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Friday, May 22, 2015

He Says God Called Him to Encourage Persecuted Christians. Here’s His 14-Story, Bulletproof Answer.

It was a job he couldn’t refuse.
Pakistani businessman Parvez Henry Gill claims that four years ago, he was told in a dream that God wanted him to find a way to help persecuted Christians in Pakistan, The Washington Post reports.
How should he go about this monumental task?:
“I want you to do something different,” God told him.
The Express Tribune explains, in his words, his approach to answering God’s call:
“I said, ‘I am going to build a big cross, higher than any in the world, in a Muslim country,’ ” said 58-year-old Gill. “It will be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry-free.”
So, right in the heart of the bustling metropolis of Karachi, Pakistan, construction on what would become a 14-story tall cross began.
Standing 140 feet tall by 42 feet long, the monumental cross stands guard at the entrance of the Gora Qabaristan Cemetery.
The Christian cemetery has suffered numerous attacks of vandalism, according toThe Jerusalem Post.
Believing the symbol will offer Christians enough hope to want to stay in the area, Gill also made sure it would withstand expected attacks from those who object to it,The Christian Post reports:
Gill said destroying the cross will not be easy because it’s “bulletproof” and sits on a 20-foot underground base.
“Tons and tons of Iron, steel and cement,” Gill stated. “If anyone tries to hit this cross, they will not succeed.”
Given that Muslims make up more than 90 percent of the Pakistani population, when Gill first hired workers, he did not tell them what they were building.
But when his “bulletproof cross” began to take shape, 20 of the employees quit.
Others, however, continued to peaceably work side-by-side with Christian construction workers, according to The Christian Post.
When asked about what could be a project that puts a target on his back, Gill responds by referring to Psalm 91:
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.”
The cross is expected to be completed later this year.

Monday, May 11, 2015

10 Scientific Keys to Changing Anything In Your Life

Changing your behavior is hard.
Luckily, there is a scientifically proven way to do it that gives you the best chance of success.
Anyone who is trying to change their behavior without understanding this science needs to stop, now. Read up on the science. Learn to do it the more effective way.
Then, start again, with better strategies, and create the life you’ve always wanted.
Here’s the other thing you should know: behavior change is hard. Hard like algebra. You will work on it for “a while” before you get to that dream-life. What is “a while”? Years.
But that’s okay. The secret of self-development is that everybody has to work hard and put in a lot of work, if they want to achieve something great.
It just so happens that here at Fierce Gentleman we believe that every man is destined for greatness.
So, below we give you the keys to greatness: 10 scientific keys you need to change anything in your life.
Of course, information alone does not lead to life change. (That’s one of the keys.)
But never before has so much high-quality, scientifically-validated information been available for free, to anyone, to get their path started:

10 Scientific Keys to Change Any Behavior

  1. Willpower is weak. Environmental influences are much more important than willpower. 
  2. Information does not lead to actionEmotions lead to action.  This one is harder to back up with scientific studies, but it has long been my personal experience….over 8 years of studying both my own behavior, and the behavior of others who I’m trying to help. Information allows us to know in which direction we can go, but ultimately, emotions motivate us to take action. See also  
  3. The Internet destroys your ability to focus. Unless you’re reading higher-level long-form articles, like this one. Read the book The Shallows by Nicholas Carr.
  4. Facebook makes you unhappy. Delete your account (unless you’re using it for business.)  
  5. Today’s processed foods are engineered to flood the reward centers of your brain, and potentially trigger food addictions that will wreck your health and wellbeing.Eat vegetables instead.  
  6. Exercise makes your brain bigger. It also gives you more self-control, lifts depression, and stamps out anxiety.  
  7. Meditation makes your brain bigger. It also gives you more self-control, lifts depression, and stamps out anxiety.  
  8. Give up alcohol. The breakdown of alcohol in your body creates toxins that the body has to remove. It is also extra calories that will contribute to extra fat storage. The additional toxic load can make you sick. And drinking and driving or just being out around other drunk drivers can kill you.  Give up alcohol.  
  9. Take time off work. Overwork drains your willpower and makes you stressed and sick. (Personal experience, common sense.)
  10. Maximize neurotransmitters oxytocin, GABA and serotonin. Minimize activities that have you “chasing the dopamine dragon.” Activities that stimulate dopamine: shopping, gambling, pornography, binge eating. Activities that stimulate serotonin, oxytocin & GABA: getting a massage, swing in a hammock, spending time with loved ones, meditating, praying, listening to music, reading. (See The Willpower Instinct.)

10 Common Problems Old Souls Experience At Least Once In Their Life

1. The inexperience of feeling truly understood.

Old souls can be seen as strange people because they often hold unconventional ideals and standards of living. They often feel a sense of separation from themselves and the “real world” because things like obtaining great wealth, owning a lot of expensive possessions, and other traits of living a materialistic lifestyle aren’t really an interest to them. In a world fueled by consumerism this can seem kind of weird to most people. Having a different set of expectations and ideas about living can make it hard to feel like anyone truly understands you and what drives you in life.

2. People don’t understand how easygoing and forgiving you can be at times.

Old souls tend to have a philosophical viewpoint about life and look at things on a larger spectrum. What does this mean? When problems arise and old souls are forced to overcome great obstacles they understand even the hardest moments in life are a chance to learn and become stronger.

3. You can be inhibited by the way you view life.

As you evolve over time your self-awareness increases and you’re able to firmly identify your beliefs about life and this world. The problem with old souls is that often they can see a multitude of possibilities within the spectrum of life and instead of freeing them to create whichever destiny they believe would suit them they instead can become inhibited by the very freedom they’ve established.

4. Making decisions based off of a “feeling” can seem illogical.

Intuition is a subtle, sophisticated language and old souls actively work to become in-tune with the way their body communicates with them. The gut instinct is the most simple and basic level of physical intuition that communicates through yes/no, safe/unsafe messages. We use this the most often when trying to make decisions about people and relationships, both personal and professional. Old souls rely on their gut instinct to guide them in their decision making and other people often won’t understand the logic when you tell someone you just “have a feeling” about something or someone.

5. You can be seen as a loner.

Old souls are after long-lasting, impactful, meaningful relationships in all aspects of life. They’d rather have a few close friends than dozens of acquaintances they hardly know but this can give the impression they’re some sort of social outcast. Old souls, like introverts, would rather focus their social energy on people they can have deep conversations with and they loathe being pressured to socialize more or make more friends.

6. You’re unsure if you’ll ever find your home.

One of the most universal problems with being an old soul is the inability to ever really feel like you belong with others. Whether you travel all over or have lived in the same town your entire life it can be difficult for old souls to feel like they have a home in this world. They’re constantly seeking kindred spirits and a place where they truly belong.

7. The desire for solitude can impact your relationships.

Being an old soul can be an isolating existence at times. You need your solitude to sit and reflect on life and to recharge when you’ve completely exhausted yourself but sometimes this can be frustrating to your friends and family. They love you and they want to be around you. Unless they also draw their energy from themselves and understand the need to be alone from time to time this can create issues when they really want you to hang out with them and you’d rather be at home reading a book

8. Your idea of fun is different than others.

Old souls find simple pleasure in small moments in life, and activities that are a bit old-fashioned are what they’re naturally drawn to. Going on a weekend drive through the country, heading to the 24-hour diner at midnight on the other side of town with the best breakfast within a 50-mile radius, getting milkshakes and watching the sunset over the pier, spending the evening writing hand-written letters to your friends that live across the country – these are the kinds of things you love doing. The problem is finding other people who like to engage in the same types of old school fun.

9. You learn the brutal realities of romanticizing life and love.

Old souls have a very romantic way of seeing the world and often when the world doesn’t live up to their expectations they can be emotionally impacted by this. Although old souls are idealistic, eventually they learn to also try and see the more realistic side of things.

10. You find it hard to disengage in conversation with strangers.

Something about old souls makes other people want to come up to them and talk. It’s like you’re sitting on a train or bench somewhere, a person sits down next to you, and 20 minutes later you know their entire life story. Others are drawn to speak to you but it can be difficult to turn others away or to remove yourself from the conversation because you feel some sense of duty to be a sounding board for this stranger that felt compelled to talk to you. 

10 Of The Smartest Things Anyone Ever Said About Getting Older

Every once in awhile, we want to look for a little inspiration about aging, you know, find out what others had to say about it before us. Let's take a look at 10 gems that smart people have said about growing old:
1. "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." -- Mark Twain.
We like this better than saying "You are only as old as you feel," because truthfully, there are days when we all feel our age. The Twain solution serves us better: Make up your mind to not let it bother you.
2. "The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything." -- Oscar Wilde.
How true is that? We all need to remember that our doctors are not gods, the guy on the phone claiming to be the IRS really isn't, and that just because someone else thinks you'd be happy living in Florida, you may not be.
3. "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." -- Andrew Carnegie.
Good advice at any age. Actions have always spoken louder than words.
4. "You don't stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing." -- Maurice Chevalier.
recent study just affirmed this truth. The happiest people are the ones who live to be 100.
5. "Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age." -- Victor Hugo.
Wonder what he'd say about 60 being the new 40? We kind of think Victor Hugo got it right. Turning 40 was much harder than turning 50.
6. ""Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty." -- Coco Chanel.
Says it all.
7. "I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates." -- T. S. Eliot.
Nothing ages you faster than complacency. It zaps your energy, rots your soul, and destroys you. End complacency by flipping the page. If today was your last day on Earth, would you be happy with how you spent it?
8. "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." -- Henry Ford.
True in more ways than one. Keeping your brain active keeps it sharp.
9. “Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.” -- Maya Angelou.
Ba-boom!
10. "I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am. -- Francis Bacon.
Bacon's words have become the mantra for boomers.