How to Be Happy: Lessons I Learned From My Dog

A few years ago, I struggled with happiness. Although I always heard the phrase, “happiness is a choice”, I never believed it. Instead, I was convinced the world was out to get me. I wasn’t happy with my job, my social life wasn’t as fun as it used to be, and I recently broke up with my long-term boyfriend. It’s safe to say I was sad and lonely. So, I decided to get a dog.

Adopting a dog was the best thing I have ever done. Not only did I have someone to come home to every day and keep me company, but I also began to change. In some ways, my dog helped get me back on my feet. I switched careers, made new friends, and even rekindled a spark with a guy I knew from college. Finally, I decided to choose happiness.

If I could choose happiness, I know you can too. Choosing happiness is hard. That’s why it’s okay to get a little help along the way. So, here are a few lessons I learned from my dog of how you can be happy!

  1. Give Chances

Whenever you meet someone new, give them a chance. So what, if they look different than you or you’ve heard rumors about them from people you know? Push all of your judgments aside and give them a fair chance. You never know what could happen when you reach out to someone and get to know them.

  1. Try Everything

It’s important to be adventurous and take chances. Push yourself out of your comfort zone in every aspect of your life. From the food you try at restaurants, to the places you travel and the things you do, it’s important to try new things.

  1. Accept Compliments

A lot of people are guilty of rejecting compliments, I know I was. It’s easy to say something along the lines of, “Oh, you’re just being nice”, when someone compliments you. But, it’s also easy to say, “Thank you”, and give them a genuine compliment in return.

  1. Forgive

People will make mistakes and things will happen that you wish didn’t. But, it’s important to forgive these mistakes and actions instead of dwelling over them or holding a grudge. While holding a grudge might seem like the best solution when you’re mad at someone, it does nothing but hurt yourself. Grudges cause more anger, stress, and emotional turmoil than letting things go. So take some time, think things over, and welcome forgiveness with open arms.

  1. Enjoy Your Journey

Even the happiest person feels sad or angry sometimes. That’s normal. It’s only abnormal when you feel sad or angry majority of the time instead of feeling happy. Life is going to throw you twists and turns that you might not feel ready for. But, it’s important to enjoy life throughout all of the highs and lows.

5 Foods that Will Boost Your Mood

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Sometimes, you need a little pick me up. Fatigue isn’t fun for anyone. And unfortunately, if you eat poorly, your fatigue will only worsen. Instead, eat one of these five foods to boost your mood!

  1. Banana

Bananas are quick to eat, yummy, and extremely beneficial. Everyone knows bananas are a great source of potassium, but they are also full of vitamin B. That being said, the vitamins within a banana will provide you with a ton of energy. The best part about bananas is the carbohydrates and vitamins work together to lower your hunger and keep you fuller and energized for longer than other foods.

  1. Kale

With potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron, and a variety of vitamins, kale is one of the most beneficial superfoods you can eat! All of these minerals and vitamins combine to reenergize you in a way that most foods can’t. If you really want to maximum the energy you receive from kale, eat it raw.

  1. Salmon

Salmon is known for its omega-3 qualities, which contribute to an increase in energy, as well as increased concentration and blood flow. This all contributes to a healthy heart. In other words, salmon is the energy-boosting heart-enhancing food everyone needs in their diet.

  1. Coconut Oil

Although coconut oil is considered fat, our body produces it as energy. This is because coconut oil has an influx of triglycerides and vitamins that enhance our overall health. After all, it seems like a new revelation comes out every day on how beneficial coconut oil is to our health. If you really want to get the most energy out of coconut oil, add it to your smoothie or breakfast in the morning to wake you up!

  1. Eggs

Eggs are the ultimate source of energy. They’re high in protein, give you some necessary iron, and have a ton of B vitamins. In other words, every quality of eggs works together to create energy from food. So, eggs will give you the perfect amount of sustainable energy.

The First Step in Everyday Personal Growth

Personal growth is something that takes consistency and accountability. It is my belief that if you are not growing in life and are stagnant you are moving in the reverse direction. We all know that one person who seems to fight personal growth and is in a state of arrested development. Personal growth is not something that comes natural and easy for a lot of people. So, what is the main characteristic one must attain to be more accustomed to personal growth…

Realize that you do not know everything and there is always something for you to learn. If you are in a place where you think you know everything there is to know about a particular subject, trade or field of study you have ultimately shut yourself off to the possibility of growth in said subject trade or field of study. The first step in everyday personal growth is the realization that there is room to grow. I know, it seems simple enough but this is a task that not everyone is accustomed to. The truth is if you do not see where there is room for improvement you can not possibly grow.

This simply task becomes increasingly more difficult for individuals who have built up their ego to epic proportions. When it comes to the facet of personal growth the ego is the enemy. You must become teachable and come to a point where you realization that every single person you meet knows something you do not. This is something that is very humbling and has no room for your ego. So, get your ego out of the way and know that you do not everything. In fact, I have come to a place where the more I learn the more I realize how little I know.

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” – Socrates

How to Become a Morning Person

You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you this in person (at least if you knew me), but a few years ago, I was not a morning person. Total former night-owl here… I would stay up until 3 a.m. because that’s when my creative juices were flowing the highest.

But I quickly learned that if you want to be successful in business and in life, becoming a morning person is essential. Why? Most of the relationships you’ll develop with other people will happen during the day, not at night. Also, your productivity steadily decreases as the day goes on. Do the research, and you’ll find that the world’s most successful people wake up at 4:30 a.m.

As I began to build my business, I noticed how quickly I struggled compared to my peers, and a lot of that was due to the fact that I wouldn’t wake up until 10 a.m. some days. 5 a.m. certainly was NOT on my radar, and even when I did set an alarm, I’d hit snooze 20 times before finally waking up 2 hours later, feeling groggy and depressed because of how much I knew I could have accomplished in that time.

How did I become a morning person? Honestly, the simple answer is: I just DID it. And that’s what I’d tell anyone who is struggling to wake up early: Just do it. (Nike had it right this whole time.)

But perhaps you’re reading this and thinking, “It’s not that simple, man.” If you came here looking for some practical tips on how to become a morning person, don’t worry. I’m going to give that to you, because I know what it’s like to be in your shoes. “Just do it,” just doesn’t cut it for all people. You need motivation. Here’s a step-by-step guide you can implement to go from night-owl to morning person in just two weeks.

Step 1: Find your “why.” What’s your reason for wanting to wake up earlier? If you don’t have a reason, you’ll find yourself quickly unmotivated after day one. Figure out exactly what you want to accomplish in those wee morning hours and write it down. You can’t accomplish a goal if you don’t have a target to hit in the first place!

Step 2: Go to bed earlier. Once you’ve established your “why,” decide how many hours of sleep you’ll need to function optimally. Go to bed at a time that will allow you to get that much sleep, and set an alarm for the time you want to wake up. I recommend waking up anywhere between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m., with 5 a.m. being the ideal time for me. But you do what works for you. You’ll be surprised what a difference going to be a few hours earlier can make in your productivity.

Step 3: Set your alarm far away from your bed. There are actually phone apps that will require you to perform an activity (like spinning 3 times) before the alarm shuts off. This requires you to actually get out of bed and do something that will wake you up so that hitting the snooze button is not an option. If you’re one of those people who struggles with “snooze,” I definitely recommend downloading and using one of those apps. Either way, make sure you have to actually get out of bed in order to turn off your alarm.

Step 4: Drink a glass of water first thing after waking up. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go straight to the kitchen, grab a glass, fill it up, and guzzle it down. This is good for a few things. First, it will wake you up. Especially if that water is cold. Second, it will hydrate you. We are all extremely dehydrated when we wake up because, well, it’s been 8 hours since we have had anything to eat or drink. You need water. Drinking it first thing in the morning is a great step in the right direction and will help you stay hydrated throughout the day. Third, it will help you lose weight. Hydration assists your body in detoxification, which in turn helps you shed body fat.

Step 5: Work out. Exercise is good for you, and it’ll get your body’s endorphins flowing so you’ll wake up faster. I know this seems like a hard thing for people who stay up late, but you’re already going to bed earlier, so it should be easier.

Step 6: Take a shower. I would say “take a cold shower,” but that probably won’t motivate you to wake up, so take a shower at whatever temperature feels good to you. It’s best to look forward to whatever activity you’ll be doing first thing in the morning, since dreading it will make you want to go right back to bed.

Step 7: Drink a cup of coffee. Or some other drink that gives you energy. Just make sure it’s not unhealthy. We do not suggest high-sugar energy drinks or sodas, since they’ll likely give you a quick boost of energy but cause you to crash later. Instead, a single cup of coffee with a healthy fat like coconut oil will do the trick and help to sustain you at optimal levels throughout the day. Or if you use a healthy energy supplement, that’s good too.

Step 8: Spend 15 minutes doing something you enjoy. This “ME” time is crucial to your routine. Knowing that you get to have this time is motivating in and of itself. But it also allows you to work on your own personal development. Maybe you like reading a book, doing a daily devotional, writing, or doing something creative. Whatever it is, carve out this time for yourself. You won’t regret it.

Take these 8 steps for two weeks, and they will become habit. Once you’ve created a habit, it will become harder and harder to break. You’ll be a morning person in no time!

In the words of Nike and Shia LeBeouf:

4 Everlasting Life Truths

There are sustaining truths regarding ourselves that we in some cases do not see or keep in mind. What are they? They are realities that were identified countless years back and have stood the test of time. Right here are a 4 of them and also some concepts regarding the best ways to utilize this understanding.

Truths Regarding Self Passion

Even we give up things for other people, we usually do it to fulfill our own self-interests, even if only partially. Those interests include great feelings and desiring to see or make the world the way we want it to be. In order to avoid this resentment that comes with “obligation”, we require to see how being an excellent individual and also doing the appropriate thing is often simply motivated by our own self interest.

When we want to fix their actions, we can also aim out the self-involvement of others. Inform a male he’s incorrect, and it isn’t generally adequate to change his actions. It’s much better to show him his real rate of interest– that acting in a much better way is better for HIM. Do not forget the regular as well as healthy and balanced self-interest in taking care of others.

Truths Regarding Blunders

Perhaps you see this as negativity, but recognizing the truth is never a negative act. We all make mistakes.

This isn’t really an attack on human achievement, yet an acknowledgment that it isn’t really depending on doing things flawlessly. Perfectionists definitely suffer for their demands after themselves, while others wait to act for worry of mistakes. Accept that making blunders is typical, and also do not harp on the possibility or the truth of those blunders. As Lao Tzu says, “Do your work, then step back — The only path to serenity.”

Truths About Learning

Our errors provide us a possibility to discover, and so stay clear of even bigger errors. Why not see successes and errors–both our very own as well as those of others–as the great opportunities they are.

Truths Regarding Adjustment

A much less important fact is that individuals often do not transform. The far extra essential reality to bear in mind, as well as the most important of these withstanding realities, is that we CAN change.

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What Is Health?

According to a 2000 report by the World Health Organization, the US is ranked #37 among all the other countries in the world’s health care system. That’s pretty low when you consider that we are one of the most industrially advanced nations in the world and there’s a hospital or doctor’s office on just about every corner of every major metropolitan city in America.

Turn on the TV and you’ll see commercials advertising the latest pharmaceutical drug for [insert health condition here]. As you watch images of happy elderly people smiling peacefully while running through a meadow, you’ll hear a voice in the background reciting a seemingly unending list of side effects:

“[Name of drug] may cause dizziness, fainting, heart attacks, stroke, vomiting, diarrhea, asthma, dry skin, stomach bloating, depression, suicide and in rare cases, even death. Consult your doctor before beginning [name of drug].”

Hmm… something doesn’t seem right here. With a list like that, you’re likely to need more drugs, one for each of those side effects, each of which comes with its own separate list of side effects, for which you’ll need more drugs, and the cycle continues. Before you know it, your medicine cabinet is full of orange bottles and you’re taking 25 pills a day just to not feel miserable. If you’re reading this, ask yourself two questions:

  1. Does the above sound familiar?
  2. Are you healthy?

If your’e taking 25 medications every day, then chances are, you’re not healthy. You’re in very poor health. This begs the question: what is health?

Because it certainly can’t be defined as “taking 25 prescription meds every single day.” If you were healthy, you wouldn’t need to take so many pills.

A wise holistic doctor once defined health in this way:

“Health is your body’s ability to heal itself.”

According to that definition, whether or not you are healthy can be established by answering the question: “is my body able to heal itself effectively?”

Notice how the very word itself has the word heal in it? HEALth

Pretty cool, huh?

If you’re taking prescription medications just to feel better and mask the symptoms of whatever conditions you’re facing, then you’re probably not healthy. What that means is, your body is not physically able to heal itself. In order to get your body’s systems in optimal functioning condition, you need to make some changes that will allow you to effectively heal.

Our bodies were designed to heal themselves. There is no denying that. Healing is what our immune systems were created to do. If we didn’t have immune systems, then this would be arguable, but we do, so it’s not. Just look at what happens when you cut yourself. White blood cells rush to the area, your blood clots, and your skin produces a scab that eventually falls off once the skin is regenerated in that area. This is a picture of your body healing itself, and is therefore proof that your body can, in fact, heal on its own!

When we take prescription drugs, we do nothing but mask symptoms. By covering up symptoms, we hide the problem and are unable to sense that something is wrong. This leads to poor choices that further affect our health in a negative way, which leads to more drugs to cover up more symptoms and the cycle continues. What can we do instead of taking prescriptions to get our health and lives back?

It’s simple. Practice healthy habits: eat clean foods, exercise daily, minimize stress through regular meditation, drink plenty of water, and minimize your body’s exposure to toxins. Implementing all of these things into your lifestyle will get you back on track to better health. You’ll notice a difference in how you feel, and eventually you’ll be able to discard all those orange bottles in your medicine cabinet. Now that would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Soon, I’ll go into more detail on exactly what it means to practice healthy habits, but for now, we’ve established a foundation by defining exactly what health is. Stay tuned for more in another future post!

3 Things Needed To Start Your Own Business


What I’m about to say might get a “duh” reaction from most of you who are reading this, but please bear with me. Starting a business is no easy feat. And we are living in an age where almost anyone can become an entrepreneur, thanks to the Internet. Which means almost anyone thinks they have what it takes. But you have to have more than a desire to own your own business. There are resources that most of us don’t have, which prevents us from really becoming successful, no matter how strong our desire is.

So this is a gentle reminder to self and to anyone reading to consider your own situation. If you’re trying to start a business and finding difficulty, consider whether or not you have what you need to take off and land smoothly on the ground in the right time-frame.

Here are 3 things you need, that you may be lacking, in order to start and run a successful business:

1. Money

Excuse the “duh” moment, here. But seriously, most people don’t realize what this means. My wife and I recently went through the process of taking inventory of everything we have and everything we’d need to start and run a business, and we learned so much. Namely, that you need a lot of money. And the reality is, that’s not something most people have.

Without investment capital, you can’t spend the money required to market your business, acquire customers, hire employees and operate successfully. It just can’t happen.

We knew we’d need money; I just don’t think we realized how much until we sat down and really looked the numbers hard in the face. And I suggest you do the same. Find out how much money you’ll need. Once you know the answer to that question, you can craft a strategy to help you acquire it. That strategy may include investors, your life savings, early retirement, or a combination of all three. Or it may require that you scrap your whole business idea altogether and come up with something more cost-effective and sustainable, like an Internet-based business where there is no overhead.

Whatever the case, you need money, and you need to know exactly how much will be required to get off the ground and stay afloat.

2. Time

Yet another resource that you should never underestimate.

There are 24 hours in a day. If you spend 8 hours sleeping and 8 hours working a day job, that leaves another 8 hours for you to dedicate to time with family and your entrepreneurial efforts.

Never let one second of your time go to waste. If you do work a job, this is even more important, as it can be very tempting to leave work, go home and sit in front of the TV until you fall asleep. Don’t let that happen! Your family is more important than another episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and your business efforts are what will allow you to spend more time with them in the future.

We all know we need to use our time wisely, but still, day after day, we find ourselves watching television, perusing Facebook and making excuses about how we just don’t have time to build a business.

Well guess what? You do have time. You’ve just been wasting it. Now, get off your butt, and start moving forward.

3. Passion

Sounds like another “duh” moment, but again, hear me out.

When I talk about passion, I mean much more than a simple desire to be an entrepreneur. People with desire are called “wantrepreneurs.” People with passion are called entrepreneurs.

What’s the difference? So glad you asked.

Passion is a drive to succeed. It’s what motivates you to stop making excuses and start doing what you love. It’s the fuel that keeps you going and instills a positive outlook in you when you look toward the future. Passion is you not only doing what you love but loving what you do. Passion kicks desire’s ass. Passion moves your work ethic forward, and ensures no time is wasted. Passion puts heart before money. (So I guess I should have made it my #1 point, then, right?)

Here’s an example. My stepfather owns a tree service company that he manages in the afternoons and on the weekends when he’s not working his day job. He does it for extra money, but he’s just not passionate about it. We’ve tried convincing him to make it his full-time work, and he doesn’t want to. He prefers the stability and security of his current job and doesn’t have the passion for pruning trees that other full-service tree care companies do.

That’s not necessarily bad. He just does it on the side for extra cash. But if you truly want to be an entrepreneur and own your own business, you have to take it seriously. You can’t treat it like a side job for extra money. This isn’t you when you were 15, mowing your neighbor’s lawn for $20 so you could go to that concert on the weekend. Entrepreneurship is serious business.

Successful people are passionate people. Figure out what drives you to be successful, and start doing it.

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Hiking Crowder Mountain: Lessons in Life & Business

This weekend, I hiked Crowder Mountain in North Carolina for the second time. It was a walk in the park compared to my Himalayan paragliding adventures, but still, it was good exercise, and that’s mainly why I did it. That, and it gave me time to reflect and meditate on some of the decisions I’ve made over the last year.

As I climbed the trails to King’s Pinnacle Summit, I thought about where I am today compared to where I was a year ago. The lessons I’ve learned, the risks I’ve taken and the roads I’ve traveled and how they’ve shaped me as a person. And I came away with a few nuggets that I thought would be worth sharing with my readers.

1. Listen to Robert Frost. Take the road less traveled. There are two reasons why I advocate this.

First, since fewer people have walked this path, there is far less wear and tear. The tread on your shoes will be stronger and the road will be easier to grip. I realized this as I slipped on several steep hills on my way back down the mountain.

Second, since fewer people have walked this path, you get to pave the way. You get to make mistakes that others have not made. Mistakes that may be recorded in history and learned from by future generations. When you take the path that everyone else has already taken, you’re far less likely to make mistakes, because you’ve already learned from the ones that have been made in the past. You’re far less likely to fail. And we all know that in business, it’s only by allowing yourself to fail that you succeed.

2. Take time to enjoy the view. It’s easy to obsess over reaching your final destination, so much so that you forget to enjoy the journey and the view along the way. There is so much beauty in nature. Take time to breathe deeply and feel the wind as it rushes against your skin. And when you get to the top, eat a sandwich, relax, talk to a few of the other hikers and take your time before journeying back down the cliff.

As the saying goes, entrepreneurs can get so busy making a living that they forget to make a life. The same principle applies here.

3. The easy road often takes the longest. This is literally true if you look at the trails on Crowder Mountain. The longest trail is over 6 miles and it’s marked “easy”. One of the most strenuous paths I’ve walked was under a mile long, but it was a very difficult trail.

As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to let distractions get in the way of execution. It’s much easier to peruse Facebook than it is to write that blog you know you need to write or to do the work that needs to be done for you to move forward. We procrastinate. We find excuses. We take the easier trail, and it takes much longer to see the results and experience the success we long for.

4. Talk to other passersby. Build relationships. We are all in this together. We’re all climbing the same mountain, even if we take different paths to the top. If a storm hits and you forgot your umbrella, you’re going to want one to stand under.

No one ever built a business in complete isolation. If we’re going to be successful, we must be willing to network with and learn from other like-minded entrepreneurs, and to lend a hand when necessary.

5. Explore your options. When I neared the peak of King’s Pinnacle Summit, I noticed that most people were climbing those last few rocks to the top by way of one path. As a traveler with a dog, I knew I’d have to make the climb one-handed, with the pup in the crook of my other elbow, and I wasn’t sure the way that everyone else was going would be the best way for me to go.

Rather than simply following in their footsteps, I took an extra minute to look around and see if there was another way and saw two men climbing down a different path just a few feet away. The rock formation of that path was more conducive to a one-handed climb, so I went that way instead.

The moral of the story: take time to explore your options. Going along with my first point, the road less traveled is often the better one to travel.

It’s been an interesting year, and I’m preaching to the choir as I write these words. My struggles have mainly been avoiding distractions and failing to build relationships. As an introvert and a writer, I find it’s much more comfortable to isolate myself and make excuses. And when I do go hard, I get so busy that I often forget to take time to enjoy the view.

But no more. It’s time to get serious about my commitment to success. I hope this post helps encourage you as much as it has motivated me to start pressing forward even harder.

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Why Social Media is Hurting Your Self-Esteem

Usually, people will search on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram to pass the time. But, if you find yourself waking up and the first thing you do is check Facebook, you might have an issue. The fact of the matter is, when you are searching and reading content on social media sites, your subconscious is doing a comparison. Here’s the deal: when you are reading about someone else’s life, you are thinking, “Wow, she has nice hair, better than mine.” Or, “His house is really awesome. I wish I had a house like that.” This is where social media can do damage to your self-esteem and self-confidence.

How It Affects Your Livelihood

Furthermore, these thoughts don’t just disappear once you log off of Facebook or Instagram. When you are consistently clicking through photos and information on someone else’s life, you naturally will make assumptions. You can’t help it. People put on Facebook what is best and going on good in their lives, not what is going wrong. If you are at a crossroad in your life, or going through a crisis, looking at happy, prosperous individuals does nothing but make you depressed about your situation.

It is not just Facebook. Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter are just as bad. Here is a good rule of thumb about you and social media: if you find that every day, you NEED to see what is on social media sites, instead of you WANT to see what’s up on social media sites, then you do have a problem. When you see all these happy, “perfect” folks, it can make you feel like you are missing out on something.

The simple truth is that everyone on this earth is missing out on a perfect life. But by being glued to Facebook or Instagram, you are missing out on a genuine life. I highly suggest you put the phone down, and step out into the real world and make some real connections. You will be much happier in the long run.

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Lessons on Overcoming Hardship in Business & Life

2015 was a rough year. You may have noticed that I went MIA for a while, and for that, I apologize. I had some pretty tough hardships to overcome, and learned a few important lessons along the way. So I thought I’d start the new year with a different kind of post. This isn’t another blog about my goals or resolutions for 2016; I think we already have enough of those. I’ve decided to give you some tips on overcoming hardship in business and in life, in the hopes that my struggles will be of use to you as you make headway on your own goals during the months ahead.

Before I dive into the 4 main lessons I’m going to give you though, I think it’s only fair that I describe some of the hardship I’ve had to overcome, just to put it in perspective.

First, my income took a turn for the worse. I’d started working with a new concrete construction business back in July, and he ended up going out of business. Without a solid back-up plan, and with my bank account dwindling fast, I got desperate and ended up looking for a J.O.B. Not something any entrepreneurially-minded person wants to do, but sometimes such is life. I figured it was a decent short-term solution until I found a better business venture.

I landed a job making a pretty decent salary, but on my first day of work, I couldn’t find the keys to my car. I spent two hours turning my house upside-down in an effort to find them with no luck, so I called my new employer and explained the situation. He told me I should have been prepared for something to happen and not to bother coming in. Back to square one. Meanwhile I had to order a car key replacement with virtually $0 in my bank account…

Lesson #1: Be prepared. Hardship is bound to happen. There’s no getting around it. It’s a regular part of life and I’d argue that it keeps things interesting and makes you stronger, as long as you make an effort to overcome it. It’s important to prepare your mind, and your bank account, for emergencies.

I figured that everything happens for a reason. Maybe I wasn’t meant to have a J.O.B. So I went back to the drawing board and began planning my next business venture. I met a life coach and decided I wanted to walk down his path. I’ve always been good at teaching and maintaining a positive attitude — two criteria necessary for any successful life coach. And that brings me to lesson #2:

Lesson #2: Stay positive. I know it sounds like a cliche out of a self-help book, but this is something many people struggle with and the #1 reason why a lot of us give up on our dreams. One thing goes wrong, and we’re apt to throw ourselves a pity party and stop chasing the things we want.

One way I stay positive is by writing motivational quotes on post-it notes and hanging them up on my bathroom mirror. I start and end every day with a positive thought, and it really helps me maintain focus throughout my workday.

Lesson #3: Take a risk. You’ll never get to where you want to be if you’re not willing to step out of the box you’re in. It was risky to start a business as a life coach. Life coaches don’t make a lot of money right off the bat. It’s difficult to differentiate yourself among the crowd, and difficult to build and maintain a steady client base. Life coaching is a relatively new practice, and there are a lot of people getting into it. Even though I firmly believe the world needs more of us, the supply & demand statistics would suggest otherwise… You must be willing to do something that other people will tell you you can’t do, and allow their negativity to propel you forward even further down the path of your passions. Speaking of passions…

Lesson #4: Pursue them! Don’t worry about how much money you’ll make. I’d rather make less to do something I love than make millions to do something I hate. And when you’re doing what you love, you’re a truly rich man (or woman.) Be passionate, and the people around you will be passionate as well. They’ll want to follow you on your journey and may even be willing to pay you to help them walk their own path successfully too.