1. Stop waiting for the perfect day, instead just do what you have been putting off TODAY
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
2. Find out what you are scared to do or what you don’t feel like doing and then DO THAT
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
3. Surround yourself with people who will build you up, not tear you down
“But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”
4. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Success is found in discomfort.
“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
5. Stop putting others on a pedestal
“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”
6. Keep moving. Never stop.
“Many a false step was made by standing still.”
7. Add positive stress to your life
“Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress—stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.”
8. Chase excitement. Focus on what makes you come alive.
“Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.”
9. Use the prime of your life to do what you want to do, doing anything else will bring forth regrets during the end of your life.
“It is predicated on the assumption that you dislike what you are doing during the most physically capable years of your life. This is a nonstarter—nothing can justify that sacrifice.”
10. Quitting is not quitting if it increases your odds of seeing success.
“Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner.”
11. Don’t fall victim to the common excuses made by mediocre minds.
“People are fond of using the its not what you know, its who you know adage as an excuse for inaction, as if all successful people are born with powerful friends. Nonsense.”
12. Clarity is the key. Your goals and dreams should be crystal clear.
“For all their bitching about what’s holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they’re being held from.”
13. Do what counts
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
14. Forget your weaknesses, build your strengths into super strengths.
“Emphasize strengths, don’t fix weaknesses.”
15. Each day, conquer one fear.
“Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear.”
16. Dream big, there is less competition at the top.
“The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals.”
17. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
“Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!”
18. Are you comfortable or uncomfortable?
“The most important actions are never comfortable.”
19. Effectiveness over efficiency.
“What you do is infinitely more important than how you do it.”
20. Answer the following question every few weeks…
“Which 20% of sources are causing 80% of my problems and unhappiness? Which 20% of sources are resulting in 80% of my desired outcomes and happiness?”