If you're not amazed by how naive you were yesterday, you're standing still.
Over the last 1001 days I've transformed into a completely different person (several times) and the transformation continues at an exponential rate…
Each day I’ve recorded my progress by tracking how I spend my time and if I execute my daily “success habits”…
Keeping this daily record and analyzing my habits has taught me about the massive importance of measuring personal growth…
It’s forced me to be brutally honest with myself about what’s working, what isn’t and make changes when I fall off course…
Today, I'm going to share with you the top 6 things I've learned about personal growth from tracking my habits 1001 days…
Let’s dive in…
In this Article, You’ll learn: -How to self-awareness leads to personal blasting through mental barriers. -How to make your best performance today, your average performance. -The true cost of all personal growth in any field. -How tiny personal habits early in the day lead to colossal results later.
As a kid, I remember practicing my jump shot in the driveway. I would imagine the clock ticking down -- "5", "4", "3", "2", "1" and releasing my jump shot, while yelling "Kobe!" --- Only to watch the ball clang off the rim. For some reason we thought that calling out the name of a prominent athlete (Jordan, Garnett, Iverson, etc) would somehow magically cause us to shoot a higher percentage. Perhaps it did.
This was at the age that all of my peers dreamed of becoming a professional athlete. We wanted to be the next Jordan, Pele, Elway or Agassi. We wanted to be superstars and somehow still live the lives of normal kids -- going to birthday parties, playing after school and learning to become productive members of society. We didn't understand the price they paid in order to achieve greatness in their sport.
Similarly, today many of my peers dream of becoming the next Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Malcolm Gladwell, Ramit Sethi, Richard Branson, Marc Cuban or Bill Gates. We want to be a superstar and still live the life of a normal working adult. We want to see our friends, hangout on the weekends, live a low stress lifestyle (no worries), and yet have all of the riches and freedom the life of a high-profile entrepreneur promises.
Becoming the most badass version of yourself is hard work and can be exhausting. Sometimes you just don't have it and feel stuck or like you're not making any progress.
Because you are the driver of your own success, it's easy to stop when you get overwhelmed. No one has a gun to your head and is forcing you become more confident, increase your leadership skills, get fit or make more money. There's no due date.
You have to be your own motivator, coach, manager, CEO and worker bee and it's easy to get lost in the mindless sea of to-do's, social media, sports, Netflix and societal pressure to conform. Falling off the path is the norm.
Let's face it -- you will get lost and fall off the path. It's inevitable. What you must learn is: What to do when it happens...
In this post I'm going to share 5 things that you can use to become the best version of yourself.
I call it "The 5 "R" Framework of Becoming The Most Baddass Version of You".
In this post, you'll learn about (mostly through car metaphors):
How to deal with overwhelm and keep your focus on what matters.
A simple software tool you can use to create an awesome dream board (one of my favorite exercises).
The worst (and smallest) car in the world.
Jim Rohn and Ronnie Coleman's personal development philosophies.
Everyone knows what they should be doing. That's easy. Doing it is the hard part.
The other day a reader and friend told me his biggest struggle. He said: "My biggest struggle is that I can't maintain any sort of consistency with my habits. I know exactly what I should be doing, I just can't get myself to stick with it long enough to see results."
After analyzing 913 days of data from tracking my habits.... I've discovered that that are 5 things and only 5 things that help me to be consistent each day. When I follow this simple formula, I'm productive and make progress towards my big goals.
The other day, I was asked a question by a reader and friend.
She asked: "It’s hard for me to stay motivated and consistently make progress towards my goals. How do I get motivated and stay motivated?"
It's a good question, because when we are motivated, we stay consistent and we make progress. We'll stay up late, read all the books, put in the extra work, develop the skills, create the habits and do all the little things necessary to realize our goal.
It's that simple.
This got me thinking about the times where I was driven like an obsessive maniac to accomplish a goal, and the times I was unmotivated and failed.
After searching through my stories, and re-reading the lessons of great leaders and peak performers, I noticed that there are 4 fundamentals to getting motivated and staying motivated.
When we understand and implement these fundamentals we create unstoppable motivation and achieve our goal.
Admit it! You want to quit your job and become the next Steve Jobs.
You've imagined slamming down your resignation letter on your boss's desk, running over to Apple headquarters, slipping on a black turtleneck and pulling the next "i" product out of your pocket to a crowd of screaming Apple fans!
Or... maybe you haven't.
The point is, I talk with dozens of people each week who tell me their dreams. They want to build their own business, travel the world, start a revolution, create the next wave of consumer technology or cure degenerative diseases. "The Dream" of just climbing the corporate ladder, getting intoxicated on the weekends and retiring at 65 is dead. We don't want that anymore.
We feel like we're destined for something bigger and we are driven by something else. Our peers think were crazy and we feel awkward talking about our dreams to "normal people".
Other generations really don't get it -- they are completely driven by top line sales revenue, business growth and personal financial gain...
This post is going to be very different than anything else I've put out.
It's going to challenge you, push you, make you uncomfortable and hopefully inspire you. It starts with a story about dealing with success barriers and follows with 5 crazy things I did to overcome my fear of rejection.
Some of them are obvious, others are downright silly and they all can help you (if you actually do them).
My hope is that you can learn from my experience and complete at least one of the five challenges. If you do, I'd love to hear about your experience. You can either post in the comments section or send me a email.
Look at Kobe, Oprah, Musk, Schwarzenegger, Gates, Buffet and Mother Theresa - they don't try to be someone else. They understand where they have talent and where they are weak. They know exactly who they are.
Kobe isn't a governor, Oprah and Musk don't play professional basketball, Schwarzenegger isn't a speech therapist, Gates and Buffet aren't bodybuilders, and Mother Theresa didn't start an electric car company. They play to their strengths and use their talents to create world class results.
If you want to replicate their success, you must know yourself. This article discusses 5 different strategies to know exactly who YOU are and grow the leader within you.
And our To-Do lists kept growing and growing and growing.
We tried to fix it…. by adding more to our to-do’s and doing more things at the same time. This only made it worse.
To make matters more confusing we blamed it on gluten, high fructose corn syrup, vaccines, mercury in our fish, fracking, and the depleting ozone layer. Mass media fed on our fears and convinced us that the problem was everywhere and there was nothing we could do. All of this noise confused us and led us away from the root cause of the problem.
It was right under our nose the whole time. You’re probably holding it in your hand.
A man who took a handful of white pills in an attempt to quiet the demons that called his name... A nearly empty fifth of vodka, perched on a table… A set of dark sunken eyes staring back in a dimly light mirror... The core of a man being challenged by his god…
…..He could no longer escape his past and his future threatened him…. He fell down and got up…. He fell again, this time paralyzed, unable to move... Everything went black....
...An instant that changed his life.
When he woke up, the men wearing white coats said he was two hours away from dying. He'd taken too much this time, it nearly killed him. Next time he might not be lucky.
The pills were supposed to be just like valium- a drug he knew all too well. It wasn’t. The amount of Methadone he’d taken was the equivalent of 4 bags of heroin. Enough to kill most men.
As he lay there, part of him wanted it to be over, to escape the life that that tortured him. It would be easier this way. The the other part still had a spark. That part still wanted to make music, to be a good father and live a good life.
His spark kept him going.
This is his story of Eminem’s recovery. It’s about how he got motivated, created new success habits, used mentors to get his life back and began making music again.
I'm not a big drinker. But when I do, I get crippling hangovers. It's not just the awful hangover feeling that pisses me off, It’s that I stop being my best.
Instead of dealing with the repercussions of my poor decisions, I've been perfecting an antidote. It’s been years in the making, but I’m ready to release it.
I'm calling it "The Hangover Cure For The Masses". You can call it whatever you want.
What I’ve done is broken down a hangover cure using food and supplements. This post focuses on the fundamentals of hacking your hangover, with a few notes for the elite performer who needs to bounce back quickly.
This article is a series of lessons learned from Hollywood's greatest promoter and biggest dealmaker. He’s the man behind Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, John Denver, The Ocean’s 11 Franchise, The Karate Kid and many more.
No matter what life threw at him from club rooms of Brooklyn, to Mafia hangouts of NY’s Lower East side, to the hills of Hollywood he found a way to promote and sell tickets to his shows.
"All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage," he writes. "I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: 'Jerry Weintraub Presents.’
He’s is the most persuasive man in the history of showbiz and changed the industry with his unique insights. His path to mastery is a model for all of us.
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After being exposed to so many different marketing messages, we start to believe that we’re special (it’s everyone else who needs to figure it out!).
Ramit Sethi calls this “Special Snowflake Syndrome”, Andre 3000 of OutKast calls it “thinking your shit don’t stink” and Charlie Munger calls it “delusional confidence”. These phrases all point back to same fundamental flaws of human psychology.
We can’t see how our daily habits affect us in the long term.
We think we’re going to become an overnight success.
We think we’ll avoid the decades of hard work that typically goes into building a life worth living.