I just got back from a little work-ation trip to Barbados with the wifey. I mixed in calls with my clients with workouts and threw in a little surfing in between.
When you’re in places like these the usual response is to chill and do nothing but that’s not me. I’ve got to be doing something. It’s a gift and a curse.
While living in Barbados I had time to think. I thought about my values and the things that got me to where I am…
I’ve got an amazing wife, an incredible dog, I’ve sold one of my passion businesses and my new passion business is picking up some serious steam.
And I’ve been able to keep my values intact while maintaining a physical standard for my body.
I’m not saying this to brag or “big” myself up. I’m just really at a place where I love my life even with all of the discomfort and challenges I present to myself.
How did I get here?
I boil it down to values aka. the rules I set for my life.
I don’t have much but I make sure I live up to the ones I set as best as I can.
I’m definitely not perfect. I make mistakes and yes I pay for them dearly (aka. learning)
But without a clear set of personal rules to follow we are left without a GPS for this thing called life.
So today I want to share with you my rules for my life. They are my guideposts and I hope they serve you well in your journey.
The purpose of this email is not to say that my personal philosophies are wrong or right. I just hope to inspire you to make your own set of rules and follow them as I do mine.
If you don’t have any then feel free to borrow from my list 🙂
My 13 Rules
1. Always seek growth in the things you’re passionate about.
1% improvement every day leads to 365% improvement over a year. Be addicted to your own self growth.
2. Be selfish to be generous.
The more you’re able to pour into yourself the better you’re able to serve others. When you invest in yourself everyone benefits.
3. Transform your body to transform your life.
We live in these meat machines we call our bodies. The cool thing is we can soup it up to be a high performing sports car or we can shrivel it up to be at the auto mechanics for the rest of its life (ie. the doctors office). It’s your choice.
4. Only seek to control yourself. Not others.
We can’t control our partners, our kids or even our businesses. The greatest power comes from controlling what you can control and those are our choices.
5. Seek mentorship and coaching.
The greatest trick our egos pull on us is thinking we can do this stuff on our own.
Coaches help you speed up time to get to your goal and the education you’ll need to keep your goal.
They’ll also give you a little kick in the butt when needed.
I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on coaching and each investment into coaching leads to more money, better health and a better way of doing things.
I will trade my money for the speed of time and they knowledge they give back to me.
6. Time is our biggest resource. Treat it with more importance than money.
The only thing you’ll regret is wasting your time on wasteful people, thoughts and activities. Guard your time with your life.
6. Empty your cup.
You gotta approach things with an open mind and humbleness. The biggest mistake is thinking you know everything. This quickly leads to stagnation and hubris.
7. Extreme ownership.
If you really think about it every single situation you despise can be linked back to one person: YOU.
Take extreme ownership for every single one of your situations good and bad. Then go to work at rectifying the ones that don’t serve you.
This is how you take back your power.
8. Attitude of Gratitude.
Right now, think of all the little things you take for granted…
– The phone you’re reading this on.
– The internet that brought this email to your phone.
– Your heart pumping giving you life.
– The ability to breathe
– The ability to walk (if you’ve ever sprained an ankle you know what I mean)
– The people who love you
I can go on and on.
As technology makes makes life more convenient our prehistoric brains are looking for things to complain about.
Life is becomes a wonder rather than a burden when you develop an attitude of gratitude.
9. Have a North Star.
My purpose on this world is to help 1 million men and women transform their lives through transforming their bodies.
I set this goal because I want others to see how much better they’ll feel, how much more money they’ll make, how much more in control of themselves they’ll be and how much life really has to offer when they are at their peak physical health.
What’s your north star that pushes you to wake up in the morning?
10. Growth leads to discomfort.
When you’re really striving for something it’s gonna hurt and you’re gonna see challenges.
This is a sign that you’re growing.
The trick is not to complain or whine. It’s to associate the pain of discomfort with GROWTH and then taking action on the first thing in front of you.
11. Thoughts and words become things.
Our thoughts are like magnets. They will bring us what we want and the things we don’t want.
This is why I visualize. This is why I do affirmations.
It’s to train my brain and my mouth to move it towards what I want in this world.
I suggest you do the same.
12. Working out is the BEST thing you could do for your mental health.
Studies prove that exercise can be used as the main treatment method for numerous mental health disorders such as…
– acute psychotic episodes
A small trial found that 95% improved their mood after exercising.
Makes sense in a way … Your physiology affects your psychology.
It’s not a magic bullet by any means but one of the steps to improving your mental state is to start improving your physical state.
13. Clear your mind and follow your intuition.
The best decisions are made with a clear mind and following the voice that’s inside your heart.
After I’ve gone through the X’s and O’s of a situation I quiet my mind and ask myself the best course of action.
It always has an answer for me and when it does I don’t question it. I follow it.
…And those are my 13 rules. They are mine and very personal to me.
Which ones resonated with you the most and what are your rules? I’d love to know.
Have a great week.
– Coach Dan
“If the situation is not right in the long term, walk away from it. Maintain a long-term outlook in all endeavours. Live like you don’t have much time left…but plan as if you’ll live for centuries.”– Kekich Credo #33