Doc

Doc

Bill, otherwise known as ‘Doc’ is the founding father of AdventureFit Travel. An avid traveller/backpacker Doc spends more time with a backpack on his back than your average primary school student. Across his travels Doc encountered many adventures. From swimming with sharks, patting lions, riding elephants and running with bulls. He has visited 5 continents on his quest for adventure and plans to visit more with his AdventureFit family.

Not only is Doc passionate about lust for adventure but he is also an avid fitness enthusiast. Working in the CrossFit industry has shown him... Read more.

 

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Get Grateful

There is often more to be grateful for than we give credit.

We often complain about how hard things are.

How we don’t have enough of this or we have too much of that.

But we often forget . . .

We are the 1%.

If you are reading this from the comfort of your home, office, favourite coffee shop or whatever, I am going to hazard a guess that you are pretty comfortable.

Don’t get me wrong. I know not everybody lives their dream life.

But I also know that there is always something to be truly grateful for . . .

I write a gratitude journal every morning when I wake up.

 

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Three things . . .

Three little things that if I didn’t have in my life I’d be slightly lesser for.

They don’t have to be huge things.

- I am grateful for my friendship with Jamie.

- I am grateful to be able to swim in the ocean every day.

- I am grateful for the man who smiles at me every morning when I walk to work.

Big things or little things. They all matter.

And you know why?

Not only does it help with perspective, but it is a skill.

Gratitude. That’s right, it’s a skill.

Like anything if you practice it enough, you get good at it.

 

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Remember your first time snowboarding? Your first time speaking another language? Your first time kicking that weird shaped football?

You sucked at it, right?

But you got better at it. Because it’s a skill. Your brain is wired to perform better with repetitions.

You go to the gym to get big, right? Well some do.

You do rep after rep after rep after rep.

Write a gratitude journal to get happy. Do the work and it will pay off.

 

My challenge:

Write three things you are grateful for every single day for a week.

See if you feel any better.

Then sit back and watch your happiness get swole.

 

 

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Doc's Habit Hack

A couple of years ago I went through some really tough times.

Work was shit.

Life was stressful.

And I had let go of a lot of things that were important to me. A lot of things that made me happy.

 

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So what did I do...?

I forced some good habits back into my life.

Here were some of the things I wanted to do more regularly:

Read for 30 mins. Have a green smoothie in the mornings. Meditate. Train. Play.

See my friends. Switch off my phone for a day. Write some gratitude. Take cold showers.

And loads more.

 

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Sounds like too much, I know.

But it wasn’t.

What I did was I created a game. I got a little whiteboard out and made a chart.

All the tasks down. All the days of the week across.

And I challenged myself.

Be better every week.

It’s funny how competitive you can be with yourself. At least I can.

Week one, I scored 19 points on my self-made grading scale.

"19 points. Pffft." That’s lame, I thought.

"I’ll smash that next week."

 

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Next week 25. And so on and so on and so on.

You don’t need to play this game forever. People will think you are weirdo. And it would be fair because you would, in fact, be a weirdo.

But once you do this for 2-3 months, you will gain half of these little tasks as serious habits.

And then it will be easier to keep going.

And then you will be happier. And that’s what it’s all about.

Now go out and give it a shot!

 

 

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5 Fantastic Thought Leaders To Listen To In 2018

As we go further into 2017, we need to look back and reflect on the year that has passed. What did we do, how did we feel, WHO DID WE LISTEN TO?

Motivational speak Jim Rohn (and more recently Tim Ferriss) is famous for saying you are the sum-average of the people you spend the most time with. But what about the people you listen to? Who do you read, who's podcast do you subscribe to, which YouTube channel do you watch?

With so much out there, you have to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. That's where I come in. I am a prodigeous reader, listener and YouTube engulfer so without further ado, here are 5 people I listened to in 2017 that I think you should listen to in 2018!

In no specific order...

 

Aubrey Marcus


Aubrey Marcus

Who: Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit,  a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls "total human optimization".

Why: Aubrey is truly at the forefront of a new way of thinking. Be it health, relationships, business, or spirituality, Aubrey sees the world through a different lens than most of us. His outlook is truly refreshing and some of his theories, albeit controversial, may be the most common sense ways to go about life.

How: Listen to Aubrey's podcast, The Aubrey Marcus Podcast, on iTunes or wherever else you listen to your podcasts, and find Aubrey's readings on his website, www.aubreymarcus.com, or on other platforms such as Medium.

 

Joe Rogan


Joe Rogan

Who: Joe Rogan is a comedian, UFC color commentator, and former actor who is actually also business partners with the above mentioned Aubrey Marcus. Joe has been a staple of the UFC since nearing its introduction and is also a very reknowned comedian, but his bigesst impact comes from his podcast which brings in billions (yes, you read that correctly) of downloads every year.

Why: Joe's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, is an amazing source of knowledge wrapped in a lighthearted, long form conversation. Joe's guests range from dieticans, musicians and sports stars to controversial figures such as Graham Hancock, Randall Carlson and Alex Jones. Very much like Aubrey who I mentioned earlier, a lot of these figures can open your mind to new thoughts, just be careful with listening to anything that comes from Alex Jones.

How: The Joe Rogan Experience is on all good podcast platforms, or check out Joe's stuff on YouTube at his channel, Powerful JRE.

 

Mark Bell


Mark Bell

Who: Mark Bell is a powerlifter, gym owner, inventor and entreprenuer living in Sacremento, USA. Mark first came to the attention of the public when he was featured in the documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster produced by his brother Chris.

Why: Mark, although acting like a big child on his podcast for the most part if one of the most positive people you will find on the internet today. His outlook on life, training, business and family is amazing and should be adapted by people far and wide.

How: Listen to Mark Bell's Powercast if you are into podcasts, SuperTraining TV if you are up for YouTube, but I get the most out of just following Mark's thoughts on Instagram at @marksmellybell.

 

Lewis Howes

 

Lewis Howes

Who: Lewis Howes is an American author, entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player. He hosts The School of Greatness, a YouTube show/podcast that inspires people worldwide to be the best version of themselves. 

Why: Lewis himself is a very motivating figure who is able to draw on his experineces to help people be better, but Lewis' show also takes time to address the wins, losses, theories and thoughts of leaders of many different fields.

How: Listen to The School Of Greatness podcast, watch The School Of Greatness on Lewis' YouTube channel, or grab his latest book, The Mask Of Masculinity.

 

Sam Harris

 

Sam Harris

Who: Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance. Sam received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

Why: Sam's writings and podcasts cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality and more. He is my favourite intellectual to listen to at the moment and although I find his thoughts on Islam hard to digest from time to time, he is a fascinating mind in most of what he does.

How: Listen to The Waking Up podcast on all good platforms, pick up one of his books online or at your local bookstore.

Thanks guys. Have a good 2018!

 

 

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Why I Have A Morning Ritual & Why You Should Too

"One key to success is to have lunch at the time of the day most other people have breakfast."
- Robert Brault


Benjamin Franklin, Arnold Schwarzennergger, Ernest Hemingway, Jocko Willinck, Margaret Thatcher, Richard Branson.....What do they have in common? Aside from being uber successful, inspirational leaders in their fields, they also start their hours earlier than most. 

 

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I want you to step back for a moment and compare two styles of waking in the morning;

#1) MEEEP....MEEEP....MEEEP
8:15 / Alarm goes off. Hit snooze for 15 minutes.
8:30 / Jump up in a rush, get changed, grab your briefcase and you are on your way.
8:45 / Pump in a coffee to shake yourself out of your slumber.
9:05 / Arrive to work at feeling rushed and unproductive without one, that's right, not one genuine win to start the day. More on wins later.

 

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#2) MEEEP....MEEEP....MEEEP
5:30 / Alarm goes off. You sit up from your bed, have a big drink of water and stick your headphone in to enjoy 15 minutes of guided mediation.
5:45 / Feeling positively zen about life, you rise from your bed and walk to the shower, where you jump in and enjoy your regular shower before hitting the cold tap and bracing the frigidity of a few minutes of cold to really wake up the system.
6:00 / Before anything else you sit down and take in 30 minutes of reading. Be it the morning news, be it your favourite novel, be it a comic book. Anything.
6:30 / Take out your gratitutude journal and write down three things in your current life that you are grateful for. 
6:40 / Swing that gratitude into the kitchen and begin preparing your favourite breakfast with a green smoothie or your favourite healthy juice.
6:50 / Enjoy your breakfast.
7:20 / Walk or ride to the gym, swimming pool, beach or anywhere you can to get your morning workout in. 
8:30 / Shower again if need be and head to work.
8:45 / Arrive at work having dominated your morning and made it your own. 

I am sure it's pretty easy to notice the difference in your approach to the simple act of getting out of bed and starting your day. 

 

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Now back to the "wins".

Let's be brutally honest. Life can be hard. It's very rare that you can control what happens to you on a day to day basis, and for a lot of us out there the day to day monotony of life can be hard to handle. This is where a morning routine can come in and give you ownership of your day. 

 

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Say for example, you go to work and everything falls apart - your boss comes down on you, your car breaks down on the way, someone tell you to 'kick rocks nerd' or any number of any negative things happen through the course of the day, then if you have taken approach to waking #1 as outlined above then life has beaten you. Life has won the day. You have been defeated. Better luck next time. Better luck tomorrow. 

But...say for example you start your day with approach #2, then you have won. And you have still won in a big way. Let's do a rough scorecard for the day.

Approach #1
* Negative occurence in your day (run in with boss, car breaks down etc) > -5

Overall score = Negative 5

Approach #2
* Meditation > +2
* Cold shower > +1
* Reading > +2
* Gratitude journaling > +1
* Good breakfast > +2
* Gym > +4
* Negative occurence in your day (run in with boss, car breaks down etc) > Score -5

Overall score = Positive 7

Obviously all the numbers I have allocated to the scores are arbitrary but you can clearly see no matter how you score it (unless of course you cheat just so you win and beat me, which would be poor sportsmanship indeed), waking up early and having a postive start to the day ALWAYS wins. 

 

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Another thing is it's really the only part of your day that you are normally totally in control of. When everyone else sleeps you can truly do what you want. Sure you can use this time for evil, but that is not what we are trying to do here. We are trying to impart good on the world. 

My challenge to you is to choose 5 things from this list below and do them tomorrow morning before 9AM. Here is the list:

* Sex > +4
* Meditation > +2
* Cold shower > +1
* Do work on the most important task for the day > +4
* Walk your dog > +1
* Walk your dog at the beach/park > +3
* Walk someone else's dog > +5
* Gratitude journal > +1
* Read for 30 minutes > +2
* Have a good breakfast > +2
* Gym > +4
* Go for a ride/run > +4
* Get creative (write, draw, paint) > +3
* Play with your dog > +4
* Play with your kids > +5
* Stay switched off device-wise 'til 9AM > +3
* Journal > +3
* Make your bed > +1
* Do yoga > +5

 

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Taking away any negative score, my daily ritual was an overall score of +12. Comment your score. See if you can beat me. 

Enjoy tommorow. Enjoy your morning. Win your day. Win all your days.

Doc. X.

 

 

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