I’m “Eating Clean” and Exercising. Why Do I Still Feel Tired All The Time? Here Are 11 Reasons Why

I'm Eating Clean and Exercising. Why Do I Still Feel Tired All The Time? Here Are 11 Reasons Why

Many would claim that we’re living in a health crisis. In actuality, we’re in an energy crisis.

I know, obesity, diabetes, and chronic illnesses, in general, are on the rise. But all of those issues ultimately come down to an energy problem.

Energy is our most valuable currency. It must be managed and prioritized above all else. When it comes to energy and optimal health, there are 7 pillars that require prioritization: mission, mindset, physiology, performance, presentation, relationships, and environment.

When you’re operating with low energy, it’s hard to stay positive, be fully present in your relationships, and make sound decisions (i.e. stop binging on the sweets). People inherently understand the importance of fatigue management. But truly optimizing your energy and health is much deeper than “clean eating” and exercising.

Often times during my initial consults with clients, one of the first questions asked is “Why do I still feel tired all the time” despite “clean eating” and exercising.

There’s a much bigger picture as to why you feel tired all the time that isn’t being told.

In fact, here are 11 of the most common reasons why you feel tired all the time despite your “clean eating” and weekly exercise regimen.

1. You lack a convincing mission

The word purpose is overused, thanks to Instagram and countless memes. However, having a purpose is of critical importance. One of the key pillars in the Blue Zones is being connected with your purpose.

With that said, your mission (i.e. purpose) is the first pillar of energy I address with new clients in week one. At a basic level, your mission is essentially answering the question “why do you get up in the morning and do what you do throughout the day?”

It’s imperative to develop a mission because this serves as internal gasoline that propels you through the day when the motivational fairy isn’t anywhere to be found.

Here’s how people who don’t have a mission operate:

  • Struggles to wake up and chronically hits the snooze button
  • Days feel pointless and mundane
  • “What’s all of this for?” is a constant ruminating thought
  • Inertia dominates their life
  • Life seems to just happen to them
  • Always reacting to themselves
  • Attached and clinging to who they are so they can never find who they can be
  • Argumentative about nothing
  • Ultimately don’t trust themselves which leads to them relying on society for approval
  • Envy, jealous, and bitter
  • Pessimistic
  • Consumes heavily, but is light on the production end

Here’s how people who have a mission operate:

  • Wakes up with intention and doen’’t hit the snooze button
  • Looks forward to the day (no “Monday blues”)
  • Self-discipline feels natural
  • Willing to lose themselves (their titles, stories, & etc) in order to truly find themselves
  • Delaying gratification is taken with pride
  • Life feels abundant and limitless
  • Produces much more, consumes much less
  • Welcomes change
  • Relishes the present moment even when things aren’t the way they want it
  • Welcomes the future with open arms
  • Takes ownership for everything (no dishing out excuses)
  • Extremely confident—not fake confidence that is driven by ego

The first step to course correcting and using your mission as an energy booster is to develop a personal philosophy to navigate life with.

  1. How do you want to feel and look?
  2. What’s your body fat?
  3. What are you capable of doing?
  4. What do you see in the mirror?
  5. Why are your health and energy important?
  6. What gets you up in the morning?
  7. Why are you working so hard with your job?
  8. What’s your endgame?

Be specific.

Most people (who are most likely average and will tread mediocrity for the rest of their life) will skip this stuff and jump into doing random activities and then wonder why they are tired, lethargic, “stuck in life”, and not happy with their body months later.

Don’t be average. You must be willing to do things differently.

2. You’re dehydrated more than you realize

Water is something that we take for granted and tend to overlook when it comes to our health. However, being dehydrated by even 1 percent can lead to decreases in mood and cognitive abilities. With that said, water possesses a host of responsibilities including:

  • Building your blood ( it’s the chief system used to transfer oxygen and nutrients throughout your body)
  • Maintenance of your DNA
  • Facilitating the process of your mitochondria (source of energy)
  • Helping regulate your body temperature
  • Assisting your lymphatic system
  • Maintaining proper levels of synovial fluid in your joints and discs
  • Helping your body transmit neurotransmitters throughout your body

A simple morning habit is to properly rehydrate is to drink 20 to 32 ounces of room-temperature water (throw a lemon or lime in there for extra detoxification).

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking 500 ML of water (around 17 ounces) increases your metabolic rate by 30 percent. This begins to take effect in as little as 10 minutes with a maximum reached after 30-40 minutes.

Besides this morning water habit, a general baseline is to aim for a daily intake of at least half your body weight in ounces. If you’re highly active or sweat profusely, increase that amount.

3. You’re getting low-quality sleep

How is it that people can sleep for eight hours and still wake up the next morning feeling sluggish and lethargic?

A big reason is due to their sleep cycles not being properly optimized.

A typical person’s sleep cycle falls between 75-90 minutes with each one cycling through REM and non-REM sleep plus the other stages in between. Each of these stages serves a critical role in helping your body regenerate and detoxify.

With that said, a couple areas to look into is timing your sleep and wake up times to coincide with your sleep cycles. For example, instead of looking at the times you sleep, think of your sleep in terms of cycles of 90 minutes. This means your new model is 1.5 hours, 3 hours, 4.5 hours, 6 hours, 7.5 hours, and 9 hours.

I function best by getting 7.5 hours of nightly sleep and when my training is ramped up, I sleep for 9 hours. Give yourself a buffer of 20-30 minutes to fall asleep. If 6 am is the goal wake up time, you should be in bed by 10 pm and hopefully asleep by 10:30.

4. You don’t have a consistent sleep and wake up time

Fitbit started tracking users’ (no names attached) sleep stages in March of 2017 for the biggest set of sleep data ever assembled and accumulated 6 billion nights of sleep. After assembling all of the data, the biggest takeaway from that study in regards to improving sleep was to consistently go to sleep around the same time.

Why is that?

Social jet lag.

Social jet lag isn’t travel related. Instead, it’s self-induced due to erratic behaviors with our sleeping patterns.

An example could be someone who goes to sleep at 11 p.m. on weeknights and wakes up at 7 a.m. But on the weekends, they stay out and don’t fall asleep until 2:30 a.m. and wake up around 10 a.m.

This affects not only your body and energy levels, but also your performance at work because you’re getting less sleep due to your normal rhythm and routine times for falling asleep being off.

The alarm clock is going to ring early morning regardless. One to two hours daily of lost sleep quietly leads to massive effects on your quality of life.

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Strategically planning your sleep times will do wonders for your energy.

5. Your circadian rhythms are off

Your circadian rhythm is one of two big drivers that govern your sleep. This natural biological process typically operates over a 24-hour cycle which is control by the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN). You can find the SCN in the middle of your brain located in the hypothalamus (for a more in-depth explanation of how sleep works—check out my sleep 101 article).

Moving on, the chief commander that controls our sleep-wake cycle is light. Light exposure plays a role in dictating the behaviors of cortisol and melatonin.

Light exposure suppresses melatonin while pressing the “on” button for cortisol. Before the technological age, when the sun went down, it was time to sleep and melatonin naturally rose while cortisol plummets. This is how our body was designed.

Now, we can artificially create a 24-hour day cycle if we want using our screens and various lighting sources. This keeps melatonin further suppressed and leads to poor sleep quality while experiencing groggy mornings.

To avoid this misalignment, keep your body on its normal biological rhythm by being mindful of your light exposure at night. It’s important to have these key hormones peaking at their designated times.

An easy way to align your circadian rhythms is to get early morning exposure to light. If at all possible, exposure to sunlight is the best option.

With sunlight, you’re getting a natural full spectrum of light, help with managing your waistline, and serotonin production (which is a precursor to melatonin needed later in the day). Lastly, you’re getting the best source of Vitamin D, which benefits your mood, rate of aging, sleep, immune system, and brain, among many other important body functions.

Maintaining an optimal circadian rhythm is a huge pillar to operating with everlasting energy (free training on that here).

6. You’re more sedentary than you think

Life has never been more comfortable for 99 percent of us. We no longer have to hunt for dinner and jobs are becoming less arduous in this technological age.

Working out for 45-60 minutes three days a week and then sitting around the rest of the time isn’t doing much in the big picture. You’re barely more active than the rest of the sedentary population.

Excessive sitting leads to soreness, stiffness in your joints, back pain, and chronic headaches. All of which combine to decrease your quality of life (and a big reason why you’re tired all the time).

And energy comes from moving our bodies due to piezoelectricity which is where you’re creating electrical pressure within your body. Aim for a benchmark of 10,000 daily steps. By simply walking, you’ll create more energy which will lead to cognitive boosts and regulating hormonal patterns (also helping your sleep).

Set an alarm every hour to get at least 10 minutes of activity in and schedule a daily walk for morning or evening (doing this with your partner is a perfect way to connect).

7. Your nutrition plan is deficient in crucial nutrients

It’s a no-brainer that highly processed foods along with pretending health foods will drain your energy. However, what isn’t as common is a priority on micronutrients.

In my wellness practice, I have a lot of clients who are eating relatively healthy on paper, but when we further dive into their nutrient profile, key nutrients are missing.

Being low in nutrients doesn’t just affect your energy outright, it affects things such as sleep which leads to your never-ending feedback loop of less-than-ideal decisions.

A couple of leading candidates for having low energy and experiencing poor sleep are selenium, B-vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin D.

A couple of energy-rich items to add to your staple are cacao, maca, Golgi berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and spirulina. Other than that, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds deserve a seat at the table.

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8. You’re being a pushover

Let’s face it, no one likes to be called selfish. It doesn’t feel like a compliment nor an endearing trait. But, becoming selfish is great for your health, career, and personal development into a better human being.

Not being selfish and addressing your own personal wellbeing will slowly lead to a physically, mentally, emotionally, and a spiritually depleted individual who isn’t able to operate at their peak levels.

Without any boundaries created, there are plenty of holes that leechers and energy vampires can attach to and zap your energy away.

9. You’re being a perpetual victim

Playing a victim and even being allowed to participate in the role of a perpetual victim by your environment drains your energy. Also, it discreetly jettisons you on a path to mediocrity.

A perpetual victim loses their natural energy because they tell themselves that they don’t have a choice nor an option to do something differently.

Whether it’s with your exercising habits, nutrition, pursuing a new business, or a multitude of other activities, there is always a choice. Often times, “I don’t have a choice” is usually code for procrastination on making a tough decision that you don’t want to make or go through with.

Even if you feel the situation is out of your control, there is something that will always be one-hundred percent under your control and that is the way that you must respond to the situation.

The key isn’t avoiding obstacles. The key is how you respond to those obstacles.

10. Your levels of stress are out of control

Stress is said to be the underlying root cause of 90 percent of all diseases in the world.

A big reason for these high levels of stress is due to not settling the various conflicts of our lives which is stress that’s left unaddressed. And since it’s unaddressed, it will only compound while simultaneously draining your energy.

With all of this said, seven out of 10 adults in the U.S. experience stress or anxiety daily. Unfortunately, more than half of those same adults experience stress-induced sleep problems several times a week. According to the American Psychological Association, we’re more stressed than ever before, which is affecting our physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, financial, relational, and professional world.

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There is a multitude of ways to handle stress. But, here are two simplistic methods:

1. Yoga — Not only is yoga great from a flexibility and posture standpoint, but it’s also beneficial from a cognitive standpoint that translates to a higher likelihood of obtaining high-quality sleep.

In fact, a national survey discovered that over 55 percent of people who practiced yoga found that it led to obtaining higher quality sleep, while 85 percent said it reduced stress.

2. Practice relaxation breathing — The specific type of breathing used here is the 4-7-8 method. There have been claims of people falling asleep within 60 seconds of using this type of breathing—though I’ve never personally experienced that type of effect nor met someone who has achieved that.

This type of breathing provides a benefit when it comes to relaxing from a busy and demanding day. To get started:

  • Exhale completely through your mouth while sitting in a comfortable position.
  • Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for a count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale through your mouth for a count of eight (you’ll make a whoosh sound).
  • That’s one complete breath. Repeat this cycle for a total of four.

11. You’re unorganized

When you aren’t organized or don’t have something planned, you have to use more brainpower which lowers your daily mental energy reserver. Research any successful person and you’ll discover the importance they place on having a schedule. An organized schedule keeps you in the driver’s seat when it comes to managing your life and energy.

In practical terms, you’re being proactive with your life instead of reactive where you find yourself putting out random fires but never getting any meaningful work accomplished.

When it comes to managing your energy and preventing overwhelm, create a standard of performance for all areas of your life.

Due to instilling a standard of performance, Bill Walsh led the San Francisco 49ers to multiple Super Bowls during his tenure. Walsh, in his book, ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership’, describes a standard of performance as “A way of doing things, a leadership philosophy, that has as much to do with core values, principles and ideals as with blocking, tackling and passing; more to do with the mental than with the physical.”

For example, adopting a standard with your eating habits eliminates the guesswork while creating systems, strategies, and structure. One key area to focus on is the delivery of your food throughout the workweek.

You’re most likely busy which means you have less time to cook meals or sit in traffic and food lines to get food.

A powerful strategy is to outsource your nutrition just as a business outsources tasks so they can better allocate their mental bandwidth to other tasks. Using a meal delivery service is a powerful tool because you know exactly what you’re putting into your body. More importantly, you’re saving time which can then be allocated toward growth revenue strategies and key relationships in your life.

If you don’t want to do this, then create a standardized meal planning system. I know exactly what I’m eating each day because I have my morning energy shake planned along with my eating templates for lunch and dinner.

When it comes to creating everlasting energy, success lies in the attention to details.

If you would like help on creating a predictable system for everlasting energy and optimal health, then apply for a high-performance health strategy session where you’ll talk with me for 60 minutes. You’ll leave with more clarity and know the exact steps you need to make this a reality. Apply here.

4 Common Excuses That You Must Wage War With to Master Your Health

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” — Benjamin Franklin

4 Common Excuses That You Must Wage War With to Master Your Health — wage war with your excuses

Exercising consistently, eating balanced and healthy meals, getting high-quality sleep, and managing stress was a breeze as a 21-year-old kid.

Fast forward a decade later, exercising consistently isn’t as simple due to growing a company. I’m sometimes too tired from the day to cook a healthy and nutrient-rich meal. And I’m either too anxious about life or too excited about life to get quality sleep.

These are all logical and rational reasons why I would fall short of my nutrition, training, and sleep goals. After all, if I told someone that I’m busy working (or “hustling” as the people call it), too tired to cook, and on an emotional roller coaster—the person would likely nod and say “me too”.

And we would feel better about the situation.

And that’s the problem.

It’s way too easy to justify our behaviors. Months down the line, we end up wondering “what the hell happened” to our health?

This was me. Whereas most people binge eat when stressed, I actually stop eating and lose weight (and some muscle, unfortunately).

Well damn, sign me up for this is what you may be thinking. But not so fast, rapidly losing weight (and muscle) or gaining excess weight are both detrimental to our metabolism, mood, hormones, and most importantly—our self-esteem.

As I had to learn though, “YOU MUST WAGE WAR WITH YOUR EXCUSES, EGO, & JUSTIFICATIONS” daily.

Here’s the raw truth…We have enough time, resources, and ability to make it happen.

However, before we go any further, I didn’t craft this article to berate you, guilt you into eating more broccoli, or pressure you into more lunges.

Instead, I crafted this article to remind you that health & fitness is tough for all of us—even the “fitness professionals”.

With Instagram and other social platforms, it’s easy to fall into the illusion that everyone has their shit together and are “crushing life”. But that isn’t reality at all. Myself, top performers I coach, and fellow fitness peers know that it’s a daily battle to maintain healthy habits with a demanding lifestyle.

It’s easy to slide into rationale reasons for not doing behaviors we know benefit us in the long term.

With that said, it’s time to wage war with your excuses starting with these four sneaky ones.

Sneaky excuse #1: “I don’t think it’s that bad…I’m doing alright”

The downside of being well-read and semi-intelligent (most of the time) is that I can easily manipulate my reasoning to justify my actions.

How about this?

What do stubborn people, addicts, and self-sabotagers have in common?

They’re full of denial and delusion.

One day, you want to change your body, your life, and your mental approach toward life. As soon as you feel a little bit of resistance, discomfort, awkwardness, or insecurity—it’s all hands off deck. You tell yourself, “maybe I was just overreacting—it’s not that bad”.

Lies…lies…and more lies. Wage war against this!

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Bring in the heavy artillery against denial and delusion.

The topic of point wouldn’t have been brought up if you at some level didn’t think there was a need for improvement or some dissatisfaction with yourself.

Admit there’s room for improvement and move forward. It’s okay to admit the need for improvement.

Sneaky excuse #2: “I don’t know enough yet, I need some more time to “plan”

I gotcha, I used this excuse a lot. I remember using this excuse in Portugal when I was at a cafe with a friend and I saw this beautiful girl who was “magnetizing”. I wanted to talk to her. I was thinking of some lines to say in my broken Portuguese.

After enough time of mentally wasting away, I told myself “I’m going to be here for 5 more weeks, I’ll talk to her next time I’m here. Or, I’ll talk to the next girl who strikes my interest because I’ll have a plan.”

Oh dear—this actually made total sense to me at the time. And when you procrastinate on your health because you don’t know everything nor how it will pan out, it sounds logical.

But just like me in this case, the reality of the situation is telling another story.

You can buy more fitness books. Listen to more podcast. Search the depths of the internet for more biohacks. Or, you can just do something—anything really. Planning, planning,…and more planning is procrastination in disguise.

You’ll never feel 100% ready about anything you’re going after. The unknown doesn’t vanish, you just learn to accept it as it is.

You don’t need another fitness book. You don’t need to precisely get your macros right. You don’t need to listen to another podcast—unless it’s mine in the near future;).

Focus on moving more often, eating foods that weren’t made in a chemistry lab, sleeping more, and prioritizing key relationships.

You learn by doing, not by spectating and philosophizing.

Sneaky excuse #3: “I don’t know what to eat and I’m too busy to cook daily”

I told myself this at one point in time and it led me to eat a big breakfast and then maybe a handful of proteins bars throughout the day. And not surprisingly, I had crazy digestive discomfort and poor energy.

Before even attempting to solve the nutritional riddle, the first priority is to formulate a “nutritional playbook’.

Solving your dietary situation starts by exposing yourself to reality.

For example, if you don’t know how to cook, either learn to cook some basic things or use a meal delivery service to alleviate this situation.

Next, if you’re crazy busy, use meal delivery to help or batch your meals by preparing them in advance. When batching your meals, include an even dose of carbs, proteins, and fats. Perhaps breakfast is your power shake and lunch and dinner will be two meals that are simple, tasty, and efficient.

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Simple and effective ideas will get the job done!

On a weekly basis, I have 3-4 meals and snacks I rely on. If I’m feeling fancy, then I’ll extend outside my playbook.

Sneaky excuse #4: “I’m going to start focusing on my health more, but not this week…I’ll start fresh on Monday”

“After this weekend, I’m going to get after it”.

“I would start this week, but I have too many things to do”.

“This week is almost over; I’ll tighten up my diet starting on Monday”.

What is it with people associating Monday as a default day to kickstart new initiatives.

If I had a kid (which I don’t) and I wanted to start being a better parent, I wouldn’t say “I’m going to start prioritizing and being there for my kid, but not this week…I’ll start on Monday”

If you’re an entrepreneur and wanted to grow your business and make more of an impact, you wouldn’t say “I’m going to start prioritizing and growing my business to make more money & create a bigger impact, but not this week…I’ll start fresh on Monday.”

If you wait until tomorrow or the next week, you most likely get pleasure (small hits of dopamine) out of making commitments and planning. If you want something, and it’s within your power—you’ll start as soon as possible.

It’s not important that you execute gracefully at first—it’s important that you take action. Taking action is the precursor to momentum which is the precursor to a body that looks and performs well.

As Apollo Creed told Rocky, “there is no tomorrow…there is no tomorrow” (play this before your next training session). Act with aggression and have an unapologetic bias toward action.

50 Cent and The Art of Mental Domination

“The key to possessing supreme power is to assume the active mode in dealing with your fears. This means entering arenas you normally shy away from: making the very hard decisions you have been avoiding, confronting the people who are playing power games with you, thinking of yourself and what you need instead of pleasing others, making yourself change the direction of your life even though such change is the very thing you dread.” — 50 Cent & Robert Greene

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It’s 2002 and on a cold winter afternoon, friends message me to check out this rapper who roasted Ja Rule (who at the time was at the top of the hip-hop market).

I played the song recommended to me before getting ready for basketball practice. It’s an infectious beat that you can’t help but nod your head to.

This song was Wanksta. In January, ‘In da Club’ is released and that immediately becomes my go-to song. A month later, his album is released, and the rest is history.

I know what you’re thinking, this is a health and performance site—not rolling stone or some other entertainment site.

The thing is, 50 Cent can teach you effective mindset principles that are transferable to your health and professional life. 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson III) is much more than a rapper. At 12 years old, I was crushing everyone at Madden and first-person shooter games. And 12 years old, was selling drugs during the 1980s crack epidemic.

A typical person would turn a blind eye and think nothing can be learned from a rapper. But you’re not anyone because you’re down with the AFL and you understand that gold can be extracted from the most unexpected places.

Fast forward the story, Jackson gets shot nine times and bounces back to become this wildly successful entrepreneur crossing over into multiple industries.

With that said, last year I read his book that he co-authored with Robert Greene titled ‘The 50th Law‘. I’ve read hundreds of books, but this is currently my favorite as of right now.

Often times, in fitness and business, we’ll seek surface levels tactics in hopes of alleviating our problems. But, all the “hacks”, strategies, and tactics mean very little if your mindset isn’t where it needs to be at.

With that said, I’m going to share five of the top lessons that I received from this book. If you’re trying to develop the art of mental domination and adopt a fearless attitude toward your goals, ingrain these five principles into your head.

1. See things for what they are

This lesson is about intense realism. Often times (myself included), we fail to see the current picture because it’s either too painful or we feel embarrassed about it. Think about people who avoid looking in the mirror because of their current physical shape. Think about people who avoid logging into their online banking due to the disappointment of their current finances. Think about people who avoid looking in their partner’s eyes because they don’t like what they see anymore. In all of these situations, they feel disappointment, hurt, sadness, and a host of other feelings.

Don’t avoid these feelings. Avoidance will suffocate your potential and the chances of being a top performer. Avoidance doesn’t accomplish anything other than increasing your stress levels and making you anxious. Face your current reality for what it is and use it to grow.

You look in the mirror and don’t like what you see. So what, what are you going to do about it?

Once you know your current reality and have sat with that pain, you’ll be able to more effectively move forward because you have urgency and emotional resonance with improving the situation.

As 50 states, “If you have a long-term goal for yourself, one that you have imagined in detail, then you are better able to make the proper decisions in the present. You know which battles or positions to avoid because they don’t advance you towards your goal.”

Assess your daily habits and decipher if they will lead to a better future or keep you existing in your current reality.

2. Things that come easy and fast will leave you just as fast

“The only way to gain self-reliance or any power is through great effort and practice. And this effort should not be seen as something ugly or dull; it is the prices of gaining power over yourself that is the most satisfying of all, knowing that step-by-step you are elevating yourself above the dependent masses.” — 50 Cent & Robert Greene

In relationships, the intense flings are fun but they also dissipate just as quick. Make a lot of money & you aren’t ready for it, it somehow disappears (I know this story). Rapidly lose loads of tummy fat on a gimmicky diet but didn’t learn how to properly eat and take care of yourself, the weight returns often with more pounds than before.

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If you don’t learn the fundamentals of nutrition, expect all your weight and illness to return.

Nothing and I repeat nothing comes easy in fitness, business, nor life in general. The only way to achieve anything worthwhile is through intelligently placing your effort on important things and deliberately practicing it. Embrace the hell out of boredom and consistent, but meticulous action. Operate with surgeon-like precision, be calculated, and aggressively patient.

3. Keep moving forward no matter what

“Don’t see change and chaotic moments in life as something to fear, but rather as a source of excitement and opportunity. Often what seems like chaos to us is merely a series of events that are new and hard to figure out.”— 50 Cent & Robert Greene

1% daily improvement is my goal and anything extra is icing on the cake. When you keep moving forward, the past can’t stop you because you’re too focused on growth.

Miles Davis continually reinvented himself and his music to stay fresh and relevant. When people were trying to emulate Miles, he was literally ‘Miles Ahead (shout to those who get the reference)’ of the competition and industry. Today is the perfect day to write those first 200 words toward your book, make that healthy morning shake to kickstart that summer body, start saying “no” more often to guard your energy.

Every day is a new day to start anew and create momentum no matter what happened yesterday.

4. Master your craft and embrace boredom

“Most people cant handle boredom. That means they can’t stay on one thing until they get good at it. And they wonder why they’re unhappy” states 50.

An example of this is someone whose impatient with their nutrition plan and jump from plan to plan. Instead of hopping from plan-to-plan, the focus should be on mastery of core nutritional behaviors that are universal in principle. Practicing habits such as eating slower, consistently eating the proper amounts of food daily, making that morning smoothie, and other simple behaviors should be prioritized.

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Seek boredom out just as this bear does.

Accept that learning and transforming any aspect of your life requires a process that is often times ugly and disjointed at times. But, displaying patience and the ability to endure is what will separate you from the masses and get results unlike everyone else.

When it comes to the process, use these quick tips to help:

  1. Continue to plow ahead through trial and error
  2. Master simple habits before attempting mastery of advanced concepts
  3. Learn the basic rules before customizing
  4. Ruthlessly pay attention to the details
  5. Remind yourself of the mission daily to help stay persistent

5. Push yourself beyond your limits

The hustler’s ambition:

“Your sense of who you are will determine your actions and what you end up getting in life. If you see your reach as limited, that you are mostly helpless in the face of so many difficulties, that it is best to keep your ambitions low, then you will receive the little that you expect. Knowing this dynamic, you must train yourself for the opposite—ask for more, aim high, and believe that you are destined for something great. Your sense of self-worth comes from you alone—never the opinion of others. With a rising confidence in your abilities, you will take risks that will increase your chances of success. People follow those who know where they are going, so cultivate an air of certainty and boldness.” — 50 Cent & Robert Greene

That quote is absolute fire and something I read on a daily basis.

Be mindful of the language and way you treat yourself because how you do this is ultimately how the universe will treat you along with the results you get from life. Your opinion of yourself becomes your reality.

“If you have all these doubts, then no one will believe in you and everything will go wrong. If you think the opposite, the opposite will happen. It’s that simple” states 50.

When it comes to expanding your limits and forging a new paradigm:

  1. Don’t let people box you into an old and stagnate identity
  2. Strive to move faster pace in life
  3. Be unapologetically contrarian
  4. Make the mission bigger than you
  5. Always bet on yourself