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12 New Habits To Take Your Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

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Are you stuck in a rut and not sure what to do next? Has your vision for your life halted because you’ve lost the motivation? Have you hit a plateau?

Well, the answer to all of these questions is that you need to change the game. You’ve got to start playing the game differently and trying new things. What you’ve done in the past has got you to where you are today.

If you want your future to be different, then you’ll need to take a new set of actions. These new set of actions are also known as habits. They’ll be your best friend if you’ll embrace them and be a life long learner. It’s time to put the learner plates back on the vehicle of your life.

Here are 12 new habits that will take your life beyond your wildest dreams:

1. Hold the door open

No, I’m not joking! This habit will change how you act. We need more gentlemen in this world and when you open the door for someone you show people that strangers care. You show yourself that all it takes to be better than yesterday is one small act.

You’ll also find that people smile a hell of a lot more at you, and you’ll quickly meet new people!

2. Tell someone what you admire about them

I’ve found that the more you tell people positive things, the more your world becomes awesome. Everyone wants to feel good, and there’s nothing better than having someone tell you what they admire about you.

I’ve implemented this one in the last few months, and I’m finding that people want you around more. The key is not to be fake with this tip and be genuine about it. Rather than thinking in my head what I envy about someone, I reframe the envy into admiration.

As you increase the number of times you tell people what you admire about them, you’ll find that you will build deeper relationships naturally which can open up all sorts of opportunities. It feels good to be wanted, and admiring people is a quick way to experience more of this feeling.

3. Read one non-fiction book a month

We all need mentors, but we can’t all have Leonardo DiCaprio as our gym partner. What we can do though is get insights from influential, highly success people, by reading one non-fiction book a month that is ideally an autobiography.

I’ve just finished reading Andre Agassi’s autobiography, and it was like having him next to me to teach me all the things I’m doing wrong. When you study people who have been at the top of their industry, you learn how they think, and you learn what it takes.

You see that their journey wasn’t so easy after all, and they had to overcome great obstacles to achieve success.

4. Blogging or journaling

I’ve experienced the benefits of this one first hand. Having conversations with yourself through blogging and journaling helps you to express yourself.

The great thing about blogging is that you’re not the only one that benefits. The whole world get’s to see the real you and they get to look behind the mask that we all wear. If you’ve read my work enough, then you’d know by now that I’m anything but perfect, and that’s the way I like it.

“When you write down what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling you start to see the truth behind your thoughts”

5. Write down three things you’re grateful for

Gratitude has been a tug of war battle for me because I find it easy to get into states of wanting more. The best way to deal with this overwhelm is to write down three things you’re grateful for each day into your phone.

As you do the exercise more, you’ll find that your mind becomes more creative at coming up with things you’re grateful for. The reason is that we don’t want to get caught naming the same things all the time, so we try and come up with new things and twist them to be gratitude moments.

6. Public speaking

A life beyond your dreams requires you to be able to bring people on a journey with you. The quickest way to recruit followers to support you is by being able to speak publically in front of lots of people. There is no use having a message to tell the world if you can’t stand in silence and deliver it.

Yes it’s hard and yes it takes practice, but this one will open up more avenues than you ever knew.

7. Attend a weekly networking event

The question I get asked all the time is “where do you go to find new customers for a business?” This one’s really easy; the best place to find people to work for you or people to be customers of your product and services is at networking events.

In person contact is a quick way to build a relationship and then you can leave the business talk for a later time over coffee. To get the maximum effectiveness from networking events, you need to get good at entering and exiting conversations.

As you get involved with more conversations and meet more people, your pool of contacts grows bigger. Not everyone you meet needs to be part of your grand plan, but by meeting more people you increase the likelihood of creating a fantastic circle of influence.

Don’t be shy and just talk about what you love. Remember to listen and not to talk too much.

8. Ten second mindfulness

I learned this at a sales conference, and it’s a terrific little life hack. Before you go into a big meeting pitch, or even networking event, take ten seconds to close your eyes and notice three sounds around you. By doing this, you become mindful of the present moment, and it stops your heart racing.

9. Take more breaks

Working around the clock without a proper break will make you burn out quicker. Tim Ferriss taught me that you have to break up activities with breaks as often as possible. Get good at resetting your thinking every 45 minutes by walking outside, or doing some activity that is unrelated to your vision.

My favorites are: jumping on the trampoline, getting a hot pot of tea (caffeine free), and ironing a shirt. Disrupt your thought patterns to keep the creative juices flowing.

10. Drink more vegetables

Boost the number of quality vegetables you ingest by having a green juice every day. You’ll find the more vegetables that go in your body, the more energy you put out. Plus, your skin will clear up, and you’ll glow brightly like the shining star that you are.

11. Chunk down your to-do list

Lists of tasks that need to be done can look overwhelming quickly. Rather than write down the hundred things you need to do for your holiday, try writing down complete holidays tasks. I find that big long lists stop me from taking action, and it’s better to group similar tasks under the same label.

12. Schedule overseas travel

Going to a foreign country is not cheap, and so it’s easy to go a whole year having been nowhere. I’m the guiltiest of this, and so I have adopted the habit of scheduling travel well in advance. In fact, my travel locations are going to be added to next year’s goal list to ensure that holidays become a priority.

When you schedule travel in advance and ideally pay for it long before you need to, you can get much better value for money on flights and accommodation, and it gives you leverage to follow through. Travel also gives you something to look forward to, and it motivates you to work harder.

Since booking my USA trip, I’ve felt like I can work harder each day because I have playtime coming up, and it’s guaranteed. The thought of sitting on a beach in Santa Monica is getting me fired up writing this blog post! Who knew this habit could have such a positive effect on our life.

What new habit are you going to try out? Let me know on my website timdenning.net and my Facebook.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.com

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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