1. The truth is not elegant
Ever wonder why I swear, use the word “loser,” and am blunt or direct? It’s because the truth is not elegant. I’m not trying to impress you; I’m trying to interrupt your pattern. Change is not easy and so if I talk to you in a quiet, polite voice, you’re not going to move your ass into action.
“Stop trying to be polite and elegant all the time because the only person you need to impress is yourself”
2. Tap into what you already have
Most of what you want to achieve in your life can already be found within yourself. You already have most of what is needed to be successful. The art is figuring out how to tap into your already unlimited potential. Rather than trying to become something you are not, get comfortable with who you are.
3. Write stuff down
Your retention rate increases by 40%-50% if you write stuff down. Rather than sit passively and listen, take notes and write stuff down. Even if you know the content you are hearing already, still write it down. Repetition is the mother of skill.
Hearing the same content said a hundred different ways makes you ten times stronger and more intelligent. Eventually, one of those ways will be said in such a way that you can process the idea and use it in your own life.
4. Energy makes you beautiful
Ever wondered how people who don’t appear to be physically beautiful can still date the most attractive partners? It’s called energy. These unique individuals give off an energy that is so beautiful and infectious that they attract the opposite sex despite the way they may look. It’s not all about looks you know.
5. Energy comes from the way you move your body
The single most important thing to create energy in your body is movement. The way you move your body can help to increase your energy levels. Become conscious of how you stand. Realize that you can flick a switch at any moment and become crazy and outrageous. Try this:
– Do star jumps
– Play your favorite song on your phone and sing out loud
– Jump on a trampoline for five minutes
These little acts of movement will completely change your energy within minutes. Don’t tell me you can’t change your energy because you can.
For added energy watch what you eat and get plenty of sleep. Common sense if you ask me.
6. The truth is uncomfortable
I recently admitted to myself that I was sabotaging my success with thoughts like “I’m not enough.” It hurts to know the truth and it’s uncomfortable. Once you can move past this, you can make the real changes required. Stop softening the truth or avoiding it.
7. Pain can either drive you or destroy you
Pain is a double-edged sword, my friends. It can drive you to make a change and take your life to the next level or it can destroy you and cause suffering. How would you like to use pain? I choose to let pain drive me which is why I freaking love it!
8. You are here for emotion
There’s a reason you attend events, concerts and seminars; you are searching for emotion. We crave emotion in everyday life and these places allow us to embrace emotion. You get to feel emotions of joy, happiness and inspiration. You do things to experience emotion.
9. More than five hours on social media means you are depressed
Are you on social media for five hours or more? If you are, studies show you are depressed. It turns out that social media forces us into a state of comparing our lives to everyone else’s. This process makes us incredibly depressed. Stopped being consumed by social media. Create instead.
10. Most people don’t do well. Focus on those who do.
A lot of people don’t do very well at life. The one’s who do good at life are rare and you should focus your time understanding why that is. You can learn so much from these amazing individuals.
11. Great humans have had the toughest lives
All those extraordinary people that you admire all had the toughest lives. Having a really tough life is what will give you the drive and that’s what the great humans you admire understand. Your tough life is your biggest asset if you will let it be.
“Embrace the toughness. Use the pain to drive you”
12. Blaming only screws you
When you blame the environment, your workplace, the economy, your doctor, your parents, your spouse or anything for that matter, you are only screwing yourself. Blaming takes the responsibility away from you and transfers it to an innocent third party.
Turn blame into gratitude and you’ll see a real life miracle. Stop wanting everything and everyone to be perfect because they’ll never meet your expectations. Everyone’s expectations are different.
13. Information without emotion is forgotten
Where were you on September 11th 2001? I bet you can remember exactly where you were. The reason you remember is because you consumed the events of that day while enduring an extreme level of emotion. That place and time will never be forgotten because of that emotion.
The same goes for learning. Introduce emotion into the learning environment and the retention rate goes up significantly.
14. Freedom happens when you take back control
Want to be free again? Take back control. Stop letting events control you and give these same events an empowering meaning. You can only be free when you get out of your head and lead with your heart again. Being free feels so good so give yourself that gift. The decision is yours.
15. The ultimate resource is emotion
If I were to identify the one resource that you have to achieve anything it would be your emotions. Your emotions can drive you to commit suicide or marry the love of your life. You choose your emotions and the one’s you will use moment to moment.
If a negative emotion starts to come through, break the pattern. Escape the moment and go to your happy place. Remember something that makes you appreciate who you are and what you have.
16. Fear Vs Desire
It can be said that life is a dance between your fears and your desires. Get the balance right and you take back control. Get the balance wrong and you’re guaranteed to suffer.
17. Do more for others than anybody else
Why do millions of people listen to what I say every day? They listen because I do more for them than anybody else in a similar position to me. I genuinely care and I make it about everybody else, not about me.
“Find more ways to give more rather than trying to be someone you are not to impress people”
18. The most important skill is influence
If I could give you one skill to master its influence. Influence makes you a leader and it means you have the trust of the people. When people trust you, you can inspire them to take action.
You can’t influence someone though unless you first know what influences them. Where people get it wrong is that what influences you, is very different to how everyone else is influenced. Understand the driving force behind the person you are trying to influence and then they will take action.
Inspiring people to take action and make a change is one of the most fulfilling things you can ever achieve. It’s what I attempt to do every day and I love it.
19. When you reach your best, there’s always another level
Have you ever achieved a level of success and then discovered you could actually go further? This happens because when you get to the top, there’s always another level.
There’s always further to go and the journey never ends. It’s for this reason that you need to stop and smell the roses once in a while. Otherwise, you’ll never appreciate how far you’ve come. Be present once in a while and focus on the progress you’ve made. You have come much further than you realize. Enjoy it!
20. Don’t wait to laugh
It’s so easy for us to delay gratification. If something is funny, then laugh about it now. Don’t say “someday we’ll laugh about this.” Every time you delay, you will forget. Your brain has enough to think about already. Laughing right now is one of the best things you can do. Shall we try it?
21. Your brain is designed to make you survive
We find it hard to be happy because we rely on our brain which only knows how to make us survive. Your happiness comes from within. The moment you ask your brain a question, all it knows how to do is look for what is wrong and then highlight that fact to you, so you avoid harms way.
22. Our reasons for feeling lousy don’t need to be big
Ever wondered why it’s so easy to feel lousy? It’s because we only need small reasons to feel like crap. We’re experts in letting things like people, annoying habits or someone stealing our car spot ruin our day. We’ve become entitled and overly sensitive to all the wrong things. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Shake it off. Change your state!
23. New results require new actions
If you don’t like your results, then take some new actions. Sounds simplistic and that’s because it is. Try something you haven’t done before and you’ll quickly find a new way of getting different results.
24. What you focus on is what you’ll physically feel
If you focus on your other half cheating on you, then you’ll physically feel it. What we focus on, is what we feel throughout our body. Our body can’t tell the difference between what you are thinking a lot of the time and what is happening in the real world.
There’s heaps of power in this truth and you can feel good feelings or negative ones depending on what you focus on.
If you focus too much on what you’re missing, you’ll become messed up.
If you focus on what you can’t control, you’ll feel depressed.
If you focus on the past too much, you’ll feel dreadful.
25. Do what you did in the beginning at the end
If any type of relationship you have is coming to an end, do what you did in the beginning. At the start you are always more inspired and full of energy. Once you get to know someone, it’s easy to let these positive emotions disappear.
Always do the nice things you do in the beginning and there will never be an end to a relationship. The difference is that at the start of a relationship, you are not evaluating what you are getting and you’re focused on giving. Interesting huh?
26. Absolute certainty has power
Ever met someone who is at the top of their game? You’ll notice they have absolute certainty about who they are and their goals. Certainty gives you power in an uncertain world where everyone is running around scared from all the bad news that’s so easy to find.
27. Complexity is the enemy of execution
If you are failing to execute it’s because you are surrounded in complexity. Simple things are easy to take action on. Whatever you create in this lifetime, keep it simple. The simpler something is, the more people you can reach, inspire and transform.
“It’s one hundred times harder to make something simple than it is to be complex and long-winded”
28. Money doesn’t change people it magnifies who you are
If you are a tight ass before you make your millions, then you’ll be a tight ass when you are rich. Money doesn’t change you; it just shows more of who you are in greater detail.
Focus on becoming a phenomenal person when you’re not rich and then when you are, you’ll magnify all of your good traits, to give more to the world. What you give is what will make you fulfilled.
29. Happy people are rare
In fact, there are quite a few billionaires and more are being created every day. What’s rare are people from the past who are truly happy like the Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.
30. What’s wrong is available and so is what’s right
You can access what’s right and what’s wrong simultaneously. Make the smart choice and choose the good from every situation. It takes more discipline to choose what’s right, but you’ll be ten times more powerful if you do.
31. You can’t eliminate suffering altogether
The myth that we can avoid suffering is total BS. Suffering is guaranteed, but it gives us so much valuable motivation. It shows us what we don’t want, so we can have more of what we do want.
“Suffering can take us to the lowest point in our life and then help us to go all the way to the top again”
32. Move from suffering to appreciation
Suffering is caused by obsessing about ourselves too much. When we focus too much on ourselves, we go into the mind, which causes us to suffer. Our mind wants to help us find what is wrong. You know you are triggering a state of suffering when you use one of these three words:
When you appreciate and enjoy things, this focus takes your mind off looking for what’s wrong. You can also end suffering by growing more, loving more, giving more and being grateful.
When you end suffering, you’ll find that you become a light for others. Ending suffering causes everyone to want to be around you. I’d say that’s pretty good motivation right there.
33. It’s all small stuff
Have you heard the saying “don’t sweat the small stuff?” Guess what? Everything you sweat about is the small stuff. Remember that next time you feel yourself worrying about anything at all.
34. Negative thoughts are patterns
All a negative thought is, is a pattern you’ve been running for years without even realizing it. You do not own this negative thought because you’ll pretty quickly find out that everyone around you has the same negative thought.
If you start to own a negative thought as your own, then you are screwed. Your problems are not unique and are shared by everyone. Remember that the next time you think that your thoughts are unique to you and no one else can understand them.
Start becoming curious about your negative thoughts and that will change your life. Being curious allows you to become consciously aware and to kill these negative thoughts.
35. If there’s a way out you’ll revert to the past
This is why having a plan b is not a good idea. Only having one option forces you to succeed and to find a way when all hope seems lost.
“Burn the boats so you’re forced to take the island”
36. The mind looks for what’s wrong
Your negative thoughts are like small monsters that you can kill early on when they don’t have any real size. The best way to kill negative thoughts is to label them the moment they appear. Label your negative thoughts with words like silly, disempowering, untrue etc.
37. Trade your expectations for appreciation
That’s when your life will transform.
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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life
Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end.
Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life.
1. Change Your Self-Concept
Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities.
2. Sign Up For An Online Course
If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need.
3. Learn From a Mentor
No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process.
4. Start A Side Hustle
The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills.
5. Nourish Your Body
As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.
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