5 Ways Young Athletes Can Use Visualization for Success in Sports

Every great professional athlete will tell you how much visualization plays in their success in sports. I can honestly tell you with experience how it has profoundly changed my life both inside and outside of the competitive arena. When one uses visualization you never fail. To get what you desire and want you must first […]

How to Beat Insomnia to Improve Athletic and Business Performance

Sleep is an important component of mental health and elite performance. A few months ago I came across an article about the Seattle Seahawks using sleeping devices to monitor each player’s quality of sleep. In the past, it was not unusual for players to party late into the night then head to practice the next […]

Wake Up with Determination. Go to Bed With Satisfaction.

There are no shortcuts in life to success on and off the field. The inner game, the grit, and how much internal drive you possess is the key to becoming an elite performer. To often people give a half hearted effort expecting great results. They are quickly disappointed, quit, or fail to realize their initial […]

3 Ways You Can Develop the Mental Toughness of a Black Belt for Business, Health, and Sports

I thought it would be cool to put something visual for you to help you develop your mindset. The three principles I outlined in this info graphic is a great starting point for those struggling to excel at anything in life. Remember all successful people began with nothing at one point. However, it is those […]

Don't Be Ashamed of Your StoryYesterday night, I received a wonderful surprise message from an audience member who listened to me speak a month ago.

I was deeply touched that my message inspired him. Before this journey into motivational speaking I had all these doubts, who would listen to me? I’m not a celebrity or a famous person.

What I came to realize was that was my alter ego speaking to me; my negative inner chatter telling me I’m crazy, not good enough, who do you think you are, forget about your dreams, stay small and crawl back into the hole you came from. This is what I believed and felt as a teen.

My message to all of you who feel unfulfilled in life, to let go, stop living for others, and start doing things for yourself. The average lifespan of a human being is 80 years old.

Don’t you feel you deserve to make every second in your life count? Make it happen starting today!

Share this with someone if this message resonates with you

3 Ways to Get Over Performance Anxiety and Build Mental Toughness

One of the biggest hurdles holding back an individual’s potential in life is performance anxiety especially in the most important situations. The sick anxious feeling due to the fear of failing is very real. In my 40 years as a martial arts competitor and coach I’ve seen many talented individuals fall flat when it came […]

3 Ways to Train Safely in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as You Hit Middle Age

One evening I dropped into the academy for one of my training sessions. While sitting on the mat I had a chance to observe the students rolling; particularly the ones with the peppered grey hair. I wanted to see how they handled the younger faster students. The older students who were heavier often overexerted using […]

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Raz will be speaking to elementary children on cultural diversity, racial tolerance, and discrimination.

Date: January 16, 2017
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Event: Coast Meridian Elementary School
Venue: Coast Meridian Elementary School
Location: 8222 168a Street
Surrey, BC
Canada
Public: Private

Raz will be speaking to local business entrepreneurs on how to identify stress and implement mindfulness techniques to improve focus, productivity, and inner peace. Stress is one of the biggest challenges facing the workforce today. Maintaining personal health from the CEO to the employee levels is key to running a successful business for both the short term and the long term.

The Vancouver Business Network Meetup (VBN) was founded in March 2010 and to-day is the largest community of active and aspiring small business owners in Canada.

VBN holds inexpensive, high-quality seminars and networking events every week. These events help small business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals learn, network and grow. They learn new tactics, tools and techniques. They network with like-minded people. They grow their networks, their businesses and their characters.

Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Event: Vancouver Business Network
Topic: Stress Management and Mindfulness for Business
Venue: G&F Financial Group's
Location: 2949 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
Public: Public

How to Tame Your Stressful Thoughts

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According to studies, stress can have a detrimental long term effect on your memory and brain. The years of constant stress causes the body to flood itself with the stress hormone cortisol. This causes part of the brain responsible for memory to deteriorate. To deal with stress, it is important to practice mindfulness in order to recognize when it is occurs and the appropriate action to take. Remember, you can always control your thoughts but not always the events around you.

Re-framing you thoughts is highly beneficial when it comes to dealing with stressful situations.  Stop for a moment, acknowledge the stressful event, than ask yourself what is the best way to respond to the stressful event. When people fail to practice mindfulness they fill their mind with constant worry, replaying the event in their minds over and over again. This leads to more stress and anxiety. By practicing the art of re-framing you will find yourself becoming calmer and reduce your stress.

How do you deal with stress? Feel free to share in the comment section below, some interesting ways you deal with this problem. I would love to hear from you!

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