How to Form a Healthy Habit

You know what they say, “The chains of habit are to weak to be felt until they’re too strong to be broken.“

That means if you aren’t looking to form good habits, you’ll form negative ones without knowing it and they can enslave you. Not Good.

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7 Travel Hacks to feel amazing before and after traveling

I hate Jet Lag.

I hate getting sick after traveling.
I hate headaches from eating terrible food.

Most of us are used to dealing with all of this when we travel. But why do we need to feel horrible when traveling? Is it just part of getting on a plane, then in a taxi and then into a hotel?

Well it turns out it isn’t part of it, and there are some really easy things we can do to beat the dip in performance that comes with travel.

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Should a Pastor use smart drugs (nootropics)?

CILTEP, from Natural Stacks, provides optimal mental performance
CILTEP, from Natural Stacks, provides optimal mental performance

There is a fair amount of buzz coming from the biohacking movement the last year or so. The one that caught my eye is this idea of smart drugs. Since the movie Limitless came out back in 2011, there has been a small faction of people scouring the earth to see if there is anything out there like the pill Bradley Cooper was taking in that movie.

Well we have discovered something close.

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3 places your mind cannot find rest

Recharging our mental batteries is necessary for everyday performance and longevity. Every now and then we need to escape our day-to-day and get into something different to refresh us. For some this is a vacation or trip. Others it’s a day off with a book. For me, it’s a day out in nature of silence and solitude.

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Your Spiritual funk may be caused by your diet

I think some people are under the assumption that our bodies don’t have much to do with our spirituality. The assumption goes, “who cares what you eat and how much you move, as long as you have a great relationship with God you will be fine.”

It sounds very Hallmark-y, but that doesn’t make it true. My fear is many good people will believe this assumption and end up missing out on getting the most out of their lives and their relationship with God.

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How to detox after you drink alcohol, get sick or eat like garbage

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Ex Nihilo is all about performing the way you were created to. We want to feel good, and perform at exceptionally high levels in everything. Plain and simple.

But sometimes life just happens.

This looks different for everyone right?

I have a tough travel schedule and sometimes that leaves me exhausted and susceptible to getting sick. For others they may have let their guard down and ate poorly for a few meals (or days?). And then there are those of us who party a little too hard and have a few too many to drink.

In all of these scenarios we feel like garbage afterward. I don’t know about you but I hate being sick and I hate the feeling after I eat something bad. The process to recovery is usually a few days of getting back on track and then we’re back to normal.

Well i’ve found some serious short cuts to this process. Instead of waiting, why not try feeling good right away? With some shrewd planning, you can shorten your sickness, feel great after a terrible meal and even eliminate your hangover.

Why detox?

Toxins from bad food, alcohol or exposure to environmental toxins store in your body. Our livers, body fat and kidneys love to house toxins and it’s very difficult for them to shed the contamination. We think things like brain fog, headaches and fatigue are normal but they are all symptoms of toxicity. Toxicity can lead to long term problems and diseases and can cause us to get sick in the short term. A detox can quickly eliminate these toxins so we can perform and feel great.

There are three steps with a few different options in each step so read carefully:

 

At the beginning or before you start

If you are starting to come down with a sickness or, if you know you are going to drink/eat poorly there are a few initial steps to take that can soften the blow.

The first thing is to supplement with some quality minerals like Zinc and Magnesium. These magical supplements build your immune system to fight against your sickness. Both of these are miracle minerals that have a variety of positive effects including promoting quality sleep, which is crucial to repairing your body.

The next thing to supplement with is Glutathione. Glutathione is the most effective and powerful antioxidant in your body. Sometimes your body can slow it’s glutathione production which can lead to getting sick or increased inflammation. Eating poorly and drinking alcohol can lower your body’s ability to make this critical agent. Supplementing with this restores your body’s supply, while strengthening your immune system. The best glutathione i’ve tried can be found here.

 

What about during?

There are a few things to do to detox during the event. First and foremost: Hydrate. Make sure you are getting down as much water as you can. This dilutes toxins and flushes them out. Most people’s go-to when sick is a combination of 7up, Nyquil and chicken noodle soup out of a can. These are some of the last things you want in your body when sick. High fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil won’t exactly help you. One of the best things y
ou can do is drink water. Carbonated water helps with some of the effects that Sprite has. When you are drinking, aim for one glass of water per drink. If you are eating a giant burger and fries, have a minimum of 20 oz. of water during.

Perhaps the most underrated detox agent of all is Activated Charcoal. This is what the hospital pumps into your stomach when you get food or alcohol poisoning. The charcoal is able to bind to the toxins in your gut and escort them out of the body. This is a game changer. Pop 2-4 after eating a bad meal to carry out any unwanted toxins. Have 1 pill for every drink you have along with that glass of water to avoid the alcohol’s toxic effect.

If you are sick, activated charcoal can single handedly reduce sickness duration. For the flu or food posioning, combine 2-3 charcoal pills with 2 TBSP of raw apple cider vinegar to restore your gut bacteria and feel a little better within minutes. I’ve actually gotten food poisoning and not thrown up once with this method! 1-2 charcoal pills every hour with some apple cider vinegar and you might be able to fully beat food poisoning.

Try this only while sick: When my me or someone in my family gets sick, we go on Bone Broth fasts. At the first sign of sickness, we throw a pot of grass fed bones in the crock pot with some herbs and spices and boil for 12-36 hours. The longer the better. that lets the collagen and detoxifying effects release out of the bones. This has the ability to shorten sickness by half, easy. Check out the full benefit list of bone broth in this earlier post.

Afterwards or while you’re winding down

After you’ve wrecked your gut and immune system with poor eating/drinking or sickness, it’s time to rebuild. The first thing to do is to solidify the immune system. Vitamin C and glutathione are crucial for that. Vitamin C’s immune system benefits are well documented, but don’t listen to marketers and try to get vitamin C from a sugary glass of Orange Juice. Opt for 500mg-1000mg every few hours from a supplement form.

Next it’s time to replenish some lost nutrients. Try a quality greens powder to get a bunch of nutrients in you quickly. I love Biotest’s Superfood. It’s highly concentrated and packs a more powerful punch.

Jump in an infrared Sauna to finish off any deeply stored toxins. It penetrates under the surface of the skin to detox you deeply at a lower temperature. You won’t sweat right away like a normal sauna. It takes about 20 minutes to finally start sweating out those deep toxins. Make sure you drink a lot of water as this will bring out a lot of hidden toxins you’ll need to flush out.

Finally, I mop up what’s left with some more activated charcoal. Just make sure you don’t take this within few hours of another supplement or medication or it will likely absorb them rendering them ineffective.

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Planning your goals like you mean it

reverse engineering your life

I want to offer up a small blueprint for envisioning, dreaming and planning your goals. This will be beneficial for people of all experience levels, because as I have witnessed, even the most seasoned leaders can have their jobs and lives victimized by poor life planning. I should add that this is my process personal for goal setting, whether it be for career pathing, gym goals, financial goals or life family planning.

The 6 steps are as follows:

  1. Grab a pen and a notebook

That’s right folks, a pen. For those new leaders on the younger side, a pen is a long stick looking thing that has colored liquid pouring out of the bottom to form letters called ink. These are what people used to form written communication before they had iPhones and laptops. A pen will help the brain think and plan better. Don’t ask me how, but it works far better than a word document or something similar.

2.  Find a great place to be alone

Solitude is absolutely crucial to thinking and planning clearly. 100% of our attention can’t be focused on planning if we have the TV on or there are other people vying for your attention while you focus. I used to live in the greater Seattle area near Lake Sammamish. When I was planning or preparing for an upcoming speaking engagement, I would head out to the trail and park near the lake. There aren’t many people around, if any. I can concentrate and better connect with my thoughts. When selecting a place of solitude, choose a place that perhaps you don’t visit often. This will help create a new dynamic in your brain that is primed for learning. I don’t recommend coffee shops and bookstores for solitude because there can be many different distractions. While they are great places for studying, they are not places of quiet and solitude, which is required for great life planning.

3. Select the period of time for which you want to plan for

Select a reasonable amount of time you want to envision for. For example, if you are 20-21 in college or the workforce, perhaps plan for 23-24 when you are getting out of school, switching jobs, perhaps getting married etc. In other words, plan for only the amount of time for which you can be accurate for. A 40 year old male, married with 3 kids can plan for 5-10 years in the future due to his life stage. A 17 year old high schooler should likely only plan for what college they plan on going to and where they will live etc.

4. Be specific

It is ok to have goals. They are broad and they ignite us toward excellence and purpose. However, a goal without a plan is a wish. We must volitionally be specific in our planning in order to paint a  vivid picture of what we want for ourselves, our families and our lives. And, you cannot be too specific when planning. I have gone as far as to plan for what house will I live in, what furniture will I have, where will I be working and even which friends will I have lost. Specificity is only to your benefit.

5. What steps do you need to take to reach your vision?

After setting your objectives, it is time to see what the process will be for seeing your vision come to fruition. Start with your vision and work backward from it until you arrive where you currently are in your life. For example, if in 10 years you want to be a  business leader, teacher, athlete etc. what step did you take to begin your journey in year 1? Year 2?

This process is called reverse engineering. You define what you want your life to look like and then plan it out backward. This technique has helped hundreds of leaders reach big life and career goals quickly.

Here is a sample for becoming a VP at a company right out of college:

GOAL: VP of Sales

7. Become Director Corporate sales at current company or another similar company with 8 total years of experience

6. Reach the Manager/Sr. Manager Level

5. Get noticed in sales and become a Team Lead, managing a few of your peers.

4. Hit 150% to quota at Corporate sales position

3. Move up to Sales position within 12 months

2. Get entry level position at desired company and hit 150% to quota

I.  Prepare for interview process and resume.

Now you are able to go into each of there 7 points and micro-reverse engineer them to have a more detailed list to accomplish.

6. What does your team look like?

An often overlooked aspect of reaching goals is the fact that you cannot do it alone. The weight of life will absolutely crush someone riding solo. Whether it is a slow painful burnout or a quick burnout, solo life management kills leaders. The book of Proverbs tells us, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisors they succeed.” What does your team look like in your vision? Do you have other key leaders working beside you? How have you raised them up?

Also, hiring a helping hand can be extremely beneficial as well. An agent, an assistant, and public relations director all can be tremendous helps depending on your goals. Do not be afraid to delegate some of your workload to a hired hand. Tim Ferriss has done some good work explaining good reasoning for virtual assistants.

Perhaps the number one leader on your team is your spouse. Wives and husbands are especially important here (MASSIVE understatement). They should absolutely be number one on your team. If your spouse isn’t 2nd command on your team, stop reading this right now and go figure your life out. The key to having a great marriage, family, mind set and everything in between is being best friends with your spouse. Getting them on board with your goals is the most crucial thing you can do. They will bring you love, support and accountability while you journey to reaching your goals.

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