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Level-Up Goal Setting: How You Can Become a Better Version of Yourself in 30 Day

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Level-Up Goal Setting

By Arrmon Abedikichi

www.levelupstar.com

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book

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1 Frustration with Goals

2 What Are You Capable Of?

3 Why Are Goals Important?

4 The Power of NOW

5 The Importance of Planning and Dreaming

5.1 Level-Up Challenge

6 Dissecting a Goal

6.1 Specific

6.2 Measurable

6.3 Attainable

6.4 Relevant

6.5 Time Bound

6.6 Level-Up Challenge

7 Why Do People Quit?

8 What is your WHY?

8.1 Shoulds vs. Musts

8.2 Level-Up Challenge

9 Pain vs. Pleasure

9.1 Push Motivation

9.2 Pull Motivation

9.3 Rewards

9.4 Consequences

10 Divide and Conquer

10.1 Level-Up Challenge

11 SWOT Analysis

11.1 Level-Up Challenge

12 Measuring Progress

12.1 Ways to Measure Progress

13 What’s the Score? Weekly Review

13.1 Level-Up Challenge

14 Everything (big or small) Counts

15 The Compound Effect

15.1 Level-Up Challenge

16 Momentum and Small Wins

17 Become the Person

17.1 Level-Up Challenge

18 Bad Guys and Adversity

18.1 Resistance

18.2 Procrastination

18.3 Obstacles and Roadblocks

18.4 Complaining

18.5 Level-Up Challenge

19 Stress

19.1 Ways to Deal with Stress

20 Law of Exposure

20.1 Level-Up Challenge

21 Support Systems

22 Responsibility

23 Belief and Expectation

23.1 Empowering Beliefs

23.2 Level-Up Challenge

24 Self-Talk

25 Affirmations

25.1 Level-Up Challenge

26 Take Action

26.1 Level-Up Action Tips

27 Fall in Love with the Process

28 10x Your Goals

Moving Forward…

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About the Author

[] How to Use This Book

Think of yourself as a “create-a-character” in a video game. Some games allow you to create your own character. You have control over the looks, skills, and type of character you create. As you complete missions or solve problems you acquire skill points to add to various categories to make your character better or “level-up”. Well this is the real-life version and the “create-a-character” is YOU. You get to decide how and where you “level-up”. This book will teach you how to set goals to accomplish the things you want to achieve in your life.

While you read this book, I have one request. Be open-minded and look for opportunities to learn. This book is straight to the point, no nonsense, and easy to read. Some of the things in this book may or may not apply to you. Feel free to overlook what does not apply, but look for things that you can implement into your life. All it takes is one new idea to create a revolution in your way of thinking or doing.

Before you go any further…

Wait! Do not turn another page. Along the way there will be “Level-Up Challenges”. These are simple activities designed to help you level-up in your life. Some of the activities are practical and some may be out of your comfort zone. At the very least, give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Listen, I know your time is valuable. That’s why I’ve made it as simple and easy as possible. It is very important that you have three things:

You will need:

• A small notebook for taking notes
• Pen or pencil
• Enthusiasm

Most importantly, challenge yourself. You are capable of amazing things, but you will never know until you try. Failure isn’t permanent and success doesn’t last forever. You have the power to shape and create the life you desire. You can use goals to reach your destinations. I’ve laid out everything I know and practical ways to go about setting, planning, and achieving your goals.

If you learn anything that has a big impact on your life, share it with a friend. Your actions (great or small) can create a big impact in the lives of others. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Feel free to reach out and connect with me at any time on your journey if you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, or just need some help. I’d be happy to hear from you! My email address is: [email protected]

I wish you the best of luck on this journey. Unleash your full potential!

Make today great,
Arrmon

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[] Frustration with Goals

Have you been frustrated with goal setting in the past? How often do you or people you know set goals at the beginning of the year and don’t think about them again until the following year when they repeat the same cycle? I’ve been guilty of this many times. I’ve always wondered… Why? Shouldn’t the process be easier? There has to be a better way!

These questions have led me on a quest and obsession to find a better way. I’ve tried every program, the best systems, “fail-proof” plans, learned from gurus, tried motivation techniques, read, studied, and much more. Nonetheless I would fall short or quit. I began to wonder if success with my goals was impossible. My quest to simplify goal setting has been long and tedious.

Luckily, I’m an experimenter by heart. I’ve always been interested in trying new things and different ways. I’ve always believed that if you aren’t getting the results you want you have two options:

1. Try things differently.

2. Try different things.

This has led me to try just about everything under the sun when it comes to goal setting. This book explains the simplest and most effective ways that I have come across to create, set, and accomplish your goals. The great news is… It doesn’t matter how big or small your goal is. It all depends on YOU.

You already have within YOU the power and abilities to level-up your life with goal setting! It all begins with a decision.

[] What Are You Capable Of?

Have you ever seriously pondered this question? If you are like me, you have undervalued your potential for the majority of your life. It took me about 30 years to decide I was capable of something special. It didn’t matter what I accomplished, how many compliments I received, or what skills I had. I just felt like I was average. I never really felt like I could do big things.

The sad thing is that it often takes some catastrophic event to propel a person to attempt great things. One cold January night in 2014, we had a house fire and lost everything. It was terrifying. I woke up around 1 A.M. to distinct smell of smoke and wood crackling. In a groggy state, I wondered if it were a dream. BOOM! There was an explosion. I am now wide awake. My first instinct was to make sure everyone was out.

Luckily, the only other person in the house was my father. I hurried from room to room screaming at the top of my lungs searching in panic and fright. I was blinded by the heavy black smoke. The thick fog caused me to crawl on my hands and knees as I gasped for air. The sounds of explosions and the crackle of flames engulfed my senses. Time began to slow down. I could not breathe. To my dismay, I knew I had to exit immediately. My heart sank. I knew I had to cut my losses and leave for my own safety, but I was torn. Could I really leave without finding my father? Could I live with this decision?

I firmly believe you find out a lot about yourself in times of chaos. It’s not what happens to you, but how you handle it. At that moment, while being overwhelmed with emotion and adrenaline, I had one last idea. Exit. Run around to the back door and try the search once more. I was not about to give up like this. I knew I only had seconds to spare.

I held my breath and began speed crawling through the house. Only a visual memory of the layout and feeling for the walls allowed me to make it out. I could feel my hairs being singed on my head and beard. The heat from the flames grilled my back. I finally made it. Fresh air.

In a mad dash, I ran as fast as I could and leapt off the porch and sprinted around the house. BOOM! I ran into something… Or someone. It was my father! At that very moment another loud explosion. BANG! Feelings of joy and relief overcame me. We were both out and safe.

That night we lost EVERYTHING. Every possession we owned from clothes, cars, money, and a home. To make matters worse, we didn’t have home insurance either. I was absolutely defeated, demoralized, and left with nothing. Literally all I had was the shirt on my back.

I remember the next day standing in front of the remaining ashes. I felt so hopeless and lost. At that moment, I secretly wished I didn’t make it out. I didn’t want to be alive. As the word spread about our loss, people quickly began to rally around us offering help, donations, support, and more. That’s when I made a big realization. People care. They cared because we mattered to them. If they were willing to offer help, support, and love it’s because they genuinely cared. That was a turning point in my life.

If they believed in me, I should believe in me. For many years I let self-doubt and insecurities stop me from being the best I could be. My brother sent me a message that read… “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” I knew I had two options. Give up or fight. This has been engraved into my mind ever since that day. No matter the obstacle in your way, if you are willing to fight, there is a way. That was the day I decided to fight.

I would no longer accept mediocrity. I would no longer accept excuses, blame, or anything less than my best. I knew life had much more to offer and I wasn’t giving it my all in the past. I had a second chance to really live life on my terms. I knew I could be more, do more, and have more out of life.

If I was going to fight, I had to learn how to set goals and accomplish them. I had no other choice but to give it all I had. There was nothing left to lose. That’s where the journey began.

If you found this book and decided to read it, then you believe. You believe you can do it. You have that feeling inside because you know it’s possible. You know there is more to life. You know you are capable of more. All it takes is persistence. No matter your talent, ability, skillset, background, race, gender, age, or IQ… You can do great things. Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard. It starts with the decision and belief in yourself.

I believe in YOU.

Let’s begin.

[] Why Are Goals Important?

Goals are of utmost importance. They give you something to work toward. They give you hope. They give you a reason to keep going. They give you something to look forward to. They can give you inspiration and motivation.

Often times people think the real reward is the completion of the goal and what it brings, but I think differently. The real reward is the person you become on the way to accomplishing the goal. You see, when you set a goal, you are not the same person you’ll be when you complete the goal. Each goal carries with it obstacles, barriers, lessons, and sacrifices.

This is why underdog stories are so beloved. The underdog is an unlikely favorite to win. They have to go through so much to come out on top. But through the conquering of fear, doubt, insecurities, setbacks, obstacles, and roadblocks they push through and find a way. They find an untapped strength within that propels them. The underdogs have to transform themselves to become the person it takes to win.

Think of your journey in this manner. At this current moment you are not the person you need to be to accomplish the goal you have in mind. Otherwise, you would have already accomplished it. That’s all right though. You can and will become the person.

During this journey you are going to learn how to level-up your thinking, actions, and execution!

[] The Power of NOW

The present moment, if you think about it, is the only time there is. No matter what time it is, it is always now.”

– Marianne Williamson

When I learned this principle, it changed how I viewed life. The power of now has infinite possibilities and they are all available right now.

Sometimes we try to live in the past, dwelling over things that happened. We like to think of what could have been or what should have been. Nonetheless, you cannot live in the past. It is impossible.

Some people try to live in the future, waiting for certain things to happen. Guess what? You can’t live in the future either.

All you have is this present moment. It is called the present because the name holds true. It is a present. It is a gift.

All you ever have is RIGHT NOW. Your entire life is lived moment by moment. It is ALWAYS happening right now. The decisions you make in this very moment create your past. They also create your future. What you think, say, and do right now affects both spectrums of your life. That’s a powerful concept. Take a moment to think about it.

As a matter of fact, you reading this book right now is affecting your future and past. The foods you eat today are affecting your future and past. The things you do today affect both also. How are you affecting your future and past based on your actions and thoughts right now?

Before you go any further please take the time to think about the power of now and how it affects your life. At any given moment, all you have is the power of right now. Think about how the choices you are making right now affect your life.

[] The Importance of Planning and Dreaming

Have you ever watched children play? It’s a beautiful thing. Kids have the ability to live in a fantasy world where make-believe is so realistic. At some point in our lives, this ability is beaten out of us by “real life”. It’s a shame too. The ability to dream of unrealistic things is truly something worth possessing again. You see, it’s the dreamers that make big things happen. It’s the dreamers that make the unrealistic become reality. It’s those same dreamers that sent a man to the moon.

Ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up. You will get some of the craziest answers such as: President, an astronaut, a ballerina, pro baseball player, etc.

You will never hear a kid say things like: “I want to be bankrupt. I want to be overweight. I want to have a crappy job.”

These seem to be the things we settle for. After we lost the ability to dream, we took what life told us to without questioning it. Why?

Steve Jobs explained it best in this video about thinking differently. The ones that see things differently and dream big are the ones that change themselves and the world around them. In order to achieve a dream, you must first see yourself doing it in your mind.

Why and how do we lose this ability to dream? I personally don’t know the answer, but I think conformity plays a big part of it. We are afraid to be individuals. We are afraid to go the other direction. We are afraid of what others might think.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

–Mark Twain

It may be part of the “herd mentality”. No one wants to be alone. If you are doing something different, thinking a different way, or hold a different concept in your life you may be looked down upon. Buy why? Perhaps others are threatened by change. Or it could be that others are afraid of the possibilities it may bring. Either way, in order to level-up, you must start thinking and dreaming differently.

[]Level-Up Challenge

If there were no limits whatsoever, what would you aspire to be, do, or have? Make a column for each:

• What would you be?
• What would you do?
• What would you have?

Set a timer for five minutes on each column and write EVERYTHING that comes to mind. At first, you will probably feel awkward and have resistance. Take note of this. This is the logical side of your mind that is being “realistic”. Allow yourself to dream. If it feels uncomfortable, you are on the right track. Allow yourself to feel those feelings of excitement. I firmly believe that if you can dream it, you can achieve it.

Make your lists now. It does not matter if it is impossible, silly, or unrealistic. Write it down. Allow yourself to be a kid again and dream big! This assignment should be fun.

[] Dissecting a Goal

Anyone can set a goal. Anyone can achieve a goal. It’s really that simple, but in order to do so you must understand how goals work. Let’s dissect a goal and see the moving parts.

I’m sure you’ve heard the term SMART goal before. SMART stands for:

S for specific
M for measurable
A for attainable
R for relevant
T for time bound

[]Specific

A goal must be specific, exact, and precise. This is not negotiable. You must know exactly what you are aiming at in order to hit the target. It must be so precise that you will know exactly the moment it is completed. By being specific, it is black and white. You leave no gray area.

[]Measurable

Your goal must be measurable. You can measure goals in many ways: numbers, pounds, miles, time, dollars, etc. You must create your goal with a quantifiable result. In order to accomplish your goal, it must be measurable. You will want to measure your progress often.

[]Attainable

You want to set goals that are attainable. First of all, let me be clear about this. By attainable, I mean set a goal that can be accomplished. I’m not saying to settle for a small goal that’s simple. I mean create a goal that can be accomplished. You want to set yourself up for success. I’m a big advocate of setting big goals, but you don’t want to set a goal that is impossible to accomplish like flying to the sun. That’s just silly. Challenge yourself but make sure it can be accomplished while being challenging and pushing your limits.

[]Relevant

You want to create a goal that is relevant to your life or interests. It would not be beneficial to you to set a goal you had no interests in attaining. It’s ok to be a little selfish here. You want to create a goal that YOU want to accomplish. If you aren’t doing something that sparks your interest, then why are you attempting it?

[]Time Bound

This is probably one of the most critical factors of goal setting. You must have a definite beginning and ending time for your goals. This creates a sense of urgency and creates a deadline for completion.

Parkinson’s Law states that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Basically this means the amount of time you give yourself to complete a task, that’s how long it will take. If you give yourself a year to do something, that’s pretty much how long it will take you to complete it. The task itself will expand in accordance to the amount of time you give for its completion. If you give yourself a quick deadline, you will find a way to get it completed quickly.

This creates a sense of urgency and adds pressure to get the task completed in a timely manner.

I’m sure you can relate to this. Think about when you were in school and you had a paper due or a big test was coming up. When do most people get the most done? If you were like me back then, you waited until the last minute then pulled an all-nighter and to complete. This isn’t the best way to go about things, but the example holds true. A deadline creates a sense of urgency.

Creating a deadline creates a good kind of stress that calls for action. It creates a sense of urgency that you can use to your benefit. When creating your goal, create a challenging deadline that will force you to take massive action quickly.

[]Level-Up Challenge

Let’s create your goal. What is it that YOU want to be, do, or have? Look over the list you created earlier and choose the one that stands out the most. Which one sparks your interest and excites you?

Now go through each of the letters in SMART goal. Make it specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.

Write your goal down. Keep refining it until it you have a goal that is right for you!

[] Why Do People Quit?

In the past, I always found myself quitting a goal because it got tough. I wasn’t committed. When things got hard, I looked for the easy way out. Who wants to go through unnecessary pain? The reason people quit is because they don’t have a big enough WHY. You see, your reason for wanting to accomplish a goal is one of the most important factors. You must have a big reason that propels you forward. This is a must.

[] What is your WHY?

Have you ever told a child something and they asked, “Why?”

Why this? Why that? Why is the sky blue? They are curious and want to know a reason. It is human nature. Don’t you have to know a reason why things are the way they are? Your goals should be no different. You need to create a reason WHY you want to accomplish your goal. Without a reason, a goal is merely a wish.

Your reason why will be one of the biggest influencers on whether you accomplish your goal or not. You need to create a massive WHY that will pull you forward when times get tough. It needs to be something much bigger than you. It needs to be something that will give you strength and determination on those days when you want to quit.

Your why is your reason. It is part of your purpose. It is what makes all the pain and sacrifice worth it.

There have been countless stories of people going on to create amazing things based on a big WHY. Revolutions have been started based on a big WHY. Social movements have been fueled by a big WHY. Your belief in something bigger than yourself can give you the determination, drive, and motivation to accomplish massive goals.

Your WHY is based on emotion. What is something you care deeply about? What is something that gives you a reason to get up each day? Passion is a very powerful motivator.

[]Shoulds vs. Musts

How many times do you say, “I should do this” or “I should do that”?

I should lose some weight. I should start working out. I should finish that project. I should start that blog. I should write a book. I am “shoulding” all over myself.

Only when your goal becomes a MUST is when it gets done. Shoulds leave room for retreat. A must leaves no options but success. When you MUST do something, it gets done. You always follow through on your musts. Think about it. If it must get done, it gets done. If it should get done, it may or may not get done.

How can you make your goal a must?

[]Level-Up Challenge

Make a list of five reasons you MUST accomplish your goal. Why is this goal a must? I did not ask why you “should” do it. I am asking you why it is an absolute MUST.

The more emotional the reason, the more fuel you will have to accomplish this goal.

Put your list on the same sheet of paper where you wrote down your SMART goal. Put it in a place where can be viewed daily. You want to be able to see it often and remind yourself WHY you are committed to this goal.

[] Pain vs. Pleasure

In a nutshell, we are motivated by two main factors… pain vs. pleasure. It is natural to want to avoid pain and seek pleasure. Here’s the tricky part. Pain or pleasure is perceived differently by each individual. My pain could be your pleasure. Your pleasure could be my pain. It’s truly a mysterious paradox.

You can use the two motivators to your benefit as push motivation and pull motivation.

[]Push Motivation

Push motivation is based on loss. If you don’t do X then you cannot attain Z. Essentially you are motivated to accomplish something to avoid the loss or pain associated with losing something.

For instance, Bill has chest pains. He goes to the doctor. The doctor tells him that due to his obesity, he is having heart complications and it could cause death. It is very serious. Bill is pushed to create change in his eating and exercise habits.

His motivation is strong. He does not want to die. He feels that he is too young to die. He has kids and wants to see them grow up. He knows he must work out and eat healthier in order not to lose his life. This is a prime example of push motivation. Often times we will work harder not to lose something than to gain something of equal value.

You can use this to your advantage when creating your goals.

[]Pull Motivation

Pull motivation is about the desire to achieve or gain something. It is the opposite of push motivation in the sense that you are working toward the attainment of something with no loss involved.

For instance, if you save up enough money, you can go on that vacation you’ve always dreamed of. You work hard, save the money, and go on your vacation. You are being pulled toward a goal instead of pushing toward it. You are using the positive side of the reward to draw you closer. Pull motivation is less stressful than push motivation.

In my opinion, push motivation is stronger than pull motivation.

When possible, try to combine the two when creating your goals. This can give you added leverage.

[]Rewards

What gets rewarded gets repeated. This holds true in almost any situation. It works with pets, children, friends, etc. If you laugh at a child when he/she does something they are not supposed to, they keep doing it. If you keep lending money to that friend that won’t pay you back, they keep asking. The same works with your goals.

Create incentives for accomplishing your goals. Reward yourself with something special. It does not just have to be at the end of your goal. Create reward milestones along the way. Give yourself a reason to look forward to milestones. All work and no play makes Johnny a dully boy!

[]Consequences

Want some extra insurance in the accomplishment of your goal? Create consequences. This is a situation where you are creating “push motivation” to give you added leverage.

No one likes bad consequences, but this can be even more powerful than a reward. Create a massive consequence for not completing your goal or milestone. The more embarrassing or “loss-oriented” it can be, the more drive it will give you to complete your goal.

Here are some great examples:

Money

We as humans will work harder not to lose something than to gain something of equal value. Put some money on the line. What is an amount of money that will make you feel very uncomfortable losing? Let’s say you put two weeks salary on the line? Find someone that will hold you accountable. Write them a check and create some guidelines and stipulations. If you do not complete these by a certain time, tell them they can cash the check and keep the money for themselves and spend it any way they like.

Actually, that’s one of the things I used to write this book. I gave my brother cash for one month’s rent and told him he could keep it if I didn’t follow through with my goals of writing this book. I had to write 1,000 words a day for so many days and check in with him before midnight to let him know I completed my tasks. If for any reason I didn’t check in and let him know I completed my tasks, he could keep the money and spend it any way he chose. IT WORKS!

Accountability Partner

An accountability partner can hold you accountable and make sure you stay on track. You want to choose someone that will make sure you hold up to your end of the bargain. Never choose someone that will feel sorry for you and let you off the hook. This can be damaging to your success.

When choosing an accountability partner, choose someone that will be stern but fair. You can create contracts, stipulations, and rules for holding you accountable. The idea here is to create an environment of accountability that will keep you on track. The main reason you want accountability is to have someone to look at your progress and make sure you are continuously moving forward.

If you are doing this by yourself, it may be easy to let some things slide. When you have an accountability partner, you don’t want to let them down. Plus you know someone will be there to judge whether you did or did not do what you agreed to do.

Social Media

Post your goals on social media. Not only will you get the support of friends and family, but you will also create a sense of obligation not to let them down. You will want to make everyone proud and follow through with what you said you will do.

Keep everyone updated weekly on your goals. Posting them publicly creates a super sense of accountability. If you have to report to hundreds or thousands of people about your progress, you do not want to embarrass yourself if you have to say you were too lazy to follow through. This gives you added motivation to get it done!

[] Divide and Conquer

How do you eat an entire elephant? One bite at a time.

– Creighton Adams

Although I am all about setting big goals, that doesn’t mean you have to accomplish it all at once. You will want to break your goals down into smaller chunks. Divide your goal into sub goals and conquer each one at a time.

Take a moment to look at the big picture. When you create a goal, it’s like looking at a big map.

You have a starting point (where you are now) and an endpoint (destination). You can draw a line from where you are now to the destination. Along the way there may be stops, roadblocks, problems, setbacks, or detours, but the important thing is to keep moving in the direction of your goal.

This is why dividing your goals down into sub goals is very helpful. Instead of trying to accomplish everything at once, you can break your larger goal down into smaller portions that are easier to accomplish. Your larger goal should be comprised of many smaller goals. When all these smaller goals are completed it will mean you’ve accomplished the main objective.

Take some time to break down your goal into sub goals. I like to think of goals like a basketball game. You can break it down into four quarters. Each quarter has a time limit and a small break in between to reflect. This will give you time to adjust and act accordingly to changes or setbacks.

Break your goal down into smaller tasks and create a time bound end for each. Instead of viewing the task as one large and difficult journey, make it simple and manageable so you can see yourself succeeding!

[]Level-Up Challenge

Break your main goal down into sub goals. For each part of the goal, assign a time bound end for each. The deadline creates a sense of urgency that will push you to get it done on time.

Also create incentives or rewards for completing the sub goals. It doesn’t have to be a big, massive reward. It could be something simple like going to see a movie or buying a new shirt. Make sure to reward your good behavior in a way that will reinforce it.

[] SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis is often used in business, but it’s a great tool to use in any project or goal. It is a way to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats you will face. It always allows you to plan for the best and the worst and have an action plan available for any situation. That way you are prepared and can confidently move forward no matter what happens.

SWOT stands for:

• Strengths
• Weaknesses
• Opportunities
• Threats

Strengths: What strengths do you have working in your favor? What resources can you call upon to help you accomplish your goal? How can I use my strengths to my advantage?

Weaknesses: What are your weaknesses in reference to your goal? Don’t avoid them. Identify them and find ways to work around them or ask for help. By identifying your weaknesses, this gives you an advantage. You can creatively find solutions for them.

Opportunities: What opportunities will be created in accomplishing your goals? Look for opportunities that will arise. Here’s something to remember: Opportunities are often disguised as problems. When you solve a problem, it usually creates an opportunity.

Threats: What threats are lurking out there on your way to accomplishing your goals? Identify them now. What will prevent you from accomplishing your goal? How will you handle it if and when it arises? By knowing now, you can confidently attack these threats and have solutions beforehand. So instead of giving up, you are prepared for the best and the worst situations.

[]Level-Up Challenge

Take the time to identify and answer the questions pertaining to each: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Make note of each and ways you can work with them and around them. Be aware of any situation that may arise and figure out how you will handle it. You don’t have to be surprised and setback when challenges arise. You can move forward aggressively and handle whatever may come up whenever it happens.

[] Measuring Progress

Measure your progress often. You want to see incremental gains. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you won’t have total success overnight. I personally like to measure my results weekly during my weekly review (I’ll talk more about this in the next chapter). Find a way to measure your progress and celebrate your gains.

You can measure your progress in a number of ways. You can measure it numerically, put an X on the calendar, use a daily scorecard, use charts, journal, or a number of other ways. After a few days, you will start to build momentum. These small wins can energize you and give you more confidence. Once you start a streak and see it on paper, it will make you less likely to quit on a random day where you don’t “feel like doing your task”.

Be creative and think of ways to measure your progress. It does not have to be conventional. Whatever gets you excited, use it. There is no “one size fits all” for attaining goals.

[]Ways to Measure Progress

Here are a few fun ways to measure progress in a simple and easy way:

Charts – this is the old school way. It’s one of my personal favorites because I can put in on the wall above my computer and see it many times a day. It is a constant reminder of the things I need to do. Every time I do a task, I can put an X on the chart beside the task.

Calendar – You can use a digital calendar or a real calendar on the wall. Either way, you can use the X method or a check mark. After doing this a few days you will build a streak or a chain. After the streak takes off, you will not want to end it. It’s like playing a game with yourself.

Excel – create your own excel document to keep track of your progress.

Apps – There are a number of apps that are free to download to keep track of and measure your progress. Find one that fits your needs.

[][] What’s the Score? Weekly Review

What gets measured gets managed.

– Peter Drucker

Every sporting event keeps score. Why? It determines who is winning. At any given moment on the journey to accomplishing your goals you are either winning, losing, or tied.

Engaging in a weekly review might be one of the single most important things you can do to accomplish your goals. You want to review your progress and review it often. A good measure for doing this is weekly. This gives you enough time to produce results and come back and see how things went and reflect on the results. At that point you can adjust accordingly.

Set a day each week to review what your results for the past week. An ideal day for this is Sunday. It’s the end of the week. It’s a day that many have downtime to relax. You can plan out your week accordingly based on your results.

You will want to ask yourself these four sets of questions:

1. What did I set out to accomplish this week? What were my results?

2. What went right? What were my strengths?

3. What went wrong? What were my weaknesses?

4. Based on this information, what are my future actions?

It’s really that simple. This only takes a few minutes. These questions can create a profound effect in your results. This allows you to course correct as you go. Instead of waiting weeks, months, or years to correct a mistake, you will be finding solutions on a weekly basis and making sure you stay on the correct path to your success.

You will also level-up your results dramatically. Once you find a breakthrough that creates massive results, you will want to do more of those things.

[]Level-Up Challenge

Keep score of your progress. As mentioned above, you are winning, losing, or tied.

Choose a day and time to do your weekly review. Every week, sit down on the same day at the same time and answer those four sets of questions. After a few weeks, you may start to notice patterns in your results. Take note and course correct as you go. Find creative ways to solve problems and level-up your results!

Eliminate what is not working and double down on what is creating the biggest results.

[] Everything (big or small) Counts

On your path to success you must realize that everything counts. Every thought that enters your mind, every word that comes out of your mouth, and every action you do or do not take. You are the sum of them all. Therefore, they all count.

It does not matter if it is something small or massive in size. Make sure you do your best. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but do the best you can with what you have at the time. Make this a habit in all that you do. If you habitually take shortcuts, it will show in all areas of your life. How you do anything is how you do everything.

You have control over the thoughts you entertain. If your thoughts are not helping your success, then change your thoughts. I know it is easier said than done, but you must take control. Your thoughts affect your mood and actions. Your actions affect what you do or do not do. It is a self-fulfilling loop.

The words that you say have power. Take notice of the words that come out of your mouth. If you say you can’t, then you are right. If you speak ill of yourself, then you are purposely degrading your own value. There is no reason to be your own worst enemy. If you cannot trust and help yourself, then who would want to trust and help you?

Your actions speak louder than words. Instead of bragging about what you do or can do, prove it with action. You want to show the world what you are capable of by your actions. Anyone can talk big, but how many take big actions and follow through?

When you are good at something, you want to tell everyone. But when you are great, they tell you.”

– Walter Payton

[] The Compound Effect

You can’t eat healthy once and expect to be “healthy” overnight. This is where the compound effect comes into play. Doing something just one time won’t make or break you, but doing small things consistently over a long period of time adds up to something extraordinary.

Here’s a great example. A few years ago, I could barely do 10 pushups. I decided that each day, I would do one more than I did the previous day. The first day, I did 10 pushups. The next day I did 11. The next day I did 12 and so forth and so on. On day 20 I was doing 30 pushups! After a month of doing this I could do over 40 pushups. I eventually reached the point where I could do 100 pushups without stopping. I don’t say this to impress you, but to express the power of the compound effect.

Is this a quantum leap? No. But can you see the power of incremental gains? Think about this. What if every single day you decided to be just 1% better than you were the day before? So what would be the result after one year? You would be 365% better, right? Wrong. You would be much further ahead.

Your efforts compound on one another. It’s the principle of compound interest. When you get better, you are a little better than the day before. So when you get 1% better, you are adding upon what you already added on.

It doesn’t take much to get 1% better each day either. You could read an extra page, walk an extra block, do an extra set, write an extra paragraph, lift a little more, try a little harder, or go a little further. It doesn’t have to be anything massive, just a little bit better. Just make it a habit to go the extra mile and be better than you were the day before. After weeks and months of this, you will see massive gains.

[]Level-Up Challenge

Make a list of ways you can be 1% better each day. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just find ways to make yourself better than the day before.

[][] Momentum and Small Wins

Momentum can be a very powerful tool that you can use for leverage. Momentum builds more momentum and gets the ball rolling and moving faster. You want to start with something simple. Something so easy and small that it is impossible to fail.

Let’s say you wanted to start reading more. You could start out and try to read 30 pages a day. If you are not accustomed to reading daily this may seem like a lot. What if you started so small it was impossible to fail? Let’s say you just had to read one page per day. That’s really simple, right? That would only take a few minutes and you could pretty much guarantee that you could do it every single day.

Here’s what happens. It is likely you will read more than one page. The point is that you create a series of small wins that increase your confidence, build momentum, and allows you to ease into what you are doing. You prove to yourself that you can do it and it is much easier than you expected.

Once you accomplish a few of these “small wins” it builds confidence. It becomes something that excites you to keep going. Small wins can get the wheels spinning quickly. This confidence will lead to bigger actions that will produce bigger results.

Start small and build momentum.

[] Become the Person

You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.

― Paulo Coelho

It is fair to say that you are not the person you need to be in order to accomplish your goal… YET. Along the way you will have to solve different problems, find new solutions, and overcome adversity. This takes courage. This is what creates “the person” you need to be to accomplish your goals.

All the obstacles and problems along the way are just protectors and guardians of the goal. You must fight these demons and defeat them to get to the next level. It’s just like playing a video game. You must get past each level and defeat the boss in order to level-up and move forward.

[]Level-Up Challenge

What kind of traits do you need to adopt to reach your goals? Think about a person that has accomplished the goal you are after. What traits do they have? Make a list of all the traits needed to become the person it takes to accomplish that goal.

Now decide how you are going to cultivate those traits in yourself. If you need more discipline, how will you go about enhancing it? Using an accountability partner could help. If you need to be more determined, review your WHY daily.

Make a list of at least 10 traits you need to cultivate and ways you will be able to practice those traits daily.

You must become the person it takes in order to accomplish the goal.

[] Bad Guys and Adversity

Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

–Michael Jordan

Any worthwhile pursuit is going to have its set of challenges and foes. These enemies will aim to stop you, slow you down, and coax you into quitting. You must defeat these nemeses at any cost. They are shapeshifters that can change form and penetrate your mind. You must guard yourself and be ready for their attack. They will come. They will find you. It’s up to you to figure out how to deal with them.

Who are these bad guys? You may know them by their formal names: resistance, procrastination, obstacles, and complaining. They are all bad guys and it’s their job to prevent you from accomplishing your goals.

[]Resistance

We’ve all faced resistance. You need to do something important, but there is something repelling you from doing it. It’s like an invisible force field holding you back. That’s resistance.

Resistance is a good sign though. It is a sign that you are on the right track. Resistance is our enemy but we can use it to our advantage. It’s an indicator that you need to do that certain task. It is just a mirage though. Your mind will give you 1,000 reasons why it won’t work, why this task can be put off, or give you logical reasons why it doesn’t need to be completed. Ignore this.

When you feel resistance, the best medicine is massive action. Just do something to move the ball forward. It takes courage to face resistance and battle with it, but it doesn’t take much to defeat it.

Have the courage to identify resistance when it shows up. This awareness itself can decrease its power. Notice it and stay on the offensive.

When resistance shows up take a moment to acknowledge it. Accept that it is there to stop you. In that very moment, make a decision to fight. Choose to be victorious.

[]Procrastination

This is a book topic all in itself. Procrastination is a dream killer. It’s a distant cousin to resistance. I’ve let procrastination get the best of me many times.

Just like resistance, procrastination can be defeated with action. Do something. Do anything (remember the “small wins” and momentum). Just be honest with yourself. Realize that you don’t have to rearrange your office, organize your pens, or answer those junk emails. Procrastination comes in many forms. It’s that inner dummy that makes you think something else is more important. Fight it with action toward your goal.

Just like resistance, you can use awareness to deflate procrastination. Be aware when it appears and identify it for what it is. Increasing your awareness will be like shining a light on those dark demons and realizing they were only shadows!

When procrastination arrives take a moment to acknowledge it. It’s another foe there to hinder your progress. Draw a line in the sand and make a decision. I will fight. I will conquer. I will win.

[]Obstacles and Roadblocks

There is no way to avoid obstacles, setbacks, and problems along the way. Nonetheless, it is your job to find a way around, over, under, or bust through them. This is where your personal creativity will come into play. This is why we did the SWOT analysis earlier to identify any potential threats along the way and create a way to handle them when they arise.

It is inevitable, problems will occur. But it is not the problems that matter, it is how you deal with them that matters the most. Will you accept defeat or find a way to overcome them?

Roadblocks and obstacles will come in many different forms. It’s up to you to be creative and work a solution. It is mastering these bumps in the road that makes you stronger and gives you the confidence to do more, be more, and have more.

These obstacles are the challenges and tests you must overcome. This is the real challenge of accomplishing goals. It is the obstacles that have to be overcome in order to reach your goal. It is defeating the boss at the end of the level. This is where you are tested.

[]Complaining

Have you ever been around someone who complains all the time? What a drag, huh? I’m here to tell you, complaining does not help you. It hinders your progress. It claims the “victim” mentality and takes away all your power to solve the problem at hand. Winners don’t complain. They find a way to solve the problem or keep moving forward. Like I said, problems will come up but how will you deal with it? Never complain.

Look at your problems as opportunities to grow and become stronger.

In all that you do, ask yourself this question. Is this helping or hurting my progress? You will never find a situation where complaining is creating momentum for you. Look for solutions. What you focus on tends to expand. If you are focusing on problems, you will find more of them. If you are focusing on finding solutions, they will appear.

[]Level-Up Challenge

Let’s try the “14 Day No Complaining Challenge”. You will need a rubber band to wear on your wrist. Every time you notice that you complain or even think of a complaint in your head, pull the rubber band back and let it pop your wrist.

Why would you do this? Let me explain. The pain from the pop of the rubber band interrupts your pattern of thinking. This interrupts your neural pathways in your brain associated with complaining. You will start to link pain with complaining and want to avoid it. Try it!

If you’ve gone three days without complaining and complain on day four, you must start over. Complaining breaks the chain. See if you can make it 14 days without complaining. It will be worth the struggle, I promise!

[] Stress

We all are faced with stress. Stress it tough. It’s not necessarily the stress that causes problems. It is how you view the problem and the meaning you assign to it. We have stress for a reason. It is often used as a fight or flight mechanism. When we perceive danger, it is in our best interest to avoid it. But these traits have been passed down through many generations and we don’t live in a world where we need to be afraid of a saber-toothed tiger devouring us. Nonetheless, “perceived” threats in our world can create the same pain mentally.

There are two types of stress: bad stress and good stress.

Bad Stress

Bad stress (also known as distress) is the one that nags at you and makes you feel fearful. It’s the kind of stress that feels unpleasant. It causes anxiety and feels like it is out of your ability to control. This form of stress decreases your performance and it can lead to mental and physical problems in the body.

Good Stress

Not all stress is bad. There is a special form of stress that can benefit you in a major way. It is called eustress. This form of stress can be used to create big results. Eustress feels exciting. It is a form of stress that is within your ability to manage and cope with. It can motivate you and focus your energies on the task at hand. It can be used to improve your performance.

[]Ways to Deal with Stress

When you notice you are stressed, take a moment to identify it. What is the source of the stress? Where do you feel it in your body? Is it real or perceived? You can let stress ruin your day, week, month, year, or life. But it only takes a moment to identify it and neutralize it. Here are a few coping mechanisms to deal with stress:

Awareness

Be aware of your stress. Most of the time we “react” to stress. A causes B, so we do C. Take control. Reacting is lack of awareness. You want to act in a way that will benefit and help yourself. Reacting is merely a habit. Remember, you have control over the things you think, say, and do.

Is the perceived stress real or imagined? Is this stress really something that deserves this attention? Or is it just a habitual reaction? What is the worst case scenario for this stress? Work the problem and think about it. Often times the worst-case scenario is not as bad as we usually think.

For instance, when my house burned down and I had nothing I was under the impression my life was completely ruined. It was so stressful because I had nothing at all and I did not know what to do or where to begin.

What I eventually realized is that this was my perception in that moment. Actually going through the loss of everything made me realize it wasn’t nearly as bad as I imagined. I quickly learned that possessions are temporary and can be replaced.

Shining a light on your perceived stress can melt it away. Use your awareness to examine it and see it for what it’s really worth. You may realize that you are amplifying the stress by the way you unconsciously think about it.

Breathing

Do you know the power of your breath? Inhaling delivers oxygen to your body. Your lungs absorb the oxygen and use the blood stream to deliver it all over the body. When you exhale, you are releasing carbon dioxide and wastes from the body.

Take a moment to be aware of your breathing. Most of the time it is automatic. Are you taking deep breaths from your diaphragm or shallow breaths from your chest?

When you are stressed, you are taking more shallow breaths and getting less oxygen. You also are not fully exhaling all the carbon dioxide. The next time you are stressed in any way, notice your breathing pattern.

Imagine when you are relaxed. Take a moment to sit up straight. Inhale fully. Hold it for two seconds and exhale fully. Repeat this 4-5 times. Notice how you feel. Concentrate on your breath. If you are stressed when you start this, by the time you reach the fifth breath, you will notice a major difference in your stress level. Try it for yourself.

If you are extremely mad, before saying or doing something you will regret, take the time to count your breaths to 10 and then see how you feel. When we get really angry or upset, we are not very rational. Irrational decisions are usually poor at best. Take just a few seconds to calm your mind and nerves and make a better decision. It is worth the wait.

Visualization

The next time you are stressed and have a moment, sit down and close your eyes. Think about the stress and where you feel it in your body.

What does it feel like? Where exactly do you feel it?

If you had to give it a color, what color would it be? What would it look like? Imagine the shape it would have.

Now imagine all the stress gathers together in one spot. With each inhale, your breath surrounds the stress. Now when you exhale, imagine you exhale pieces of the stress with your breath. Depending on what color your stress is, you breathe out that color. Keep visualizing this until you have exhaled all the stress.

How do you feel after trying that?

Yeah I know it seems a little weird. I thought so too the first time I heard about it until I tried it. Give it a try. It is a very simple and effective exercise that you can do anywhere at any time.

Journaling

Journaling is a fantastic way to take what is on your mind and let it all out. Journaling can take your thoughts out of your head and put them elsewhere.

Take out your journal and write about how you feel. Don’t hold anything back. If you are mad at someone, let it all out. Write what you are feeling with no censors or filters.

After you have expressed yourself on paper and released your anger, destroy the paper. It is symbolic. You have taken the stress, fear, anger, etc. out of your mind and put it on paper. Now you are physically destroying it. You can shred, burn, or tear the paper.

How do you feel after doing this?

[] Law of Exposure

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

–Jim Rohn

Have you heard this quote before? It’s pretty common, but it holds a lot of truth. You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This not only applies to people but also foods, music, activities, thoughts, and more.

You become what you think about. Your thoughts have a direct effect on the person that you are today. There is a direct connection between what you think and what you become in life.

Your mind thinks about what it is most exposed to in your everyday life. What you allow to enter your mind repeatedly, occupies itself there. After it finds a home there it then starts to shape your perception and your reality. Your mind will absorb and reflect the things it is exposed to constantly.

If this is the case, the music you listen to, the shows you watch, the books you read, the advertising you absorb, the news you hear, the conversations you have, the daydreams you entertain, the friends you hang around, etc. They all shape your mind, character, and future.

You expose others to YOUR behavior also.

Who or what are you exposing yourself to daily and how is it affecting you?

If you are hanging out negative people with bad attitudes, this will rub off on you. Likewise, if you are around supporting people with ambition and dreams, this will inspire you. Although we can’t choose our family or co-workers in most cases, we can choose our friends and the content we allow into our minds. Be sure to think about the people and information you allow yourself to be influenced by in your life. Think about the things you repeatedly do on a daily basis.

[]Level-Up Challenge

Make five lists. Each one will have a different category. The five lists are:

• People
• Foods
• Activities
• Internet
• Entertainment

For each category, list the top five things in each that you associate or engage with the most. After you make your lists, look over them and reflect. Are these things, people, or activities helping or hurting your growth? Be truthful with yourself.

More than likely, you are the average of these five things or people in each area. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? This can be a painful activity. Identify areas where you could improve your averages.

Now take the time to answer these questions:

• What am I currently exposing my mind to daily?
• How does this impact my performance in all areas?
• Ideally, what should I be exposing myself to?
• What do I expose others to based on my behavior?

[] Support Systems

Create your own support system. Find inspiring people that will uplift you on your way to accomplish your goals. It’s not hard to weed out the haters from the inspirers.

As you start to level-up, you will get resistance from loved ones, co-workers, and even friends or family. They may want the best for you, but they may be threatened by your changes. They don’t want you to change, because they don’t want to change. If you are improving, it may give them a false sense of feeling threatened. Most people are afraid of change because it threatens their current view of reality. Don’t allow yourself to drop back to your old ways just because someone is jealous of your improvements and bettering of yourself.

Find mentors and other people that have already accomplished your goals. Ask for advice. Never be afraid to ask for help. You can only do so much by yourself, but with help from others, you can go much further. This is why an accountability partner is so powerful.

Stand on the shoulders of giants. With the internet, you can find others doing the same things as you. You can find forums, courses, classes, groups, teams, etc. Immerse yourself in these groups and learn from people going through the same thing. Learn from their successes and failures. You can avoid lots of pain and setbacks just from learning from other’s failures.

Set yourself up for success. Never let your ego get in the way. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and seek help when it is needed. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you seek the best for yourself and you are willing to do what it takes to get there.

[] Responsibility

It is entirely up to you to take full responsibility for your life, situation, and your goals. No one is going to come along and magically make everything perfect for you. It will be very easy to blame others, circumstances, events, or situations for you not following through with your goals, but in most cases those are merely excuses.

If you take full responsibility, you are in control. When you pass blame elsewhere, you lose control of the situation. This is claiming the victim mentality. You want to maintain responsibility.

Responsibility is your “response ability”. You control your responses in any situation. You have control over what you think about it, what it means, and what you will do about it. Never ever give away your responsibility to someone else or to some outside force. Even if you fail, maintain the responsibility. This always means you still have the power to change any outcome you are not happy with.

[] Belief and Expectation

If you believe you can or you can’t, either way you are right.”

–Henry Ford

Belief and expectation play a MAJOR factor in anything you do. Think about this for a moment. Have you ever attempted something you knew you had no chance of doing? If so, you probably did not give it your all. Am I right?

Now on the other hand, how does your belief affect your actions on tasks you KNOW you can complete easily? You don’t think twice about it. You can do it with confidence and ease.

Your belief and expectations affect the actions you take and the results you get.

It does not matter if you don’t know how to accomplish something. That’s not the important part. As long as you believe it is possible and expect great things of yourself, you can find a way. It’s more important to be resourceful than to have resources. If you are resourceful, you will find the resources.

You don’t have to be perfect either. Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly at first. If you believe in yourself and remain persistent, you will find a way.

[]Empowering Beliefs

This brings us to empowering beliefs. What kind of beliefs do you need to accomplish your goal? It’s important to think about this for a moment. Are your current beliefs aiding you or hindering your progress. Take a moment to ponder over some of your current beliefs.

Think of any area of your life that you are unhappy with. What are your beliefs concerning that area? Write them down. Whatever you believe is true in your reality. Everyone believes different things and in their own world, it is true until proven otherwise.

Look over the list. Are these beliefs part of the reason why you are unhappy with that area? Are these beliefs empowering you to take action? Probably not.

Can you see how negative beliefs can affect your life? Can you see how they’d affect the actions you take or the thoughts you think? This is basically self-sabotage.

On the other hand, you can create empowering beliefs to support and benefit you in accomplishing your goals. If your current beliefs are negative, find the opposite of them. Adopt empowering beliefs in any area of your life where you find an excess of negative beliefs that are affecting your performance.

[]Level-Up Challenge

Create a list of empowering beliefs that you can adopt that will help you accomplish your goals. Come up with at least 10 empowering beliefs that you can adopt that will enhance your way of thinking about your goal.

[] Self-Talk

Self-talk is that voice in your head. It’s the running conversation you have with yourself all day every day.

How do you talk to yourself? For many years, I was so hard on myself. I felt like I never did anything right or good enough. My self-talk myself was abusive and condescending. Would you talk to a loved one or best friend like that? Then why do we do this to ourselves?

Awareness of your self-talk is the first step in changing it. How are you talking to yourself?

Listen to others. Have you ever seen a friend make a mistake, and then they playfully said something like, “I’m so stupid.” Although, this is not meant to be harmful, it is reinforcing a negative belief. Start noticing this within yourself and decide to change it.

Anytime you find yourself in the act of negative self-talk just stop and say, “CANCEL!” Then replace the negative self-talk with something positive that will uplift you. If you do this enough times, you will start to rewire your brain and way of thinking. Just by saying “CANCEL” this interrupts your pattern of thinking. This creates more awareness and changes your belief over time.

Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.

-Zig Ziglar

[] Affirmations

Your self-talk and beliefs (positive or negative) are forms of affirmations. The things you repeatedly hear, read, or say to yourself are affirmations. This is why it is so important to safeguard your mind from toxic people, thoughts, and self-talk.

The good news is you can choose your affirmations and say them daily. You can reprogram your mind and think in a new and positive way that will benefit and support your ambitions. The awesome thing is you can create your own!

[]Level-Up Challenge

Make a list of at least 10 positive affirmations that will support you and your way of thinking. Review some of the empowering beliefs you wrote down earlier. You can choose anything you’d like, just make sure they empower you.

Here are some good examples:

• Every day in every way, I am getting better and better.

• If it is to be, it is up to me.
• I choose happiness, success, and abundance in my life.

Recite your affirmations at least twice a day (when you wake up and before bed). Say them with power, enthusiasm, and emotion. You can reprogram your mind for success!

[] Take Action

The timing may never be perfect and “someday” may never come. Just take action. It doesn’t even have to be the right action. If you use your weekly review, you will learn quickly what is working and what is not. Run experiments. Try new things. Most things are changeable. Learn from your mistakes and keep on trucking.

Do something. Do anything. Just keep up the momentum with action. When you find out what works, take massive action and double down on it.

[]Level-Up Action Tips

Here are a few tips for taking action. Use these to increase your action-taking ability and achieve more things in less time!

• If it takes five minutes or less, do it NOW!

• Batch similar tasks together and do them all at once.

• Can you delegate any of your tasks? If so, find someone to do it for you. You can pay someone, trade work, or ask for a favor.

• Prioritize your daily tasks. Always do the most important things first.

• Always remember WHY you are doing things. If you don’t have a good reason, why are you even doing it?

[] Fall in Love with the Process

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

-Aristotle

If you can fall in love with the mundane things you have to do over and over, you will find success. What you repeatedly do on a daily basis basically creates your life. It’s the little things that are important. Always remember this.

You may think you are after the reward of your goal, that big accomplishment or that awesome prize at the end of your journey. You will soon realize that the thrills of victory are only temporary. You will be more proud of the person you have become along the way to accomplish the goal. That is the real reward that is most satisfying.

It is through the daily process that you become that person. It is through the process of accomplishing the goal that you cultivate those traits. That is why you must fall in love with the process.

The chains of habit are very weak until they are too strong to be broken. What does this mean? You probably won’t get cancer from smoking one cigarette. But if you smoke a few a day, after many years it adds up. The same applies with exercise or eating healthy. If you do it once, you won’t see results, but if you do it regularly over a long period of time, you will see massive results. It’s part of the compound effect. It is part of the process.

Find a way to fall in love with the process. You have to create positive and healthy habits that will empower you. If you can find a way to make it fun and enjoyable, you will increase the odds of your success.

[] 10x Your Goals

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

- Michelangelo

I did not want to start the book with this but we need to talk about it. The next time you set a goal, dream bigger. Think in terms of 10x bigger! The reason this wasn’t mentioned in the beginning is so you could build confidence and learn the process of goal setting and achieving. Now that you have come this far, you have a greater understanding of the entire process and how you fit into the equation. If you have accomplished any goal, you realize that inside you are the powers to do more.

The next time you set a goal, multiply it by 10. Dream bigger. Dare to go further than you’ve ever gone.

Let me explain why. You set a goal. Along the way you use your creativity to find a way to accomplish it. Or you may even fall short. Nonetheless you make great progress towards its attainment. You are much farther along than you would have been without any action.

What if the goal were bigger? Don’t you think you would have a similar result? Even if you set a goal that is 10x larger and fall short, think about the progress that would have been made. You would be significantly further along than if you set a smaller goal. Not to mention all that you would learn and the growth you would make in the process.

Success isn’t forever and failure isn’t fatal. It’s in the failing that we learn. Learning creates insight and builds upon progress. If you are afraid of failing, you might as well never try anything. Treat failure as an opportunity to learn. Fail forward. Fail often. But never fail to try.

[] Moving Forward…

Throughout this book, we have talked about goals – how to create a SMART goal, how to find your WHY, how to plan your goal, and we’ve talked about how to deal with obstacles along the way. We’ve also talked about mindset and the actions you need to take to make your dreams come true.

You now have everything you need to set a big and ambitious goal. All you have to do is apply yourself, be creative, and remain persistent.

It has been my experience that all it takes is one idea, one inspiration, or one thought that can make a MASSIVE difference. I hope you found your one thing in these pages.

Please remember one thing…

You are responsible for your results. Create a zero tolerance for excuses, complaints, and blame. Remember the saying: If it is to be, it is up to me!

I’d love to hear about your success. You can personally reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions, comments, ideas, or suggestions.

If there was anything that really helped you, be sure to share that with a friend or loved one. You never know the impact you can make in the world by just sharing an idea.

I wish you the best on your journey. Always remember, the journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step. Just keep moving forward!

Your friend,

Arrmon

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[] About the Author

Arrmon Abedikichi is the creator of the popular blog, www.levelupstar.com. It is a personal development blog dedicated to finding easy and practical ways to become a better version of yourself.

For many years Arrmon lived an ordinary life. After a tragic house fire where he lost everything, he decided to make a change. No longer could he live a life where he settled for “good enough”. It was time to level-up his life in all areas.

In his blog, he shares his crazy experiments and adventures. Anyone looking for practical ways to level-up their life, this is a must read. It doesn’t matter what category of your life it is. He covers focus, goals, time management, fun, lifestyle, philosophy, relationships, stress, running, adventure, video games, sports, and a lot more. He always puts a unique twist on things and keeps it simple and easy to understand.

Arrmon is a father of two, a husband, a life scientist, and a runner. He enjoys video games, sports, learning, exploring, and creating. Feel free to reach out to him any time at [email protected] with questions, comments, or just to say hi!


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