The last two blog posts have been in direct relation to two topical theories of motivation, what makes people tick and some of the essential “needs” that people need to be able to prosper and develop themselves to their full potential. It is important to touch on such approaches at times, a lot of people, upon hearing the word “theory” will think that it is too deep, too boring and generally above their level to think in such a manner.
I am obviously an advocate of the two chains of thought that I previously discussed. I will touch on one other before changing course and moving in another direction. If you have been reading, the theories that I discuss relate to the workplace, however important elements can and should be used in everyday life.
Step forward Bernard Weiner……Weiner is an American psychologist who developed the Attribution Theory, a look at links between success and failure in academia. A three pronged theory, looking at
Locus of Control
I practice martial arts and have lost fights, let’s use the losing of a fight to describe the way that Weiner’s attribution theory works…
Clearly given the title this relate to factors which are either stable or unstable. I have come away from losses thinking that I was simply defeated because my opponent was better than me, more experienced etc. This wasn’t me being defeatist, just honest. An opponent being of higher quality would be looked as a stable factor by Weiner.
On the other side of the coin, an unstable factor, causing the loss would maybe be a temporary illness or injury which caused poor performance.
Locus of Control
Did I lose the fight because of something that I was in control of? If I did not put in work to enhance my ability and improve my chances, factors which are clearly my responsibility, then that would have been my failing from my own internal locus of control. Weiner believes that internal factors can lead to a loss of motivation for future and I tend to agree with him.
Looking at it from an external standpoint, there may be an absence of coaching / unavailability of classes. I would see this as out with my control and something which would particularly cause my motivation to drop as it could easily be rectified.
This is slightly similar to the factors outlined with Stability. Ask yourself how controllable the situation was? Did the referee or judges have an effect? Was there a bad call made by an official? This is not something that can easily be altered and is out with control. It is the factors within control which could cause concern….lack of effort, lack of training etc.
In summary, the theory presented by Weiner shows a level of similarity at each stage, however it does delve deep into factors which lead to increased or a lack of motivation. Sometimes simply having an acceptance of defeat isn’t the way to go. There is always an option to investigate further and be able to develop a plan to avoid the same thing happening again. Take some time, have a look at the factors detailed above and fix it.
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As promised in the last post, today’s will feature an alternative view to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and after much research I settled on Theory X and Theory Y, developed by psychologist Douglas McGregor in the 1960s. McGregor’s theories focus primarily on the management of employees and the features of motivation applied by managers to their staff. With that in mind, I feel it can be applied out with the workplace and in day to day life.
Theory X – Managers who follow this theory typically take a pessimistic view of their staff and they are of the opinion that staff are generally unmotivated and do not like to work. Manager who are Theory X believers continually keep on top of their staff, providing direction and guidance, to get tasks completed. It seems that Theory X goes above cracking the whip so to speak and that financial or other rewards are needed by Theory X managers to get optimal results from staff.
For me, Theory X seems to be appropriate for the highest percentage. I am sure you all have a co-worker or friend who simply work to live and are not ever motivated to either be promoted or take part in lateral movement. I think X also seems to be pointing towards a very authoritarian style of management whereby scrutiny and performance indicators are simply going to be the culture.
Also, Theory X will require levels upon levels of management to maintain a level of level throughout the entire organisation and not allow lax behaviour at any level. There is a clear indication that Theory X will require hard working and over bearing managers to get results from staff.
Theory Y – Not surprisingly, Theory Y is the complete opposite of Y..........It relies on staff being
motivated; being interested in bettering themselves within their role whilst also taking an interest in the goals and missions statements of the organisation. It may lead to there being a more laid back approach in the workplace, elements of closer relationship between management and staff will also feature. This is due to a general acceptance that staff and managers both have a common goal and that all employees are there for the benefit of the company. As an employee, I feel this is beneficial as there will be a more positive feeling of belonging and staff having a positive relationship with managerial staff will ensure employees feel a sense of importance.
In comparing both Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and McGregor’s X and Y theory, it seems to me that Theory Y is close in comparison to the Hierarchy. Theory Y managers focus on individuals within the workplace and concentrate on employees bettering themselves and believing in the goals of the organisation. I believe that Theory Y manager will assist in assisting employees to gain those high levels of needs that Maslow documented. If I was to choose, I would be an advocate of Theory Y and not pushing for a Theory X authoritarian style.
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Following on from my last post, my thoughts relate in a number of ways to the Hierarchy of Needs by Abraham Maslow (1943). I place great importance on a persons need to feel good, to feel satisfied and be prosperous in relation to relationships and career goals.
Maslow obviously takes it deeper and given the fact this hierarchy was first proposed in 1943, it shows that even so long ago there was significant thinking ongoing in relation to human motivation. Taking this on board, Maslow’s theory have been studied over and over again by modern day theorists however the main approaches remain. In my own studies, I looked at Maslow in great detail and the level of respect shown to his work is testament to how advanced it was.
The needs listed in the pyramid above directly relate to the motivation that I try to bring to my own life each and every day. It relates directly to almost everyone, sometimes without actually realising it. Physiological Needs – In the Western world this is something that we take for granted. On the whole, these needs are satisfied however there is percentage of the population that do not have some or are miles away from satisfaction. Scarce food, lack of a roof over one’s head can lead to elements of criminality and/or desperation.
Safety Needs – I would very much categorise this as a person’s LIFE! When things go wrong it can absolutely lead to that lack of motivation and even depression. When I was younger, I left a safe and secure IT role to pursue a position at an aggressive, fast paced internet reseller. I breezed the interview, looked forward to my new start and my needs were undoubtedly satisfied. I began the job is August and was let go by December, leading to my security and safety being torn away, despite being on top of the world months earlier. Belongingness and Love needs – In tough times, this level of need becomes extremely important.
Tragedy and hardship comes to everyone and it always will. Lack of interaction and close personal relationships lead to withdrawn behaviour and depression. Satisfaction of this need can help people to sustain a level of normality through those difficult times.
Esteem needs – People crave love and crave to be respected. If this does not come in abundance or even in small pieces, people do not feel valued and if coupled with a lack of belonging, there will be a continual downward spiral. Respect can come in many different forms and relate to academia, professional achievements and even an individual’s presence when they walk into a room.
Self-Actualization needs – A need that I can very much get on board with on a personal level and links well to our approach at Azoth of buying time, buying that little bit extra to make sure you prosper and achieve what you were put here to do. Maslow studied successful and prosperous individuals to find out what made them tick and what helped them get to that level.
Maslow found that those who displayed a sense of independent thinking and removal from general culture, such as following fads and crazes, were the most self-actualized.
I concern myself with personal growth, financially and in a career sense. I do not, and will never become concerned with the opinion of others in my abilities. Every person has the tools and the abilities to improve each, fulfill their potential and be a little better each and every day. If you are not satisfied with something in life, don’t do it.
Never settle for anything less than what you deserve.......You will never get anywhere without effort, however exploitation of your own talents, with little care for the thoughts of others will greatly assist self- actualization.
In summary, Maslow (1943) was criticized for his pyramid, mainly because other scholars argued that self-assurance, motivation and confidence can be achieved without all needs being satisfied. Other scholars offered their own OPINION on the subject and produced their own thoughts.
Personally, I see Maslow’s point clearly however do feel that a number of his needs are more important to my own life goals. My next article will focus on another approach to needs and potentially look at the other side of the coin from Maslow.
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Where does self-confidence come from?
There are a number of opinions on this exact subject.......I believe it comes from levels of satisfaction and being content in a number of different aspects of a life. When the mind wanders, I tend to wade off into how contented I am in a number of aspects, not limited to but mainly:
I regularly like to take stock of each of the above aspects of life individually over periods of time and take action to improve if I see lapses or poor performance. It goes without saying that some things are out with your own personal control and cannot be altered however it is the awareness that they need improved that matters most.
All of the aspects above link back to self-confidence. If you are on top of these aspects, happy and contended in each, it will do wonders in my opinion.
You will look at other people who seem to emit self-confidence and wish you were like them, the way they act and the way they portray themselves in groups. It is not something that is going to be achievable overnight so I wouldn’t become disheartened when it doesn’t begin to change immediately.
What have you got to lose? If you don’t try and change it, the self-confidence will never be yours.
Be demanding of yourself, go and seek the improvement and do not EVER become jealous of other’s perceived confidence. Why can you not become that person that people look up to? What is the worst that can happen?
If it does not go the way that you planned, simply take the hit and go again. Let’s be honest here, goals often fail at the first hurdle, so use it as a learning curve and ensure that if there are any bumps in the road, they are smoothed over for next time.
Where does your desire for self-improvement come from? If you have read my previous articles, you will establish that my desire to improve comes from a deep rooted dissatisfaction and lack of effort in my younger years. I know deep down that I will never return to those dark times. I suppose you could call it a fear and an apprehension. I am now at a level where I am taking my desire and combining it with education to push myself to the next level of achievements, whether they be personal or sporting related. This is yet another reason that I align with Azoth! I am searching for that Total Human Productivity and will do almost anything to accomplish goals.
I do take steps back at times, not to dumb down my effort or take my foot of the gas, but to re-evaluate and re-assess where I am going and what I have achieved
over short periods of time.
I do regularly combine my desire with times of sadness and heartbreak. Let me explain......it allows me to force myself through those last reps or those last rounds with relative ease. As we all experienced difficult situations in life, it is something that we all have access to. There is always another level that you can go to in order to improve.
I very much value a positive atmosphere in team sports and harmonious working relationships especially in a professional sense. When trying to meet deadlines and targets, the effort of individuals can be tapped into when small things are changed, sending their motivation into over drive. In a close knit team, I see no point in aggravation, moods and elitism. It is a team effort and everyone need to knuckle down and get on with it, achieving the goal in the process. Every person has a role to play!
If you combine you own individual makeup, your own desire, with the power of a highly functioning team, there is no limit to what the team and the individuals within can achieve. You will make progress in search of that Total Human Productivity and the ability to Get Sh*t Done.
When you are surrounded by people, you take particular paths and realize that you are in a bubble / safe haven if you follow the crowd. Changes in personality arise when you take steps to change things up and follow different paths. When I was overweight, I had real difficulties when I began to exercise and do something about it.
I just followed the masses and began to run...because I thought that is what everyone else did! With no experience and/or talent whatsoever, I began to run for 60 minutes every day whilst at work. The running session was split in two, 30 minutes in the AM and 30 minutes at lunchtime. I worked in an expanded complex so running outside was easy.
I remember the first runs as if it was yesterday. I had knee pain, mobility issues with my with my hips and the soreness at the end of some days left me questioning if it was all worth it. Perseverance was the key here, I started to see results after a short time. I had no concept of diet structure and was essentially making it up as I went along which made me feel really good.
There wasn’t anyone else who was getting up at 5am, there wasn’t anyone else who was running in the rain, snow and wind, there wasn’t anyone else who literally crawled into bed in the evening. It was all down to ME.
Fast forward six months, I dropped most of the weight I was looking to get rid of.
Having the ability to do this, lit a fire inside of me. It made me want to find other avenues where I could prove myself and deep down I know that I have the ability to apply this mind set to any walk of life, whether that be further fitness goals or career moves.
As an individual, you have to realise that if you want something, it is always there for the taking. Unless you are fortunate, there is no such thing as reward without effort. It was not all plain sailing for me, I had days where I had real difficulty keeping my composure and sat on the brink of complete collapse, questioning whether or not the effort I was making was going to be worth it. Some days I did fall of the wagon and binged, however I made sure that the next week would be full of effort and a rededication to the task at hand.
People need to realize that temporary lapses can be crucial to building character and self-discipline. My mind is clear now and no level of disappointment or failure will be able to derail me from this path that I have developed for myself.
This period of loss was some years ago, however I have to the thankful for what it helped me develop within. In BJJ, I have lost some fights which I really thought I should have been winning, whether that be from lack of effort on my part of lack of skill/preparation. I always make that point of congratulating my opponent and shaking the hands of any opposing team representative. It gives me an opportunity to wind down after the fights and I being respectful is such a huge part of the discipline.
This being said, I always know that I have the ability to get back on the mats after losing and put that effort in with my team to prepare for the next fight. Some people will never have this opportunity and I have seen friends of mine take defeats extremely badly, leave the sport and never return. If I ever feel this way, I remind myself of a quote I read some years ago.
“There is no losing, when you have already won”
I won years ago, I conquered demons. Anything else that comes my way is a bonus.
Going through hardship, stress and difficult situations is part of life. I realized that from a very young age and as I get older, the way to deal with this type of situation is something that I have been able to develop.
When I was younger, I followed everyone and never did anything out with the comfort zone with the fear of being mocked by my peers. I played football (soccer), golf, playing computer games and everything else that goes with it.
I thought that I was active and in my head I was, however it was food consumption that was causing difficulties with my weight and I was at a loss as to why I couldn’t get a grip of it. I left school, got my first job in I.T. and the soccer stopped, the golf stopped and the weight increased so much over a short space of time. At one point, I tipped the scales at 18 stone (252 pounds).
I experienced a number of hardships which lit and fire in me and completely turned things around. I left my stable IT job and moved to a more aggressive internet reseller which was a wise financial decision. This was in September, and I was made redundant just prior to Christmas. I was heartbroken and was left with nothing. I went back to the drawing board to try and plan my next move.
To give peace of mind, I secured a short term festive job before moving into a contractual IT job. It was a large IT company with a great health and wellness program. I decided it was time to work, I wanted out of IT and used my time very effectively. I lost a lot of weight in a very short period of time and started to turn things around. I had an idea of a career I was looking at however I required to be extremely fit for it.
I got the career I was looking for, I started doing triathlons and tried to take things step by step. I had excess skin to lose and believe it or not I had lost too much weight. I sat at 13 stone (182 pounds) and had to firm up. That’s where martial arts came in. I started working at my local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym, absolutely out of my comfort zone, having no combat background. Intense conditioning was the perfect way for me to go and it worked perfectly for me.
I started to gain weight and muscle with the help of a few notable individuals I had spoken to over the internet. I now sit at around 13 stone 9 pounds (191 pounds). I travelled to Phuket, Thailand on three separate occasions and trained at the world renowned Tiger Muay Thai. I fought on the beach in BJJ events and trained with some excellent UFC prospects on the mats.
Take that last paragraph there and back at the start of my article you will how things have changed. This is one of the main reasons that I align with Azoth. I am looking to always improve, whether that be on the mats or in life.
I am looking for that Total Human Productivity that we all search for and Azoth is there by my side. It is an extensively researched product that is evolving and constantly in development.
In the modern day, the supplement world is packed full of powders, formulas, super focus and hyper energy one a day capsules. The products are snapped up as a result of effective marketing and promotion, making fortunes for brands, only for them to disappear a short time later having made a quick buck.
The makeup of these products and their potential harmful long term effects are something which I will touch upon during this article, whilst briefly describing my own experience with our blend of Nootropics, Azoth 2.0.
If you Google “Nootropics” you will find a large amount of information, a lot of it somewhat contradictory. I have been there and several of my training partners have been as well, searching for information on this ever growing Nootropics arena.
They can be categorised as being a form of cognitive enhancer. The same way that you put oil into a car to allow for smooth engine operation, a Nootropic can be added to a person’s dietary supplement regime to encourage their brain to work at a more optimal level throughout the day. Nootropics can also be used for several different tasks and do not have one sole use. Popular usage stems from physical training, academia, IT data work, CEOs and even gamers.
From personal experience, I have found that there is not a one size fits all Nootropic. It takes time, diligence and knowledge to establish a product and/or stack that works. Nootropics differ in style from energy drinks and pre prepared stimulant drinks as a Nootropic stack can be customised and manipulated as users see fit. I will cover the comparison between Nootropics and energy drinks in more detail later.
As I have mentioned, Nootropics have the ability to encourage a person’s brain to work at an optimal level. I find that certain tasks or duties can bring about particular barriers which hamper performance. In this area, this is commonly known as “brain fog”. There is no confirmed description for brain fog and one person differs from another. In a pressure laden, deadline driven society, the removal of brain fog for someone is not only encouraging but also appealing. Imagine being able to work with a clear mind, fresh ideas and thoughts, for a large portion of your working day? More importantly, doing this without regular Coffee trips or sugar laden energy drinks.
It sounds appealing doesn’t it? Your productivity would go through the roof and your prospects would increase with it…….STOP! While this can in fact happen and Nootropics have the ability to do this, they are not wonder drugs and should not be looked on as such. There still has to be effort and productivity by the user.
The topical energy drinks are something that a high percentage of people will reach for when feeling sluggish or needing a jolt. The cans are bought and consumed without taking into account the ingredients or their potential effects. From personal experience, the effects wear off soon after consumption and should be used sparingly at best.
The research is something that I carried out and this is why I am now an Azoth user. I am an active Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter and find most pre workouts uncomfortable for my sport. I need sustained energy and focus for my training and find that Azoth provides me with that in abundance due to its stacked ingredient profile. From time to time, I take part in seminars/demonstrations which require the utmost concentration. Azoth has worked extremely well for me in this regard and I found through my use it doesn’t stim me out, it doesn’t give a crash after use and comes of trumps again and again.
I have also utilized Azoth in times of personal pressure, such as studying for exams and simply for times when I know I am faced with an extremely long day, whether that be due to a lack of sleep or otherwise. If you have researched Azoth, you will see that it best consumed with a healthy portion of fats, which suits me perfectly as I am a fanatical Keto (fat based diet) dieter, however I do from time to time have a carbohydrate loading day when I feel I need it.
While running my first bottle of Azoth, I returned to a high protein based diet to test out its performance with less fat consumption. I am pleased to say that I did not notice any change in the product’s performance and I still received no crash or after effects when the product’s effects wore off.
Azoth comes into its own when I require to carry out tasks which I am not really a fan of and would potentially avoid. Reading and taking notes is something that I find boring and monotonous, however when using Azoth, I have a determination and will to get this type of task completed effectively so I can move onto the next and more stimulating task.
To summarise, I encourage you to carry out your research into Nootropics as many other have done before you before spending hard earned money on a poor constructed and under dosed blend. The market of energy drinks is something which is placed very well in the correct arenas, however I encourage outside the box thinking when reaching for your next stimulant or energy boost.
When you are considering taking Azoth as part of your regime, make sure you are prepared and ready to use the product to its full potential….by reading my below blurb….!
Having used Azoth extensively and during dieting phases of extremely high fat (Keto) and a regular High Protein, Moderate Carb, Moderate fat diet arrangement, I am in a good position to comment. Azoth comes with an encouragement that you should consume 3 capsules in conjunction with a quantity of healthy fats.
Let’s get to the point…..
I have cycled a high fat Ketogenic style diet for some time. It benefits me, it gives me a chance to use my body to the maximum benefit and gives me a rest from potentially over consuming carbohydrates. Throughout my most recent Keto cycle, I was using Azoth regularly, particularly when carrying out physical activity.
Cards on the table, there was a marked difference when on Keto. I found that I had absolute brain clarity. My thoughts were clear and I was completely focused on any of the tasks that I had scheduled for that day. The clarity came on extremely quick and certainly didn’t trickle down in stages. It was on me and flicked the switch within minutes. I found that I could avoid looking for that elusive morning coffee that is so popular and replaced it with my Azoth serving.
For clarity, my fat consumption was based around MCT Oil, Coconut Oil and derivatives of each. I found that they worked best for me, however would not discount the multitude of other fat options out there while on a ketogenic diet.
In direct comparison and when off Keto, I got exactly the same feelings of clarity, however it did not seem to be active as quick when on Keto. My fat intake became minimal when off Keto and focused more upon a high protein / low carbohydrate approach. My carbohydrate intake centred on steel cut Oats, Wholegrain rice and vegetables. The effects of Azoth were exactly the same with the subtle difference that it began to active around ten to fifteen minutes after consumption when off Keto.
Trial and error with Azoth is very important as it will allow development of your own approach to use Azoth to its absolute full potential. There are thousands of users around now as our popularity grows, please engage regarding usage/protocols and indeed combination with other stimulants so we can narrow it down to the perfect dosage.
You have arrived at this page as you are undoubtedly looking for information on Azoth 2.0! You have come to the correct place. Below you will find an expansive look at the ingredients of Azoth and what they are able to for you as you search for Total Human Productivity.
First things first, Azoth will not make you a world beater, nor give you super human powers, however, it will give you a superior, research driven mental edge that a number of competitors are searching for. The guys at Azoth have been working long and hard on Azoth and have produced a product which gives that clear mental edge, enabling users to work at 100% of their capabilities, and then some!
Excited? Let’s breakdown Azoth, piece by piece!
Ashwagandha Extract – 500mg
A wonder herb, directly available to assist users in leading a less stressful life. It works to restrict the stress provided by life in general and restricts the production of fatigue in the body, along with having anti-inflammatory effects. A daily dose of 500mg is substantial and is seen to be effective in most situations.
L-Tyrosine – 500mg
A very topical and included Amino Acid in the sport supplement industry as it assists massively in the synthesis of protein. Recent research also suggests that L Tyrosine has the ability to have a sedative effect, once again assisting users in the management and restriction of stress.
The recommended dosage here is generally 500-1000mg and users will find that Azoth has you well covered here.
Phosphatidylserine – 500mg
Naturally produced by the body, however does typically come from food intake. A very topical supplement for cognition, Attention deficit disorder treatment and improving athletic performance. Phosphatidylserine works with fat sources to build and support healthy cell membranes within the body.
Sulbutiamine – 400mg
Yet another ingredient that is included in Azoth which is notable for its treatment of chronic fatigue. Sulbutiamine is noted and used extensively to enhance cognitive function, improve mental stamina and the user’s memory and mood. Topical doses appear to be around the 200mg level so the 400mg dose in each serving (3 caps) of Azoth has the user well covered.
Alpha-GPC – 300mg
As a very popular Choline source, Alpha GPC has been included in a large number of nootropic blends and formulas in recent times due to its abilities to provide cognitive enhancement after consumption, however it is also noted during research to be found to have long term effects on users, particularly in relation to cognitive tasks and the protection of brain cells from damage.
TeaCrine – 100mg
Honesty time….this is an ingredient that really intrigues me. I see it as a follow up to Caffeine and given the amount of time that Caffeine has been around, I wonder if Teacrine will be developed and researched just as much.
From researching TeaCrine, it now seems to be gaining huge popularity and is being used in a wide range of blends and formulas. Long lasting energy, motivation and focus are prominent in the benefits of TeaCrine. Interestingly, it is not an ingredient that will lead to user’s being addicted and/or reliant. It seems to move away from the “Caffeine Fix” mentality, giving user’s peace of mind. TeaCrine is also known for decreasing anxiety and reducing the stress on the body that is coupled with exercise.
Hordenine HCL – 50mg
Providing a significant boost to user’s metabolism, Hordenine is also noted as an energy booster and having a great role in the promotion of focus and concentration. Surprisingly, Hordenine is found within plant life, such as Barley. This ingredient is also known to control MAOs, leading to better control of notable illnesses such as ADHD.
The daily recommended dosage is varying however seem to sit around the 50-100mg mark.
Bioperine – 10mg
Bioperine is also known as Black Pepper extract and is used extensively for health reasons, too many to mention here I am afraid. For Azoth user’s purpose, Bioperine is found to directly increase the absorption and effect of many other ingredients whilst also enhancing cognitive function.
Huperzine A – 100mcg
A further dietary supplement which is made from a plant based in Asia. Huperzine A is an extract of the plant Firmoss, which is also known as Huperzia Serrata. It has been used to treat bruises, mus-cle strains etc but also more importantly it is reported to relax muscles and tendons.
Huperzine A is also touted as being a memory enhancer.
There you have it, a complete breakdown of the ingredients contained within Azoth 2.0 in their simplest form. The product is loaded with ingredients promoting
• Cognitive function
• Mood enhancement
• Anxiety reduction
• Memory enhancement
And many many more. The ingredients are clinically dosed and full disclosed on the label, giving you peace of mind in your search for Total Human Productivity!