5 Successful People You Need to Spend More Time With

It’s not surprising that many of the world’s most successful people share similar qualities and traits. You’ve probably observed or heard of some of them; being proactive, getting up early, ruthless prioritization, etc.

There is something that contributes to the success of many of them that isn’t quickly apparent, however.

Successful people surround themselves with other successful people.

You’ve probably seen this and assumed it was a by-product of that person’s success. That is rarely the case. There is an old adage that you are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with.

Take a minute to think about that, then take an inventory of who you spend most of your time with.

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Is Time More Important than Money?

Money does in fact bring me happiness. There, I said it. I don’t care what you hear anywhere else, I am a firm believer that it’s true. It can in fact, bring people happiness. It’s not the only thing required for happiness of course, but if you have the other things you need, then it can up things a notch or two. It goes without saying then that I immensely enjoy the activity of spending money. What surprises me though is the number of people who view this as an irresponsible approach to life, yet spend their days squandering something far more valuable than money – time. Is time more important than money? Absolutely.

Time is a finite resource

I think having kids is what really struck it home for me that time is the only thing we cannot get more of. As I watch them grow I also watch phases of their lives (and mine) slip away, never to be experienced again.

Everything else that I can think of in my life, I can get more of. Even if I lost my job and my skillset ceased to be needed, I could always start at the ground level in something else and build myself back up. There is always a way to make more money.

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Become More Disciplined by Taking Small Actions First

As I write this blog post it is 5 am and I have already done my 30-minute workout, showered, and gotten dressed. My morning routine consists of things that a few years ago I would have dreaded doing at any time of day – never mind well before sunrise.

So I tried to think of what changed to make me feel so motivated every morning. I know that recently my feeling towards exercise has changed from one of loathing to one of enjoyment, but that came after making it a routine.

Perhaps just getting older provided me with the discipline I needed to do these activities daily?

Not likely.

What I realized is that every part of my daily routine that I don’t enjoy but do anyway starts with a small action.

By forcing myself to do a small, easy task, I am easing myself into the larger task that I may be dreading.

It’s a slight mind-game that I play with myself, but it works.

Here are the 5 routines that are now a part of my day that all start with a small action.

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11 Easy, Powerful Ways to Encourage Good Fitness Habits

I didn’t want to have good fitness habits.

Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to be healthy, but getting there was not enjoyable. For many people being healthy requires having good fitness habits. Generally, this includes exercising regularly and eliminating unhealthy (but often really tasty) foods from your diet.

No. Thank you.

Unfortunately, as I got older the fact really settled in that this body is the only one I’ve got. We’ve got one go at life and this physical vessel is what determines how long that go is.

So, healthy it is. But how to get there? How do I push myself past doing all of those things I don’t want to do? For exercising, I used a series of tricks that were easy to implement and turned the chore of working out into good fitness habits.

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail (and What to Do Instead)

The holidays are fading fast in our rearview mirror. As we make our way through January, everybody is diligently keeping to their New Year’s resolutions, right? If you are – great! I commend you. The truth is that almost a third of all New Year’s resolutions won’t make it past the first month of the new year. That’s probably not surprising to you – in fact, I was surprised it wasn’t higher. Let’s take a look at why New Year’s resolutions fail and a few alternatives to this annual tradition.

Bad Timing

Statistics show the majority of New Year’s resolution makers vow to improve their health – usually through eating better or exercising more. Meanwhile, there is leftover Christmas candy sitting in a bowl on the counter and a fruitcake in the fridge. Let’s not even get into the fact that January 1st falls the morning after what is considered the most alcoholic of holidays. I don’t know about you, but dieting or exercising is the last thing on my mind when I’m nursing a hangover.

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22-Minute Hard Corps Review

I recently finished up Beachbody’s 22-Minute Hard Corps program. Although I didn’t have the foresight to write down my thoughts before starting, I did have some insights to share at the halfway mark and finish line that I wanted to share with you. I’m hoping that my 22-Minute Hard Corps review will help you decide if this workout program is right for you.

Week 4 — The Half-Way Mark

I was anxious to get to this point as I could already feel the difference in how I felt, and my wife said she could already see a physical difference. I was most excited about the half-way PT test that would measure my improvements in terms of number of reps I could do of various basic exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, etc.).

The PT test was done on Sunday – typically a “rest day” for the 22-Minute Hard Corps program. I’m noticing this a lot with Beachbody programs – Sunday is often a rest day and designated for meal prep. At first I didn’t like this, as I have more time to work out on weekends than I do during the week, so not working out on a Sunday seemed like a waste to me. I’ve adapted, though, and quickly learned to appreciate those Sundays off from jumping out of bed and hitting the exercise mat.

So when Sunday came, and I was like a kid on Christmas. My wife has been helping  with the PT tests by running the stopwatch for me, and I think I was dangerously close to driving her nuts. I was anxious to see my progress.

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10 Ways to Be Thankful All Year

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, a lot of Americans will soon be sitting at a table surrounded by loved ones and thinking of all the things they are thankful for. This year will be a little different in our house as we’ve started making gratitude a part of every dinner. Not just the ones that involve copious amounts of cranberry sauce.

I think that there are a lot of people out there that want to practice gratitude and be more thankful on a daily basis, but don’t know how. We’ve put together a list of 10 things that you can do on a regular basis that will help you be more grateful for what you have.

Take turns sharing what you’re thankful for at dinner time.

We started going around the table with our kids and each finding at least one thing from that day that each of us was thankful for. It’s not made into a big event, and we don’t make everybody wait to eat while we do it. We simply use it as a casual conversation starter to talk about the positive things from our day.

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How to Get Better Sleep and Wake Up Early

Now that you know all about my morning routine, I want to tell you about the steps I take at nighttime that prepare me to easily get up between 4 and 4:30 am. When I was reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I knew that just getting excited to wake up early every morning wasn’t going to stick for me. The book did a fantastic job of laying out what my mornings should look like. However, it didn’t cover how I could get better sleep so that I could get to that point. I did a little of my own research and came up with a routine that allowed me to make the best use of the sleep I was getting. Following this routine, I gained an extra couple of hours to my day every morning. In exchange, I only had to go to bed about 30-60 minutes earlier.

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The Ultimate Guide to Goal Setting

Goal setting is an important practice that can benefit everyone. Even if you don’t read self-improvement books or engage in any form of personal development, you still probably set goals for yourself in one form or another.

Goal setting can be as simple as dedicating an entire day to just one project so you can get it done before an important meeting. It can also be much more complex — though people who practice complex goal setting usually understand that is what they are employing as they go through the process.

So, there’s a lot of material out there about how to set smart, effective goals. But what do you do if you don’t really know what your goals should be?

Here’s where I can help. I’ve outlined my process for goal setting, including how to identify, organize and prioritize your goals — and how to put your plan in action.

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4 Great Self-Improvement Audiobooks You Need to Hear First

There are a lot of self-improvement audiobooks out there. For those looking to take the plunge and start listening, it may seem overwhelming. A lot of people will go for the names they’ve heard — Jim Rohn, Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy. They’re all great motivational speakers and not a bad place to start. Their style of teaching self-improvement, though, is becoming a little dated.

Many of the core concepts of self-improvement haven’t changed in decades. The way they are taught to the masses, however, definitely has. I’m not sure how many people in their 20s and 30s today will be able to relate to the suit-wearing, white-haired man standing on stage, looking like a televangelist and preaching mystical “secrets of attraction.” People today need new motivational speakers that they can relate to. Luckily for us, there is a whole new generation taking the old core concepts of self-improvement and updating them for the new millennium.

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