What Will You Chase If You Don’t Have Purpose?

Are you currently searching for your purpose in life?

Are you in your purpose, but need more motivation or inspiration?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

If any of these questions apply to you, then check out my guy Dr. Clarence M. Lee Jr. MD. His latest video “What Will You Chase If You Don’t Have Purpose?”, will answer them for you, and help guide you towards your purpose in life. This video is truly worth every moment of viewing. This video is apart of a continuous series that is ongoing. Be on the lookout for more great content.

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If You Are Trying To Tone You Should Check This Out

Toning up and losing weight aren’t quite the same. Weight loss is straightforward as it simply involves lowering your body weight, which can be done by dieting alone. Toning however is a different matter. For a toned physique, you need tight, defined muscles, which means hitting the gym for some resistance training. Cardio may be the way many choose to lose weight, but making weight training a mainstay in your gym routine can complement your cardio routine and will lead to faster results both in terms of weight loss and toning.

Schedule

Decide how many days you can get to the gym each week. Ideally you need a minimum of three days and a maximum of six. Dedicate three weekly sessions to weight training. Make these total-body workouts, in which you work every major muscle group in a single session. This burns more calories and fat than training just one or two muscle groups each workout, writes trainer Nate Green in “Built for Show.” Leave at least one day between each weights workout. For your cardio, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends three 20- to 60-minute sessions of vigorous activity each week. If you can get to the gym six times per week, perform weights and cardio on different days; if not, then do both in each workout.

Weights

The best method for weight training is to choose multi-joint exercises that hit lots of different muscle groups, notes trainer Jacqueline Silvestri Banks on the Fox News website. Moves such as squats, lunges, deadlifts, pushups and rows should make up the majority of your program. Perform two lower-body and three or four upper-body exercises each session, each for three to four sets of six to 10 repetitions. This goes against the traditional recommendation of using light weights for higher reps for toning, but lifting heavier provides a greater anabolic response, which actually leads to faster fat burning, notes Banks.

Cardio

For weight loss and toning cardio, you can’t beat interval training. Increasing your cardio intensity by doing intervals not only saves you time, but also means you keep burning fat long after you finish your session, says strength coach Jeremy DuVall on the “Mens Fitness” website. Interval training involves alternating between all-out bursts of maximum effort and slightly longer, slightly easier bouts of cardio. After a warmup, work at maximum intensity for 10 seconds, then ease back into a steady speed for one minute and 20 seconds. Repeat this protocol for 20 minutes. The beauty of interval training is that you can use any gym cardio machine, or try something a little different such as sprinting outside.

Considerations

Diet is key too — you won’t lose weight and tone up unless you also reduce your food intake. Get rid of the junk food from your diet, focus on unprocessed foods that keep you feeling full, such as vegetables and fruits, lean meats, dairy and whole grains. Aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week; you’ll need to cut 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of fat. Reducing your daily calorie intake by 500 will yield a 1-pound loss each week; adding exercise should take you closer to the 2-pounds per week mark. If you hit a weight loss plateau, add 10 to 40 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio after each interval workout.

 By: Mike Samuels

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

A lot of people are good at what they do. Some are even elite. A select few are completely unstoppable.
Those who are unstoppable are in their own world. They don’t compete with anyone but themselves. You never know what they will do — only that you will be forced to respond. Even though they don’t compete with you, they make you compete with them.

Are you unstoppable? By the end of this blog you will be.

Let’s get started:

1. Don’t think — know and act.

“Don’t think. You already know what you have to do, and you know how to do it. What’s stopping you?” — Tim Grover

Rather than analyzing and thinking, act. Attuned to your senses, and with complete trust in yourself, do what you instinctively feel you should. As Oprah has said, “Every right decision I have ever made has come from my gut. Every wrong decision I’ve made was the result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself.”

The moment you start thinking, you’ve already lost. Thinking swiftly pulls you out of the zone.

2. Always be prepared so you have the freedom to act on instinct.

“Just as the yin-yang symbol possesses a kernel of light in the dark, and of dark in the light, creative leaps are grounded in a technical foundation.” — Josh Waitzkin

Become a master of your craft. While everyone else is relaxing, you’re practicing and perfecting. Learn the left-brained rules in and out so your right brain can have limitless freedom to break the rules and create.

With enhanced consciousness, time will slow down for you. You’ll see things in several more frames than others. While they’re trying to react to the situation, you’ll be able to manipulate and tweak the situation to your liking.

3. Don’t be motivated by money or anything external.

Having nice things is, well, nice. But for you, it’s never been about the money, prestige or anything else outside of you. Take these things away and nothing changes for you. You’re still going to be pushing your personal limits and giving it your all. Give these things to you and they won’t destroy you like they do most people.

4. Never be satisfied.

“The drive to close the gap between near-perfect and perfect is the difference between great and unstoppable.” — Tim Grover

Even after you achieve a goal, you’re not content. For you, it’s not even about the goal. It’s about the climb to see how far you can push yourself.

Does this make you ungrateful? Absolutely not. You’re entirely humbled and grateful for everything in your life. Which is why you will never get complacent or lazy.

To quote Jim Rohn, “the way to enjoy life best is to wrap up one goal and start right on the next one. Don’t linger too long at the table of success, the only way to enjoy another meal is to get hungry.”

5. Always be in control.

Unlike most people, who are dependent on substances or other external factors, you are in control of what you put in your body, how you spend your time and how long you stay in the zone.

Act based on instinct, not impulse. Just because you could doesn’t mean you do. And when you do, it’s because you want to, not because you have to.

6. Be true to yourself.

Although 70 percent of US employees hate their jobs and only one in three Americans report being happy, relentless and unstoppable people purge everything from their life they hate.

Have the self-respect and confidence to live life on your terms. When something isn’t right in your life, change it. Immediately.

7. Never let off the pressure.

“Pressure can bust pipes, but it also can make diamonds.” — Tim Grover

Most people can handle pressure in small doses. But when left to their own devices, they let off the pressure and relax.

Not you. You never take the pressure off yourself. Instead, you continuously turn-up the pressure. It’s what keeps you alert and active.

8. Don’t be afraid of the consequences of failure.

Most people stay close to the ground, where it’s safe. If they fall, it won’t hurt that bad. But when you choose to fly high, the fall may kill you. And you’re OK with that. To you, there is no ceiling and there is no floor. It’s all in your head. If something goes wrong — if you “fail” — you adjust and keep going.

9. Don’t compete with others. Make them compete with you.

Most people are competing with other people. They continuously check-in to see what others in their space (their “competition”) are doing. As a result, they mimic and copy what’s “working.”

Conversely, you’ve left all competition behind. Competing with others makes absolutely zero sense to you. It pulls you from your authentic zone. So you zone out all the external noise and instead zone in to your internal pressure to produce.

10. Never stop learning.

Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. When you want to become the best at what you do, you never stop learning. You never stop improving and honing your skills and knowledge.

Your unparalleled preparation is what gives you power. No one else is willing to pay the price you’ve paid.

11. Success isn’t enough — it only increases the pressure.

For most people, becoming “successful” is enough. However, when you’re relentless, success only increases the pressure to do more. Immediately following the achievement of a goal, you’re focused on your next challenge.

12. Don’t get crushed by success.

“Success can become a catalyst for failure.” — Greg McKeown

Most people can’t handle success, authority or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy. When they get what they want, they stop doing the very things that got them there. The external noise becomes too intense.

But for you, no external noise can push harder than your own internal pressure. It’s not about thisachievement, but the one after, and the one after that. There is no destination. Only when you’re finished.

13. Completely own it when you screw up.

“Implementing extreme ownership requires checking your ego and operating with a high degree of humility. Admitting mistakes, taking ownership and developing a plan to overcome challenges are integral to any successful team.”―Jocko Willink

No blame. No deception or illusion. Just the cold hard truth. When you mess up, you own it. And as the leader, you own it when your team fails. Only with extreme ownership can you have complete freedom and control.

14. Let your work speak for itself.

“Well done, is well said.” — Anthony Liccione

Cal Newport’s recent book, Deep Work, distinguishes “deep work” from “shallow work.” Here’s the difference:

Deep work is:

Rare

High value

And non-replicable (i.e., not easy to copy/outsource)

Shallow work is:

Common

Low value

Replicable (i.e., anyone can do it)

Talking is shallow. Anyone can do it. It’s easily replicated. It’s low value. Conversely, deep work is rare. It’s done by people who are focused and working while everyone else is talking. Deep work is so good it can’t be ignored. It doesn’t need words. It speaks for itself.

15. Always work on your mental strength.

“Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously. Left to my own devices, I am always looking for ways to become more and more psychologically impregnable. When uncomfortable, my instinct is not to avoid the discomfort but to become at peace with it. My instinct is always to seek out challenges as opposed to avoiding them.” — Josh Waitzkin

The better you can be under pressure, the further you’ll go than anyone else. Because they’ll crumble under pressure.

The best training you will ever do is mental training. Wherever your mind goes, your body follows. Wherever your thoughts go, your life follows.

16. Confidence is your greatest asset.

You’ve heard it before: Running a marathon is far more mental than physical. A person’s ability to run a marathon — or do anything hard — is more a reflection of their level of confidence than their actual ability.

Your confidence determines:

The size of challenges/goals you undertake

How likely you will achieve those goals

How well you bounce back from failures

If you’re not confident, you will never put yourself out there in the first place. When you’re confident, you don’t care how many times you fail, you’re going to succeed. And it doesn’t matter how stacked the odds seem against you.

17. Surround yourself with people who remind you of the future, not the past.

When you surround yourself with people who remind you of your past, you’ll have a hard time progressing. This is why we get stuck in certain roles, which we can’t break free from (e.g., the fat kid or shy girl).

Surrounding yourself with people who you want to be like allows you a fresh slate. You’re no longer defined by your past, only the future you are creating.

18. Let things go, but never forget.

Being unstoppable requires carrying no unnecessary mental or emotional baggage. Consequently, you’ll need to immediately and completely forgive anyone who has wronged you. However, forgiveness doesn’t mean you forget. And it doesn’t mean you have to do further business with those who have wronged you.

19. Have clear goals.

“While a fixation on results is certainly unhealthy, short-term goals can be useful developmental tools if they are balanced within a nurturing long-term philosophy.” — Josh Waitzkin

According to loads of psychology research, the most motivating goals are clearly defined and time-bound.

Your goals can either be focused on your behaviors (e.g., I’m going to write 500 words per day) or on the outcomes you’re seeking (e.g., I’m going to get published on The New York Times by June 1, 2016).

For most people, behaviorally-focused goals are the better and more motivating option. But when you crave the results so much that the work is irrelevant, your aim should be directed straight at the outcomes you want. However, results-focused goals are better when short-term and grounded in your long-term vision and philosophy. When your why is strong enough, the how will take care of itself.

20. Respond immediately, rather than analyzing or stalling.

“He who hesitates is lost.” — Cato

Anticipation of an event is always more extreme than the event itself — both for positive and negative events.

Just do it. Train yourself to respond immediately when you feel you should do something. Stop questioning yourself. Don’t analyze it. Don’t question if it came from God or from yourself. Just act.

You’ll figure out what to do after you’ve taken action. Until you take action, it will all be hypothetical. But once you act, it becomes practical.

21. Choose simplicity over complication.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” — Albert Einstein

It’s easy to be complicated. Most of the research and jargon in academia and business is over-complicated.

Cutting to the core and hitting the truth is hard, because it’s simple. As Leonardo da Vinci has said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Very few people will give you the truth. When you ask them a question, it gets mighty complicated. “There are so many variables” or “It depends” they say.

T. S. Eliot said it best, “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

Wisdom is timeless and simple. Learn wisdom and choose it.

22. Never be jealous or envious of someone else’s accomplishments.

Being unstoppable means you genuinely want what’s best for everyone — even those you would consider your competitors. Jealousy and envy are the ego — which operates out of fear.

The reason you are happy for other people’s success is because their success has nothing to do with you.

You are in control of you. And you are different from every other person. There is no one who can do exactly what you can do. You have your own superpower with your own unique ability to contribute. And that’s what you’re going to do.

23. Take the shot every time.

“If I fail more than you, I win.” — Seth Godin

You miss every shot you don’t take. And most people don’t want to take the shot. Fear of failure paralyzes them.

The only way you can become unstoppable is if you stop thinking about it. Just take the shot. Don’t do it only when it’s convenient or when you feel ready. Just go and make whatever adjustments you need after the fact.

24. Don’t get caught up in the results of your success. Always remain focused on what got you those results: the work.

When you start doing noteworthy stuff, there are benefits that can become distractions. It can get easy to “ride the wave” of your previous work. Keep practicing. Perfect your craft. Never forget what got you here.

25. Think and act 10X.

“When 10X is your measuring stick, you immediately see how you can bypass what everyone else is doing.” — Dan Sullivan

Most people — even those you deem to be “world class” — are not operating at 10X. In truth, you could surpass anyone if you radically stretch your thinking and belief system.

Going 10X changes everything. As Dan Sullivan has said, “10X thinking automatically takes you ‘outside the box’ of your present obstacles and limitations.” It pulls you out of the problems most people are dealing with and opens you to an entirely new field of possibilities.

When you take your goal of earning $100,000 this year and change it to $1,000,000, you’re forced to operate at a different level. The logical and traditional approach doesn’t work with 10X. As Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success,has said, “10x progress is built on bravery and creativity instead. Working smarter.”

The question is: Are you willing to go there? Not just entertain the thought for a second or two and then revert back to common thinking. No. Are you willing to sit with 10X thinking? Are you willing to question your own thought processes and open yourself to believing an entirely different set of possibilities?

Could you convince yourself to believe in your 10X potential? Are you willing to undertake goals that seems lunacy, to you and everyone else? Are you willing to take the mental leap, trusting “the universe will conspire to make it happen”?

26. Set goals that far exceed your current capabilities.

“You need to aim beyond what you are capable of. You need to develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end. If you think you’re unable to work for the best company in its sphere, make that your aim. If you think you’re unable to be on the cover of TIME magazine, make it your business to be there. Make your vision of where you want to be a reality. Nothing is impossible.” — Paul Arden

If your goals are logical, they won’t force you to create luck. Being unstoppable means your goals challenge you to be someone more than you currently are. As Jim Rohn has said, “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.”

27. Make time for recovery and rejuvenation.

“Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.” — Dan Sullivan

When you focus on results, rather than being busy, you’re 100 percent on when you’re working and 100 percent off when you’re not. This not only allows you to be present in the moment, but it allows you the needed time to rest and recover.

Your ability to work at a high level is like fitness. If you never take a break between sets, you won’t be able to build strength, stamina and endurance. However, not all “rest” produces recovery. Certain things are more soothing than others.

Recovering from my work generally consists of writing in my journal, listening to music, spending time with my wife and kids, preparing and eating delicious food, or serving other people. These things rejuvenate me. They make my work possible, but also meaningful.

28. Start before you’re ready.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb

Most people wait. They believe they can start after they have enough time, money, connections and credentials. They wait until they feel “secure.” Not people who are unstoppable.

Unstoppable people started last year. They started five years ago before they even knew what they were doing. They started before they had any money. They started before they had all the answers. They started when no one else believed in them. The only permission they needed was the voice inside them prompting them to move forward. And they moved.

29. If you need permission, you probably shouldn’t do it.

A mentor of mine is a highly successful real estate investor. Throughout his career, he’s had hundreds of people ask him if they should “go into real-estate.”

He tells every one of them the same thing: that they shouldn’t do it. In fact, he actually tries talking most of them out of it. And in most cases he succeeds.

Why would he do that? “Those who are going to succeed will do so regardless of what I say,” he told me.

I know so many people who chase whatever worked for other people. They never truly decide what they want to do, and end up jumping from one thing to the next — trying to strike quick gold. And repetitively, they stop digging just a few feet from the gold after resigning the spot is barren.

No one will ever give you permission to live your dreams.

30. Don’t make exceptions.

Zig Ziglar used to tell a story of traveling one day and not getting in bed until 4 a.m. An hour and a half later (5:30), his alarm went off. He said, “Every fiber of my being was telling me to stay in bed.” But he had made a commitment, so he got up anyway. Admittedly, he had a horrible day and wasn’t productive at all.

Yet, he says that decision changed his life. As he explains:

“Had I bowed to my human, physical, emotional and mental desire to sleep in, I would have made that exception. A week later, I might have made an exception if I only got four hours of sleep. A week later, maybe I only got seven hours of sleep. The exception so many times becomes the rule. Had I slept in, I would’ve faced that danger. Watch those exceptions!”

Hence, Zig was unstoppable.

Conclusion

“From this point, your strategy is to make everyone else get on your level, you’re not going down to theirs. You’re not competing with anyone else, ever again. They’re going to have to compete with you. From now on, the end result is all that matters.” — Tim Grover

When you’re unstoppable, you will make sure to get what you want. Everything you need to know is already within you. All you need to do is trust yourself and act.

Are you unstoppable?

Article by: Benjamin P. Hardy

10 signs you will make it big one day

HINT: it’s neither about how smart, nor how hard you work.

We all have different definitions for “making it big”. For someone people, it’s about being able to stand on stage and deliver a performance to adoring fans. For others, it’s having readers cling onto every word that they read from your books. Yet for others, it could be having a popular YouTube channel where die hard fans tune in every week for your vlogs.

Regardless of how you define it, a common factor seems to be that you’re impacting people en masse, millions at a time. By impact, I refer to moving people in an emotional way.

You could be:

  • delighting,
  • inspiring,
  • firing up,
  • making them cry, or
  • making them take action.

A principle of marketing and human behavior is that people make decisions based on emotion and justify with logic. We want to be perceived as being rational and logical, but every one of us — even people who swear they make decisions based only on science — will ultimately make them based on how we feel.

If you make it big, you’re essentially affecting thousands or maybe millions of people in such a way that you can act in a certain way. It sounds like mind control, but celebrities and people constantly in the media do it all the time.

You might want to change the world. You might feel like impacting millions is the best way to go about it. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of characteristics I’ve observed of people who have done exactly that.

Here are 10 signs that you will make it big some day:

1. You think in terms of years, not months.

Someone doesn’t go from obscurity to mega star over night. Bar viral sensations (that always fizzle out if the spark isn’t kept alight), building up a reputation takes years.

Gary Vaynerchuk has said before that if you’re not willing to put in two to three years into what you’re trying to do, your idea won’t have the time to gain traction.

We as a whole are also becoming more and more distrusting. The cacophony of ads is getting louder and louder. We’re having to tune out nearly all the time, making it harder for anyone to be heard.

This is a blessing in disguise. You see…

We are listening for the quiet people whose statements make the noise.

A well-thought out message that cuts through the clutter is truly rare and hard to find. You need to spend the time to make it heard. And when it is, people will talk about it.

2. You ARE in it for the money.

Yep, you read that right. You’re all about the dollar signs. You’re probably expecting me to say “not”, but there’s a valid reason why I think money matters if you’re trying to make it big.

No matter which way you look at it, money makes the world go round. We might hope for a utopia, but the game is played by certain rules. While certain rules can be broken, the money rule cannot.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I think we should all go in with the intent to charge for everything we do. Philanthropy still has an important role to play. But even with that, you need money to make an impact.

To make it big, you need to impact millions of people. To do this, you have to create something that adds value to their life. To value it, they have to pay for it with money.

The size of the problem you solve determines how much money you can make. It also determines the level of impact you can have on people. So don’t shy away from making money. You will be able to help more people that way.

3. You genuinely care about the people you wish to affect.

This sign is a given. Even if you are impacting people millions at a time, you see each person as an individual. You have a crystal clear idea of who the ideal customer, the typical follower or average fan is, you can name their fears and hopes and you know what they’re expecting out of you.

In marketing, this is called an avatar. It should be used by anyone looking to make an impact to many people.

The thing you’re creating is useless if you don’t know who it’s for.

People will not support you just because you make something cool. They will support you because you care about what they want and are trying to solve their problem in a way only you can.

Creators and entrepreneurs have to accept responsibility for who they are. The moment they decide they want to make it big, they have to realize that people put them on a pedestal.

They look up to them and admire them because they aspire to be like them, all because they care for them. It’s not easy, but it’s the cost to impact people at scale.

4. You focus on the $10,000 per hour jobs.

The work we do can be classified into different categories. At a day job, we do work that, on average, ranges from $10 — $30 per hour. However, in reality we know that our level of output isn’t worth the same amount every hour.

Someone might come in to work not completely awake yet. They have their morning coffee then — BOOM! — their productivity shoots up. Their hourly rate is suddenly worth closer to $50, maybe $100 an hour. This would fluctuate on a daily basis.

Then you have different classes of jobs. Surgeons, lawyers and senior management are worth $100’s, maybe even $1,000’s an hour. That’s because the problem they solve is expensive or involves something extremely valuable.

When you make it big and are impacting a lot of people, you’re multiplying your impact many times. You’re also solving a big problem, be it entertainment, making sales or something else. That’s why your work can be worth $10,000/hour. It might even be worth six to seven figures an hour!

Someone who makes it big as people they delegate their $10 to $100/hour jobs to. These are jobs like admin, reception, management, responding to emails and putting out daily fires.

Someone who’s made it big focuses on the work that has made them big. Someone who does everything will never make it big.

Some people are scared that someone else will not be able to do a certain task as good as they can. Guess what? They’re right. They won’t. But that’s the cost of becoming an influencer.

5. You look for “no’s”, not “yes’s”.

Jon Westenberg wrote a piece recently about loving the word “no”. Society operates harmoniously when everyone is in agreement. Conflict, in general, is seen as a bad thing.

It depends on the scale. I would concur that agreements do strengthen the fabric of society. Truces are agreements between warring nations to stop fighting. Business agreements can help solve more problems that companies couldn’t solve on their own.

However, the agreements would have taken several “no’s” to get to.

The truth is…

The negotiation hasn’t started until you hear “no”.

Some people cannot commit to either yes or no. They aren’t the people who can help you. Nor are the people who say yes to everything. They are usually hiding something.

Someone who has something that you want and wants something from you will tell you “no”. They want to reach an agreement and want to reach a middle ground with you on which you both get what you want.

So always look for the “no”. That’s when you know you are finally moving up.

6. You’re improving every single week

James Altucher wrote a piece earlier in the year, suggesting that people improve 1% a day. I responded to it with my most popular piece on Medium so far, 52 ways to make life 68% more rewarding.

Why 68%? I did the maths and a 1% improvement a week compounds to a 68% improvement in a year, which isn’t too shabby at all. If you are able to consistently grow by 1% a day in your chosen field, all the more power to you. I couldn’t do it, since I would burn out.

People who make it big are constantly growing. The term is a bit of a misnomer; you don’t ever “make it”; you just keep growing. You do things that scare you, you do things that give your life meaning and you choose your own suffering.

As I mentioned in the first point, no one goes from zero to hero overnight. Even if you did, you don’t want to become a player in that way. It wouldn’t feel right. You cheated the system and you cheated yourself.

It’s the reason why I started the 100 Naked Words publication, where I along with select writers write 100 words a day. It’s a great habit, you grow and your writing gets exponentially better. Plus, we’re impacting readers who draw inspiration from our daily words.

7. Your five closest friends are influencers.

The people you surround yourself with are what you’re composed of. Obviously you’re all different people, but their habits, rituals and hobbies are shared. Birds of a feather flock together, after all.

Unless you’re going out of your way to find people to befriend who are in a higher league than your own, you won’t become a part of that league.

No one makes it big on their own.

This is the hardest point to achieve. Our friends might have been with us from day one, but if what you seek is growth, you might have to place less emphasis on that friendship.

This isn’t to say that you can’t stay friends with them. If you both have a dream to make it big, then you support one another. This is the ideal path. However, people are all different and it would be selfish to pull an unwilling friend into your dream if they don’t share your vision.

Getting to know people who have done the hard yards is the only real shortcut there is to making it big. They are already an influencer, so by promoting you to their followers can bestow that clout to you.

Of course, you have to be a genuine friend and be doing something that aligns with their own goals. That’s why it’s important to be conscious with who you align yourself with. So many people just fall into the wrong crowds and then wonder why their life ends up a certain way.

8. People are discouraging you all the time.

These people are the ones who care about the most: friends and family. They don’t want to see you get hurt, waste time or money or end up disappointed.

They mean well, but take what they say with a grain of salt. Most, if not all, of them haven’t done what you’re trying to do before. They’re looking at you from their safe, warm shells while you’re out in the firing line.

They seek the familiar, while something pulls you outside to stare into the abyss of the unknown. It doesn’t scare you one bit. In fact, you feel like jumping in.

If people are trying to stop you from doing what you’re trying to do, that’s a great sign. It means that you’re on the right path of making it big.

People don’t make it big doing normal things. Normal things have normal limits. Unusual things that have no perceivable ceiling are exciting. They’re also frightening to certain people who like that security.

This can only take you so far, though. Eventually, you will have to find a mentor, someone who’s gone down your path, heard all the negativity and still come out on top. But if you don’t have someone like that, discouragement from normal people is a good place to get your bearings.

9. You focus on the problem, not on the product.

If you want to be successful in anything, this is the order of “P’s” you should always remember:

Problem > People > Product

Whatever you’re trying to do, if you’re focused on the problem you’re trying to solve, making it big will become inevitable.

This advice is common sense, but in this day and age, even with the level of insight you can gain into what people think and feel, people still fall in love with their ideas and completely forget about the people whose problems they’re trying to fix.

You don’t have to have all the answers. In fact, having the humility to ask the people who support you what they want from you can actually enamor them even more to you.

No one has the guts to be authentic and human. That’s what inevitably leads to their downfall. Have the courage to ask and understand the real problems and your people will always welcome you.

10. Settling scares you.

I don’t know about you, but imagining myself in 10 years being in the same place as I am now terrifies me. Being a nobody when I could have been a somebody terrifies me. The fear comes from the “could have been” part.

If you’re anything like me, you’re someone who’s been told several times that you have potential. It’s the extent that you believe that statement that defines who you want to become.

Let’s face it:

We all have potential. We’re unique but we’re not special, or different. We all can be someone, but how much we want to become that person is what shapes your actions from today.

Believe it or not, some people are content with just dreaming about what their life could be like. They get a rush from their imagination, then they go back to playing Candy Crush and distracting themselves from the mediocrity of their lives. Sounds crazy, right?

The last thing I would want is to wake up, realize I’m 43, have two kids who don’t think their dad is the best man in the world anymore and a wife who accepted that she chose the wrong partner.

How many of these things can you tick off? Are there any that I’ve left out? Or are there any that you don’t think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments.

By: Johnson Kee

 

 

 

 

 

8 WAYS LIFTING MAKES YOU BETTER AT EVERYTHING

Strength training is also life training, if you approach it with the right mindset. These inspiring truths will have you nodding your head in agreement—and heading for the gym!

You see the bar down there on the ground. You’ve never picked up something quite so heavy before, but you’ve been training for months to do just that. So you get in perfect position, generate every bit of strength and tension your body and mind can muster, and then…up it goes. You drop it with a loud clang, the chalk and dust settles, and the moment is over.

Or is it? Countless strong people have discovered that the triumph of a PR is only the beginning of where training’s benefits begin. Once they’re outside of the gym, they see enhancement in their physical abilities, their mood, their ability to work, and even their ability to build meaningful relationships.

To show how, we’ve gathered true stories from real people who also happen to beErgoGenix athletes. Click the link below and read on as they share what it means to say, “I Lift, Ergo I Am.”

8 Ways Lifting Makes You Better At Everything

By Shannon Clark

Talk About Innovation. Wow! A New Device Stimulates The Brain To Boost Athletic Performance

Halo Sport has big potential on the playing field—and in the exam room.

The Navy SEALs have a high-tech secret weapon. From a distance, it looks like a regular pair of headphones. But as its wearer exercises or navigates unfamiliar terrain, the Halo Sport device beams a flow of electrical pulses to the brain’s motor cortex. The result, its creators claim, is a supercharged ability to learn new skills and build physical strength—a brain primed for performance.

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