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HOP #9: Kelly McDonnell-Arnold’s journey to becoming a Sexologist

Happiness of Pursuit Episode 9

Happiness of Pursuit – Episode #9

Never stop learning & Fill your corner with people who fan your flame. – Kelly McDonnell-Arnold, Certified Sexologist, Owner of Bliss Therapy [CLICK TO TWEET]

Kelly McDonnell-Arnold’s journey to becoming a Certified Sexologist

It was so fun chatting with Kelly today about her journey to become a “Certified Sexologist,” something I didn’t even know was possible – and ironically neither did Kelly! She found out that there was a degree being offered in Australia for “sexology,” which led to one of the most awkward first day at school stories I have ever heard.

Kelly’s journey came from a burning desire to understand why it was so taboo to ask and talk about sex. She took that passion and created one of the most unique stories I have heard, about such a life-changing subject.

Kelly McDonnell-Arnold is a Certified Sexologist with a Masters degree in Sexology. She is also a registered social worker and psychotherapist and Founder of Bliss Individual and Relationship Therapy, which is a specialized private counselling practice located in Uptown Waterloo. Kelly also has an MBA specializing in health care administration and is about to launch Sexology International, which is an online platform committed to providing modern, relevant and reliable sexology information, from an inclusive and sex-positive perspective, with her good friend and fellow sexologist.

In addition to running an effective private practice, Kelly continues to spread knowledge in her field by presenting at a variety of conferences, such as the World Congress for Sexual Health, the University of Guelph Sexuality Conference and a number of other Medical Conferences in Ontario.

She is a Regular on Rogers Daytime and contributes to a number of media channels and magazines.

What you will learn on this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

  • In this episode, we talk about how Kelly turned unanswered questions about sex into a career and growing business.
  • She shares one of the best first day of class stories I have ever heard
  • She gives some incredible advice about following your passion and never stop learning.
  • There were some minor audio issues, if you want to skip them, move ahead to 7:00 minutes (that’s also right when the story get’s great!).

How to Connect with Kelly McDonnell-Arnold:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlissIndividualandRelationshipTherapy
Twitter: @Therapy_Bliss
Website: www.bliss-therapy.org
Website: www.sexologyinternational.com

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HOP #7: How Angelika Schriber worked two jobs to become a World Champion Wakeboarder

Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #7

How Angelika Schriber worked two jobs in order to travel the world in pursuit of her dream of becoming a World Champion Wakeboarder

I am absolutely amazed at the stories my guests have shared, and today’s story is both heartwarmer and motivating. Angelika Schriber has more victories than I could mention without wearing out your scroll bar – but that did not come without a great deal of sacrifice – including working two jobs and going to school just to support her passion.

In this episode, you will learn the rarely told story about her past and what drives her to continue winning championships and propelling the awareness for women’s wakeboarding. All these accomplishments from someone who hated the water as a kid!

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Angelika was born in South Africa, grew up in Australia, trains in the USA and travels the world competing in tournaments, which we discuss in detail in the episodes. I could go on about her accomplishments, but I figured it would be best to show you instead – here is a clip of Angelika in action:

 

What you will learn in this episode of the Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How dedication, perseverance, and hard work pay off
  • The sacrifices top athletes make to travel the world and what life is really like on the road
  • How authenticity is the most important trait you can ever have

How to connect with Angelika Schriber:

angelika schriber on The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast

Instagram: @angelikaschriber
Twitter: @angeschriber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelikaSchriber

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HOP #6: How Jen Berson left a 6 figure job as an attorney to create a PR Agency – JenerationPR

Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #6

How Jen Berson left a 6 figure job as an attorney to create a PR Agency – JenerationPR

This week’s guest absolutely blew me away! She left a legal career to build her own PR agency, JenerationPR, with zero PR training and has helped her clients get on the Today Show, The Ellen Show and many other major media outlets.

Jennifer is now a regularly featured PR & social media expert on American Express OPEN Forum for small business and has been featured in the New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, PR Week, Los Angeles Daily News, Fox 11 News, TV Guide Network’s “Hollywood 411″ and was profiled on Apple.com. Jennifer was also featured in the “Limelight Series” on PR Web, and selected by Babble.com as one of the 10 “Mompreneurs Who Made it Big!”

Jennifer has taught “Principles of Entrepreneurship” in the Beauty and Cosmetics department at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). She is also a member of Beauty Industry West and Fashion Group International. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in communications and holds a JD from the University of Southern California law school.

What you will learn in this episode of Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How to make the leap to pursue your passion – even without any training
  • How to connect with influencers
  • How to ask for help and build a support network

Resources:

JenerationPR has some AWESOME tools to help you, head over to this link (http://www.jenerationpr.com/resources/) to see all of them (I’ve put a few of the best below):

How to Instagram Like a Pro!
My down & dirty tips for you to master marketing your business on Instagram

The Foolproof Map for PR Success: 10 Things to Consider Before Starting your campaign
Here are 10 essentials you should consider as you’re developing a PR blueprint for your business

Jen’s 10: Top 10 Social Media Pro Tips
All of my insider tricks & know-how for promoting your business on Social Media

12 Must-Read Tips for Busy Working Moms

Media Training 101: How to Prepare for Your First Big Interview
Let’s get you camera ready…

How to Pitch and Land a Guest Post (3 easy tips)
Guest blogging can significantly grow your reach and customer base. Pitching yourself is easy if you follow these tried & true steps

How to Write the Perfect Press Release
Nothing too clinical here, just some fundamentals to get you on the right track to writing a newsworthy press release

Connect with Jen Berson

Website: http://www.jenerationpr.com/
Twitter/Instagram: @JenerationPR
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenerationBuzz
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenerationpr
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jeneration/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+JenerationprBuzz/posts

 

 

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HOP #5: How an ordinary couple took an extraordinary journey to raise money for cancer – Meredith and Scott Weldon

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Happiness of Pursuit Podcast Episode #5

How Scott and Meredith Weldon cycled across the country to raise money for Cancer.

It was an absolute honour to interview two very close friends of mine to share their story, and an epic journey riding over 7,000 km (4,400 miles) raising over $50,000 and making memories that will give you chills (in a great way).

This is one of the most emotional episodes I have done to date and was the exact reason I choose to do this podcast. This ordinary couple took their passion to do something extraordinary if you find something you’re passionate about.

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In this episode, Scott and Meredith share the emotional story about the children, the families and the amazing doctors and support staff who are helping cancer patients across Canada. You will learn how these interactions fueled their drive and kept them going.

Meredith and Scott both share encounters as they went across the country including the story of a mom who choose to ride her daughter’s mountain bike, which didn’t fit her and was in incredible pain – but persevered to the end.

Here is an incredible video showing the journey (skip to 20:00 for their segment):

The biggest take away from this podcast, which you will hear at the end is that you need to “just do it” and that “everyone has something they are passionate about.”

How can you help Scott and Meredith?

100% of your donations go directly to the oncology camps; none of which are government funded, and two of which would have closed their doors if it weren’t for Tour for Kids.  Event costs are covered by registration fees and corporate sponsorships so you can be confident that your donation is truly making a difference in the life of a child and not the people who organize the events.  Since 2004, Tour for Kids has raised more than $10 million for these three camps!….let’s make it $11 million!

To find out more, or to donate, please follow these links:

Meredith’s page:
https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=2796582&langPref=en-CA&Referrer=%26Referrer%3dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.tourforkids.com%252fontario%252fdonate%252f#&panel1-2

Scott’s page:
https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=2796608&langPref=en-CA#&panel1-1

Here are some additional links to learn more:

Tour For Kids Website:
http://www.tourforkids.com/ontario/

Coast To Coast Against Cancer Foundation:
http://coasttocoastagainstcancer.org/

 

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How golf taught me to go big in life and in my career

Go Big

Golf has been the driving force behind my career (pardon pun). It has taught me so many life lessons, and below I’ll share the most character defining moments that helped me to go big in life and in my career.

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. – Arnold Palmer

I have been fortunate to have started the game at the young age of 9 and went on to Captain the FDU Knights in College. Golf has taught me so many life lessons that have carried over to a successful career – mostly how go big in life. Below are some of the most valuable life lessons I have taken from the game and how you can apply them to help you grow in your life and in your career.

How to Go Big in Life and In Your Career

Humility

Golf is a humbling game, probably more so than any other sport on this planet. It is one of the only sports where you are in complete control of the outcome.

There are no excuses. You play the same course as everyone else in the field. You choose what equipment to play. You choose which club to hit (unless you have a caddy, but I would argue you choose to hire and listen to your caddy). You are the final say in what decisions you make and the outcomes that come along with them.

How someone chooses to accept the results of their decisions is often a great reflection of their character. It wasn’t until late in my golf career that I finally realized how humbling this game was and how humility would be in my professional career and in life.

I can think of a number of times when I was growing up when I had thrown clubs, swore, and sadly even broken a club. It’s embarrassing to admit, but part of growing up.

In my early college career, I struggled. I would blame my coaches and look for excuses. The honest answer is I wasn’t putting in the work I needed to in order to succeed, I was more focused on complaining than growing.

As I came into the Spring of my senior year at FDU I began to appreciate how amazing an experience I had, and the privilege it was to play NCAA golf. Our team went to play a quad match (a small one-day tournament against local schools) in early March. The wind was blowing 25 mph, with a mix of sleet, snow and rain. The old me would have complained, but those feelings of gratitude had set in – I had been humbled. I ended up shooting 73 on the day and went on to win by a shot.

That lesson is something I carried with me into my professional career. I limit my complaining and look to find solutions, not problems. I challenge myself to learn new things daily and put in the right work. I have a greater respect for those around me, especially those willing to share their life lessons with me.

Resilience

Psychological resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity (thanks Wikipedia).

Anyone who has played golf certainly understand the stress and adversity golf can inflict on someone’s mental state. The game is constantly putting you in situations where you are under pressure and looking to see how you will respond.

As I mentioned above, I see a direct correlation to my golf game as I do in my own personal development. Earlier in my life I would get frustrated early in rounds if I struggled early, or did not get off to a great start. Now, I embrace those ‘rough starts’ and look at them as challenges to overcome.

Just last summer I was playing in a match play tournament (for those who are not golfers, that means you play by hole, not total score). I was down 4 holes with only 7 holes. That meant that for my opponent all he would have to do is tie me on three more holes and he would win. However, for me, I had to win 5 of 7 holes to win the match. I’m sure you can tell where this story is going by the nature of the article.

On the 12th tee I hit the ball in the fairway and I said to myself, “Ok, I need to win 2 out of the next 3 holes to have a chance, then do that one more time to force a playoff. I can do that.” I made birdie on the 12th to win and get myself back in the game. I had changed my mental state and was now incredibly focused.

I went on to win the next 4 holes to take the lead. On 17 I made bogey and we went into the 18th hole tied. I had been here before, not just today, but many times before. This time was different. I had been humbled and knew that I had come back from being 4 shots down. I was confident I could win the match and I did. I had hit my approach shot close to the hole and after my opponent missed his par putt he conceded the match.

I know I took the long way to get to the point, but that lesson was one of the most profound examples I had personally about resilience.

[Must Read: Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life]

[Audio Version: Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life]

No matter the situation, you keep fighting until the battle is over. I knew how to break down the challenge into smaller, more manageable chunks that made what was a daunting comeback into something more achievable. I had found a way to adapt to the stress by minimizing it.

This same practice is how I overcome any challenge in life. Simply break it down into manageable chunks. Once you master this, anything is possible.

How to ‘Go Big’

Tin Cup is one of the greatest golf movies, maybe the best sports movie, for sharing how to “Go Big.” Roy McAvoy (played by Kevin Costner) is tied for the lead at the US Open and decides instead of making a par, he wanted to “Go for it” and make an eagle to finish at -20. He hits his ball in the water, followed by his next shot and finally on his 4th, and final attempt, he not only hits it over the water, he hits it in the hole for a 12. He lost the US Open, while hitting one of the most memorable shots in history.

Five years from now, nobody is going to remember who won the open, but they will remember your 12!

While the outcome in this story is not ideal, the story behind going for it is. Most people are so concerned with playing it safe that they never go for it. Those that do reap massive rewards. There’s a long list of people who went for it, but here’s a few that stand out to me:

  • Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple
  • Elon Musk, Co-founder of Pay Pal, Tesla (and others)
  • Richard Branson, Found of Virgin
  • Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft
  • Jeff Bazos, Founder of Amazon

Every single one of these entrepreneurs went for it. Elon Musk risked everything he had made from selling Pay Pal to keep Tesla afloat.

How do you Go Big?

There will be times in your life when you miss that shot. Learn from those missed opportunities and apply that knowledge the next time you step in the tee.

You will face stress and adversity. Learn how to manage that by breaking it down into manageable chunks – you will bounce back

Finally, there’s always a chance that you might hit the ball in the water, but I can guarantee that if you don’t try to hit the shot you’ll never make it.

The biggest successes often come for the most difficult shots. Take your shot! Go Big.

 

 

 

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HOP #4: From Jock to Doc – How Matt Sacheli is changing the lives of Parkinson Patients

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Happiness of Pursuit Podcast Episode #4

How Matt Sacheli went from Jock to Doc, and is changing the lives of Parkinsons patients

It was an honour to interview this week’s guest; Matt Sacheli. His research on the effects of exercise within Parkinson’s patients is truly inspiring. What’s really amazing in this episode is how a chance encounter with a Parkinson’s patient sparked a new passion that changed him from a jock to pursuing life-changing research.

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In this episode you will learn how he leveraged his passion to overcome a number of challenges to improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients. How the funding process works, and how others can follow in his footsteps to find their passion project.

Here is a link to an article about fundraising:
“A surge towards new solutions for people with Parkinsons” (link here).

Resources:

Find Matt on Twitter @MASacheli
For more information about my research: http://issuu.com/ubc_medicine/docs/summer_2015_final_hi-rez/22
For more information about the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at UBC: http://www.parkinsons.ubc.ca/
For more information about the Graduate program in Neuroscience at UBC: http://www.neuroscience.ubc. ca/index.html
For more information about the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC: http://www. centreforbrainhealth.ca/

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The Secret to Happiness – How this simple act changed my life

Secret to Happiness

Have you ever been stuck in a rut that seems like there is no end in sight? No matter how hard you try, for every step forward you take 2 backward?

I’ve been there! A little over 2 months ago I started doing something that radically changed my life, my career, and my relationships.

The secret to happiness is gratitude.

The science doesn’t lie, being happy comes from being gracious. 2 months ago I stumbled across an interview with Tim Ferris on Social Triggers. In the interview, he talks about battling with suicide, which shocked me, coming from a guy who’s had multiple NY Times Best Sellers.

In the podcast, he specifically talks about how gratitude and The Five Minute Journal (link here) helped him get his focus back.

The simplest,
most effective thing
You can do everyday
to be happier. – Five Minute Journal

I want to be 100% clear, this is not an ad for the App. I get no retribution for this article. I have just had such amazing results that I had to share.

To better explain the science behind happiness, here’s a great experiment that validates gratitude’s role in happiness  (it’s worth watching the whole video, but you can skip to 5:00 to get the gist).

Cultivate Gratitude: Gratitude is the opposite of depression and anxiety. It’s the conscious experience of appreciation of the gifts in our lives and the results are tangible.

Introspection: Ending the day on the right note can be essential to a good night’s sleep, eliminating negative thought loops and learning more about yourself.

Gratitude! That’s it! Over the last two months, I have used the Five Minute Journal App to practice being grateful every morning and every evening. Here are  my results:

  • I am genuinely happier
  • I had a deeper appreciation for my family
  • The things that used to frustrate me started to disappear
  • I was more driven and launched my podcast: Happiness of Pursuit
  • I became more productive
  • Improved focus on the important tasks
  • I am more motivated to help others succeed
  • It has even helped my golf game!

I remember the first two days I wasn’t sure what write, so I chose to do the obvious; health, family, and a great job. After just a few days I noticed I was more grateful for WHAT family, health, and a great job meant in my life. They each had a unique relevance to bringing happiness into my life – just as each of the individuals shared in the video (go back and watch the above video if you haven’t – it gives the message some powerful context).

I remember after about 2 weeks that I had this increased drive – a passion, a hyper-focus, a new hunger to give 200% to everything was important to me, and was able to say “No,” to the distractions and things that were less important.

It was like hitting a reset button everyday to focus on the things that mattered.

Change your strategy, change your result.
Change your story, change your life.
Change your state—you change it all! – Tony Robbins

“Change your state – you change it all!” Tony Robbins has changed millions of lives by helping people change their state of mind. This is precisely what happened to me. I had changed my state – I was happy!

As a direct result to being grateful, I completely changed the trajectory of my life, my career, and my relationships.

You can do the same by simply practicing the act of gratitude!

 

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TED Tuesday: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Start With Why

Have you ever wondered how Apple inspires people to wait in line for hours to buy their newest product? 

The answer actually stems back to our biology – yes our biology, New York Times best-selling author Simon Sinek explains in “Start With Why.”

In his book, and the below TED Talk, Sinek de-codes how focusing on the WHY is the fundamental difference between failure and success. He breaks it down to a philosophy explained through the “Golden Circle,” through examples from Apple to Martin Luther King.

The book is an absolute must-read for every marketer, here is a sneak peek:

“If Apple were like everyone else, a marketing message from them might sound like this: “We make great computers. They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. Want to buy one?” “Meh.”That’s how most of us communicate. That’s how most marketing and sales are done…Here’s how Apple actually communicates. “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo.We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user-friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?” Totally different, right?” – Simon Sinek, TED Talk

Featured Image courtesy of Lynne Cazaly (www.lynnecazaly.com).

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What does it take to create your own lifestyle business?

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How would you like to join the “221,815 that are making between $500,000 to $999,999 as a non-employer businesses”, aka One-person businesses?

This past week Forbes published an article called “How Bold Entrepreneurs Are Breaking $1 Million In One-Person Businesses,” which outlined the growth in lifestyle entrepreneurship, this is a number that continues to grow.  As more people come online and technology continues to advance, it becomes easier to access new fans or clients and build a lifestyle business.

The question that is on everyone’s mind after reading the Forbes article; How do I get started?

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, the first step would be to read Kevin Kelly’s article on entrepreneurship called “1,000 True Fans.”

This article is one of the most enlightening and inspirational pieces on entrepreneurship and gives a perspective on how attainable it can be to make a living for “an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art.”

Assume conservatively that your True Fans will each spend one day’s wages per year in support of what you do. That “one-day-wage” is an average, because of course your truest fans will spend a lot more than that.  Let’s peg that per diem each True Fan spends at $100 per year. If you have 1,000 fans that sums up to $100,000 per year, which minus some modest expenses, is a living for most folks.

One thousand is a feasible number. You could count to 1,000. If you added one fan a day, it would take only three years. True Fanship is doable. Pleasing a True Fan is pleasurable, and invigorating. It rewards the artist to remain true, to focus on the unique aspects of their work, the qualities that True Fans appreciate (click here for the full article).

– Kevin Kelly

I want to re-iterate what Kevin Kelly said above; “You could count to 1,000. If you added one fan a day, it would take three years to reach $100,000/year.”

“1,000 True Fans” was written in March of 2008, and since then a number of massive technological advances have made entrepreneurship even more accessible – 3D Printing, Crowd Sourcing and Social Media to highlight a few.

In Bold, Peter Diamandis highlights the benefits that Crowd Funding and 3D printing are bringing to the new breed of entrepreneurs. One of the most important facts he highlights is the potential of online businesses when more than 5 billion people come online in 2020 – yes that’s almost everyone on earth!

In the new economy, scaling to ‘1,000 True Fans’ becomes much more attainable as the number of potential customers nearly triples.

What can you do today to start your own lifestyle business?

  1. Read – there are a limitless number of FREE tools that will help you get started, below are a number of free tools that I have used and highly recommend.
  2. Experiment – with the growth in crowd funding and 3D printing, entrepreneurs can validate the demand for their product and create prototypes at a fraction of the cost from 5 years ago.
  3. Just Do It! – every entrepreneur has one thing in common; they took a chance and learned quickly. The days of leasing a space, buying equipment and inventory are gone – there are so many alternatives to getting started. Just pick your idea and get started. Use the free tools below to get a handle on next steps.

Free Resources:

Enjoy the Happiness in your Pursuit!

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This summer I will be launching “The Happiness of Pursuit” podcast where inspiring individuals can share their story about their path to success and how they found a way to live a passion-filled life. The objective of the podcast is to provide inspiration to anyone looking to push themselves to achieve more in their life; whether that is to start their own business or travel the world with their family,  I want them to find happiness in their pursuits, rather than pursuing happiness.

Please join me by following me on Twitter at the top of this page or search @douglasjfoley.

 

 

 

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Eliminate These 4 Words and Instantly Become More Successful

Successful

Very few people set out to create a billion dollar business. The founders of Air BnB were simply trying make enough money to pay rent when they stumbled upon a way to completely revolutionize travel. Kevin Plank wanted a more light-weight alternative to a cotton undershirt when he created Under Armour. Sara Blakely wanted comfortable shapewear, and when she couldn’t find it, she made her own and created Spanx. Today they are all multi-billion dollar businesses.

All of these founders faced challenges. However, the common trend amongst their success was their ability to stay focused on their goals, the problems they were solving and that no failure or challenge was too big to conquer. Simply put, the word “can’t,” wasn’t in their vocabulary.

Here are 4 things you would never hear from successful people:

“We can’t compete with them”

David and Goliath is one of the best-known underdog stories of all time, so much so, that Malcolm Gladwell wrote a New York Times Best Selling book with that very same title.

With all of the advances in technology, there has never been a better time for underdogs. Anyone has an opportunity to go head to head with the giants – look at what Uber and Air BnB are doing in their industries. 5 years ago, neither of those companies existed and now both have multi-billion dollar evaluations and have paved the way for the new sharing economy.

[RELATED: How to Solve The World’s Biggest Problems]

“I’ll never live in a house that big”

I was watching an episode of House Hunters on HGTV this weekend and couldn’t help myself; “$150,000 for a 3,000 square foot lakefront property, we’re moving!” Having a dream house could be easy if I was willing to move to the middle of nowhere, it is merely a matter of perspective.

There are literally thousands of cities across the world that you’re dollar could go 2x, 3x or 10x further, but not everyone is open to relocating. If that’s the case, then you simply need to find a way to earn more. Don’t let excuses stop you from putting a plan together to get a promotion, earn more commission, switch jobs, or even start your own business. All of those are attainable with disciplined action – so is buying that house!

“I couldn’t run a marathon”

At the age of 40, after struggles to climb a flight of stairs, Rich Roll made a drastic change. He didn’t just run a marathon, he did one of the craziest things I have heard; “something (Rich) calls the EPIC5 CHALLENGE – an odyssey that entailed completing 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. Commencing on Kauai, they travelled to Oahu, Molokai and Maui before finishing on the Big Island, following the course of the Ironman World Championships on the Kona coast.”

Read Rich Rolls’ full story here: http://www.richroll.com/bio/ 

This is the type of mental fortitude that proves anything is possible. Rich could have tried a hip new diet, purchased a Bow Flex, and just settled for the #DadBod. Instead he took on a much larger challenge that resulted in a wildly successful business, a revolutionary diet plan and wrote a best-selling book with his wife. You are not defined by who you are today, you have the opportunity to change if you are willing to create goals, build a plan and follow through – even if that means running 5 Ironmans!

“I’ll never get married”

Ramit Sethi covers this topic better than anyone, and to paraphrase his explanation; “We all have that friend who is just ‘waiting for Mr. Right,” and make excuses to skip out on every opportunity go out on a ‘date’ with a potential fit.” That’s like a fisherman complaining about never catching any fish, but when you ask them what they used for bait they say, “I never cast my line in the water.” It’s rare that a fish jumps in the boat!

Until this person changes their perspective and actually get’s in the game they have little to no chance of achieving their happiness. They do however,  live up to their expectations of “never finding someone.”

Who you are, and how you become are often a result of how you talk about yourself. If you are constantly saying, “I can’t do this,” or “I’ll never be able to,” then that is the future you are setting yourself up for. I believe that everyone is capable of more.

What you can do today to set yourself up to be more successful:

The first step towards becoming the best version of yourself is much easier than you think! For 1 week replace these 4 words with something POSITIVE: can’t, won’t, don’t, and never. 

For each of the above quotes here are some simple and effective alternatives:

  • I’m going to find a way to beat my competition
  • I’m going to buy that house by June of 2020
  • I have signed up to run the nearest Charity marathon in 8 weeks
  • I will go on a new date every week to get more comfortable meeting new people (for business – attend a new networking event or meetup every week)

{Bonus: By assigning a date to these statements it becomes actionable  and will force you to develop a plan}

Time and time again, countless underdogs have emerged victorious! You are that underdog and have every opportunity to create your own definition of success – whether that is buying your dream house, running a marathon or finding the relationship of your dreams – you CAN make it happen.

 

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