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September 2017
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Done is Better than Perfect

What tasks and projects are you avoiding because you are too worried about how it will turn out? Are you trying to think of the perfect thing to say to that cute girl you work next to? Are you worried that your blog post will turn out poorly so you keep waiting until you can get your thoughts together just right? I think I have suffered from perfectionism almost my whole life and still occasionally fall back into that pattern still once in a while. This is when it is time to remind yourself that:


I have been putting off writing this next blog post because I was waiting for that ‘perfect’ topic to present itself. I was waiting for the ‘perfect’ time to write it. Well, I’m here to say, there is no perfect topic or perfect time to do anything. Sure some timing can be better than others, however the most important thing you do is get that thing you have been avoiding done, so you can move forward and stop wasting your energy constantly thinking about it.

Everyday I try to remind myself of this. I keep thinking I have to do X number of blog posts a week or I won’t build my following. But that is a not 100% true. Sure it would be great to put out blog posts every day, however I find that when I set the goal to my ‘ideal/perfect’ number I psych myself out and end up not writing any. That is why today is all about being DONE!

The key to success in any endeavor is not perfection, it is persistence and consistency. Over time you will learn by doing and adjust accordingly. What are you needing to get done today?

There is Always Enough Time

Why is it that we often feel like there is never enough time in the day to complete all the tasks we think we need to do? One of the top excuses people make for not completing a goal is that they ‘couldn’t find the time’.


We are all given the same amount of time in every day, so why is it that some people accomplish so much while others seem to accomplish very little?

The answer is in priorities. The most successful people know how to prioritize the important stuff and eliminate time wasters. I know that I spend hours on end thinking about and trying to decide which task to do next. If I just picked a task and then went on to the next one I would probably be able to complete a lot more in my day. Another thing I waste time on is playing computer games. Computer games are highly addictive and we love the rush we feel when we level up. Think about if instead of playing computer games you took a class or pursued your passion.

To be honest, I don’t even enjoy playing computer games much anymore, even though I still am addicted to a few. When I play it is not because I’m enjoying it all that much, what I am really doing is avoiding the things I should be working on instead. What I love most about playing computer games is the sense of accomplishment. I level up easily and constantly in the games and it is very easily measurable. In real life it is much harder to see progress. We can go days, weeks, months or maybe even years without seeing real gains. It is difficult to stick to something when you can’t measure and see results right away.

But it all comes back to priorities. What is most important to you? Would you rather stick your kid in front of a movie and play on your smartphone or would you rather be reading them a book? Would you rather look at what everyone else is doing on Facebook or go out and live your life?

What are your top three priorities in life right now? What are the three things you spend the most time on right now? If these two lists do not add up you really need to think about how you are spending your time. If getting to the next level in your favorite game or watching another episode of your favorite TV program is really more important to you than working towards your dream life.

There is always enough time for our priorities because we make the time for them. If you find you don’t have enough time in the day maybe it is time for you to readjust your priorities before your whole life passes you by while you sit in front of a computer screen or television.

Risk Being MORE!

I’m sick of playing it safe. I’m sick of living a life of mediocrity. I want more out of life. This feeling of desiring more out of life has made me depressed. I constantly dream about having a different life but have not actually worked towards achieving it. If you want an extraordinary life you need to be willing to take risks.

You need to risk feeling vulnerable to those around you when they think it is stupid to follow your dream. You need to risk failure in order to succeed. You need to risk being yourself and having others judge you. You need to risk trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone so that you can grow and achieve greatness.

I have played it safe my whole life and realized that I have not truly lived. Lately, I have been working on taking more risks so I can turn my dreams into a reality. I still have over 35 years of ‘play it safe’ programming in my subconscious that I am working to overcome. I also am most definitely an introvert so being around others while enjoyable drains me quickly.

A risk for me is going to a cafe or other public place to write. I feel so exposed there and very self-conscious. But in order to grow I force myself to do it every once in while so that I get out of my comfort zone. It’s actually pretty easy to get outside my comfort zone, because my comfort zone is ridiculously small at the moment.

I however have made a commitment to myself to take more risks and live outside of my comfort zone whenever I can. I know this will propel me to the future I desire and enable me to reach my full potential.

Change is not easy. We often fall back into old ways of doing things and it makes our progress slower. But with each step of growth I take I find it easier to get back to my path of success. And while I can often offer others excellent advice, I still struggle to work that same advice into my life. This does not make me a fraud (like I often feel like), it instead makes me human. Change is risk and without risk and change there is no way to reach your dreams.

Be vulnerable today, take a risk that will propel you toward your ideal life!

What will you do today to move yourself closer to your dreams?

Pick Yourself Up and Take Action

Often times we are waiting for others to tell us that we are doing the right thing. To tell us that we are worthy. To tell us that we matter. To tell us that everything will be okay. To give us encouragement. We somehow feel inferior to those around us. They seem to have their lives put together so much better than we do.

So we put on our best face so we can measure up to them, while inside we feel like a fraud. We feel insecure and afraid they will find out the truth. This however I’m told is human nature. So while you are feeling all of these insecurities it is most likely true that they are feeling the same exact way. I have never had the ability to get inside someone else’s head to know for certain but the information all leads me to believe it is indeed true.

What does this mean for us? It means that we cannot wait around for others to lift us up and make us feel better. They are probably too afraid to take action therefore YOU must if you are to succeed! So lift yourself up off of the floor and take action. Move toward your dreams and turn your life into everything you desire. Then reach your hand out and help those that accept your help. This is the way we must move forward as a society.

If you don’t take action for yourself than take it for those you love. Show them it can be done and inspire them to achieve even happier more fulfilling lives.

IT IS YOU THAT NEEDS TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP! What is the next step you are going to take toward your dreams today?

Consistency is Key!

Do you suffer from procrastination like I do? Do you want to become more productive? I know I do, which is why Alex Altman’s book Time is Money caught my eye on Amazon. It promised to: “Cure procrastination without willpower, Become more productive, Find your focus, and Get more done in less time.”

After I read his book it finally sunk in what I was doing wrong. I was resetting my goals before I had turned them into consistent habits! I understood that in order to get momentum going you need to create a ridiculous easy goal. Like turn on your computer everyday and open up your blog. Anther example would be to set the timer for 15 minutes to work on a project you have been avoiding. I would start out with a small goal like setting my Misfit to 400 steps. But then when I completed that goal I would increase it the next day to 500 steps and so on and so forth until I inevitably failed.

This constant resetting of my goal before I had created a positive feedback loop was causing me to fail. After reading his book however I have left my Misfit at 500 steps, a pretty easy goal and I plan on leaving it there until it becomes a habit. Any points over 500 steps will be extra for me. Consistency is more important than the size of your goal.


This works because it creates a positive feedback loop from reaching your goal everyday. Your brain craves positive rewards and creating and leaving a goal small will ensure success!

Consistency ensures success. Now get out there and create lots of positive feedback loops in your brain to create your own success!

If you would like to buy the book, here is the link to this title on Amazon.