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My Quest for Greatness

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Life and Wellness. 1 Comment

27th June

I remember researching “enlightenment” at 14 years old.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for, but I knew that something inside me sought answers.   I wanted to learn about life and intention. Little did I know it would be the experiences throughout the next decade that would teach me the all-too-important lessons a book never could.

To say the last several years had their share of ups and downs would be a slight understatement.  It hasn’t been an easy journey… yet I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

My quest for greatness begins with what I strive for in life:  authenticity, integrity and purpose. 

Authenticity (def): the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures.

Perfect.  How often do we hear that?  Perfection was so important to me; it caused me to abandon my … Read More »



Comfort Challenge 2: Broadened Horizons

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20th April

You’ve surely heard the quote, “every day try something that scares you.”  Although I love the concept of this mantra, I find it unrealistic to apply in a life demanding ever-increasing responsibilities and time we often don’t have.  Rather, my proposed comfort challenge is, “every day try something new.” 

In case you missed a past blog discussing infinite doorways, a comfort challenge is a test of character; a chance to step outside of your “bubble” and learn something new about yourself and the world.  The beauty of this particular challenge is that it can be applied on a variety of levels. 

Any particular horizon is only as expansive as the individual’s past experiences.  Those who have had the fortune of traveling (especially to areas where extreme poverty or suffering is witnessed) can attest to the fact that you do not return … Read More »



Everything We Need

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Life and Wellness. 1 Comment

19th April

Inspiring.  Joyous.  Humble.  Wise.

To say that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is an incredible man would be an understatement.  I recently attended a lecture on the Dalai Lama’s Compassion Without Borders tour.  With overwhelming wisdom and powerful messages, one stood out to me more than any other.  Adversity.  The Dalai Lama spoke of how to make sense of struggle and challenge in our lives.  As if it were planned, a dear friend with whom I feel a strong connection sent me this quote just days before the lecture*:

“I asked for Strength…

And life gave me challenges to make strong.

I asked for Wisdom…

And life gave me problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity…

And life gave me brain and brawn to work.

I asked for Courage…

And life gave me danger to overcome.

I asked for Love…

And life gave me troubled people to help.

I asked for … Read More »



Something to Think About

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Life and Wellness. No Comments

17th April

Find a comfortable space today, allow yourself 5 minutes in silence to think about how the following quote may apply to your life:

“You can be fully satisfied with where you are, understanding that you’re eternally evolving. When you get into that place of feeling appreciation of where you are and of who you are, and appreciation of what you are, and you accept that you are a never-ending, always unfolding Being, then you can stand in that delicate balance of being optimistic about what is to come, without being unhappy about where you stand. Find a way of eagerly anticipating future changes, while at the same time you are in love and satisfied with who, what, where and how you be.”

 

-Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow-

 

Mike Sherbakov, CSCS, CPT, RYT



Comfort Challenge: Infinite Doorways

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Life and Wellness. 2 comments

15th April

If I told you that you could do something in the next 10 minutes that will change your life and open up a doorway into another world, would you believe me?  If you’re up to the challenge… get ready…get set…

…and go start a conversation with a stranger.

“Each person you meet is a doorway into another world.  With each new genuine connection you form comes a unique perspective, a unique set of experiences, as well as opportunity for learning and growth.”   – Mike Sherbakov

How exciting is that? You’ll never be bored again!  It’s crazy to think that no two people have lived the same life.  Everyone walking this planet has an entirely unique story.   Each story is filled with happiness, pain and love on very different levels.  And the best part?  There is something to be learned from every individual story. 

When … Read More »



Life and Airplanes

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Life and Wellness. 3 comments

14th April

Picture this.  You’re sitting in the co-pilot seat of a little Cessna 2-seater airplane flying from the island of Oahu to Kauai.  The pilot looks over at you with a huge smirk on his face and asks, “Wanna try something crazy?”  The rational side of your brain is screaming, “Are you kidding me?! You’re 10,000 feet in the air without a parachute on board!” but for some reason there are only two words that leave your mouth. “Let’s go” 

The pilot nose-dives the airplane and proceeds to whip it back up and around, barrel rolling the entire aircraft.  Let me just preface the story by mentioning Cessnas are not designed to be upside down!  The way the aircraft is made, if it becomes inverted the oil will drip out immediately stalling the engine.  A stalled engine and no parachutes make … Read More »



Helpful Tips

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Fitness, Life and Wellness, Nutrition. No Comments

13th April

The following are a few things I have learned over the years that have been helpful in my life.  Maybe some work for you, maybe they don’t.  In either case I believe knowledge is useless if it’s not shared or put into action.  Enjoy!

1)   Preparation is key!

If you find yourself stopping by the local fast food drive thru because you don’t have time to cook a healthy meal, a little prior planning can surely prevent this.  I pick a Sunday or Monday, allocate myself 2-3 hours for shopping and cooking, and make it happen. Keep in mind that having someone to do this with can make the process more enjoyable.  Each week I attempt 2 new healthy recipes (my cooking/grocery shopping partner does the same).  We cook together making fairly large portions and split everything in half when we’re done.  When … Read More »



The Power of a Vision Board

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Life and Wellness. No Comments

12th April

The human mind works in incredible ways. If you have never read the following quote before, I recommend committing it to memory:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Destiny begins with a single thought.  I understand it may seem a little crazy but try to keep an open mind as we explore this topic.  If you are constantly thinking negative thoughts and sending that energy out to the universe, it will become your destiny.  If your thoughts consist of doubts or worry about money, you will continue to struggle in your current financial situation.  If you dwell on the pain of the past, you are willfully inviting that pain into your future. 

Do you know someone who always … Read More »



How Bad Do You Want It?

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Fitness, Life and Wellness. 1 Comment

11th April

We all want to be successful.  Whatever success may mean to you, it is our innate human desire to excel in whatever we choose to undertake.  Whether it be success in a sport or activity, financial success, or success in a given personal goal; success doesn’t come easy.  It is easy to talk about how you want to be successful.  The difficulty lies in the actual work required to reach that success.  Maybe it’s time to look at your goals and ask yourself how bad do you really want it?  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X38PCf7kao?rel=0

-Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow-

Mike Sherbakov, CSCS, CPT, RYT



The Art of Selfishness

Posted by Mike Sherbakov in Life and Wellness. 2 comments

6th April

What kind of people do you surround yourself with?  Who do you spend the majority of your time with and what kind of activities do you enjoy with these people? Take a moment to observe the most influential people in your life. Do they make you stronger?  Do they push you to become a better version of yourself on a daily basis?

You are the average of the five people you associate with most.

It’s just the way it works.  If you want to be a good tennis player, you generally surround yourself with tennis players.  If you enjoy live theatre or surfing, you instinctively gravitate toward the individuals who possess similar interests.  Love partying and staying up all night?  I’d be willing to bet your closest friends do the same thing.

Knowing you are like a sponge, naturally absorbing and meshing the … Read More »