The Remedy For Hopelessness

There might not be a complete cure for depression, but there is a remedy for the symptoms of feeling hopeless, pointless, or meaningless.

No matter how bad your life has gotten, there’s a way for you to turn it all around and create an entirely new, different life for yourself. You are not as stuck in your current path as you think you are. 

People say you have to live with depression for the rest of your life if you have it, that it never goes away. Whether or not that’s true, the symptoms of depression can be treated. What are the main symptoms of depression? Involuntary feeling and thinking of your hopelessness, existential despair, and meaninglessness, with suicidal thoughts in tow. Depression is a mental illness, and those are the main symptoms. 

Imagine seeing a cat committing suicide, or a bear, or an eagle. 

Doesn’t that seem like an obvious example of a mental illness? 

How can you combat a symptom like feelings of meaninglessness? 

Create some new meaning for yourself. 

It’s time to move your mind, your body, and your spirit in new ways.

Some people are driven to depression and kill themselves over a few thousand dollars of consumer debt. How much debt would it take to drive you over the edge? $50,000, $100,000, $1 million of debt? Which number sounds impossible to overcome?

I’ve felt the weight of sizable debt and it makes me nervous just thinking about it.

But then I think of this: At one point, Donald Trump was over a billion dollars in debt. That’s a thousand million. He said about this time in his life that he saw a homeless person on the street and thought to himself, ‘that guy is a billion dollars richer than me.’ And at that time he was right. Regardless of your opinions of the man himself, you’ve got to wonder why didn’t he kill himself, when so many others killed themselves over much less? 

How did Donald Trump retain the will to persevere, regain his fortune, and even become president of the United States of America? 

People who have everything kill themselves just as those who have nothing. 

Good, evil, rich, poor, loved, forgotten – your life is determined by how you see yourself and how you translate the world around you. Your relationship with the universe is largely, almost entirely equivalent to your relationship with yourself. 

That’s why I believe Donald Trump was able to completely recover his financial vitality and set himself on a course for presidency. He ultimately had a strong enough relationship with himself that in spite of what the world may’ve been saying about him. He saw himself as worthy of living a better life. 

Good or evil, doesn’t matter. Rich or poor, doesn’t matter. Loved or hated, doesn’t matter. How good do YOU see yourself? How rich do you feel inside? How loved can you be by the one who matters most – the only person who really matters in the end? 

The remedy for hopelessness

Depression takes many shapes with people, but one common symptom of depression is hopelessness. Hopelessness is a dreadful feeling in its pure uncut form, but when it is microdosed through depression, hopelessness is a numb, slow poison. There are a few remedies for hopelessness. I’m basing this on the assumption that hopelessness to you means feelings of despair, like there is absolutely no hope for you. If that was the case, if your state was despair, then you could not reach out for help because you inherently do not believe that help will come. Whether help is provided or not, you do not believe it will help. So you are in despair because you have no hope and you are alone with your doom.

You cannot reach out for help because you have no hope, you need hope because when you have hope you have a chance of survival. Everybody needs some form of hope. Without hope you cannot survive for very long. So how do you get hope if you are truly hopeless?

My Depression Recovery Story So Far: An Excerpt From The Book

 How I did it

I told you I would share candidly exactly what I did to recover from depression. This is the section of the book where instead of giving you principled parables and stories, I tell you exactly what happened in the first 18 months of my depression recovery, which I did mostly alone. There were, of course, a few key figures in aiding my recovery, whether they knew it at the time or not. My therapist Evan Maw, now retired, was instrumental in helping me establish a positive mental framework by helping me remove some limiting beliefs and mental habits. One of my best friends since we’re 15, Justin was always there for me. When I was at my lowest I was basically a lifeless sad guy, a 24-year-old bummer, and Justin was still dragging me along wherever he could. I think him kinda forcing me to hang out when I was down really kept me from losing my mind. I’d be remiss not to include my mom and my dad, who didn’t really know how to help but gave me attention whenever I needed it and checked in on me. My mom is the one who set me up with a therapist in the first place. I told her that I needed help, and the next day she called someone she knew from work, I was in his office Monday morning. Saved my life. There are a few other key figures who’ve helped me tremendously in the early goings: Tony Robbins, who’s taught me so much about self awareness, business, money, and purpose and continues to enlighten me, Tai Lopez, who taught me the benefits of reading, marketing myself online, and networking, the philosophers and authors of so many great self help books, and surely others who, whether knowingly or unknowingly, helped me along as I escaped my mental hell. 

 

I’ll say that even 4-5 years later, I still feel the sting of old wounds once in a while. I don’t think that ‘overcoming depression’ is about ridding yourself of it forever. It’s about developing control over it. And it’s a practice – like anything difficult, it requires practice. 

 

The first 12 months

From when I began my depression recovery that Monday morning in Evan Maw’s office mid-2014, I noticed significant improvements in 6-month increments. 

 

The same week I went to my first therapy appointment, I ordered a book on Amazon called “The Greatest Salesman In The World” by Og Mandino. I was watching a Lakers practice interview on Youtube when Kobe Bryant, still an active player on the Lakers at the time, mentioned Og Mandino during this interview and I noticed and looked him up and ordered his book. I started reading that book like it held the antidote. I finished it in a day just to keep myself alive another day, and proceeded to read it every day for 10 months. I told myself in 10 months I’d be a free man. I quit my job working as a night janitor for a small janitorial business. I was helping a friend with marketing his bar online and I started traveling and busking (playing guitar and singing for money) on the weekends because playing music is something I’ve always done and I figured that would give me peace. It definitely did help. It was all I had. It gave me hope and time alone with my thoughts to reconstruct my framework. I had nothing going on at home. I was 24 living alone in an empty 3-bedroom house on the outskirts of town surrounded by trees. I had just broken up with my girlfriend of four years, I had two friends, I had zero girls coming over. I did have a cat. Parker was a tremendous blessing at that time. The cat was saving my life most of the time.

 

Finding Kundalini Yoga

While I was out playing one weekend in Monterey, California I got to talking to a lady who told me she was a yoga teacher for people struggling with MS. I was new to yoga at the time but really into it and she told me to check out this type called Kundalini yoga. 

I found a few videos online and got super into it. I attribute much of my fortunate development to Kundalini yoga and I thank God for that divine encounter all the time. 

 

Kundalini yoga incorporates not only yoga postures but also chanting, meditation, and breathwork. The reason Kundalini yoga is so helpful for people with depression is because it forces you to reconnect with your systems: Your physical system, your emotional system, your mental system, and your spiritual system. The practice of breathwork hyper-oxygenates your cardiovascular system, which boosts mood and energy tremendously, in fact even just 60-180 seconds of hyper-oxygenation creates an intensely euphoric feeling similar to being high on cannabis. I trip out on my own hyper-oxygenated blood every night before bed! 

 

The meditative aspect of Kundalini yoga helps you process your emotions as they come up and either you can pinpoint their origin, meaning trace them back to the more significant occurrence in your memory and the feeling that was associated with that moment, or you can observe the emotion and decide what to do with it. It also trains your mind to come to peace with itself. This combined with the breathwork makes your meditation practice the ultimate training center for your psychosocial strength. The chanting is good too. I don’t know the explained science behind it but it’s something like the body is made up of 32 trillion cells that are essentially energy units vibrating at a frequency, and certain sounds tune your frequency, so when chanting these mantras you begin to lose track of your conscious effort to produce the sound and you essentially drift away from space-time awareness. The more seriously you take the aspects of Kundalini yoga the better this part of the experience tends to be.

 

The chanting can feel a bit culty if you’re not into religion or spirituality at all. But who cares? Why is it bad to do something culty? Who let the squares write the rules? When it comes to spiritual practices, I tend to be open minded because I want to know if something I haven’t tried yet will work for me. And if it helps me liberate myself from negative thought patterns and mental habits and empowers and makes me feel like a mystical ninja while I do it, then you can bet I am going to do it. I’m into it, the people who do it are liberated, spiritual, vibrant folk from all walks of life. 

 

I practiced Kundalini yoga for the first year without ever going to a single class. Just Youtube. It was helping me so much and it was nowhere to be found around me, it wasn’t until I moved down to Southern California that I was able to find it. And then I got really into it, once I connected with the community and the culture.  That was in 2016. Even when I moved away from Southern California, I remained connected to the Kundalini yoga community and still to this day because of my attendance and involvement with Sat Nam Fest, which is a Kundalini yoga music festival. I’ve attended every year since 2016, I’ve blogged about it, and volunteered last year. I intend to continue attending every year if at all possible. It’s my favorite vacation of the year. It’s super weird and I love it. 

 

Kundalini yoga is a safe place for you if you need something like this. I don’t care if you do or not, but you should definitely at least invest in a breathwork practice. There are plenty of approaches to this. Holotropic breathwork, Wim Hof method, or just practice breathing in and out your nose full deep breaths nonstop for a minute, 3 minutes, 7 minutes. Just practice it and see how good it feels. That alone will change your life. And you’ll feel like a bruce lee type wizard character while you do it. It’ll give you this secret superpower of intense energy, emotional spike, improved focus, anytime you want it. 

 

There’s an easy to read book I recommend if you’re interested in breathwork, and it’s called The Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath by William Walker Atkinson. You can get it on Amazon Prime for like 5 bucks. You can probably find it on your iBooks for 1.99. 

 

18 Months

By 18 months I thought I was cured. I was living a fulfilling lifestyle, and starting to thrive socially. But my lows were still too low. I hated feeling like I was at the will of my depression, and when it decided to take over I was back to hopelessness and despair and ruining all my progress. It wouldn’t last long, but it would completely paralyze me, disable me, despite all my hard work to reframe my mind and practice positive thinking and productive habits. I’d get behind, lose money, lose deals, and have to play catch-up. 

 

Like I said, every six months I noticed improvement. That never really changed, my life was improving and my level of inner peace and self awareness was improving, but my ability to hedge myself against the downside still needed work. Maybe that’s because it’s naturally a later step in the process. But that’s been my most recent undertaking, not just emotionally but also in business and in life – catching a downtrend at the start instead of at the bottom and correcting course beforehand. 

 

That’s what I do with my mental game now too. At first sign of a downturn, I get on the floor and start meditating to pinpoint the emotion, track it back to its origin, forgive myself for it, and move on. 

 

In 2017 I had one of the best years of my life socially, spiritually, and financially. I had an amazing social circle, lots of cashflow, had a great thing growing with a prolific woman I really liked, and I was even crushing it with self development content online – really living my best life. 

 

I was training Brazilian jiu-jitsu about 5 days per week – I started in September 2016 and became obsessed immediately. There were some really tough times in the winter of 2016 and I attribute a lot of my emotional fortification to learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I’m still an avid practitioner and highly recommend it if you want to feel like you can defend yourself or if you want a challenging new sport to try that is super fun. 

 

Brazilian jiu-jitsu for depression

Brazilian jiu-jitsu for depression has been very instrumental for me. Jiu-jitsu is a system of systems designed to dominantly control and manipulate the limbs and head of an attacking human, or willing opponent. As such it teaches concepts of redirection, deflection, defense, and strangulation. These concepts can be used just as well in application against the many varying attacks of depression. (IF you catch my drift.)

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, yoga, and meditation. Why? Because each is a way to find yourself. Each gives you an opportunity to see who you truly are. That who you are when you’re on the brink of death. Each literally trains you to die over and over again and get better at overcoming your fears and traumas. And each is helpful to do when you’re down and out. You always feel better afterwards. It never fails. I’ve dragged myself into class and left happy every time. It is mood boosting. The cardio, the camaraderie, the aggression, and even the live-or-death aspect of the game.

 

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is about moving your body in a way to solve a series of problems. Yoga is about moving your body in a way to solve a series of problems. Each is a total stress test practice.

 

In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you are facing a problem that is dynamically changing its presentation based on its expectation of your next behavior. 

 

This is a perfect stress simulation for you, because in order to succeed you need to become comfortable under pressure and comfortable operating within a margin of risk.

 

In yoga, you are moving your body to overcome the obstacles in your own mind to restore it to union with your body and your spirit. To become one with your self is to win. In yoga, you are your own opponent. But the goal is the same: Pinpoint the problem, overcome it with either skill or will, and integrate what you have learned so that problem is never again a problem for you. 

 

What else do I have to say about Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s impact on my life in regards to my depression? It’s given me some of the best friends I’ve ever had. It’s given me tremendous self confidence, which has been tremendously beneficial in many applications. It keeps me in shape. It adds a certain distinguishing element to my character. I’ve also begun to rather enjoy the “don’t fuck with that guy, he does jiu-jitsu” comments. 

 

It’s a blast, man. Even if you’re really big or really small, you’d be surprised at who is in the gym training right now. People from all walks of life. 

 

So yeah, I guess I do recommend it if you’re looking for something to do. Maybe you’ll love it. Everyone does it. If you want to know what’s a good gym to go to in your area, get ahold of me online and I’ll Google it and tell you which one I’d go to if I were you.

 

2018

I had a pretty large ecommerce venture go awry at the end of 2018, which, (regardless of its actual size) ended up costing me everything I made up to that point. It was my own shortcoming, so that hurt quite a bit. But up until that point I was so gung-ho about business that I didn’t care about taking on risk. I had gotten used to the pain and just wanted so badly to hit something big. It looked good until it wasn’t – I took it on the chin, and it pretty much knocked me out. 

Do I regret it? I regret making the mistake, but not taking the risk. All the money and time I have invested in my learning and on creating and marketing different products and services has been well-spent, even when it was a mistake. And even though it would probably seem like a lot of money to most people, it’s still nothing compared to how much the most successful people in the world invest in themselves. I’m trying to fix my life by creating things that can grow beyond me. I don’t mind failing 10 times to get one thing to pop. 

 

This past year and beyond

In 2019 I cleaned house, trimmed off all the fat, started with a clean slate. Decided to build wide this time. I picked up a few digital marketing clients, moved into a small apartment, started playing music again, doing jiu-jitsu, grooming new social circles, dating one person, working on creative projects with more people. I’m calling it ‘enjoying life for a second without all the social pining and signaling.’

 

My point isn’t that I did better and better every year: My point is each year it was easier and easier to deal with the hard times. 

 

The roller coaster becomes less and less volatile every time. I did a submission-only grappling cage match in front of 700 people a few months ago on September 28, 2019. It was my first time. I was cool as a cucumber for the most part. You think me 5 years ago would be doing that? No way. There’s no way I could’ve handled that amount of pressure emotionally. I would’ve cracked way early. But I’m so conditioned to listen to my emotions and process them and redirect their meaning that I’m handling stressful situations like they’re a piece of cake that would’ve dwarfed me on my best day 5 years ago. 

 

I’m not saying I don’t wrestle with challenging emotions, but it’s not so much over the big things  anymore – it’s with the less noticeable things now – more sophisticated and complex aspects of my cognitive behavior than before. I’m turning over the smaller rocks now to see what other critters and creepy crawlies are still living in my psyche. 

 

Now I’m consciously seeking out new challenges to help me grow. Expanding my social circle, including new business partners in my work, collaborating with as many creators as possible, deepening my relationships, accepting new challenges, and competing in as many new environments as possible. Controlled risk exposure.

Kundalini Yoga For Depression (How Kundalini Yoga Saved My Life)

The following is an excerpt from my book "Get Your Mojo Back: Gain Confidence After Depression". Order your copy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3c0CQ6G

Finding Kundalini Yoga

While I was out playing music one weekend in Monterey, California I got to talking to a lady who told me she was a yoga teacher for people struggling with MS. I was new to yoga at the time but really into it and she told me to check out this type called Kundalini yoga. 

I found a few videos online through the Spirit Voyage Youtube channel and got super into it. I attribute much of my personal development to Kundalini yoga and I thank God for that divine encounter all the time. 

Kundalini yoga incorporates not only yoga postures but also chanting, meditation, and breathwork. The reason Kundalini yoga is so helpful for people with depression is because it forces you into awareness of your systems: Your physical system, your emotional system, your mental system, your spiritual system. 

The practice of intense breathwork hyperoxygenates your cardiovascular system, which boosts mood and energy levels tremendously. In fact even just 60-180 seconds of hyper-oxygenation creates an intensely euphoric feeling similar to being high on cannabis. I trip out on my own hyper-oxygenated blood every night before bed! 

The meditative aspect of Kundalini yoga helps you process your emotions as they come up. You can either pinpoint their origin, meaning trace them back to the most significant occurrence in your memory and the feelings that were associated with that moment, and the meaning you gave them, or you can observe your emotions and decide what to do with them as they come up. This trains your mind to come to peace with itself. This combined with the breathwork makes your meditation practice the ultimate training center for your psychological and spiritual strength. 

The chanting is good too. I don’t know the explained science behind it but it’s something like the body is made up of 32 trillion cells that are essentially energy units vibrating at a frequency, and certain sounds tune your frequency, so when chanting these mantras you begin to lose track of your conscious effort to produce the sound and you essentially drift away from space-time awareness. The more seriously you take the aspects of Kundalini yoga the better that transcendent part of the experience tends to be, so I recommend  an open mind about the chanting. 

The chanting can feel a bit culty if you’re not into religion or spirituality at all. But who cares? Why is it bad to do something that feels foreign sometimes? Who let the squares write the rules? 

When it comes to spiritual practices, I tend to be open minded because I want to know if something I haven’t tried yet will work for me. And if it helps me liberate myself from negative thought patterns and mental habits and empowers and makes me feel like a mystical ninja while I do it, then you can bet I am going to do it. I’m into it, the people who do it are liberated, spiritual, vibrant folk from all walks of life. 

I practiced Kundalini yoga for the first year without ever going to a single class. Just Youtube. It was helping me so much and it was nowhere to be found around me, it wasn’t until I moved down to Southern California that I was able to find it. And then I got really into it, once I connected with the community and the culture. That was in 2016. Even when I moved away from Southern California I remained connected to the Kundalini yoga community and still to this day. I continue to attend and support Sat Nam Fest, a Kundalini yoga music festival. I’ve attended every year so far since 2016. I’ve blogged about it, and even volunteered. It’s my favorite vacation of the year. It’s super weird and divine. I love it so much.

Kundalini yoga is a safe place for you if you need something like this. I don’t care if you try it or not, but you should definitely at least invest in some form of breathwork practice. There are plenty of approaches to this. Holotropic breathwork, Wim Hof method, or just practice breathing in and out your nose full deep breaths nonstop for a minute, 3 minutes, 7 minutes. Just practice it and see how good it feels. Look up the science of it.  A breathwork habit alone will change your life. And you’ll feel like a bruce lee type wizard character while you do it. It’ll give you this secret superpower of intense energy, emotional spike, improved focus, anytime you want it. There’s an easy to read book I recommend if you’re interested in breathwork, and it’s called The Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath by William Walker Atkinson. You can get it on Amazon Prime for like 6-7 bucks. You can probably find it on your iBooks for 1.99.

Jiu-jitsu for Depression (How BJJ Saved My Life)

I train Brazilian jiu-jitsu about 5-6 days of the week. I started in September 2016 and became obsessed immediately. The end of 2016 was a tough time for me personally and I attribute a lot of my emotional fortification to learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I’m still an addict and highly recommend it if you want to feel like you can defend yourself or if you want a challenging new sport to try that is super fun.

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu has been very instrumental for me in the development of my character and the qualities I desired for myself that I knew I should have and didn’t at the time like self-confidence, the ability to defend myself properly or a physical outlet that was easier on my body than basketball, which my back and knees could hardly afford anymore. 

Jiu-jitsu is a martial art based on control and manipulation of the limbs and head of an opposing person. As such it teaches valuable concepts of redirection, defense, posture control, progression, mechanical problem solving and mental fortitude under intense pressure. These concepts can be used just as well in application against the many varying attacks from depression.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, yoga, meditation... Why? I don’t know… Each is a way to find yourself. Each gives you an opportunity to see who you truly are. Who you are when you’re on the brink of death... Each trains you to die over and over again, overcoming your fears and traumas. Each is helpful to do when you’re down and out, you always feel better afterwards. It never fails. I’ve dragged myself into class and left happy every time. It is mood boosting. The cardio, the camaraderie, the aggression and the life-or-death aspect of the game.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is about moving your body in a way to solve a series of problems. Yoga is about moving your body in a way to solve a series of problems. Each is a total stress test practice.

In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you are facing a problem that is dynamically changing its presentation based on its expectation of your next behavior. 

This is a perfect stress simulation for you, because in order to succeed you need to become comfortable under pressure and comfortable operating within a margin of risk.

 

In yoga, you are moving your body to overcome the obstacles in your own mind to restore it to union with your body and your spirit. To become one with your self is to win. In yoga, you are your own opponent. But the goal is the same: Pinpoint the problem, overcome it with either skill or will, and integrate what you have learned so that problem is never again a problem for you. 

What else do I have to say about Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s impact on my life in regards to my depression? It’s given me some of the best friends I’ve ever had. It’s given me tremendous self confidence, which has been tremendously beneficial in many applications. It keeps me in shape. It adds a certain distinguishing element to my character. I’ve also begun to rather enjoy the “don’t fuck with that guy, he does jiu-jitsu” comments at the bar. 

It’s a blast, man. Even if you’re a really huge fat old guy or really tiny young girl - You’d be surprised by who is in the gym training right now. People from all walks of life. Just show up. Your body and mind will become hard in no time.The toughest part is stepping foot into your first class. 

I do recommend it if you’re looking for something to do. Maybe you’ll love it. Everyone who’s cool does it. If you want to know what’s a good gym to go to in your area just get ahold of me online and I’ll Google it for you and tell you which one I’d go to if I were you.

If you live in the Fresno, CA area come train with me at Elite Team Clovis Monday-Friday 6:30pm, Saturday 9:30am, Sunday 11am.

(former Moore's Martial Arts building): 4127 N Clovis Ave Fresno, California 93727

Everything You Need To Know About How To Guillotine People

Here is everything you need to know about how to guillotine people
Anthony Polanco

Here I will attempt to explain my comprehensive understanding of the guillotine as applied in various forms in my personal experience with training the guillotine over the last four years. I will also attempt to summarize the guillotine control and finish concepts explained in the Youtube video Mastering the Guillotine with Karel Silver Fox Pravec and Coach Zahabi,  which is a 40 minute guillotine control and finish concepts lesson. 

 

I have since updated my guillotine game with these concepts and it has been super effective so I am excited to share it with you. Many of these concepts contradict my previous methods, which suggests that many high level guillotine masters perform the techniques their own unique way, and they all work. 

 

At the end of this guillotine thesis is a summary of the collection of notes I have compiled on the ten-finger guillotine and the arm-in guillotine.

 

I am an avid fan of the guillotine, it is my favorite submission system hands down because it travels well. Arm-in, arm-out, one-hand… there’s no one in the world who won’t give you a front headlock at some point if you’re looking for it. 

 

Here is everything you need to know about how to guillotine people.

My notes from 4 years of study, with summaries from the guillotine video taught by Karel Silver Fox Pravec and Firas Zahabi, and additional notes from the High Elbow Guillotine by John Danaher video. 

 

(just watch their video instead)

 

Arm-in guillotine vs. arm-out guillotine

The guillotine concepts addressed hereafter are primarily based on the no-arm guillotine. Unless otherwise stated, hereafter the term ‘guillotine’ will refer to the no-arm guillotine. There are advantages and disadvantages to both arm-in and arm-out guillotines. I will offer a brief explanation of the differences before we dive into the concepts.

 

The advantage with a no-arm guillotine is you have control of both carotids in one arm. 

Another advantage is the far side hand, the choking support hand, can safely switch to an underhook at the elbow of your opponent as they move back to assist in sweeping your opponent when they try to pull their head out, bridge, or flip out of your seated guillotine position. 

 

The disadvantage with a no-arm guillotine is the risk of your opponent’s head slipping out, leaving you with a devastating position loss.

 

The advantage with an arm-in guillotine is you have control over the possibility of your opponent’s head slipping out. You naturally have a safer amount of control because you are in control of your opponent’s head and arm, not just their head. 

You also have a solid chain of positions in the darce, guillotine, and anaconda head control positions, which makes it very easy to control your opponent’s desperate movements without the risk of their head popping out. 

 

The disadvantage with an arm-in guillotine is that your arms are not directly controlling your opponent’s carotids. You may get one sort of when you compress. You may even be applying pressure to one with the throttling of your choking hand, or the side of your support hand in a ten-finger type of grip, but most of the constriction will be coming from your opponent’s own shoulder, your own arm and lat as you crunch and compress. Thus finishing the strangle is more difficult than with the no-arm guillotine.

 

The primary method we will be addressing hereafter is the no-arm guillotine. 

 

How do I collect, grip, and keep the guillotine?

The grip’s security is foremost guaranteed by shoulder-forward pressure on your part, over your opponent’s head. If you drive your shoulder forward into them, the head will not pop out. You will direct your opponent’s head downward with this pressure. 

Shoulder forward. Think about it, and then try it. It will make so much sense when you apply it.

 

Next in matters of importance, you need a secure hand grip. There are many to try and each benefit from specific use cases. Try them all.

 

The third aspect of the guillotine control and finish is the leg positioning and the functions of your two legs, which we will address at length in this thread.

 

Once you have obtained the guillotine grip, it is up to the opponent to decide whether they want to press forward in attempts to pass, or pull back, in attempts to rip their head out. 

 

TWO REACTIONS

Press forward: 

If the opponent presses forward in attempts to pass, your objective is to fold into position by the time you reach the ground. Your near-side leg (the leg that is on the same side as the choke) is underneath them along their stomach for control, to keep them from aligning themselves on top of you, and to follow them if they try to move to the side to pass your legs. As they move to the side, they are basically sweeping themselves as your near side leg is acting as a sweeping leg.

 

Sweep option:

You can turn your choking support hand, the far side hand, into an underhook at your opponent’s elbow and bridge into your opponent to sweep them into side control or mount. You will still have the choke grip with one hand. To finish: Resist the temptation to lift up! You aren’t trying to rip their head off. You are trying to strangulate them. Crunch your elbow down to your knee. Backwards and down. Melt your weight around their neck. That’s the key to the guillotine strangulation.

 

*Your other leg, your far side leg, must be free for you to base out to maintain your position or to control the back of your opponent.

 

Finish option: 

Otherwise you are controlling their body with your inside leg, basing out with your free leg. At this point I do not know if or when it is beneficial to have the free leg over the back. Unless you want to finish the guillotine from the bottom and don’t want to move to the top position. To strangle, you compress your upper body around the neck of your opponent. Think of touching your elbow to your knee, while getting to your side. Think about melting your weight around their neck. 

Remember: Keep your shoulder pressing forward. Keep your opponent’s head down, keep things nice and snug in there. 

 

Pulling back: 

When you have the grip in a neutral position like the turtle position or in a seated position, the opponent can decide to stand up, pull backward, or do a wild flip in attempt to rip his or her head out. You will see people do some pretty desperate things when falling into a good seated guillotine.

 

At this time, you can assume they are giving up mount. Your choking support hand can switch to an elbow underhook and you can control them in a half nelson sort of way, down to the ground. While keeping the guillotine grip at the chin with one hand. When you land in side control you can compress there for the finish or you can accept side control or move to mount. But the finish is easiest there, from the top. Simply constrict by melting your weight around their neck, and getting to your side while compressing your elbow down to your knee.

 

Shoulder forward is very important. The shoulder controls the opponents head, which effectively removes their ability to pop their head out. If you relax on the shoulder, you will lose the grip. If you lose the grip they will smash you into oblivion. 

 

What do I do with my legs?

The leg functions are as follows: The near side leg acts as a sweeping lever, controlling your opponent’s attempts to realign on top of you, and following the opponent as they try to pass to the side of you. The far leg ought to be free in order to base out and help you drive forward while on the floor. It can also serve in the traditional sense of controlling your opponent’s back. 

But because of the positioning of the near side leg, your opponent has no choice but to be swept by it. So covering the back with the far side leg may serve only to keep your opponent in the position so that you may finish the choke. 

 

How do I strangle?

How to perform the strangle: As long as you have a proper head control, and the legs in the right place, just hip out. If you cannot constrict yourself around the neck of your opponent well enough, hip out. To apply the constriction, think about it as getting to your side while trying to touch your elbow to your knee.

 

Think about it as melting your weight around your opponent’s neck, as opposed to pulling your opponent’s head off. It’s more of a crunching in, pressing down, using your chest and your lat and your arm and the weight of your body as you get to your side, or as you roll to your side from top side control. Contemplate on the idea of constriction.

 

Biggest mistakes people make with guillotines

  1. Letting the opponent’s head pop out
    If that were to happen in nature, you’re probably beaten into oblivion. If you can see your opponent’s hair you will not finish the guillotine It’s not about pinching their neck, it’s about compressing everything around the neck, melting your entire being intto that space. Keep your shoulder forward over your opponent’s head. 
  2. Falling straight back/trying to pull the opponent’s head straight off

Again, you need to be on the side of your opponent to apply proper constriction to their neck. You’re not trying to cut their head off, you’re trying to strangle them by compressing their neck completely and totally. Hip out, hip out, get to the side. Your opponent should be on the side of you, completely in your control.

  1. Keeping the opponent directly over them.

Even when you are in the right position, you need to make sure with your same-side leg that your opponent does not realign themselves directly over you, because you cannot constrict their neck like you need to from directly underneath them. Also, most submissions are not meant to be performed from flat on your back. It’s almost always better to be on your side. 

  1. Trying to finish from closed guard. You need to be on the side of them. You need to be able to hip out in order to totally constrict.

 

Most of these mistakes look very related. The point is that you should be able to totally control your opponent with your head control and with the liberty of your legs. So position yourself like this, happy headhunting:

ARM-IN GUILLOTINE KEY DETAIL

 

One key detail I would like to point out regarding the difference between the arm-out and arm-in guillotine is the control position on the opponent’s head. With the arm-in guillotine, because you have upper body control over the opponent’s shoulder as well as the head, and because you do not have direct choking arm pressure on the opponent’s carotids, your arm should rest on the top of the opponent’s head, just before the crown area. So while I stated with the arm-out guillotine you must not see your opponent’s hair, with the arm-in guillotine it is required to position your arm in a way that allows their neck to bend at the middle over your forearm. 

 

Try to lock your hands directly under the chin. Not off to the side. With a trachea choke, they will be much quicker to tap with two rocks digging into their throat instead of one flat bar.

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Stop Your Bias: How To Fix Unconscious Human Error

“Realise that life is not happening to you, it’s happening for you.”

The most critical element to sustaining success in life and business is learning how to view the world properly. Regardless of how smart you may be, you may have not taken the time to sit and reflect on how you view the world in relation to your business, your customers, and how the universe is responding to your behavior.

Objective thinking gives you an opportunity to understand the world around you from the perspective of others, which is a huge advantage.

Business is like an analogy for life. It’s a microcosm of life itself. A little world inside of the world we all share. In this sense, business is like a game. A sport. A war. A social club.

You have already learned multiple ways to view the world.

When you’re a kid you learned to view the world as a student, as a daughter or son, as a friend, as an athlete. And as an adult, you’ve learned to view the world as a worker, as a mother or father, as a spouse, as a professional, and many others on the fringe, like a political party member, member of religious affiliation, or the school board.

Little story, parable, you’ve probably heard it before. It’s been used a million times throughout the years. It talks about a group of blind men who happen upon an elephant.

(The elephant is not blind, the group of men are blind.)

 

The blind men gather all around it and they start feeling it, trying to figure out what it is. One guy is feeling the tusk, the other is feeling its tail, another is feeling its hide, another one has the snout of its trunk in both hands. They start describing what they think it is.

The man who was touching the tusk says “this thing is cold and hard, sharp like a spear.”

The man touching the side says “it is tall and flat, and solid, like a wall.”

The one holding the trunk says “clearly you’ll see it is like a big snake.”

And the one feeling the tail says “this thing is like a rope. I mean I kind of get the snake thing, but clearly a rope.”

So they get mad at each other and start arguing because they each seem to be misrepresenting what they have in front of them.

The truth is that neither the one touching the tusk, nor the tail, nor the trunk, nor the side would be able to discern the objective truth: What they are actually touching is the Elephantidae sum of its parts. The moral of the story being, what you see is subjective truth: That which is only a partial truth.

The story goes on to say that another man who was not blind showed up and stops this blind group of men from arguing and says “hey, fellas, you are all wrong and all right at the same time. It is partially all of the things you guys are saying, but when you look at it from far away you can see the whole thing. And what that thing is, is an elephant.”

Have you ever been the third person in a conversation that becomes an argument between the two, and maybe they asked you for input? Your first thought may have been, ‘you two are so dumb!’ In those situations where you are a neutral third party, you’re able to see both sides equally. You’re able to see how both people likely have it partially wrong. It may even seem funny to you. But to the two people, they do not think it is funny. They are seriously pissed!

There you are laughing at them because it’s so obvious to you the truth of the situation. Neither of them can see the whole truth, only their partial truth.

That is what you need to be able to do with your life in order to navigate in business in order to minimize your human error and your exposure to unknown risks and to keep from going crazy and burning out too early.

To see things objectively instead of subjectively. To see things as they are, not as they are from your point of view.

We tend to perceive the world in a very one-sided way.

Only sometimes do we peer over the fence and see both sides of a situation.

When you’re watching your friends fight with their significant other you may laugh inside because of how silly it seems to you.

But when it’s you in their shoes, you feel exactly how they feel.

We only see a partial version of reality because we only have one camera – one computer – and everyone has their own unique computer that they have been building throughout their life from their own unique human experience.

We are all plugged into this multi-user network that we call life. 

We wake up in the morning, our mental computer whirrs on, the camera lenses open up, we get out of bed and our operating system starts running.

Everyone we meet has their own little operating system whirring as they interact with us and then go on about their life.

When you interact with people you are seeing them from your perspective, but you aren’t seeing them from their perspective. And you’re not seeing you from their perspective. Who knows what you look like to them.

And you’re also not seeing them from the person who is seeing you two seeing each other. Because they’re getting a faraway side view they can see their whole body and your whole body. And meanwhile, the two of you are only looking at the top half of one another.

Kinda freaky huh?

Our experience of life, our entire existence, is made up of five or six senses. Right? So anything you can not perceive with taste, smell, touch, hear… the other one…

You can’t taste someone else’s tasting. You can’t see what someone else is seeing. Because you two can never be looking at the same thing from the exact same angle at the exact same time. All you know is what you either feel, taste, touch, smell, or hear.

All that we think and believe is based on those 5 things.

Nor can you possibly feel exactly what someone else is feeling.

“No that’s not true, every time my best friend is sad, I feel sad and I know it’s because they’re sad.”

OKAY BESIDE THAT.

The importance of taking an objective viewpoint on things in life as a businessperson. 

It helps you navigate through difficult situations with much greater ease when you can take yourself out of a situation for a moment and look at it from a higher level.

Doing so preserves your energy so you come home with some still left in the tank. And you can play with your kids or go out with friends or hit the gym. Whatever you like to do.

The amount of business that you’ll do is directly related to how youll you get along with people. It’s a direct link. The better you are at communicating with people, the more customers you’ll have. But more important than getting customers is knowing how to make the right decisions from the wrong decisions. Because if you take risk completely off the table – if you figure out the rules so that you truly do face only upside potential versus minimal downside risk – you can go as slow as you want and you’ll never lose.

Recommended Reading for Fixing Your Unconscious Biases & Human Error:

and…this video lecture from Charlie Munger, the Psychology of Human Misjudgement.

Highly recommend you go out and read these books, whether you order them on Amazon or buy them at the bookstore or rent them at the library or listen to an audiobook. You might not be a reader. Teaching myself to read and creating a habit of reading on a regular basis has changed my life. If you’re not a reader, I recommend audiobooks. You can listen to them in the car while you commute to work or with your earphones as you work out at the gym or while you do house chores. As long as you are getting the information in your brain.

These books with change your mind forever and greatly improve the quality of your interactions with people.

But no matter how good we get at communicating and getting along with people, we all suffer from many cognitive biases and logical fallacies that our brains develop through adaptation. We learn behaviors from our parents and school teachers and other older people in the early stages of life that, unchecked, hold us back from getting the most out of our interactions.

These cognitive biases are like errors in the way we think and the way we make judgments and decisions. The reason why we do them is so that we can make decisions easier and faster without having to expend our precious and limited brainpower. And we do them so fast that we don’t even realise we are making these mental mistakes.

I learned a lot about cognitive biases and human error from watching this video lecture from Charlie Munger called The Psychology of Human Misjudgement. In it he goes over the 25 main cognitive biases and logical fallacies that you perform all the time. Our brains are making incorrect assumptions all the time, and we are behaving and making decisions based on judgments that we perceive to be accurate, but they are not. I encourage you to watch this lecture when you have some free time.

There are over 100 known cognitive biases, and about 20-25 main ones that we encounter all the time. Even just being able to recognize a few will change the way you see things forever.

As you study them they will start to spring up all the time. As you recognize them you will have an opportunity to react differently than you would if you hadn’t noticed.

It’s also important to note that many marketers, entrepreneurs, advertisers, salespeople, and businesspeople consciously acknowledge and study the cognitive biases and logical fallacies, and use them to craft their message, persuade business decisions, and influence sales. All the best ones do. And as soon as you learn them you will find so many opportunities to use them to your advantage.

It’s not about manipulating people or tricking them, it’s about knowing how our brain works so that we don’t get tricked. So that you can speak to people in a way that is most effective.

If you’re a bad person, you’re already manipulating people and you have developed a natural understanding of these biases. If you’re a good person, you will use this power to help people make decisions that change their lives for the better always and protect them from the bad people by educating them to these principles.

When you go into business everyone tells you about how risky it is. That you’re risking everything to go into business.

As all-time great investor Warren Buffett said, risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.

Example 1/3

Authority Bias

Authority bias is a thinking pattern that gives figures of authority more credibility and respect. Even if you are uncertain of the information. Even if they’re not a particularly knowledgeable person.

The danger of our brains performing this routine thinking pattern unconsciously is, just like you would believe a doctor who gives you medical advice, you are just as likely to believe any person who is wearing a white lab coat.

This is actually a dangerous thing, and you are affected by it in trivial ways all the time with commercials and ads, but also in everyday situations when people act like they are an authority on a subject, when they are not. You consume the information like an expert just told you… but it wasn’t an expert.

Example 2/3

Anecdotal Fallacy

Anecdotal fallacy is a bias that convinces us something is true that happened to someone you know, or even someone that they know.

If your cousin Megan tried a product that didn’t work, and said, oh no don’t try that product because I tried it and it had no effect whatsoever. You are likely going to believe that if you buy that product and try it, it will have absolutely no effect on you. Without actually ever researching the data to find out what percentage of people it has produced results.

We are likely to make judgments on something based on anecdotal evidence, instead of sound statistical evidence.

Example 3/3

Cheerleader Effect

Another fun example of cognitive bias is the “cheerleader effect.” This is the brain error that occurs when you see a group of attractive people. On their own, someone may not seem to be a very attractive person, but when put into a group of people, their attractiveness perception goes way up.

So our brain is passing incorrect judgment all the time without our knowledge. Judged by my portrait alone, a research group might rate me very low on the attractiveness scale. When judged in a small group of my peers, my attractiveness ought to go up. When judged in a slightly larger group? Up even more. Then at a certain point it, starts to go down again. This is what is known as the cheerleader effect. Our brain makes an inaccurate judgment of how something appears when in a group of similar things. Which is an important thing to know if you are someone who often makes important decisions.

Here’s are 7 important cognitive biases that you need to understand and pay attention to, particularly in business. It’s worth watching a 4-5 minute youtube video about each, or reading the book Influence by Robert Cialdini.

  1. Availability/Scarcity
  2. Authority
  3. Reward/Punishment
  4. Liking/Mutual Self-Interest
  5. Social Proof/
  6. Reciprocity/Reciprocal Altruism
  7. Contrast Misreaction/Decoy Effect

Eliminating mental mistakes is something you can always do to improve your game and take it where talent, time, or resources limit it. Get that?

When life stops going your way and you feel your momentum starting to slow, it is a good idea to start tuning up your mental game, eliminating mental mistakes.

Change your mind, change your life.

Eliminating mistakes is one method that you can always use to improve your life.

When you can’t get any better, when you can’t find any more time, when you don’t have enough resources to get you where you want to go, start eliminating mistakes.

And when you understand the cognitive biases like:

  • Confirmation bias, which is the way that you tend to agree with things you have already agreed with
  • Liking bias, which is how you tend to like things more if they relate to us
  • Authority bias, which is how you give certain things or people more credibility if they give off the sense in some way that they are an authority figure

Like a person wearing a lab coat in a TV commercial saying some random medical fact, you are more likely to believe them because they look like how an expert looks, even though logically you can determine that they are just an actor with a lab coat on. But the brain doesn’t have time to compute the many million instances of information it receives in one waking day.

The brain works to only present to us the information that we have predetermined is important. It uses the reticular activation system to notice, or instantly recall information related to something that you desire, know, or think about frequently.

Example: You just bought a car. You thought you’d be the only one who has it. Now that you’ve got it, you see it on the road all the time. You’re bummed because you think more people have purchased that car since you got yours. When in truth, the car has always been out there, you just didn’t have it as an object of interest at the time.

The reason you need to know how your brain works to make decisions is that the success of your business depends on how frequently you make good decisions.

When you look at things objectively, you can make decisions from a calm, balanced mood. When you let your subjective perspective dictate how you interpret what you are experiencing, you make decisions from a very stressed state, your emotions tend toward fear and anger, which are emotions controlled by the more primitive inner part of your brain.

It’s even true that your brain is around 10% more efficient while smiling, and up to 30% when you’re genuinely happy. So be open minded, break a subtle smile, and you’ll be up to 30% less stupid than you are otherwise!

When you use your brain to look at things objectively, you’re able to think clearly and actually use the higher thinking part of your brain to think. You will make more wise decisions in those situations. You will benefit from those situations and likely so will the other person. You will develop stronger relationships with people and make more money and be happier. It all starts with taking a step outside of yourself every time you face a difficult situation and viewing it from a 3rd person perspective.

Ride The Fence

When I’m in a difficult situation, I like to imagine myself stepping outside of my body, climbing up onto a fence that’s in between me and the other person, and watching as each of us tosses our perspective over the fence to the other person.

People tend to use the expression ‘sitting on the fence’ like it’s a bad thing. In some cases, when it refers to being indecisive, it is a bad thing to be indecisive.

But when it comes to being objective and truth-seeking, neither person on either side of a fence can see the other side, yet they are trying to convince the person on the other side that their side is better.

When you let yourself become the “you” that observes, instead of the “you” that participates, then you can see things for what they are. You can navigate the situation with an advantageous perspective. Because you’re on top of the fence, you can clearly see both sides. Only then can you act forthrightly.

As Yogi Bhajan, the great yogi teacher once said: “If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time, cease to react at all.”

The Ego

“We all have an ego.” You’ve probably heard that expression before. What most people mean by the ego is pridefulness. People frown upon egotism because it leads to stubbornness and poor decision making.

You’ve probably heard someone say that a certain person has a big ego. But few people actually can conceptualise what their ego actually is. What is an ego? And why is it important for us to know what our ego is? Why do so many people say that having an ego is a bad thing? Is it a bad thing?

I believe ego gets in the way of 95% of people’s success. I can point to a hundred specific times in my life that my ego kept me from having the life I wanted to have, or the joy I should have had from the life I already did have. And I can also, in the same breath, tell you that ego is the number one reason I have achieved any success at all in life.

I’ve spent years studying the ego because in 2014 I had a major mental meltdown. I was dealing with 4 or 5 years of unresolved depression. I was starting to have suicidal thoughts and everything in my life was pointing toward an early exit. I knew I had a huge, unchecked ego and so when I started going through therapy for my depression I made sure to focus on my ego. Because everyone says that ego is a bad thing, I got the impression that in order to heal myself from depression I would have to kill my ego. Another common expression you may have heard.

“Kill your ego.” This is a popular term in yoga and meditation culture, especially amongst beginners. And so I worked hard to kill my ego, through therapy, meditation, reading a lot of spiritual books.

I traveled through the desert to meditate with yogis, I traveled into the forest and found myself with psychedelics, I re-soiled my mind with new knowledge from books and self-help programs. And eventually, I did kill my ego.

I reached whatever place in my mental, social, psychological, spiritual state that reflected an absolute calmness, a oneness with nature if you will. I felt peace. I no longer cared what people thought of me. I no longer had the crippling desire to be liked and popular that I carried with me my entire life. I no longer had misery over desires for seemingly impossible achievements. I was renewed as a babe, a sheep, and I thought all my worries and problems would cease to exist. Why wouldn’t they? I have no more worries or cares! I thought this was the magic, the secret, the answer to all of life’s problems.

I was pretty much brand new to the business at the time. I was making some money in business, but very new to selling and new to making my income grow through sales and making deals. And I thought that because I was this newly enlightened being, I would have no problem getting through to people and manifesting my desires and attracting all the good things into my life with relative ease. But that’s not how things worked out for me.

Why do you think that is?

Because nobody else in the world of business that I was interacting with, had gone through the same transformation! Nobody else was operating from a state of inner peace. Nobody else felt oneness with nature. Nobody else cared whether or not I was enlightened or not.

I quickly realized that without the ego, you have no ambition to improve ourselves because our idea of the self becomes very minuscule. You’re already happy! You needn’t pursue.

The thing that makes you a ‘you’ is the ego. Without the ego, there is no you. There is only everything else, as your paradigm melts into oneness with nature.

In A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, he says this about the ego. He says, “ego means self-identification with thinking, to be trapped in thought. Which means to have a mental image of “me” based on thoughts and emotions. So ego is there, in the absence of a witnessing presence.”

Eckhart Tolle is someone who talks about the ego as being a very negative thing that holds people back from experiencing happiness, which is true in a lot of ways.

Ego can be a bad thing. Ego unchecked is a bad thing, clearly. And for most people, their ego goes unchecked for the majority of their lives. Some never have their egos checked hard enough and live their entire lives in the deceit and treachery of their own lack of self-awareness.

But ego can also be a very good thing.

Ego is the thing that makes us see the world subjectively, but because of that it is also the thing that makes us see the world as it relates to our own good.

I knew I had to build my ego back up again in order to properly orient my purpose in life as a human being. In order to properly orient my ambition and my decisiveness. Because without ego, you cannot fulfill a life purpose, because without ego there is no real “you.” “You” are an energy unit that is navigating its way through time and space along a specific path.

Albert Einstein had a different “ego equation”.

Albert Einstein, the great mathematician and philosopher, said that Ego is ‘You divided by Your knowledge.’

The less knowledge you have the bigger your ego, because you think you know whether or not you actually know. And I like that explanation. But this assumption about the ego does not factor for my achievement variable. Most negative assumptions about the ego do not factor that ego is a prerequisite for achievement.

The ancient philosopher Lao Tzu said, “if you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” You’ll see that doesn’t happen when you kill your ego. Nor does it happen when you have an unruly ego.

We must conclude that the ego is an inalienable and absolutely necessary part of “you.” And that it is a tool you must wield properly in order to cleave through the difficulty of affecting your external environment. It is simultaneously a dangerous tool that can quickly get out of hand, rule you, and drive you to ruin.

That’s what I mean by the importance of seeing things objectively.

To see things as they actually are, instead of just as they are from your perspective, is one of the most valuable traits possessed by every great achiever throughout history.

Every great billionaire has been able to see things objectively, not just from their point of view. and that’s how they’re able to serve so many people who traded them money for a service or product that added value to their lives.

You have to see a thing from every perspective before you can see that thing accurately. That includes your own perspective.

Your perspective, the other person involved’s perspective, a third or fourth party’s perspective, and even a global perspective, which is the external view of all perspectives.

When you’re able to see things from all perspectives at once and understand the truth of the situation immediately, I call that God Mode. William Walker Atkinson calls it the “MASTERMIND.”

But really both are just cool nicknames for being able to see things from a for-purpose, enlightened perspective. From God’s perspective.

So it’s important for us to start taking a look at our own ego. It’s important for us to understand our ego as it is right now, and to know where it is misleading us, and to know where it is actually helping us out in life because it’s certainly doing both. One hand helps the other. We can’t have the bad without the good or the good without the bad in life.

How can I use ego to my advantage?

All-day long people are talking to themselves about their own life, and when you come into the frame talking about you they tune you right out. There are parts of the brain that are so programmed to ignore stuff outside our bubble that as soon as we hear the word ‘I’ we are already checking out.

 I.

You.

Which word felt better to hear?

When something is about you, it feels valuable. No matter what it is. Even when you see ‘What pokemon are you?’ you still want to invest your precious time to find out.

Speak through the voice of your customer.

They will then pay attention to you, because you become like a mirror of their soul – you’re speaking their language. You connect with them more because you’re speaking their language.

“I want you to buy my new product today.”

“You can and should buy my new product today.”

Dale Carnegie in his book How To Win Friends And Influence People said, “names are the sweetest sound in any language. He said, “Using a person’s name is crucial, especially when meeting those you don’t see very often. Respect and acceptance stem from simple acts such as remembering a person’s name and using it whenever appropriate.”

Verily I tell you, even if you have experienced success in your business thus far, you have missed opportunities and left money on the table many times for your lack of knowledge of certain principles.

How to see things objectively,

How to communicate effectively,

How to understand correct your mind,

The importance of expanding your knowledge,

And how to master your ego.

These foundational concepts are a framework for you to start to use to perceive the world.

How much are you willing to change in order to live right, to limit your mistakes, to increase your chance of sustained success?

The universe is waiting to see how you are going to behave now that you have this knowledge.

It’s time for you to live with conviction and become the ultimate version of yourself in life and in business.

For more on this topic and other related topics, please visit my blog: www.anthonypolanco.com and my Instagram account @Antpstyle