Happy New Years guys!
I’m a little late to the party but I spent some time offline sans social media so I can focus on enjoying life and being more present in the moment. We’re SO over stimulated on a day-to-day basis that we sometimes lose touch with reality and forget to water our plants (literally and figuratively) – you know what I mean?
Reflecting on 2018
So I’ll briefly give you the cliff notes version of whats new in my life. After years of talking about it, Pasquale and I finalllyyyyy watched the Sopranos and ohmigod. I can’t believe it took us this long to pull the trigger. We’re in the middle of Season 6 right now chomping at the bit. Pasquale might even bring back the Fila tracksuit and wear it during the season finale- who knows.
Work-wise, I have to say I had a pretty damn good year. For those of you that don’t know, I’m in the renewable energy industry and was awarded top sales (wo)man out of an organization of all men. I closed about $3 million in residential contracts which contributed to one of the best years the company’s ever had which is pretty cool.
Blog-wise, let me tell you something… this is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m excited to document my journey with you guys. 2018 was a year of keeping up with the Jones’s and many new bloggers jumped into this space to avoid missing out on the trend. With virtually no barrier to entry, anybody can start a blog – but how do you stand out in a grossly oversaturated market? I actually have a lot to touch on in regards to creating a digital platform so I’m going to elaborate more in my next post. I have some interesting content to bring to the table so check back in a couple days- especially if you’re considering creating a blog/brand yourself.
Overall, this year was a tumultuous ride filled with a lot of success, gratitude and humility. I don’t believe in “new year new me” because growth is always a forward progress. I believe the opportunity we have in our lives is a result of the habits and rituals we repetitiously practice everyday.
To get to the point of my post, I wanted to share with you guys some very effective tips for getting your ass into gear in 2019. I’m a big fan of peak performance expert Ed Mylett and I recently just listened to him on an interview with The Skinny Confidential | Him + Her Podcast (which btw if you’re not listening to her podcast are you EVEN living?)
The timing of this podcast couldn’t have been more perfect. I’ve actually listened to it about 4 times now and it’s 1 hour long, it’s that good.
I was struggling with a little bit of depression which frustrated the shit out of me because I couldn’t put my finger on why. I felt riddled with anxiety and sadness 24 fucking 7 and couldn’t snap out of it. All of my boxes are checked and if anything I’m in the best place of my life I’ve ever been- so what gives? After listening to Ed’s powerful message everything. just. clicked.
3 Effective Ways to Achieve Your Goals and Reach Peak Performance
1. Control the first and last 30 minutes of your day
If you’ve ever been through tough times you know how out of control you feel. Always reacting and responding to everything. Although we can’t control a lot of the external stuff, we can control the first and last 30 minutes of our day. This 30 minute ritual is non-negotiable and needs to be implemented daily.
- Shift your physiology and flood yourself with gratitude. Be grateful that your hearts beating, that you’re not sick, that you have a roof over your head. Make a list of who you love and who loves you and repeat it habitually.
- Find someone else to contribute to. Force yourself to go out of your way for somebody and offer an act of kindness.
- Shock your body with freezing cold water for 30 seconds. Sounds nuts right? Apparently the most successful people in the world do it.
2. Self Confidence
Self confidence is the process of keeping the promises you make to yourself. Repetitiously build a reputation with yourself. Keeping those promises will transition in other areas of your life, creating a ripple effect. Just like Ed, for me confidence starts with my body. I cannot control who cancels an appointment, what deal falls off, who thinks what about me, but I can control what I put in my mouth and when I workout.
“You cannot possibly be in a peak state physically and be depressed”
3. Changing Your Identity
This one resonated the most with me. Gave me chills. Tony Robbins says “you will never exceed in your life what your identity is.”
Ed put’s a different twist on it.
He relates your identity to a thermostat sitting on the wall of your life. A thermostat sets the temperature in the room so no matter what blows into it, hot or cold air, it will regulate back to that set temperature.
So if you’re somebody that has an identity temperature of 68 degrees, you might reach 80 degrees when life starts going really well for you and you close a big sale or land a new job. But you’ll eventually come back to your set temperature of 68 degrees. Adversely, you may go through a rough patch which drops you to 50 degrees but you’ll regulate yourself back up to 68.
The definition of identity is the thoughts, concepts and beliefs you hold true about you.
“If you cannot learn to be both happy now, and save some money, now, based on where you are.. when you get a bunch of money you will not save any of it and you will not be happy.”
I thought that was super powerful because it’s so spot on accurate. Expenses will always rise to meet income so if you cannot learn to save in scarcity, you won’t be able to save in abundance. People that hold off on their happiness until they hit that next financial milestone, or until they get that new car or house will never ever be happy because they’ll be bringing their identity, habits and rituals with them to that new destination.
In order to change your identity you need to change your associations and your proximity to those associations. If you want to get into shape, associate with more fit people. If you want to be more financially independent, associate with people that are successful. You are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with.
I hope you got some insight from this post, I’m looking forward to being more active on here and writing some valuable content. I would love some feedback if you liked this post and thought it was helpful!