Making sure 2021 is a good year starts with preparing for 2021 now, this year, in 2020. Wasting the rest of this year will only leave you ill-prepared for all of the opportunities you’ll come across in 2021. You know what would make the rest of this year a waste? Doing absolutely nothing with it. You know what would be worse than wasting the rest of this year? Doing things that actually cause you to take two steps backward in life. Making sure you’re prepared for 2021 means tidying your life up in the areas of health, wealth, love, and happiness. Lucky for you, there’s a simple way to do this.

To gain more in the areas of health, wealth, love, and happiness, you need to level up your social power. That’s because your success in any aspect of life is affected by your success in your social interactions and social life. Do you let your friends influence you into eating junk food? Are you able to network with people to gain mentors who are already where you want to be in life? Are you attractive enough to attract the partner you want?

More Social Power Means More Success

You can gain what you want in life much easier by simply gaining more social power. Having the ability to connect with anyone is the most powerful asset you can have in this world. Need to get into better shape? Reach out to a personal trainer and done. Need to know how to adapt your business so it doesn’t get crushed by COVID? Reach out to a business mentor and done. 

Need to know how to navigate the dating world? Reach out to a (qualified) dating coach and done. Having a solid network and having good connections means that you don’t need to have all of the answers or all of the solutions to reach your goals. This is all great, but having this kind of instant access to others who can positively benefit your life starts with leveling up your social power. Your social power is mainly made up of your value and your quality. 

Your success in the dating and social marketplaces is determined by your quality. Being high-value creates interest and being high-quality creates attraction. Since interest comes before attraction when you first meet someone, let’s focus on the value for right now. Raising your value means doing your best to be your best in all of the areas that impact how people see you. These are separated into six categories: looks, resources, game, personality, status, and age.

“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

Start Looksmaxing

What is “looksmaxing”? It’s pretty much what the word implies: maxing out your looks (working on yourself to look as good as possible). For this part, the key areas you need to focus on are:

Your fitness
Your nutrition and the supplements you take (if any)
Your grooming (get a hairstyle that compliments your face shape, keep those nails trimmed, and so on)
Invest in a couple of good colognes (the kind that gets compliments)
Get your hygiene together (whiten your teeth, get a skin care regimen in place, etc.)
Get good fitting clothes

On the topic of getting good fitting clothes, to save money without sacrificing in the looks department, consider style capsules (also known as capsule wardrobes). It’s a minimal set of different clothing pieces that all fit well and don’t conform to any trend but are still stylish. That means looking good for a long time without needing to buy too many clothes or getting stuck figuring out what to wear.

Get Your Resources Together

I didn’t say get your “finances” together on purpose because your resources are made up of more than your money. It’s also made up of your connections. So, if you want to know a good way to get started on this, you can start with looking into personal finance gurus. Find one that you feel like you can trust. Be sure to check for reviews of their methods and personal finance strategies for if they work (and check if these are real people leaving these reviews). Then, stick to the plan that your personal finance guru gives you so you have somewhere to start.

Next, write down your top 20 goals that you want to achieve in your career. Then, find your top three in the list that you want to achieve the most—more than the other 17. Then, set your timer for one minute and write down (has to be pen to paper) as many names (first names only) as you can think of of people who you think can help you with the top three goals you wrote down. You can spend the rest of 2020 in preparation to start networking with these individuals in 2021 by researching them, their interests, things you have in common, and any possible obstacles or challenges they may be facing that you can help with (areas where you can provide value).

Forget Working On Your Game (For Right Now)

Working on your game to get better at talking with women is only going to help you once you’ve begun working on raising your quality. That’s because it’s not what you say it’s how you say it. A flirtatious line that would normally turn a woman on won’t work if it’s delivered with low self-esteem, insecurity, social fear and nervousness. It will only make the situation awkward which will make you feel worse for trying if you haven’t developed an antifragile ego. This isn’t a movie, it’s the real world. You won’t be socially rewarded with her number because she thinks your being shy is “kinda cute”. Raise your quality first (fix your mindsets and gain a bit more emotional and social intelligence).

Adopt A Personality That Turns Heads (In A Good Way)

Your personality in the eyes of others is affected by how dominantly you behave. There are different styles of dominance, but the styles that are typically the best for healthy social power are charm and charisma. Of course, it’s ultimately up to you what style of dominance you choose and decide work best with your personality. Some styles are a bit more aggressive than others. Those aggressive options are the styles that spark conversations about toxic masculinity in today’s world. So, if you want a more positive form of social power along with more networking success, consider developing more charm and charisma. To develop more charm, start by developing a deeper love for people. Learn to be more grateful for the people in your life. To develop more charisma, get in touch with your WHY—your mission in life.

“We are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” – Jeff Bezos

Start Getting Ready for 2021 Now

You may have noticed that I left out the “status” and “age” categories. That’s because status changes based on what you’re doing and your current goals so it’s different for everyone. And, age is unchangeable. So, considering all of the improving you could do in the other categories and considering that only one of the categories is unchangeable, you have a lot of room for growth and opportunity to level up your life! Get started on this list and it won’t be long before you’ve noticed that your ability to get more out of life has increased. Which is great news for anyone who wants more health, wealth, love, and happiness, but isn’t sure what else they need to do to achieve it. Now, get ready for 2021!

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Last night, a friend of mine (let’s call him Jameel) took me to his mentor. He was going to get some business advice and wanted someone to tag along for the ride. Having nothing to do for the rest of the day, I decided to go. After waiting for about an hour at his office, we finally got that chance to meet him: A simple looking guy (supposed to be a guru in his field) with a twitchy left eye.

Jameel and his mentor talked for about half an hour or so, and I sat there quietly nodding my head. To be honest, the entire discourse was quite engrossing and truly inspiring to say the least. But if there is one thing that clicked (and that I’d like to share it with you guys) is his reply to my friend’s doubts of failure.

“I am doing everything right,” asked the now vulnerable Jameel, “but there is this looming fear, this doubt that is eating me alive. What should I do about it?” “I am not the kind of person you should be asking this question,” was the reply. “I have never had the fear of failure so I don’t know what to say to you. All I have ever done in my life is done each day’s work to the best of my abilities. That’s it, and I would advise you to do the same.”

“Will you succeed?” He went on. “Will you fail? No one can guarantee that. That is something out of your jurisdiction. Even if you do everything right, there is still a chance that you might fail. And even if you do fail, then what? Will the Earth shatter? Or will the skies fall over? Businesses fail, that’s the fact of life and you should be strong enough to take that bet.

Either you do everything right, one step a time, one task a day and trust the journey and increase your chances of success. Or you keep on obsessing about the future, fretting about failure, instead of doing the actual work and increasing your chances of failure.

Your best bet is to do each task to the best of your abilities and leave the rest to God.”

The reason this mini-speech hit me is because that is exactly what I did to become a better person than I was a couple of years ago. And even if you’re not a proponent of fate or a believer in God, there’s a practical truth to what the mentor said. In fact, the great stoics also had a similar approach to life.

“Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.” – Lou Holtz

What did the ancient stoics say?

Stoics are proponents of Stoicism, a philosophical school of thought that believes human virtue lies in knowledge, and the wise are the ones that are at peace with providence (good or bad).

The great stoic Epictetus put forth his “dichotomy of control” illustrating that the world is divided into things that are in our control (thoughts, emotions, and actions) and things that are out of our control (possessions, looks, or privilege).

If you carefully differentiate the things that are in your control from the things that are not, you influence the things that are in your control to make your life the way you visualize it. You also stop worrying about things that are not under your control. You come to realize how pointless it is and that saves you a great deal of time and energy.

Putting the philosophy into practice

What’s the point to philosophy when there is little to no practicality when it comes to actual meaningful changes in your life? That is exactly why I am a strong proponent of Stoicism as it is the most practical of all philosophies.

Still, being stuck in a place for too long tends to make it difficult to get out and one needs a little more than philosophy to get one out of the mess. 

Here are a few practical steps that I took to make my life a little bit better:
1. Write down your goals

I know how big of a cliché this is, but there’s a reason why it is such a big cliché, it works. Take out a pen and a paper, and write down all of the things you want to achieve.

Think of something that you want to do or need to do. It can be anything from your homework to an art project or maybe as trivial as cleaning up your room. List out as many things as possible.

“Everybody has their own Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.” – Seth Godin

2. Prioritize your goals

Divide them based on priorities. An assignment due this week should be at the top, an art project, a bit lower.

3. Break them down

Break down each goal into little ones that you know you can easily accomplish. Make sure to also spread them across a few weeks or months (depending upon the estimated time for the project).

For example, if your goal is to read a book. Don’t force yourself to read a hundred pages in one go because that’s plain stupid. Think about it this way, if you want to become a swimmer, would you simply dive into a sea or would you first start learning in a pool?

Start by reading 10 pages a day. After a week, turn it up to 12 or 15 a day and keep on increasing each week until you have reached your goal of reading 100 pages a day.

4. Become accountable

The ultimate goal is to live a better life and to do that we have to take one step at a time and for that we require consistency. How do you ensure consistency in productivity?

Here’s how I did it:

At the start of my freelancing career, I only took projects when I felt like it. Some months I’d earn more while on others I’d be asking for financial help. After months of going nowhere and almost sabotaging my career, I decided to do a simple thing that changed everything for the better.

I committed myself to writing 1000 words a day, except weekends, for the entire month. This was an easy goal because there were days when I wrote 2500-3000 words a day when one of my deadlines was tight.

The idea was to become consistent. To keep track of it, I decided to create a simple spreadsheet on google docs. The first couple of days were easy because I was feeling motivated. The third day was a bit difficult because I was losing motivation. The magic happened on the fourth day when I didn’t feel like doing the work but ended up doing it because of the sheer fact that I had to report it on my spreadsheet.

At the end of this little experiment, I had earned more than I had ever earned in a month. If there is anything that I would like you to take away from all this is to set yourself a goal every night and complete it every day without fearing the outcome.

Do you have any tactics on how to become more productive? Share them with us below!

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World-class professional soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo has set records while playing for both Manchester United and Real Madrid. Loved by millions of fans around the globe, he has some truly remarkable athletic achievements. Below are the top 24 most motivating Cristiano Ronaldo quotes that will inspire you to become greater in your own life. He […]

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On this week’s Addicted2Success podcast we have Michael Michalowicz who is an American author, entrepreneur, and lecturer.

He is the author of five business books including Fix This Next, Clockwork, Profit First Revised & Expanded, Surge, Profit First – The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, is an advocate of a business philosophy by the same name, and is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

Michael is the “Business Rescue” segment host for MSNBC’s Your Business.

He also hosted the reality television program called Bailout!


Listen to this powerful episode with Michael here and get ready to take notes:








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Failure and success are part of our lives. But it is challenging to accept your failures and bring yourself above it. Failure is mere a cornerstone to your success as they can often point the right path to follow. Failures of all types must be handled in the best way possible. But when life brings you down, you have to learn to face your failures and fears to prepare for success. Not sure if you can do it or not?

Here are the best ways that can help you dust failures off yourself and get back to your routines easily:

1. Emotionally Motivating Environment

When you come across your fails, it is natural to feel hurt emotionally. 48% of people admit the negative impact of stress on the professional and personal life. Therefore, it is essential to come out of the emotional state and let yourself heal. No one is expecting you to recover right away.

Take your time and find an emotionally motivating environment that gives you the power to take over your failures. During this phase, you are required to concentrate on whatever good you can find around you. An emotionally healing environment can reduce your stress and make the healing process faster.

2. Plan Your Next Actions

The best way to reverse the negative impacts of failure is to move forward. Decide what you are going to do next. Your next actions should be productive enough to bring back the results that you wanted.  If the effects of failure are irreversible, try to find another way that can help you succeed. Even if you haven’t prepared for the possibilities of encountering failure, there is still time to plan your actions and your approach to managing the current situation. It’ll give your mind a diversion and help you think your way through the failure you have encountered.

“Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.” – Robert Kiyosaki

3. Turn Your Mistakes Into Your Lessons

Failures are the stepping stones to your success. Each failure you encounter brings you one step closer to success and, ultimately, points you the right way to success. It is crucial to learn from the mistakes you have made and never to repeat them. 

And failure holds the potential to teach you that. Mistakes that are responsible for your failure points towards the right way to complete a task. And this is what we need to succeed in our life. From now on, you do not require the direction of anyone as your mistakes are guiding you in the right way.

4. Mistakes Are Natural, Don’t Pity Them

We all make mistakes. Most of the successful entrepreneurs of today have learned many lessons from their failures and became successful later on. There is nothing wrong with failing or making mistakes. Without learning the right way to perform tasks, it is obvious to fail multiple times.

Therefore, remember to get yourself up from the pit of failures or mistakes and focus on what you are going to do next. Despite experiencing what failure feels like, do not fear to face it again. The way to success passes through multiple failures, and by learning the right way to perform operations, you can ensure you achieve the success that lasts long.

5. Find Inspiration

There are a plethora of motivators in today’s world who focus on encouraging personnel to bring out their best. Seek inspiration from them. The internet has brought the entire world on a common platform, and it has become easier than ever to contact anyone from any corner of the globe.

Search for a motivator who relates to your failures and current situation the most. Seek their support. You can also find motivation and inspiration around you from your friends and family. During your tough times, all you need is a shoulder to cry on as they can motivate you to move further and focus on the best aspects of your life.

6. Re-Evaluate and Plan for the Best

What went wrong? The answer to this question can help you evaluate your actions and find the possible mistakes you made that caused your failure. For example, a startup owner launching their ride-hailing business can assess their efforts that precipitated the unexpected failure of their business idea.

Whether they lacked in providing efficient services, or the application was not a fit, and many more can be the reason behind their failure. Similarly, you can find out the mistakes that occurred, or you did that contributed to your failure. This helps you understand the actions that attract failure and plan out your next steps accordingly to never let them happen again.

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” – Marilyn Monroe

7. Expect the Best Results

Even after failing multiple times, you must keep your hopes high. The fear of failure often causes a trauma that doesn’t let a person get over the failures they receive for their best efforts. But this is the time when you need to visualize your success. Without fearing the failures, you must plan to succeed by keeping the lessons you have learned from your mistakes.

Expecting a tangible outcome for your efforts can help you keep your hopes high and alive. Visualize your success in your mind and plan for the actions you find are suitable for achieving it. The best way to fight your failures is by improving on the efforts and facing it head-on.

Do not let failures affect your self-esteem. Keep your morals high, and do not lose self-confidence. By learning how to overcome these tough situations, you can achieve success and keep your failures at bay. A positive environment, motivators, and the ability to learn from your failures can help you reach the peak of success.

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If you need immediate help, try these ten tips over the next ten days and then observe how your life changes. Write down the changes in a personal notebook. Continue with what works and discard what doesn’t.

Here are my 10 tips for instant motivation:
1. Your self-motivation program starts the night before

Try to get to bed early. If you are tired or sleepy throughout the day (even if it’s from boredom) remember that an hour of sleep before midnight is worth more than an hour of sleep after midnight. So rearrange your schedule to go to bed earlier.

2. Plan the next day the night before

In your personal motivation notebook, write down what you plan to do tomorrow. With each activity, make sure it is framed in a positive way. For example: Instead of “prepare monthly report” write down “prepare monthly report—knock my boss’s socks off.” You get the idea. At the end of your list write down “something great happens that I don’t know about.”

3. Reflect and visualise the things on your list prior to bed

It’s okay to feel this way—just put any fears or guilt about feeling this way out of your mind by refusing to give such thoughts energy. Keep concentrating on how great your list feels. Your self-motivation program is kicking in already.

4. Write down what has been causing you to lose motivation at the end of your daily plan

Go ahead and write them down, it doesn’t matter how big or complex they seem to be. Now it’s time for some well needed sleep. Just before falling asleep, tell yourself that you are going to gain new insight into the list of issues or problems you just wrote down.

“A well spent day brings happy sleep.” – Leonardo da Vinci

5. Fall asleep to some music that concentrates on the higher music octaves

This will open up the higher centers of your mind and prepare your subconscious mind for problem solving.

6. You should lie in bed the next morning for a few minutes

Read over your daily plan and once again, imagine how good it will feel when things go your way. Now get up and get ready for the day feeling very self-motivated.

7. Eat something for breakfast that has a decent amount of protein in it

If you are a coffee drinker, think about giving it up. Feeling nervous or jittery will definitely interfere with your self-motivation. Here’s a good tip: Don’t give it up cold turkey, that’s too hard. Instead, make every other cup you drink a cup of decaf. Pretty soon you won’t be able to taste (or feel) the difference. You will cut your caffeine consumption in half immediately. 

After about a month of this, you can start drinking decaf exclusively. If you are a heavy coffee drinker, you’ll find that you will now only want 1-2 cups per day and the detox process was painless. Eventually you won’t even want the decaf and you can substitute fruit juice or water.

8. Listen to uplifting music on the way to work

You should have music to start your day that makes you feel good. This is designed to open your energy centers and help you to think clearly. If you go to lunch later in your car, play some more of this type of music. Do not listen to the news or any talk shows on the way to work—the problems of the world are not yours to solve. Managing your day and being self-motivated is.

“Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.” – Benjamin Franklin

9. Now you’re on the job and ready to face the day

Suddenly your phone rings and a huge problem comes up that is unexpected and nowhere on your daily plan. What to do? Take a minute to jot down the problem in your personal notebook and do what you did the night before: i.e. “my best customer didn’t get their shipment on time—and I knocked my boss’s socks off by solving the problem.” 

Take a minute to feel how good it feels to have solved the problem. Now proceed to deal with the problem–you can do it because you’re self-motivated! As you go through your day and perform each item on your daily plan, check off each item as they are finished.

10. At the end of your day, do the steps outlined in steps 1-5 again, but add something to it

As you make your plan for the next day, add one more step. Feel how great it feels to have ticked off the items in your daily plan and tell yourself, “I’m the best and most qualified person on earth who could have accomplished this.” Now get busy planning your next day.

Something else to consider, if your environment is cluttered and unorganized, you are going to find it difficult to follow this plan. If this is your situation, you need to spend the time it takes to clean your home, office or other workplace.

Which step in of the 10-step plan for instant motivation resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts with us below!

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Every business has its high and low periods. We all wish for our businesses to make a lot of money and succeed. Unfortunately, it can take new businesses a number of years before they finally see any major profits. As a business owner, you may feel discouraged at waiting for your business to take off because you’re working 12+ hours per day and seeing no results. This may make you want to give up and throw in the towel, right?

Do you believe in your business idea? If so, then you should not give up unless you have no other choice. If you have the financial stability to sustain your business and its operation, then keep it going for as long as possible. Some businesses take longer than others to get off the ground. You simply need to increase your motivation so that you’ll work harder toward making it a success.

The big question is how do you stay motivated as a business owner? Below are 5 highly effective strategies for staying motivated so that you don’t give up prematurely:
1. Create Goals

Business owners tend to lose their motivation whenever they fail to create goals for themselves. After all, if you don’t have any goals to work towards, then how will you ever get the motivation to do anything? You can’t expect your business to succeed if you don’t know what you want to accomplish with it.

There are three different types of goals to set. You can set short-term goals, mid-term goals, and long-term goals. Short-term goals take between 2 weeks and 2 months to complete. Mid-term goals take between 12 months and 24 months to complete. Long-term goals take over 24 months to accomplish.

For example, short-term goals could include purchasing supplies or leasing a building. Long-term goals could include expanding the business to a second storefront or achieving one million dollars in net revenue after 3 years. With goals like these, it is easy to stay motivated and push yourself to achieving them.

2. Avoid Things That Waste Your Time

It is so easy to waste time in the 21st century. We have access to smartphones, laptops, virtual reality devices, tablets, and smart “IoT’ technology that keeps us plugged into the internet. You can watch television and movies or listen to music with just a few clicks or taps. Unfortunately, this can limit the productivity of an undisciplined person.

If you find yourself watching too many pointless videos or browsing social media when you should be working, then do whatever you can to avoid visiting these time-wasting websites. When you wake up in the morning, you should immediately become productive and then continue that productivity until you go to sleep. If you must take breaks in between, then do so without subjecting yourself to a distraction. Read a book, eat your lunch, or anything that won’t make you lose track of time.

3. Keep Track of Your Achievements

Does it seem like you work endlessly without any reward? That is how running a business feels to many new entrepreneurs. Don’t let this feeling drain your motivation because there are little rewards you probably don’t notice. Keep track of your achievements no matter how big or small. When your business makes its first sale, write down the date and time in a journal. When you receive your first positive comment from a customer, write that down too. By keeping track of the smaller achievements, you will notice a pattern of accomplishment. This will fuel your motivation to achieve much bigger things.

4. Set Deadlines

You must set a deadline for everything you want to accomplish. It is not enough to create goals if you don’t have a deadline for them. Otherwise, they’ll just be looming in the air without knowing when you’ll complete them. A deadline helps avoid procrastination and encourages motivation so that you can get more work done. This not only applies to you, but everyone else who works under you too.

5. Maintain a Positive Environment

Negativity is the killer of motivation. You cannot stay motivated and grow as a person if you have negative people in your environment. This applies to both your home and work environments, but especially in business. If you have employees who are not committed to the job, then get rid of them immediately. A positive environment makes you feel more enthusiastic so you’ll try harder. That is what you should strive to achieve within your organization.

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With many strange and vastly different roles in his career, acclaimed and beloved American actor Johnny Depp is truly a unique phenomenon in Hollywood. He had a troubled childhood – his family didn’t have a stable place to live and moved constantly. Depp got into drugs at the age of 12. He was awkward and […]

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One day in the early 1960s, 44-year old Sam Walton founded his first department store in Bentonville, Arkansas a few years after being forced to let go of his first successful store for contract problems. Since this day, July 2nd, 1962, Walmart has grown to be the most successful retailer in the world (now is second to Amazon) with over ten thousand stores and more than $200 billion in market value. All that because of one dedicated and hard-working man who lived by his principles and gave many ambitious people, including me, the inspiration to do and grow more.

I have read Walton`s autobiography, ‘Sam Walton: Made In America’ and these are my top four lessons for you:
1. Understand the value of the dollar

Walton never believed in a having a flashy lifestyle and was capable of balancing the love of life with keeping expenses at bay. He had seen people selling their companies for little to enjoy the rich experience, then suffer later when it all goes down the drain. He also believed that to provide value to his customers he had to cut his expenses and be wise with spending money.

So he built a philosophy that every penny he saves, is a penny saved for his customers and created the famous Walmart motto: Save money. Live better. Walton dined at family restaurants, slept two to a room when traveling with his executives and among all of the eighteen airplanes he bought in his lifetime, none of them were brand new.

”Every time Wal-Mart spends one dollar foolishly, it comes right out of our customers’ pockets. Every time we save them a dollar, that puts us one more step ahead of the competition” – Sam Walton

2. Protect your success and learn from every mistake

After five years of hard work in Arkansas, Walton eventually managed to outperform his competitors and build the largest and most profitable variety store in the whole region. Unfortunately, he lost everything over a contract mistake. His landlord got greedy and wanted to give Walton’s store to his son, so he refused to renew his lease at any price.

To be honest, the man did offer Walton a fair price in exchange of his franchise name and inventory but this wasn’t what Walton wanted, and he had to leave behind all the success he’d just built and go.

But because of his positive mindset, Walton blamed nobody but himself for that mistake and vowed to learn from that mistake and spend double the time reading any future lease. He also realized his family needed someone with law experience who can also hold their best interest so, he encouraged his oldest son, Rob, to become a lawyer.

3. Learn everything you can about your business

Be desperate to learn everything about business and hang around those who know better than you. Wal-Mart stores have dominated the retail industry for years but did you know who made Walton interested in such business? His barber. The first rules Walton ever learned about retail work came from his barber and his brothers who had later grown their variety store into a sixty-store chain.

Walton also spent most of his Sundays at his manager`s house learning the business and talking about retailing. Even when he later left JCPenney and moved to Arkansas, he had to find someone experienced to learn from so he spent his lunch breaks at his competitor`s store and copied his best practices.

“Commit to your business. Believe in it more than anybody else.” – Sam Walton

4. Be competitive

The best word to describe Walton is competitive. He got that from his mother who taught him to take life seriously and try to be the best at everything he did. He worked as a lifeguard, waited tables in exchange for meals and stopped getting allowance as soon as high school began.  He also made a considerable sum of money during college despite living through the most prolonged, and most prevalent depression of the 20th century.

Walton was so competitive that he played baseball, football, and basketball all at the same time and won the state championship in two different sports. Not mentioning climbing up the Boy Scout ranks at a very young age and being elected president of the town’s Bible Class.

This intense experience helped Walton set his mindset towards success and understand the importance of teamwork. He realized that publicly exercising his ego wasn’t the right way to build a strong business, so he invested much in attracting the best, most talented, and most loyal people to his team.

What do you think of the entrepreneur who built one of the largest retail empires in the world? Comment below!

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I remember the day in vivid detail. I was on a weekend trip visiting my girlfriend at the time in Arizona. She had decided that we should join her friends to go “cliff jumping.”  We were early on in our dating and she obviously had no idea that I was not fond of heights. So “cliffs” and jumping off of them… No thanks!

I inevitably found myself on the edge of a 40-foot cliff peering down at a vast blue canvas of water. Then I realized if I didn’t jump, I’d have to start the walk of shame back down the cliff. This was a lose-lose situation for me.

Fear had me. I didn’t want to jump, but I also didn’t want to look bad in front of my girlfriend’s friends. So I jumped and in that moment, I had defied my brain and my neurochemistry.

Our brains are wired to protect us, not to push us towards our goals. Our brains are wired to look for anything that could be potentially dangerous or threatening and keep us as far away from it as possible by using fear. The problem is not all situations warrant fear.

There is a saying in neuroscience that says, “the brain wires the way it fires”, meaning the more you do a certain activity, the more the brain lays down wiring to make that action or activity easier.

‘Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.’ – Karl Augustus Menninger

When we let fear keep us stagnant and we continue to do the same things that are comfortable, our brain gets “hardwired” to stay comfortable. We become “stagnant.” This can become debilitating for some of us and prevent us from encountering the very experiences we need to grow and succeed.

When we, in spite of our fear, do the challenging things that are outside our comfort zone, we begin to hardwire into our brain change, adaptability, creativity, growth, perspective, and happiness because we stretch the boundaries of our brain’s capabilities and force it to adapt rather than “playing it safe.”

An elite athlete didn’t make it where they are today by going into their training and never pushing past their comfort zone. They constantly pushed their limits of comfort to force their bodies and minds to grow to that of a top performer. The same principle applies to our brains. If we let fear dictate our actions in any area of our lives, it will stunt your growth in that area.

So what’s the first step? How do we go about conquering our fears whether it’s public speaking, starting a business, or launching the product or service? See below:
1. Journal Your Fears

Write down all the fears you have, big or small. Contrary to opinion “size does not matter.” Your brain still operates the same with all types of fear. The key is to first acknowledge what you are fearful about and bring it to light. Be as specific as possible.

2. Prioritize Your Fears

I then rank my fears from highest to lowest in terms of how often I think about this fear and/or how much it disrupts my life. You may find some fears combine into a broader category and that’s ok — we’ll get to that. So for now identify your biggest fear.

3. Support Your Belief in Yourself

I don’t mean just “believe in yourself.” What I mean is to build in support systems that will support your belief in yourself, so that when you start taking action, your support systems will solidify those new experiences and form deeper, more meaningful, and lasting beliefs in yourself.

It may look like building a list of affirmations that you say every morning or a meditation. Whatever it is, it needs to be uplifting and empowering you towards conquering your goals.

4. Take Action & Start Small

Look at your list and identify what your biggest fear is. That’s the beast we’re going to tackle long term, but for some that may seem like a big stretch at first. So instead, see what your 5th biggest fear is, and that’s where you’ll start.

What we will then do is build our way up and take a ride on the “Momentum Train.” Starting small with taking actions toward your lower priority fears and then building up helps your brain build momentum, which provides your brain with plenty of courage and motivation to tackle the #1 fear on your list.

‘Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.’ – Helen Keller

5. No Time Limit, Just Consistency

Most goals should be limited to a time domain. For the goal of tackling a fear, time can be a challenging factor to set. Some of these fears may have been unknowingly building up for decades without your knowledge. So I don’t recommend setting a time on when you are “going to conquer your fear.”

Instead set appointments to regularly meet and address your fear. If you’re fear is public speaking, then go to a local Toastmasters once a week. The more consistent you can be, the better.

6. Reframe and Reinforce

As you begin to address these fears, make sure you are reinforcing the experiences you have in a positive perspective. For instance, if you want to be less fearful of public speaking and decide to try out a local toastmasters group, your first time speaking to the group might feel like a train wreck, but when you look back on the situation you can acknowledge that that actually pushed past your fear and accomplished your goal.

7. Rinse and Repeat

This isn’t a quick fix. It may take some time. There’s always a new fear or challenge awaiting us. The key is to have systems like this in place to address those challenges properly rather than allowing ourselves to succumb to fear and derail our lives from their fullest potential.

How do you handle your fears? Comment below!

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