Be willing to grow. I love meeting people who started out way over here, and ended up way over there. Their shifts in thinking change, and they become almost unrecognizable. They become who they are, but even that, is subject to assimilation at some other point if other possibilities are presented. Grow in some different way today. It’s okay.
Be a life-long learner. Grandma Moses was still painting at 101 years old. She was still learning. How many of us have stopped? Learn something new today.
Be healthy. You want to live an epic life? Put down the Dorito’s. Grab a handful of walnuts and go out for a run. Put on your mp3 and learn something while you’re at it. Helping yourself in three different ways, all at the same time…epic! Take care of at least one aspect of your health today.
Help others. You don’t have to travel around the world to help someone. A simple smile can make a difference. You can volunteer in your neighborhood. Coach, mentor. Have you found the keys to success in some area? Share it without charging. There are a lot of people waiting for you.
Be an encourager. Some people go through life berating and chastising others. What a loss. Be different. Practice genuine compliment giving. Not to brag, but just to tell you that I want to live an epic life also, here is something that I do. When I hit the gym I scan it for overweight folks who are in there trying to get it done. I find a way to strike up a conversation (I might work out next to them or just say ‘hello’). Since I am there to work out, I make the conversation brief, but it is focused on encouragement. If they are receptive, I may throw in a pointer or two that can be put into practical use, such as: drinking a glass of grapefruit juice every day will create weight-loss without changing or adding anything else (up to eight pounds a month), or that an apple before a meal will help you eat less of the meal since the apple is a fibrous fruit (especially good if the meal is fried chicken!). It feels good when you see that someone has lost a good amount of weight and they thank you personally.
Take chances. This may be the most important one on the list. To have any measurable success, you must be willing to take chances. Flee your comfort zone. Nothing epic can be achieved by staying right where you are. Nothing. The people you read about and admire took chances. Join them.
Be persistent. Don’t be a quitter unless you want to be average. Look around. Do you notice those who have quit? Where are they? Go after something. Use reckless abandon until you’ve achieved it. Then, go after something else. Start the habit of persistency.
Suffering through SELF-DISCIPLINE is good. Very good. Most people have no idea what it feels like to be in the circle of success. It is from one reason alone; they lack self-discipline. They refuse self-discipline. You know this is for you and that I am right. Even now you are reading this and making some excuse why it isn’t true. Okay, stop reading. For the rest of you that know you’ve messed things up, it isn’t too late. Start with some small things such as: get up 10 minutes earlier, read even 5 pages of a book everyday, do 25 jumping jacks everyday, say hi to a stranger. These small seemingly inconsequential things can grow BIG. It can be the beginning of you trusting you again, or maybe even trusting yourself for the first time. Nothing else is more important than you starting this important, life altering habit. A little at a time will work. Read my article on momentum stacking.
Finally my friends, live it.
And not for Pete’s sake but for yours…
Live it LOUD!