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Invest In Your Own Success

HOW YOU CAN CREATE THE IDEAL LIFE BY


INVESTING IN YOURSELF!
Struggles and dissatisfaction prevail in our society and in the world in
general. Have you ever wondered why more people arent on top of
their game? What are the things we can all be doing every day to
improve our performance? Is it actually possible to create an ideal life
by investing in ourselves?
Why dont we examine what is meant by investing in oneself? One of
the meanings of invest, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary,
is to furnish with power and authority. It is only when we have the full
power and authority in our lives that we no longer feel like we must ask
permission to do the things wed like to do. Personal freedom means
that we have the power and freedom to do as we please. To invest
means we put forth our time, energy, money, and commitment in order
to receive a future benefit.
If we have invested wisely and in sufficient amounts, we can then rest
assured that our performance will be one to be proud of. We can think
of performance as an accomplishment or an achievement in skillful
living. In other words, we must determine that the ideal life weve
envisioned for ourselves is actually the one that we are living. Bear in
mind, you cant hit a target you cannot see! Therefore, we must have a
clear vision of how our financial health, our physical health and fitness,
our mental abilities and intellectual pursuits, our domestic tranquility, our
emotional contentment, and our musical, artistic, recreational,
educational, social, and spiritual interests are all being served.
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For some people, that may seem like a lot to do. Its not! Its just that so
many folks become unbalanced, lopsided, and stuck in perhaps only
one area. It is by achieving balance within all these areas that peak
performance is attained. All areas of your life are nourished and none
are neglected. People often complain that they dont have the time to
focus on all these areas. Ive found that its generally not the time they
lack, but the commitment and the willingness to commit to investing in
themselves.
Dont think I didnt have questions about how Id find the time to
address concerns in all areas of my life! Then I discovered it wasnt a
problem of not enough time, but of not enough commitment. I
pondered about how many times I thought there wasnt enough
money, yet I could somehow always find money for the things I really
wanted to do. How was that? For the things I really wanted to do, I
found my sense of commitment and I invested my time and energy in
their accomplishment. For the things I really didnt want to do, well,
there I had a hard time finding the time and energy. Does any of this
sound familiar?
You see, I struggled from an early age with these same issues. I also
came to understand that there were certain blocks that prevented
people from investing in themselves and creating truly satisfying lives.

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Here Are The Top Eight Blocks to Your Success
1) The Fear of the Unknown
A very common block is the fear of the unknown. Something that
stops many people is the idea that we have to plan out every single
step and every small detail before we begin. Ive learned that in my
own life, those were just excuses for not beginning. Every step does
not need to be known before we venture forth, only the destination.
Consider it like your GPS in your car. You plug in the destination and
trust that even if you take a detour, the self-recalculating process will
reroute you perfectly and put you back on course.
The unknown is one of the givens of life and will always be present.
Failing to recognize and accept this fact keeps our brakes locked
and stops us from investing in ourselves. Since there will never be a
time when something unexpected will not happen, or a time where
youll have full knowledge of future events, why let the unknown
paralyze your decision-making? Today is the day of decision!
2) The Fear of Pain
Another block is the fear of pain. A simple example we might all be able
to relate to is going to the dentist. Our natural inclination is toward
comfort and away from pain, but at times it can become the precursor
to even greater pain. We may shy away from going to the dentist on a
regular basis because of that fear, but then find ourselves with a
toothache or cavities that need filling or a tooth that requires extraction.
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This second block, the fear of pain (or discomfort), may also be the
reason many people dont have a regular exercise program. This
same subtle fear or resistance manifests itself in our food choices
and the tendency to grab fast food over a nutritiously prepared
meal. Then theres little things like picking up after yourself, washing
the dishes, taking out the trash, mowing the grass, washing the car,
shoveling the snow off the walk, or just getting up early and being on
time for work. Or how about those phone calls you may hate to
make, or paying the bills on time? Certainly, these are little things,
but they all reflect an even bigger issuenot just the fear of pain,
but also an actual block to your hidden potential.
3) The Fear of Disappointment
We often fail to invest in ourselves when we fear disappointment.
Somehow weve been conditioned to believe that were supposed
to be perfect. Yes, in a perfect world, we would never suffer a
disappointment, and all our plans would succeed. The truth is that
they often do fail. We must be aware that a crushing
disappointment can often stop us from attempting again. Babe Ruth
didnt hit a home run every time he went to bat.
Disappointment is often just the result of an idealized concept weve
adopted from school, connecting our self-concept and personal
value with whether or not we get gold stars on our test papers. Its
the very nature of life that we win some and lose some. Of course,
by investing in yourself, youll learn to minimize those losses. Not all
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our plans, no matter how well laid out in advance, succeed. Its not
personal: its just the way things are. However, I will share with you
how to stack the odds in your favor. The first thing you must do is
accept that disappointment is just the nature of things and not add
to its gravity. Its never something to brood over!
4) The Possibility of Loss
The fourth reason a person might be hesitant to invest in themselves
is the possibility of loss. It is one reason folks dont invest in the stock
market: theyre afraid of losing. And with this fear, even if they do
take a chance, theyre usually the first ones to get out when the
markets take a tumble, rather than riding out the always present
financial storms. Naturally, its not as simple as what I just said; it
certainly depends on what you invest in. However, investing in a
financial education is a wonderful place to begin.
Years ago, when I began investing, I read every book I could get my
hands on and bought courses on investing. Then I called the
companies I thought about buying stock in and asked the right
questions. Did I make money? Yes. Did I ever lose money? Yes. Did I
make more than I lost? Yes! Its learning to be okay with the ebb and
flow of things and learning not to panic when the tides change.
In the early 1990s, I started a gold and silver minting company. The
media was awash with reports that gold would fall to one hundred
dollars an ounce. It was then selling at two hundred and fifty dollars
an ounce. I invested heavily and encouraged my friends to do
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likewise. I recall one of my clients who gave me an order for a million
dollars. How do you think they fared when gold soared over $1,000
per ounce?
This helps to illustrate a point Ive felt strongly about over the years.
During the times when I struggled financially, I realized that if I didnt
have money working for me, Id spend the rest of my life working for
it. Simple choice, isnt it? You may not feel strongly about investing in
gold at the moment, but you can start today by just making a firm
commitment to invest in yourself. Start today, so that youll be able
to create your version of that ideal life.
While the focus here was just on money, what about time? By that I
mean investing your time to learn a new skill or craft or even a
foreign language. And, of course, if you invest in going to the gym,
your rewards in fitness and good health will be hard to measure in
money.
On the romantic front, the fear of loss can quickly sink a relationship.
How do I mean that? It can make a person possessive and
controlling. Do that to your partner, and step-by-step, youll have
them stepping away from you and into the arms of someone who
will give them the freedom to breathe.
5) The Fear of Loneliness
This is closely associated with the fear of loss, especially in
relationships. The fear of loneliness plunges many people into
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codependent relationships. However, often they wake up one day
and realize that loneliness might just be preferable to discord and
contention. In a moment Ill share some tips on attracting and
maintaining a loving relationship.
Over the years, Ive met a number of lonely people who were in
relationships. They all had one thing in common: the belief that
someone else would fill that gap in their life. Obviously, when such a
person discovers thats not the way it works, the relationship goes
into crash and burn mode and the search begins anew. The answer
is to begin investing your time in positive, esteem-bolstering activities
where youll meet like-minded people. Its all about becoming an
active participant, not a spectator on the sidelines.
There are many groups and organizations you can get involved with.
I even started an online group years ago, which I affectionately call
my Good Luck Family, stemming from a book I wrote, The
Awesome Science of Luck. Find people who share common interests
and get involved. Its been said that nothing good happens inside
the comfort zone. This is what investing in yourself means. Lets get
started!
6) The Fear of Ridicule
The fear of ridicule is what keeps us from getting out on the dance
floor, raising our hands, or accepting responsibility. I think we put
entirely too much stock in what other people will think of us. Nobody
really notices if you dont dance as well as someone else; theyre
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too busy having fun. Lets face itfear of ridicule is a quirky delusion
of perfectionism. No one really expects you to be perfect anyway!
7-8) The Fear of Rejection and Failure
These two are the real biggies. All of the previous fears are included
in the fear of rejection and failure. In primitive times, to be excluded,
shunned, or rejected by your tribe or group usually meant your
physical survival was at risk. Religious and civic organizations well
understand this fear and often use it to maintain solidarity and
cohesiveness with their groups. To be an outcast, to be
excommunicated, to be dis-fellowshipped is intended to be the
cruelest punishment administered to the psyche. Naturally, then, the
fear of rejection and the fear of failure loom large over countless
people.
The fear of rejection and the fear of failure are both actually the fear
of feeling shamed. The fear of shame makes us feel bad, not so
much about our performance as about ourselves. Shame makes us
question who we are and fills us with self-doubt. It erodes self-esteem
and makes us feel valueless.
Weve been well conditioned by our educational systems, by peer
pressure, by family and society to strive to be number one.
Obviously, not everyone can occupy that place. Not all of us get the
gold medal. However, those who do are usually the type of people
who accept the inevitable losses that happen along the road to
hard-won victories. Theyre generally not plagued by the fear of
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failure. They take criticism and personal attacks as if they never
happened, or at least are able to shrug them off and go on. It is just
this fear, the fear of failure, which prevents a person from stepping
forth and boldly investing in their own person.
Those who fear failure are most often overly concerned with what
others think of them. They worry about their intelligence,
appearance, and performance, often to an unreasonable degree.
The cure for the fear of rejection and failure is first to know your real
self. This requires a rational assessment of what you really think about
yourself. This can be done by setting aside quiet time simply to view
your thoughts from a neutral perspective, without any judgment
whatsoever.
Second, recognize and accept this fear as part of our human
nature. Own the fear, realizing that all humans have this to a lesser or
greater degree. While it has served us well as a primitive survival
mechanism that makes us stay close to the tribe or clan and seek
warmth, comfort, and security in a hostile environment, it does little
in allowing us to form new skills and talents apart from the group. In
other words, as we face our fear, we do so by stepping out of the
comfort zone and making a commitment to our personal growth.
The third thing to consider is what is actually in our personal control?
What are the things we can do every day that will boost self-esteem
or self-value in our own eyes? Are we honestly willing to do those
things? Will we invest in ourselves and take charge of creating the
life we envision for ourselves, or will we remain at the mercy of the
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opinions of others? Today is the day to decide what life we will live!
Anything that threatens to diminish our sense of self-worth will activate
the anxiety associated with the eight blocks to high-performance living
and investing in yourself. Long ago, I realized that to live a life worth
living, an extraordinary life, I would have to make a commitment to
myself. I vowed that I would do whatever was required of me to live up
to my full potential. I got very excited about investing in myself and laid
out a personal program of what I had to do every day in order to reach
the levels of peak performance that I envisioned for myself.
Before I share with you my daily routine for investing in myself, lets take
a moment to explore personal potential.

Three Components of Potential


1) Genetic Endowment
We all have untapped human potential. That potential begins with
our genetic endowment. Of course, not everyone comes into this life
with the propensity to become a great musician, artist, mechanical
genius, sports superhero, or gifted scientist. We dont all come into
this life with the IQ of an Einstein, a Stephen Hawking, or a chess
champion like Gary Kasparov, who has an IQ over 190. However, the
fact that our genetics account for anywhere between 40% and 80%
of our IQ shows that theres a lot of untapped mental potential left
on the table waiting for us to pick it up.

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2) Education and Knowledge Acquisition
The second part of our potential comes from education and
knowledge acquisition. Im astounded at how many people have
stopped investing in this category. In a 2003 survey by the Jenkins
Group, one third of high school graduates never read a single book
after getting out of high school, and an appalling 42% of college
graduates surveyed had never picked up another book since
leaving school. According to an even more current survey, by Pew
Research, a whopping 58% of our adult population has never read a
book since leaving school.
Theres a very direct connection between investing the time to read,
study, and educate oneself and success in life. On the other hand,
those who do not read have the greatest of lifes challenges. A
recent study revealed that an astounding 85% of juveniles in the
juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. And 75% of those
housed in the U.S. prison system cannot read. On the other hand, all
highly successful people are avid readers. Its all about how we wish
to use our time, which determines the kind of life we experience. All
of us have the freedom to remain ignorant, but does that truly serve
our best interests?
Success motivator and researcher Jim Rohn stated candidly,
Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is
devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. Ignorance is illness. It all stems
from ignorance.

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Part of our personal investment should be that we spend time with
people who have a passion for education, who also read on a
regular basis, who go to workshops and seminars, who are really
committed to investing in their futures. These are the people who
actively accumulate new knowledge and skills in the core areas of
their lives. These are the people who are busy finding out new ways
to prosper in their financial, mental, physical, domestic and spiritual
lives. That is why Im also happy that I created the Good Luck Family,
where people from around the world who are committed to
personal excellence can interact and communicate with each
other.
3) Innate or Inborn Motivation
The third component to releasing your potential is your innate or
inborn motivation. I recall, a number of years ago, some folks in a
seminar audience were discussing their genetic and educational
handicaps. The speaker overhearing the discussion during the break
soundly corrected them, saying, The drive is the talent! The drive is
the talent! The drive is the talent! It is the drive, the energy to get up
and go, that gives us the ability to unlock our brakes.
However, we must first be willing to entertain the possibility that we
can do it despite whatever real or perceived limitations we might
have. We all have untapped potential. How many of us never
discover our gifts, and how many of us only uncover them in our later
years? Take, for example, Julia Child, who wasnt recognized as a
chef until her 60s and 70s, and then she was seen with regularity on
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Good Morning America. She was 81 when she was inducted into the
Culinary Institute Hall of Fame. Take the example of Colonel Sanders,
who at age 65 was struggling to make ends meet when he began
selling his chicken recipe and by 1965 had 12 million customers in 110
countries. Laura Ingalls Wilder began writing the Little House on the
Prairie series when she was 65 and it soon found its way into 40
languages. Then theres Grandma Moses, who didnt begin painting
until she was close to 80, when she had her first exhibit. By the time of
her death at 101 she had completed over 1,600 works of art.
So, do you actually know what hidden genetic endowment or talent
may reside deep within you? What will it take to release your inborn
or innate talent?
Its all about getting excited about the possibilities before you. You
can actually unleash your potential; you can create that truly
satisfying life; you can and will make the very best of the
opportunities before you! Yes, that should get you excited! Oddly
enough, the simple key to unlocking those three areas of potential
we just explored is your emotion. It is positive emotion that gives you
permission to unlock your potential. It is found in the exclamation, I
can! I will! And I am! Yes, its your enthusiasm, which releases your
spirit.
Our motivation and emotion can be affected by a number of things,
such as mood, temperament, personality, and cognition. Additionally,
as our emotions play a key role in unlocking our brakes, we must take
into account our physical health and how our nervous system acts with
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physiological changes. We must take into consideration how emotions
directly affect our hormonal levels, especially dopamine, serotonin,
GABA, oxytocin, and cortisol levels. Are you getting excited about
getting into the best physical condition possible?
Our emotions can exert a powerful physical influence. In some cases,
frail women or elderly men in a heightened emotional state have been
able to lift cars or heavy steel pipes off an injured child or other loved
one. Emotions are capable of releasing powerful chemicals in our
body. So, what are emotions? They are the energized expression of
what one holds dear: in the examples just cited, a life being
threatened. To fully unlock your mental brakes, your subconsciously
stored conclusions, values, and ideas must not be in conflict with each
other. When youre clear about your values, objectives, and interests,
they dont block or counteract each other. Emotions can either enrich
or degrade values. Additionally, your emotions will arise from past
conclusions about your worthiness to live successfully or not.
Your emotions are the subconscious reactions to your conscious
thought process. To release your full potential and create your ideal life,
your thoughts must be in harmony and agreement. Then they can be
funneled into the various areas of your life. To fully release the power of
positive emotions, you must have a positive attitude about money,
health, mental qualifications, and memory, as well as confidence in
your ability to problem solve and continue learning, attract and sustain
a healthy relationship, create a comfortable and safe environment,
and be physically fit, strong, and functional into advanced age.

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Being physically and mentally active also gives you greater strength to
overcome the challenges that life brings, instead of being crushed by
them. This additionally requires that your spiritual life is on track and that
youre doing something every day to expand conscious awareness of
the world and people around you. You must feel like you can make a
difference, if not to anyone else, then to yourself, by the way youve
chosen to live your life. Then the reputation you hold with yourself will be
a good one, and that makes a world of difference!
Perhaps seeing what I do in these areas we just discussed may give you
some steps you can apply in your own life. Remember, you can create
your ideal life by making a vow to invest in yourself. Ill begin with the
moment of awakening each morning and take you through my day
until I get back into bed at night. But, before we go on, please
understand that Im not saying you must do the exact same things I do.
Some of my practices may appear foreign or strange to you, or
perhaps too extreme or demanding. Dont let that disturb you. Im
sharing this so that youll have an example of a general template.
Personally, I dont engage in anything I dont want to do or find
excessively uncomfortable to practice. Nor should you. Thats the way
to stay consistent and feel an inner fulfillment.

Peter Ragnars Personal Daily Investments in his


Well-Being and Growth
5:00 AM
It is approximately around this time that I awaken. I do so naturally
and never use an alarm clock. When I find myself transitioning from
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deep sleep into that twilight zone when Im neither asleep nor
awake, I endeavor to stay in this space, between what I consider my
waking dream and my sleeping dream. It is at that point that I get a
sense of being more than my physical body. Then I usually become
aware of the cats on the bed, Katrinas breathing as she continues
to sleep, the cool air coming in the open window, the early morning
sounds of an owl, or perhaps coyotes howling or a cow bawling in
the distance. Theres always the song of early birds singing just
beyond the window in the trees.
I turn no lights on as I carry my bottle of lemon water from my bedstand to the kitchen. (Each evening I squeeze an organic lemon and
a teaspoon of MSM into a liter of 9.05 pH spring water.) Next I attend
to my bathroom duties. Returning to the kitchen, I set water to boil
for my chaga mushroom coffee. As the water heats, I walk into the
dressing room to select my clothes for the day. I have no dress for
success uniform to wear; I grab a pair of comfy blue jeans, organic
cotton underwear, and a T-shirt or a long-sleeved flannel shirt,
depending on the weather. I slip on an old pair of kung fu shoes that
I wear as house slippers, or just go barefoot. I go back into the
kitchen and prepare my coffee in a French press. Then I step outside
on our deck overlooking the lake and do my qigong form.
5:45 AM
I now pour myself one cup of chaga coffee from the carafe and
pour the rest into a thermos for later. After sipping my beverage, I sit
for meditation.

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7:00 AM
I begin a qigong meditation, circulating my breath 108 times around
my body in an orbit that circulates down the front of the body from
the area of the third eye, up the channel of my spinal column,
then over the top of my head and down the front again. In
acupuncture, these channels are called the ren mai and du mai
meridians, and the breath technique is called the microcosmic orbit.
Ill also work my own acupuncture points every week or so with
moxa or other modalities. Ill also check my resting pulse and blood
pressure (not every day, though).
7:30 AM
This is usually the time when the first rays of sunlight slip over the top
of the distant ridge. This is a very special time for me. For many
decades, I have waited to greet the sun each morning. I open my
mouth slightly and imagine the first rays entering. I swish the mixture
of sunlight and saliva around and then swallow. I do this three times,
visualizing the healing and life-giving power found in the solar
photons filling my cells with life. I then notice the growing sensation
of heat in my lower abdomen. In Traditional Chinese Medicine this is
called the dan tian, the seat of the physical bodys vital force or
chi (also, qi).
Note: When Katrina comes into the kitchen, she sings me our good
morning song, Everybody needs hugs and kisses and good
mornings We do our little dance and then go about our morning.
Playfulness cements our relationship!

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7:45 AM
My staple breakfast has remained almost unchanged for years. 1/3
cup raw organic hemp seeds and 1/3 cup of organic oats (groats,
steel-cut or flaked) in hot water. I add a handful of raisins, organic
blueberries, pomegranate seeds, blackberries, or raspberries
(whatever happens to be in season). To this I add some apricot
kernels, a teaspoon of mucuna, pine pollen, some cinnamon, and
lions mane mushroom. Additionally, I add coconut milk and pour
my second cup of chaga coffee.
8:00 AM
With a stopwatch, I time myself on a deck of 100 flash cards I made
for sharpening my memory. Its constructed on the basis of the
ancient Greek mnemonic system. Next, I work on adding to my
foreign language vocabulary. Im presently learning German. I then
write in my journal and post a status on Facebook.
8:30 AM
Time to take some bacopa for my brain health and have a sip of my
herbal elixir. I feed our four dogs. In the garage I hit my heavy bag
and work my eye and hand coordination on a double-end bag for
a few minutes.
9:00 AM
I begin writing on whatever project is before me: an ebook, a
newsletter, or my newest book. I promise myself at least three pages
each day.

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11:00 AM
Time to go to the gym. I check my workout diary for the days
workout and exercises and record the date. I fix a drink with a
tablespoon of Titan in it. (Thats shilajit, suma, maral root, and
mucuna.) I go downstairs to my gym. My workouts are mostly
aligned with the powerlifting model. Ive also incorporated a lot of
strength training as inspired by Bud Jeffries.
12:30 PM
I now fix a raw vegan protein drink (I use a very tasty protein from
Miessence and mix their superfood with coconut milk in a shake).
Ive discovered that this time window of 45 minutes after a workout is
crucial for the finest nutrition in order to build muscle and cut fat. My
wonderful wife, Katrina, is busy preparing our main meal of the day. I
cant begin to share all of the joyous and nutritious vegan meals she
prepares, but you can find many of her recipes on YouTube or
katrinamayer.com.
1:30 PM
After our meal, Katrina and I both take a break from our activities.
Weather permitting, we go hiking and wildcrafting. Our 166-acre
farm is surrounded by forests, meadows, and streams; its a perfect
place to find wild edibles. Afternoons also give us the opportunity to
run whatever errands we might need to tend to.
3:00 PM
Its at this time that I connect with people who inspire and
encourage me. Its incredibly valuable to associate with people who
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support your dreams and high ideals, people who are not naysayers.
I do this by phone or email. I too find it very important to surround
myself with people who nourish and support the investment in body,
mind, and spirit. Its one of the main reasons I created the Good
Luck Family, where folks have access to a continuous stream of
encouragement and sound advice.
4:00 PM
I feed the dogs again and spend a few more minutes hitting the
heavy bag and double-end bag. I brush up on my martial arts
techniques in solo training (since I presently am not teaching).
4:30 PM
While Katrina is back in her office working on the computer, I come
into my office and practice an old classical piece on my guitar. (Ive
actually been practicing a few of them for a number of years.
Practice makes perfect, right?) On other days, when I dont feel like
playing, Ill play chess on the computer.
5:00 PM
Katrina and I will prepare for the evening. Before we begin eating,
we hold hands and tell each other three things or more were
thankful for that day. During the winter months, Ill fix a fire in the
fireplace. Sometimes Ill have a glass of red wine or some herbal tea
and well watch an uplifting and inspiring DVD.
7:00 PM
I finish up any loose ends in my office. During the summer months,
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when its still light outside, Katrina and I may take another walk
around the lake. I may meditate and/or do qigong. I do a few
balance exercises and get ready to take a shower. I do a yogic
abdominal flipping called a Uddiyana Bandha, which tones the
abdominal organs and increases the digestive system as it eliminates
toxins. I begin my shower by standing under the cold water and
attempting to avoid any shiver reflex. Then I enjoy a hot shower and
finish off by turning on the cold water one last time.
7:30 PM
Im ready for bed. I grab my Kindle reader or a book from our library
and get in bed. I usually read two to three books per week,
depending on length and content. Reading is an excellent way to
program the mind with positive information, and going to sleep with
an inspiring thought allows me to awaken with positive energy. In
winter, we have our fireplace going in the bedroom. The window is
cracked. Cats are on the bed, mostly on top of Katrina as she
attempts to read. (She gets in the bed after I do. She first feeds the
cats and closes down her emails and writing.) Some evenings Ill use
a TENS unit on a few specific acupoints while lying in bed to maintain
my conditioning and longevity.
9:00 PM
Im usually ready to fall asleep by this time. But, before I do, Katrina
and I do our goodnight ritual. We call it our song. She tells me a silly
story, then we kiss three times and go to sleep.

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9:05 PM
I sleep for eight hours every night. According to Harvard Medical
School/Mental Health Center, memory and newly acquired skills
dont improve until a person has preferably eight hours of sound
sleep. Studies also show that people who go to bed early worry less,
and their testosterone levels are higher. Getting to bed early also
affects the appetite hormone, leptin. Going to bed later causes
leptin levels to drop, which in turn causes a person to eat more
during walking hours and thus gain weight.
Im certain you have your own idea of what might compose the ideal
life for you. This is just a glimpse of the life Katrina and I have created for
ourselves. I think the really important thing here is that you take charge
of your time and invest in yourself. Whatever your dreams might be,
none will materialize unless you take action nowthats right now!
Hang out with people who are actually living their dreams, not just
talking about them. Learn as much as you can in every avenue of your
life. Promise yourself youre not going to waste the opportunities, no
matter what! Yes, with your brakes released, theres nothing to hold you
back! Invest in yourself and create your ideal life!
With you on this grand adventure called life,

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About Peter Ragnar
Peter Ragnar is an internationally
recognized author of thirty books, as
well qigong master, spiritual mentor and
distinguished speaker. Peter has close to
sixty years of heart-based experience as
a martial artist and an expert in health,
fitness, and organic living.
His students come from all walks of life,
ranging from world-champion kickboxers
and Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductees to
university professors, corporate executives,
students, housewives, and others.
With a strength that flows from Qigong and his knowledge of using and
growing his life-force energy, Peter is well-known among elite strength
athletes. He has been included in such books as: I Will Be Iron and
Super Vitality by the worlds strongest man, Bud Jeffries. Strength and
Conditioning Secrets of the Worlds Greatest Fighters by former U.S.
Olympic judo coach and president of Shingitai Jujitsu, John Saylor. The
Encyclopedia of Combative Flow by Peters own Black Belt student
Chris Spruiell, a two-time Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee.
Peter had slipped away from the world as we commonly experience it
and for thirty years lived on Mystic Mountain, on the border of the
Smoky Mountains National Park. Martial Arts master, Edward Armstrong,
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has written two books about his experience with Peter at this mountain
top retreat:
The Wisdom of the Mystic Mountain Warrior, developed from
Armstrongs conversations with the reclusive sage and the instruction
Edward received from Peter on Mystic Mountain. The Path to Mystic
Mountain recalled Edwards fascinating quest for a spiritual master
(that led him to a book written about Peter called, The Magic Man,
and ultimately to the lessons he learned through several years of
attending private seminars in Peters home).
In total, Peter has been the subject of seven books, highlighting his
influence not only on the authors, but also on the people who traveled
from around the globe to see him. While some of his publicity came
from articles and interviews in magazines such as Black Belt Magazine
and Inside Kung Fu, the bulk of his exposure came from spiritual
journals and magazines such as Body, Mind & Spirit, What is
Enlightenment, Enlighten Next, and countless others. His teachings on
compassion, meditation, and living in harmony with nature far
overshadow his physical and material accomplishments.
But, rather than his accomplishments, it is what he has become that
draws so many to him. His kindness, his poetic expressions and
meditative reflections, and his love of quietude speak to our hearts and
awaken a longing to fully open to what he has found.

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