Let’s get real. The definition of madness is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. I will be very blunt. The new year can open up doors and opportunities to elevate us or it can bring the opposite if we are not awake and continue to fool ourselves stuck in our old programming with made up stories that we tell ourselves about why we are not where we want to be in life. Nobody is perfect and we all fail and will continue to do so for as long as we are alive. There are couple of key components that I think make the difference in how we progress despite all the problems.
Nr 1: How you perceive what is happening to you and the conversation you have with yourself inside your own head
You can create your own reality by hijacking your own programming.
February 19, 2017 I was watching how the coffin with my grandmother that I loved above all else was being lowered into the ground. I decided to believe that we are all higher beings that take a human body for awhile, like going on vacation. Higher beings that will soon meet again and discuss and laugh at our human experience. That made me feel much better than thinking that this was the last time we would meet. Because who can tell for sure?
Nr 2: Your ability to get up fast when you have been hit hard
2016-2017: I got scammed mentally and practically by a person that I called both mentor and great friend for a very large sum of money uncovering a web of lies that would shock even Spielberg in Hollywood. I lost several businesses and streams of income that took me seven years to build up, I had to watch my grandmother first suffer in disease and than die and the list goes on. But lingering and feeling sorry for myself (which I did) for too long was not an option because I know that with practice I can bend my own reality (you can create your own reality by hijacking your own programming). So I decided to be thankful for everything that happened and see it as another life lesson. Negative emotions and frustration can be a powerful ally if put to work.
So I launched three new projects:
Vital Adventure: Tribe of high-achieving entrepreneurs that want to elevate their game through adventure, vitality and influence. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOz2MXuJ8yY)
Power Of Women: Yearly event to inspire, equip and prepare women to capitalize on their passion. (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/power-of-women-tickets-39514060619)
Rise Up: one year development program for 80 students in Sweden about attitude, goal-setting, decision making.
I am far from where I want to be on these projects right now, but the most important thing is that through action you don’t have the time to feel sorry for yourself for too long.
Nr 3: Have a goal-setting & tracking system
Having well-defined goals and priorities will make you stand out. 97 percent of the people you know or you will meet do not have that. Knowing what your aim is and having a strategy about how to reach it is crucial. However you also need consistent action on a daily basis and a system that tracks your progress so you can PLAN-DO-REVIEW-IMPROVE.
I have been using the same system Living Your Best Year Ever for a longer period of time and I am entering my 7th year of compounding results.
Check it out here: https://store.success.com/shop-all/living-your-best-year-ever-by-darren-hardy.html
If you ask me about my key priorities and goals or numbers connected to the daily actions that are the most important for me I can tell you.
Date nights with partner: 51times
Contacting new prospects: 111 ppl
Training: 352 times (7040 push-ups)
Meditation: 335 times
Diary Entry: 352 times
Read my goals: 352 times
Books: 13 books
Audio: 113 hours
So if you made it so far, congratulations! Not a lot of people have that kind of a patience today when we constantly get bombarded by information.
In 2018 I want to give more, much more. So this a list of the best books, podcasts,apps that I have been devouring on purpose. I hope you find it helpful on your own journey.
Deep Truth by Gregg Braden/ https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Truth-Igniting-History-Destiny/dp/1401929222 (spirituality and science)
Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy/ https://www.amazon.com/Entrepreneur-Roller-Coaster-Time-JoinTheRide/dp/0990798623 (entrepreneurship)
Rule 1 by Phil Town/ https://www.amazon.com/Rule-Strategy-Successful-Investing-Minutes/dp/0307336840 (investing like Warren Buffet)
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance/ https://www.amazon.com/Elon-Musk-SpaceX-Fantastic-Future/dp/0062301233 (entrepreneurship)
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger/ https://www.amazon.com/Total-Recall-Unbelievably-True-Story/dp/1451662440 (entrepreneurship)
If This is a Man by Primo Levi/ https://www.amazon.com/If-This-Man-Primo-Levi/dp/B0007DU3IE
Invested: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/invested-the-rule-1-podcast/id1008452319?mt=2 (about money)
Masters of Scale: https://mastersofscale.com/ (about scaling)
Tim Ferris Show: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tim-ferriss-show/id863897795?mt=2 (about world class performers)
Jocko Podcast: http://jockopodcast.com/ (about discipline and leadership)
Framgångspodden: https://itunes.apple.com/se/podcast/framg%C3%A5ngspodden/id985517492?mt=2 (about success)
Headspace: https://www.headspace.com/ Guided meditation and mindfulness
Streaks: https://streaksapp.com/ The to-do list that helps you form good habits.
So let’s bend reality in 2018!