Life is crazy isn’t it? One minute we’re kids dying to be grown-ups and the next were wondering where in the hell the time went right? Listen, one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is this: regrets suck!
Let me ask you something. Are you by any chance playing the “Someday” game with yourself? You know, “Someday I’ll (insert what you’ve been putting off) when (insert your excuse here). Well, if this sounds painfully familiar, have no fear Mr. KICKASS is here!
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired here’s what I think is critical so you don’t wake up one day regretting your life.
- Take Care of Number One
I’ll bet a zillion dollars if you ask anyone who’s lying in a hospital bed right now if they wish they’d taken better care of themselves the answer would be a resounding “Hell YEAH!” And, just so you know, I’m not just talking about physical health either.
All too often we put everyone else’s needs before our own. Sound familiar? Then what happens? Yeah, we eventually burn out and crash in a not so much blaze of glory. Putting yourself first isn’t being selfish – it’s self-love! Make the time for your physical and mental health. When you do, it’s incredible how much more you have and want to give to others!
- Seek First to Understand Then be Understood
Ever wonder why we have two ears and only one mouth? True success and happiness happens when you have strong trusting personal and professional relationships. And, there’s no better way to creating those than listening. Not just hearing, but actively listening.
Simply start by paying attention to your body language. Then, in your own words, let the person talking know what you heard. As a bonus, ask them open-ended questions to keep them sharing! Before you know it the doors of opportunity will be flying open. In a nutshell, you’re establishing respect, which leads to trust, which leads to KICKASS opportunities!
- Take Risks
Now, to put you mind at ease, I’m not asking you to base jump off the Empire State Building. What I am asking is to start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. We spend more time decorating our comfort zone than getting out and really experiencing life. It’s super sad and frankly stupid we don’t start living until we know we’re dying. Well, the truth is we don’t know how many tomorrows we have. Please quit playing it safe! Remember, no regrets!
- Be Grateful – Not Hateful
Quit wasting precious time complaining and judging other people’s choices and lives. The saying, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone” isn’t popular for no reason. When you live everyday with genuine gratitude for all that’s around you’ll actually find more to be grateful for.
Take a few moments each night before going to bed and again when you wake up to say out loud what you’re thankful for. Then, [bonus tip] make time to share with those less fortunate.
- Think With The End in Mind
Listen, if you don’t know where in the hell you want to end up how will you know how to get there? I think it’s clear time flies and then we die. I’ve changed more lives, including my own, by taking pen to paper. What did we write? Our eulogy!
Yes, I carefully thought about how I want to be remembered when my time comes and wrote it down. From that point, I kid you not, I started living my true passion in life. The words you’re reading are my passion! Helping people develop KICKASS authentic self-confidence to quit living in the past and embrace the present! I know it sounds uncomfortable to think about but remember what I said before about being comfortable!
Listen, in case I haven’t made it clear, tomorrow isn’t promised. And more importantly, it’s never too late to become what you might have been. One decision at a time will build your self-confidence. Take small bites and before you know it’ll you’ll truly be living a KICKASS life.
I’ll leave you with one final piece of advice I want you to post everywhere so you never forget.
“You’re only limited by the parameters of your own mind!” – Christopher Rausch
I’d really love to hear how this impacted you! Feel free to reach out – firstname.lastname@example.org