The Power of Affirmations

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Alexis Wilder Founder & Owner of: Fat NO Fear Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor and Health & Fitness Writer It’s never easy to make a big change in hopes of becoming a better self (if it was, we’d all be in amazing shape, be CEOs, have perfect health, never feel anxious, and have found […]

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Elections, elections & more elections… democracy galore! (3mins read)

It is high time I challenge my own liberal views (I studied International Relations as a postgraduate @warwick – since then I have shaped my world views from a realism standpoint). However, in this current climate, I am coming round to the notion that I want my vote in this UK General Elections on June 8th to count.

How does this fit into my main topics such as health, lifestyle, fitness, travel etc; please allow my indulgence.

It first started with the GOP conventions across the pond in America, followed by our French neighbours across the channel and various austerity-induced parties in continental Europe springing up and gaining seats (not to talk of our supposedly Brexit – I was a Remainer). Nobody told us that it will cost us £100 billion to come out of this union! Well, as a Brit we just have to get on with it, don’t we!

Let me quickly cross over to motherland (Nigeria to be precise), I will say to those stakeholders at the seat of power that you must handle this ongoing issue with a lot of gusto. The Vice president role is not a co-ordinator of government, although it is partly, the primary function of this role is to lead in an acting capacity in the absence of the president (I wish PMB well). I will say, let us do the right thing for a change for Nigeria and Africa at large; afterall it is you the so-called elites that will continue to benefit regardless.

This brings me back to blighty (an informal term for Britain), the people are angry because it seems as if governments here and around the globe are against the citizens. Government policies Versus the People

Let me moan please, this government increased taxation on my side hustle in April, cutting off an important source of income to reside in one of the most expensive cities in the world and the opposition party is talking of raising more taxes whilst living in London. C’mon, somebody give me a break.

Taxes are important and essential if we want to enjoy the daily necessities such as good roads, NHS, schools, care for the elderly, infrastructure etc… and we do see evidence of improvements in some areas.

However, the people are still angry because there is no safety net for the working class anymore; some industrial cities have become ghost towns and are now blighted with substance abuse, families structure are now broken, there are many households and entire streets without any form of paid employment, senseless killings of young people by young people perhaps due to absent fathers, lack of proper policing, lack of discipline and respect at home (sorry for being judgemental!). In addition, there are no real consequences for the offenders across the board – a slap on the wrist at the most due to our liberalism emphasis on rehabilitation.

To sum up, I believe governments must make ambitious investments for the future, but must also balance the needs of the people especially those that contribute to the treasury coffers.

If you are in the UK, are you voting? Please refer to the voter’s registration below and if you are reading this blog anywhere else in the world, please hold your governments accountable with your votes.

Thank you for reading.

https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote

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Rolling in the deep… thanks Adele!

Great track from Adele… loved this track back then.

I believe I possess some admirable qualities such as perseverance, ingenuity, hardwork (as we say in London, I’m a grafter mate or a hustler). These strengths also exposed some vulnerabilities in me to be honest. I don’t have a term to ascribe to it, but I’ll try. I realized that I like to have 100% control over a situation and usually falters when I have only a 40 – 50% input to contribute – the missing half can lead to stress and headaches, not to talk of heartaches!

This brings me to the subject of stress. Stress is a silent killer that has been well documented in medical journals. Stress can hide under a fit body composition (32″ waist, shredded torso, tanned skin or those perfect glutes on instagram). It can hide under those perfect smiles, hiding under the chassis of that F-type red Jaguar whilst cruising on the country lanes – oh boy! I can dream.

Whilst creativity and perseverance are good traits, learning to reduce stress and handle trigger points are vital to our long-term health and well-being.

Please kindly refer to the link below for further information if needed and I will very much welcome your feedback on how you handle stress in your lives.

http://www.stepsforstress.org/

Mastering self-control

Self-control: a trick I mastered a while back. Let’s assume you won the the employee of the month and the prize comes with a vintage bottle of French chardonnay. A well deserved prize and you enjoyed the 1st glass, then the second glass… if I go for the third, it means to me personally that I have to be more disciplined (plus the ‘law of diminishing returns starts to set in). The assertion here is that we do derive pleasurable feelings and satiety from something that is not totally good for our health and bodies, we must be aware of it. 

I recently received a box of delicious desserts and instead of kicking back in my pyjamas with remote control in hand (Netflix, Games of Thrones, Homeland, Prison Break are on television these days), I decided to take the box of deserts to work and share with colleagues (I call it ‘sharing my fat’, the irony here is that I don’t recall ever taking my ‘Kale & Goji Berries’ smoothies to share. I hope you got my drift… share that bottle of chardonnay or that tray of delectable assorted cakes/deserts with others (you will get brownie points for that gesture!) and savour that Kale and Spinach smoothie with coconut water mixed with couple of Brazil nuts for selenium on your own.

This is the format I am introducing to two of my friends as we embark over the next few weeks, a journey of changing our consumption habits and incorporating moderate exercises which will leads to high performance and productivity. I have noticed that when I am agile and physically strong, I can handle challenges from a vantage point.
What do you think? Please like, share, contribute, comment. All tips, topics and suggestions are welcome.

This brings me to a response I received from a contributor that wants me to highlight my take on will-power and staying positive in the midst of life challenges. I will address this topic in my next blog.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

First blog post

This is the post excerpt.

This is my first blog.

Family/friends, acquaintances and colleagues generally seek my opinion and contributions across varied topics such as business, raising a family, investments, life and fitness (I am still a young man, but I guess I have had my fingers burnt a few times – as the proverbial says ‘once bitten, twice shy’.

I always bring a lot of positive energy into my daily interactions; a smile is ever ready on my face, a helping hand to guide someone, always willing to lend support and open doors that can lead to profitable engagements.

Based on these facts, I have decided to create a blog space to share and collaborate with others i.e., an esprit community to discuss ideas and formulate solutions together.

In my next few articles, I will focus on a subject that people have engaged me on recently. I bumped into an old friend of mine, an American on Brompton Road on Easter Sunday and we have not seen each other since I last holidayed in Charleston, South Carolina in the summer of 2007

She was like, Wow!!! Have you lost weight and went on that I am almost in the shape I was in when we first met in Harlem, NYC in 2002 – we went on to discuss yoga, diets, carbs (good & bad), lack of sleep, calisthenics, work-life balance, start-ups, tech gadgets, children and other aspects of life that has a significant impact on our health and well-being.

In a nutshell, I believe that you can grasp that being healthy and in shape is my thing!

Please subscribe to this page and lets esprit de corps together.

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