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Find Happiness Today | How To Enjoy Your Life

I love people, I love adventure, and I love truth. I try to make all 3 a priority in my life. It is my recipe for happiness. In this article we are going to discover how to find your own recipe for happiness, and how to enjoy your life by making it a priority.

Sometimes we have to get brutally honest with ourselves. Are the decisions we are currently making, delivering a life we are happy, or even satisfied with?

What kind of man are my habits turning me into?

If I continue in this direction, where will I be next year at this time?

If you dig into those questions, you may find an idea that changes everything.

1. Start With Yourself

When I began digging into my beliefs, I was shaken. It was humbling to realize how many different beliefs I had that was holding me back in so many ways. Here is a short walk through on how to begin to recognize limitations within ourselves. Once identified, we are able remedy them.

Begin by taking some time to think about what a happy life would really like look for you. Write it down in as much detail as possible. Think about different areas of your life.

What kind of friends would you have? How often would you guys have fun together?

  • What kind of family life would you like to have?
  • What kind of financial life would you want to have?
  • What kind of health would you be in?
  • What would you look like?
  • What would you physically be able to do?

Write down your list now.

Now that you have your list, reread each of your answers. As you reread, ask yourself the following question with each answer:

What is stopping me from having this right now?

Just write down your beliefs

Now that you have written down your beliefs, go down your list asking yourself if these beliefs are really true. Could you find a way around any of these difficulties if you were really committed?

If you had someone threaten to kill you or one of your family members… Could you find a way to make this vision of your life happen?

I’m betting you would find a way.

2. Planning and Easy Daily Steps

It is really pretty simple to enjoy your life. Happiness is really found in the little things. If you did the assignment above, you now have a blueprint of what a happy successful life would look like to you. Now is time to bring it into action. Here is the simplest way to systematize adding more happiness and achievement into my life.

You are going to want to wake up a little earlier each morning and take a look at that list you just made. Pick one or two areas that you feel like you really want to work on that day and ask yourself,

“How could I see progress made on this while enjoying myself at the same time?”

Try to take the action immediately, or morning time at least. Once the afternoon hits… It is harder for most of us psychologically to get into a productive mood. If you have the means, see if you can outsource the completion of these tasks with an employee.

3. Happiness and enjoying your life is a long-term game

But what about work?

If you aren’t feeling satisfied or happy in your work life, there are a couple of things to take a look at.

If are working for someone, adjust your attitude first and see if you perspective of the situation changes. Make sure what you are telling yourself about your employer and your job is actually true, and your not just projecting your personal frustrations into the workplace.

If you get to that point, it may be time to get some courage and seek alternative employment… Or better yet, create a product to sell online and just do away with having a boss entirely.

As an entrepreneur:

I am a guy who naturally wants to work and work and work until I 100% burn out and am useless for a week, or weeks. It is a leftover effect from the training that I received in the Marines. This may seem like a positive, but it is actually a net negative. I spend a lot of time recovering mentally and physically from 10-15 day long working stretches of little sleep or food. It just isn’t healthy.

If you are the type of person like me, who runs sprints in your life, perhaps playing catch up from procrastination. I suggest trying an alterative approach that has helped me enormously.

It is the idea of maintaining a slow, but steady pace on projects. I have found that I actually get a lot more work done long-term with this strategy. I also end up happier while I enjoy my life, almost every day! It really is the key to having it all in your life.

Stop trying to sprint… Keep a slow steady pace, but don’t stop. Never stop. Life change doesn’t happen overnight, and neither does success. Happiness is a long-game, and the truth is that it isn’t a destination. It isn’t just some island you can fly to, or some drug you can take.

Happiness is found in the journey of improvement.

A last thought:

Every morning refocus your mind on what it is you are currently trying to achieve, and think of an achievable step you can take to move forward that day. Read that list, and ask yourself what 2-3 things that you can do to bring that lifestyle closer to a reality.

I usually focus on the areas that I think need the most work at the moment.

Also, if you enjoyed this article, I have a book that I wrote you might like as well. It is called Stop Procrastinating, Start Living. It covers each of these topics and more in a systemized way to begin living your life at a level you might have never thought was possible.

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As always, thanks for reading,

JR Cook

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The Real Life Spiritual Experience That Taught Me Unconditional Love for Humanity | JR Cook Philosophy

The Crazy Story of How I Developed Universal Love For All Of Humanity.
(and how you can do the same)

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Before I share my thoughts on this topic I would like to give you a little bit of background that you probably don’t know.  I had an experience around in December of 2012 that changed the person that I was at the time, and drastically shifted my beliefs around what is possible in the area of love, truth, and really reality as a whole.  It allowed me to achieve what I know so many are quick to claim is impossible…  an unconditional love toward all of humanity.

What happened?

I didn’t share this because I didn’t really believe people would believe me at the time.  I was an athiest science oriented individual, who regarded scientific theory with the adoration that a Christian has for Christ.  The day after the event, I had to re-evaluate my entire belief system to that point.

I was engulfed in a white light during meditation one day after learning a new physics concept.  The basic idea was energy and matter being interchangable.  What we refer to as material matter exists, in theory, due to a duality of forces.  It had been that duality that I was meditating on.

Keeping in mind when that thoughts are things, and their ability to influence the physical world around us at least at a quantum level, I visualized my shoulder that was injured with these twin forces vibrating through it.  I went into probably my deepest meditation until that point, and began to hear a high pitched tone inside my head.  The next thing you know, my entire body was being engulfed by a pulsating white light.

The feeling was like that of being swept down a raging river.  Helpless, I just had to go with the experience.  Each pulse was like getting swept off of my feet again, and my counsciousness diving deeper into the depths of my being.  All fear, pain, belief, memory, and time seemed to drift away at this place of infinite good.

Then just like that it was over, and I felt exhausted.  I kind of shook my head in a “What was that?” sort of fashion.  I was ready to go to bed, but when I laid down the exact opposite happened to me.  

I had laid down on my left side, when suddenly I was engulfed in a blackness that I am unable to describe with words.  I was paralyzed with fear, and something (seemingly) physical was driving its claws into my right ribcage, like it was pulling its-self up so it could bark its intangible language in my right ear.  It sounded like its voice was manufactured through a voicebox made of grinding metal.  It is impossible to describe the sound with a fine degree of accuracy, but the best I can do is to say it sounded gallactic.  It is a sound that couldn’t be made by any animal on earth, but it was unmistakenly a voice and a language.

It felt as if this voice was uploading some sort of knowledge into my mind.  What it was, I had no idea.  The fear I felt was to the degree that I wished for death though…  Then just like that, it was over.

I shot up in my bed and looked over where the demon monster (or whatever) had been and there was nothing.  I was in my room alone.  I was afraid I was losing my mind.

Sounds Fantastical Right?

I know you may be questioning whether what I experienced as a temporary bought of insanity…  That was my first thought as well.  You have to remember, that I didn’t believe that anything of a spiritual nature existed…  So losing my mind was the only explaination that I could possibly come up with based on my belief system at the time.

The next morning though, I was forced to review that position.  I said forced, because of two different factors:

1.  I was changed.  I don’t know how to explain it, and it shouldn’t have even been possible the amount of change that came into my character overnight.  Neuroplasticity and habits should have made this impossible, but I was suddenly free from all my negativity, dishonesty, and fear…  I not only had un unwavering peace about me, but I absolutely loved each and every person that I came into contact with.  I was suddenly able to speak powerful principles about life that I had never learned, and usually aren’t taught outside of spiriual texts.  I know that this point is very subjective, and doesn’t proove anything to anyone other than myself though so let me mention the second factor.

2.  My mind changing could be the result of some sort of mental condition, but the way other people around me began to respond was what really convinced me that I hadn’t lost it…  No, the truth was I think I had finally found it.  Like a new kid with a toy, the ability to meditate and manipulate my reality was all I wanted to do.  When I would meditate, people would see and hear me in the next room, or outside.  After one of my meditation, I could feel the power still radiating off of me when a girl bowed down in front of me placing her forehead at my feet.  

I would have large groups of people surround me and ask to hear me speak of the truth around my neighborhood.  I remember there was a mentally handicapped man I had known for months.  He who wasn’t able to complete sentances without studdering in anxiety.  I spoke to him about this sense of infinite love toward all life, and turning our backs on darkness when he suddenly started speaking in complete sentences, with no sign of mental retardation for the next day.

I could tell 100 small stories of similar occurances…  I would know things before they happened, hear people’s thoughts, and know if someone were lieing or being honest.  It seemed like I could hear the truth…  While at the same time being blind to almost everything else.  Everyone and everything looked beautiful and perfect, and I saw the good in everything I wittnessed.  This was true in people, events, and places.  It all was falling into a divine order, that for some reason I seemed to be privvy to.

Do You Believe Me?

When people tell me I should broadcast this story, I have always felt as if I would some day.  I wrote a short essay about it called, “Walking In Truth” back in 2015-2016 but never widely publicised it because I know how unbelievable it may sound to some of you.

But the rest of this article will come from the premise that you DO believe that something of a spiritual nature occured to me back in December of 2012.  If you are skepticle, keep reading anyway… Perhaps I can change your mind.

In case you are wondering how long this condition of what I term Christ consciousness lasted, the answer is a couple of weeks for the spiritual stuff, like the knowing people’s thoughts, and seeing things before they happened…  The fundamental truths I was able to mine out of what I can only refer to as universal intelligence still are with me today.

What Were My Key Lessons From The Experience?

This isn’t something that can happen to you and you shrug it off and are the same person afterwards.  I have never been anywhere near the person I was before that spiritual experience.  These are the 5 beliefs that I aquired that allowed me to even to this day, love all people.

1.  There is a God, a source, a universal mind.  It spoke through me and healed people, and still gives me the power to help and influence people to be better human beings.

2.  I believe in keeping the relationsip with God 1-on-1.  Instead of worrying about all of the complexities of being a good Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jew, etc. Focus more of your energy on being more Christ-like, Muhammad-like, or Buddah-like.  

I take the position that our spiritual strengths are awakened most fully when we have in essense created our own religion.  What I mean by that is through discovering our own way of connecting with God based on what feels right to us.  While I think that religion can be a powerful tool in people’s lives, I don’t see it as neccessary for connecting to God.  After all, I connected to God more powerfully than most, and I had been an athiest until that point.  

3.  The power of faith is real.  Before I had attributed this phenomenon to quantum forces, and perhaps faith and quantum forces are two words for the same thing.  I have realized this to be especially true when I began to desire more success in my life.  Every single thing that I have ever achieved has originated as a thought in my mind, and brought to reality by my faith that it was possible, and action based on that belief.

4.  Every living thing is in its essense, good.  I realized that there are no “bad” in the world.  There are just people believing things, and taking actions based upon their beliefs.  Even the most heinous of individuals in history absolutely believed in what the attrocities that they were committing, and thought they were a good thing.  That is why I no longer believe in bad or evil people… I know believe that people like that are merely confused.  They have at some point lost their way, and fell into a severe state of delusion, or confusion.

So how is that different from these individuals being evil?  I don’t think they are evil because they believe the actions they are taking are good in some way or another, otherwise they wouldn’t take the actions.  Hitler believed he was God’s work afterall bringing Germany to what he believed was it’s rightful supremacy throughout Europe.  Had Hitler studied different material, or grown up in a different situation, perhaps he would have seen that all human beings, regardless of race are valuable and equal.  How much would have changed had he not been confused on that point?

There is a principle in physics that we use in our air conditioning technology.  The truth is that there is no such thing as cold air…  There is only the degree to which something is heated.  Heat is the only thing that really exists…  When we percieve cold, it isn’t cold we are feeling, it is a lack of heat.  Air conditioners work by extracting heat out of the air, and blowing the heatless (cold) air back in the room.  

I believe that goodness is a smiliar force in the way that it works in the spiritual world as heat works in the physical world.  I’m not convinced that there is true evil, just a lack of good.

5.  Everyone is waiting to love and connect with you.  They are just waiting for you to come and love and become friends with them.  I teach this principle to people who want to expand their ability to connect with others.  This is probably one of the more practical lessons I learned through it all.  My ability to interact, and build strong connections with people over the course of a conversation is now one of my greatest strengths that I posess.  The way that I typically phrase it though is,  

“everyone is already my friend, they are just waiting for me to say hello.”  

I come into every conversation with the attitude that this person is already a dear and close friend to me.  Try this one out for yourself…  You will be amazed.

So how do I obtain infinite love for all of humanity?

Honestly, I take it beyond humanity.  I love all of life, from te grass that grows on the ground, to the trees, to the elephants, the birds, the bees, and yes…  Humanity.  

I see a world of balance, and equitable relationships formed out of a natural orbit around love in most of the natural world.  Even the lion eating the wildabeast.  Even the businessman who sets out an advertising scheme to beat his competition.  It is love for me to surround myself with the people who will help me to achieve my greatest value.  There is a perfection in all of it when your mind is properly tuned to identify it.

The act of loving all of humanity is something that you experience.  It is a path that you walk on, not a destination.  It is achieved by having certain general beliefs about people and events.  The 5 beliefs that I mentioned before are really the answer.  When you implement those beliefs, and begin to live your life in that fashion…  You will notice your feelings and emotions toward everything shift.  Your demeanor will shift, even your intelligence will sharpen.  It is probably the most profound experience anyone can go through in life because of the lasting and lifechanging nature of it.

Closing Thoughts...

Remember that the greatest acievements in life are never on top of any mountain… They are the climb up the mountain.  Find perfection in the moment that you are living right now.  Find something to be grateful for, and you will be astounded at the way the universe begins to deliver more things for you to be grateful about.

That is one of the strengths that I will give religion credit for.  Structured gratitude, and controlling focus towards positive outcomes for humanity.  If religion helps you, then good.  I follow lots of them.  I just never let any of them bundle me inside what I call the “Guilt trap”.  If you are familiar with religion, you will know what I am talking about.

For example, if I were to call myself a Christian, and then have a conversation with a person who identifies as a Muslim…  How connected at a heart to heart level do you think that I will have with that person?

That is why I now just follow what you could call the religion of Truth.

It allows me to respect all opinions and beliefs of others, and adopt what works from everywhere.  I don’t have any prejudices.  I truely believe that goodness can be found anywhere when you remember that everyone is simply acting in a way that they believe will create the most good.

Let me know what you think about this article in the comments below.  Make sure you give this article a like and a share as well.  I’d love to get this message out to as many people as possible.  If you have any questions, be sure to drop them in the comments below so I can see them!


Your Friend,

JR Cook

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Take care of your health – how to eat healthy food for all day energy

Today I am going to talk about taking care of your health, and a certain scary situation that I had the other day where I didn’t know if I would live or die.

Sometimes when we are pushing for big results, we can forget to take care of your health.  I had a bit of a health scare the other day.  It was a result of years of chronic stress, and sleep deprivation.  I also hadn’t been eating as well as I know that I should have over the past year.  

I am back on the #stallionlifestyle by Steve Ramirez. It is the best way I have found to take care of your health.   Follow him @stallionlife on Instagram.

Follow him @stallionlife on Instagram. For me, this is the most incredible diet for energy, stamina, and mental clarity.  I had gotten lazy, but this morning I ate a bowl of raw veggies, eggs, and herbs.  I am feeling OUTSTANDING.  It is like coffee, only healthy.  It was important to me because my body almost literally shut down the other day.  I am doing it out of necessity, I suggest you do it out of initiative.  For more information on this diet you can watch my YouTube video on it by going through the link on my profile and going to my YouTube page from there.  I will also talk a little bit more about what happened to me to make me jump back on the health bandwagon, and also the stress reduction techniques I am now using in that video.

Until next time, take care of your greatest blessing…  The vehicle that you are riding in.
The reason I focus on creating positive inspiration so much is because I believe in YOU! I have a plan and it involves Inspiration, Motivation, and Strategy.

Until next time my friend,

J.R. Cook

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SPEND YOUR TIME WITH WINNERS – stay away from people who bring you down.

Today I am going to talk about how to spend time with people who lift us up in life, versus those who will pull us down into their chaos. You become who you spend time with.

My YouTube Talk on this.

Hey guys, J.R. Cook here, and today I am going to talk about a powerful subject that I think that a lot of people could benefit from and I know that we hear it all the time, but I think that I have a new perspective on it and what that is is it’s hanging out with people who empower us.

It’s hanging out with winners and staying away from losers.

In this video I talk about the importance of who we spend our times with. How do we spend our time with the right types of people? We become valuable to those types of people.

How do we escape our current friends groups?

We decide that our goals are more valuable to us than conducting in the activities that have limited us so far. What kind of people do you spend your time with?

Are they people who have what you want in life, or are they sharing a lifestyle with you that you want to climb out of?

I don’t know what your situation is, but I can tell you that we get spun up into webs with the people we associate with. If you want your life to go up, spend time with people who are achieving more than you. Get used to being a valuable friend to friends who are valuable to you and watch your life take off like a rocket.

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How to Overcome Defeat

Today I want to write about how to overcome defeat. I am a person who has never been afraid to try new things. This has allowed me to have a lot of success in areas that I think many people will never have simply because they are afraid to try. There is a flip-side however, and that is that by trying new things, I am facing the risk of failure… Which I don’t talk about as much obviously, but I think that I have failed far more times than I have succeeded in various enterprises. I think that the secret is to get back up, brush yourself off, and try something new. That is why I am writing today about how to overcome defeat. I am also currently working on the framework for a book on how to overcome challenges that I would love to hear your story to consider including it in the book.

The first step to overcoming defeat is to look at defeat as temporary.

The only failure in life is the failure to learn a lesson. I don’t know if you happen to be riding high right now and are killing it in life, or maybe you’re having a challenge right now. I am going to lean towards the latter, since you are reading an article like this. You might be down, and asking yourself.

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How do I get back up?

My response to you first off is to reassure you that it is possible for you. People have been overcoming massive difficulties for thousands of years, and there are countless stories of overcoming seemingly impossible odds. There are a few different strategies that I’d like to discuss here.

I think that there is major difference between people’s psychology that determines the difference between success and failure. If you are here, I am going to assume you are an achiever, and as a person who tries big things, sometimes we are going to be met with a big letdown. We all will face temporary defeats and fall down.and the challenge is not only to get back up, but to realize that we control the meaning behind the setback. It can be happening because God is punishing us, or we can choose for it to mean that it is happening to make us stronger, and prepare us for an even greater destiny.

These two meanings will determine whether we just lay there and cry about falling off the horse, or get back up, dust ourselves off and climb on the saddle and try again. If you choose to be a victim of circumstance, a host of negative things can happen such as depression, or distraction. If we believe that the situation is here to strengthen us, than it does just that, and we are even stronger than before in spite of the setback. Those are two entirely different results, based upon the same challenge, just with different mindsets.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Marcus Aurelius Meditations JR Cook Philosophy

Realize that overcoming defeat is something that we all go through, but many people don’t talk about.

You don’t see many Instagram posts of a person who just lost their entire life savings investing is something that was a flop, no one wants to broadcast that image of themselves to the world… But people are failing around us all the time, and the ones who appear to be succeeding, paid the price of failing a lot to get where they are today. Every successful person though, has learned how to overcome defeat.

I will just spill the beans right here, to get to where I am today I have made tremendous sacrifices including leaving the relationship that I was in, get new types of friends, live in my car for 9 months to save money to start an online business, Then I hopped a flight to Thailand, had my business fail, lost all my money, I spent multiple periods of days starving and being behind on my rent in a country that wasn’t my own.

Finally I found the solution. It was something that I had actually been procrastinating about for years, but it is what I had wanted all along. For me it was writing. I had constantly told myself that I couldn’t have what I wanted, and it would just be excuse after excuse. Now though, I realize the appearance that life is so effortless to me, but I have paid a hell of a price to get to where I am today.

The good news about all of this in retrospect was that I have gained a tremendous amount of mental and emotional muscle. I have gotten to know myself in ways that I never would have otherwise.

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I think that a valuable lesson is to realize that hard times are temporary, and that things can and will change in an instant.

One method that I use to get back on top is to develop what I call a daily victory mindset. I think of it as my daily rhythm. It gives me a general sense of progress every day. It is basically focusing on the small wins, and making it so that I always can feel like a winner.

 

I have found that if you focus on solutions, then your problems tend to starve. Focusing on what you fear, will likely bring that fear to pass. I always try to focus on the answers far more than the problems.

I find winning activities to focus on and make habits such as writing a journal, listening to inspirational music that inspires me, certain physical exercises that I do that get me feeling good about life. Another important habit that I have found that is a great way to snap my focus on what is most important is reading.

I think that a lot of life is hypnosis. We can either hypnotize ourselves consciously to behave in a way that will give us what we want in life, or we allow ourselves to be hypnotized by others. This is usually done through social media, TV, movies, news, friends, and family. We are either in charge of our minds, or we are choosing to let others be… But there will always be someone in charge. If we want to get back into control and overcome challenges, it is essential that we take charge of our greatest power.

Our greatest power is our ability to take decisive action towards a predetermined outcome.

Here is a YouTube Video I made about this topic early this year I recommend.

How to get back up after difficulties. Overcoming challenges.

Another consideration is to do what makes you feel great. We all have music that puts us into certain moods… Use it to get yourself out of the slump. I think that the main thing that helps high achievers to overcome challenges is to make some sort of progress. We are all different, what progress means in your life, might be different than what it means for me since we have different goals. By the way, if you don’t have goals, get goals.

I think the best thing to do after a temporary defeat is set a new target to look forward to.

I believe we are all unique, and have different intrinsic desires and qualities.  That is why I am a proponent of adapting your philosophy based upon what makes sense to you.  Much of what has actually benefited me has come from Tim Ferriss, Marcus Aurelius, Ray Dalio, and Tony Robbins.  You might want to take a look at those resources.  Tony’s courses I know have bounced a lot of people out of difficult situations, myself included.

I am writing a book right now called called overcoming challenges. It illustrates well the differences between people, their needs, and how they overcome challenges in their unique and creative ways.

It is all about this so it’s it’s about people’s deepest challenges that they’ve ever had and how to overcome defeat in the worst of situations. If you want to hear an inspiring story. Listen to Oprah’s.

Oprah talks about overcoming challenges with Tony.

What are some things I can do today?

  1. Ask yourself, “Where do I want to see my life in a year from now?”
  2. How is this actually good? What can I learn from all of this?
  3. Take 2 actions in that direction before your mind talks you out of it.
  4. Believe you already have all it takes within you, and that you already know how to overcome defeat, because you really do.

If you move forward, I think that you will find that the path will always open, and that you will always have all that you need to move forward. It is up to you to move forward though. I think a major challenge that people have though is that they stop. Stopping equals death in my belief system.

I hope that you have benefited from this article. What is the greatest challenge you have over experienced? How did you overcome it?

J.R. Cook

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