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451 - Take a Dream Week

If you think everything would collapse without you, you might be right. Not because you’re right, but because you’re heading for total burnout. If you don’t plan your time off, your time off will just “happen to you” in the form of some sort of breakdown or health collapse, and since you hadn’t planned for it, your business might not do so well when you check out all of a sudden. That’s why taking time for yourself is not just you being selfish! You’re the captain of your ship. Do you...


450 - Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help!

“Asking for help is a sign of weakness.” Who else identifies with this limiting self-belief? The irony is, being able to ask for help when you could use some is a strength and always trying to go it alone is the true weakness. As a young guy I was quite bullish. I wanted to be a sort of Superman, the guy who would solve everything himself. It’s a childish way of thinking. It limits you more than you think. When you remove your ego from your business, you’ll do whatever it takes to give it...


449 - Plan Your Struggles

You’re going to make your own luck today. Start with the big goal – to escape your lifestyle prison (if that’s what you want). To transition from your rut of boredom into doing work that fulfils you while maintaining the lifestyle you’ve built for yourself so far. Next is a sub-goal of the big goal – to overcome your limiting self-beliefs. Once you weaken the beliefs that are holding you back from being what you want to be, what’s left to hold you back? The brick wall of fear or self-anger...


448 - Your Progress Logs

If you feel like you’re stuck in a lifestyle prison (a comfortable but unfulfilling job or business that you built for yourself), and you want to get out, you’ll have to overcome a few limiting self-beliefs. Right now I want you to crush one of the biggest limiting self-beliefs that holds you back from doing what you want to do. “I can’t change.” We all feel that, or some variation of it, at some points in our lives. It’s probably a little trick your brain plays to get out of the...


447 - The Commitment Manifesto

Want to reach your goals? Understand this: A goal is not a commitment. A goal only defines the destination. A plan maps out the way to that destination. That’s all great, but only commitment will actually put one foot in front of the other and get you there. Not, “I’m gonna try som’in’.” Not, “I’m gonna give it a go for a month.” Commitment doesn’t keep on eye on the door. Commitment says, “I dedicate myself to this.” Commitment says, “Come hell or high water, this is going to...


446 - Let The Past Go

Is your past keeping you trapped in your lifestyle prison, keeping you from fixing yourself and becoming who you want to be? There’s good reason for that. The human brain effortlessly records information that came with an emotional spike, particularly if it’s a negative emotion. Your brain’s not trying to be a dick. It’s trying to be helpful. It’s flagged something as a potential threat. It wants you to access it easily, not to make you feel bad, but to help you solve whatever problem or...


445 - Plan the Decade!

I’ve had quite a rough go of it the last 2 years. I put on a brave face but believe me, I’ve had some challenges. Recently, one of the limiting self-beliefs that grabbed hold of my mind was: “_I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m doing,”_ How weird is that? For a guy who has obvious vision and clarity when it comes to business (not to toot my own horn too much, but it’s true) I shouldn’t have this sticking point when it comes to my life in general. But I did, whether or not it made...


444 - Listen to What People Are Telling You - Building Internal Testimony

I don’t do compliments. I’m great at dishing them out but I’m crap at receiving them. I just bounce back a quick “Thanks” and rush on with my day, without a second thought to the kindness I’ve just been given. What’s wrong with me? Why are we embarrassed when someone gives us a clue to our own greatness? I’ve only recently realised something about compliments – they’re usually genuine. Think about that for a minute. People don’t just make this sh*t up out of thin air. They notice...


443 - Look How Far You’ve Come!

How do you crush your limiting self beliefs and unleash your true self? The first step is to admit to yourself they exist. The next is to draw them into the light, break them down into manageable chunks and define them on paper. Then you’ll see them for what they are – something you can handle. But that’s not where it ends. Beliefs are sticky bastards. To start dismantling them you’ll need to collect evidence against them. The human mind finds evidence for whatever it believes. That’s...


442 - Facing Your Insecurities - Draw Them Out into the Light!

We all have insecurities. Most of the time we don’t have the courage to look at them honestly. We don’t talk about them, we don’t admit them, we don’t even think about them. We push them down and just struggle on. I’ve already talked about a few specific, common insecurities before: People don’t like us, we’re not good enough, we “deserve” to be around toxic people and places, holding onto the negative, and judging yourself for how fast you’re progressing. What if I told you none of...


441 - Realising Your Limiting Self Beliefs

You can’t change what you can’t see. The first of the 20 steps to overcoming your limiting beliefs is to become aware of what’s holding you back. For some, this simple act of honesty can be the hardest thing to do. It’s quite a hit to the ego, and your limiting self beliefs can be so ugly you can’t even bear to admit them. But you have to admit them. It’s the only way you can stop them from ruling your life anymore. I talk more about this in podcast episode 441 of The 7 Minute...


440 - July’s Theme: Overcoming Your Limiting Self Beliefs

We say we are our own worst enemy with a chuckle and a shrug. What the hell? Why don’t we take such a horrifying thing more seriously?! Maybe we don’t believe we can do anything about it. Maybe we think all we can do is laugh it off so we don’t go crazy with the realisation. But what if we can do something about it? What if we can become our own best ally? I talk more about this in podcast episode 440 of The 7 Minute Mentor. Crush Your Limiting Self Beliefs & Find Inner-Alignment If you...


439 - Takeaways & Action: Fixing Yourself First

I noticed an understanding gap in some of my followers. They read my work and realise they needed to make a change, to quit their job, leave their business, and start spending their days doing something that fulfils them. But it’s not about throwing all your sh*t into a car and driving off into the sunset. You’re not 25 anymore. There is a way to make this happen without taking any hit to your lifestyle. Your family doesn’t even have to notice anything’s changed other than you’re coming...


438 - Stop Looking Down, Start Looking Up!

I was recently speaking at CMA Live (Content Marketing Association) in Edinburgh. As I was on stage, a phrase popped into my head: “We need to stop looking down and start looking up.” If you’ve been following me, you might be gearing up to make a big change in your business, to use the stepping stone principle to keep earning the brass you like while shifting to pursue what you give a sh*t about. If you’re “looking down”, good...


437 - Slow Down to Speed Up

Don’t worry. I haven’t lost it. There’s an old army saying: Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. You could imagine that maxim playing out when a soldier, panicking and rushing, fumbles his bullets onto the ground. Rushing makes mistakes, which slows you down 10 times more than by taking a more steady pace. I used to think that meditation and gratitude etc was woo-woo sh*t that only ‘gurus’ did. But when I left Hacksaw I realised something within me...


436 - Good Things Come to Those Who Do Good Things

I’ll be honest. I’m not the nicest guy ever. In the past I’ve been prideful, aggressive, and made it a priority to be right all the time. Fortunately, I’ve grown a lot since then. I’ve learned this whole karma thing actually works! You can call it the Law of Attraction, or you can call it a complex web of cause and effect. All I know is, from my experience, being good to people brings good things back to you. Becoming lucky is a similar thing. You...


435 - Gratitude as a Magic Pill?

What really matters in your life? Are you sure you can see it? The thing about us human beings is… we tend to only see the problems. As entrepreneurs, with problems bombarding us from every direction, this kind of blind pessimism can ruin us. Problems are important to pay attention to, don’t get me wrong, but you’ll be more effective solving them if you’re able to notice and appreciate the things around you that are good in your world. If everything around you seems crappy right now, I...


434 - Too Busy to Exercise? Then You’re Too Busy to Succeed

I know it’s a cliché, but exercising regularly really is one of the keys to achieving your goals in life. If you want to start a side hustle that you will build into a new, fulfilling direction to get you out of your rut, you’ll need to fix yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically. I’m a tall guy at 6’2” but a few years ago I only weighed about 154 pounds. I dove into exercise. I lifted weights, cardio, and high-intensity training. I followed...


433 - No Poison!

Fixing yourself so you can live a more fulfilling life is as much about fixing your surroundings as it is about fixing your inner world. Think about it. Where do you “end”, exactly? Do you end at your skin? Or is your desk, in some way, also a part of you? If your space is very messy, your mind tends to become messy too. What about the people in your life? Maybe what makes up “you” extends to your network and your social circles. So, when you’re...


432 - Time to Punch Above Your Weight…

What wallpaper have you got on your smartphone? I’ve got a very simple one. It’s a black screen with two white words in the middle. PLAY BIG I put that on my phone at the beginning of the year to remind me not to spend all my time in the day-to-day running of the business, to remember to think bigger, aim higher, and punch above my perceived weight. After 6 months of having this focus, we’ve done some amazing things. We were able to put new products together and rework our business,...