A lot of people keep asking me what this Todayism thing is all about so I thought I’d shoot a quick update video before heading off to Portland for the week to begin filming.
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So I hired a new personal assistant this week. Her name is Barbra. I’ll properly introduce her to you in a few days I reckon.
One of the reasons I choose Barbra to be my assistant over the 52 other applicants was because she’s a yoga instructor. Actually, she’s not just a yoga instructor but a Bikram Yoga instructor.
Bikram Yoga is a sequence of 26 postures selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga. These postures are done in a studio which is often referred to as “The Torture Chamber” where the heat is a blazing 105 degrees.
Before this Bikram experience I’ve only participated in one private Vinyasa Flow session and one Vinyasa Flow class at Core Power Yoga. Other than those two sessions, my only experience with yoga has always been short little 10 minute sessions following instructors on my Apple TV, or doing a couple warmup stretches before surfing.
To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive of taking this Bikram class. I had posted a question on my Facebook profile asking my friends what they thought of Bikram Yoga. Since I have dozens and dozens of friends that are either yogis or have participated in yoga in some form so I was curious to see what kind of feedback I’d get.
Of course, the reactions where just as I thought. It seems many people absolutely love the Bikram experience, while others complained it’s cultish, boring, monotonous, too hot, too militant, and quite smelly. People are quite passionate about their opinions with Bikram and this type of feedback was exactly what I like to see. Anytime the crowd is that divided and opinionated about a matter, it interests me big time.
However, I have to admit, after hearing all the stories and reading all the Yelp reviews, I was a bit scared. Thankfully I like being scared and I was cherishing that feeling as much as possible. To add to the fear, Barbra brought over a friend and coworker to help talk me into taking part in the experience.
And yep, it worked. Damn cutie yoga girls. They are my weakness So I agreed to go and here’s how the experience played out…
I arrived about 15 minutes early and everyone was very welcoming. Oh, I forgot to mention, I was still pretty stoned from some crazy kind bud I had smoked earlier in the day. I’m not sure if that was very beneficial or not, but it sure did add to the anxiety and fear, which I kind of like.
Upon arriving I saw dozens of people exiting the previous class. They looked spent, nearly naked and dripping sweat everywhere! “I can do this” I kept telling myself.
As I entered the studio, I could instantly feel the heat afire. And yes, the odor wasn’t exactly like a Febreeze commercial. However, it was tolerable and was somewhat expected. Thankfully this studio had wood floors instead of carpet which sounds like a miserable combination with sweat dripping on it all day.
With my luck, I get positioned right next to this smoking hot girly. Figures. The last thing I need at this moment is any distraction or eye candy messing up my practice. However, I’m happy to say that I was so focused on my own thing that I quickly forgot about any of the gals in the studio within seconds. And if you know me, that’s a big win in my book.
Within 10 minutes of the class I’m already wondering if I’m going to be able to last the entire 90 minutes. My shoulder was already starting to hurt a bit from a previous injury and if I was this exhausted in just 10 minutes, how the heck was I supposed to make it until the end?
The goal of the first class was to simply stay in the room the entire time, and to keep my mouth shut. I think I probably came up with a killer 5 minute stand up comedy set during the class and it took every bit of discipline possible to not bust out the jokes aloud amid class.
Upon the wall was a clock and a thermometer. I’d advise you to not look at either. Looking at the clock just makes the time go by slower, and looking at the thermometer makes you start second guessing yourself saying… “Is my body getting slow roasted at 113 degrees?”.
Once we made it through the first half of standing poses, we then laid down for the second half of the routine. Thank god! At this point laying down was more welcomed than a UPS driver at Christmas.
I finished out the routines and was then doused with a cool lavender cloth across my face as I laid motionless on my soaked towels and yoga mat.
I Made It! And I participated on all the poses with the exception of one. All in all, I’m claiming victory. In fact, it was such a victory I treated myself to a cold frosty Yellow Tail Ale at dinner after the class. This was beyond refreshing since I hadn’t had a sip of alcohol in 12 days. I limited it to just one brewski, and then headed home to crash like a kamikaze pilot on my pillow top bed.
Upon laying down at home I did notice that I had a bit of a headache lingering. I’m guessing this is because I didn’t properly hydrate myself before the class. I did drink a few sips of water, but next time I think I’ll turn those sips into guzzles.
My body felt great. The intense sweating felt great too. The encouragement from Barbra was fantastic and having the class sing you happy birthday on your welcoming day was quite nice too.
All in all, I’d say it was a positive experience, but I want to reserve my final judgement until after I take 10 classes. I’d like to experience a few different instructors, go less stoned, go more stoned, be more hydrated, and try to get deeper into the postures.
The main thing that I really enjoyed was the fact that my mind was very present in that room for the entire 90 minutes. I can’t think of a single moment where my mind was wandering outside of that room. And I was highly impressed with myself for not lurking in booty shots out of the corner of my eye. I was completely present with the routine.
After meditating for almost 18 years, I know just how difficult it can be at times to get to a place of “No Mind”. Just achieving 5 minutes of no mind can be a huge success for myself, but during this Bikram class there were many 5 minute chunks that my mind was just empty and focused on my breath, posture and practice.
This was good. Very good.
I look forward to another class, maybe tomorrow. I was going to go again this morning but as I awoke I still had this lingering headache. It’s nothing that a few glasses of water and a quick surf session won’t cure though.
PS: I know there has been a ton of negative press and sexual allegations about Bikram Choudhury recently. I personally have not paid any attention to it, and to be honest, I don’t really want to. It’s the practice that I want to focus on, not some dude who I don’t even know. My heart goes out to anyone who’s been wronged in any way. It would be a shame for the actions of one guy to disrupt so many studios, instructors and clients who obviously get a ton of benefits from this type of yoga. So, as they say…. Namaste!
1. Patience – I’ve always been a very impatient person. Instantaneous gratification = GIMME GIMME GIMME! However, short of having a wave machine I’m pretty much at the mercy of mother nature and her timing. After hours upon hours of waiting for waves, I’ve learned to enjoy the present moment more and the big ride will get here when it gets here.
2. Endurance – Cardio training hasn’t always been big on my list of must do’s. Most of my life you wouldn’t catch me running unless some meathead was chasing me with a bat, or the liquor store was about to close. Surfing has forced me to work on cardio training and has helped to build more endurance. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m thankful for all those times I thought I was going to drown gasping for a breath of air. After writing this, I actually feel like running down on the sand right now and getting in a bit of movement.
All right, I’m back… just did a bit of Yoga too, and monkeyed around in a tree
3. Balance – If you want to surf, you must be able to balance yourself. The more hours I spend on my board, the more it seems to translate into my day to day life. Much of my life I’ve partied like a rock star. At other times, I was damn near a celibate monk eating nothing but raw foods and bird seed. What I’ve found is that I genuinely enjoy partying, and I genuinely enjoy being healthy as well. I think I’ve found the perfect balance between the two, and it’s way more pleasurable to me than having rules on what I can or can’t do.
4. More Variety – When I first started surfing I’d go for any wave that seemed rideable. It was hard to decipher what was and wasn’t a good wave. Anything that could move and propel the board seemed good enough for me. After years and years of taking unnecessary spills I got a bit wiser. You must learn to pick and choose wisely. It’s not always about the waves you catch. Sometimes it’s about the waves you let go, and when you start to let go of waves, you suddenly realize there are so many better waves available. Same goes for life. Whether it’s a job, career, relationship, material possession, or a negative belief, you’ll often open a world of more opportunities if you can just let it go.
5. Dedication – If you want to really get good at surfing, you must be dedicated. It’s no cake walk. And neither is life. Every day we are faced with challenges and hurdles that test our abilities, dedication and perseverance. The more I commit to surfing, the more connected I feel to myself. The more I commit to myself, the more connected I feel to the earth. The more connected I feel to the earth, the more connected I feel to god. The more connected I feel to god, the more I just want to go back out and surf again!
If you’ve never been to a Kyle Cease event, I encourage you to get your butt into one of these seats at the end of November…
As you can see, Kyle does things a little different. I promise you, you’ll experience an event unlike anything else you’ve ever attended before.
Whether you are seeking help with your business, personal growth issues, anxiety, stage fright, or just about any other issue, Kyle’s unique approach to getting into the zone and focusing on the “NOW” is a breath of fresh air in this polluted world of self help charlatans.
Join Kyle and myself in Vegas at the end of November! It’s going to be a blast. And hey, you get to name your own price, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t attend!
See you in Vegas!
What Is My Soul Purpose?
This is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately.
On the periphery it may appear to others as if I have the perfect and idyllic life. It seems I’m always surfing at the beach, traveling around the world experiences new places, hanging out with incredible people, learning new things, reaping the benefits of passive income on the internet, etc etc.
Admittedly, my life has been very very good. I have no complaints.
However, I’ve been underachieving most of my life. I have not pushed myself to my greatest potential and I’m coming to a crossroads in my life where I’m beginning to see that I was put on this earth to achieve so much more.
In the process of asking myself “What is my soul purpose” I’m admittedly having a hard time knowing exactly what it is. And because I don’t have a definitive answer at this exact moment, I believe this may be the one thing that is holding me back from achieving greatness at a level so far beyond anything I’ve ever felt.
Sure, I’ve made a ton of money online. Sure, I’ve had incredible relationships, partnerships and connections with brilliant and amazing people. And yes, I’ve always been a overall happy go lucky guy who’s enjoyed his life immensely.
Still, I can’t help but feel that I’m not excelling in the way I was intended to when put on this earth. I know there is so much more to this life, so much more potential within me, and more abundance and opportunity within than I’ve ever given myself credit for.
Are you clear about what your soul purpose is and why you were put on this planet at this given time?
Are you fulfilling that destiny or just aimlessly wandering around taking up space and resources?
I’m convinced that when I can put my finger on exactly what my soul purpose is, I’ll pass this metaphorical threshold that I’ve been stagnantly loitering in.
During the last couple weeks I’ve had some of the most eye opening experiences of my life. The people that have come into my life and heart have helped push buttons within me to ask much deeper questions of myself.
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I am setting the intention to ask much better questions of myself and those around me in order to fulfill our destinies.
I’m pretty sure I’m really close to understanding what my soul purpose is. I don’t want to let my ego get in the way and pretend I know exactly what it is just yet. Let’s just say I’m really really close. And when I become concrete and solid about what exactly that purpose is… WATCH OUT … because this ride we call life is going to be kicked into hyper drive.
Strap on the seat belts, because I have a feeling this is going to be one heck of a wild ride!
PS: I wanted to extend a gracious and heartfelt thank you for so many of you that continue to uplift and push me in so many ways. I feel all of you are a sort of extended family that I truly care about. Whether or not I’ve actually met you in person, or communicated with you online, I’ll always want the best for you and want you to achieve your peak potential as well.
As my friend Drew Canole always says… “We are in this together” and I fully believe that to be true.
So let’s do this!
I’ve never been the best at finishing projects or tasks. Of course, I’m incredible at beginning them. However, lately I’ve been focusing on accomplishing my to do lists and celebrating small wins to help encourage me to finish even more.
I’d like to personally invite you to an event like no other. It’s called The Kyle Cease Seminar. I’m not sure why Kyle didn’t come up with some fancy name like “The Greatest Seminar Of Your Life” or “How To Be More Awesome Than Superman On Red Bull” or “This Seminar Will Make Your Penis Grow Huge”. The fact is he didn’t. He just called it “The Kyle Cease Seminar”. And I’m okay with that.
The first time I saw Kyle in action it was at an event called Stand Up Bootcamp. I paid $3000 to be in attendance. I almost NEVER pay for seminars because I’ve always been very fortunate to get comped to most events. However, this was a bit different. This event was teaching comedians how to tap into their core self and how to dominate the stage in a way I’d never seen before. Kyle was teamed up legendary comedian Louie Anderson and had an all star cast of comics there to help. This cast not only blew me away, but many of the guys were comedians I had grown up loving. I’m talking about stars like Ralphie May, Kevin Nealon, Paul Provenza, Harland Williams and many more. It was a weekend I’ll never forget.
What was crazy about that event was that within two days, I went from being an attendee to being a speaker on stage. Coincidentally Kyle had been turned on to many of my marketing buddies like Frank Kern and John Carlton via the Tony Robbins “Money Masters Series” and he was blown away at the serendipity of me showing up. So, he threw me up on stage to teach the comedians about marketing. Just like his last event, I’ll also be speaking at this one too. I’m really pumped about it.
From that moment at Stand Up Bootcamp a deep friendship evolved and since then Kyle has been one of my best friends of my entire life. I consider him a brother.
Anyhow, in the last two years or so I’ve watched him do some absolutely incredible things. I’m talking life changing things. I’ve witnessed him work one on one with so many people to transform how they use the stage, carry themselves in their day to day life and to help rid people of anxiety and panic disorders. In fact, we both created this website and business called Panic Free Life together. I’m really proud of that project.
During this growth process I’ve watched and help Kyle transition from being a comic who performs in comedy clubs and bars around the world to evolving into a motivational speaker and teacher who inspires thousands of college kids, teaches marketers and thought leaders a more pleasant way of presenting their messages to the masses and live an overall amazing life! He’s such a solid dude.
Anyhow, I want you to come to this seminar as my guest. I’ve created a discounted link that knocks hundreds of dollars off the price of the admission. This price is only for my friends so please don’t share it outside of our circle please. I didn’t even tell Kyle how cheaply I was going to let you come. So, if there is any problem, I’ll will personally make up the difference out of my own pocket. I also created the link to go to my Paypal account because Kyle doesn’t have a shopping cart set up. Hey, he’s a comedian, not a marketer.
However, his message and teachings will help you sell more items than you ever imagined. Kyle has a unique talent in bringing out the very best in everyone and when you are done with this 3 day event, you are going to look at the camera an entirely different way. You’ll be so eager to share your message with the world in an positive, uplifting and exciting way.
Trust me, there is NOTHING out there like this. Kyle has created something so unique, and I don’t want you to miss it. So, let’s get to the details and the dates…
Life Is A Playground!
The seminar will be taking place at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club on April 28th, 29th and 30th.
Here are the specific details…
April 28, 29, 30th (9am – 6pm)
Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
1000 Universal Blvd.
Click here for directions.
This event: * Will be extremely intimate. *Will be the funniest, most playful, most eye-opening event you’ve ever attended. *Will be attended only by people who are open to Kyle’s teachings and who know Kyle through his interviews and appearances at other seminars. It has not been promoted to his mainstream comedy fan base. The goal is to have a roomful of wide-open people ready for real change in their lives and ready to work with each other at a fast pace of personal growth. *Is risk-free, with a complete money-back guarantee. If you are not totally happy with your results, you will receive a full refund.
See what motivational guru Bob Proctor has to say about Kyle..
A few days ago I sent many of you an incomplete email about a head injury I had suffered. Today is the first day I’m finally feeling back to 99%, so I thought I’d finish up those thoughts in a blog post and a video about the journey I’ve been on.
During the last 40 days I’ve had an immense amount of clarity about my life purpose, my relationships and the direction I want to take my businesses. Those of you who have known me for any considerable amount of time probably are aware that I operate my business sort of like a racquetball bouncing to and fro. Thankfully it’s been a very profitable racquetball, but not always very structured.
After getting my head somewhat clean, and then dizzying it up again by giving myself a concussion I’ve had a lot of time to think and plan my next moves. And I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited. In previous blog posts and videos I’ve talked about how marketing and business doesn’t motivate me that much. Well… I think I may have found something that finally kicked me in the ass and has got me in gear!
It’s about time.
Over the next few weeks I think you are going to notice a lot of different changes in myself as a person and how I operate and run my businesses. I’ll have courses geared towards newbie internet marketers, and some very advanced stuff for seasoned vets who want to increase their already flourishing businesses. I’ll also be diving into the world of helping others with health, diet and exercise by teaming up with some incredible experts that I simply cannot wait to introduce you to.
I feel like making a Stella Has Got Her Groove Back reference, but I have never even seen that movie, nor do I know what it’s about. But let me say this… “Uncle Mofo Has Got His Mojo Back!”
Get ready y’all…
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