I was asked, “What is the most pressing take away, I will want people to grasp after reading my latest book “Unchained Mind?”
This to me is a very important question. It is a question, I’ve given a lot of thought. We live in a violent world. We may assume that violent acts are done by violent people, or by bad people? I found that not to be the case. Anyone can snap and commit an act of violence at any given moment in time. That is, anyone who haven’t been attending to their emotional needs for any length of time. The truth is, the damage has already been done. Most of the damage was done as early as our childhood. Some were done as early as our parents’ childhoods. Some were done from generation to generations. We are here to do the repairs. The focus of “Unchained Mind,” is to teach us how to go about the repairs.
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There is a signature sound to the Chainsmokers, and when you combine it with the deep raspy voice of Chris Martin of Coldplay, you get the most irresistible song on the charts. Watching Chris Martin jumping around like a Superhero, one gets the feeling that he is deeply and spiritually connected to what he is doing.
And what about those Chainsmokers? Can we ever get enough of this duo? They have dominated the top ten of the Billboard Charts for one full year. How amazing is that? The Chainsmokers drives the hits with such measured control and explosive rhythm that it turns everyone into Superheroes. If we were like atoms in a bottle, the sound of “Something Just Like This,” will have us bumping into each other into atomic, nuclear explosives.
“Something Just Like This” is the most explosive song of the week.
Author of “Unchained Mind, Powerful Life Changing Thoughts On Peace, Love, And Success.
Jack has a philosophy and it goes like this. “Before you complain about a problem, look for the opportunity it presents to you, for life greatest opportunities are gifted as great challenges.”
Today I want to Lift Up Jack Standokes. He is one of the greatest visionaries of our times. His one act changed the way Black Businesses operate and carved a new path for success. The rise of Jack Standokes is phenomenon too good to be true. If there is one name, you will hear throughout the 21st Century, it will be Jack Standokes. He is a living testimony of how ordinary people can do extra-ordinary things. History will ask the question, “How did a delivery driver for Coca Cola become the prominent face of Black Owned Businesses?”
One day, Jack found himself fed up with the way Black people were treated in the media. Instead of marching the streets to protest with signs. He decided to make an impact from an economic standpoint. He knew that there were many Black owned businesses, but he also knew that they were not supported by their own due to being hard to find. He felt that Black businesses were operating in obscurity, so he did something unusual. He started the Black Owned Business Portal (BlackOBP) on Facebook to promote Black Owned Businesses. The effect was as spontaneous as Jack planting some magic beans and the group sprung up like a beanstalk instantaneously. Overnight Jack became a superstar. At the time of writing, his main group has over 260,000 members in as little as 9 months.
Success wasn’t an easy road for him. Many tried to steal his idea. Many tried to push him out of the spotlight. It became very difficult to trust others. Even the people who he was trying to help became a difficult challenge. He had to dedicate long hours managing the group. He even created multiple groups to bring things under control. When I met Jack in person, it was easy to see why he was successful at what he did. This soft-spoken leader is totally focused on helping others even at the expense of himself. He has brought a whole generation of businesses into the spotlight. He has boosted e-commerce for Black businesses in ways that had seemed impossible.
When he recommended Top 5 BBQ, a local barbecue joint in Desoto to me, it automatically became a favorite pastime of mines. Jack’s simple philosophy is that if you see a problem, take ownership, and fix it. No need to constantly complain, just get down to work and fix it. I am positive that Jack’s successful model will soon have global significance as he charters the deep waters and lead the way to the new way of doing business. When the world needed a hero, Jack showed up.
Written by Ricardo Williams (Author of “Unchained Mind, Powerful Life Changing Thoughts On Peace, Love, And Success).
“The Night We Met,” starts off like a cool walk in the park at night. The vocals are perfect for this type of song. It is a kind of uplifting, but sad, captivating chant that grabs our attention and pulls us into the harmony of the song. The music picks up by the second verse and then it takes us on a high-rise and lets us down slowly to the sound of the smooth flowing waters of a silent lake.
According to Wikipedia, Lord Huron is an American Indie group based in Los Angeles. Band found Ben Schneider, named the band after Lake Huron for sentimental reasons. It was the lake he grew up visiting where he would play music around the camp fires.
From recorded interviews, Ben talks about how he recorded the first albums on his own. He started getting some press and people were asking for shows. He called some friends, he grew up with and formed the band.
There is a dark honest feel to The Night We Met.” It feels like he is reliving every lyric. The narrative of the song is told effectively in 3 minutes, and it grabs us and pulls us into its world. “The Night We Met,” can expect the kind of success that songs like “Take Me To Church” by Hosier and “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors experienced. Look for a steady climb on the charts into the Top 10 for this beautiful song.
Ben says that visual music is important to the band and we get a concrete visual experience as we listen to “The Night We Met.”
Ricardo Williams is a Self-Development Guru and Author of “Unchained Mind, Powerful Life Changing Thoughts On Peace, Love, And Success.”
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Source: Lift Up With Raun Shephard
Today on “Lift Up,” I am lifting up Raun Shephard.
In November of 2015, Raun tipped the scales at 330 LBS and decided at that moment to make a change. He challenged himself to lose 100 LBS within a one year period. By June of 2016, he weighed in at 229 LBS. He did it in 7 1/2 months, and helped 116 people in the process to lose 40 LBS each.
His story is a masterpiece in Self-Discipline and perseverance. I caught up with Raun and asked him a few questions.
Ricardo: What factors contributed to your weight gain and what factors tried to persist as you started your process of changing your lifestyle?
Raun: Your last three words were the key. The difference was lifestyle. One lifestyle led to brain fog, fatigue, back pain, and knee problems. The other lifestyle has led to mental clarity, abundant energy, and physical strength. There were poor decisions I made, because I said, “Just this time.” Just this time slipped to occasionally, then often, and then lifestyle. I found that some things are best not touched.
Ricardo: What motivated you to lose 100 LBS? What adjustments did you make to your mind-set to get it done? Was it a smooth ride or did you at times revert to old unhelpful habits?
Raun: Being healthy to play with and protect my kids was the motivation. Mind-set wise, I believe it is easier to act your way into a feeling, than feel your way into an action. So, I did research, and then act. It was challenging. Lots of false starts, but I advanced.
Ricardo: I noticed that you gave a lot of motivational talks, while you were engaged in it. Did that help?
Raun: Indeed. The talks were a form of accountability for me.
Ricardo: Besides your regiment of exercises, did any other products or diets contribute to your weight loss?
Raun: I’ll give you the principles. Detox Tea. Intermittent Fasting. No sugars. No wheat. Under 50 grams of carbs daily. Those principles work even if you don’t have products.
Ricardo: Your life took a dramatic change in that you married your beautiful wife, and had three wonderful princesses within a 5-year period. What does family mean to you? And how do you balance your life to accommodate family?
Raun: Family is important to me. As far as balance, I treat it like walking that is, always moving forward rarely in balance, but never too long on one side. When you arrive at your destination of choice, others may assume you had balance. You’ll know you were constantly of balance, but never too long. I also average about 2 months off during the year. When considering balance, a person’s tune perspective matters. Some look at days, some months, and some years. That impacts what should be done in those time frames to feel balanced.
Ricardo: You are an excellent communicator whether it is, training someone, or giving a random speech. Do you still do toastmaster? What level did you achieve in toastmaster? Do you still coach speakers?
Raun: I just visited a toastmaster in Cheyenne, WY. I became a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Less than 1% ever reach that level. I still coach weight loss and leadership.
Ricardo: What advise will you give to someone who is going through a down period in life?
Raun: Reflect on three events: 1. When you overcame past down-periods. 2. List 5 things you’re grateful for now. 3. Imagine how you’ll feel on the other side of this down period, and spend 5 minutes basking in that feeling.
Raun is currently pursuing his Masters in Leadership. He Spends his spare time learning life enhancing principles, and practices that allow him to live to the fullest, while contributing to others at the highest level.
Ricardo Williams is the author of “Unchained Mind, Powerful Life Changing Thoughts On Peace, Love, And Success. Also author of “Dear God, An Impatient Conversation With A Patient God.”
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In Unchained Mind: Powerful Life Changing Thoughts On Peace, Love, And Success, Ricardo Williams, who wrote the book by living and writing every experience that brought him peace, love, and success, admits that it was not an easy journey. Life has a way of reflecting every thought and every act either in a positive way with positive returns, or a negative way with negative returns.
One of the reasons for writing the book is that he wanted to help people who struggled with issues of anxiety, rejection, and depression. He had a friend who he watched struggled with anxiety almost to the point of being suicidal. He felt a need to go deeper into understanding the workings of the Mind with regards to thoughts. He started the journey of tracking the effects of his thoughts. The book explains in more details how thoughts affect the kind of life experience, we subject to ourselves. How it affects our peace, love, and quest to succeed.
He spent a lot of time in silencing his mind, and his emotions in the process. Most of his meditation, he did in the shower. “The feel of water falling on my head, and face, and disrupting my breathing while I remain calm is a great experience in focus for me,” He said. “When I was a kid, I had long hair until I was age 4, I believe. I remember, Mom washing my hair, and the feeling of water and soap running down my face made me panic. I would kick and scream trying to do anything to get away from her firm grip. Today, I can sit comfortably under water in the shower for hours.”
Growing up in Grenada, he didn’t know what he wanted to do. At one point, he thought he was going to be an actor. “My mom had named me Ricardo after that popular actor Ricardo Montalban, so that always stayed in the back of my mind,” He said. “I was a good artist and won a lot of friends by my ability to draw. My classmates used to gather around me as I drew cowboys. They would ask me to draw for them. Cowboy movies were big in the 70’s, and I was the go to guy when it came to art.”
His first major experience with writing came when he was 14. “My English teacher asked us to write a letter. I can’t remember the topic of the letter, but I was shocked when he asked me to stand up at the start of the class. I wasn’t an A student, so I was nervous. I thought he was going to ridicule me. But he didn’t. He said it was one of the best letters, he had ever read. He said it was to the point and effective. He used it as a model for the class. I took that to mean that I should be a writer.” He said. “Then someone, told me that if I am going to be a writer, I would have to read a lot of books. I hated reading. I found it difficult to read and concentration. I was the type of person who would read and sing at the same time. Music always took preference over the lines I was reading. Sometimes I would read the line in a book repeatedly until I grasped it. It was tedious because of my lack of focus.”
Later when he was getting his Business Management degree, while working full-time, he still had problems reading. He developed a strategy that instead of reading books, he scanned chapters for the important points, he needed to learn. He became an A student in the process.
Besides writing books, Ricardo also wrote songs. He did Stand-up comedy, and even performed in a play with Heritage Theater at an International Theater Competition in Aruba.
His hope is that the book helps others achieve peace, love, and success. He is hoping also that it inspires others to become writers.
“I try to share a lot of my writings to inspire other Grenadians to engage in the writing process. We are a talented people and we are blessed with an island that is spiritually fulfilling due to its numerous white sandy beaches and blue,clear, waters. Combine that with its many hills, mountains and lush green vegetation sheltering numerous rivers, and waterfalls, and you have the perfect environment for great writing.
This is his second book. His first being “Dear God, An Impatient Conversation With A Patient God,” was a personal journey in spiritual development. His new book, “Unchained Mind: Powerful Life Changing Thought On Peace, Love, and Success,” is available at AuthorHouse as a paper back or eBook. It’s also available at Amazon, and Barnes And Nobles.