9.) A mission, vision, or future life goal, is necessary for ALL self-respecting men.
In my opinion, you aren’t really a man if you don’t have a life’s mission. A purpose, something you’re working towards every single day. Without this, you simply just are not a man, how could you be?
That’s the essence of what a man is: a builder, a creator, a doer, go-getter. Someone who goes out and makes things happen.
In 2017, ask yourself this question: What is my life’s mission? What was I put here for? What is my great gift to the world?
And don’t spend all of 2017 thinking about that either. Figure it out and then start taking daily action towards it.
I have 2 missions right now: building my blog and building my business. My business is what is feeding me right now, so I have to take that as seriously as I take my blog. I have to continue to grow it and expand it like I normally would. The goal (long term), is this blog/brand (Mission Life Motion), but until it’s self-sufficient, my service business is of equal importance.
The mission is what lights the fire under your ass, it’s what gets you out of bed every morning ready to conquer the day.
10.) Organizing your life (& everything in it), makes a world of difference in your ability to FOCUS.
Work ethic is not a mindset, it’s a lifestyle.
It’s you, it’s your whole life.
Work, for lack of better term, has the single greatest impact on everything else in your life. It touches and impacts more of every aspect of your life than anything else.
If you read the book the ‘’The One Thing’’ by Gary Keller, he talks in depth about this. He says to ask yourself this question everyday: ‘’What is the one thing, I can do today, such that by doing so, everything else will become easier or unnecessary?’’
That one thing is focusing on what earns you money. Be that your business, or just your job. (My suggestion: as soon as you’re able, go to work for yourself instead of for someone else).
This said, having a poor work ethic is essentially the worst problem you can have and should be dealt with swiftly and with extreme prejudice.
Correcting a poor work ethic should jump STRAIGHT to the top of your priority list.
If you’re unmotivated by work, or hate your job, your # 1 priority should be asking yourself why, and coming up with a solution.
Your # 1 priority should be starting a business or finding a job that will fulfill you, day in and day out.
Until you get that problem handled, everything else in your life will suffer.
Usually it will suffer from a lack of enough money earned (it’s hard to get promoted if you hate what you do, and it’s impossible to have a profitable business if you don’t believe in the service you provide people).
Your life will suffer for 2 reasons: 1.) You aren’t earning enough money, and/or 2.) You’re unfulfilled in what you’re doing.
Either way, without a passion for how you make your money, your quality of life and happiness will suffer.
11.) Being self-employed is THE ultimate test of your will, resolve, capabilities, strength, & dedication.
You learn invaluable things about yourself when you’re self-employed.
I think the biggest one is self-reliance.
You really learn how to trust yourself when you’re able to take a business off the ground. You quickly learn what all of your strengths and weaknesses are.
They become very acute.
Self-reliance is one of, if not the single most important thing you could ever learn about yourself. Without the ability to trust yourself, how are you ever able to set and achieve goals?
You’ll be tested, and you’ll be pushed to your limits.
When you learn how to persevere through those times your self-confidence and esteem will reach levels that you previously couldn’t imagine.
The best part is that it’s a real, core self-confidence. In other words a knowing, that you’re the man and there’s nothing you can’t fight through.
You develop the ability to solve problems quickly, and to adapt.
Adaptation is necessary in business and life. Eventually, you always have to evolve. You evolve in business and life because if you don’t evolve, you become extinct.
You develop the ability to see patterns and predict things before they occur.
Being able to predict possible outcomes, helps you learn how to always be prepared for the unexpected.
Over time, doing this teaches you how to make decisions quickly and creatively when the unexpected happens. You can adjust and adapt in the snap of finger.
This is a very valuable skill to possess in life.
Another thing I’ve noticed: Things that used to bother you will no longer matter, because you’re more secure with who you are.
You have a better understanding of what you have control over and what you don’t.
Obviously the benefits of being self-employed are extremely rewarding, but it isn’t for everyone. It takes a set of brass balls, as well as street smarts.
Just because you have high IQ doesn’t mean you can handle the challenges that come with running a business. You need brass balls, and the ability to think outside the box.
12.) What you put into (& even onto) your body, matters.
At least as you get older it does.
In 2016, I started to notice this much more. The food you eat, is what will make the biggest difference in how you feel.
For most of 2016, my diet consisted of the following foods: Chicken, eggs, steak, broccoli, almond milk, whey protein powder, WATER, salmon, tilapia, sardines, and more water (with weekend cheat meals).
During the week, I tried my best to avoid eating carbs, and I also started eating only lunch and dinner (intermittent fasting).
During the week (when I was eating clean) I would always have higher energy levels and would feel better. On the weekend, when I would cheat and have pizza or a cheeseburger, there was a very noticeable difference in my productivity.
I wasn’t perfect about it, but I tried my best, as should you.
If you are, or aim to be a very productive person, understand that the foods you eat have a HUGE impact on what you can accomplish in a given day or week.
Juicing was another thing I did for part of the year. My juicing recipe was simple: 1 cucumber, 2 celery sticks, 1 green apple. And that was one meal.
I would make 3 of these juicer shakes at once and consume 1 every 3 hours (12, 3, and 6pm).
You would be surprised (after the first few days of getting your body used to it), how just one of these can start to fill you up.
With the 3pm one I would also drink a whey protein shake, and with dinner I would also have 5 brown eggs.
I only did this for a couple months because making the shakes every day got old and repetitive. The energy I felt for those 2 months however, was astounding.
If energy is a real pain point for you, this meal plan really did wonders for me. Also of course make sure you’re getting at least 6 hours of sleep and going to gym 3-4 days a week (minimum).
(I experimented with caffeine pills for a while, which worked well, but I really enjoy the taste of coffee so I switched back to that instead).
–Kratom: This is a plant grown in southeast Asia that I mix with cold water and 3 packets of stevia (it tastes like shit without stevia). Kratom calms me down and helps me feel like I can handle the high level of stress that comes with a busy service-based sales business.
I feel happy and kind of talkative on kratom. The feeling of it is not super overwhelming, although that can depend on the strand you take (there are several different strands that all feel slightly different from each other).
In summary: kratom makes me feel really happy, it calms me down, and it makes me feel like I can handle stress better.
Nothing crazy, but for my busy lifestyle I have found it to be effective and most of all just helpful. Helpful is probably a better way to describe kratom than effective. It just makes the day easier and less stressful.
The best articles you’ll find anywhere on the internet about it can be found by going to GoodLookingLoser.com and searching ”kratom” on his site.
Chris (from GoodLookingLoser) is THE kratom expert and will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about it.
–Phenibut: This one is my favorite. The effects are somewhat similar to kratom except slightly different and more intense.
Stress and anxiety are simply non-existent on this substance. What I find it does best is relieve me of any social anxiety I may have (on a given day).
I take kratom to relieve anxiety in general, I take phenibut specifically for social anxiety. This is just me personally and is mainly for public speaking I have to do.
It usually works this way for most people that take these two.
Maybe you have to give a public speech.
Maybe you know you’ll be meeting the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
Maybe you know you’ll be having a nerveracking conversation with someone.
Phenibut helps with all of these things by to helping to calm your nerves.
Another great effect of phenibut is that music sounds 3X as good while on it.
The removal of social anxiety is the best benefit (in my opinion). I have a whole article on Phenibut right here.
I turned 30 this year, and usually around age 30, a man’s testosterone starts to more rapidly decline. This actually starts for men in their mid-20’s, but it’s not until about 30 that it becomes something you should keep an eye on.
I wasn’t too concerned about my testosterone levels but figured it was time to start upping my levels a little. I had blood work done and felt like I was in decent range, but I wanted it higher.
I also revitalized my passion for lifting weights last year, and having higher levels of test definitely helps in that department.
–Modafinil: This one helped me greatly with motivation, energy, focus, and productivity. Modafinil is a nootropic ‘’smart drug’’ which is illegal in some countries. It essentially helps you work longer hours, and makes it easier for you to get more done in a given day.
I do not recommend taking modafinil every day, or even at all.
I’m simply telling you what I did last year that helped me. It may work the same for you and it may not (although most people experience similar results).
Modafinil can be addictive and would be harsh on your body to consume on daily basis. It also makes you piss a lot, and creates a little tinge of general anxiety. Basically you just feel so focused on getting stuff done that any interruption is pretty annoying.
Also don’t take modafinili any other time than first thing in the morning.
Modafinil makes you feel like you just drank a potent cup of coffee, except instead of wearing off like coffee does it lasts all day (about 12 hours).
Therefore, if taken too late it could be hard for you to fall asleep.
Understand that I consumed none of these substances so that I could ‘’get high’’.
That is so further from the point it’s not even funny.
I take these substances because they help me accomplish my goals. They help me get from point A to point B. In other words, they are ‘’performance enhancers’’.
They each serve a separate purpose and I take them carefully and thoughtfully. What you put into your body is serious matter. Everything you put in your body will either help you or hurt you.
Alcohol and junk food will hurt you.
Healthy food and substances taken carefully and in moderation (for specific purposes), I believe can help you.
These are what have worked for me.
Also understand that it’s very difficult to determine the long term effects of certain things (unless it’s something that’s been around for a long time already).
That is a risk/reward you’ll have to decide on for yourself. I personally feel the compounds I mentioned here are fine if consumed correctly and aren’t abused.
I am not a doctor and none of what I said here should be taken as medical advice.
End Of Part 2 (Read Part 3 HERE)