Saturday, April 16, 2011


[ Originally posted at Premier Blueprints for Personal Success on July 7, 2010 ]

Imagination—powerful tool or devastating enemy?

Imagination is one of our most powerful tools and is the beginning point for all our greatest inventions, fictional stories, new businesses, new ways of doing business and anything you can imagine. Men and women have imagined wonderful things in their minds and through visualization, faith and persistence, often against ridicule and seemingly impossible odds, have advanced all of humanity.

Following the universal law of polarity, imagination has a polar opposite which can be devastating if we allow it to run uncontrolled. If it is allowed imagination will run rampant often becoming crippling to the host. Imagination is not reliable to operate on its own and must be governed through proper use of the will and reason. Imagination and emotion fuel one another and can be particularly devastating to relationships at any level. What we harbor in our heart and allow our imagination to dwell and grow upon will manifest in our physical world at some point whether we like it or not. It is imperative we learn to use the will properly selecting and visualizing only those thoughts which direct us toward our desired outcome.

I am the maker of my world and you are the maker of your world. It will become whatever we perpetually imagine it to be.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tilapia + Brussel Sprouts

We are often asked “How do you prepare your fish and vegetables while staying within the guidelines of your nutritional plan?”

Here is a quick capture of what I prepared for my dinner tonight. Enjoy!
{It was delicious!}

Friday, April 8, 2011

Realizing Potential through Drop Sets

Once a client has developed sufficient strength and muscular endurance through compound foundational, training I like to introduce a program which includes a few drop sets.

Most of us, when we begin progressive resistance training for the first time (and even some who have been training for years), have a preconceived idea of our capabilities which is generally way below what we are capable of. I have witnessed people squatting with 135lbs when they could have squatted 315lbs the day they walked in the door. Their true potential is recondite by a preconceived idea of their ability which has kept them working far below what they are capable of and limiting their progress. In their mind they are working hard. This is particularly true of leg training, which is grueling when done properly. This is where the drop set becomes a great tool.

A drop set is when you perform an exercise for a required number of repetitions, then drop a predetermined amount of weight off the bar and immediately continue the exercise until positive failure in good form. Drop sets become even more effective when using continuous tension after the drop; but that is for another post.

So often I have seen a trainee, when first introduced to drop sets, load up the bar with the usual weight they would perform 8 reps with, and easily push out 15 or more before positive failure in good form, at which time a percentage of weight is dropped off the bar and they continue to rep out 15 to 20 more. At the conclusion of the set I always hear; “I had no idea I could do that many reps with that much weight! Obviously I am training far below what I am capable of.” My reward is seeing the smile on their face and the excitement in the brightness of their eyes, knowing their progress is going to triple over the next while. The benefits of this experience do not stop at the gym door, but this too is for another post.

On your next scheduled program update, include a few exercises utilizing drop sets and be ready for some amazing results.

If you are not well-versed in the use of drop sets, it is advisable to seek out a professional trainer who understands the proper use of drop sets and when to use them.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring… All Things New

Ah, Spring. With April comes the end of those cold winter months. Spring is the season for new beginnings—new life. The air is full of energetic, positive energy. It is a time for new birth. We begin to plan our gardens—ornamental and vegetable. Which seeds will we sow this year ? How will we arrange them? How will we til and prepare the soil? So much time, preparation and planning. Should we pay any less attention to the gardens of the mind?

Our mind can be likened to the soil. Just as the seeds we plant in the ground will yield their harvest, so too will the thought seeds we continually plant and nurture in the garden of our mind.

Why is it, in our physical world we have no problem understanding that if we plant carrots we yield carrots, if we plant broccoli we reap broccoli and when we sow ragweed our harvest will be ragweed, but in the spirit or mind world we can’t seem to understand that if we plant the thought seeds of lack, limitation, sickness and depression, it is impossible to reap prosperity, good health and joy?

This is a Universal Law. It plays no favourites. It holds true for the individual as well as for society at large. Should we spend any less time preparing and nurturing our thought seeds than on our physical gardens? The quality of our physical experience will be determined by the thought seeds we sow and how well we nurture them using the faculty of the will and the faculty of reason in every garden of our life.

Spring is the time for all things new. Let’s begin this Spring choosing new, uplifting thoughts. New thoughts will bring new results. Set a purpose and plant only thought seeds which support your ideals.

Next to these thoughts, establish daily action steps which will carry you closer to your purpose every day. Next to these, set out affirmations and afformations, forming a powerful root system, able to withstand the tempests turmoil which must come.