[Personal Post]: Life Changes In A Heartbeat

Two Monday’s ago (April 27th) started off as any other Monday. I had taken the day off as a mental health day and purchased a new audiobook to listen to while I went on a daily walk. But 3 miles in, something happened that shook me to the core.

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For those of you who are new to my site or have just been introduced through social media, there’s something you should know about me. I have a defibrillator implanted in my chest due to a heart condition I’m working on correcting. I had 7 surgeries and all have failed but that never stopped me from living a normal life.

Well, 3 miles into my hike, I had figured out the answer to a burning question I have had for weeks. In that same moment, I took a “selfie” to exclaim a beginning of a new movement that I was going to start.

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Literally 2 minutes afterwards, my heart had sped up into a rhythm that was incredibly dangerous. My defibrillator had shocked me (luckily once), but I had to get a ride home for the day and just relax.

Unfortunately, this isn’t where the story ends. It shook me up but I was able to fight through any negative feelings I had about the situation.

Fast forward to Friday I was out checking in on a few clients (surprise visits) and had parked 4 blocks away from the main strip. After hanging out there all morning, I decided to head back to get some reading. By the time I reached block 4, my heart raced again.

I was certain I was going to get shocked again and I panic’d so I just laid down in the parking lot where my car was but off to the side so I wouldn’t get ran over. My heart wouldn’t go back to a normal rhythm but it wasn’t going fast enough to get shocked (luckily).

The paramedics came and I ended up in the hospital. After an incredibly terrifying 3 hours in the hospital, I was released with additional medication to keep my heart rate down.

The challenge was I was simply walking when this dangerous rhythm happened. All weekend long, I was terrified to simply walk. Every extra beat or skipped beat terrified me.

[Getting shocked by a defibrillator feels like getting kicked in the chest by a horse AND the past times I’ve been shocked, I ended up getting shocked anywhere from 15-25 times so that’s why I was terrified of getting shocked.]

Life can change in an instant. One minute you’re living a true moment of happiness and the next, something happens that can change your life forever.

Luckily, what had happened to me wasn’t a life or death situation. It very much could have been but I have a bionic guardian that keeps me kicking every single day.

When Will You Decide To Live?

Something that I have learned from all of this adversity is that the majority of people don’t actually live, they merely exist. That makes my heart ache because we only have one life and it’s meant to be lived.

I’ve read books that have said “don’t focus on the negative, focus on the positives and the negatives will disappear” but that can’t be further from the truth.

The truth is that life is a series of experiences that you’re supposed to live. The perceived negative experiences aren’t actually negative, they are positive lessons flowing through you for which you perceive to be negative.

My situation wasn’t a negative situation even though living in the experience, it feels negative. It feels terrifying. I have fallen to my knees and have screamed/cried until I feel asleep. But the experience I went through is a blessing. It was a reminder that I need to live, not just exist.

Don’t be afraid to rock the boat. Don’t be afraid to go against societal norms if it isn’t right for you. Don’t be afraid of rejection from your peers, that simply means you need to find new ones that accept you for you. Lastly, don’t be afraid to live your best life.

You owe it to yourself to amplify your life to levels that are scary to you in all areas. You will have people criticize you for it but you will also have people praise you for it. This moment, right now, is all that you really have. Anything else is just a guessing game.

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Don’t be afraid, no matter how terrifying it feels. I’m right there with you. That’s why I’m starting the movement to amplify your life and live. 

What will you do with your next heartbeat?

Comment below and tell me how you’re going to amplify your life in the next month in any area of your life – health, fitness, relationships, career, finances, and personal.

The Best News That You Will Read All Year

I am by no means joking when I say I have the best news that you will hear all year. I’m being 100% truthful in my statement but only a small percentage of people will actually read this article and take it to heart. Everyone else will laugh it off as a fallacy but nonetheless, it’s the honest truth.

The Best News You'll Hear All Year!

Every single one of us has been given a gift. Whether it’s the gift of eloquent writing, confidence to speak on a stage in front of people, gift of a singing voice, a gift of an above average IQ, ability to catch onto mathematics quickly, to understand and memorize instantly, or even just having the gift of compassion.

The list is endless. But the majority of people aren’t allowing their gift to the world to shine through.

We stop because we are afraid of being ridiculed. We are afraid of failure. We are afraid of success and that we will lose the people that surround us. We are afraid to take a chance because we don’t know what could happen (or not happen).

Fear is what stops us from doing or achieving anything. It’s what stops us from putting our gifts out to the world because we want to be accepted by everyone – whether you believe it or not. It’s been taught to us at a very young age and cemented in our minds.

But the news that I have for you is beautiful. It’s something that you may already have heard but you didn’t listen to what it actually means.

We hear things on a daily basis but how many of you have taken the time to actually listen. Well guess what, now’s the time to put aside any hogwash excuse you have and pay attention.

When you go after what you really want in life, you will fail. You will fail hard. The failure will seem gigantic. You will also see success in small increments. Understand that they will put you leaps ahead of any kind of failure. Those small increments of success add up to something beyond your wildest imagination.

The thing is, you won’t give yourself credit for these successes. You will brush them off like it’s nothing and what you’re doing is sabotaging yourself. It’s an epidemic that causes the most brilliant people to live a mediocre existence.

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If you want to live a mediocre life without experiencing life to its fullest, that’s your choice.

This message is intended for the misfits who don’t believe in mediocrity. There will be times when you want to give up. You will cry, scream, feel tons of anger, wonder why the world isn’t on your side, and wonder why people refuse to support you – even your own family or closest friends.

We all go through it. We’ve all been there. What separates us from the others is that we don’t give up. We don’t give up when it seems impossible. We don’t give up when you feel like you’ve fallen down a hole with no way of getting out.

We carry on because we understand that it is our gifts that will change the world around us.

To the people who can’t support you; send them your love & appreciation because they are expressing their love the only way that they can. They are uncomfortable because you’re challenging the status quo.

No need to feel upset with their actions but you also have the choice to set [and enforce] boundaries.

It’s your journey, not theirs. You’re the only one that has to live with your choices.

When you look back 20 years from now you will either thank yourself for answering the call or be left with the echoes of what could have been if you would have simply listened to yourself and took action.

If you’re already pursuing your passion and profitable with that, congratulations. Keep pushing on.

But if you’ve been waiting for someone to give you permission to live a life that is beautifully handcrafted by your design, I give you that permission.

I want you to know that you aren’t alone. But don’t even think about comparing your current situation to anyone else’s. Some will progress faster than you and that’s okay.

Celebrate their success with them as they will celebrate your success with you. Love everyone, no matter where they are on their journey. Understand there’s no such thing as competition, just collaboration.

Challenge the status quo every single day. Push beyond your limiting beliefs. Celebrate failure. Celebrate success.

Most importantly, don’t forget to love yourself & your journey.

Comment below and tell me what your dream life looks like and what you’re doing to achieve it.

Your Dreams Matter: How To Break Out Of The Zombie Apocalypse

I talk a lot about leadership, how to handle stress in the workplace & life, productivity, and entrepreneurship. I am very passionate about these topics and can talk for days about them. But something hit me hard the other day when I was consulting for a restaurant that is barely getting by.

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This husband and wife duo were giving it their all and have exhausted all other forms of making their business work. They just seem defeated and burnt out. They have tried to make their restaurant work for 4 years now and they keep blaming it on street traffic, location, interior, etc. The list is incredibly long.

I also have former classmates that have just graduated college and are working towards their careers. They also seem defeated. They are lost, confused, don’t know what to do, and most haven’t even traveled outside of a 30 mile radius of high school.

Not that there’s anything wrong with staying in the same area so they can stay close to their families since they are starting families themselves.

But here’s the thing. Both groups of people are unsatisfied with life. Unhappy with where their life has taken them. Bored with the “routine” they have to live on a daily basis. They are both what 75% of the world is…

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When Will You Tell Yourself Enough Is Enough?

I remember my breaking point like it was yesterday. I was working a full time job and barely getting by in Los Angeles, CA. I couldn’t hang out with friends, visit the ocean, buy my girlfriend a meal, or even buy myself a cup of noodles. I was actually BORROWING money from my girlfriend. You would think that would be the point where I would say enough is enough and focus on my business, right?

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I wish that was true. I really do, but looking back, I’m glad it wasn’t. It probably would have changed the course of my life indefinitely. I was actually okay trying to make it work. I wasn’t even remotely close to hustling, just TRYING to make it work.

I ended up procrastinating. I was the Jedi Master of procrastination. I created the art form.

Where did it get me? Broke, hungry, and still

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