If you want to predict your own future successes and failures all you really need to do is ask yourself some very simple questions…
1. What Did You Eat Today?
The leading cause of death in the world is heart disease.
It’s difficult to argue when you look around and see that most people waddling around (especially in the U.S.) are one cheeseburger away from a massive heart attack.
Too many visits to the golden arches will get you an early arrival at the pearly gates!
Let’s not kid ourselves — what you ate today is probably what you eat on a regular basis.
Don’t tell me you’re going to start on Monday. When it comes to changing your life there’s two times: now or never. Do it now.
(And don’t tell me it’s your “cheat day” we see those pictures on Facebook… more like cheat week! You know who you are!)
2. Who did you spend your time with?
One of the scariest and most uncomfortable things you can do is examine what your friends, family, and co-workers are doing to you (whether you realize it or not).
Here’s the deal: you are your 5 closest friends.
You weigh about the same as the people you spend the most time with. You earn about the same amount of money, you feel the same emotions consistently, you have the same quality of relationships, and you even use the same vocabulary.
… Scary, isn’t it?
You see, the people in your life are subtly influencing you whether they know it or not. And who you spend time with will dramatically affect the outcome of your ultimate destiny.
Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. But once you take a look at where you’re headed — you’ll have to make some tough decisions.
Here’s three ways to handle it:
- Increase association: First, there’s people who are good for you. Those people that challenge you to grow physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally. Spend more time with them.
- Limit association: Next, there are people that are kind of neutral. The people you feel obligated to spend time with but really aren’t doing anything to make their lives (or yours) better.Limit seeing the dysfunctional family to the get-togethers. Make good excuses not to go drinking with your complaining co-workers. Pass on the whiners and negative people. Ignore the people who like to criticize and judge. Or, do what I do and “just say no.”
- Disassociation: Lastly there are people that need to be cut out of your life completely. They are destructive, dramatic, and desperate to drag you down. They wear on you physically, mentally, and emotionally. They bully, bribe, and otherwise force you to do what they want. It’s a toxic relationship and it has to end. Sometimes it’s easier said than done but life is too short to waste it on these people.
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Some people you can spend a few minutes with, but not a few hours.
Some people you can spend a few hours with, but not a few days.
Some people you can spend a few days with, but not a lifetime!
3. What did you read today?
If you aren’t reading every day you’re probably not growing much. At a bare minimum you should be reading 20 minutes per day about your trade, your industry, or your career.
If you want to take things to the next level expand that to 20 minutes of health, fitness, and nutrition. And 20 minutes of inspiration, motivation, and psychology (hey… I just so happen to know a blog… 😉 )
4. What did you watch today?
If you watch the news, STOP.
“But how will I stay informed?”
Informed about what? It’s amazing how most people can tell you all about the rape, murder, drugs, and police brutality happening. Hell — most people can tell you what Miley Cyrus had for breakfast this morning — but how is that improving your life?
You have to be so careful about what you put into your mind…
If garbage goes in, garbage comes out.
It’s fairly easy to change the basic habits of what you’re watching, what you’re reading, and what you’re eating consistently. But I’m sure it made you uncomfortable to examine who you’re spending your time with and how that is affecting you.
Who you spend your time with and what you spend your time doing is probably one of the most important decisions when determining the quality of your life. Sometimes it hurts to let go of “friends” who you have grown with — especially if that growth is in the wrong direction.
But you will have to make the final decision about what you’re committed to in life.
Do you want a life of passion or boredom? Do you want to live the life of a mundane cubicle dweller or the exciting adventure? Do you want to wake up every day and drag your butt to work with the sole purpose of paying the bills or do you want to live out your wildest dreams and fantasies? The decision is simple, the choice is hard.
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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
What tough decisions have you made that have changed your life?