Musings Episode 82: Options…

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start. I remember talking to someone about options that a person has in every aspect of their life a while back…which pretty much inspired this week’s episodic musing. Let’s get started.

Musings Episode 82: Options

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I’d say in today’s time we live in a world of choice – lots of it. Largely on a consumer level, but on other levels too. There’s so many different forms of education, career choices, leisure time options, and ways of getting out and socialising that you’ll have people say the amount of options is overwhelming.

I’d say that’s bull.

Then, there are some who may feel like they don’t have any options.

That’s also bull.

True, there are an abundance of options out there, but if you’ve got focus, the options available hardly seem overwhelming and if anything, you can easily filter out the fluff.

When you think about it, the amount of options you have can actually help you have a better understanding of what it is you want out of life, in all aspects of life. Even feeling like you have no options at some point in life can force you to realise the options you do have, if you stay calm and think.

This is where focus comes in. The main thing is to use that focus to stay on track with whatever it is you want to accomplish.

Filtering is easy, but staying on track can sometimes be tricky – largely because it relies on consistency. As an entrepreneurial minded person I can attest to this.

I could have a number of ideas pop up in my head a week that seem like great business ideas. Where it gets tricky is staying consistent – sometimes it’s tempting to move on all of them at one time rather than planning things out methodically, or knocking out one at a time.

Thinking of so many ideas can open you up to so many options, even outside the entrepreneurial realm.

And having options means having access to different tools that can help you move any part of your life forward.

Knowledge creates options, and options are kind of like guide books that teach you which way you can use the tools you’ve uncovered through assessing your options.

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If you’re from my generation, maybe you were taught that you could be anything when you were younger – and maybe you were taught to pick a safe career option as you got older.

This was always a confusing trend of thought to me. You’re told you can be anything (including Spider-Man) when you’re younger – but as you get older, family/society tells you to “think about your future” and “pick a safe career choice”? Something like a lawyer, doctor, etc?

Forget wanting to be top athlete or pro skateboarder, and opt for a nice, quiet office job?

While I know the above “safe” options can in theory of course be smart (and sometimes recession proof), it’s the line of thinking that’s a contradiction.

I mean I can see where (most) parents are coming from – they want their kids to have stability, not lack for anything, and a financially stress-free life so they can actually enjoy the years that pass by.

But I think always opting for the safe option can be self-sabotaging.

This is where I think a hybrid approach works best.

There’s some partial truth that there are obvious benefits to choosing a “safe” career – but only if you know what type of benefits you’re talking about.

I think if a person feels more comfortable going with a safe option – with anything in life – it’s better to only use it as a tool to get where you really want to go – to enable you to do what you really want to do.

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In the context of business, picking a safe option really just means picking an option that gives you a steady source of cash flow over the required length of time it’s needed.

But it’s what you do with that cash flow that matters.

One thing I’ve learnt about being an entrepreneur – if you want to move anything forward, even outside of business, most of the time it takes cash flow, and time.

This can be with a hobby, travelling, a relationship, anything.

I really don’t get why people try and separate money from the equation when it comes to a lot of things they do in life.

If you want to learn how to play guitar, you’ve gotta first buy the guitar.

If you want to pursue a relationship, you’ve still gotta have the cash to meet up with the person – whether you’re driving or using public transportation. Even if you’re walking, if you wanna go and grab a bite (or make a bite to eat) it still takes cash.

Hell, even if you want to get in better shape you’ve gotta have the cash to eat properly.

There’s an interesting quote I’m fond of…

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Now this blog post isn’t to talk about money – but I can say that money, like knowledge, can give you more options.

And I can say that it’s important to realise that everyone, and I do mean everyone, has options.

The main thing is, you’ve got to pick what options are right for YOU.

Only you.

Nobody else can or should feel like they can dictate to you what your options are. It’s your life, you’ve got to live it, and you’ve got to deal with the results that the options you pick give you.

At the end of the day, you’ve got to do what feels right for you.

Choose your options wisely. Choose how to use your tools wisely.

Just for fun I’m gonna leave you with one of my favourite songs this year:

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Musings Episode 81: Consistency…

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. Lately I’ve been working towards adding some new daily habits into my life, and that made me think about how important consistency is when trying out something new that you want to get yourself used to doing on a, well, consistent basis.

Then I thought about this post. Let’s get started.

Musings Episode 81: Consistency…

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So the topic of consistency has been bouncing around in my head a lot since the last musing. I’m a big fan of the website T-Nation, and while other people may bash them about their supplement prices, they don’t force you to buy them (so shuddup), and they’ve got some damn fine reading material.

One particular article talked about progress in workouts, and how the key lies in consistency. It takes about 21 days of daily, consistent completion of a workout, for the brain to “programme” itself into forming a habit – 21 days – the same amount of time it takes for you to visibly see progress with your physique when you workout and eat right.

The key is also in the timing – doing it at roughly the same time everyday…the same way you would with waking up, eating, or going to bed.

But this whole 21 day concept doesn’t just stop at working out, it applies to all aspects of life.

I remember a year or so back I wanted to improve different aspects of my memory – so I tried memory games for 21 days. While the first week was a bit of a struggle (making myself sit down and take out the time just sit still and do something which seemed so simple), after three weeks I had a noticeable difference in memory improvement (and I already had a sharp mind before that, mind you).

Consistency is one ingredient of several that make up the whole recipe of moving in the direction that you want.

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Like I mentioned in my last episodic musing, there are a range of other ingredients involved – standards, drive, quality relationships, comfort zones – that you have to take into account when planning and executing whatever it is you want to accomplish.

But in order to get the recipe’s results right, you’ve got to make sure you add in consistency bit by bit – it’s got to be part of each phase of the process.

You can have high standards, have the drive to achieve those standards, take your confidence from your comfort zone and help yourself get ready to progress towards something better, but if you don’t stay consistent – a milestone that you may want to achieve in a year, a month, a week – can easily turn into 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks.

It’s like learning a language – there are language courses out there that you can learn fluency in any given language to an intermediate level in 2-3 weeks; considering it takes about 1000 words to reach fluency, in theory this doesn’t sound all too difficult – and it isn’t.

If you studied everyday, for 3 weeks, you could reach this.

But if you studied on and off, took a day off here, another one there, and maybe only ended up studying once or twice a week, it’d take you significantly longer. You may even have to revise the stuff you learnt the week prior just because you’re not using it on a frequent enough basis to retain it.

This is why consistency is so important.

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It’s what makes all the difference in your workouts, your diet, your education, your work, your business, everything.

Without consistency, while you may get things done eventually, you won’t necessairily get them done in the time that you want, or need.

You’ve also gotta factor in other people – which is why quality relationships are important – when thinking about accomplishing what you want to get done.

You can have the drive, the standards, the consistency – but you’ve got to be around and connect with people who won’t throw a wrench in the gears, so to speak.

If what you’re trying to accomplish involves cooperation with other people, you’ve got to make sure you’re working with cooperative people.

People who think that there’s not enough to go around, that you’re competition, that you may end up acquiring more than them (not that it would matter – we’ve all got our own path), cane be the absolute bane of consistency if they are a critical component in helping you move things forward.

You’ve gotta be around good people.

It’s amazing how there are a lot of factors involved here – a lot of little factors that make up the big picture.

Standards, drive, comfort zones, discipline, competition, cooperation, consistency – you could master one but one single factor wouldn’t be the only thing to pull you through, to get things done.

You’ve got to work at each one individually, bit by bit.

I know sometimes that can seem pretty annoying or cumbersome – but it’s about maintaining a balance.

The same way it’s wise for a person to avoid muscle imbalances by making sure they train all their muscles week to week, the same way it’s wise to maintain a balance approach when it comes to accomplishing what you’ve set out to do.

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You’ve got to work on each factor individually, bit by bit.

But most importantly, you’ve got to remember that consistency is what keeps it all together.

It’s what turns those incrimental, small pieces of the puzzle, into the big picture.

Consistency is crucial.

Consistency is key.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Musings Episode 80: Competition…

Since I talked about the pros and cons of comfort zones in the last episodic musing, I figure it’d only be right to have an appropriate follow up. This one’s for the millenials. Hell, this one’s for everyone. Let’s get started.

Musings Episode 80: Competition…

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So, last episodic musing you figured out there are some pros to comfort zones…along with understanding how to harness them during transitions you may have going on in other aspects of your life.

But there’s something else you’ve got to think about – competition – and I don’t mean in the conventional sense.

In other words, technically, no one is your competition.

No one.

The only person you’re ever really in competition with is yourself.

“Standing on the shoulders of giants; climbing the corporate ladder,” these cliche sayings are unnecessary.

It’s unnecessary to step on other people’s toes in order to get ahead – or their shoulders for that matter.

There are people that exist that may tell you there’s not enough caviar to go around – that there’s not enough pie to share and you’ve got to focus on grabbing your piece before anyone else – but it’s just not true.

What society has been feeding people is a message of lack.

Lack fuels panic.

Lack fuels stress.

Lack fuels anxiety.

Lack fuels BAD selfishness (there is such a thing as good selfishness).

There is no such thing as lack.

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There are such things, as assholes though. Selfish, greedy, assholes, that often like to take shortcuts. The quick success. The quick buck. The quick fuck. The flash car. The fancy title. The big house. Quick quick quick. Instant gratification, at the sacrifice of others.

There’s no such thing as sacrifice.

Sacrifice seems to be built up these days as a glorious thing to do – but essentially when you strip it down, it’s two things: either giving up something you already love for something else you love, or feeling you have to crush others to get where you want to go.

It’s a joke…and it doesn’t have to be so.

There is more corruption and greed laced into corporations and organisations today than there was almost 30 years ago, and I think this is being bred primarily from this “lack” thought process.

This all ties in with competition.

People have been led to believe the guy next to them in an interview room is their competition.

But really, it’s not about competing with anybody – not even yourself.

It’s about building a better version of YOU.

Constantly working on being yourself, improving yourself, becoming a better person than you were yesterday.

When you focus on this, you end up being too busy to look at what other people are doing.

You develop tunnel vision. You seek your own finish line – rather than trying to race someone to theirs.

You end up becoming such a fantastic version of yourself, you don’t worry about the guy next to you, because you know you have something to bring to the table that’s unique to YOU.

Forget about being a carbon copy.

You know you have something to contribute to the world.

You know you have something that you can leave your mark with.

You know YOU – something that when the last company falls, and the last pound, euro, or dollar is spent, no one can take away from you – the art of self-improvement.

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The other main thing to remember is, is that this is the single most important thing to remind yourself of everyday.

Because there are people out there who will try and tell you that you’re no good. That someone’s better than you. Hell, there are people that will try and tell you that you’re overqualified, and credit that as a logical reason for still not giving you what you want.

What you have to understand is, is that their opinion has nothing to do with you.

Because the same way you’ve been taught that there is lack, that there is competition, they may very well be approaching you with the same thought process.

But all that matters is what you want to do with your own life.

They do not have the right to tell you what to do with your life.

This is largely why I think unemployment is becoming greater.

That mindset, that lacking, competitive, insecure, fearful, selfish mindset has the potential (and often does) to bleed into people’s professional lives, the potential to create a loop.

Recruiters ego’s become enlarged, the power they’ve been given can make them feel like gods, determining someone’s short or long-term financial future at the click of a button.

The lack is false – it’s simply misplaced power with zero social responsibility.

The surging increase in idiocy, of this thing called “human resources” is insane. Do not heed to it.

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The only person to compete against, the only person to improve, is yesterday’s version of yourself. Other people are only a reference point – and if you’re going to have a reference point, let it be someone positive – someone successful, someone REAL.

But at the end of the day, if you’re putting in the work, you’ll know where you rank – and if you’re not putting in the work, you’ll know that too. The guilt of not making a better version of yourself will eat at your gut – your instincts will nag at you.

Work on yourself, work on what you love to do, then take a break. Analyse your progress. Change your angle if need be. Maintain this balance. Then do it all again.

But remember – there is no such thing, as competition.

There is only you, and how good you want to be at something.

Think about it.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Musings Episode 79: Comfort Zones…

Last episodic musing I mentioned a thing or two about comfort zones.

I figure now’s a good time to elaborate more on that.

Musings Episode 79: Comfort Zones…

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So comfort zones…for the most part, they’re something you don’t want to get stuck in. They’re limiting, and they can easily stunt growth – whether it’s mental, physical, or spiritual.

In essence, comfort zones are where people become complacent. A person may complain about where they are in life, but be too comfortable (read complacent) to actively move themselves towards where they want to be.

It could be wanting to accomplish going to the gym more, quitting a shitty job you hate, making a commitment to put aside money for a trip you’ve always wanted to go on (rather than blowing it on consumer items), or maybe just cutting toxic relationships out of your life.

Comfort zones are a funny thing though – sometimes they can be hidden, in disguise.

I think it’s largely because of the fact that there are some (and I do mean some) pros to comfort zones.

Waaaait.

Before all you self-help gurus who may stumble across this post get out your pitch forks and torches, hear me out.

Comfort zones can be, well, comfortable, because they’re familiar.

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Usually when a person’s familiar with something, they feel safe in the familiarity, and have a slight bit of confidence with the situation they’re in or people they’re around.

The downside to this is, it can also make a person a complete asshole when around new people – meaning one can become “arrogant” in their comfort zone, only to be crushed by whatever they encounter that may very quickly, very abruptly, remind them of their place.

That’s a whole different blog post though, one I won’t touch on today.

But, if you put the confidence side of it into the simplest terms possible, it’s like playing an old video game you love – you’ve mastered all the controls and can play it with your eyes closed. You’re confident in your ability so you don’t mind changing the difficulty setting to hard, maybe even extra hard.

That’s confidence in a comfort zone.

But then a sequel or continuation of that same game comes out – and the controller formatting or battle system is completely new.

Let’s say you just buy a whole new game and everything’s new.

Now play it on hard – no, from the beginning, straight out of the box.

Little nervous? Extra cautious? Get frustrated at the game when you fail the first few missions, or keep getting your ass handed to you, so you go back to playing the other game, and talk about how much the new one sucks after only trying it a few times?

That’s you getting your confidence crushed and wanting to step back into your comfort zone.

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The primary difference between the two scenarios is that in the first one, you’re making very tiny, incrimental, baby steps to challenge yourself in moving forward – albeit in a contained environment.

While in the second one, you’re facing a whole new wave of factors being thrown at you, and because of the unfamiliarity of the whole thing, your confidence is dropping…even though your hand-eye coordination, your ability to analyse and your mental agility may still remain intact.

In both scenarios your skill set hasn’t really declined at all – it’s just the “newness” of the environment in the second one, and the pre-existing knowledge of the first one that provide a sharp contrast in regards to perception.

The same goes for life.

Bear in mind sometimes there are some situations where you can keep getting knocked back despite your best efforts and willingness to step out of your comfort zone – DON’T internalise it. These can sometimes be the rare situations where it’s actually best to step away from things for a moment – it’s here where you may want to adjust your angle a little bit.

It’s like Einstein says…

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For the younger generation that may stumble across this quote 10 years from now: this is not how Albert Einstein actually looked.

Remember to remain agile and reposition yourself when it’s time.

All in all though comfort zones are ultimately, not very healthy to stay in…but they do give you a certain amount of confidence.

The key is to teach yourself to take that confidence, while still keeping your current abilities at the forefront of your mind, and transfer it into whatever new context it is you’re encountering.

So in effect, one could say it’s a bit like you creating and creating an antidote (confidence) for poison (comfort zones).

I think if people started to conceptualise comfort zones like that, the transition process from that old, comfortable rut some get to stuck in, to shiny new beginnings, may become a bit easier.

It’s a lot like knowing how to cook, but learning a new recipe.

You’ve got confidence in your ability – now it’s just up to you to recognise that ability, take the leap, and try something new.

I think this is also one of the ways a person can learn to be confident, but humble.

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You can know your abilities, have confidence in them, recognise your potential, and then take on new things; rather than holding yourself back out of fear (which again, stems from a comfort zone) OR, diving in too recklessly.

So the next time you’re in a comfort zone, and you may not want to admit it – how about doing yourself a favour and acknowledging that yes, taking a step in a new direction can sometimes be intimidating, BUT you have all these skills you’ve acquired up until this point in your life – some of which are bound to assist you in accomplishing whatever it is you’ve got your eye set on now.

Approach it with confidence, but humbly.

Do what you feardon’t fear what you do.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Musings Episode 78: Drive…

Hope everyone’s having a great week. I know, I know, I missed For The Weekenders last week. I’ve got my reasons…but I can guarantee the next one won’t disappoint.

Alright so back to the topic at hand – this week’s episodic musing. A lot of people talk about discipline, and I have too in the past, but one thing I think that should be combined with discipline is drive. Why? Let’s get started.

Musings Episode 78: Drive…

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So drive and discipline, how are they linked?

Discipline can be considered developing a habit of doing something over time, so much that you do it whether you feel like it or not.

It’s like making something so much a part of your life that it feels like the requirement of eating or sleeping – it becomes essential and necessary.

But what about drive? Well I’d say drive is what makes that discipline actually pay off.

Think about it. You can have discipline in doing something, but that doesn’t mean you have drive to push you in whatever it is you’ve disciplined yourself to do.

In other words, you may have discipline, but may not be necessarily pushing yourself to your max in whatever it is you’re doing.

You may not be doing things as good as you could be doing them.

So going back to the food analogy it’s a bit like you may have the discipline to eat on time, three meals a day, but you may lack the drive to eat properly, with foods that fuel your body and are good for your overall health.

You could be disciplined to workout everyday but not have the drive to really push yourself beyond your limits in each workout.

Or you could be disciplined to take out 10 minutes a day to learn a language, but may just be repeating the words like a parrot rather than putting together a comprehensive and progressive study programme so you can actually become conversational in a certain amount of time.

So discipline is what can make your prepared and set you up for seeing results, but drive is ultimately what determines the quality of the results you’ll get in the end of what you’re trying to accomplish short or long-term.

Drive is also what can keep your standards high.

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While discipline is the furnace, drive is the logs you keep feeding it so you can produce a high quality heat.

Imagine if you just put sticks and branches into the furnace – you’re not really going to get any significant heat, now are you?

The same goes for life. Whether it’s a workout, a university degree, a career, a language, hell, even a video game you’re trying to 100% on, you can set aside and put in the time for it everyday, but what you do during that time will determine the results you have in the future.

You’ve got to constantly be seeking to get out of your comfort zone.

Things don’t really ever get easy – instead you get stronger, smarter, better, faster, etc.

But if you don’t have the drive to do what you’re disciplining yourself to do, you won’t really get any of those results.

Instead you’re more than likely to stagnate. Get comfortable. Develop a non-productive routine (a bit like watching TV – you just veg out).

You don’t want that.

You want that fire in your belly and the flame under your bum.

You want beast mode, where people look into your eyes and see a flame so fierce they look away because they know you’re in the zone.

This may just seem like I’m talking about workouts but believe me, you can apply the same fierceness to all aspects of life.

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I go into beast mode even in writing…with some good lofi hip hop instrumental at times, of course.

So really the key here is to not just do what you’ve disciplined yourself to do, but do it exceedingly well.

Always constructively critique what you’re doing.

Always see where you can make small but significant improvements.

Think of that drive like a steam roller…you want to crush an ineffective laziness in yourself, that tries to get in your way.

Complacency can be laziness.

But I say ineffective laziness because there are two types of lazy:

1. The “do absolutely nothing and make every excuse in the book” lazy.

Or

2. The “find a better, smarter, more efficient way of doing things” lazy.

Through drive and discipline, you can actually harness your laziness to suit your needs and make learning or accomplishing things way easier.

It’s all a matter of perspective.

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Discipline yourself to set aside time for whatever it is you want to accomplish – it’ll never be time wasted.

Drive yourself to do whatever it is you want to accomplish well and with a high standard in mind.

Learn to take steps that are smart, clever, and efficient so you can maintain quality and get the results you want.

Things don’t have to be hard – if you look at them a different way.

It’s all about perspective.

Think about it…

And as always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Musings Episode 77: Travel…

I’m hoping everyone’s week is off to a good start. While I know I skipped For The Weekenders last week, it’ll run as usual this week…but for this episodic musing I’d like to throw some thoughts your way on something directly related to it – travel.

Let’s get started.

Musings Episode 77: Travel…

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So you’ve been reading the blog for a while now. You’ve learnt about lots of places to go, things to eat, and original things to do.

This time around I’ve really decided to start focusing on travelling abroad more though. Reason being is because I think with the sheer amount of craziness that’s been erupting in politics – xenophobia in particular – that people need to be doing a lot more of this than they currently are.

But a lot more of it with an open mind.

Every time I travel, there’s a certain trend I notice at least once during the trip.

There’s always someone else who is also travelling, but is a complete ass to the people of the country they’re travelling to.

I say this not to rant, but because there’s a certain characteristic that, like I said earlier, each individual that acts like this is missing: an open mind.

When you travel with an open mind, you get to fully experience the culture. You get to taste, feel, breathe, and drink it. It goes beyond hotels and fancy restaurants, gift shops and clothing stores.

Which brings us to the point that there are two types of travellers – the tourist, and the culture enthusiast.

You might want to consider checking if you’re the latter, because you can learn a lot more when you travel if you are.

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One’s open minded, one’s not.

What do I mean by open minded though?

Well I find the way most people travel to be rather…boring. Typical. Being a tourists usually goes like this…

You get on a plane. You check into a hotel. You stick to the touristy areas. You buy shit you don’t need. You buy more shit you don’t need. Both of which can actually be purchased at any touristy area in several countries.

You eat at the restaurants that cater to tourist the most.

You make a half assed effort at speaking the language but still really, really prefer English.

You hop on a tour bus.

You hop off a tour bus.

You stick to a guided tour.

……. 😐

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Then there’s the culture enthusiast.

You get on a plane. Sure, you check into a hotel but you do a little research, find something that not every tourist and their grandma knows about.

You explore local areas. You spend your money renting a car and checking out more areas.

You look for good restaurants off the beaten path.

You get a relatively decent grasp of the language, enough to at least be mildly conversational, and discourage using English unless absolutely necessary.

You find out what the locals like to do for fun.

You do what the locals do for fun.

You meet a few cool locals while doing what the locals like to do for fun.

You learn new things.

You avoid guided tours and tour buses like the plague.

What’s the difference between the two?

I like to think of the tourist as someone who observes from the outside – like watching a fish through a glass bowl.

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Yeah, they’re in a country, they sleep, eat, and spend money in it, but rarely do they ever actually touch the culture. Rarely do they ever relate, or even find something or someone to relate to.

While the culture enthusiast actually feels the culture.

They may not end up befriending everyone in the city or area, but they take a little bit of something away while leaving something behind, in the abstract sense.

There’s a saying:

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Engage with people from another country and you’ll come to better understand them.

When you begin to understand them more you begin to connect with them more.

When you begin to connect with them more, you begin to relate to them more.

And when you begin to relate to them more, all those walls, all those mental barriers that people put up, that politicians put up, that the media puts up…will slowly start to come down.

Travelling is more than just a good holiday.

It’s a chance to learn something.

A chance to connect with something outside of your comfort zone.

A chance to connect with people you might never get to connect with in your own space.

And when people start connecting with other people in a positive way, well some pretty epic, pretty significant changes to things, and the way you think, can happen.

Look out for Quote Wednesdays this week.

And as always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Musings Episode 76: Standards…

I’m hoping everyone’s having a good week. There have been a few thoughts bouncing around my head after last week’s episodic musing, one being standards. Let’s get started.

Musings Episode 76: Standards…

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When I say standards I don’t want you to limit yourself to just thinking of setting standards in relationships.

Instead, think how setting standards can extend to several aspects of life – health, money, appearance, intelligence, even spiritual/energy/vibrational levels.

Over the years I’ve realised there are imbalances that people build within themselves.

Someone will become really book smart, top of the class, but totally forego their health.

Another will push hard in the gym, going off bro science, but not really learn the real science behind it – diet, beyond-superficial strength, CNS health.

Some will push for financial success, but let their standards for their social circle drop – stepping on people’s toes, rubbing shoulders with ruthless (not shrewd) business associates, sacrificing having a quality social circle, all for the sake of adding digits to their bank account.

Others will dive into romantic relationships, abandoning friendships that have lasted for years – while others still will blindly follow their friends’ advice religiously without checking to see if their social circle is toxic.

One way or another, people have a tendency to fully dive into one thing, setting a standard for that specific area in their lives or themselves, while forgetting to maintain other aspects of said lives and selves.

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I understand that one should mostly play to their strengths, what they’ve been gradually mastering – it’s what moves a person forward quickly; but sometimes, it’s good to keep your weaknesses in check as well.

It’s even better to be a well-rounded person.

Life is a funny thing – it’ll teach you your weaknesses through experiences.

And sometimes those weaknesses will rear their ugly head when an experience feels like it’s busted right through your strengths.

It’s these moments, these times when you push through that are a testament to strength.

But in order to be strong all-around, you’ve got to set standards – in MORE than one area.

You’ve got to face your weaknesses too – otherwise your standards will inevitably be lower in those areas.

Think about it – you’re fantastic at being book smart, and that’s fine – that might get you that dream job you’ve always wanted…but you’re terrible at being street smart. You may suck at negotiating for instance, or recognising when that dream job is only paying you about 60% of your value.

And screw the “I’m not in it for the money” – no, you may not be, but you do deserve what you’re worth.

Because if you think like that – right there – you’ve already set lower standards for your value – even though you pushed in college/university to max out that value.

Contradictory and stupid, right?

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Let’s try another one.

You’re fantastic at finances, but inept in romantic relationships – meaning you may not be able to see if someone’s right for you – when someone’s in love with your money, or you.

Money can’t teach you that – being a whiz kid at math can’t teach you that. The only thing that can teach you that, is if you teach yourself to set a standard.

The only way you develop a standard, is to get out there and date – find out what you like in a person.

And don’t look for the money to make you likeable either – again, that’s lowering your standard.

Keep things simple, not flashy.

Because if you didn’t have the money, would your personality be a likeable one? If you can’t answer that, then you also might need to raise your standard when it comes to your personality.

You want to think about keeping your standards high with ALL aspects of your life.

Health and fitness – what you feed your body, your mind muscle connection.

Finances – what you’re willing to do for money, whether you’re willing to sacrifice that which can’t be bought.

Relationships – the way you think you ought to be treated by someone, how much your friends have your back (in a constructive way)

Energy – how much time you take out to get to know yourself, to re-adjust your energy levels, to not let existing or living life suck energy out of you, but breathe it into you instead.

Everything in your life should have a standard.

Sacrifices? Screw sacrifices – they’re just another coping mechanism created by mankind to say you can have this but not without giving up that.

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Life isn’t about sacrifices.

It’s about balance.

And balance is about standards.

Keep your standards up, and things become easier to balance – because you’re not constantly juggling the idea of “what important thing do I have to cancel out today to get this other important thing?”

Set your standards.

Prioritise, not eliminate.

And watch things balance out.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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