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Drawing Blood

Sucking out enough energy to create ongoing success requires the right mindset. However, having a good attitude without the physical energy can mean going against the flow. Today’s blog is a reminder of what’s needed to stay on the right track.

Results have to be achieved! Therefore, on this Monday morning taking stock of your tight spot, if you are in one, or perhaps you have fully recharged your energies after the long Easter weekend and are ready to plow ahead. Either way it’s time to reevaluate and take a plunge forward, and no better way to do it than by creating the monster mindset and Hercules physical attributes that go hand in hand with legends like King Arthur or Lady Godiva.

Lady Godiva was an Anglo-Saxon woman and wife of the ruler of Coventry, England. She loved her husband dearly, but always opposed the way he treated his people. Then when her husband issued a heavy tax on the local people, Lady Godiva begged him to stop this oppressive tax, called a "Heregeld". According to the legend, Godiva's husband retorted that he would only stop the tax if she rode through the streets of Coventry naked.

For the love of her people Lady Godiva did this, covered only with her hair. She was, however, so popular and respected that the entire city stayed put while she rode through it except for Tom, a tailor, who watched through a hole in his shutter. Thus, the term ‘peeping Tom’. Legend says he was struck blind for not obeying Lady Godiva's request.

Godiva’s husband, of course, abolished the oppressive law.

The interesting thing is that we become what we believe because the mind is a powerful tool. This can be cultivated by education and its consistent development over time. Improvement is a must and to get the most out of ourselves we need to seek continual growth.

Going to the gym to work-out with weights, or crossFit (cross-discipline fitness) which is a high-intensity fitness program incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise. Additionally, learning English is a must in today's international mood!

The bottom line is changing several bad habits like going to bed late, eating fast food too often, helps. However, getting into a healthy routine like meditational therapy which can be done alone at home on your own terms and time, incorporating deep breathing, and eating good food at regular intervals will all contribute to winning performance.

The real key is collectively treating your body as a shrine, making dreams become a reality, and consistently improving to stay focused and alert!

All the very best,

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Plow (n) = means commonly a large farming implement with one or more blades fixed in a frame, drawn by a tractor or by animals and used for cutting furrows (troughs, channels, grooves, gullies) in the soil and turning it over, especially to prepare for the planting of seeds. Or it can mean a yoga pose assumed by lying on one's back and swinging one's legs over one's head until the outstretched feet approach or touch the floor.

As a verb (v) to turn up the earth of (an area of land) with a plow, especially before sowing (spreading, scattering, planting). "Uncle Vic plowed his garden." Additionally, as a verb (especially of a vehicle) move in a fast and uncontrolled manner. "The car plowed into the side of a van."

Monster mindset (idiom) = The Monster Mentality is one that's fueled by the audacity to attempt the impossible. It involves an insane level of passion for one's pursuits, and a maniacal attention to any and every detail that can give you the advantage necessary to win.

Heregeld = The year 1012 saw the introduction of the geld or heregeld (literally "army tax"), an annual tax first assessed by King ‘Æthelred the Unready’ to pay for mercenaries in the army and navy. The reinforced military was needed, in the face of an invasion of England, by King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark.

Retorted (v) = responded, rejoined, snapped, countered, bite back, reply angrily

Peeping Tom (idiom) = a person who derives sexual pleasure from secretly watching people undressing or engaging in sexual activity.

Shrine (n) = temple, holy place, sanctuary. Meaning total respect for yourself as a person who matters 100%

Alert (adj) = ready, prepared, aware, observant, on the ball, (ant) unprepared

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