6 Ways to Make a Lasting Dent in Your Personal World

1. Stop Being Reasonable

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Success does not occur naturally. Yes, some form of “natural talent” may exist but talent is just a starting point. DO NOT be deceived by it.

Genius is much less about genetics and much more about mindset. Start believing new things about yourself. Change your perspective on your ability. Make everything a skill instead of a talent.

Lesson: The dedicated unreasonable man achieves the unthinkable.

2. Stop Avoiding your Fears

“What we resist persists. What we look at disappears.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

When you avoid fear, you maintain and magnify it. Fear isn’t real. Fear isn’t what’s actually happening. It’s just your reaction to it.

Nothing rises indefinitely. Fear, if you face it, will soon begin to subside the more you expose yourself to it.

Lesson: The only way out is through.

3. Stop Pursuing Perfection

Perfection is not the art of getting things right but of procrastination.

The pursuit of perfection is standing between you and your goals. You only know when you do because action always brings clarity.

So don’t just consume knowledge, hoarding it for the perfect moment. Use what you’ve consumed. Create something with your knowledge. Execute. Execute. Execute.

Lesson: Execution trumps knowledge.

4. Stop waiting for Passion to give you Permission to Start

“Passion is not a trait that exists in advance. It comes with mastery and is cultivated over time.” ~ Cal Newport

Waiting for the stars to align and for passion to strike is a sure sign you’re a perfectionist and perfectionists never take action.

Passion green lights nothing and guarantees even less. When you wait for permission, you squander your most precious resource: time.

Lesson: “Don’t wait for passion to lead you somewhere you’re not. Start by bringing passion to the place where you are.” ~ John Ortberg

5. Build Habits not Goals

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Will Durant

Habits are foundational and goals are simply challenging.

Once the challenge is conquered we tend to move on and in short measure, cast any benefits accrued, to the wayside.

Decide what habits will improve the quality of your life and be deliberate, methodical and unreasonable in their pursuit.

Lesson: If you want to change just one day in your life, set a goal. If you want to change your whole life, build a habit.

6. Be Grateful

“The greedy person lives in a perpetual state of inadequacy.” ~ Charlie Ambler

Learn to craft your own definition of success. To actively focus on all the good things that you have in your life and receive with gratitude the high’s and low’s that are part of the human experience.

If for nothing else, but to compensate for the brains’ natural tendency to focus on threats, worries, and the negative aspects of life.

Lesson: Gratitude is essential for contentment.

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Luck is Something You Make by Building These 3 Habits

Sir James Dyson. A British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company is a billionaire to the tune of 4.5 billion (USD) according to Forbes.

It took him 5,126 failed prototypes and his savings over 15 years to get there.

Theodor Seuss Geisel. The beloved author better known as Dr. Seuss is the ninth-best-selling fiction author of all time according to Wikipedia.

It took him 27 rejections from publishers and more than 60 books to get that title.

We envy those who have. We label their achievements the result of luck. Luck they have been given or stumbled upon. Forgetting that this is not how luck works.

Luck is something you make.

Those who have mastered the art of making luck are masters of the following three habits.

They Take More Chances

Luck is defined as the moment when preparation meets opportunity.

Those opportunities though, rarely announce themselves in personalized, sized to fit, make you feel or soft and glowing inside moments.

The opportunities that set the stage for you to become lucky always appears in the form of the scary, the unknown, the uncomfortable and the challenging. Like a conversation with a stranger or a project that forces you to learn new skills.

Those opportunities scare more than they comfort and must be faced with boldness or they will surely be missed. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it and a whole lot of luck.

So take more chances. Pay attention to when the volume of fear rises within you. Qualify its origin. If it stems from your comfort zone then do what it says you cannot do because you’ll never get anything, do anything or go anywhere if you let fear keep you in your comfort zone.

They Are More Active

Luck craves those people who have built a bias for action. It seeks them out at every turn much to the envy of those who have chosen to view life as a spectator sport.

Luck is not made by those who have the best seat in the house but by those who passed on the opportunity to sit and spectate altogether. Those who chose to dive in and do and keep doing because they know that the more you do the more opportunities they get to make luck.

Luck, just like inspiration, must find you in the midst of activity. Nothing changes if you stay put. So stop talking about what you want and what you wish to happen and go make it happen and let luck find you there.

They Show Up More Often

In the “The Slight Edge,” author Jeff Olson points out a rule that stands behind all successes. “You simply cannot do something regularly and fail. You cannot practice and not get better.”  To which I add you cannot keep showing up and luck fail to find you.

Luck takes no reservations and keeps no external schedule. It’s there for those who keep showing up regardless of how they feel or whether or not inspiration or motivation showed up to back them up.

It’s there for those who refuse to take no for an answer and refuse to quit until the work of the day is done.

So keep showing up for luck does not come with an option to hold based on what you did yesterday or the day before if you fail to show up today.

Luck has always been yours for the making and now you know how. Remember though that knowledge can only get you so far. Action always rules the day.

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If You Are Going Through Hell Chances Are You’ve Been Playing With Fire

It’s a privilege to think that when things go wrong in our lives it is not because of our actions but because of some other cosmic force.

I’ve been writing for over two years now. I write mainly about personal development and self-improvement. Not because it’s an 11 billion dollar industry but because when I started paying attention to the world and how I was living in it I found some glaring inconsistencies between my actions and my thoughts.

When your actions start to make a liar out of your thoughts, it’s time for some deep introspection.

You know that quote that says “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s not my experience.

When you love what you do there’s a whole lot of work and then some because you’re invested in the outcome and subsequent impact. There’s no cutting corners or passing the buck.

Maybe the quote is more about how you feel about the work you’re doing rather than the work itself.

I love what I am currently working on. It makes me as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. Last week, I chose to allow this excitement to interrupt my usual sleep routine on a couple of days. Big mistake.

There is no better you without sleep.

My reward for playing fast and loose with the great benefits of sleep was a hellish week.

Amongst other things, sleep makes you resilient. Since my resilience tanks were running on near empty, when life did what life is designed to do – interrupt – I reacted not as my old self would have but not as my better self either.

Resilience has long been confused with something you build by persevering and enduring. Turns out it’s something you build by “trying really hard, then stopping, recovering, and then trying again” writes Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan in an HBR article titled Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure.

You need that resilience when facing individuals or events that have the potential to set you off course.

Events have no meaning until meaning is applied to them. Therefore your perception of an event matters more than the event itself. When you are sleep deprived though, everything that goes wrong seems like a colossal clusterfuck. You perceive hell everywhere you look and turn. The bigger you make negative events seem the more difficult it is to get over them.

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Cliché but true.

When you’re sleep deprived, everything calls for extra. You need extra energy to work, to be creative and just to merely exist. You need extra effort to work out. You need extra discipline to eat right. Your extra is coming from empty so you go from doing to not doing. Activity to inactivity.

Inactivity, when there should be activity has a steep price tag.

I was going through hell but it was entirely my own doing. I had been playing with fire.

How Much Sleep Do You Need

How much sleep do you need? That’s not for me to tell you. There’s what science says and there’s what your body says it needs. What your body needs should win every time.

You must figure it out for yourself. Do not attempt to copy the sleep schedule of that person you think is doing so well in life on only three hours of sleep. To each his own. You need as much sleep as you need.

Dr. Christopher Winter offers the following tips to help you figure out how much you sleep you need.

  • How long does it take you to fall asleep? We usually consider a normal sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep) to be about 15-20 minutes. If you are asleep before your head hits the pillow, you might not be sleeping enough. If it takes you an hour or more to fall asleep, you might be trying to sleep too much.
  • Do you awaken during the night? There are many serious sleep conditions that can disrupt sleep, but trying to sleep too much can be equally problematic to sleep continuity.
  • Do you frequently wake up before your alarm? Even if you go back to sleep, it might be your brain’s way of telling you that it’s gotten what it needs in terms of sleep. Try starting your day when you first wake up instead of continuing to snooze.
  • Finally, and most importantly, how do you feel during the day? Are you sleepy? Try to ignore feelings of fatigue or low body energy and instead focus on how likely are you to fall asleep sitting and reading or working after lunch. If you feel driven to sleep, you might need more sleep. If not, your sleep might be perfect, even if you are only sleeping seven hours.

“Sleep deprivation is not a badge of honor. Forgoing sleep is like borrowing from a loan shark. Sure you get those extra hours right now to cover for your overly-optimistic estimation, but at what price? The shark will be back, and if you can’t pay, he’ll break your creativity, morale, and good-mannered nature as virtue twigs.” ~ David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH)

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725,000 Pounds per Square Inch

It takes 725,000 pounds per square inch of pressure to create a diamond.

At the starting line, we are all chunks of coal. We all have the potential to turn into diamonds.

However, in order to do that we must be willing to work and subject ourselves to a force that resists comfort, challenges preconceived notions and breaks us from the inside out.

All our difficulties, problems and challenges, represent that force.

That force never arrives alone. It is always accompanied by choice. The choice to see it as burdensome, meaningless and purposeless, or to view it as an opportunity. An opportunity to learn, grow, improve or adjust. An opportunity, if taken, that undoutedbly leaves us stronger than we were before.

Every time you go out and do something tough. Every time you withstand the force meant to break you. Every time you view your problems as opportunities and say “what can I learn from this situation.” Your good gets exposed to great. If you stay the course, your great gets exposed to greater still.

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” ―Malcolm Forbes

Your problems are opportunities designed to get you to be who you are destined to be. The bigger the problem, the greater the opportunity.

Your life is a duplication of your consciousness. Don’t sentence yourself to a lifetime of mediocrity, fear and self-doubt. Recondition your thinking. Empower your problems to build you up and prepare you for what comes next.

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An Unacceptable Excuse

“I don’t know how” is a crappy, unacceptable excuse.

When you say you don’t know how to do something, what you’re actually saying is you’re not determined enough and lack the discipline to learn how. You’re also saying you have low self-esteem and don’t believe that you can learn how to do it.

Is this what you mean to say?

Other Excuses that Mean the Same Thing as “I don’t know how”

  1. ‘I don’t have the resources’
  2. ‘I don’t have the skills’
  3. ‘I don’t know enough’
  4. ‘I’ve never done it before’
  5. ‘It won’t make a difference’

“Every Next Level of Your Life will Demand a Different You”

Nobody is born knowing how. We all have to learn how to do anything.

Every next level of your life will demand a different you. That different you will require reinforcement that may or may not be in your current skill set.

“I don’t know how” is, therefore, an excuse you simply cannot afford to make. It denies your potential and holds you back. Not to mention, it steals your dreams right from under you.

What They Can’t Teach You in School

Robert Maynard Hutchins said.“The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

You should not and cannot depend on a formal education to teach you everything you need to know. Why? The world is ever changing. The rules of success are not fixed. Technology is evolving faster than ever.

You are also evolving. What you may have thought is your life’s path then, may no longer hold any allure for you now. That is fine. You are allowed to change your mind.

Call To Action 

“I don’t know how” is simply the excuse you’re making to avoid having to take action.

John Locke said that “All wealth is the product of labor.” 

However you define wealth, none of it will ever be handed to you. You must work for it. If you work a little you get a little. If you work a lot, you get a lot.

You are the author and editor of your destiny. If you don’t know how, now is not the time for excuses. No one is coming to show you how so go figure it out.

Figure out what you do know and what you don’t know and then go in search of how to fill the gap. It’s how all those who’ve been there and done that, did it. They are no more special than you.

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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When Your Family & Friends Are Your Dream Killers

“Do not let dream killers dim your vision and steal your joy.” ~ Skip Prichard

Dream killers are everywhere.

You know many of them: Fear. Insecurity. Uncertainty. Inertia. The past. Negativity. Low self-esteem. Over-analyzing. Underestimating. Overestimating. Procrastination.

You know them. You’re prepared for them. You have a ‘what to do’ plan when they show up.

Then there are those dream killers that catch you off guard. They occupy your inner circle. Some by virtue of familial connection – grandparents, parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, etc. Others by intentional or accidental selection – friends, best friends, friends who become family, ride or die friends, etc.

Dream killers have mastered one skill. Doubt sowing.

Doubt from an external force is one thing. Seeds of doubt being planted by those nearest and dearest can cause damage that is hard to reverse.

You figure that they know you best and therefore conclude that the seeds of doubt are actually seeds of truth. They are not.

Spoken word poet and poetry author, Rudy Francisco says, “muscle is created by repeatedly lifting things that have been designed to weigh us down.”  However, there is such a thing as carrying unnecessary weight. Not every thing designed to weigh you done was intended for you to carry.

In pursuit of your dreams or in response to your purpose, there is muscle that you must build. Muscle like confidence, persistence, and courage to name a few. That muscle is necessary weight. Dream killers of the familial and friendship variety are most certainly unnecessary weight.

Family will always be family. Ther’s no changing that. However, it is not your job, in any way shape or form, to convince them to validate your dreams. In pursuit of your dreams or in response to your purpose, there is only one person who must sign on. You!

Family members who consistently cause you to doubt yourself do not need to know everything that is going on in your life.  If things get really tough though, never forget that some family members can be loved from a distance. If they notice and care to ask why. Be honest. Tell them that they are sucking all the joy out of life.

“Fire False Friends as early as possible. Do it before they dig out the dream seeds you’ve planted! The earlier, the better; the quicker, the safer!” ~ Israelmore Ayivor

When it comes to your friends keep in mind the following. Human beings are creatures of habit. We don’t do good with change. Our friends might be dream killers but we rationalize the relationship by saying that at least they are the devil we know as opposed to the devil we don’t.

Therefore instead of trying to distance yourself from your dream-crushing friends, find other friends to add to your circle. What will end up happening is that over time you will start to spend less and less time with friends who have chosen to crush your dreams instead of cheering you on.

You’ll know that this is working when those so-called friends start saying things like “We don’t hang out anymore.” To which your response, if one is needed, will be succinct. “I know.”  Without apology or indication that this is going to change.

Will the above be tough to do? Absolutely. That being said though, the pain you feel now will pale in comparison to the pain of an unrealized dream.

That pain will subsequently ruin any relationship that was prioritized over it.

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I Cannot Motivate You & That’s The Best News You’re Going to Hear All Day

If you remember only one thing today let it be this.

Nobody. Absolutely nobody can motivate you long enough to do anything worth doing or to have anything worth having.

Any achievement worth talking about, writing about or reliving, takes time to create. The type of motivation required to make that time and stick with it is primarily an inside job.

Wait a second.

What about all those people who are out there making a killing motivating others?

I’m glad you asked.

For the few people who change their lives after listening to something motivational, there are many more people who go back to living their lives at status quo. This is because there are two types of people who seek out motivation.

There are those who are already motivated but need a kick in the pants. Motivators make a good living from them but not much because once the kick is delivered, it will be a while before you see them again.

Then there are those who have been convinced that someone else is responsible for getting them to do something or become something.

How can you spot them?

They stop working when the boss stops looking.

They hire a trainer and skip a workout when the trainer takes a sick day.

They stop when they are tired and there is still work to be done.

They live by other people’s schedules.

They ask stupid questions.

… How long do I have to do this for?

… Why are they not doing this?

… Did you do this?

… Do I have to do this, I don’t feel like it?

They start all action statements with ‘we.’

… We should do

… We should go

… We should try

This segment of the population is powered by borrowed motivation and are responsible for making motivators millionaires.

What Does Internal Motivation Look Like In Real Life

It looks like Jennifer Phillips X Factor audition in 2015.

Jennifer had the opportunity to change her life. That opportunity put her in front of four judges. One of whom was Simon Cowell. She had a plan. The judges, starting with Simon Cowell, of course, did not like her plan. They made her change it. She did and she absolutely killed it.

If Jennifer had been powered by the external motivation of her singing coach or friends and family she would have buckled because they were not there at the moment when she was asked to change the plan.

External motivation does not keep your schedule or any schedule for that matter. When you need it, you must go in search of it. Unfortunately, life does not wait. Neither does opportunity.

Internal motivation, if you’ve built it, will always be there. Bright eyed and bushy tailed waiting to propel you forward.

Call to Action

Let today be the day that you let whomever you had tasked with the responsibility of motivating you, off the hook for failing miserably. They were never adequately equipped for the task at hand.

Let today be the day that you hammer the following quote into your soul. “You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.” ~ Stephen Richards

James Clear says that the “environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.” So let today be the day you start to build your internal source of motivation by creating an environment in which it can grow and thrive.

That environment requires the following.

1. Simplicity

You are required to have big goals. Great goals. Scary goals. You are not required, by anyone, to have big, great or scary ways to achieve said goals. The self-induced requirement that things have to be achieved in difficult environments, stunts the growth of internal motivation.

Set big goals and keep the process of achievement simple and easy and most important, part of what you already do.

The gym should be on your way home and not in the other direction. The healthy food should be at home and the junk food in the store and not the other way round. The good books should be by your comfortable chair and not in the library down the hall.

2. Activity

Alex Mathers writes that “Life is movement. Everything moves. Everything is in a constant state of flux. You must align with such constant change, to align with reality. If you don’t move, you are no longer real. And life will punish you for that. You will feel it.”

One form that punishment will take is having to rely on the motivation of others to do anything or be anything. How awful is that?

Once thinking has been done create an environment that allows for more doing.

For example, once you decide to save money, getting the money to your savings account should be automated. If you have to think about it, you create the opportunity not to act.

3. Tracking

Jerry Bruckner says in his book, The Success Formula that, “Once you know your goals you should measure your progress to achieve them. Seeing your favorable progress will serve as positive reinforcement to continue your hard work and seeing negative progress will alert you to something you should change to get you back on track.”

Knowing that you are on the right track, that you’re getting better, does wonders for your internal motivation.

Figure out how to measure your goal. Keep in mind that you are not measuring activity but progress. Not all action is forward and forward is the only action that counts in the pursuit of internal motivation.

For example, measuring how long you worked out is more beneficial than measuring the mere fact that you did work out. Of course, this measurement assumes that working out is a thing that you already do.  If it’s not, then measuring how many days you worked out is a better place to start.

3. Rewards

Humans are either moving towards pleasure or avoiding pain.

It’s tough to avoid pain when you set big, great and scary goals. Even if you have set the easiest of achievement processes. As you continue to challenge yourself it’s going to get hard. Real hard. You’re going to need to keep your eyes on a reward to keep going.

The habit of focusing on a reward releases dopamine. Psychology Today defines dopamine as a “neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards but to take action to move toward them.”

The reward you establish should not counter the efforts that went into achieving it. That only serves to set you back.

For example, don’t choose to reward yourself for saving money by buying something that empties out your savings account. Don’t reward yourself for achieving a particular weight loss number by gorging yourself on twice the amount of calories.

4. Celebration

Celebrate the small things that you’ve done. Celebrate the big things that you’ve done. Celebrate it all. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate,” says Oprah Winfrey.

The reason for your celebration was not accidental. You intentionally put yourself outside your comfort zone and kept pushing until what you wanted to happen, happened. This act of perseverance should be acknowledged and celebrated.

Celebrations feed the insides where internal motivation resides. Celebrations make you stop. That moment you stop to celebrate your success creates a moment of gratitude. Gratitude is that delightful gift that keeps on giving.

Celebrations are not required to be big, flashy or go on for days. In fact, it’s best if they are kept brief and to the point so they don’t hold you back.

The best time to beat a winner afterall is when they are celebrating.

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How To Spot Amateur Hour

“Professionalism is a frame of mind, not a paycheck.” ~ Cecil Castle

Amateurs work from the outside in. They want to be noticed and therefore seek immediate gratification. Professionals work from the inside out. They want to influence and impact so they focus on building a legacy.

Amateurs are always hunting for motivation and inspiration to create action. Professionals are powered by their habits.

Amateurs are imbued with a permanent sense of haste. Professionals are masters of the long game.

Amateurs want to arrive so they practice as much as they have to. Professionals want to progress so they never stop practicing.

Amateurs focus on how good they are. Professionals are driven by how good they want to be and are always looking for a chance to get better.

Amateurs are ruled by the fear of failure and run from it at every chance. Professionals are empowered by failure and always choose to face it head on.

Amateurs live by default and major in minor things. Professionals are deliberate and intentional and never get caught up in the thick of thin things.

Amateurs put a clock on learning. Professionals are enrolled in lifelong learning.

Amateurs address the urgent. Professionals focus on the important.

Amateurs wait to have time and therefore let life set the pace and prioritize their schedule. Professionals make time are therefore ruthless with their time and schedule their priorities.

Amateurs have a casual relationship with the rules. Professionals have an intimate relationship with the rules. They know which rules to break and they know when and why to break them.

Amateurs opt to quit when the work gets hard. Professionals take a break when the going gets tough.

Amateurs know how to get things done. Professionals know why a thing should be done. How gets things done. Why gets the right things done.

Amateurs relive the past. Professionals move on for the know what got them here will not get them where they must go.

Amateurs act big to achieve small things. Professionals act small to achieve big things.

Amateurs act from a state of convenience. Professionals show up each and every time. Whether it’s convenient or not.

Amateurs underestimate the power of rest. Professionals acknowledge that without rest they are shortchanging themselves so they schedule it.

Amateurs have a plan for when things go right and are running smoothly. Professionals have a plan for when things go wrong.

Amateurs get ready. Professionals stay ready.

Professionalism is a state of mind. It does not require a title, a suit or a tie. It has less to do with how you behave in front of an audience of many and more to do with your performance in front of an audience of one – yourself.

 

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Arm Yourself for Monday

The start does not dictate the finish. It does, however, dictate the trajectory. Monday is the first day of the week. Here’s how to optimize the trajectory that stems from it.

1. Be Punctual 

“Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful.” ~ Charles Simmons

Do not allow yourself to be late on Monday. If you’re late on Monday chances are more likely that you will be late the rest of the week.

Set your alarm to wake you up and set your alarm to give you a 15-minute countdown to when you must leave the house so as to be on time.

2. At Work Prepare to win Monday on Friday

“Why not seize the pleasure at once? — How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” ~ Jane Austen

If you work a Monday to Friday schedule make sure that before you leave the office on Friday that you have completed all the weekly tasks especially those that can add to the stress of Monday.

Also, check your calendar for the coming week so that you know what you need to prepare for. Surprises are for amateurs.

3. At Home Prepare to win Monday on Sunday

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” ~ Andrew Jackson

Thinking takes time. There are thoughts that push us forward and there are those that keep us in a holding pattern consuming valuable irreplaceable seconds. Minimize the latter to set Monday on a winning trajectory.

Do this by:

Figuring out what you’re going to wear on Monday and setting it aside. Setting it aside is crucial because where you think it is might end up being a false memory that slows you down. There’s an extra bonus for planning for the entire week.

Figuring out what you’re having for breakfast on Monday morning and setting it out.

Putting your packed lunch together.

4. Go to Bed Early

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” ~ Thomas Dekker

Human beings are powered from the inside out. Sleep revitalizes us physically, emotionally and mentally.

Go to bed early enough so that you wake up feeling rested and full of energy to set Monday off on the right course.

5. Load up on Inspiration and Gratitude

“For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspiration is borrowed courage. Borrowed courage is still courage. When the body is willing but the mind is weak, inspiration plugs the holes and keeps you moving.

“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

Gratitude makes everything enough via contentment and not complacency. It creates positivity and positivity always propels.

Both inspiration and gratitude should be a daily practice. If you are new to the practice, however, commit to doing it at least every Monday morning and build from there.

6. Do not Procrastinate

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” ~  Mark Twain

The number one way to set Monday off on a losing trajectory is to procrastinate. To take the unpleasant, difficult or boring yet important tasks (frogs) and keep rolling them down the week. You must fight this temptation with every single fiber of your being.

Tether your frogs to the first slot in the morning and get it over and done with. If you have more than one frog to address, prioritize but get them done. No exceptions.

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8 Things – The Lessons of October

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” ~ Henry Ford

1 Thing That Will Sell You Out

Habits

“The way we do anything is the way we do everything.” ~ Martha Beck

Your character is the sum total of your habits. Daily, repetitious, unconscious habit. You can only pretend for so long before your habits come crashing through and reveal the real you.

2 Things That Will Change your Life

Reading

Elon Musk is building rockets today because he read a lot of books about rockets.

“You are what you read. The information that you input into your mind informs your thinking patterns, and it influences your output in the form of the decisions you make, the work you produce, and the interactions you have.” ~ Zat Rana

Repetition

Repetition is the path to mastery. It is and will always be King.

“Each time you repeat something, you notice something different. Each time you repeat something, there’s some piece — now stored in your long-term memory, instead of being frantically processed by your short-term memory — that just comes easier.” ~ David Kadavy

3 Things You Need to Rethink

Where Confidence Comes From

Old thinking  – Confidence is a product of success.

New thinking – Confidence is, in fact, a product of repetition … but not a product of success — it’s a product of failure. It’s knowing what the fall feels like and being familiar enough with it that you can be comfortable with the risk.” ~John Gorman 

Read more about that here.

Being the Best 

Old thinking – Focus on being the best.

New thinking – Focus on being the best at getting better.

When you focus on being the best and are, you feel happy. If you’re not careful too much of that happy feeling can make you complacent.

On the other hand, if you focus on being better and fail you feel sad. If you’re not careful too much of the sad feeling can make you depressed.

Read more about that here.

Failure 

Old thinking – Failure is falling down.

New thinking – Failure is staying down.

We don’t fail because we get knocked down but because we stay down. Failure is built into the process. If you’re not failing at something chances are you’re not challenging yourself hard enough.

2 Things You Can Stop Doing Today

Stop Seeking Perfection

The pursuit of perfection always takes and very rarely gives. It steals your joy and makes sure that achievement is always unattainable.

Elizabeth Lombardo in this article offers nine reasons why perfectionism is a bad thing.

… You are never done.

… You are stressed and discontent.

… You don’t take risks.

… Your creativity is suffocated.

… You strive to keep everyone happy.

… You’re highly critical of others.

… You can’t delegate.

… You personalize everything.

… You never rest.

Stop Waiting

Regret is a terrible thing. It crushes you from the inside out. Stop waiting. Act now.

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen

In the same breath, stop wishing, wanting and hoping. No amount of wishing, hoping or wanting is going to get you what you want. You either make it happen or it never happens.

Matt Cutts found out that 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit.

Today can be your Day One. Today you get a new thirty days to change your life by adding something new that pushes you forward and takes away something old that was holding you back.

Recognize

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