Recently I signed up for a 10k race to get back into shape. I paid the entry fee a couple months before so that I would stay committed to doing it.

However as the race got closer, doubt started to creep in. I started to worry about things on race day that really got me to consider whether I should even do it or not.

But then I asked myself one question that helped me decide whether or not I should do it. The answer gave me clarity and I didn’t waver from it.

In today’s episode I talk about what that question is and how it can help you live a life with no regrets.

 

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Advice to Those dreaming about starting an online business

I’ve always dreamt about having my own online business. It was back around 2007 that I knew that the way I wanted to be able to quit my job was to start an online business.

I had looked through job ads and tried to figure out what other job I’d be interested in. But the idea of working online appealed to me.

It wasn’t that easy of a start though. I tried and failed many ways to make money online. I know why I failed, but I’m glad I had that experience. Because with each failed attempt, I learned a bit more about myself and what I liked and didn’t like doing.

In this episode, I give advice to those who are wanting to start an online business. There are so many ways to make money online now, which is great, but

  • Where do you start?
  • How do know if it’s for you?
  • What mistakes did I make that you should avoid?
  • What to do if you have the fear of failure?
  • Why you should stop aiming for perfection?

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5 Ways to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

I’m excited for 2016 and am ready to make this my best year yet. I know you do as well. We start out the year feeling ready, but what can we do to make sure this year is our best year yet?

I share five ways to do so. It’s not the simple advice of figuring out what you want and just setting goals. There’s more to it and they’re small changes that you can make to give you the chance for your best results.

Let me know what you think about the advice I share below and let me know if you have any questions.

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Master the Day with Alexander Heyne
I’m excited to have Alex on today’s episode. He recently wrote a book called Master the Day: Eat, Move, Live Better with the Power of Tiny Habits.

We talk about losing weight, having more energy, and ways to build better habits to make improvements in your life.

Enjoy this interview!

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How has 2015 gone for you? Great? I definitely hope so. What if it hasn’t gone as you had hoped? What if you look back to the beginning of the year and see you’re in the same situation and still feel the same about life.

It’s probably cause you have mental blocks that are holding you back. You may not be aware of them either.

In this episode, I share 10 mental blocks that you have to eliminate to make 2016 a better year for you. Even just holding on to one of these mental blocks can limit your progress.

I know from experience when you eliminate all 10, you’ll feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders, less anxiety, more optimistic, and be more driven to achieve your goals.

 

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Five years ago I stood here at the same stand up desk in the exact same place in my office. I opened up my laptop after yet another long and stressful night at work and typed a letter to myself. I called it my manifesto. It was a letter to tell myself basically to stop making excuses, stop wasting my life, and do something about everything I always complained about in my life.

I taped two copies and put one right above my computer on the wall, where it still is, and one on my bathroom mirror, which isn’t there anymore. I knew if I put it in those two places, I would definitely see it every day. I wanted it to be a reminder of how I felt that night and what I told myself.

Five years later a lot in my life has changed:

What I’m most proud of is that I made all of this happen.

I didn’t just wake up one day and got lucky. I decided to take control of my life instead of just hoping it would get better. It hasn’t always been easy. I’ve had ups and downs for sure, but I can look back at these last five years and feel proud.

I needed to stop doing what I did before in order to get different results. I figured I had nothing to lose to try. Life could not get any worse than how it was in my eyes.

Looking back these past five years, I thought about the biggest lessons I’ve taken away that will help you.

Let go of the past

If you’re holding a lot of baggage from your past, you have to find ways to let it go. By holding grudges or constantly thinking back about mistakes you made in the past, you can’t move forward.

What you’re doing is thinking about the past and getting so angry about it that is paralyzes you. You can’t get anything done. You can’t focus on the present. All you can do is think about things that happened in the past.

Don’t beat yourself up if you feel like you’ve wasted the last five or ten years or your life. You can’t get that time back. You can’t go back and do things differently.

What you can absolutely do is learn from your mistakes and your regrets so that you don’t make the same mistakes again moving forward.

It might help if you write a letter to yourself to let go of that anger you’re holding on to. Then after you write it, burn the letter or rip it to shreds. Often times, you hold in everything that’s been bothering you and you have no one to talk to about it. Get it off your chest so that you can start focusing on what you can do every day to create the type of life you want.

I could have been angry with myself for wasting my 20’s and getting nowhere in life. I could have replayed every decision that led me to where I was and wished I could have done it differently.

I decided to not focus on the past because I had for so many years. Doing so felt like a punch in the gut every time. It would leave me weak and in pain. Not helpful when trying to change.

I had to let it go in order to move forward in life.

If you want different results, you have to do different things. 

If you don’t want your future to look like your past, you can’t keep doing the same old s**t. Re-read that to really let it sink in. You can’t keep doing what you have been doing and expect life to miraculously get better.

You can’t keep going to your lousy job, complain to whoever will listen about it, and watch TV four hours every night and expect a new job with a better salary to be waiting for you when you check Facebook for the one hundredth time that day.

I’ll save you time and tell you it’s not going to happen.

You’re not going to attract the man or woman of your dreams by continuously thinking of yourself failure in life and staying at home every weekend and having a pity party for one.

You’re not going to improve your marriage, lose that weight, or start a side business, by doing what you have been doing up until this point.

What you have been doing has gotten you to this exact moment. Is that where want to be? Are you happy about it?

If you want different results, you have to find a different strategy because I can guarantee if you keep doing that, five years from now, you’re going to be the same person in the same situation. The only difference will be your age.

In 2005, I was in a job I hated. In 2010, I was still in a job I hated. Why? Because I kept doing the same thing. I wasn’t taking much action. I spent my nights after work on the computer and watching TV. On my days off, I’d do the same. I rarely went out.

I kept focusing on how much I hated my life. I kept holding the same beliefs in my head like maybe it’s not possible. I kept thinking of the quickest way to make a lot of money. I kept feeling sorry for myself.

That all had to stop!

In 2015, I do work that I choose to do and I’m making more money now than at my job. All because I started doing things differently in my life.

Some of the things I did were start a gratitude journal, filled my mind with clean water, started a morning routine, set goals, and exercise. I didn’t do them just for one day or one week. I did them consistently.

I never did any of those things before. When I began to make them a part of my life, then I started to see serious changes. I was getting results I had never gotten before.

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