20 Ways to Make Today Amazing

Make today amazing

As entrepreneurs and business owners, it can be very easy at times to fall into a rut and get in the habit of having just average days where we seem to not get much of anything done. Here are 20 ways that will hopefully rekindle that passion of yours and help make today ridiculously amazing.

1. Engage in consistent action.

2. Constantly picture yourself beyond your current circumstances. Dream enormously big and hold that dream deep within your mind, body and spirit.

3. Spend time in solitude to just think and visualize.

4. Write your most important goal on a note card and look at it five times a day. Say it out loud and believe with a deep conviction that it will become a reality.

5. Drink tons of water. It’s impossible to operate to the best of your ability and tap into your full potential if you are dehydrated. Our minds and bodies need water in order to perform at an extremely high-level.

6. Eat to win. If you don’t want junk results stay away from junk food. The bottom line is that we are what we eat.

7. Get your sweat on. One of the best productivity tools that you can utilize is to get a workout in at some point throughout your day. Whether you go to the gym or at home, make the time.

8. Pick up a book for 15-20 minutes and get lost in it. Just as our bodies need physical exercise, our minds need to stay mentally fit.

9. Spend your time around those who lift you up and encourage your vision, not belittle it. We are the average of the five people we hang out with the most. Pick your company wisely.

10. Make time to grow. Carve out 30 min to an hour and find ways to personally and professionally grow.

11. Turn off the music in your car and listen to an audiobook. Most of us spend hours in a car daily, utilize that time to better yourself and learn.

12. Keep a journal. Record your thoughts, ideas and strategies. We have roughly 20,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Don’t let an idea or strategy go to waste. Never rely solely on your memory.

13. Think of five things you are grateful for right this second. It can be something as simple as how beautiful is mother nature or how wonderful your family is. Be grateful for what you have and you will eventually end up having more.

14. Snack on almonds. Great source of protein and other minerals and vitamins that will increase your energy levels and keep performance in peak state.

15. Say “I love you” more often. Don’t let a day go by where you don’t tell those you love how much they truly mean to you. Life is short and by simply saying the words “I love you” will bring you an immense sense of satisfaction.

16. Treat others how you want to be treated. In business and in the game of life, people matter. If you want to truly win in both, make every person you come in contact with feel important.

17. Have a green smoothie. Instead of turning to caffeine turn to the power of mother nature and blend yourself up a delicious, energizing and healthy green smoothie. One of my favorites is two handfuls of organic spinach, one apple, juice of one lemon, three stalks of celery, and ginger root. There are plenty of recipes available to you online.

18. Take a post-it-note or note-card and write down some quotes that move, inspire and empower you. There will be times throughout the day that might upset you or discourage you. Constantly feeding your mind with words that inspire and empower you will instantly get you back on your feet ready to hit the ground running.

19. Cut off all distractions. When it’s time to work, work. When it’s time to relax, relax. Discipline yourself to stay off Facebook and other social media sites when you are working on a computer. If you are in an office, hang up a “Do Not Disturb” sign if possible. Focus completely on the task at hand.

20. Take full and complete responsibility for your life. Own up to your mistakes and never fall into the trap of playing the ever-so-popular blame game.

Adopting winning habits is one of the surest ways to get to where you want to go. What we do on a daily basis determines the results that we end up with. If you don’t like what you have been producing up to this point, then change what you do daily. It’s my hope that this list of 20 ideas is of extreme value to help make today utterly amazing for you.

Originally posted on Entrepreneur.com

3 Ways to Overcome Fear Immediately

Overcome Fear

If there is one thing that holds millions of people back each day from growing as an individual, achieving high levels of success and becoming the best version of themselves, fear is definitely at the top of the list.

High achievers, regardless of occupation, understand that taking risks and massive action is a vital part in getting from where you are to where you want to go. And that goes for in life — and in business. But often these risks are met with fear, which can cause people to question their ambitions and prevent them from taking action.

One thing I want you to understand is that fear is absolutely normal. Even the best experience fear from time to time. The key is to not let fear hold you back and prevent you from taking action and go after what you want in life.

Here are three ways to overcome fear immediately.

1. Rewire your brain. Rewiring your brain is one of the surest ways to overcome your fears and develop the courage that is needed to get to where you want to go. Develop mantras and affirmations that build you up and increase your self-confidence. Read uplifting books to help interrupt the negative inner dialogue that goes on in your mind. Beginning as a child, we are told negative things that we can’t do, be or have. If you don’t take the initiative to rewire your brain, life will do it for you.

2. Have a well thought out plan. We begin to worry and over analyze situations when we don’t have detailed and well thought out plans for our life. Set extremely clear goals with a detailed plan on how to achieve those goals. After you have a well detailed plan, take action.Taking action towards meaningful goals helps to relieve stress and gives you a huge sense of enjoyment. Fear creeps in and paralyzes us when we don’t take the time to plan our lives.

3. Do one thing every day that scares you. Living in our comfort zone is not the best way to live. Not doing the things that frighten you will increase the likelihood that your fears will become bigger – and taking over your life. It can even be something small that you choose to do, but do something daily that scares you. Step out of your comfort zone and work on becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable. When you form the habit of doing something daily that scares you, your courage grows little by little. Soon enough, the barriers that once were holding you back vanish and your potential maximizes tremendously.

Making the bold decision to not let fear hold you back anymore is one of the best decisions you can make to ensure future success. It’s not something that happens overnight, but taking intentional action and running towards your fears daily will give you a promising result in the long run.

Everything that you want in life is past your comfort zone. Don’t let fear be the reason you lived a half-lived life.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

Celebrate Life

We have a reason to celebrate life every day. We must constantly remind ourselves that someone somewhere didn’t get the blessing to wake up and experience another day. Sometimes we get in the habit of taking the little things in life for granted.

As time passes us by, we regrettably come to realize that the small things are actually big things. Think of Birthdays, where you grab your phone and text someone you haven’t heard from in a while just to wish them a happy birthday and to let them know you are thinking about them.

Why not do that every day?

Think of Mothers Day, where we take time out of our day to acknowledge some of the most important women in our lives, our mothers. Why not do that every day? Think of a funeral, where everyone gathers around grieving the loss of a dear friend or loved one, to finally understand that life really is extremely precious and that we must live it to the fullest. Why not do that every day?

Celebrating life isn’t about partying every weekend and adopting the YOLO (you only live once mentality) as so many young children these days interpret it. Celebrating life is about living in the present, creating something that will go on to live much longer than you do, and following your passion.

So today, begin to…..

Make your impact.

Live passionately.

Love openly.

Celebrate life daily!

Worry is an Absolute Disaster

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Is there something that you are worrying about today? Worry is an absolute disaster that prevents us from becoming the best version of ourselves and living a happy, joyful, and blissful life.

Worry not only causes anxiety and fear, but strips us completely of our peace and joy. Not only does it strip us of our peace and joy, but it sends men and women to the graveyard prematurely. Yes, there are people who literally worry themselves to death. Death is obviously the extreme case, but to just know that worry kills people should provide us with enough evidence that worry serves no beneficial purpose in our lives.

When we worry, we can’t sleep. We aren’t productive. We aren’t eating healthy. We let life simply pass us by while we are neglecting what’s important.

Decide today to put an end to all of the worry in your life. The next time you feel yourself worrying over something, think of a past accomplishment, count your blessings, or simply just smile!

Don’t you dare let worry get the best of you. As you focus on your strengths and continually count your blessings, you’ll drive out worry and welcome in peace and joy.

Thrive Instead of Just Survive

So many people today are unfortunately just surviving instead of thriving. They have a “just get by” type of mentality every minute of every day. More than likely they have forgotten who they truly are and have settled for second best without even knowing it.

One of the biggest regrets we will ever have at the end of our lives will be living in survival mode. Living in survival mode prohibits us from living life to the absolute fullest. If you feel you have been surviving as of late instead of thriving, let today be the turning point in your life where you turn it all around.

It all starts with a decision.

I strongly believe that one of the core reasons why so many get accustomed to living a life of survival instead of a life that is thriving is because they lost their faith somewhere along the way. They let their doubts pile up and corrupt their thinking. They set out on a new adventure or set a new goal, but immediately after doing so the doubts took over.

It doesn’t just happen to you. It happens to all of us. The only difference is that there are those who had enough with the doubts controlling their life and causing them to live in survival mode.

One of the easiest ways to put an end to the doubts completely taking over  is to speak favor over your life. Once you hear the words, “I can’t do this” run through your head, quickly shout out, “Yes I can. I can do this and I will do this.”

Have so much faith that you begin to doubt your doubts. Once you do, you will thrive instead of just survive.

Activate the Fighter in You

Just because your back is up against the wall, the disappointments begin to pile up, and others begin to doubt you, don’t give up.

There will be plenty of times throughout the day, month, and year ahead where it will feel like you are at a very huge and discouraging disadvantage. That’s life. Instead of falling victim to the harsh realities of life, activate the fighter in you. The warrior like resolve that is placed in each and every one of us.

Those who are the best at what they do, you know, the ones who break records, leave legacies, and change the world, aren’t always the smartest or most gifted people in the world. Those who achieve such extraordinary success in their life activated the fighter in them, the warrior like resolve that keeps them persisting over and over again.

Your level of commitment to be great is what matters most. And when your commitment to be great is where it needs to be, you stop worrying about where you are and begin to focus on moving forward each day, even if it’s not by much.

Don’t give up. Activate the fighter in you.

Forget All of the BS

Forget all of the problems.

Forget all of the violence.

Forget all of the disappointment.

Forget all of the hate.

Forget all of the doubt.

For a brief moment, take your mind completely off all of the negativity. Focus on all of the positive and promising possibilities instead. Remind yourself of how much you are capable of doing in this lifetime.

And if you can’t see all of the wonderful possibilities for your life, then start speaking them into existence. Plant the seeds now!

All too often, worry and anxiety creep in and steal our joy and power. We forget how powerful we really are.

That’s why it’s very important to turn your attention away from that mess. Instead, remind yourself of all the blessings in your life. The possibilities for your future.

Where we direct our focus is the direction our life will move. If we continue to focus on everything that is going wrong, that’s exactly where our life will head. But when we choose to look at the blessings, more good will come our way.

Forget all of the BS!

A Cold Hard Fact

No matter how you want to look at it, life here on earth is extremely short no matter how long we live. Each time a tragic event takes place in the world or we get the devastating news that a family member has passed away, we are quickly reminded how limited our time here on earth truly is.

I want to encourage you today to not wait for a tragic event to take place or the death of a family member to start living each and every day to the fullest.

What have you been putting off that’s important to you? What dream of yours have you been pushing to the side because fear has gotten the best of you? Which relationship have you been sabotaging?  If you only had six months to live, what would you do?

Let these questions start the process for you.  Dig deep and find ways to live life to the absolute fullest starting this very moment. Not next week or next month, but NOW.

A cold hard fact that always seems to put things in perspective is when I remind myself, “Sooner rather than later.” We don’t know the time or day, but sooner rather than later, our time here on earth will come to an end.

Life is short, so…..

Chase your passion

Love unconditionally

Cherish each moment

Become world-class at what you do for a living

Make a difference

Claim your greatness

Five Ways to Change the Odds

5 ways to change the odds

I love America. Where else can someone come from absolutely nothing and go on to create an extraordinary life?

When the odds are stacked against you, it’s so easy to become the statistic everyone expects from you. How does one escape their bleak fate and go on to achieve noteworthy success? How do men and women with very little resources, horrific backgrounds and less-than-promising circumstances end up making history and reaching world-class levels in their line of work?

They each committed to changing their odds. Here are five ways you can, too.

1. Relentless work ethic. 

Countless men and women have overcome obstacles to create everlasting masterpieces. Their key to success is a relentless work ethic. Be willing to outwork the others. Arrive earlier, stay later, do more than is expected of you. Strive to be the best in your field. Take pride in yourself and your work.

2. Unbreakable self-belief.

Life can be tough. Don’t wear the labels people will try to give you. Albert Einstein was once labeled “mentally handicapped” for not speaking until the age of four. His name is now synonymous with “genius.” Shed the limitations and develop expectations for yourself. Begin by seeing yourself as a valuable member of society. Become that. Believe with obstinate conviction that your future is bigger than where you are and where you were.

3. Keep knocking. 

Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors of all time, took 1,000 attempts to make a light bulb that worked. Where would we be if Edison had given up after the 900th time? When asked, Edison said, “I have not failed 999 times, I have simply found 999 ways how not to create the light bulb.” Keep knocking, keep persisting, no matter how long it takes you.

4. Seek positive role models.

Study great men and women who have already reached their pinnacle of success. The vast majority overcame substantial odds.

Your role model can simply be a person of character you want to strive to become. Whether it be the discipline of your mother, work ethic of your father, or a marriage like your grandparents, seek these individuals out. Ask lots of questions and take notes. Try making a list of five people who can be a positive role model in your life and find a way to get in touch with them. You just might be surprised at the response you receive.

5. Create opportunity.

Changing the odds begins by taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and creating opportunities when there seemingly isn’t one.

One of the core reasons why many miss golden opportunities is because they are thinking in terms of instant gratification. They aren’t willing to lay the groundwork for opportunities to bloom down the road. Laying a firm foundation will allow opportunity to sprout in the future.

Understand that opportunities aren’t always going to come your way. People who wait for the door of opportunity to swing wide open so they can waltz through will likely be waiting a lifetime. Sometimes you have to walk right up to that locked door, size it up and begin breaking it down.

The odds will run your life unless you decide that you are the captain of your ship. What you do when confronted with challenge, the attitude you choose, will dictate your outcome. Focus on your destiny with all into your passion and you will end up at the right destination.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

Live in the NOW

Have you ever got so excited about what’s to come in the future that you completely forgot to live in the present? I certainly have, and I know many others that deal with the same problem. In life, it’s very easy to forget about living in the present and direct our focus and energy towards the future, or even worse, the past.

Just last week I spoke to a junior high school for their career day. I always enjoy the opportunity to spend time with the younger generation and share with them not only the tools that will help them become successful, but some of the things I most regret when I was their age. Live in the NOW

One of the main things I decided to focus on was about living in the NOW. I remember when I was their age all I could think about was going to college, and in turn neglected my final days as a high school student. Those are days I’ll never get back. Once I got to college, the same pattern developed. I couldn’t wait to leave Indiana University and start my NFL career.

This was a huge mistake on my part. Sure, it may have worked to my advantage because I always had a vision of what I wanted for my life, but I didn’t take the time to fully enjoy where I currently was or savor the moment. Yes, we must have a vision for where we want to go in life and take ownership of where we currently are, but something that we can’t let happen is to neglect the present.

The present is here to help develop and mold us into the person we need to become. Day by day, life is fleeing away from us. It’s not just the youth that needs to be reminded of this. We as adults need the same reminder. We decide not to give our all at work until a problem arises. We wait to tell those we love most how much they really mean to us. We forget about our most important values and priorities all to make a living or get an extra bonus.

Our society is constantly thinking about the next move. It’s imperative that we have a vision of where we want to go, who we want to be, but that doesn’t mean to forget about the present, the NOW.

No matter where you are, enjoy life as it is right this moment. Create memories that will last you a lifetime. When you get older all you will have left is memories. Don’t forget to make a life while you are busy making a living. There is no better time to start living life to the fullest than NOW.