Wanderlust Worker https://www.wanderlustworker.com/ Build Better Habits. Change Your Life. Thu, 12 May 2022 12:31:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.1 Top 10 Benefits Of Juicing Daily https://www.wanderlustworker.com/top-10-benefits-of-juicing-daily/ Thu, 12 May 2022 11:59:26 +0000 https://www.wanderlustworker.com/?p=12436 Does juicing really work? I used to ask myself that question often. Although the evidence was everywhere, I questioned the power of juicing. The problem is this. We live in a society that treats symptoms. Not causes. Walk into any doctor’s office, clinic or hospital, and what happens? You’re diagnosed based on your symptoms. A doctor then prescribes medication and ...

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Does juicing really work? I used to ask myself that question often. Although the evidence was everywhere, I questioned the power of juicing.

The problem is this. We live in a society that treats symptoms. Not causes.

Walk into any doctor’s office, clinic or hospital, and what happens? You’re diagnosed based on your symptoms. A doctor then prescribes medication and possibly even recommends surgical proceedings.

And if you have a serious illness or disease? Well, we all know what happens then, right? You’re hurled into a system that pumps you full of prescription drugs, more doctor’s visits and even more surgeries.

That’s called treating the symptoms. But what about the causes? What’s the reason we get sick in the first place? Sure, some of it is genetic. I get that. And I don’t disagree.

But a large part of what plagues us are based on our poor diets, bad habits, and stressful environments.

You Are What You Eat

In America, where I live, you can’t drive but a few blocks in a city where you won’t run into a fast food joint. In some places, you’ll have one on all four corners of the same block.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against fast food personally. But continued consumption on a daily basis destroys us from the inside out.

Ever eat a couple of massive burgers and still be starving right after? What happens in your body is this. The saturated fat and massive influx of calories place an enormous amount of oxidative stress on your cells. Meaning that the body is fighting hard to rebalance and detoxify itself.

This causes glucose levels to spike, which leads to the release of insulin to counterbalance that. And that insulin release makes you feel hungry again. That’s why you feel so hungry after eating a large meal at a fast food joint.

Does Juicing Really Work?

Sadly, I don’t have a magic wand that you can wave to cure yourself overnight of all that ails you. Especially, if you continue to make toxic diet and lifestyle choices. That can only cause more harm than good.

But, the evidence is clear. Juicing does really work. However, the reason why most people don’t drink more green juice is likely for two reasons. Number one, it’s expensive to shop for all the ingredients. Number two is that juicing takes a lot of time. There’s prep work, the actual juicing, then the cleanup.

That’s the reason why most people revert to green juice powders that are already loaded with all the veggies and superfoods that they need for overall health and wellness. These pre-bottled mixes make juicing far simpler.

So why is juicing so vital to optimal health? And how come some people swear by it? Take someone like Chris Wark from Chris Beat Cancer and you’ll see why juicing is so important. Wark used juicing rather than chemotherapy to heal his body from cancer. And it worked.

But he’s not a one-off case. Countless people have turned to juicing to heal all sorts of diseases and illnesses. The power of juicing is evident. But what does it really do to the body and how is juicing so beneficial to our health?

1 — Juicing Improves Digestive Health

Depending on the type of juicing you do, but more specifically, juices with leafy greens and superfoods contain enzymes that work on breaking down food that’s in the gastrointestinal tract. Plus, they contain acids that further add to that breakdown.

Most superfoods, leafy greens and veggies that are typically found in juice recipes also have probiotics, which are the good bacteria that help to feed and protect our gut microbiome. That’s the combination of good bacteria and bad bacteria that lives in our gut.

Most probiotics come from fermented foods like yogurt and cheeses, but they’re also natural compounds that exist within leafy greens, veggies and superfoods. That’s why juicing helps to improve gut health, and eases gas, bloating and constipation.

2 — Juicing Enhances Mental Clarity

Most leafy greens, fruits and superfoods found in typical juice recipes are filled with super antioxidants and minerals that help boost mental health and mental clarity. Juices that are rich in Vitamins K, C, and Potassium (amongst others) help support brain functions.

Most leafy green veggies contain Vitamin K, an important nutrient that works to fight oxidate stress. Oxidative stress happens whenever there’s an imbalance of food in the body where the cells are working overtime to help rid the body of toxins found in fast foods and other food and beverage items we consume.

These leafy greens also enhance mood through antioxidants. Since oxidative stress is strongly associated with depression and anxiety, the release of oxidative stress also reduces these symptoms while enhancing your mood.

3 — Juicing Supports Immune Functions

Since juices that contain certain leafy greens, superfoods and fruits have powerful antioxidants, they also support immune function. Antioxidants fight off what are called free radicals. Free radicals are the result of cellular waste that builds up over time. And they’re the source of many forms of cancers and other serious diseases and illnesses.

Imagine, if you will, a powerful vacuum that comes through and cleans up a big cellular mess, giving your body a much-needed boost to allow it to fight off diseases and illness. That’s how antioxidants work against free radicals. Not only is it reducing oxidative stress, but it’s also giving your immune system a fighting chance to defend itself.

For example, most people know that Vitamin C gives your body an immune boost. That’s because Vitamin C has super-antioxidant properties. But there are many other vitamins that provide this type of support such as Vitamin A (found in carrots and apples), Vitamin B (found in beets and carrots), and much more.

4 — Juicing Boosts Energy Levels

Juicing is a quick way to boost your energy levels for a number of reasons. First, by supplying your body directly with juice, it doesn’t expend energy to break down foods and extract the vitamins, minerals and nutrients from it. This saves your body an abundance of energy.

The second is that by delivering these vitamins, nutrients and minerals directly to your body, it helps to supercharge energy levels by adding powerful antioxidants and enzymes that help boost energy at a cellular level. This reverberates throughout the body, increasing energy available to the muscles, skin, organs, and more.

The third is that juicing helps to increase the level of good bacteria in the gut microbiome, which helps to counteract the bad bacteria that the body is constantly fighting against. And since 70% of the immune system is controlled by the gut, this provides a supercharged boost of energy levels.

5 — Juicing Helps Prevent Cancer

Most juice recipes contain powerful antioxidants, which are vital in helping to prevent many forms of cancer. Cancer occurs through cellular build-up of waste over time through free radicals and oxidative stress.

This comes from diet and lifestyle choices that lead to “an imbalance between production and accumulation of oxygen reactive species (ROS) in cells and tissues and the ability of a biological system to detoxify these reactive products.”

Since antioxidants clean up free radicals and cellular waste, they work to prevent many forms of cancer, and even other serious diseases and illnesses.

6 — Juicing Reduces Inflammation

Many of the vitamins, nutrients and minerals in leafy greens, superfoods and fruits found in juices help to reduce inflammation. This leads to better heart health. Inflammation occurs when your immune system is working to fight off infections by using its white blood cells. This can happen over the short term or the long term.

Inflammation over the short term, such as a rush of white blood cells to heal a wound, can be good. But inflammation over the long term can be very bad for the body and can lead to many serious long-term illnesses and disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, cancers and more.

The anti-inflammatory properties in juices help to alleviate some of the inflammation in the body, helping to reduce the risk of many of these long-term diseases and illnesses. It’s also great for heart health, and provides an immense amount of cardiac support.

7 — Juicing Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

Specifically, green leafy vegetables, and other ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, magnesium, and others can help to lower and control blood sugar levels. Most blood sugar control supplements are loaded with these types of ingredients.

Studies suggest that antioxidants in many juice recipes are also great for helping to lower and control blood sugar levels. However, since most of the fiber has already been removed when juicing, sugars present in certain fruits can spike blood sugar levels. So it’s important to choose the right recipe when juicing for blood sugar control.

8 — Juicing Promotes Healthy Weight Management

Juicing can help to significantly reduce the caloric intake on a daily basis. Especially when it’s paired with a sensible diet and exercise regime, juicing can help promote healthy weight management. However, you have to be careful when juicing solely for weight management as the drop in calories can lead to a reduction in your metabolism as the body enters “starvation mode.”

Rather, juicing should be combined with a healthy diet in order to stimulate the body to increase its metabolism. Some ingredients like celery, beets and others are low in sugars and are great for many juicing recipes that can help to promote weight management.

9 — Reduces Stress Levels

Juicing reduces stress levels by tackling anxiety and depression symptoms. It does this through the influx of certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like magnesium, zinc and Vitamin C and B. Leafy greens are incredibly rich in many of the vitamins and minerals that provide antioxidant support.

Not only does juicing reduce stress, but it also substantially boosts mood. Juicing attacks the levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is one of the stressor hormones released when we are experiencing any number of levels of stress. Studies show that Vitamin C helps to lower cortisol levels, thereby reducing stress.

10 — Juicing Improves Skin Health

The vitamins, antioxidants and minerals found in most juicing recipes can help to keep skin looking healthy, young and hydrated. This is particularly important if you are not getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet.

In fact, there has long been a link between diet and skin health. Vitamins A, C, E, Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and probiotics all help to dramatically improve skin health over time. This is incredibly important if you’re experiencing dry, aging or sagging skin to keep it moist and hydrated.

How To Find The Right Juice Recipe

Okay. So you’re convinced. Juicing really does work, right? Now, where do you go from here? And how do you find the right juice recipe to help you quickly get your health back on track? Well, there is no one-size fits all. But juicing should become part of your daily habits and regime.

While there are plenty of juice recipes, you have to decide whether doing the shopping, prep, juicing and cleanup, is worthwhile for you. Keep in mind, it’s not cheap. It will cost you. Both in time and money. That’s why most people turn to green juice powders and other bottled up superfoods.

It’s easy, cost-effective, and a quick way to get your juicing done without having to do all the legwork, so to speak. But whatever way you cut it, make juicing a part of your daily routine. Give it a few months, and watch as your digestive health, immune health, energy levels and overall mental health skyrockets over time.

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How To Sell On Amazon: An In-Depth Guide https://www.wanderlustworker.com/how-to-sell-on-amazon-an-in-depth-guide/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 15:39:27 +0000 https://www.wanderlustworker.com/?p=11270 Want to sell on Amazon? Well, you’re not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of sellers just like you who are selling on the world’s largest ecommerce platform. And the numbers are actually staggering when you look at the sheer breadth and velocity of those sales. In fact, 53% of all items sold on Amazon are sold by third-party sellers ...

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Want to sell on Amazon? Well, you’re not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of sellers just like you who are selling on the world’s largest ecommerce platform. And the numbers are actually staggering when you look at the sheer breadth and velocity of those sales.

In fact, 53% of all items sold on Amazon are sold by third-party sellers just like you and I. That equates to over 6 million simple, everyday products! And the average amount that third-party sellers make is $90,000 per year. Now, if that doesn’t sound enticing, I’m not sure what does.

However, clearly it’s not as simple as 1-2-3. Otherwise, everyone would be doing it, right? You’ve probably heard some of these statistics before, and are likely wondering whether or not you can succeed by selling on Amazon. But maybe you’re not sure what to sell or how to go about doing it.

How To Start Selling On Amazon

First off, in order to sell on Amazon, you need to head over to Amazon Seller Central to create your seller account. Doing this is fairly straightforward as you merely go through an application process. But before you do that, you have to first consider a few important points.

  • Will you sell on Amazon US?
  • If you’re not a US person, do you have a business entity?
  • Do you have a US EIN or tax ID?
  • Do you have an internationally-chargeable credit card (Visa or Mastercard with raised numbers)?
  • Does your local bank account support ACH?

Keep in mind that there are some restrictions for those looking to sell on Amazon US, but are not from the US. Amazon is fairly strict about this. So, to pull it off and sell as a non-US person on the US platform, you have to establish a US-based business entity. And, you’ll need an EIN (Employer Identification Number).

Amazon is fairly strict about this. And they will go to great lengths to verify your identity by checking your driver’s license or state identification card, asking for utility bills from your home address, and even requesting tax documents. So be prepared.

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Why Sell On Amazon?

While there are numerous reasons I could present for selling on Amazon, one stands very much on its own. But to understand it, you have to understand something called search intention. It’s not meant to confuse you, but more so to further explain why Amazon is the best platform to sell any product under the sun.

Think about this for a moment. When you search on Google, what are you doing? For the most part, you’re looking for information or to solve some kind of problem. Sure, sometimes you might be looking to buy something, but you’re likely in the early stages of that.

Meaning, you have what’s called an informational intent. Your intention is to collect some information about something. You also might be looking to navigate somewhere, as in a particular website. Many people will search things like “Facebook login” or “Namecheap account” and other terms to help them navigate to a particular part of a site.

However, when people come to Amazon, they’re primarily heading there with one very powerful intention. To buy. Buyer intention is massive. It’s largely lacking on Google and other platforms like YouTube or social media sites like Facebook. Yes, it does exist. But when you’re heading to Amazon, you’re looking to buy.

Does Amazon Still Work?

Since there is such massive buyer intention on the platform, selling anything is a breeze, as long as you play by Amazon’s many rules. And, yes, there are many rules. But what most people immediately ask when posed with the possibility of selling on Amazon is—does it still work?

Of course it works. We can see it working for other sellers who are making 6 figures, 7 figures and even 8 figures per year selling on Amazon. But will it work for you? The answer is, maybe. Selling on Amazon is not an overnight thing you do on a whim.

Look, there are no guarantees in life. And if you think you’re going to get rich overnight, it won’t happen. It requires hard work and discipline to source products, invest in inventory, create an excellent listing, get reviews, and ensure that you pay close attention to the underlying quality and value of your product.

This can seem overwhelming to most people. But think about this for a moment. How much effort does it take to build out an entire business, fulfillment system, customer service team, warehousing, and other aspects of a physical product shop? It’s a massive undertaking. Yet, Amazon is doing all the heavy lifting for you (for a fee of course).

Amazon FBA = Fulfilled-by-Amazon

That’s where Amazon comes in with its FBA offering. Everything is done by Amazon. They pick, pack, ship, deal with customers, returns and the whole lot. All you do is get your products to their warehouse, and then focus on getting that product in front of as many would-be buyers as possible.

Is there plenty of competition on Amazon? Certainly, there is. But competition is everywhere you look. On and off Amazon. The question is, how do you sift through all the noise to find a winning product? And, when you do find that winning product, how do you actually push it out and scale up?

1. Setup Your Seller Central Account

Don’t even consider selling on Amazon before you setup a Seller Central account. Why? Because you want to make sure you’re approved for selling on the platform. Now, I’m not trying to be an alarmist. But Amazon is strict. Very strict, in fact.

So, gather your documents and head to sellercentral.amazon.com and start with your account creation. You’ll also have the choice between a free account and a professional account. What’s the difference you ask? Simply this. The free account is limited in its scope. You can sell up to 40 items and that’s it.

Difference Between The Free vs The Professional Account

  • Free Account:
    • No monthly charge
    • You can sell up to 40 items per month
    • Each item costs 99 cents to sell plus fulfillment fees
    • Variable shipping fees for books, music, video, DVD, software, and video games
    • Cannot offer gift wrapping as an option
    • Gated categories are off limits
  • Professional Account:
    • $39.99 monthly fee
    • You can sell unlimited items per month
    • Gift wrapping option available for buyers
    • Allowed to sell in gated categories (i.e. collectible coins, fine jewelry, fine art, gourmet food, videos, etc.)

2. Locate A Profitable Product You Can Sell

Once Amazon approves your seller account, you need to find an actual product you can sell. This is much easier said than done. It will require extensive research on your part. And the more time you spend here, the more profit you stand to make.

This is where the real magic happens. And should you play your cards right, boundless fortune and riches await you. Misplay your hand and you could be in for a serious world of hurt that includes loss of capital, loss of time, and quite possibly, a loss of belief and faith in yourself.

You see, most people approach this the wrong way. They find the hottest, in-demand product on Amazon and decide to go toe-to-toe with the biggest sellers. That, my friends, is a recipe for disaster. Especially when we’re talking about your absolute first product.

Sure, you need demand. But you don’t want too much demand at the outset. And you don’t want too much competition. You might think that’s impossible to still find these days. But it is most certainly possible. There are tens of millions of potential products on Amazon.

Select A Product Research Tool

There are plenty of product research tools when it comes to finding a profitable product to sell. For example, you can use a tool like Jungle Scout, which has been around the longest.

There are others such as SellerApp, Sellics, AmzScout and many more. Each of these tools will give you an estimation of monthly sales and search volumes, amongst other things.

But the best way to research a product is to use the manual method.

Why?

Look, every product research tool will give you a fairly accurate guess. It’s not a fact. Just an estimation. So it’s your job to read through the proverbial lines. Should you invest in that product or not? That’s the question.

To really determine the number of units selling per month, look at the Best Sellers Rank (BSR) of any product. It will tell you the rank within the categories. Some categories of products sell more than others.

But it’s the BSR that really counts. Your goal is find a BSR somewhere in the range of 10,000 – 20,000.

But the real beauty in selling on Amazon is in consumables. Yes. Consumables. Meaning, an item that can be replenished every single month.

Whether it’s hair vitamins, nootropics, probiotics or something else, this is where the real pot of gold is. Of course, to really understand what to sell, you need to know how much of the item is selling.

3. Purchase Your Inventory

Once you find the right product, you need to purchase your inventory. This is where you begin to incur the most costs. So bear in mind that you’ll need too shell out some capital here.

But before you buy anything, you need to find a supplier. Obviously, most people turn to Alibaba. But, if you’re in the US, you can use ThomasNet or other local manufacturers.

There’s a big trade off here because producing overseas is cheaper, but you end up paying lots more in shipping, importing, and quality control. When it’s created locally (if for instance you live in the U.S.) you spend less and the quality is often much higher.

This is obviously a big step. And before you do this, you need a solid Purchase Order (P.O.) with an ironclad agreement or terms. If you find a supplier overseas, it’s harder to enforce something like this. When you source locally, it’s a different story.

4. Create A “Dummy” Listing To Generate an FNSKU

You’ll need a “dummy” listing (aka a placeholder listing) in order to generate what’s called an FNSKU. An FNSKU is required to go on your packaging. Essentially, that’s Amazon’s internal tracking system. To do this, you’ll first need a UPC code. So you’ll need to purchase a UPC code in order to generate your FNSKU.

Build your placeholder listing by adding the minimal required information into the Seller Central panel where you’ll list your product. Once that’s complete, you can generate your FNSKU after you add the UPC code you just purchased.

5. Design Your Packaging & Labels

Ever the heard the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover? Sure you have. Well, when it comes to product packaging, people will judge your product by its cover. Meaning, your packaging and labels need to be on point. And that’s no small or easy feat.

This is where you have to be willing to spend to hire a pro. Because, your packaging and labels will be indicative of the quality of your product. So don’t skimp or try to cheap out on this expense. This is a vital part of bringing your product to market.

6. Send Your Products to Amazon

Once your inventory and packaging are ready, you need to send your products to Amazon. But before you can do that, you have to ensure that your supplier has properly packaged and labeled all your products. If this is your first time around, make sure to get your products shipped to you first if you live in the United States.

If you live outside the US, then taxes and duties of shipping into two countries, plus the slow speed, will not be worthwhile. This is where you have to ensure you have a good quality control process at your supplier. It might cause headaches at first, but you’ll find your rhythm.

To send your products to Amazon, you need to create a shipping plan in Amazon. To do that, you’ll need palette information, including dimensions and number of units in the palette.

7. Update Your Amazon Product Listing

Once you’ve shipped out to Amazon, you can update your listing and add all the relevant information including bullet points, tags, descriptions, and photos. I highly recommend you get your designer to create infographics for your listing to give it more of a professional feel.

Also, it’s important to pay attention to things like keywords and SEO descriptions to help propel your listing to the top of Amazon’s search results. Hire a professional who knows what they’re doing. Again, money spent here is well worth it.

8. Get Reviews Fast

Once your product listing is live, you need to get reviews fast. There are a number of ways to do this, but whatever your approach, you need to hit the ground running. This will be an arduous effort at first. However, the Amazon algorithm relies on both reviews and sales to determine placement in its search results.

I would highly recommend building out a product review funnel in this step. If you want to know more about this, make sure you jump into the free training I’m hosting that breaks this process down.

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4 Secrets To Success According To Jeff Bezos https://www.wanderlustworker.com/4-secrets-to-success-according-to-jeff-bezos/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:44:00 +0000 https://www.wanderlustworker.com/?p=12217 “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” — Jeff Bezos You know Jeff Bezos, right? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know he’s the founder of Amazon.com, a wildly successful company that has seen tremendous growth over the years. It went from ...

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“I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” — Jeff Bezos

You know Jeff Bezos, right? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know he’s the founder of Amazon.com, a wildly successful company that has seen tremendous growth over the years. It went from a simple online book store serving a few customers, to the everything store, serving hundreds of millions of customers worldwide.

However, going back to its earlier days, you can discover a lot about what Bezos believes to be the most important secrets to success. He attributes these secrets to the success of Amazon over the years. And without adhering to these, the company wouldn’t be where it’s at today.

In fact, these four secrets come directly from Bezos himself. While he’s given keynote speeches and interviews throughout the years, these four come straight after the acquisition of Zappos.com. You can actually watch the video below.

What Are The Secrets To Success

Most people are lost when it comes to finding their way in business. The truth is that it’s hard. You have to be laser-focused and driven beyond measure. But the difference between those who succeed and those who fail comes down to a very few number of factors.

Sure, there are good habits you need to have. That much is certain. You need to manager your time, have discipline, and eliminate the bad habits that get in your way. You also have to be able to ignore the opinions of others as you pursue your dreams.

But that’s not what it truly takes to succeed in business. According to Bezos, there are four very distinct factors that are the difference-makers. If you can focus on these, your business will thrive. If you fail to address these, your business will likely become another casualty of competition.

The Early Days Of Amazon

When Bezos first left his cushy job in finance, he had a vision of an online store. He chose books because it was the most ubiquitous product he could offer the widest range on. Since books were so deeply entrenched in society, he chose that as the fastest path.

With astounding internet growth at the time, Bezos knew that he had a small window of opportunity to create a big business. When they started, they programmed a bell to ring every time there was an order. Usually it was a family member. But the first time they received an order from a stranger, it really was the beginning of something incredible.

Within the first 30 days, they bell was ringing so often, they had to turn it off. Clearly, Amazon has only grown from there. Today, it is a colossal multi-trillion dollar company entrenched in the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people who rely on it every day.

So how did Amazon grow so big? Well, there are 4 secrets to success, according to Bezos himself.

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1—Obsess Over Your Customers

Many people in business forget this very simple fact. This goes beyond the credo that the customer is always right. You must have an utter obsession over your customers if you want to succeed. So how do you actually go about doing this?

According to Bezos, everything they do is about the customers and what will benefit the customers the most. Unfortunately, this will not always pay dividends in the outset. When you obsess over your customers you’re expending energy and resources to make them happy.

You do this not only because it’s more expensive to find new customers than to sell to existing ones. You do it because it’s the right thing to do according to. That’s not just an opinion held by Bezos—that’s something the world’s best companies adhere to.

This means that any decision made has to be made with the best intentions for the customers.

2—Invent When There’s A Problem

Bezos says that you shouldn’t wait for the customer to tell you how to solve a problem. Instead, you need to invent to solve their problems. And it needs to be done without the customer prompting you about it. Invention is key to creating a sustainable customer-centric business.

This does not have to be something groundbreaking. It merely means that you need to solve problems in an inventive way. How do you wrap your mind around this? For example, Amazon has faced numerous problems with duplicates orders, deliveries to wrong addresses, and so on.

In fact, early on, Bezos says that customers were ordering negative items and they were getting paid as credits to their cards for those orders. Thankfully, this was solved quickly. But the point is tat you have to identify problems and invent when they exist.

For duplicate orders, Amazon started putting a label on items that were already ordered to help customers to avoid placing a duplicate order. They’ve also beefed up logistics and added photos of deliveries to help with things like fraud and wrong address deliveries.

3—Think Long-Term (5 to 7 Years)

In business, it’s easy to see why most people think short term. After all, most businesses are in survival mode. However, one major secret to success for Amazon has been to think much longer-term than that. Bezos always thinks 5 to 7 years down the road.

He states that some initiatives don’t turn a profit for the company right away. However, they do add value to the customer right away. But in general, most of the investments the company makes do not bear fruit for quite some time.

Think about that for a moment the next time you decide to launch an initiative, create a product or do anything else worthwhile. When you think long-term, it also removes you from being competitor focused and becoming more customer-centric.

Clearly, Bezos does everything in the spirit of the customer because they obsess over the customer.

4—It’s Always Day One

When Bezos says it’s always day one, it means that they are hyper-flexible with the details but stubborn on their vision. They’re not afraid to try new things, even when something is working out okay, in the spirit of making it work even better.

This again comes off the heels of being hyper-focused on the customer. When you take this approach, you’re always willing to experiment in the hopes that you’ll improve the customer’s experience. That’s why it is (and always will be) day one at Amazon.

When you think about this concept, it means that you don’t take an old stodgy approach to business. Most businesses are rigid in their approach and do not promote thinking outside of the box. But not at Amazon because it’s always Day One.

If something will help solve a problem for the customer, or if it will help another initiative along, it is fast-tracked.

How To Use This Approach In Business Or In Life

There’s a lot of so-called advice out there touting the secrets to success of the world’s richest people. But the question is how do you actually use this advice in business? Whether you’re a student, an employee, an entrepreneur or a service provider, pay attention to this advice.

The problem is that most of us spend so much time trying to survive, that we don’t design our lives and businesses in a way that helps us thrive. This comes back to the fundamentals of who we are and how we spend our time. It’s about discipline, goal setting, and understanding why we’re doing something.

The first takeaway here is that whatever you’re doing, it should be in the best interest of your customer. Even if you’re just an employee and don’t own your own business, if you work for someone else, do whatever you can for the customer.

If your employer does not agree with you, then you should probably get another job. Because, any employer who doesn’t value going all out for their customers, is probably an employer you don’t want to work for. If you have any interaction at all with customers, go all out.

Sometimes, this means losing money in the short term. Not everything should be about turning a profit today, especially when you hold the notion to think long term. When you’re thinking on 5 to 7-year timelines, it makes what you do today far different.

When All Else Fails, “Be Like Jeff”

Sometimes, when you feel overwhelmed, it’s novel to think in a different way. This requires that you step outside of your comfort zone and think in a different way. In terms of Bezos, this would require asking yourself the question—what would Jeff do here?

In other words, “Be Like Jeff” and there will be no question as to where you’re going. If you go back into the early days of Amazon, you can find interviews where Bezos was asked why he had a front door as desk. His answer was that he wanted to invest every dollar the company had into the helping the customer, and not into frills.

Of course, Amazon no longer has to worry about those things, but they are still incredibly frugal. They’re still wary of every cent spent and are still hyper-focused on investments that will bring long-term returns. However, they can play on a much larger level these days.

Would Jeff Do This?

There’s no doubt that Bezos is an incredibly disciplined individual. If you lack discipline, that’s certainly one place to start on the road to success. Discipline requires interweaving so many parts of your life like goals, habits and time management. But without it, success is not possible.

But in business and in life, when you need to make a big decision, ask yourself this question—would Jeff do this? I know it sounds simple and common. But knowing what you know about the founder of Amazon, the answer to this question could certainly lead you in the right direction.

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Discipline Is The Refining Fire By Which Talent Becomes Ability https://www.wanderlustworker.com/discipline-is-the-refining-fire-by-which-talent-becomes-ability/ Sun, 15 Nov 2020 17:20:55 +0000 https://www.wanderlustworker.com/?p=12189 “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”—Roy L. Smith Discipline—it’s the most important resource to have in life. Beyond money, skills, or connections, discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. When you have discipline, you can create an extraordinary life, build a colossal business, and achieve any goal you set your mind on. No ...

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“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”—Roy L. Smith

Discipline—it’s the most important resource to have in life. Beyond money, skills, or connections, discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. When you have discipline, you can create an extraordinary life, build a colossal business, and achieve any goal you set your mind on.

No matter who you are or what walk of life you come from, discipline is the bridge that will take you to the island of your dreams. However, what Roy L. Smith likely would say to you if he were still alive would be that while discipline is the refining fire, belief are the underlying coals.

Because, without belief in yourself, it’s near-impossible to turn your talent into ability. When you lack belief, you fail to pursue your dreams. You stagnate and sit idly while life passes you by, too afraid to take a chance and put things on the line.

Too many people discount the importance of discipline, allowing their bad habits to take control and lead them into negative spirals in life. It’s so easy to let this happen. Habits are 95% of what you do. And they have enormous power over us.

How To Increase Your Discipline

Discipline is a learned behavior, but it can also be depleted if you’re not careful. It’s easy to be disciplined to a certain point, right? For example, you go on a diet and you avoid that chocolate cake for a while. Then, something happens that knocks you off-kilter and you cave.

You can see the examples of this clearly when it comes to addiction. The trouble is that until things get really bad, it’s hard to change course. That’s because habits are very powerful. Not only is it 95% of everything you think, say and do, but it’s also non-conscious behavior.

The non-conscious mind is one million times more powerful than the conscious mind. No joke. The conscious mind processes environmental data at 40 bits per second. The non-conscious mind does it at 40 million bits per second.

So it’s like trying to swim backwards from edge of Niagara Falls. It’s incredibly difficult to do. However, creating discipline is not an impossible feat once you learn some of the strategies and tactics behind how the human mind works.

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Working Hard To Create Discipline Versus Working Smart

We’ve been told our entire lives that we need to work hard and hustle. So we go out there, get a good job, launch a business, or go for that degree that we know will move the needle. We toil relentlessly, burn the midnight oil, but still struggle to achieve our goals.

Eventually, our discipline wears off. And like any other muscle, it weakens when it’s not used. What happens next is that familiar feeling of frustration sets in and you realize you’re working hard for nothing. And after a while, you throw in that proverbial towel and give up.

As time passes, you look back with regret. You wonder what would have or could have happened had you kept going, right? If you’ve ever felt this way, I assure you it’s natural. It’s because working hard to build discipline is not enough. You must work smart.

I believe that’s what Roy L. Smith meant when he said that discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. Note that he said refining, which means that you bring something to its purest state. Discipline, at its purest state, is effortless. But life itself is what creates the impurities.

So you must work smart to create discipline. Working hard is not enough. You’ve been doing that your entire life and now it’s time to change things up. You can’t do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result, right?

Step 1—Gain Clarity

The first step for creating rock-solid self-discipline is to gain clarity. If you’re not clear on where you’re going, how difficult do you think it’ll be to remain disciplined? Your journey will take you in many directions unless you get hyper-clear about what you want.

What does this mean? Simple. You need to set clear expectations for your life. In other words, you must set your goals the right way. If you avoid doing this or fail to do it on paper and follow proven processes, then you’ll continue to feel frustrated.

Discipline cannot be created without clarity. Plain and simple. Gain clarity by setting empowering goals and you’ll find yourself moving in the right direction instead of giving up. Big goals take a lot of discipline, but without setting them the right way, you can forget about ever achieving them.

Step 2—Eliminate Bad Habits

Bad habits have gotten in the way many times in my life. They’ve sent me on one tangent after another. They have not served me at all. Instead, they’ve held me back. But the hard part is actually getting rid of those bad habits. How do you do it?

Look, there’s no magic pill you can swallow to do this. Bad habits are powerful because they’re non-conscious. Meaning, they’re automatic and done on autopilot. The only way to really get rid of a bad habit fast is to create enough self-awareness to do so.

That involves admitting that there’s a problem. Because, after all, if you’re not honest with yourself, how can you possibly ever get rid of a bad habit? It won’t happen. And when you do try, you’ll face plenty of friction. There’s a proven process to follow.

Step 3—Find A Coach Or A Mentor

It’s hard enough to accomplish things on your own when you have so much going on. But most people fail to find a mentor or hire a coach because they think it’s too expensive. That’s a scarcity mindset. And I can assure you that this is one of the surest paths forward.

Getting a coach or a mentor, or even joining a mastermind, is an investment in yourself and in your business. It’s so much easier to have someone help guide you towards your goals who’s already been there and achieved the level of success you’re after.

If you want to turn your talent into ability, discipline is the refining fire, but a coach is the person who will help guide you in the right direction. Why do you think people hire fitness trainers to get in shape or sales trainers to help them make more sales? They help provide skill and knowledge so that we don’t get frustrated and give up along the way.

Step 4—Guard Your Time Like A Hawk

Your time is insanely precious. So you must guard it with your life. Become a steward of your time. Don’t waste it. Instead, invest your time wisely into the things that count. I know this is hard to do. But if you’re serious about creating your dream life, you must follow this credo.

Find a good system for managing your time and follow it astutely. Don’t indulge in time-wasters. Rather, invest your time into places that will pay back dividends. It takes real discipline to do this. But there are many ways to better manage your time. You just have to pick the ones that are right for you.

Remember that time is your most precious resource. There’s no way to get more of it. Once you use the time you have, it’s gone forever. So you must use it wisely. As the saying goes, it doesn’t matter where you start, what matters is where you finish. And that’s done by guarding your time like a hawk.

Step 5—You Are What You Eat

The reason why some people lack the energy to create real discipline is because they eat foods that destroy their energy levels. Understand that 5% to 15% of your energy is consumed through food digestion alone. And depending on what you eat or drink, it could be far greater.

For example, alcohol takes an immense amount of energy to digest. So do certain proteins. If you’re eating heavy-caloric meals that are difficult to digest, you will feel lethargic. And when you feel lethargic, it’s hard to create the discipline to do the things that matter in the little time you have.

Eat raw foods, healthy fats and lean meats. Reduce the amount of toxins that you put into your body and watch how your energy levels skyrocket. If you have to reset your body, consider doing the master cleanse. Remember, you literally are what you eat. Your body is converting those foods into energy. So be wary of what you consume.

Step 6—Avoid The Opinions Of Others

When Roy L. Smith talked about discipline being the refining fire by which talent is turned into ability, surely he took this into account—namely that you must ignore the opinions of others. While you work to turn your talents into abilities, you will face friction, both internally and externally.

You’ll be told to quit, give up, and that you don’t have a chance to create the life of your dreams. They’ll tell you to stop dreaming big and get realistic with your life. You must ignore these naysayers like the plague because they will zap you of your zeal and enthusiasm for life.

To build real discipline takes time, and so does creating your dream life. Don’t be afraid to dream big. But don’t just dream. Go out there and fight for your dream life. It won’t just magically come to you. You must take action and invest in yourself for it to happen.

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The Greatest Glory In Living Lies Not In Never Falling https://www.wanderlustworker.com/the-greatest-glory-in-living-lies-not-in-never-falling/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:19:07 +0000 https://www.wanderlustworker.com/?p=12171 The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. — Unknown Okay. You failed—you fell flat on your face and now you’re in a deep, dark place. I get it. I’ve been there. But here’s the thing. Failure is not the end. Not even close. It is not even remotely near the end of ...

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. — Unknown

Okay. You failed—you fell flat on your face and now you’re in a deep, dark place. I get it. I’ve been there. But here’s the thing. Failure is not the end. Not even close. It is not even remotely near the end of your story. In fact, in many ways, it signals a new beginning.

Now, I know. Failure hurts. It stings. And to put it bluntly, it’s embarrassing. You put all your hopes and dreams on the line, telling all your friends and family members that you were going to be the one to make it. You were going to be the one to succeed.

Instead, you failed. But here’s the thing. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Now, this quote has been attributed to many people. But the truth is that the origin is largely unknown.

But here’s the point. When you fall, you must rise again. Like the cliche goes, the phoenix does rise from the ashes. Yet, just because you failed, it doesn’t mean you need to let that moment burn you for a lifetime. Use it to fuel you. Not to hinder you.

How To Rise Every Time You Fall

Okay, failure sucks. Let’s not sugarcoat things. I know you’re not here for that. But understand this. Inside of you, there is a light that is burning. It’s a flame of hope that will glow ever so slightly just as long as you’re alive. Your job is to tap into that flame of hope.

Years ago, when my life came crashing down, I had two choices. I could quite literally end it all, which would have been perfectly fine by me back then. Or, I could choose the latter and keep going. Something compelled me to keep going because I knew it wasn’t the end of my story, just as I know it’s not the end of your story.

If things feel bleak for you right now, please know this. Everyone fails. EVERYONE. One of the reasons why I post here so often is to remind people of that. When I failed in such a cataclysmic way that it shattered my world, I realized something very potent—everyone fails.

The Evidence Is Out There Everywhere You Look

In fact, it was that same epic failure that led me to discover just how some of the most famous and successful people failed the most times. These are people you and I know as being the most successful in history. Yet, they battled failure. Not once. Nor twice. Not even hundreds of times. Some of them endured failure thousands upon thousands of times over.

Go read the stories and see for yourself. And know this—you must rise every single time you fall. You see, our greatest glory in living has everything to do with failure. Not success. Success is great and all, so don’t get me wrong. But it doesn’t dig a firm foundation. It only bolsters ego and self-gratification.

However, when you fall, you create a foundation that will support you well into the annals of success and straight into the halls of fame and fortune. Of course, nothing in this life is guaranteed. So don’t expect that to happen. But you can expect to win as long as you don’t give up.

Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight

There’s a Japanese proverb that goes like this—fall down seven times, stand up eight. Failure is a part of life and always has been. That much is for certain. But what the ancients knew about failure still rings true today—failure is part of the process. But every time you do fall down and fail, you must get back up and try again.

That is the only way to embrace the true abundance that you’re meant to have in life. If you keep jumping ship and crawling away with your tail between your legs every time you fail, you will never live the life of your dreams.

Instead, you must dig in your heels and stand tall. Let life throw its worst at you. Then dredge through that storm with power and grace. Do not relent. Keep pushing and striving until you get what’s meant to be yours in life. There is no other way to attain glory.

How Many Failures Should You Endure?

Most people ask this question after failing—how many times should I fail before I give up or try something new. But here’s the thing about that. You should never change your goal. The only thing you should ever change if your plan to achieving that goal. That’s it.

The truth is that if big goals were easy, everyone would achieve them and there’d be no differentiators in life. Big goals are hard and they take time. So don’t expect it to happen overnight. And when it comes to the question of how many failures should you endure? The answer is as many as it takes.

Look, there have been plenty of incredibly successful people in the world who’ve endure endless failures. But they didn’t relent. They kept pushing and they kept going no matter what. Just understand that if you’re struggling or going through tough times right now.

Finding Meaning In Dark Times

Some say that this quote originated from Nelson Mandela. And you can see why someone like that would say that the greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. He certainly endured some dark times.

After spending 27 years in prison for being a political activist, he was elected in the first fully-democratic election in South Africa. He then worked to dismantle systematic racism in the country. But can you imagine what those 27 years in prison were like for Mandela?

Originally, he was sentenced to life in prison. But political pressure forced the president to release him early. He entered prison at 43-years old. Can you imagine the fear and the sheer terror going through his mind? He’s certainly someone who rose after he fell.

So what gets someone like that through such a difficult period in life? After being jailed by his enemies, he didn’t emerge from prison to seek revenge. He emerged to make real lasting changes for the future of his country and to help end apartheid.

Mandela found his meaning in life. He knew where he was going. And no matter what came in his way, he always knew that his greatest glory in living was not in never failing, but in eventually rising when he emerged from that prison.

What Do Your Goals Mean To You?

Regardless of who originally wrote this quote, you must ask yourself the question—what do your goals mean to you? If you’re going to ultimately emerge from this darkness in your life, you need to find real meaning. The truth is that without real meaning, you will eventually give up.

If Mandela lacked meaning he would certainly not have endured 27 years of harsh imprisonment. But he had meaning. The question is, what do your goals mean to you? And, do you even have empowering goals? If you haven’t set goals, go here and learn how to do that right now.

Once you have real goals, all you need is a plan to get you there. The plan should be malleable, and it might not work out at first. So be prepared to change it. But don’t be prepared to change your goal. Never, ever, change your goals, even if they’re monstrous, gigantic goals. Only change the plan.

The truth is that if you believe, you can achieve. If you don’t, you’ll just come up with excuses for why you’re not able to get there. Don’t live life as an excuse. Live life on purpose. Go do big things and don’t listen to the opinions of others who say you can’t do them.

Discipline Is The Bridge

One thing I’ve learned in life is that discipline is the strength that helps you persevere through the worst of times. Without discipline, it’s easy to go back to bad, limiting behavior. You don’t rise when you fall if you have a lack of discipline. You go straight into a downward spiral.

Without discipline, bad habits rear their ugly heads. Addictions take center stage and you lose all sight of your goals. If you allow that to happen, you can kiss your chances of living your purpose and achieving your dreams in life goodbye.

The question is, are you disciplined enough to rise when you fall? Because, if you’re not, I can assure you that you won’t do what it takes to succeed. Since 95% of what we think, say and do is habit driven, without discipline, it’s impossible to keep going.

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This Is Why You’re Struggling To Achieve Your Goals https://www.wanderlustworker.com/this-is-why-youre-struggling-to-achieve-your-goals/ Thu, 12 Nov 2020 13:46:56 +0000 https://www.wanderlustworker.com/?p=12132 “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins I grew up in Long Island, an elongated, densely populated island sitting eastward across the southern edge of New York State, along the Atlantic coast. I had a great childhood and my parents did their best to raise me after immigrating from Turkey (yes ...

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“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins

I grew up in Long Island, an elongated, densely populated island sitting eastward across the southern edge of New York State, along the Atlantic coast. I had a great childhood and my parents did their best to raise me after immigrating from Turkey (yes I speak Turkish).

But growing up in Long Island I felt like any other kid—trapped in a small town. I had big dreams. I wanted to go places, to see the world, and to achieve big things. Although I hadn’t quite figured out my goals, I knew that I wanted it to be something big.

I was always a dreamer. I’d conjure up outlandish visions in my wild imagination. But the reason I tell you this is not to wax nostalgia on you. I say it because, as a kid, we always dream big, right? Then, what happens along the way?

You go out there and you try to achieve your goals, and wham, you fall flat on your face. You fail and you throw in that towel and you give up. Then, you see all these other people around you succeeding and you wonder why you’re struggling to achieve your goals, right?

Why Goal Achievement Is Hard

In Long Island, we lived in a town called Syosset. I seriously remember it like it was yesterday. We lived a few hundred yards from the Long Island Railroad station and as soon as I discovered railroad travel, a whole new world opened up to me.

At 16-years old, I got my permit and had access to a car. It was then that I discovered a gym called Sportset. If you’re from the area, you’ll remember it. This massive gym had everything—tennis, racquetball, weights, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Literally, everything.

I used to go to the gym as much as I could. In fact, I still remember getting my younger brother into it and how much he struggled in those early days. A little over a year in, on January 3rd, I still remember going to the gym and suddenly it was swarming with people.

It wasn’t like that in December, In December I had all the weights to myself and could literally jump on and off machines at will. But on January 3rd, something else happened. It was as if an army of new people had now descended on the gym and suddenly it was swamped.

I remember how strange this was for me. The massive change in pattern took me by surprise. But I rolled with it. And then, something else started to happen. Little by little, as the weeks wore on, the amount of people in the gym started to dwindle down.

When It’s New It’s Exciting

That experience has stayed with me all these years. And each time New Year’s rolled around, I’d see it happen again. The gym would fill up with people, and they’d eventually disappear, week after week, month after month until it was back to normal again.

What does this tell you about goal achievement? This isn’t just some phenomenon that happens on Long Island. It happens everywhere, every year, all around the world. When something is new, it’s exciting. After all, the New Year is the chance for a fresh start, right?

It’s a new beginning—a chance to start with a clean slate. But what ends up happening is that little by little, people’s hopes and dreams fade out. Old habits die hard and most just revert back to their sedentary ways. It’s a tough pill to swallow but very true.

Years ago, I remember reading this study that brought this all home. The study revealed that 92% of people give up on their long-term goals. It even went deep into the number that quit after how many weeks. 28 percent give up by the second week, 42 percent after a month, and 56% after 6 months.

Those are some pretty depressing statistics, right? But we all know how true they are. Whether or not the number is 92% that totally give up is irrelevant. The point is that it’s a big number and we’ve all experienced this before. The question to ask yourself really is why does this happen?

Get Clear About Your Goals

One of the big things that have helped me in my life with my goals is to get crystal clear about what they are. I’m not talking about being abstract about my goals. I’m talking about getting acutely clear, specific, and detailed with precisely what you want.

As soon as I started to do this, everything changed for me. I found myself not giving up and actually pushing through the painful and difficult times. Once you get clear about your goals, everything changes. It’s a whole new ball game. Literally.

The trouble is that most people don’t have specific goals. They leave them in the abstract or just say something like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to be rich.” Those aren’t clear goals. Get specific about what you truly want if you’re serious about achieving that goal.

So how does this work? Well, for starters, you must know your outcome and it must be quantifiable. Don’t just say you want to be rich, for example. You need to quantify it. That means you need to pick an exact dollar amount. Do you want $1 million in net worth? $10 million? $1 billion?

If you can’t get specific, you will never do what it takes to achieve that goal. Mostly because you won’t have a real target. The reason why most people don’t do this is because they’re afraid of having big goals. They’re afraid of what others will think about them.

Get Smarter About Your Goals

I’ve talked a lot about goal setting in the past. In fact, I created this handy goal setting guide (go check it out). But the one strategy that I’ve found to be the best method for setting and achieving a goal is called the SMARTER goal setting method.

I know it sounds like a cliche, but hear me out. When you set SMARTER goals, you’re following a very specific goal setting strategy that’s been proven to work repeatedly in the past. So what are SMARTER goals you might ask?

SMARTER goals are (S) Specific, (M) Meaningful, (A) Achievable, (R) Relevant, (T) Time-Based, (E) Evaluated, and (R) Readjusted in their approach. You see, you never actually change the goal. No matter how big it is, the only thing you ever change is your approach to getting there.

(S) Specific – Get Laser Focused

Your goal is specific when it is quantifiable and you can visually see it in your mind. So, you know that story I told you about the gym, where people just drop off week after week, right? It’s. mostly because their goal is not specific enough.

For example, if their goal was to hit the gym for 30 minutes per day three times per week, you might think that’s specific. But where’s the measurable and quantifiable result? The goal can’t be the process. The goal must be laser-focused on a quantifiable number.

Why quantifiable? Because whatever you measure and track grows (or shrinks depending on how you look at it). If you fail to track something and you ignore it, how likely do you think you’re going to keep pursuing it? Not very likely, right?

So take the time to get specific about your goal. Write them down on paper and go into detail about your life as though you’ve already attained it. And this part is incredibly important to do. Instead of saying I want to have $1 million in net worth, say, I have $1 million in net worth and live in a two-story house on Main Street with a three-car garage and a pool with a rock waterfall.

Can you see how that’s much more specific than just saying I want to have a $1 million net worth, right? That’s the target. And the more specific and detailed you get, the more likely you’ll follow through. This forces you to envision your life and all of the details you hope will come to pass.

(M) Meaningful – Go 7-Layers Deep

When I was with Joe Polish at the Genius Network 100K Group, I heard Dean Graziosi tell a story. He was fresh off the heels of publishing his book called Millionaire Success Habits and he had a guy named Joe Stumpf to come in to talk to us about going deep into the reasons why you want something.

Stumpf forced Graziosi to think about the reasons why he wanted what he wanted in his life—to go 7-layers deep. What does that mean? Well, here’s how this works. First, you have to get specific about your goal. Obviously. Then, you have to understand why you want it.

If it’s a thing-related goal like money or cars or homes, why do you want it? If it’s a transformation like weight loss or a relationship, why do you want that? It’s easy to brush this off and not go deep. But when you do that you just end up like the gym-goers who give up shortly after New Year’s.

Ask yourself the question, why do I want this? And I mean really ask yourself that question. If the answer is that you want to live in a bigger house or you want to feel successful, it’s superficial and very surface-level. Go deeper. Why do you want to feel successful?

Maybe it’s because as a kid, growing up, you didn’t have very many nice things or you always saw your parents struggling. But then ask yourself why again. Why don’t you want to keep struggling? Maybe because you want your kids to have nice things.

Keep Going Until…

The trick here is to keep going until the answer equals the question. Usually, this has to do with love. At the core of who we are, it’s almost always just love. You didn’t have that feeling of love growing up or you lacked something that made you feel unloved.

The trouble is that this is hard to admit. There’s often so much pain associated with our pasts that we avoid admitting these things to ourselves. But if you want to stop struggling and actually achieve your goals, you have to go all-in as they say.

(A) Achievable – Can You Do It?

Look, I’m all for setting insane and outlandish goals. Seriously. If you can dream it, you can do it. But don’t set yourself up for failure by setting a goal that is totally ridiculous in a given period. Meaning, if you’re $100K in debt don’t create a goal to have a billion-dollar net worth in 12 months.

Set that goal for a longer timeframe. Make sense? Get crazy with your goals. Seriously. But make sure that they’re achievable in the time that you specify. Be kind to yourself and make sure you have enough time to do it. Remember that most people overestimate what they can achieve in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade. Remember that.

(R) Relevant – Does It Align With Who You Are?

Sometimes, we struggle to achieve things because they don’t align with who we are. Meaning, the values and the beliefs ingrained in us as children are creating friction. For example, if you think all rich people are greedy or evil or have some other similar take on it, how likely it be for you to achieve a big-money goal?

You’ll likely find yourself falling short. So you have to ask yourself, does this goal align with who I am? If you’ve been told your whole life that you’re big-boned and it’s now part of your story, how hard will you work to lose weight? Or, if you were always told penny-wise, pound-foolish, who hard will you work to save money?

Goals must align with who we are. Otherwise, we’ll find ourselves just giving up again. Make sure that the goal is relevant to your life so that you actually do what’s necessary to see things through. Remember, it’s not going to be easy if it’s a sizable goal. But that’ shouldn’t stop you from dreaming big.

(T) Time-Based – Did You Pick A Date?

Most of us are afraid to solidify our goals with an actual date. No, I mean a real date from the calendar. Have you done that before? If you have a big goal, you have to decide when you’ll achieve it. Don’t just say a year from now or 2 years from now. Pick the date from the calendar.

I’m talking about the month, the day, the year, and even the day of the week. Write that down. This will also allow you to create milestones by breaking that goal up into quantifiable parts. This way, you can break it down by month, week, and even day.

(E) Evaluate – How Much Progress Are You Making?

It’s easy to forget about our goals as we get busy in life. But the question is this. Are you evaluating your goals on a daily basis? If you’re not, then there’s no way it’s going to happen for you. If you don’t track it, it won’t grow. Plain and simple.

You have to pick a system and track daily. For some goals, you can even track it hourly. For example, if you’re in sales and you need to figure out how many calls you made each hour and the results of those calls, then do it. And do it every single day!

I cannot tell you how important this is. If you’re serious about a goal, the only way to know if you’re getting closer is to track your progress. How often you track says a lot about how committed you are to your goals. Creates systems and processes to help make goal-tracking easier for you.

(R) Readjust Your Approach – Never Ever Change The Goal

Never change your goal. No, I’m serious. Don’t be afraid to dream big and don’t allow anyone else out there to dissuade you. The only thing you should ever change is your approach. That’s why you have to evaluate your progress every single day.

If you’re not getting closer to your goals, change your approach. Not the goal itself. I’m sure you’ve heard this before. But have you followed the advice? Most people get frustrated and give up on achieving their goals just because they failed or hit some tough times.

Instead, you have to evaluate to see what’s working and what’s not. Then go back in and change things up so that you can reach your goal. Don’t let life beat you down. Go for it. Be outlandish and work your butt off so you can realize all your dreams.

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This Is How You Break Or Build Any Habit Fast https://www.wanderlustworker.com/this-is-how-you-break-or-build-any-habit-fast/ Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:56:21 +0000 https://www.wanderlustworker.com/?p=12118 “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” — Colin Powell Habits. We all have them, right? Some good. Others are bad. And a few that are just downright ugly. But here’s the question. How do you build or break a ...

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“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” — Colin Powell

Habits. We all have them, right? Some good. Others are bad. And a few that are just downright ugly. But here’s the question. How do you build or break a habit fast? Well, before I reveal precisely how it’s done, it’s important to understand this. Your life right now is the product of your habits. Period.

Look, 95% of everything you think, say, or do is controlled by your habits. Yes. That much. I know, I know, it sounds like a lot. But think about it yourself. How often do you try to do something new and just end up right back doing the same things again?

We try something new, and while it’s fresh, it’s exciting. But as soon as that freshness wears off and routine sets in, we’re no longer excited about it. Then, we end up throwing in the proverbial towel and we’re right back where we started. It happens often, right?

That doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. This happens by design. The human mind is designed to help us automate most tasks, making them habit-driven. This is rooted in human survival. Foraging for food or doing something else would still require you to be alert for dangers or predators.

We’re going back into our ancestry now. But the point is that the mind will automate anything done that’s repetitive. Sure, we no longer have to worry about a tiger chasing us down in the jungle, but that doesn’t change how the mind operates.

How Do Habits Work?

Habits are part of non-conscious behavior. For that reason, they can be frustrating. They reside in a part of our mind that we don’t have access to. That doesn’t mean we can’t build or break any habit we want. It just means that without self-awareness, we are just passengers in our own minds.

What most people don’t realize is that habits are created over time. Not overnight. So trying to break a habit cold turkey just doesn’t work. If you’ve been doing something for years, maybe even decades, how likely do you think you can quit at the drop of a hat?

Not very likely, right? Unless, of course, a doctor is telling you that you’re going to die or you have some other turn of events that suddenly wakes you up. It happens. I know. But it’s more often not the case. Since a habit takes 18 to 254 days to form, don’t expect to break or build one overnight.

Still, there are methods that actually work for doing this fast. Not in a day or two. But quickly. As long as you follow the strategy I’m about to show you, I can assure you that you’ll get results. If you try to take shortcuts, you’ll likely be right back where you started, but worse off.

You’ve experienced that before, right? You go out there and try to do something new, and in the beginning, it’s fun and exciting. But it never lasts very long. Whether it’s a diet o addiction or something else, quitting anything habitual is hard. Am I right?

Neurons That Fire Together Wire Together

The human brain is like a forest. There are 100 billion neurons cluttering the mass before learned behavior has developed. And in the beginning, there are no trails through that forest, between Point A and Point B. Meaning, when you first start out to do something, it’s foreign and unknown.

However, as we start doing something new, we fire neurons. The more times we do it, the more times. those neurons fire. As the neurons fire, they eventually wire together. Meaning, the behavior becomes automatic. Over time, those neurons wire more closely together.

Eventually, a neural pathway is created. It gets etched deeply in the brain and it becomes something of a default behavior. The longer it’s repeated, the deeper the pathway that’s etched. Think about it like a tractor driving along the same dirt path every day for years. The longer it drives that path, the deeper it’s etched.

Over time, the tractor might want to deviate from that path. But it can’t because the path is so deeply etched now. That’s why it’s so hard to break a habit. It’s because there are so many neurons wired together after years or decades of repetitive behavior.

Changing Your Approach

Since so much of what happens in the mind is non-conscious, you have to change your approach. The truth is that when you go cold turkey, it’s incredibly hard to build or break a habit. For example, when you try to lose weight, there’s a reason why most people end up heavier than when they started. It’s because of those neural pathways.

Think about it like the farm tractor. If the farm tractor tries a major deviation from the path, what happens? Well, if it tries to go off on a 45-degree angle, it faces lots of resistance. When it tries to do a 90-degree angle, there’s even more resistance.

So if you can’t change it like that, how do you change it? Well, imagine that same tractor going just 1 to 3 degrees off the beaten path. In that way, it’s still possible to move in the direction, right? The same thing applies to your habits. Change your approach, but do it slowly.

What do I mean? For example, let’s just say you’re a smoker and you smoke a pack of cigarettes per day. That’s 20 cigarettes, right? Well, what if you reduced it down to 18 per day. What would happen? Sure, the change is almost unnoticeable. But it is a change.

Do this for about a week, and your body and brain readjusts to the new normal. Then, the following week, reduce it down to 16 cigarettes per day. Then, 14 the next week, and so on. Or, if you want to take up early. Wake up 10 minutes earlier this week, then another 10 minutes the following week. And keep going.

The Micro-Changes Approach

This is called the micro-changes approach. And it’s the fastest way that I know to permanently build or break any habit. Note I said permanently. But the trick here is to stay consistent. If you deviate, it won’t work. For example, if you do your 18 cigarettes, then drop down to 16, then 14, that’s great.

However, if you have an off day and jump back up to 20 cigarettes that day, you’ll throw the whole thing off. The changes are very small because it’s super-hard to fail at doing this. This works for anything. Literally, any area of your life.

Let’s say you want to get into great shape. But you have always failed at working out. So this is what you do. Do one push-up per day for a week. Just one. Then, increase to 2 per day (or 3). And keep going. Or, walk around the block just once per day for a week. Then twice per day the following week. And so on.

The point here is that you’re firing and wiring neurons together. And over time, this builds a habit or breaks one. It’s not the number of times you do something. It’s how often you do it for. So when you increase the number (or decrease depending on building or breaking a habit), it sticks over time.

Real Discipline Takes Time

I know that we live in an instant on-demand society. We expect things to happen fast. Immediately, in most cases. So it’s not really our forte to spend time to achieve something. But real discipline takes time to build. And it’s discipline that’s required to permanently build or break any habit.

If you struggle with consistency, you will struggle with this method. But here’s the thing. It’s a goal that’s too small to fail at. That’s why it works for most people. In fact, I get so many messages about this one particular method that it’s astounding to me.

However, after years of trial and error, I know just how powerful this is. The truth is that it’s hard to override learned behavior. Those neural pathways are incredibly powerful. So you have to put in the work and put in the time.

Set clear goals so that you know what you want out of life. Then, work on building or breaking habits to support those goals. If you want to become a writer, start with writing 100 words per day. If you want to become an investor, start by investing $1 per day. Get the picture, right?

If you need more help, I invite you to take the free discipline quiz. Find out if you have what it takes to create the life of your dreams. This is perfect for people who are struggling right now. Remember, if you want things to change YOU have to change.

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14 Ways To Make Money Online Fast https://www.wanderlustworker.com/14-ways-to-make-money-online-fast/ Wed, 11 Nov 2020 12:38:03 +0000 https://www.wanderlustworker.com/?p=11429 “All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.” – Spike Milligan Okay. I know. It’s a taboo topic for most. The whole make-money-online thing is scorned and shunned in most arenas. But here’s the truth. It works if you understand the mechanics of it. However, the only trouble is that most people give up ...

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“All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.” – Spike Milligan

Okay. I know. It’s a taboo topic for most. The whole make-money-online thing is scorned and shunned in most arenas. But here’s the truth. It works if you understand the mechanics of it. However, the only trouble is that most people give up too soon—well before they generate even a single dollar.

Look, it’s not easy. I won’t sit here and tell you that it is. But I will share what works and how you can tap into the online gold rush happening. But to explain this to you better, let me take you back to January 24th, 1848. That’s when a man named James W. Marshall made a discovery that created a chaotic rush to California.

You probably already know where I’m going with this, right? The California Gold Rush is the perfect example of what’s been happening on the internet. Back then, in 1848, news of the discovery in a small town near Sacramento called Coloma, California, saw a mass influx of people all hoping to stake their claim in the dream.

After all, who doesn’t want to get rich? But here’s what happened. While 300,000 people made their way to California, a very small percentage of them found gold. But do you know who actually made money? Yes, you guessed it. The people selling tools to those dreamers. Namely, pickaxes, shovels, sifters, and so on.

Obviously, there’s a reason why I tell you this. Today’s online gold rush is very similar. There’s a very small percentage of people earning a lot of money. And they’re the ones selling the tools, the software, and the systems for making money online.

Can You Really Still Make Money Online?

I’ll be honest with you. I’m one of those people who sell the tools. If I were living in 1848 back during the California Gold Rush, I’d most certainly be the one selling the pickaxes, shovels and sifters. Why? Because, that’s where the money is at.

One real estate mogul put it this way. “I’ve made millions of dollars in real estate. But I’ve made hundreds of millions of dollars teaching real estate.” So what’s my point? Well, online, to make real money, you must become the teacher.

Does that mean you have to be an expert? Well, yes and no. To make real money online, you only need to be a step or two ahead of those you teach. That’s all. But building credibility is not easy. You need an audience or a marketplace where you can sell your information, products, or services.

The truth is that most people quit before they strike gold (no pun intended). They get frustrated, waste money, and throw their hands up in the air and literally call it a day. Then, they just assume that all this online stuff is either a scam or designed to cheat them out of money.

Here’s the thing about that. No matter what method you choose to generate an income on the web, you must stay persistent. Don’t assume for a moment that it will be easy (even if they tout it such). Any strategy you find can make money if you apply enough effort to it. The question is, how soon are you giving up?

Failure Is Just A Stepping Stone

Before I cover the strategies, let me just say this. If you give up early, forget trying to make money online. It just won’t work for you. It will take you time, no matter what strategy you employ. Figuring things out is not an overnight process. But it is a process that will bear fruit over time.

I’m not promising you riches whatsoever because I have no idea what type of person you are. You could just be the type of person who gets excited about trying things when they’re new, but fails to keep goin when it becomes routine or a chore. That personality type almost always fails online.

Instead of having shiny object syndrome, find something you’re passionate about doing, look for a way to make money doing it online, then scale. I know that sounds simplistic. But I promise you that’s the route to take if you’re serious about making. it.

Remember that failure is just a part of the process. And some of the most successful people in the world have failed the most times. The question is are you going to do what it takes to push past, 10, 20, 50, or 100 or more failures? Most people don’t. And that’s the truth.

Passive Income vs. Active Income

One other thing I need to say before diving into this is that there’s a big difference here in the online money-making world. The difference is between generating an active income versus a passive income. Now, most people think that passive income online is a dream. In fact, Gary Vaynerchuck very adamantly dismisses the idea of passive income.

So what’s the difference? Well, active income means that you’re exchanging your time for money. It’s like going to work for an employer and making an hourly or salaried wage. If you’re working, you’re getting paid. If you’re not, well, you’re not.

Passive income is different. Passive income means putting in the time once and getting paid multiple times. Active income is putting in the time once and getting paid just once. Can you see the difference? The trouble is that passive income is hard. No, scratch that. It can seem downright impossible at times.

Obviously, if you’re looking to make money fast (online or offline) passive income is not quite the ticket. Unless of course you have a sizable amount set aside to invest in a franchise or buy some other high-turn-over business. But even then, it will take a bit of time.

For that reasons, i won’t be covering passive income ideas. Only active income. Meaning, if you want to make some money fast, you’re going to have to be paid for the work you do just once. Still, you are getting paid, which of course, is the goal here, am I right?

1. Deliver for PostMates or DoorDash

One of the obvious methods for generating a bit of income is to deliver for PostMates or DoorDash. Both offer easy scheduling options, letting you opt-in or opt-out from deliveries at any time of the day. Plus, in some locations, all you need is a bicycle to do deliveries.

Both services pay relatively quickly. Both PostMates and DoorDash both do weekly payments for work done throughout the week. It’s easy, flexible and the go-to option for many who are either doing it as a side-hustle or their main source of income.

2. Drive for Uber or Lyft

If you have a car, this is an obvious choice for making a bit of side hustle income. It’s easy and, just like PostMates and DoorDash, you can turn your availability on and off. Plus, the companies both pay you on a weekly basis, which makes it easy to earn an income from without having to wait long periods before your pay comes in.

Of course, you’ll need a newish car and you’ll also need a clean driving record if you want to be considered for this. Driver’s go through strict background checks before they’re able to drive for either company. If you’re in a metropolis area, or a heavily touristed destination, this might even be a great way to generate a full-time income.

3. Become a Babysitter on Care.com

Care.com offers lots of services such as pet sitting, house keeping, and babysitting, to name a few. One thing you can easily do is to babysit for children near you. Care.com will connect you with parents looking for child care nearby.

Like any other service, you have to go through a strict background check. Also, getting work at the beginning might take some effort to build up positive reviews first. Once you have some solid reviews, you can certainly make some quick cash with this method.

4. Sell Your Used Smartphones on Gazelle

I don’t know about you but I have plenty of old smartphones laying around the house. One thing I like to do is sell them on Gazelle. It’s a service that help you do this quick and painlessly. All you have to do is select some details and that’s it.

You can even flip smartphones here by buying unwanted phones at a discount and selling them here. You can make a small amount of money fast but nothing that’s going to break the bank. So if you’re looking for substantial sums, this strategy might not be sustainable.

5. Do Gigs on Fiverr

The gig economy is in full-swing and it has been for many years. And Fiverr is at the forefront of that. You can sell simple services that don’t costs much but are also easy to fulfill. While you’ll make money quickly, it will also take time to build up your reviews.

Depending on the type of service you offer and how much competition there is, your reviews will be paramount. Think about it yourself. How often do you look at anything else except for the reviews? Gigs with hundreds (or even thousands) of reviews do incredibly well here and get the lion’s share of the revenue.

6. Become a Translator on Rev.com

Rev.com is one of the largest translation services out there. These are hand transcriptions done by real freelancers. The company offers both transcriptions and captions. Caption work will pay a bit more than standard transcriptions because it requires time logging.

You can visit Rev to sign up as a freelancer here. The company pays $0.30 to $1.10 per minute for transcription work and $0.54 to $1.10 per minute for caption work. The pay is not astronomical, but depending on how efficient you are, you can make a bit of money to get you by.

7. Freelance on Upwork or Freelancer.com

Upwork and Freelancer.com are huge resources for earning money. They help you secure projects that pay more than your standard gig economy rates. However, to succeed on either platform, you’ll need to have some specialized skills like coding, SEO, graphic design, writing, or online marketing (amongst others).

If you do have specialized skills, these platforms are great places to market your services. But like with anything else, you’ll find friction in the beginning because of the amount of competition. You need to collect reviews fast. You can do this by inviting existing clients or projects you’re working on to the platform and collecting reviews that way.

8. Rent Your Spare Room on Airbnb

The travel industry has certainly been upended recently. But if you have a spare room (or even a spare home) renting it out on Airbnb has been a great mainstay for a long time. You can make a decent amount of money, but it will require some effort on your part.

Presentation here is key, along with ensuring guest satisfaction to collect those much-needed reviews that many people rely on here. You could even opt to manage rooms (or homes) on the platform and collect a commission. If you live in a vacation destination, this will be far easier to do.

9. Rent Out Your Car on Turo

Turo is a popular service that’s been called the AirBnB of cars. While travel has seen a serious drop-off thanks to the pandemic, in normalized times, these services can certainly make you a decent amount of money. This effectively requires handing your car off to someone else who gets to drive it.

Turo helps you with the pricing, availability, and in the vetting of customers so that you have a safe and pleasant experience on the platform. You’ll need to price aggressively at first to collect some positive reviews.

10. Do Handy Work on TaskRabbit

A great way to make a bit of fast cash is to do small tasks on TaskRabbit. It’s literally as simple as putting furniture together, moving a couch, or helping repair something. These tasks usually don’t require much effort, but do require time and energy.

If you’re looking for something to help you get by, I’d suggest downloading this app and signing up to search for jobs. You can find tasks that are very close by, this way you don’t have to spend much time on a long commute to a task that doesn’t pay much.

11. Do Tutoring on Tutor.com

If you have strong skills in math, reading, or another topic, you can do tutoring on Tutor.com. This is a service that’s been around for a very long time. You can apply to become a tutor here and if accepted the service finds you students and pays you a revenue share.

To view the topics the company has available for tutors, you can see them here. There’s a variety of topics, and depending on your knowledge level, you might be able to provide tutoring on a wide array of disciplines.

12. Sell Items on Etsy or CafePress

Both Etsy and CafePress are easy to use and simple. Etsy is more for handmade goods while CafePress is great for designing and branding items that you’ll never actually have to send off yourself. Both are great ways to make money online but do require some upfront effort.

If you are crafty and enjoy making handmade items, Etsy is a great resource to have. However, you can also sell digital items on Etsy. If you prefer to create your digital items on products and never have to touch them, then CafePress is a good option.

13. Sell Shirts on TeeSpring

TeeSpring has been incredibly popular for selling tee-shirt designs and other apparel. It’s simple to design and create your products. But you’ll have to build a storefront and get traffic to it. This works best when you’re dealing with a very specific niche or you already have a good traffic source (i.e. YouTube following, Instagram, etc.).

14. Sell Private Label Products on Amazon

Amazon is the world’s largest store. However, here in the United States, Amazon is literally destroying the competition. It has helped create a retail apocalypse that has literally leveled the playing field. Most shoppers are now turning online, and Amazon is at the forefront.

To tap into the hundreds of millions of customers (and 120+ million Prime members) you can sell simple, everyday products on the Amazon platform. This is called private labeling and you can do it for virtually any product line.

The beauty about this is that you never have to deal with fulfillment, customer service, packing, or shipping anything. Amazon does all the heavy lifting for you. But that doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park. You still need a great product and you need to get a lot of reviews as fast as possible.

If you want to learn more, take the free Amazon seller quiz here >>

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“I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation.”

Mike Todd

Yesterday, my friend called me. I answered quickly since I hadn’t heard from him in a while. We used to talk all the time, but recently he’s been distant. That’s why when I saw the phone ringing and saw it was him, I picked it up right away.

But as soon as I answered, I knew something was wrong. He wasn’t his usual self. I could just sense it.

“Hey”, he said in a monotonous tone. His breath was sharp and his voice hollow.

“John! What’s up man?” I replied, emphatically.

“Not much,” he said. I could hear something was off.

“What’s wrong?” I asked immediately. “You okay?”

There was a long pause… Heavy breathing…

He sniffled before he tried to speak. But he lost his words. “Robert, I… I just can’t… take…”

My mind raced. What could’ve happened? Should I dig deeper and ask? Clearly, he’s calling me for a reason.

“Okay, take a few deep breaths. Just relax. Tell me what’s going on.” I was using my radio voice. The deep, understanding tone seemed to set him at ease.

“I just can’t believe this happened. I should’ve seen the signs. Why didn’t I do something before it got this bad…” His voice trailed off again.

“John, what is it? Just tell me…” I felt awful but I was also dying with suspense. This was one of the nicest guys I knew and one of my closest friends.

“I lost it all. All of it,” he said. “Oh God, what have I done?”

I love John dearly. But I’ve always known he had demons. And this one demon came back to haunt him. He’d gambled all of his money away and he was now totally and completely broke and penniless. With no way to support hs young family, he realized it was the end of the road.

Why You’re Broke Right Now

I talk about my friend John because it’s something close to home. But I’ve certainly not been immune from battling an addiction. I allowed partying to create my demise. It wasn’t gambling. It was drugs and alcohol for me. Of course, these are extreme situations.

Still, so much of the world battle their addictions. One after another, the problems are far and wide. Whether it’s gambling, sex, drugs, alcohol, overspending, or something else, the reason most people are broke is that they allow their bad habits to get the best of them.

That doesn’t mean that addiction is the only cause of poverty or simply going broke. There are so many reasons why. I only use extreme situations to illuminate the darker side of things. Those are easier to spot. But the point is this. Your non-conscious behavior is keeping you trapped in the same perpetual cycles.

I know that’s a blanket statement. But hear me out. The human mind has both the conscious side (the side that gives you self-awareness and creativity) and the non-conscious side (which is mostly everything else). The problem is that 95% of everything you think, say and do is controlled by the non-conscious side of your mind.

Understanding The Non-Conscious Mind

The answer to the reason why you do anything in life resides in the non-conscious (subconscious) mind. Figure that out and you solve all of your life’s problems. Okay, maybe not all of them. But certainly a whole lot of them. Why’s that? It’s because your deepest, darkest desires reside right there.

Now, here’s the thing. Life is just one big illusion. I’m not joking. What you think is reality isn’t actually reality. You only need to look at quantum physics and non-local interaction (spooky action) as examples. I won’t get too deep into this stuff. But my point is that what you think is real, is not.

Everything is made up. It’s all in the mind. And the quality of your made-up life has everything to do with what resides in your non-conscious mind. When you can tap into that, you can quickly upgrade the quality of your illusion of reality.

Meaning, the reason you’re broke, overweight, out of shape, depressed, single, or what have you, has everything to do with what’s happening in your non-conscious mind. So how do you tap into this mystical wonder that we all possess?

1. You Haven’t Set Goals The Right Way

To understand what’s going on beneath the proverbial hood, you have to dig deep into who you are. To do this, you have to start by setting goals the right way. The right way invokes going deep into the reasons why you want the things you want.

Because let’s face it, big goals are great, right? But how often do we throw our hands up in the air and give up when the going gets tough? Still, there are other times when nothing stands in our way when we truly want something. So what gives?

Ever want something so badly and you were so adamant about it that no matter what anyone else said or any past reasoning or belief that you couldn’t do it sprang up, it didn’t get in your way? It’s pretty powerful, isn’t it? We’ve all experienced this in one form or another.

The trick is to uses this reasoning to go deep into your mind. Remember, most of what happens to you is the result of the non-conscious mind, which is incredibly powerful. So you have to use your self-awareness and creativity to carve a path that your non-conscious mind will follow.

Finding Your “Why”

To do this, use the SMART or SMARTER goal setting methods. These entail setting meaningful goals. When you decide what a goal means to you, it will help you achieve it. For example, if you’re broke and you want to be rich, start a business, or earn a certain amount of money, what does that mean to you?

Flimsy reasons will not get you far. These are just superficial or surface-level. If you want to make money because you want to buy a flashy car or a bigger house, it won’t give you the drive to keep going. You have to go deeper than that.

Keep asking yourself why you want something until the question equals the answer. For example, if you say you want to have a $1 million net worth because you want to have a big house to live in, why do you want that? Maybe it’s because you want your kids to grow up in a nice home.

Go Deeper…

Well, why do you want your kids to grow up in a nice home? Maybe that’s because you grew up in a small home and your whole family was crammed into one or two rooms. And you want your kids to have more space. Okay, why though?

Maybe because in a larger home they’ll have more things to do to be more creative or run around, maybe have a nice backyard. Okay, so why does that matter? Maybe because if your kids have a bigger home, you can do more things together and you can spend more time with them.

Okay, why do you want to spend more time with them? Maybe because your parents never spent much time with you because they were always working. So, why is that important? Because you want your kids to feel loved. Ding ding ding. There it is. Love.

Usually, your deep-rooted reason will invoke love. It’s at the core of who you are. Sometimes it might be freedom or security, but if you keep drilling down, it usually equates to love. Find that reason and focus deeply on it if you want to keep going.

2. Your Bad Habits Are Holding You Back

Look, if you have bad habits that are holding you back, it will be hard to emerge from the sea of an abyss. You’ll continue to drown because bad habits are so powerful. In the 7-day discipline challenge, I talk about a method called micro-changes to help eliminate bad habits.

Micro-changes are small, incremental things that you do to alter your behavior. Think about it like a rubber band. What happens when you pull a rubber band back hard enough? It either snaps back or breaks, right? Well, your habits are very similar to that.

When you try to go cold turkey, you usually fail and end up right back where you started. Sometimes it’s even worse than when you started. That’s the rubber-band effect taking place. And it’s incredibly powerful. With micro-changes, you’re incrementing and notching up.

Here’s how this works. Take the one thing that you want to change about your life. Whatever it is, big or small. If you’re broke and you know it’s because you overspend or you drink with your buddies every weekend, you have to change it slowly.

First, make sure you set those empowering goals. Next, you have to alter your behavior slowly. Pull the rubber band back gently. If you were to hold a rubber band in place between two objects, stretched out for a long period (like days or weeks), what happens over time?

When you come back, the rubber band is now larger. It was slowly stretched and not snapped back violently. Habits are the same way. You have to change them slowly if you really want to make life-long lasting changes.

3. You’re Exchanging Your Time For Money

Okay, here’s the thing. Time is your biggest enemy. Why? Because they’re not making more of it. And when you directly exchange your time for money, you have little time to focus on the things that count. You only have 24 hours in a given day. That’s it.

No matter how rich (or broke) you are, whether your a man or a woman, live on a farm or in a big city, or whatever else, you have no more time than the next person. The billionaire and the pauper each have the same amount of time. The difference is that they use their time in starkly varying ways.

When you work for someone else, you’re exchanging your time for money. They’re guaranteeing you an income in exchange for your time. The trouble is that most of the time it’s never enough money, right? You usually only have enough for the essentials, and that’s it, right?

What you have to do is find a way you can earn money without exchanging your time for it in direct proportion. This is not easy, but it is very possible for just about anyone from all walks of life thanks to this lovely thing called the internet.

When you’re dealing with passive income, it usually means you’re doing a bunch of work on the front-end before you ever make any money. I know it’s hard sometimes to push through. But if your reasons are strong enough, you’ll find a way to do it.

If you’re serious about doing something online, I invite you to join the Freedom Warrior Secrets master class and learn how you can sell simple everyday products on Amazon. Click here to check out the free master class (you can thank me later).

4. You Take On Too Much Debt

Keeping up with the so-called Joneses is a very real thing around much of the world. You want what others want. Plain and simple, right? But the problem is that when you do this you end up taking on too much debt to pay for things you can’t really afford.

“Too many people are buying things they can’t afford, with money that they don’t have… to impress people that they don’t like!” Isn’t that a truth bomb dished out by the famed Will Smith? Certainly, it should ring true to you if you’re broke right now.

Stop caring about what others think because it’s forcing you to take on too much debt. Instead of buying things, focus on experiences. They last longer. And if you do want to buy more things (and experiences) then start earning more money.

You cannot borrow your way out of the poor house. Trust me, it’s not possible. You have to earn enough to not only keep from going totally broke, but also to ensure that you have enough to thrive. Because, after all, human beings weren’t just made to survive. We were made to thrive.

5. You Lack Self-Discipline

If you’re broke, you have to face the music. You lack self-discipline. Discipline is the bridge between your goals and accomplishments. And if you’re lacking it, you’ll have a hard time accomplishing much. That’s the truth, right?

But that doesn’t mean you should feel bad about it. What you should do is work tirelessly to create more self-discipline. Use your self-awareness to drag you out of the negative loops. If you’re overspending, find ways to become aware and stop it.

If you’re simply living above your means, find a way to either make more money or spend less. It’s straightforward. What isn’t straightforward is worrying about what others think. That’s usually why we don’t adjust our behavior (you can thank your trusty ego for that).

Wrangle in your self-discipline by focusing on the small daily actions you can take to change your life. It won’t happen overnight. But it will happen over time as long as you’re committed enough to it. Remember, being broke is just a mindset and you have the power to change that.

The question is, will you…?

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Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.

Summer Redstone

Do you wake up in the morning with a spring in your step? Do you jump out of bed with absolute zeal for life? Or, are you just going through the motions, passing the time, hoping and praying that things will change for the better?

I’m guessing it’s the latter, right? Look, most of us have big dreams and aspirations. We want to achieve and accomplish great things. It’s buried deep in our hearts. The trouble is that we often feel frustrated trying to achieve those things in life.

That frustration comes in many forms. It can be stress, anxiety, pressure, overwhelm, fear and more. Sometimes, it can be so powerful that it stops you dead in your tracks. It can lead to procrastination, poor time management, bad habits and addiction.

When you feel frustrated in life, it’s hard to focus on other things, right? It’s tough to make the right choices or to feel empowered or have any enthusiasm. Instead, you feel like you do the same things over and over again, while nothing changes.

Identifying Your Frustrations

Years ago, I went through a major failure. Everything in my life came to a screeching halt. There was so much pain and agony. And although I felt so much frustration leading up to that event, I did nothing to change it. But when my business crashed and I went broke, I could see things more clearly.

Now, it shouldn’t take hitting rock bottom or suffering a major loss to open your eyes, but that’s often the case, right? Usually, you can’t see the error of your ways thanks to that trusty ego working tirelessly to boost your self-image in your mind.

Instead of letting things build and get worse, you have to take action. The ego stops you from doing that. But when you can identify your frustrations, you can work to make monumental changes that can impact your entire life. The trick is breaking free from the pattern.

However, to start, you need to identify and pinpoint your frustrations. What are you frustrated about? When we fail to write these down, they remain in the abstract and they continue to gnaw away at us. Instead, you must take out a pen and paper and start writing.

Ask Yourself This Question

What’s the one thing I could change about my life, right now, if I could wave a magic wand and change it instantly?

Then, start writing. Let it flow from you using stream of consciousness. Meaning, put pen to paper and don’t stop for at least 10 minutes. Just write.

When the dust settles, read what you wrote. And it should be abundantly clear. Often, this boils down to one major thing. in our lives. It’s something that falls short of what we envisioned for our lives long ago. Keep this paper front and center.

Then, do this exercise for the next thing. If you could change one other thing about your life, what would it be? Then, go back into stream of consciousness and start writing. Do this for the top 3 things that you want to change in your life.

This Is Why You Feel Frustrated

There are a few reasons why you feel frustrated. The exercise you did will reveal part of that to you. But at its core, there are three very powerful reasons why you feel this way. When you understand it, you can work towards making the changes required to alleviate the frustration.

First things first, look at the three things you jotted down. Read the streams carefully. What did you identify and what are the events surrounding those things. Usually, this boils down to the way things are versus the way you hoped or envisioned them to be.

For example, let’s say you had a goal that you wanted to do or achieve something. But you settled for something different in life. Or, maybe you failed and got frustrated, then just gave up. You might think you’re over it consciously, but your non-conscious mind likely doesn’t agree.

This creates friction. Understand that the non-conscious mind is extremely powerful. That’s the part of your mind that controls 95% of everything you say, think or do. Yes, it’s that powerful. In fact, it’s one million times more powerful than your conscious mind.

Meaning, your non-conscious mind picks up far more information from the environment than your conscious mind. And it processes that information through the filter of your values and beliefs. Feelings of unworthiness, negativity and fear are compounded in this way. because we tend to look at everything that happens through the lens of our values and beliefs.

1. Set Your Goals The Right Way

Changing your values and beliefs in life is a monumental undertaking. We’re not going to tackle that here. What we will tackle are your goals. Because the truth of the matter is this–there is a gap between where you are and where you want to be that’s causing you to feel frustrated.

Now, you can’t close that gap overnight. What you can do is to work towards closing that gap by setting goals the right way. You do this by setting SMARTER goals. SMARTER goals is simply an acronym for an effective goal setting technique.

Here’s how it works. Your goals must be (S) specific, (M) meaningful, (A) achievable, (R) relevant, and (T) time-based. And you must (E) evaluate your efforts and (R) readjust your approach on your way to your goals. Never change the goal itself. Only the approach to achieving it.

Make sense? If you want to dive deeper into this strategy, make sure you read the post I did on SMARTER goal setting here. When you set your goals the right way, you can work towards their attainment slowly but surely over time. If you don’t actually set your goals this way, you’ll just continue feeling frustrated in life.

2. Manage Your Time Effectively

Most of us waste our time. We don’t manage it wisely. In fact, we piss it away binge-watching Netflix series or mindlessly surfing social media. Now, I’m not saying to never do that or anything else that’s “fun” in life. What I’m saying is that you have to manage your time effectively.

Look, you only have a short amount of time in life. It’s not like money. You can lose money and earn it back. Not time. Once you use time, it’s gone forever. Forever. You can never get it back. So you must become a steward of your time and invest it wisely.

How do you manage your time? Do you waste it or use it wisely? Answer that question honestly. When you realize how vital the time is in your day, you won’t waste. The trouble is that if you’re feeling frustrated, you’re likely wasting time because of sheer overwhelm.

This is all the more reason you have to clamp down on your time usage. Stop saying yes to everyone and wasting so much of your time. Focus on your most important tasks (MITs) of the day early on and knock those out before you do anything.

You must also find an effective time management system. I use the quadrant time management system and it’s helped me achieve epic results. This system was created by the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower and later popularized by Stephen R. Covey in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

3. Create More Discipline In Life

Last, but not least, for why you feel frustrated in life is because you lack discipline. When you lack discipline, you spend your time engrossed in bad habits or other time-wasters. When you have concrete discipline, you embody clarity and have real direction in your life.

However, creating rock-solid self-discipline is not easy. It takes work and real effort. You have to stamp out those bad habits and truly focus. To do that, you need empowering goals that fuel you. And you need a strong enough reason to wake up every single day to keep pushing and striving.

The truth is this. You’re going to have bad days where you feel stressed and overwhelmed. It happens to the best of us. But when your vision is strong and your goals are empowering and you manage your time well, nothing can stand in your way.

Discipline is a muscle. And like any other muscle, it must be used to make it stronger. This is not like willpower. Willpower takes conscious effort. Discipline, when it’s created the right way, becomes non-conscious. But getting there will take time, effort and a lot of energy.

Ask Better Questions

I used to feel so sorry for myself. I’d say things like, why does this always happen to me or, how come I can never catch a break? I was asking the wrong questions. As a result, I was in a state of self-propagation. Meaning, I was inviting more problems, fear and frustration into my life.

When things collapsed, I had to dig deep. And I started asking the right questions. And I became a detective, researching the lives of successful people who failed, but ultimately found a way to succeed. Keep in mind that frustration can be born from failure.

However, you must realize that failure is just a stepping stone. It’s not the end of the road. Life is a journey. And I’m not just saying that to blow hot air. I literally mean that. Now, that doesn’t mean you’re not deserving of success. We all are. But you shouldn’t hinge your happiness on it.

Find reasons that drive you and fuel you beyond money and material things. Money goals are great. Don’t get me wrong. But there must be something that supersedes the thing-related goals. Focus on value, helping others, contribution and serving others, and watch as your frustrations melt away.

Set your goals the right way, and deep enough reasons to support you through your journey. And along the way, manage your time effectively, create some real discipline, and never give up on your hopes and dreams no matter how many times you fail.

And always remember, I’m rooting for you…

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