#positiveaf

Providing contagious positive as f*** energy is the goal!

When offering a smile, what is the usual first response you receive? Usually you get a smile back (unless the individual is having a difficult day or is a generally unhappy person). Being #positiveaf is a choice to be more intentional with your emotions.

When we are in our personal state of happiness, we are more productive and efficient.  Think of the last time you were exceptionally blissful.  Envision why you were in that state of being and what you were capable in that moment. We work with more fervor and commitment once we are in a positive state, and generally, things get profoundly better once you adopt a more positive mindset.  

The key to this particular demeanor stems from being thankful for ever single day you are given.  I’ve had to face various instances where I thought my hours were numbered. Remember that day where we thought North Korea launched a missile to Hawaii?  I was next to Pearl Harbor at the time, and sirens were blaring across the island.  To add to the panic, every single person in Hawaii got a text message saying that a ballistic missile was inbound and to prepare for devestating impact.  The feeling of impeding doom was immense, and we were more than relieved that it was just a mistaken warning.  This  was one of the various instances that got me thinking about the importance of being thankful for every single day we are offered.  

The fact of the matter is that tomorrow is never guaranteed.  This may be a bleak way at seeing things, but I see it as an empowering way to live your life.  Every single day is a new opportunity to live the best life we are offered, and we can work with avidity on a day-to-day basis if we stay definite in our emotions.

Living #positiveaf is a personal choice to live with more positivity.  Be thankful for the opportunities you are given, and share with the world the vibrant, undeniable energy you can offer!

 

Christmas: Another Day At Practice!


Practice… even on Christmas day!

In my youth, I remember wanting, above all else, to truly excel at my craft of bboying (breakdancing).  With such fervor in my heart, I was convinced that this would be my ultimate calling in life, and I dedicated myself to fully immersing myself in the dance style.

Few truly understood this crazy obsession, except another dedicated individual by the name of Mario.  Back in those days, I remember him always being the quiet person in the corner who had such a high level of skill in the dance style that none could even hope to match his prowess.  He was that silent bboy assassin that would show up to practice and utterly crush anyone who challenged him.  As I was just starting out in my dance journey, I found it awe-inspiring to see him perform all of these wildly difficult moves in such a facile manner. 

A year had gone by, and I became a regular at the Aiea recreation center.  This was the venue where we all practiced, and I had become obsessed with becoming better.  I had always admired Mario’s tenacity at the dance style, and I eventually became a frequent visitor whom would practice every single day the recreation center was open.  

Towards the end of the year, the holidays rolled around, and fewer and fewer people were coming to the gym. Due to the busyness of the season, many elected to focus on other avenues of their life, and the recreation center became empty towards the ending of December.  To this day, I vividly remember Christmas of that year.  I walked in fully ready to practice by myself, only to see Mario as the only person dedicated enough to be there on this day usually reserved for loved ones.  

After a year of knowing this person, I had never once engaged in a conversation with him, but today that ended.  Out of mutual respect for each other, I recall our first conversation being about the utter disbelief we each had that another was here to practice on Christmas day.  Since that day, 10 years ago, he has become a valued friend who constantly provides inspiration to me on a daily basis.

Two crazy, obsessed individuals gathered on Christmas years ago because of the unfathomable work ethic that they both possessed.  


Our First Chuck E. Cheese Experience!

Chuck E. Cheese is a totally different experience when you are a parent!

After denying myself the full satisfaction of the recommended daily intake of carbs, I thought it would be a fantastic day to mess up my routine with some good ‘ol fashioned pizza.  As this is our day dedicated to fun and enjoyment, I thought why not embark on taking our son to his first experience at the new Chuck E. Cheese that opened in Kapolei.

Since this was a new location, it was exceptionally clean and packed full of children with their parents.  Bright neon lights were abundant, and the speaker system was constantly sharing the current activity occurring within the establishment.  After quickly munching on some pizza crust, our little one immediately took off in a frenzy to join in on the excitement of the other children.  Running from video game machine to miniature ride in an instant, our son was in a state of total excitement which brought the biggest smile to my face.

Throughout the time in that location, I kept reminiscing of birthday parties where parents put the entirety of their focus on making your little one feel exceptionally special.  Now as a parent myself, I can’t wait for the days to bring that same big smile to our son’s face when his birthday arrives!

In our youth, we look forward to Chuck E. Cheese as a place to eat pizza and spend copious amounts of time playing their various video games.  As a parent though, Check E. Cheese is completely different, and it makes me excited for the future to take as many opportunities as possible to show my son how truly special he is!

Night Jogging

It’s kind of nice!

After making a commitment to my health, I unhappily decided to make daily running a requirement.  30 minutes of brisk jogging in which my only validation of the time-lapsed would be a singular alarm that would cue when I could stop.

Jogging at night is tranquil and peaceful.  Seeing the various lights and scenes is a different experience when you are outside in the open.  I found myself taking deep breaths as the fresh air and smells of pine filled my lungs and provided a harmonious feeling that I did not expect.

Jogging is something that I inherently hate, but the tranquility of running at night was an experience that I found both uplifting and relaxing.

Don’t knock a new experience until you try it.  Even seemingly mundane tasks can offer you new perspectives if you give it a shot.

Tonight is a great night to go running!

140 Pairs of Shoes and Nothing to Wear

Thought of the day: We can only wear two shoes at once… why do we need so many pairs?

One of the more stressful times of my life was owning a multitude of sneakers and living the life of a “sneaker head.”  The diversification of shoes that I owned in my closet was immense, and I had utterly committed myself to “win” the collecting aspect of sneaker culture.  As you have already surmised, there is no conclusion to the accumulation of commodities, as shoes are constantly being released on a daily basis.  Sneaker head culture glorifies the idea of hoarding, and boasting the “freshest” kicks.

Stress was a daily part of my life which stemmed from the constant need to triumph in owning the most profound collection and the unceasing maintenance needed to keep 140 pairs of shoes impeccable.  Although I met some astounding individuals during the course of my collecting phase, it was not for me.

The best part about owning so many colorful and rare sneakers was that I rarely had a sneaker that would match my outfit.  By choosing only the ostentatious pieces that would stand out or were immensely valued, I found that I did not have a casual pair of sneakers.

Oh the irony… 140 pairs of sneakers, and nothing to wear.

The Power of Self-Image

When thinking of the self-image you need to portray, the infamous quote by Henry Ford comes to mind, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”  Belief in your own capabilities is a driving force to becoming an extraordinary gentleman of wondrous class.  Taking upon the robust persona of a modern gentleman requires you to first build internally to transform your personal outlook on life to be abnormally positive to the point of exuding prosperity.

If you perceive yourself as a conservative individual of comfort, are you going to go out and dress in a three-piece suit to dinner? You might decide to don that outfit occasionally, but chances are that you will be more inclined to dress modestly and reserved to avoid attention.  If you perceive yourself as a successful CEO of a large corporation, would you dress casually to a business meeting with a polo and khaki shorts? Of course not! You would definitely dress in business as dressing casually would outwardly clash with the alignment of who you internally are.  We envision ourselves in a certain light that will either promote or hinder our success, and you have entire control over the decisive path you choose to embody.  Therefore, situating your self-image is fundamental to putting yourself in the quintessential position to succeed, and understanding the power of your internal view is paramount in committing to effective change.

Now that you have acknowledged the critical aspect of having a mighty self-image, you can undertake activities that build upon this important characteristic.  As with any worthwhile competence, it will take intentional exertion.  Affirmation of your astonishing traits is a great introduction to any journey of self-improvement.  You are an exceptional individual, and don’t ever lose sight of that.  Others may have imbued their negative perceptions unto you, but that does not define the personality you truly embody.  You are stupendously sensational, and you have enough self-assurance to block despicable remarks of petty individuals.

A handy trick that I like to practice is to envision an individual who you truly admire and surmise how they would react in certain situations.  Emulate the characters of success to help you to strengthen your capabilities to act spectacularly.  From my personal experience, I would channel my inner Conor McGregor (minus the profanities) when entering b-boy (breakdancing) competitions.  The confidence that this prominent MMA fighters has in his abilities is profound, and I always think of the illustrious Irishman as a solid exemplar of someone who has a deep understanding of the power of assurance in one’s potential.  Contemplate how your hero would face situations, and envisage the actions they would take in such an event.

Your circumstances have led you to the individual that you are today, but they do not define the favorable future you will come to enjoy.   Fortifying your self-image is crucial to maximizing your potential, and a true gentleman has an indestructible willpower matched with a impregnable commitment to success.  Never forget how remarkable you are, and utilize your newfound self-image to conquer all of your goals!