Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Top 10 Lessons from Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris.

Over 80% of the people interviewed in the book have some sort of daily meditation or mindfulness practice or anything that gets you into the moment.  I believe this is key for everyone because for me I find it almost impossible to be happy or present when I am not doing what I love to do.  I feel the happiest when I am working out and doing 20 minutes of meditation daily.  For me these 2 things are the biggest things that improve happiness for me, and some days even making YouTube videos.  I don't know why this makes me feel happy and present because being an introvert I would think it would make me anxious, but for some reason it doesn't?  maybe it is because I am sharing parts of my life I think will help others or I think that is interesting, I have no clue what the reason is but whatever it is it works for positivity and presence.  What is the thing that you can do daily as meditation or mindfulness?
You have the potential.
 "Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call 'life' was made up by people that were no smarter than you.  And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.  Once you learn that you'll never be the same again."  this is from Marc Andreessen he co-founded Netscape, which sold to AOL for $4.2 billion!  I can say this is true for me and I know that if it is true for me it is true for many others,  I am in no way the best on camera or at writing, but I didn't let that stop me from making videos or writing blogs!  Before I started writing and making videos I thought for me that would be impossible, but once I started I found what Marc said is true.  Life is much broader, I find myself in a place where I can help others that share the same struggles as me, instead of staying confined in my anxieties of putting myself out there.  I found action and creativity create influence in others.  How can you share your flaws or share your strengths to help improve the world?  What will you create in life?
Have a clear vision.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said "I am a big believer that if you have a very clear vision of where you want to go, then the rest is much easier"  I believe this is very important for life.  Whenever I don't have a clear vision of where I want to be or go, I notice I kind of dabble around and slack off.  Without the vision is is easy to slack off.  But with the vision I know I am doing things for myself and others.  Lets take the gym for example, it is easy to dabble around maybe do a couple half assed workouts so your muscles don't hurt too much.  I used to do this all the time! I now have a clear vision of the body I want and the impact I want to make in the world to help others achieve the body they want.  Without the hard work, effort, and vision I will not be able to do any of that and push myself to go where I need to not just in the gym but also in any area of life!
It's "fuck yeah" or "no".  This is something I struggle with.  Saying yes to things I want to do and no to things I don't want to do feels good, but also part of it can feel bad.  This for me is because I am still reprogramming my brain to know my standards for myself are more important than pleasing others.  Also if I'm not all in on something others will feel it or notice it from me.  Start saying no to easy things to say no to, and yes to things you want to say yes to.  It is way easier to start small then start with something big in your life!
  "Life is always happening for us, not to us." - Tony Robbins.  I believe this is critical to anyones life.  We control what happens in our lives, or most of what happens, and if its something beyond our control, we can look at the good or the bad side of it.  Hard gainer like me?  Hmmmm maybe you could find a way to help other hard gainers.  Lost your job?  Maybe you'll find a better one or the job of your dreams!  We should never play victim in life, but instead realize the good and the bad and create a life out of both that is good, and not let things that happened to us control our life, but instead grab life by the balls and control what happens and who you become!
What do you hate doing?
"What is the ultimate qualification for success? For me it's not how much time you spend doing what you love.  Its how little time you spend doing what you hate." -Casey Neistat
For me this is huge, and I'm sure it is for you to!  Many of us go to work 8 hours a day which we hate, then come home and numb ourselves with TV.  Do you really enjoy the time you spend watching TV everyday?  This is an important question to ask.  And even more important is "what is the way I can have the best time today?"  I can say for myself that TV can be fun time to time, but even when I watch it, it doesn't seem like I'm watching TV because its fun, I'm watching it because I'm avoiding something that I need to get done, or that seems hard.  Now I'm not saying that if you watch TV after a long day its bad, but just make sure during the day before you watch it do something you think is fun or something good that you will remember 10 years from now!
Write every morning for 5 minutes to  change your day.  In the book Tim says he writes for 5 minutes in his journal every morning to get out of his head.  I did the same type of thing with my 7 day blogging challenge.  I was way too focussed on how amazing the content had to be instead of focussing on how a small nugget from the blog could help someone or be a cool idea to share even if the rest of the post sucks!  Clearing my mind from writing is even helping me today.  I still have trouble writing at times but it seems the more I write (even if its shitty writing) the more that comes to my head to share.  For me its about getting out of my head and not being afraid to share what I want to share, even if someone else thinks its stupid or not "good enough" its trained me to see that it is good enough.
What you track determines your lens - choose carefully. This section is by Seth Godin, he says that "we find ourselves caught in the cycle of keeping track of the wrong things. Playing victim can be so easy in many circumstances, or even thinking of everything as bad or good.  If you guys follow the blog you know I am a big believe in gratitude.  Gratitude has changed my outlook on many things including my outlook on my job.  Like most people we hate our jobs, they are usually boring and repetitive.  Most of us will only focus on that part but not the good.  Whats the good about having a job even if you don't like it?  You are more likely to improve your life and work towards getting or creating a job you love doing, you can also be grateful you have a job, because without it you wouldn't have a roof over your head or food on the table.  Maybe you can even make some random strangers day!  When I start viewing my job as boring or stupid I like to say to myself "This job may be stupid and boring but at least you have a job and don't have to worry about the next time you will eat."  There is always a way to look at the glass half full!
 Pick a goal and write it down 15 times a day.  Brainwashing yourself for success.  I suck at this but will write my goal 15 times right now in my phone to introduce myself to a new habit,  Before your guys diss me for using my phone to write this down, I also already use my phone for my eating log and workout log, as well as my list of things to do to move closer to my greatest version.  On my workouts I am in the gym at least 3 times a week and have progressed on each workout everyday I am in the gym, and only keep track of the weight and reps of each workout with my phone like I said.
You know yourself, if writing it on paper works better do that, if writing it in your phones works better do it.  So anyways Scott Adams says to pick any goal and write it down 15 times a day.  He says "it seems the universe just starts to spit up opportunities."  I believe this is true even though this is my first time trying it.  I used to work in Birmingham, MI where common cars or Mercedes, BMW's, Range Rovers and so on.  Being around these cars and seeing them everyday told my subconscious mind that money is everywhere.  This did help me in my financial situation.  If your goal is to be the best basketball player write down "I am the best basketball player to ever live!" and I'm sure just like my story that I just shared as well as what Scott said, it will start to manifest in your life and will look like the universe is working for you!  My particular goal was "I make money weekly drop shipping" as this is something I am working on and trying to focus on to become financially free.
 Teach yourself to complain less. "When you complain nobody wants to help you" - Stephen Hawking. This tip from the book goes back to "what you track determines your lens.  I am a complainer myself, we all are.  It is easier to complain about something than to cherish what is right.  Seems weird doesn't it?  Think about it are you more likely to complain about service somewhere or write a good review if the service was good?  Chances are you would want to complain.  I don't blame you because its how we are conditioned.  This is one thing I am working on noticing when I do it, so I can stop doing it, or do it less.  What I have been doing is noticing when I complain and then switch it to "what was good about that situation?"

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