Becoming great at anything requires you to notice what’s missing. If you want to get your body in better shape, you’ll notice the extra fat you have on your stomach even if you already have a six pack. One of the challenges achievers face is they constantly notice what’s not working and spend little time appreciating their successes. The downside with that is that you tend to beat yourself up and wear yourself down with stress.
A big part of becoming successful at anything is positive reinforcement and building upon what’s working. By training your mind to notice what you’re doing great at even if it may seem small at the time you will make yourself more resilient when the inevitable big challenges come your way.
Celebrating small wins also stacks over time in your favor just like compounded interest when you invest your money. If your goal is to get in the best shape of your life give yourself praise when you tie your shoes to go to the gym. Most people constantly associate pain to the micro goals needed to achieve their big goals. Reverse that and start to consciously be grateful for the micro achievements you make along your way to the big success you have your eyes set on.
How do you do that? Simple. At the end of each day ask yourself and write down three small wins from the day. A few examples could be:
Drank a large glass of water first thing in the morning.
Called mom and said hello.
Got out of bed on first alarm.
Skipped eating a brownie.
Smiled at a stranger.
The small wins stack up over time and they become the big wins. You’ll start noticing all the great things you have and are creating. It will begin a self perpetuating cycle that works in your favor in the different areas of your life.
The health and fitness industry is tricky to navigate. On any given topic you can find multiple experts saying completely different things. It can make you feel helpless and think there is no point in even trying. How is this possible?
A big reason for this is because people (experts included) don’t clarify their outcomes and they don’t state their underlying beliefs/assumptions behind what they are saying which absolutely has a HUGE bias on what they are saying.
When it comes to the best time of day to workout it is the same. Some experts say first thing in the morning while in a fasted state and others say at the end of the day is great. Which one is it?
If your outcomes are:
To feel great.
Have energy throughout the day.
If you’re not a professional athlete or training for a specific sport / activity …
The best time is in the MORNING!
Why is that?
You get the benefit of compounding throughout your day from your workout. Compounding works in EVERY area of your life; not just investing your money! It also works in good ways and bad ways.
Just like with ANY important habit you want to do it right away! Syntax is super important and underrated by people. If you are making your grandma’s special homemade cake though it is critical to do things in the right order. What would happen if you waited until you baked the cake and then cracked the eggs on put them on top?!
Same with fitness, your body and your mindset. It’s a super important ingredient you want to get in as soon as possible in your day. Train your brain and nervous system to do what’s most important (especially if it’s hard) NOW!
If you’ve ever worked out early in the morning you know how great it feels to go through the rest of your day with the natural high that comes with it. The hormones are pumping through your body and your metabolism is up throughout the day. Not to mention the mental, emotional and psychological benefits of feeling like a champion athlete after crushing a solid workout.
Once you get your sweat deposits in – you walk differently, you talk differently, you show up differently.
The more you do it the more it stacks in your favor and you will become an athlete. That is what you are if you want to be successful in anything. You need to treat yourself like a world class athlete and you need ENERGY to live an epic life.
Everyone wants all the amazing things that come with a great life. Family, business success, impact, financial freedom, health and vitality, contribution, etc. but few are willing to put in the sweat deposits to create the ENERGY that is required to do all these things. Having kids alone is a huge investment of energy, let alone running a business and having a social life.
The best part is you don’t have to train every morning. You can be flexible and work out whenever you want to. Just having the intention, awareness and discipline to get your workout in early in the morning (75% of the time) is going to have a HUGE impact on your day and your life.
So my suggestion would be to make it a top priority for the next 60 days to get some sort of exercise in early in the morning before 10am. It doesn’t have to be more than 15 minutes. Go for a jog, do yoga, lift weights. The cool part is once you get going you’ll feel great and can keep going if you want or stop and get on with your day in a great state!
Go get it champion!
Thank you for reading and please share with anyone you believe will find value from this!
Also, please give me feedback on Twitter. What did you enjoy or take away from this? What do you suggest I improve upon? Let me know! Just send a tweet to @naeemmahmood.
Make today your masterpiece!
Are you looking to generate more leads for your business?
Silly question. You probably are!
The real question is how is your lead generation and sales going?
For the first few years in my business I was a lone wolf. I took pride in getting things done and working hard.
I didn’t want or need anyone else to do anything for me.
Also why would I have someone else attempt to do something I could clearly do better. (I foolishly believed that lol)
What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was the chokehold on my business.
By keeping everything in my court to get done I was slowing down the process, not creating the best work for my clients (others could do better than me), and focused on meeting my needs vs my clients.
A smart way to go further faster is to partner with others.
Watch the video to learn more about how to partner with others to grow your biz and help more people!
To your success!
Do you have a mentor? A mentor is someone you connect with on a consistent basis to gain new insights on how to achieve your goals faster.
I like to have mentors for each different area of my life.
The cool thing is that by doing this you get to compress time and don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It saves you A LOT of time, energy, money and frustration.
Your goal is to find a person who is creating the results you want to produce in that area of your life. If you want to have a net worth of $11,000,000 go find someone who has that or more and make them your mentor for your finances!
If you want to run a triathlon go find someone who has mastered that and make them your mentor!
If you want to be in your ideal intimate relationship go to the person or couple and ask them!
A few important points to remember about mentor/mentee relationship:
Just because a mentor isn’t doing good in one area of life doesn’t mean they aren’t great in what you are going to them for. And just because they are performing well in one area doesn’t mean you want to listen to them for all areas of life. This seems like an obvious concept but it is easy to fool ourselves. Many times people go to a successful business person for mentorship who is absolutely amazing at what he/she does but doesn’t take care of their health/fitness and the mentee models that as well thinking that’s just the way it is. Or even worse…the lack of health is a prerequisite to their success.
Mentors will change. Don’t procrastinate trying to find the perfect mentor and don’t get attached to working with the same one. You are both working to become the best version of yourselves and the time you spend together may not be long but you can trust it is the right amount of time.
Mentors want to help. If you don’t ask you’ll never get what you want in life. Most mentors are honored and find great joy in someone looking up to them as a role model. Just like you and me they also love hearing themselves talk and sharing all the great ideas and insights they have learned along the way.
Add value. You do not want to be disrespectful of their time they give you. Just like anyone striving to become their best every day they are extremely protective of their time. So one thing you want to make sure you do is add value to them! This could mean figuring out what you can do for them to make their life easier. Don’t ask them, that is lazy and putting more work on their plate to come up with something; research and be thoughtful of how you can improve something in their life. Adding value could be as simple as bringing them a green juice when you meet them, being super attentive and asking great questions, or sharing your notes/insights after your meetings with them.
Watch today’s video for three things to focus on with your mentor to maximize your time together.
To your success!
Have you recently been faced with making a tough decision? How did you make it?
The decisions we make and don’t make shape our lives.
We’ve all been faced with the challenge of making a difficult decision in the past.
I’d be curious to know how you deal with them. Do you have a specific strategy or methodology you use?
We also have many more difficult decisions in our future. The more successful we become and the more responsibility we take on as we grow, the more difficult decisions that we can count on coming our way in the future.
While it is ideal to automate your decision-making and make them at a high level so you don’t always need to keep making the same decision repeatedly and use your mental bandwidth, sometimes we must make important decisions and we need a system to do this.
Why are decisions hard to make though?
Most of the time there are two main reasons a decision is challenging to make.
One is that we have an internal values conflict. We want one thing and we also want another but they are mutually exclusive….or so we think!
The second reason is that we think we only have one or two options which leaves us in a pickle!
Watch today’s video to find out a simple, yet effective system you can use to start turning those difficult decisions into new win-win opportunities for you and everyone involved!
To your success!
Do you drink enough water?
If you don’t it’s time to put an end to that bad habit.
A lot of reasons:
Be less hungry! (hunger is usually a sign of dehydration)
Here’s what you need to do.
Take your body weight in pounds. Divide it by two.
That’s how many ounces of water you need to drink each and every day.
I’m 200 lbs. I make it a top priority to drink 100 ounces of water every day.
Watch today’s video as we share more about the importance of drinking water and a simple effective way of actually getting it done!
To your success!