Musings Episode 33: Take it Easy…

This past weekend I’ve been mainly focusing on one thing and one thing only – taking it easy, relaxing, and just stepping away from it all.

The thing about being an entrepreneur is, sometimes you can make your own self a little loopy. Driven by your own passions and desires, your thirst for success can be so bad you want it just as bad as you wanna breathe. It can put you in a real state, often for the better, sometimes not so much.

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95% of the time this is a great tool to utilize. The other 5% it can try and drown you.

So once again, like last weekend, this morning I get up around 6:45/7:00 a.m. and find myself up an hour early – guess I still haven’t gotten used to the hour fallback. Anyway, soaking in the quietness on a Sunday, eventually I make my way to the den and pop on Netflix. Since recently seeing Iron Man 3 I was up for watching some more of Robert Downey Jr.‘s acting, and stumbled across this one movie from the early 1990’s called “Heart and Souls.”

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Long story short it’s a good film, I suggest you check it out. It starts out in the beginning showing 4 people’s lives who are all tied to this one kid being born into the world (Downey Jr.) while they all end up dying at the same time.

There’s this one line in the film that really grabs my attention, so I thought I’d share it with you all. It’s the part where Harrison is arguing with Thomas about stage fright. Thomas delivers the knockout “punch” of a phrase that finally gets Harrison to buck up and be a man – even if he’s a dead man:

Harrison Winslow: Who came up with this ridiculous concept anyway? Resolve your entire life in one bold stroke? What if I fail? And I will. I’ll fail. I’m telling you. I always fail. Then my whole life will be a complete failure.

Thomas Reilly: No offense, Harrison. But you died a failure because you never tried.

That last bit – right there. Harrison died a failure because he never tried.

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Instead he worked himself into such a frenzy of nerves everytime he was about to try, the guy literally talked himself out of trying at all.

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This is what people have a tendency of doing every day, especially when it comes to the biggest things that count in life.

When it comes to starting a new business, people freak out and think of all the “what if’s” of failure, instead of all the different successes.

If a guy likes a girl and he wants to talk to her his own thoughts stop him because he’s too busy thinking of all the different ways she can reject him – instead of all the different ways she could actually accept him.

A girl who won’t go to the gym because she thinks everyone there will only make fun of her because of her size, instead of just saying “screw everyone else” and doing it for herself, and herself alone.

People continue this over and over again and never once think to learn from the past and break the cycle.

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If you never try, you’ll never know…and if you never know, you never grow. If you can take the time out to handle a big project for your boss, or buckle down when it comes to your family, wife/husband or kids, you can do the same when it comes to yourself.

The key is just giving yourself a good push.

Instead of asking yourself about “what could go wrong,” instead, ask yourself these four questions:

What would happen if you did?

What would happen if you didn’t?

What wouldn’t happen if you did?

What wouldn’t happen if you didn’t?

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So for an easy example:

What would happen if you did go to the gym?

What would happen if you didn’t go to the gym?

What wouldn’t happen if you did go to the gym?

What wouldn’t happen if you didn’t go to the gym?

Asking yourself these 4 questions is a good way to push out fear, and take it easy on yourself by not over thinking things. I’ll be expanding on this further tomorrow in my “Make it Mondays” post on my official website. Be sure to drop by and have a look. All it takes is a little bit of practice, every day.

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For now, this is what I want you to do:

Take a pen and paper, and think up one thing you’ve had on your mind and have thought about doing but have been too fearful. Take that thought, and ask yourself the four questions above:

What would happen if you did?

What would happen if you didn’t?

What wouldn’t happen if you did?

What wouldn’t happen if you didn’t?

I’m curious to know your answers so after, go ahead and comment below. There’s a really great post on this by Niurka as well, which you can check out after you’re done commenting here.

As always…

Stay awesome. 😉

– Rego

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Musings Episode 30: Success…

So this Episodic Musing is officially my 30th…

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…and I’ve gotta say, I’m quite happy. I started this blog in the beginning of the year for fun and to share with people my thoughts and philosophies on lifestyle – and it’s gotten pretty big.

Ergo I thought the appropriate topic to touch on in this post would be Success. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’ve never really made one concentrated article on it.

Now’s the time to do so.

Success is everything you want, an automatic request on your desire list, and something you push towards every single day of your natural life without even realizing it.

At times, many people may think that success is only measured by large accomplishment – when really, it can be as simple as a few small achievements a day. The question is – what is it that you consider an achievement?

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Everyone has their own “scale” – this “scale” is something in which they measure themselves by. Some people build their scale off of other people’s scales, which can often be detrimental to their own success.

Comparing yourself against others will get you nowhere. I’d just like to tell you that now. You can have a figure or someone to look up to and admire their achievements – but never, EVER peg yourself against someone else’s own success scale.

I mentioned in a coaching session on my official site how the only person you should be in competition with is yourself – that’s the only person you should be up against, and the only person you should be comparing your milestones to.

There’s a free eBook I’m currently giving away that touches on this and other dramatic ways to improve your lifestyle – if you haven’t already go ahead and head over to my official site to subscribe and grab it.

By competing against yourself, it gives you a chance to create your own path and find goals you’d like to set for yourself – and no one else. Many people who wish they could have the same achievements some of their “idols” have accomplished hurt themselves by following the same path their idols take – this isn’t building YOUR success – this is living in someone’s shadow.

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…and if you’re somebody and wanna be an even greater somebody, the last thing you want is to live in someone else’s shadow.

Einstein once said:

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…and I wholeheartedly agree. This brings me to my next point – in doing the same thing, you’re gonna get same results.

Really, when you think about it – what’s a job?

Really. Think about it.

Unless it’s in a creative field, many jobs are going into a building or going to a place and doing the same thing, day in, day out.

You get the steady paycheck.

You get the steady time.

You meet the same people.

You do this over, and over, and over again.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

As my great uncle used to say –

“You live one day, in 70 years, or 70 years in one day.”

A job – living one day in 70 years.

That’s so fucking boring.

You trade hours for dollars.

I believe in trading ideas for millions.

I believe in living 70 years in a single day.

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Which sounds better?

I’ll take the latter any day.

Ideas that are acted upon stimulate the brain, and force you to think creatively until it comes naturally to you.

That’s a mini milestone to success.

Action, action, action – innovation, innovation, innovation.

That’s success.

Reaching into your own head.

Grabbing your own ideas that truly make you happy.

Acting upon said ideas with no holding back.

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This is when you really start being, doing, and achieving what you’re really meant to.

Wait a minute.

I’m not saying go out there and quit your job tomorrow – no, not at all. You’re not pinning me for saying that.

What I am saying is, while you’re at that job making that steady cash that takes care of the bills, stop bullshitting around with the rest of the money and buying new furniture when you just bought some 2 years ago.

Stop impulse buying shit that’s just gonna collect in your garage.

Stop being on autopilot.

I’m not saying stop spending and start budgeting – god no. I’m saying if you wanna spend, take the time out to think on what you really wanna spend on.

But don’t just do that either – start thinking of ways you can get off that hamster wheel you’ve been on for Christ knows how long, and start acting on ideas while you’re still at your job. Make time to do it.

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I understand many of you want stability, that comfortable feeling of knowing your needs are met – but take it a step further and think about your needs being met and not having to worry about waiting for the special thing you wanna buy or having to buy it on credit because you don’t have the money at the moment.

Think about the feeling of choosing to buy shit on credit and knowing you have the money to pay for it tomorrow if you want.

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Stop doing the same old day in, day out routine. If you can’t do that just yet – then do the same routine when it comes to your job or self run one-man-band business, and take the time to think up new ways to get yourself out of the current, hamster wheel, never ending cycle type autopilot and into a different kind of auto pilot.

I’m talking automated income.

I’m talking money you only dreamed of making in a year you can make in half that time – or even a month.

John Chow talks about this in his course on How to Live The Dot Com Lifestyle.

Stop doing the same old, same old because it’s comfortable, and start thinking – then act on that thinking.

That’s success.

Oh and last but not least….

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As always…

Stay awesome. 😉

– Rego

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