May 2012

ToolsAs soon as the sun arose, I forced my tired body out of the bed. That day I had plans to take on a task I had never done before. I was on a mission to become one of the do it yourself people. A recent trip to buy a new tire inspired me to try some things on my own to save some money. I needed a wheel hub replacement and Firestone was happy to charge me $384 plus tax to do it. However, after visiting ebay I realized I could get the same part for $30 and according to you tube videos I could complete the job in less than 2 hours.

I had the parts for months. They were just sitting in the closet collecting dust. My trip to Autozone awarded me all the heavy equipment I needed through their tool loan program. Those tools had been in the trunk of my car for a few months as well. Being tired of procrastinating and scared that my tire would fall off of my car while I was driving in it, I made the commitment to get the job done. The job was simple and consisted of the following steps:

  1. Remove the Axle Nut
  2. Loose Tire and Place on Car on Jack Stands
  3. Remove the Tire
  4. Loose Brake Caliper Bolts and Hang Caliper from Shocks
  5. Remove the Rotor (slides right off)
  6. Remove 3 Screws Holding Wheel Hub in Place
  7. Unfasten ABS Plug
  8. Pull off Old Wheel Hub and Replace with New

I could do the entire process in my sleep. At least that is what I thought. Continue reading “The 3 Elements Of Achieving Goals: The Right Tools” »

I recently wrote an article for Pick the Brain titled, The Strength to Overome. I would highly recommend it for anyone going through a difficult situation.

Bike Activity

Photo By Hans Hamburger

Do you want to improve your quality of life?

Have you ever wished for the dream job, planned how to lose weight, considered how you could make more money, dreamed about the day your kids would listen to you, thought about starting your own business, hoped your relationship would get better, or just desired more than what you currently have in every aspect of your life?

I have.

In fact it has become almost a daily practice. I think it is in our genetic make-up to go through a process that generates this desire to want to continually improve. We are constantly making conscious or unconscious decisions to change, to get better, to improve who we are. This is why we get sad when things don’t go our way, feel defeated every time we fail, and get depressed when our actual lives don’t live up to our life plans. People want to get better, become smarter, and have more personal success.

If you don’t believe me consider modern science and how new discoveries are being made everyday. Look at Olympic sports where the athletes are getting faster and faster every year destroying previous world records. Consider the influx of cellular devices into everyday life like the iPhone where you can say requests and the AI (artificial intelligence) can respond. In all honesty the rate at which the world is changing is alarming, but that’s not my point.

In order to keep pace with this changing world, we have to make sure that we are taking the personal steps to improve the quality of our own lives. How do we make those steps? We have to learn to put activity over intention. Continue reading “Improve Your Quality of Life: Activity vs Intention” »