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Why your daily routine is the BIGGEST determinant of your success

Why your daily routine is the BIGGEST determinant of your success

If you are anything like me at all, then you probably tend to overestimate your ability to say no and display willpower. It is human nature to want to feel like we are in control, that we can make our own decisions, and that we have the ability to chose the right decision even in the midst of temptation; but, history will usually tell a different story. If you have ever failed a new year’s resolution, started a new diet just to go a junk food binge a few days later, or promised to stay in touch with your family but failed, then you are just like 100% of every other human being on the planet.   Why do we fail even when we really know what we want? Of course everything in life is multi-factorial: meaning you can’t just blame one thing for every problem, but 9 times out of 10 people fail due to lack of the proper routine and structure to support them in their goals. Imagine it’s New Year’s day and you have made a commitment to finally lose that last 15lbs you have been carrying around your midsection for the past couple of years. You researched nutrition and made a diet plan, you signed up at the gym, you created a workout, and you even got a friend who will go to the gym with you…everything seems to be leading you towards success. Fast forward to March 1st in the same year and you aren’t working out, your diet is just as bad as ever, and your friend isn’t working out with you either....
How to make yourself into a morning person

How to make yourself into a morning person

Morning people are so cheery on Monday morning that it can almost make you sick, but you don’t have to hit the snooze button on these people; you can learn a lot from those special people that face each new day with vigor. What makes morning people become morning people, and what makes you so different anyway? Morning people usually aren’t born that way, they are bred; morning people just live their lives a certain way that promotes them functioning better and more optimally in the AM. There are some benefits to being a morning person including: your body is made for mornings and waking up early with the sunrise helps your body stay in sync with its natural sleep cycle, you get a head start on the day to get more things done, and generally waking up early and feeling good will cause you to feel more productive and excited about the day. So want to hop out of bed each day, get stuff done, move with grace, and be one of those fabled morning people? You can do it too if you follow this step by step article on how to become a morning person, and it might take a little bit of work, but you too can be one of the chosen few.   It’s funny, most people chalk up success to luck of the draw, but most people have never taken the time to sweat a little bit to get something. Hard work pays off with luck in the long haul, so which game are you playing? The lotto, or are you building an empire...
How to turn bad habits into powerful opportunities for personal growth

How to turn bad habits into powerful opportunities for personal growth

I know what you are thinking… “How could spending 4 hours per day surfing random videos on Youtube and checking Facebook possibly be a good thing? Not your problem, ok, let me try again… “How could buying a gym membership but only going once in 6 months; or promising to eat better but then going on a junk food binge after only 2 days of dieting: how could these things be good things?” Alright, if I still haven’t gotten you yet, I think this one will… “How could the fact that I never do that thing… (yeah you know THAT thing), that thing that you always say you should do, will do, could do, but never actually do…how could that possibly be a good thing?” Well you are in luck, because the fact that you realize you have a bad habit that needs to change is a step in the right direction. Even more so, it means that you fit in with 100% of other human beings in the world, because just like everyone else on the planet, you aren’t perfect!   I know I am certainly not perfect Despite devoting the past year and half to becoming better, learning new skills, becoming more fit and productive, I still have room for improvement. Just understand this fact right now…you will never be perfect, you will never achieve your full potential, and you will never reach some magical moment where you turn from a worm into a butterfly and fly away- off into the sunset. That being said, bad habits aren’t really all that bad as long as you identify...
10 goals that will help you stick with your plans to get fit

10 goals that will help you stick with your plans to get fit

Everyone knows that eating better and getting more active will help you lose weight and get healthier, but what very few people know is that there are a lot of little actions that you can take that will make these two things easier. Telling an obese 300lb man to diet and exercise is a lot like telling a fish not breathe water, 1 it doesn’t make any sense to the person you are telling it to, and 2, it they have no clue how to do these things. I am not going to cover what to eat in this post, but here is a great post if that is what you are looking for. Today I want to cover goals and interventions that you can place into your life that will enable you, and make you more likely to actually stick with diet and exercise. I have found that most of the people I work with already know what foods that they should and shouldn’t eat, and most of them already know they should lift weights, do cardio, or get more active, and even if they don’t, they can hire a personal trainer or ask a friend about what to eat.  What most people I work with really need is a plan.   What the hell am I talking about?  Is this some sort of secret underground cult brainwashing technique to lose weight and get healthy? Well, no, not exactly, but it is about the little things that you can do underneath the obvious to fix what is broken. See, telling someone who is 300lbs to eat healthy and...
Should, can, will: how your speech can determine success rates.

Should, can, will: how your speech can determine success rates.

You just met three potential candidates that you are looking to hire as your personal body guard.  Let us just say things have gotten hairy, and you have had some serious threats made against you, and so for your own safety you will be provided a personal bodyguard at no expense to yourself. All three candidates are of past military background, they are all in great shape, they are all battle tested and reliable, but they all differ in the ways they answered one question on your application packet. The question: “How well will you be able to protect me from any harm that may be coming my way?.  The three answers were: “I should be able to protect you from any harm that comes your way.”, “I can protect you from anyone or anything looking to harm you.”, and finally “I will keep you safe, no matter what comes your way.” With your own life on the line, which person are you going to trust to take care of your wellbeing and protect you from harm?   Our speech says a lot about what we believe and how committed we are to something. While the words should/could, can/able, and will are often used interchangeably, they mean very different things. The person who is still saying I should be doing this or that, simply isn’t going to do it. The person who says I can or I am able to do that may believe that they can do it, but they aren’t going to do it. But, the person who says I am going to do it, or I...
Kaizen: old philosophies for new inspirations.

Kaizen: old philosophies for new inspirations.

Kaizen, or “good change” in Japanese, is a simple term that is incredibly pivotal and revolutionary mindset that can redefine our ideas about business and how it works. In the western world, most of us have been taught to seek results and our thinking is almost always results based, this can lead us to determining things as either good or bad or as a success or failure, but the Kaizen mindset- calling for “continuous improvement”- can set us free from the anxiety of results based thinking and make us much better over time.   Kaizen in business: some of the benefits to Kaizen companies   More adaptability.   A core benefit of the kaizen philosophy is the ability to embrace growth and change rapidly. Most forms of organization and planning are highly controlling and place a high burden on people to keep things consistent.   Take for example a business operating on a typical loss and profit model: if profit rises, business resumes as usual, and only if profit falls does management attempt to intervene, but in this western model, businesses focus mainly on profit (results), often leaving the company focusing on ways to increase profit, rather than focusing upon ways to become better.   When the kaizen mindset is encouraged and developed in life it is transformative; failures, setbacks, and challenges disappear, and all that remains is the strong focus to improve and become better. With a kaizen mindset your actions are constantly changing and improving, making you better able to adapt to difficulty.   More growth.   With a traditional management system, people spend their time trying...
Less is more: why you should declutter to get more done.

Less is more: why you should declutter to get more done.

I wasn’t raised to be an very clean and organized person, and while I have always spent time setting goals, planning out my life, and managing finances, clutter has never bothered me.   I have always lived life in a quasi-organized way, claiming that there is a method to my madness, of leaving half finished notes and reminders strewn across the room, but then spend 10 minutes trying to find my keys each time I leave the house.   Sometime about 8 months ago, my girlfriend mentioned that if I picked a place to always hang my keys (like say a key ring…genius right?), that I would not have to spend time looking for them every day.  Well after I laughed at the preposterous idea (I am VERY stubborn at times), at some point it dawned on me how BRILLIANT this idea of hers was.   I don’t know why I resisted this idea of organization so much, I guess I thought a genius was supposed to be messy, but I was wasting so much time, all my organization was a reflection of was my stubbornness.   Well no more, because I have sent the last month or two working on organization, and with a few simple tricks, I have managed to declutter my life, decrease my stress levels, and increase my ability to get things done in an efficient way.   Want to learn what I have been doing?  Read on. Chaos will happen anyway, manage your preparedness. Chaos happens in life, it is inevitable, and sometimes its like the harder we try to manage and control everything,...
Use this simple trick to change your life…and it only takes 1 minute per day!

Use this simple trick to change your life…and it only takes 1 minute per day!

How many times have you created a resolution or commitment to start engaging in some sort of new, and life changing, habit only to find yourself losing motivation and momentum after only a few days?  How many ideas have you had and thought to yourself that you need to get around to doing at some point in order to make your life better or easier, yet from day to day, you can never seem to find the willpower or time you need to actually start doing them?   Learning to play the piano, start reading again, start exercising, watch what you eat: these are all examples of some of the foundational habits that many of us plan to start, but never really plan to start, instead we just postpone these life altering activities to some undesignated day in the future- that never comes.  What if you could find a trick that would short-circuit your brain’s habit of procrastination and allow you to create new habits that will support you doing all those things you want to do, but never actually do?   What if I told you that 1 minute a day is all it take to form a new habit and transform your life over time?  While 1 minute alone will not be enough to change EVERYTHING in your life, it is it often all it takes to start doing the things that you know you need to be doing to start making the “should dos” on your checklist turn into “dones”.   Why just committing to 1 minute a day can start forming better habits.   There...
10 reasons you should push your comfort zone to grow as a person.

10 reasons you should push your comfort zone to grow as a person.

There are many reasons that you should push through your comfort zone, yet so many of us cruise by on auto-pilot while we allow our desire for comfort and safety to override our burning passion for more in life.  Most of us would rather sleep soundly in our bed, than push through the discomfort of going for a run, or getting up early to work on our manuscript, but the ability to push into the discomfort of life is a key trait in determining the amount of success and happiness we will experience in life.   Personal growth almost always follows all periods of adversity and discomfort, and as we earn to grapple with the inner doubts and demons that are holding us back, we will begin to awaken ourselves from -autopilot and take the wheel.  If you want to be better each day, grow as a person, and change the world, it all starts within: it starts with developing the courage to push through your comfort zone, because almost certainly, what you want is on the other side of your boundaries.   You can form new beliefs.   Many times the boundaries of our comfort zone are simply the limiting beliefs of what we think we are capable of achieving.  If we believe the only way to pay the bills is to work for someone and get a steady paycheck, it will be challenging to start a business and rely on our work to directly determine how much money we will make.  Once you push through your discomfort and prove yourself wrong, you shatter powerful limiting beliefs that...

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