061: SPECIAL COVID-19 RELEASE – Overcoming Obstacles and Becoming the CEO of Your Own Life with Logan Sneed

Welcome to Episode 061, of the Self Made Strategies Podcast, with Logan Sneed, of Fusion Lean, Fitpreneur Academy, and Author of the Book: “Thank You, Cancer”
Here’s Logan’s background from Episode 053 of our podcast, as well as Logan’s YouTube channel:

Logan went from high school athlete and college freshmen to a stage four Glioblastoma patient overnight.  Essentially that’s brain cancer for those of us who are not doctors. Doctors told Logan he wouldn’t survive his diagnosis, and even if he did, Logan would never have the quality of life he wanted.  Logan refused to believe that. Each time someone told Logan he couldn’t do something, he used it as fuel to prove them wrong. Today, Logan is a 23 year old fitness entrepreneur making a six-figure income in remission and inspiring the world with this story of beating the odds in his new book: Thank you, Cancer: 30 Days to Realize Nothing Is Impossible, out NOW.  Logan challenges us to thank the obstacles that get in our way. In the book, he asks, could you write a letter to your weight, to your debt, to your business? Could you thank it for making you grow? Can you find room to become happier, to enjoy the present and to face the fear and doubt that has held you back by thanking our obstacles?

Logan says: we can become CEO of our lives and the best version of ourselves.

(Here is his YouTube video)

(Here is his Fitpreneur Academy video)

SHOW AGENDA
  • On today’s episode we will:
    • Get to know Logan and hear about how he has overcome many obstacles to become the entrepreneur he is today
    • We will discuss Logan’s strategies for overcoming challenges in your daily life (like COVID-19)
    • Logan will share his meditation practice with you

What you will learn on this episode:

  • How we can become the CEOs of our own lives
  • What happened to Logan when he went from college kid (visiting the gym to stay in shape), to having a seizure while driving, to being diagnosed with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma (that’s brain cancer)
  • The types of meditation apps and practices that Logan uses to get into the zone
  • Why now is the time to add value to your clients, and price your products and services accordingly
  • Processes to gain control of your own life
  • What it means to “slow down, but speed up”: meaning slow down to understand where you are, and at the same time speed up in the sense of how much more you can go (all while enjoying the process)
  • Logan will actually walk us through the meditation process Logan uses to gain a competitive advantage
  • And so much more!

After you’ve listened to the episode, make sure you visit FusionLean.com (https://www.fusionlean.com/), and head over to Amazon to pick up your copy of Logan’s book: Thank You, Cancer: 30 Days to Realize Nothing Is Impossible (https://www.amazon.com/Thank-You-Cancer-Realize-Impossible/dp/1544505019).

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

This Self Made Strategies Podcast is a SoftStix Productions LLC jawn, made in collaboration with Fusion Lean (https://www.fusionlean.com/).  This episode was produced, edited, and hosted by Tony Lopes, REMOTELY (because we are in COVID-19 isolation) in Philadelphia.  The Self Made Strategies Podcast is sponsored by Lopes Law LLC (www.LopesLawLLC.com).

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HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPT FOR EPISODE 061 OF THE SELF MADE STRATEGIES PODCAST:

Tony Lopes: [00:00:22] Welcome back to a special edition Episode of the Self Made Strategies Podcast. I’m your host Tony Lopes, and with me today is Logan Sneed. Hey, Logan. How’s it going? Yeah, great. Thank you for jumping back on. Logan was our guest on episode 53 entitled, conquering your obstacles and becoming the CEO of your own life.

With Logan’s Sneed of fusion, lean and author of the book. Thank you. Cancer. Logan was a stage four glioblastoma, a brain cancer survivor, and this all happened while you were a freshman in college and you had all of a sudden overnight you got this diagnosis. About having brain cancer and you’ve got to react to it.

We’re going to play your YouTube channel intro here for the guests who are listening to get a feel for your backstory. Listen in right now.

Logan Sneed: [00:01:19] My name is Logan Sneed. In March 6th of 2016 was the day that my life changed forever.

Tony Lopes: [00:01:26] I was simply headed to the gym

Logan Sneed: [00:01:28] in while being on the phone. Suddenly I had a seizure out of nowhere.

I had to get an MRI and what they discovered was something was in my brain and that right there was a moment again, I was shot down immediately. I had to go through a seven hour brain surgery. I had to wait two weeks for what the real outcome was. And I come back and I meet with the neuro oncologist and I get the diagnosis and I’ll never forget her walking into this room.

And I looked her in the eyes, and as soon

Tony Lopes: [00:01:59] as the tension was there, I

Logan Sneed: [00:02:01] knew the outcome was not going to be what we expected. And she looked me in the eyes. She looked my parents in the eyes and she said, I’m sorry, this is stage four gliobastoma brain tumor. And that moment when I heard those

Tony Lopes: [00:02:14] words, I just had

Logan Sneed: [00:02:16] so much weight on my back.

I was shaking. I almost couldn’t stand up.

Tony Lopes: [00:02:22] I had so many dreams in my mind. I had so

Logan Sneed: [00:02:24] many things that I always wanted and I was living at the peak time of my life.

Tony Lopes: [00:02:30] And it was completely shot down.

Logan Sneed: [00:02:31] I had things stripped away from me right and left, and I’ll never forget walking out of that room. And my first question was, why.

Why me? Out of 6 billion people, why do I have to have this and what is going to happen? I didn’t know why. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I didn’t know if there was anything to do about it,

Tony Lopes: [00:02:50] and sadly,

Logan Sneed: [00:02:51] I believe that there wasn’t anything I could do. In one day my life changed again and it changed for the better.

I suddenly found out what the ketogenic diet was and what it could possibly do for me, and I said, whatever this is, I want to make it work. Whatever it is I’m going to do it.

Tony Lopes: [00:03:10] And I’m going to do it 100%

Logan Sneed: [00:03:12] suddenly I had lost 50 pounds. I’ve lost 10% body fat and going through chemotherapy, you know, the doctor told me that it’s going to be just this horrific time period of my life, that it was going to be detrimental to me in.

Being on the ketogenic diet. This has allowed me to

Tony Lopes: [00:03:30] see such incredible

Logan Sneed: [00:03:31] change in my life. I was, I was feeling better than I ever have in my entire life, and I said, this is going to be an answer. I don’t care what’s happening in my life. This is going to be an answer. I’m going to be the CEO of my life and I’m not going to let anybody else delegate that.

And this is when I started my journey through the ketogenic diet. Yes, I had everything stripped away. But I said, you know what? If I’m seeing these results, if this is happening to me, if I’m going through chemotherapy, radiation, diagnosis, and seeing the results I’ve always wanted in my life, then why can’t thousands and millions of people do the same?

This is when I decided a new outcome. I decided a new journey. And I took the circumstances, I took the situation and I made it a gift. I made it something that was a blessing, something that has changed my life forever. And while going through this journey, I have now created usually in.com and helping thousands worldwide.

Now I look back and I say, wow. Maybe this did happen for a reason. I look back on the first words I said when leaving that room, and this is a gift that I had been given, and this is a gift that I’ll never forget,

Tony Lopes: [00:04:37] and now I look at every single day. It’s

Logan Sneed: [00:04:38] such a gift. I don’t look at the past and I do not look at the future.

I look at the right now, what am I doing right now

Tony Lopes: [00:04:45] to get to where I want to

Logan Sneed: [00:04:46] be? Am I being a CEO of my life every single day? Or am I letting somebody else my letting a different circumstance

Tony Lopes: [00:04:51] control me.

Logan Sneed: [00:04:52] And when I found this, this is when I wanted a new outcome,

Tony Lopes: [00:04:56] and this is when I decided to

Logan Sneed: [00:04:57] create the best version of myself.

And it always seems impossible

Tony Lopes: [00:05:01] until it is done.

Logan Sneed: [00:05:09] man, that was awesome.

Tony Lopes: [00:05:12] Wow. Logan, what an intro to this episode and what a backstory. Incredible and a great message, especially in today’s current circumstances. Obviously no one could have predicted this going into 2020 and I mean, we recorded an episode roughly a month ago, and we had no idea that it was going to escalate to this level, obviously.

So now we’re all stuck indoors. And the recommendation is everyone should stay inside while we get through this. If we work on this together, we can overcome Kovac 19 and the major reason that you are here again is because of your advocacy for mental health, for meditation, for a fit lifestyle, but also your amazing turnaround after suffering being diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma.

And then overcoming the surgeries and the recovery process, and then taking all of that, turning it around into this amazing success story where now you’ve scaled it up into a six figure online business. And we want to talk a little bit about that. Some of the resources, some of the things that people can do today, even though we’re stuck inside, even though we have to stay home.

There’s a lot of opportunity here if we stay positive and try to control what we can in this situation.

Logan Sneed: [00:06:30] So first and foremost,

Tony Lopes: [00:06:32] Logan, let’s talk about fusion lean. So after all of this happens, walk us through the process from recovery to starting fusion, lean.com how did you go through that?

Logan Sneed: [00:06:43] Yeah, I, uh, it was just a random day.

I was like, I was, I was trying to figure it out. I had a voice in my mind. I was like, you know, there’s something there. It’s like there’s something we can do. I know there is. I don’t know what it was, but I just sent it something that there was, I was there and I was proud of boarding my friends down here in Austin, Texas, and he was like, dude, have you heard of this keto diet?

And I was like, no. I was like, what is that? And he was like, you should really try it. I think it could work for you. It’s shown research on shrinking, potentially shrinking tumors and potentially preventing tumor regrow or brain tumor specifically. He was like, it also can help you lose body fat. And I was like, really?

He’s like, yeah, do it. And I was like, all right, dude, I’m going to do it. So I literally, like, I spent that whole night just like, well, that’s like researching this and everything. And then I started the next day and I, I didn’t, I didn’t even slow down. And like, when I, when I did it, I just had a mindset of like,  figuring it out.

It’s like making something work. Not hoping it works, but just doing whatever I can to make it work. And that was where my focus went. Um, and that’s when like, you know, things really started accelerating and I started losing. And are sort of losing significant weight overall body fat. And I started becoming very, very lean and I was like, Whoa.

I was like, I just saw a huge problem. I was like, I ended eating boring food. I hated eating five times a day. Okay. It had worked out for two hours a day, and I was like, but I just literally did the complete opposite. That’s a solution that people want. And no one’s seen this before. And that’s not started usually.

And that’s when things really just started taking off. And you know, people were so just intrigued with this new sort of diet approach and what it was doing for me personally and making that, you know, people saw how relatable it was for them, and that’s what really intrigues them and did during this.

Tony Lopes: [00:08:26] Yeah. And so fusion lean was initially a program that you started to help take these nutritional programs and make them into a habit in their lives so that they could lead a healthier lifestyle, correct?

Logan Sneed: [00:08:37] Correct.

Tony Lopes: [00:08:38] And so you’re, let’s walk through your Instagram handles because you run a lot of your business on Instagram.

I, full disclosure, do follow all of Logan’s accounts, and I appreciate first and foremost, especially during these darker times. That you’re sort of a beacon of light posting, a lot of really positive and optimistic content in a time that otherwise on the internet, the majority of the content that we see is really negative, so thank you for that.

First and foremost, you have 174. Thousand followers on your personal account, you’ve got that lovely blue check Mark, and that’s Logan Sneed, S, N, E, E, D, underscore. That’s your main social media account on Instagram. And then you also have fusion, lean all one word, and then you also have Fitpreneur Academy.

Right? So

Logan Sneed: [00:09:28] let’s talk

Tony Lopes: [00:09:29] first and foremost about how you went from, I have this idea, I want to start a business about. Ketogenic diet and I want to take it online and help others to succeed with it. I want to start fusion lean. How did you gain 174,000 followers? And I know that that’s really hard to sort of wrap up into a neat little bucket, but sort of what are your best practices for developing a big social media following?

Logan Sneed: [00:09:54] Yeah, yeah. Really what, what part? My page growing back then rapidly fast was the fact that people saw insane results. Within my body. They saw, Oh my gosh, this guy’s going through chemotherapy and Holy crap, listen, this results, those are crazy. They, it was shocking to them and some people thought it was fake.

And so because there was so much, you know, so many different things happening of chemo, my own results, and I was showing the kenogenic diet. When Tito was so new, it was basically going in a million different directions. People were like, wow, that is crazy. And so that’s what really accelerated it. But like for other people who trying to figure that out, right?

It’s like. How can you give value? Every time I make a post, I ask myself, is this something that people would save or would they share it? Would they save this post and or would they share this post? And if my answer is note any of those, I’m not going to post it. And the reason is because if they’re going to save it and if they’re going to share it, why would they do that?

Well, it’s something that has triggered them positively. If it’s triggered them positively, whether it’s you information, whether it’s emotions, well, whether it’s relate-ability what, wherever those things are, you have to ask yourself if that is going to be saved or shared. If your answer is yes, post it and that’s what can grow your page.

And that’s how I’ve really done that. It’s just knowing what’s going to give people value and what I can provide to them. And I know it sounds like super generic, but thinking about it when you trigger their emotions. And you understand what is it that they want, not what you want for what they want.

They will follow you. And that’s what will really help as well.

Tony Lopes: [00:11:26] Yeah, so you’re targeting essentially more the psychographic things. The things that people stay up and worry about are the things that make people feel emotionally happy. Seeing those types of things are your main focus for all of your posts.

Logan Sneed: [00:11:41] Exactly.

Tony Lopes: [00:11:43] Awesome. And so let’s talk about being the CEO of your own life. A lot of people are really struggling right now, some of them with financial uncertainty, some of them with food insecurity is becoming more and more widespread. I’m sure with all of this. That we’re having to deal with.

Logan Sneed: [00:12:00] What is your

Tony Lopes: [00:12:01] best practices, your advice for those individuals who are really facing a lot of uncertainty, who are really concerned about what the future will bring?

What are your tips for those individuals?

Logan Sneed: [00:12:13] Yeah. Yeah. I would say, let’s, let’s solve a problem. So, okay, we’ve all, we’ve all, we’ve all seen the problem. We’re all living in the problem, but let’s also create our own solutions. So what’s the solution we can create? Well, if somebody’s struggling financially, it’s like, okay, I lost my job.

Okay. Either a, you can also get a job, you know, because of Walmart. Amazon, yeah. Delivery. There’s a million different ways of now getting it. Well, and I’m not a million, but there’s tons of jobs that are now open in that realm. Okay. Well, let’s say you don’t want that. You want to keep it safe. There’s tons of ways to make money online.

You can do freelancing, you can start your online business, you can online, you know, consulting. Um, you can even start a Facebook group, right? Maybe $5 a month for each person. And you’re doing, you know, accountability. You know, you’re doing coaching with this group, going through this coronavirus stuff.

There’s a million different ways of making money online that can allow you to solve that problem of worrying about the money. So instead of us like sitting there worrying about what can we do about this? Or, Oh no, I need to, you know, I need this all to get fixed, which I needed. I want to get picked too, but instead of like letting that control me, I’m going to figure out a solution.

So I truly believe that for every problem, there’s always a solution. Now, we may not know solution to everything right now, but there always is a solution. It depends on where your focus is at and where, where are your emotions and your energies at. So that’s what I was saying is like, just realize that there are so many different ways to making money online, specifically  such a gift of a world that we’re now in with the technology and the different ways, um, to really grow your, you know, your income.

Tony Lopes: [00:13:47] Yeah, that’s great advice and I really appreciate just kind of wrapping that up, summarizing that for the listeners, I really appreciate that your focus is on what can I control, get rid of the negative thoughts in your mindset. Get rid of the worry and look, we’re not saying anything unreasonable. It’s certainly very reasonable to worry about.

Where your income is coming from, whether or not you’re going to be able to buy groceries, et cetera. The food shortage, the resource shortage, all of those things are reasonable, but at the same time, they’re out of your control to a degree. So to the extent that you can control your outcomes. If I’m hearing you correctly, that’s what you’re saying.

Focus on the things that you can control. Go after those. Give it your all and really try to deliver the best that you can on the things that you can control

Logan Sneed: [00:14:38] 100%. Yeah, I mean, again, there’s so many things that we can’t control, but you know, we can control how we react to them.

Tony Lopes: [00:14:43] Yeah, exactly. And I love one of your posts.

I’m just scrolling through your Instagram right now. One of your posts says, if you read this, you will have the best Monday of your life. It’s a lot of that that you’re posting, and I greatly thank you so much for posting those things and for posting that level of content. It’s so helpful. I think to many people, the 170,000 plus followers that you have on your account, I’m sure, get a lot of value out of it.

And you know, for someone who overcame brain cancer, to say that every day that you have is a gift, there’s a similarity in what we’re all experiencing right now, right? Each day, as we see the numbers increasing in Italy, as we see the numbers increasing across the globe, we should really look. To our families, to our, our, our own personal health if we have it, to the opportunity to stay at home and to still be able to stay healthy during this trying time.

So what are some of the, let’s say, best practices for maintaining your sanity, which I think is part of what we’re all struggling to do right now. So what are some of the things that you do on a daily basis? We talked about this a little bit. On episode 53 that you were on previously, but I want to get more into the details of that.

Walk us through, first of all, your meditation practice and then some of the other things that you do in terms of best practices to keep yourself seen on a daily basis.

Logan Sneed: [00:16:07] Yeah. Yeah. So to start off with meditation, again, it’s changed my life in so many ways. I’ve downloaded this app called, Oh, so if you just type in, okay.

Um, that’s the app I use. It’s super simple. It’s free, and I just do unguided meditation and it’s just a soothing sound and I just visualize. So the way that I do it is, it sounds kind of complicated to explain it. I kind of have to draw it out, but I imagined myself sitting in a spot that is like super euphoric, and I imagine my body becoming invincible health-wise.

Right? So I imagine. You know, for example, like the horrible things that we think about of like diseases, right? It’s like, okay, cancer, diabetes, stress. What I actually do is I don’t imagine those things in my body. I actually imagine those things in front of me. It’s not in me. It’s in front of me. I’m actually facing it.

So that makes sense. If somebody is like, you know, super stressed out about like, you know something, or if they’re like fearing this Corona virus, like don’t, don’t fear the coronavirus in you. How’s the coronavirus in front of you? Because you’re facing it, you see that, you see the difference there. It’s like you’re visualizing it in your body.

You know? If you’re visualizing in your body, it’s going to be a different outcome.

Tony Lopes: [00:17:17] Yeah, that’s great advice. I see exactly what you’re saying. So essentially you’re, you’re envisioning it as something separate from yourself and bringing some awareness, some mindfulness, for lack of a better term, to that particular situation, that particular stressor in your life, right?

Logan Sneed: [00:17:33] Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, it’s exactly right. And then, sorry about that. The second portion is just about goal, goal visualization. And then from there that is the, you know, visualizing me living the life that I am truly seeking right now and where I believe my life is going. Um, so for that one, that’s the meditation.

Simple one I do, but then overall scheme on sanity, um, I’ll give you an example. Like I know some people can’t do it cause they live in apartments and stuff, but I worked out outside, I did it all in the sun. It was very difficult. It’s super hot. And then sun. Another thing that I’ll do is I’ll even just go on simple walks.

So like some days I’ll go on a walk, you know, for about 10,000 steps or 10,000 total steps in a day. Um, but even, even this too, it’s like, I’ve never even really watched Netflix. I haven’t watched Netflix. I don’t think I ever did in my entire life. You know, I know what it is and stuff. But recently I’ve actually been watching it for about one hour a day.

That’s it. Just one hour. Very, very end of the day. I put the phone away, put the laptop away. I don’t even look at anything except for eight Netflix video that I think is going to help me grow. So I don’t watch, you know, dramatic sort of things or watch things that I find interesting. Yeah. Or relatable in the sense of like, wow, that is crazy story that that guy experienced or whatever.

And I want to get something out of that. So I’ll spend, you know, an hour watching a very informative Netflix, um, video. And I think, I think to summarize that question up is like. I’ve taken my energy and focused it on what’s in front of me, not anything else. And whenever I’ve been doing that, um, it’s helped a lot, obviously with, you know, stress and focus and everything.

And that’s why I’ve practicing out with Netflix. It’s like, do not look at your phone. Don’t look at your laptop, judge. Watch this, and really memorize everything that you’re seeing and visualize that in your mind. So,

Tony Lopes: [00:19:18] yeah, that’s great advice. And just going back to your meditation practice, just to help those.

You know, I, I happen to meditate, my wife meditates as well, and we’re not, we’re certainly not being critical of anyone who does not, or anyone who finds it a struggle. The purpose of this discussion, or at least this part of the discussion, is to try to provide you with a plain language resource that you can go to and kind of get, wrap your head around this very abstract concept.

And mindfulness has a lot of different meetings, right? So. For example, for you, you use visualization to visualize what you want in your present, and you bring awareness to your stressors, like you were saying, and you’re thinking about these things that are, you’re just letting your thoughts flow, for lack of a better term, without judgment.

That’s basically the key concept to mindfulness meditation, regardless of the format that you use. Is that

Logan Sneed: [00:20:16] right? Yeah.

Tony Lopes: [00:20:19] Yeah, so you just sit in a comfortable place. You can also lay down, but you might, if you’re on the sleepier side, especially because we’re all stressed out right now, you might fall asleep and listen.

That’s okay. Part of this is you need to just sit or lay down in a relaxed posture. Without tension if possible. If you’re noticing tension, just breathing down into your belly. If you notice areas of tension like in your neck or in your shoulders or in your arms, or your hands or your face or your jaw, just notice it.

And then try to release it, tried to let it go. The objective here is to not be judgmental, to be kind to yourself and to give yourself a few moments of just peace and quiet and breathing. Your breath can really be your best friend in these scenarios. So is that part of your process as well? Walk us through the actual physical.

You’re about to go meditate. Literally walk us through the steps. You walk into your meditation space. Wherever you do it, you get into a relaxed posture. Go from there.

Logan Sneed: [00:21:24] Yeah, I’ll just, I’ll walk into, into my room. I’ll sit on the ground. I’m leaning up against the bed, and then I’ll, I’ll turn the app on and you can set the timer on the app.

Five, 10, 15, 2060 minutes, whatever it is. And uh, I’ll put start and then it has that soothing, just ringing salads. I said ringing, it’s kind of bad word for it, but, uh, it’s soothing, neutral sound. And that’ll go, and what I’ll start off doing is I’ll visualize my breasts. I’ll do about five minutes visualizing my breasts, and I’m sitting in this, I’m sitting in this super euphoric sort of room.

By myself or not, not room, but whole different worlds, you know, essentially is what I’m meaning by that. And then from there, the first five minutes I visualized, you know, my body becoming super invincible internally with my health. So I visualized that like my immune system is like hands down, like nothing can phase it at all.

So I visualize that on having the most optimal health that I possibly can have for about five minutes. And then it’ll shift to a different direction on visualizing my success. So like my goals that I have in my mind. Did I write down every day I visualize, okay, I’m already achieving these things. And I visualize that actually happening where, you know, for example, you know, I dunno, speaking Tony Robbins event or something like that, right?

I’ll visualize myself actually doing that and I’ll, and I’ll physically even feel it too. I’ll get the chill sometimes and I’m visualizing that. And so after that five minutes, I visualized, you know. Another, you know, realm of like, where am I life we’ll is going. And so in the sense of like, you know. In five years, this is where I want to be in five years.

This is what will happen. Um, even in the one year, two year three or whatever that is. So the, the, the proportion that I just mentioned with like separate goals. So I’ll visualize each separate goal and then from there to end it, I put all those goals together and visualize that life as a, as a whole. Of where my life will go.

And then what I do is I tend it of just, you know, in gratitude. And just knowing my wife as a whole is such a gift and I have so many amazing things and I’ll visualize what I’m grateful for. And, um, I’ll take breasts too. I’ll end it with some breasts, miss, you know, I’m ending it properly on smooth note.

And then when I feel it’s like the right time to end it. Kind of gone through everything I want to. Um, then I’ll end it and then I’m ready for bed and I, I sleep pretty amazing after doing that. So it helps a ton,

Tony Lopes: [00:23:48] I can imagine. Yeah. That’s great. And thank you again for sharing that with us and for walking us through the process.

And for those of you. Who thinks this might be hokum or that there’s, this is just fuzzy, you know, spirituality kind of stuff. It’s really not. There’s actually plenty of studies and research out there that meditation can actually affect the physiology of your brain. It can affect and increase or decrease certain.

Brainwaves dependent on which ones you’re doing. And a lot of times that can help with creativity, that can help reduce stress, that can help increase your productivity on a daily basis. And as you pointed out, it can give you a phenomenal nights sleep if you meditate your way into sleep a lot of times.

So yeah. Thank you for sharing.

Logan Sneed: [00:24:34] Yeah. Real quick. No, I mean, I’m going gonna you know, thinking back before you said I, I legitimately feel significantly different physically. By doing consistent meditation, it sounds too good to be true, but I’m telling you, I feel significantly different as far as I feel 10 times more calm.

And I actually feel present in the moment rather than, you know, thinking about what happened last week or what may happen next month. I feel 10 times more calm. So if people are wondering, can you really feel different physically, my answer is 100% and yes you can.

Tony Lopes: [00:25:07] Yeah, absolutely. And I just want to touch on one thing. If you’re suffering from depression, those of you who are listening, depression is very serious. We don’t want . To in any way make light of that. So if you’re really feeling sad or depressed, meditation is not necessarily a magic bullet. It can help. It can be a part of overcoming that, but we want to make sure that you understand also that if you really feel depressed, legitimately depressed, you should call someone for help.

And there are a lot of resources out there to help those who are suffering from depression. To that end. Continuing on with our discussion. It is a great way to just bring awareness to your life, to be kinder, to yourself, to be compassionate for yourself and to others. And really, it’s an interesting concept because tell me if you’ve had the same experience, but I’ll talk a little bit about my experience and see if you’ve had the same when you meditate, especially different forms of mindfulness, meditation and mindfulness is really just.

A hashtag, so to speak, or a buzz term used today. It’s been used throughout meditation circles for a long time, but it’s used today to basically mean bringing yourself into the present moment and in our lives, we’re always constantly, either in the past or in the future. So anything that can bring us back to the present to that instantaneous and fleeting moment is very, very helpful for us.

And so. What happens is sometimes we get reactive, we react to fear, we react to anxiety, we get react to stressors. And what mindfulness meditation can really help do is decrease amygdala activity in your brain, and therefore you’ll start to see that that little moment between there being a trigger and your reaction to it.

Actually starts to expand, the more mindful you become, and therefore you become more in the present and you make less reactive decisions and you can be also, you can also reduce your anxiety and your stress significantly for the same reason. Right. You have a causal reaction to things like coven 19 you see scary news, you see scary headlines, you see scary things on the internet.

You see things on the TV that scare you. You see all of these numbers jumping. And so those cause reactions in your body and in your brain, and if you can become more present, you can start to regain control of what you can control. Is that what you found as well?

Logan Sneed: [00:27:36] Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. I mean, no, I would definitely now, now, because I’ve become so much more calm and stuff, I’ve been able to make much more, I thought out decisions rather than making quick fix decisions based on, you know, short term emotions.

And so now I’ve been able to really think things out and become more patient. And I would say basically through what you said, I’ve become significantly more patient. Um, and, and every facet of life I’m talking like even what’s happening today and then even what’s happening in the next, you’re to five to 10 years, you know?

Um, it’s definitely built that up.

Tony Lopes: [00:28:10] Yeah, absolutely. And so one of the key factors in all of this, regardless of the form, you can just sit down in a comfortable place and just breathe. Breathe through your nose, breathe into your belly, and then just breathe right back out through your nose. And as thoughts come and go, think of them as like waves.

On an ocean, right? They’re coming in and going back out, coming in and going back out. If you don’t chase those thoughts, if you just let them roll in and roll out and don’t engage with them, don’t chase them. Just let them be without judgment. Right? Because the key thing here is. To not be judgmental and listen.

It’s a struggle. It’s hard work. Some days are better than others. Some days you’ll find that it flows really smoothly. Other days you’ll find that you can’t get past one or two breaths before your mind starts racing. That’s okay. All you have to do is just let it go. And go right back, hop back on the bicycle and start pedaling again.

Is that what you found? How have you found your meditation experience to be? How have you overcome the difficulties in your meditation practice?

Logan Sneed: [00:29:18] Yeah. I really just figured out what could I visualize? What could I be thinking about? Not, not, not like about in my life, but what is one thing I can put my energy towards?

So, for example, kind of like you said, the ways, um, there’s actually an app that I think is really, really good for people that they should look up. It’s called sync tuition. Now I will say this is about a hundred dollars app. Mmm. And it actually, I, I do believe that it is worth it because the, basically, they didn’t have some of the most, the coolest sounds in the world.

So, like, visualize, like  in the Amazon rainforest right now, and you hear, you know, chirps of birds, and then you hear, you know, a a, I dunno, Oh, a bug or a bird, right? You hear that? Yes. You, you hear the plants too. You know, you hear the wind, you hear the, uh. The overall just vibe in the Amazon forest. They actually have like legitimate noises from that, that play and it’ll play for like 25 cents and they’ll have different sounds that’ll come in and you’re just sitting there and you’re like thinking about that and you’re visualizing their visualizing herself in the Amazon’s force.

It’s super euphoric. And that right there will help me focus on exactly what I need to focus on. And if I’m, if I’m, if I’m ever doing that and I think about something else and I go off topic. I just take a deep breath and I reregister where I’m at. So I used to think, Oh my gosh, are you kidding me? I just thought about this.

No, dude, stop. What are you doing? You know? Like I get so

Tony Lopes: [00:30:41] mad at myself

Logan Sneed: [00:30:42] and then I realize like, I’m like, I’m like, Logan, look, it’s normal. Like you’re not mr invincible. Okay. Like, calm down. Just come back to where to where we were. And so when I started doing that, it really just helped out. Just realizing like.

You’re not going to be able to focus on the same thing. I mean, Hey, I believe I’m not, I can’t focus on the same thing. Same thing for  a hundred minutes straight. And my mind will go at least in one little direction for about 30 seconds and I’ll bring you back in. But that’s when I changed that. And I think the sync tuition Apple really helped that for people who need that, that re-read that re-registering and helping them focus on that because it’s really cool too.

They’ll have different sounds of like, you know, out there up in the mountain of it’s snowing or they’ll have different sounds, uh, you know, at the beach where. You know, they have water that that comes up. It’s small waves. Um, it have a fire. So visually, you know, think about a fire burning, what that sounds like.

Um, and they’ll do that. Like it’s super, super cool and that really will help you focus on that one direction.

Tony Lopes: [00:31:39] Yeah, that’s great advice. And another, just to touch on that, by the way, part of what you were describing there was exactly what we’re talking about, about not being judgmental, which is one of the main key focuses of mindfulness meditation.

The most important thing is to just be aware. Not judge yourself and then just go right back to where you were. If you have to start from the beginning, even if it’s hundreds of times, just stick to it. You know, some days you do five minutes, some days you do more than that. You do as much as you can. And it’s just a great way to build up your brain health and your overall health in general.

Another app that people can use that that I use and I believe my wife also uses, is called insight timer. It has a little logo of a, um, meditation bowl and it’s a good one. There’s a lot of free resources. There’s a free meditation timer where you can literally put on background ambient sounds like you said.

Um, you can have a starting bell, you can have interval bells, you can do all sorts of really neat things. You can set the meditation time for as long as you want using the timer. You can do all those things. But then there are also courses available. There’s some paid meditations that you can buy from other providers.

There are people who post tons of free content and there’s a lot of people using that app to meditate. There’s also a Headspace, which is a pretty good app, although that one is an app that uses a monthly membership, I believe. So insight timer is free. I’ve used that one extensively. I like that one a lot in particular.

No affiliation with the show, although, Hey, if they want to sponsor, you know, we’re here. Um, so a couple of other things that you can use also is just. Um, to your point, listening to some relaxing music, doing some other things that might be creative and that kind of get you to shut down whatever it is for you, for you, the listener that gets you to relax.

And that can be anything. For some people it’s music. For some people it’s playing a video game. For some people it’s reading a book. For some people it’s sitting in silence and meditating. The key here is to find something that you enjoy. Taking an hour or two out of each day for yourself is extremely

Logan Sneed: [00:33:52] important.

Tony Lopes: [00:33:54] Let’s go back to your businesses online. So let’s put you in the shoes of someone who is facing financial. Insecurity today, and let’s just say you’re somebody who works at a, in the restaurant industry or someone who works a regular service job of some sort, and you’re either concerned that you’re going to be laid off or you’re suffering from a work stoppage of S of sorts.

Where would you start? Walk us through what your game plan would be to write the ship and start working towards something positive in your life.

Logan Sneed: [00:34:30] Yeah, I would. I would. I would, you know. Okay. If you haven’t been laid off yet and you think you are, I would go back home and ride out. Okay. What are, what are some backup options?

Right. And maybe don’t even think of them as backup options. Maybe think of them as even better options. Right. Again, again, I dunno if they, if there’s somebody who loves your job or not, but there’s always something  could be even better. So, and I would think of it as an opportunity, right? Like instead of us thinking how horrible this problem really is, right?

Let’s think of, okay, we’re about to be given an opportunity. So, Hey, I believe I might be getting laid off, but I think it’s an opportunity. I think it’s an opportunity for me to figure out what does it maybe that I want to do, or what is it that could I, you know, w w what could I be doing that I actually enjoy more?

It’s an opportunity for me to actually get an even better job. Right? Is there another corporate America. Jobs that paid significantly more, and I can actually do it at home and I can still stay with my family. What? What is that job? Because there’s companies out there looking for people like that right now.

So that’s an opportunity for you to try and get that out, to seal that. Right. So that’s something that can be solved there in what I would say is, is don’t, don’t, don’t sit there anticipating. When you’re going to lose your job, anticipate what you, what you can do in that moment to maximize the time that you have and still optimize your health, right?

So don’t obviously don’t stress over these things so significant that it ends up becoming torturous and you’re just anticipating and waiting and waiting, waiting. So that one boss to come and say, Hey, you’re gone. Say, what can I do right now to maximize the time that I have with this job that I have.

And what can I do to prepare for, if this happens to where I already have another option that takes me in a direction that couldn’t even be better. That’s what I would really say. Anything, you know, I’m thinking, definitely be thought out and journal and stuff. Um, you know, as soon as possible I would say.

But. Yeah. Like I said, I would visualize it as an opportunity, not, not an obstacle or a challenge. Um, that’s, you know, controlling you.

Tony Lopes: [00:36:27] Yeah. As Warren buffet would say, be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy. Right. And never has that statement been more true than in the present and current circumstances.

To your point, love the advice. I’ll try to wrap that up in a practical example, if I may. One of the things you might be able to do it just from my own example. For example, I’m an attorney full time. I run my own practice, obviously, you know, I have some employees who work for me and. I’m concerned about maintaining their quality of life and keeping clients happy.

Having clients come to me, having referrals come my way, but staying positive and staying focused can be really helpful in finding unique opportunities. And one of those is, for example, that I happen to speak Spanish and Portuguese fluently. So looking for opportunities to use that added skillset to add value to your clients.

And sometimes. We got to bite the bullet, start calling clients and saying, Hey, you know, is there anything that I can help with? Whether it’s something that can provide a little bit of revenue for me right now, or even if I have to do something for free to help a client get across some goal or some finish line or some objective that they have, can really add value later on.

So looking for unique ways to use this extra time that we have. Some of us have. The luxury of having that extra time. We need to use that in the most positive and effective ways. And to your point, stay off of the internet. If you’re only reading negative headlines and you find that that stresses you out and drives you up a wall, you gotta limit that down.

You got to cut back on the negative stuff and focus on the positives that you can control. And. One of the amazing things that I find about you is that you’re running these businesses online, so you run fusion lean where you’re still working with clients on leading a healthier lifestyle, but you’ve now also started Fitpreneur Academy.

Tell us a little bit about Fitpreneur Academy and how that might be helpful to people who are listening. Yeah.

Logan Sneed: [00:38:29] Yeah. It’s where I help people build their online health and fitness business. So I think a lot of people, you know, have, you know, in general have thought about, you know, I want to do an online fitness business.

You know, maybe they’re a personal trainer. Like, yeah, I want to make more money and I want to just work on the line so I can work where I want, how I want, no when I want. And so now, coincidentally, it’s actually the most ideal time ever, ever to really take action into that. Why? Because, well, no, or you have more time than ever before.

You can’t train people in person  now that you have time, you can use that time working at home to build and create your business. And is there a demand for it? Absolutely. There is. Why? Because people who   online, the people that online trainers train, those are people who now have time to follow what they need to follow to see results.

So if people say, I don’t have time to go to the gym, well no problem. Cause you can do it at home. Well, I don’t have time to cook food. Oh no problem. Cause you’re there now, you know? And so it’s like now, as those opportunities are there and people need to optimize their health and they need to really get in the shape that they need, that demand is there.

So that’s what I do is I coach people in building their online health and fitness business. And this is the most ideal time for people to do that. And people have been thinking about it. Um, you know, this really couldn’t get any better as far as like the fact that we’re given time, you know, time is so valuable.

We’re never actually given time. But I think it’s actually the one time in history where the whole world is actually given time to take their energy in a different direction, and they’re actually quote on quote, forced to do that, right? They can’t go to their job. At least a good percent can’t. So now this is an opportunity.

You’re going in direction, you might have always been thinking about.

Tony Lopes: [00:40:10] Right, exactly. And that’s precisely what we’re talking about here is taking these scenarios that seem like they might be a negative. And listen, we’re certainly not judging anyone or anyone’s particular situation. A lot of us have it way tougher than others.

Sometimes it’s just reaching out to people in your community. Even in saying, Hey, look, right now I’m suffering from a work stoppage. Is there anything I can do for you? Jumping in there doing something for free, even even if you have to, to show value. Kind of wrapping up back to what you were talking about, even in your social media posts, having a value.

Um, a value adding mindset can really be helpful in times like these to create opportunities for success. Saying optimistic, reasonably optimistic. We’re not saying being unreasonable in your optimism, right? But being optimistic and finding the opportunities that can work for you. Let’s talk about your book.

Thank you. Cancer. I know we mentioned it in episode 53, but I want to talk a little bit more about the mental. Hurdles that you had to overcome to write that book to begin with. Any writer that you’ve ever read about or talked to or interacted with, I’m sure can tell you that writing a book is an near impossible task to begin with, right?

So walk us through that. When you got ready for that, how did you keep yourself in the mental game and overcome the hurdles that you faced in writing the book? Thank you. Cancer.

Logan Sneed: [00:41:40] Yeah. Yeah. I just, it was one day I was like sitting at my, well, my couch, I was like, yeah, I think I should write a book. One day.

I was like, again, this may take, you know, five years, 10 years, or a year, I don’t know. And I was like, I think I should do it. And so what I did was I just set a goal. I said, a simple, simple goal of writing one page a day. That was it. One page a day. I didn’t overthink it. I didn’t under think it just one page a day because I visualize my mind.

I said, Whoa. If I just did one page a day and I only was writing a book, that was. 150 to 200 pages. You know, I didn’t really know the definite number. I was like, that’s a real, that’s like, that’s a, you know, a, the average ah, page count for books. And I was like, that’s like only half a year. It was like, if I can just do one page a day, I mean, I’ll come back here in six months and say, Hey, I think my book is ready and now I can go get an editor and see where they want to go with it.

And so I just set that goal. I set that mindset, and of course I definitely ran into roadblocks, you know, going through this where I was like, geez, I don’t even know what the heck I’m writing right now. And so I kind of just calmed myself down by taking a break. And what I did was I just set the book aside for a little bit and just said, okay, relax, and let’s think about maybe what, what is it that we can, you know, experience and these next few months that we could end up writing about in the book.

And so I did that, and then I actually experienced crazy things, you know, in that, in those, in those. Few months and I came back a few months later, I was like, I got it. I know exactly where we can go with this. So I spent those next few months to kind of end the book and really feel where I wanted to go.

And that’s exactly what happened. And, um, you know, I really had to teach myself to be patient because I, I, you know, I’m going to say in my life I’ve been, you know, I’ve become a lot better at it, but I’ve always been a very impatient person of like, I need results now. Like I need it now. And then I kind of realized like, look like.

In order for you to get results that you want, you have to have, get me emotionally triggered by the process, not mostly triggered by your desired results is finishing this book. And so I started dwelling on the process more than the destination. And that’s a really got me through this whole thing all together.

So much more smooth than, um, you know, just so much more enjoyable and so much more emotionally rewarding altogether.

Tony Lopes: [00:43:55] Yeah, that’s a great point and a lot of really great takeaways there in overcoming those hurdles. Breaking things down. We talked about this in episode 53 together where you need to break things down.

You need to slow down to speed up, I believe was the term that you used in episode 53 which was, you know, you need to slow down and focus on what you can control and then you can then accelerate to getting to your goals once you’ve got those little incremental things under control. Right.

Logan Sneed: [00:44:24] Exactly.

Exactly. Awesome.

Tony Lopes: [00:44:27] So what other advice do you have for individuals who are trying to overcome financial insecurity, food insecurity, struggling with the stressors of coven 19 overcoming this whole situation? What’s your advice in a nutshell?

Logan Sneed: [00:44:42] My advice is that time will heal, right? Time will heal things, things will change, right?

But in in that time. We have to take that effort and take that energy in the direction that we wanted to go. Do we want our energy going in a direction that’s going to control us or do you want our energy going in a direction that we control what’s in front of us? Go again, we can’t control everything.

I can’t control it. The tornado come into the shore of the house tonight. I don’t know what I can control is what I’m going to do in that time. To optimize my life as a whole. So again, it’s an obstacle. It’s like going to amaze, right? You’re already going through this maze and you can’t really, here, let me turn around.

You can’t really, you know, go anywhere else. You have to go forward. So to go forward, what do you have to do? Well, either standing stand there right at the fence and do nothing, or you figured out how to climb over it. We’ll go under it. Right? And that’s where we need to take this time that we have in front of us because it’s an obstacle there.

We just gotta get through it. So, yeah, I mean, really optimizing the time and knowing that time will feel, um, you know, whatever obstacles that are in front of us.

Tony Lopes: [00:45:47] Great advice. And thanks again Logan. We really appreciate your time. Where can people reach out? What’s the best way to get in contact with you or to get more from Logan’s need?

Logan Sneed: [00:45:57] Yeah, yeah. They can find me@loganseed.com or obviously 15 year Academy or fusion, lean.com. Uh, yeah, they can find me on all platforms. If you just type in Logan Sneed on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, everywher. Um, I’ll be on there and it actually, uh, if, if they also want to look up the millionaire momentum on YouTube, uh, they actually can.

It’s a new channel I’m coming out with. I’m helping people become, um, you know, it’s basically my journey of becoming a millionaire. So I call it millionaire momentum. So again, I’m not a millionaire. But it’s my momentum in what’s needed to become a millionaire. So what do millionaires do everyday? What are the habits of millionaires, you know, all those sort of things.

I think that would be really interested in, uh, you know, I’m launching here pretty soon, so, yeah.

Tony Lopes: [00:46:42] Awesome. Great. Great to hear from you again Logan. Thanks so much for your time. We really appreciate what you’re doing out there. Keep the positive messaging going. We will get through this together.

We just need to take it one step at a time.

Logan Sneed: [00:46:56] Awesome. Thank you.