555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 65

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 65.

Time Awake: 6:56 a.m.


I made a trek out into the city today, the Union Square area, to take care of some business. Recording a video in the city, with tons of strangers around, was unnerving and I felt tense. Perfect reason to do just that!

And I did.

Part of being in New York City is seeing homeless people. It’s a regular occurrence to see such people, sadly. They’re ended up in this state — some willingly, some unwillingly, all from different paths in Life.

On rare occasion, a homeless person will speak with me on the street. Today, a man with a huge bushy beard and long hair walked by my and stared right at me. He didn’t say anything. He simply stared, grinned slightly, and kept moving.

I immediately thought how that could easily be me, if I were to become less diligent in maintaining my Life and pushing towards constant growth.

Then I became introspective and thought about my complaints. I realized that I have nothing to complain about, really. I have a house. I have a shower. Clean clothes. Regular food.

That homeless dude did not have access to all those things regularly.

My complaints are not comparable. I complain because Life isn’t moving at the pace I’d prefer. I complain because I don’t have enough money. I complain…for nothing, really. I have nothing to complain about.

A random homeless dude reminded me of this, without saying a word.

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 64

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 64.
Time Awake: 7:20 a.m.
I have written before about personal maintenance, dressing the part. Whether it be the clothing you wear or your personal appearance, it’s optimal to look your best. It’s the appearance you give off that attracts what you need to yourself.
So if you or I look like a schlub, schlubbiness will attract. And if I or you look our best, that which we are working towards attracting and achieving.
Of course, the external influences the internal, and vice versa, and suddenly the two work in concert.
It’s easy to look to the bigger stuff — clothing, hair — and ignore smaller things. But the so-called smaller things are actually just as important in the overall picture of ourselves.
I have this thing on my thumb, which I’ve just presumed to be a callous due to the nature of my employment. And it’s been there. For a while. Like most people do with things that just appear, I just accepted its presence and kept on with my daily life.
But that’s not the most prudent way to handle it.
Being aware of bodily changes is great, but not every change has to be passively accepted. In this case, there is a very simple over-the-counter method to handle the nuisance on my thumb. And if for any reason, the OTC method doesn’t work, there are professionals who specialize in treating and removing these things.
My hands can indeed once again be nice and smooth.
Tending to all things in one’s Life, physical and otherwise, leads to Maximized Self. And takes Maximum Effort (thank you Deadpool for the Life mantra). Yes, tending to self is absolutely worth it.

Credit: The Internet.

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 63

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 63.
Time Awake: 8:33 a.m.
Today’s video is actually two. My digital camera decided to go to sleep in the midst of the recording. Being the diva that it is, the camera slept all day and I finished my thoughts at night.
Also, I got the number of the day wrong. It’s sixty-three, despite me saying sixty-two. These things happen.
Am I going to talk about signs again? Of course I am! They are numerous and continue to be a thing. Today’s signs were two separate parts of a piece written by Dana Warrior, the wife of the late Ultimate Warrior. Two sections of her article struck me hard and reminded me that I am doing what I need to be doing, and to move forward.
I had an interesting conversation today where I was asked about this project, what its purpose is and what will come from it. This project is the next step in the journey since the “365 Days of Gratitude” project that I underwent. In that journey, I learned to enjoy my days, find the good in each of them, and inadvertently learned authenticity and living with my heart on my sleeve (or shoulder).
The “555 Days” project takes what I’ve learned and applies more DOing to those principles. One thing that plagues people and I can’t stand is stagnation. I’ve lived in stagnation for many years of my Life. I won’t move forward or grow living that way. Now I apply “maximum effort” (thanks, Deadpool) to achieve the goals that I have for myself.
Despite speaking about goals last in the second part, they are a major part of why I am doing these videos. I have distinct goals. Many of them are written down. I am making the effort to achieve these goals. And I know I will. Remaining steadfast with DOing will yield these victories.
The target audience for this project is not just myself. It’s not even the audience who are watching and reading (thanks to all of you). The progression of videos exist for my niece and nephew (my niece is six months today!). If at some point in their young lives, they lack personal confidence or need some guidance, I would like to think they can look to me and say, “Hey, Uncle Michael was able to make positive change for himself. We can do this too.”
Or maybe they’ll never need such a thing. That idea is even better.



My Niece! Six months old!

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 62

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 62.
Time Awake: 10:01 a.m.
The word of today is Tough.
Tough can be seen to mean “difficult” or “hard.” Tough can also been seen to mean “strong” and “resilient.” All definitions are correct, but the version of Tough inside one’s mind is a reflection of self and personal values.
I am here to say that the second version of Tough is the one that matters for you, for me, for any of us personally. Tough is exhibited through toughness. Toughness is a way of Life.
We have to be tough because life itself is not always easy. Life circumstances present themselves and we have to maintain toughness in order to see the course and achieve the best results for ourselves.
The alternative is to crumble into a useless heap of emotion. There is no value in succumbing to uselessness.
To tie into the ongoing topic of the past days, Signs are there as guideposts and confirmation, but we must remain tough to tackle the circumstances we are presented with.
In maintaining toughness, we are able to appreciate the great and wonderful situations even more.
Be Tough. Always.

Another Sign. Just not photogenic.

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 60

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 60.
Time Awake: 8:30 a.m.
In yesterday’s entry, I talked a bit about signs that are provided by The Universe and how we need to be aware of them. Awareness allows us to see these signs and apply them appropriately in our Lives.
After starting the morning gloriously, I ventured home and had my Hungryman Breakfast. During breakfast, I read two Facebook statuses that got me charged up.
The first was from a friend who wrote, “This is your loving reminder to follow your intuition today.”
My being lit up. With that mindset flowing, I came across another friend’s status. In it, she wrote about the necessity of making changes when they become necessary, and how complacency makes her uncomfortable. The final paragraph struck me best:
“If you feel the fear… ignore it, and do the thing you need to do anyway. Theme of the day. Stop doing lousy things and pretending they aren’t lousy. Stop being lazy on the things you have the power to change in your life. There’s bigger and better out there and far worse things than totally bombing the new things you try.”
I growled with a feeling of triumph. I felt galvanized.
All of the things I referred to in yesterday’s video, all that I desire to accomplish — I will accomplish all of them. There is no doubt in my mind. I have decided this.
I’m doing the work. I will achieve it all.


555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 59

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 59.
Time Awake: 9:25 a.m.
I’m touching upon a few topics today. First, I start with a conversation I had with my Mom today. She mentioned that a potentially difficult situation was met with the solution that she needed. This solution eases her mind and allows for the situation itself to be resolved in its time.
My Mom told me that she knew that the situation would be resolved because a certain number showed up in relation to the situation. There are certain numbers that mattered greatly to her and my step-dad; one of them appeared here and it was The Universe telling her all would be well. And it was.
There are certain numbers that appear for me as well. They serve as guideposts and signs from The Universe. As part of a text conversation today, one such number appeared as the time in the text. This was The Universe giving its “thumbs up” to me and telling me that all is well. Old Man Mike would smile, and probably was (will be?).
Changing topics, I am sure you may have noticed that “Day 58” was not posted yesterday, but actually a few days ago. Yes. This is because I’ve been living very much in the the real and present world. And that’s okay. Indulging fully in Life is important and necessary.
But returning to the world, I found myself inundated by people, and particularly their complaints. People complain. I complain. I’ve spoken about this topic before. Today it just hit me differently. Maybe because I have an actionable way of dealing with my complaints.
I call it my “List of Things I Have to Do.” It’s literally a list of what has to be accomplished. The list is hand-written and I cross off items when they have been accomplished. Some things have already been crossed off. The beard and hair trims were there and worked out. Disposing of much of my stuff was there, and accomplished.
There is much more to be completed. All of this will come in time. I have decided this.
I know exactly what I want from Life. And I know exactly what I must accomplish in order to fulfill this. I have also decided this and I am confident in my ability to do so.
If you’re complaining without a way to improve said complaint, just shut the fuck up. You’re wasting time. We only get this one Life. Do you really want to waste it away complaining? If you do, that’s your business. Get our of my way and watch me make my Life the maximum awesome that it will be.
The Universe provides.