun.

Time spent admiring nature’s beauty was replaced with traveling Instagram photos, instead of feeling the nature as alive as it is, people are hitting likes on vacation selfies while imagining themselves there and complaining how life is unfair. Even if there is a park, a forest or any type of nature environment next to their houses, people prefer to stay in the concrete.

Shamanism is based on healing and living in harmony with the spirit of nature where everything is alive and has a spirit, like trees, flowers, mountains, lakes, rivers, sea and its animals. Based on Huichol Shamanism, we assume that we are oneself as collaborator with all life.

Kupuri is considered by the Huichols as the powerful essence of life force. They obtain life force and energy from environment and charge themselves with this natural life energy. To find new ways to feed your Kupuri try to go to special place in nature or even sit under a tree or stare at the ocean and imagine the life force of this environment nurturing your soul.

Neither of gyms, exercise classes or diet suplements are solving our problems, the reason is that we must treat body and soul together and not separated as it is today. To improve overall health, we need to tune the health of our emotions and spirit as we do physicality.

The body responds positively when exercising, becoming stonger and leaner, as your soul responds positively when you connect to the nature, it becomes stronger, happier and more at peace.

Instead being connected to the environment we spend most of the hours connected to mobile devices and its applications, seeking for comparison, likes and approvals from others, while consuming bad information like gossips, tragic news or any kind of information that won’t add value to our lives.

The connection between body and soul has been lost in the modern world, being disconnected from our outer environment, causing loneliness (even if surrounded by people), depression (even if having everything you need) and angriness (even if living in a peaceful environment).

We must find in this world of fast pace changes a way to reestablish the connection between our body and soul, only like this we will be able to find inner peace and live well with others.

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Turning Mondays Into a Better Day

It’s pretty common to feel bad about coming back to our responsibilities after a weekend or even a long period of a lot of fun. When getting closer to to it, specially by the end of the day, the mind begins to be fulfilled with bad thoughts wishing there was no tomorrow.

The thoughts and the wishes are real, we all love having fun, taking long afternoon naps and eating all kinds of delicious food but the reality is waiting for us, filled with responsibilities and annoying tasks, so there are no choices or even an escape, so we must embrace it and get it done!

But how can we get it done if the days like these seems to be endless, we lack of concentration and just don’t know how to start or what things needs focus on.

From my experience I’ve listed 5 actions that can turn mondays into a better day:

1 – Treat yourself in the best way as possible

Remember that we can always find happiness in the little things, how about choosing nice meals during the day, i’m not talking about having a huge amount of sugar o fat, but going to a nice place to eat and choose the food that will improve your health.

If you are the type of person that enjoys company, invite that best friend to be with you, but if you are the type that stays quiet during mondays don’t feel guilty to avoid people and have lunch with yourself.

Don’t forget about the way you look, choose your favorite clothes, wear that make-up and fragrance that you love, i bet that when you pass in front of a mirror you will be happier with yourself.

2 – Wake Up Early and do something

Recently I’ve posted Why and How to Wake Up Early

Waking up early and do something, specially going to the gym or doing any type of aerobic exercise will boost your endorphin levels and your confidence. I bet that within 15 minutes of exercise you will start to feel better and refreshed to start the day.

3 – Set your routine previously

Don’t set your to-dos by the time you start the day or you might waste time on tasks like checking that long boring email box. Set your routine in the previous week or day, preferentially on fridays so you can detach from your problems and fully enjoy the weekend. If you are heading to a vacation or holidays why not setting up the day you come back to work?

Setting up a to-do routine will avoid you from forgetting important things or procrastination. Remember to Prioritize and Execute!

4 – Avoid or don’t pay attention to toxic people

Avoid the complainers, those will only add negativity or bad thinking to your day. When meeting a complainer that will surely say, “oh i hate mondays”, “the holidays are over, I wish I could be back” or even say that you look bad and tired. Remember there is nothing you can do about it, just focus on your objective and give a generic answer.

Sometimes will be hard to avoid them, so don’t pay attention to them and return to your path of getting monday done in the best way as possible.

5 – Set your main objective

If you have an objective you will not have barriers in your way. Set your main objective, that one that will be used as a driver to complete your tasks, this way you will always find a way for a solution and to be motivated.

Having an objective will make you Chose What is Right for you. Objectives can be related to family, professional goals, mindfulness, health and others, they just need to be your driver when facing a challenge or difficult or annoying task.

Mondays are the first day of the week, the first chance to get things right, everybody knows that it’s difficult to handle it, so why sharing bad thoughts about it since you can’t change it? You only have control of your actions and how to make the best way through it.

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Projeto Mãos a Obra Providência Achievements

This month I was involved in the disclosure and collection of donation for Projeto Social Mãos a Obra Providência.

Thanks to friends from L’Oréal, Marcia Ferreira Triathlon and Sports Mix, we could collect enough to purchase 25 tatame plates, kimonos and belts, besides supporting 16 kids and 7 adults for the Rio Challenge Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

From the 25 tatame plates, we could duplicate training area, giving much more space to be used in simultaneous training and warm-ups, avoiding crashes between students or waiting for roll.

We took the kids and adults for their first Championship, where they fought very hard, did great matches, conquered medals and realized a dream, that will be used as a base for discipline, focus and learning for their lives.

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Social Project Mãos a Obra Providência

The Projeto Social Mãos a Obra Providência supports and inserts kids and adultos into Jiu-Jitsu with the main objective to bring discipline, good values and health for their lives. The minimum requirements to join is to be studying and not miss any training class. The project is lead byNey Robson (Ney Bolado).

The project is located in CT do Cachorrão at Morro da Providência – RJ, and covers all residents from Saúde, Gamboa, Santo Cristo neighborhoods and nearby.

Besides Jiu-Jisu, the CT do Cachorrão offers Boxe, Wrestling and fun activities for kids and is lead by Eduardo Cardoso (the Cachorrão).

Ney invited me for a visit once but suddenly it became a habit and now I’ve been participating and supporting the project both in kids and adults classes. All affection received, the will to learn, become a better person from everyone and how they welcome me really kept my attention. Besides that I couldn’t find anyone that was wishing to rest and most of times I needed a way to train with as many people I could during the time we had in class.

Even with a lot of will and strengh to reach the objectives, most of those present in the project had needs, even the Training Center had its own, but that wasn’t a reason to discouragement, so we focused our energies in sharing the project and gathering donations.

I showed the project to my friend Rafael Vilela, who got engaged with and together with Ney we could acquire:

  • Cold water Drinking Fountain
  • 25 dojo plates, duplicating the training space
  • Kids and Adults Champonship Registrations

Project Address: Ladeira do Barroso, 40 – Gambôa, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20221-310

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Why and How to Wake Up Early

People always ask me why I enjoy waking up early, so here is a complete guide describing why and how to do it!

Why waking up early?

  • You’ll make time to dedicate only and true to yourself, because there won’t be any kind of distractions since most of people are sleeping
  • Doing something truly for yourself by the early hours contributes to have a better day because you’ll be starting it with the right mood
  • Your day will have more hours to be spent
  • Establish a better routine for yourself resulting in more discipline and better focus and results

The early hours of the day can be used for those activities that have been put away for any type of reasons. You will be able to improve yourself even if you dedicate only 30 minutes of your time on doing something related to sports, spiritual health, studying or any kind of thing that would make you feel better or archive your long term goal.

How to wake up early?

  • Choose a day to start, can be any given day, don’t focus on mondays like everyone else does.
  • Organize all your stuff in the night before, such as gym clothes, gear, breakfast, pre and post workout, hydration, work clothes etc.
  • Set at least 2 alarm clocks in at least 2 different devices
  • Try to sleep a little bit earlier than usual

Tips

No caffeine after noon, its effects can last at least for 5 hours in your body.

No heavy meals at night, avoid sugars and fat, try to eat clean to avoid indigestion during the night of sleep. Remember, this meal will be responsible for how you’ll feel in the next early morning, it will be your fuel for your activity.

Stop procrastinating in your cell phone near bed time, screen brightness and all that brain stimulation from social media can fry your thoughts and put you away from a good resting night of sleep.

Bed is for sleep or sex, start to slow down and don’t use it to think of problems or having heavy conversations with your partner.

Don’t Think Twice, when the alarms goes on just get up and get dressed. If you think for a few seconds maybe you’ll go back sleeping again. Remember the 5 second rule.

Start doing this tomorrow and I’m sure that you’ll start to feel even better. If that doesn’t fit in your routine, that’s ok, adapt it in order to always have at least 30 minutes of the day dedicated only for yourself.

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Choose what is RIGHT!

It’s a inherent for humans to seek comfort in things that appears to be easier or doesn’t have to many risks, however is choosing difficult paths will bring bigger accomplishments.

Each small decision we make in our daily basis will contribute to build a new future, in that way fight against your own mind to get after the things that will count to reach your objectives and not what is easier or comfortable for the moment.

5 seconds is the time we need to give up or move on, even if it’s difficult like waking up early in a monday morning, staying focused in a diet or finishing that annoying avoided task, move on will always make you feel better and more valued in the end.

Our decisions start by the time we wake up, so make it count every second and put in your mind what really needs to be done.

Have a good week!

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Prioritize and Execute

Every monday we start a new journey in out weekly triathlon with full email box, several pendencies and different ways of taking away our happiness

Nowadays we are surrounded by simultaneous problems, and this might be a risk and will result in failure if we try to solve all of them in just one time

Prioritize and Execute, this is the ideal exercise for mondays. Based on your objectives choose the task that needs more priority and guarantee it will be executed during the week! If it’s necessary, communicate with those around you and book in your agenda how many hours are need for its execution. After concluded, repeat the same exercise and choose one more task to be prioritized.

Remember the Triathlon, where we first focus on swimming, then cycling and by the end of it in running, always using transitioning to be ready for the next execution with the main objective to finish in the best time as possible.

Have a good week!

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