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How to Stop Making Excuses (and Start Making Things Happen)

If you want to make big things happen in your life, you’ve got to convince yourself that quitting isn’t an option. In your mind, you should be so committed to your goals that when an obstacle shows up, you immediately start looking for a way around it. I like to think of it like this: When a door closes, sometimes you have to go through a window.

But if things don’t pan out, don’t make excuses—make a new plan. Lay it all on the line. Give your best effort so that you’ll never have to wonder whether you had a real shot at your dreams.

Before you make an excuse, use this piece of wisdom to refocus.

Why You Should Keep Pushing Through Your Setbacks

One of strongest, most productive things you can do in life is keep moving forward. We all know that bad days don’t last forever, but when things get us down, sometimes we have a bad habit of staying down.

The longer you wallow in disappointment, the more effort it’ll take to overcome your setbacks. When you’re going through a rough patch, this is the motivation you need to push through.

4 Rules of a Healthy Work-Life Balance

There’s a reason hard work gets such a strong approval among high achievers. It really does work, and you can get pretty far just by buckling down and going for what you want. We need hard work to get to where we want to go, but it’s not always about going as fast as you can and never taking a moment to center yourself. Creating balance in your life is just as important as building a life.

That doesn’t mean things won’t get out of balance. It just means that when you’re beginning to lose sleep or family time, it’s up to you set things back in order.

When your life gets hectic, try these using these four tips to keep the most important things top of mind.

What to Do If You Don’t Feel Motivated

One thing that separates successful people from those who fail is their drive to get things done. Just because a storm is brewing outside, doesn’t mean their mood switches from ambition to apathy. Each day is a chance to improve, so they don’t plan their days according to the weather.

To make things happen, find the energy to make the most of your time. You can start by getting up early and attacking the day with everything you’ve got.

Here’s the push you need.

6 of My Best Tips for Managing Stress

When you’re working toward something important, life is guaranteed to throw you a curveball—a difficult situation that you’ll have to actively fight your way through. It’s a fact of life. You’re going to feel some stress as life challenges you, but there’s no point in worrying before things actually happen.

To keep my stress in check, I try my hardest to stay present and, most importantly, in control. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, try using these six tips to refocus your mind.

The Benefits of Living in the Moment

If you don’t stop to take in the beauty of life or how many wonderful things we get to experience each day, your entire life might just pass you by. You can’t afford to start living at the end of your life, so do it now—live in the moment.

I know we all have goals we’re working toward, and striving for anything can get busy and consuming. But slowing down to appreciate how far you’ve come is just as important as seeing the destination.

So what will you do to start living for today? Here’s my personal approach to living in the moment.

Why What You Think About Matters

Sometimes we feel like our identity is a rigid thing, and that we simply have to make the best of the traits that could use some work. But the truth is that you decide who you want to be. Confidence, self-belief and mental strength are things that can be molded over time.

Your life and your personal story can always be rewritten. Ask yourself these five questions to see if any self-limiting beliefs are holding you back.

To Be a Real Dream Chaser, Fight Your Fears

It’s natural to have fear and uncertainty about the future. We’re only human after all, and no one can completely get rid of their fear. But if you ever want to do something great, you’ll need some courage to overcome your feelings and take that leap of faith.

If you let the FUDs (fear, uncertainty and doubt) hold you back, you’ll never know what’s possible. Use this quick motivational boost to start feeding your dreams and starving your nightmares.

Why I Don’t Have a Bucket List

If you’re waiting for the right time to start doing all the crazy, adventurous things you want to do in life, you just might run out of time. Truth is, a bucket list that only gets checked off at the end of your life won’t do you any good.

Instead of focusing on what you can do before you die, focus on what you can do right now. Make a life list that you can use every day to get you closer to where you want to be.

My personal life list focuses on appreciating every moment, no matter the circumstances. Here’s what it looks like.
“Leadership is something you earn.”