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The Key to Success: Never Fail

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The Key to Success: Never Fail

I’m going to be brutally honest here — so honest that I’m actually afraid to type this.

I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.

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My dream, like a lot of people, is to build a business. I have a ton of ideas, great “million-dollar” ideas if you ask me, but I don’t have the first clue of how to bring these ideas into reality.

So I get the frustration so many people feel with dieting because I feel it with business. It’s really hard for me to admit because I am (we are) hard wired to not show weakness; we never let others know that we are struggling. At least in the fitness industry, that’s the way.  Photoshop and stage everything. “Fake it until you make it.”

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SCREW THAT!

But you know what I do know? Diet and training. I know exactly what to do and why they work and what type of sacrifice is required. The certainty that I feel with my diet and training has to translate if I’m going to be successful in anything. I am working on convincing myself that as long as I work hard and learn from my failures, I will get to my destination. I will be successful.

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I’ve already “failed” at a couple businesses, but the real key to success is that I don’t really see them as failures. I can go back and outline very specific things that I did wrong or should have done differently. I learned. They were expensive mistakes, but I learned, and as long as I don’t make them again, I did not fail. I am simply moving closer to my end result.

It’s all mindset. Look at the most successful people in the world, and you will see an overwhelming amount of ownership — ownership of emotions, ownership of outcomes, and ownership of successes and failures.

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Don’t make excuses; excuses are not the path to success. We are living in a very abundant time and there is no excuse to be unhappy or unfulfilled. Mindset: this is the key to success. Know that you can be everything you dream. Know that it is inevitable. Try not to get caught up in negativity and when you do, pull yourself out as quickly as possible.

Be the best version of you that you can imagine. Construct the perfect you, then ask yourself: what would that person do? How would they respond to adversity? Actively try to put yourself in that person’s shoes until you naturally become that person. When that happens, you win.

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Featured photo credit: Olga Berrios/Puzzle via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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