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Defining happiness and success

Defining happiness and success

Define what wealth and happiness mean to you, in your own terms. 

If we don’t, society will for us — and we will always fall short. We’ll always be left wanting. We’ll always be stuck comparing ourselves and competing with other people.

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Healthy life changes
  • Stop consuming refined sugar. It is worse for our brains than it is for our waistlines.
  • Fast from all food and caloric beverages 24 hours once per week.
  • Go to bed early and rise early. Make sure you get 7+ hours of sleep each night.
  • Consume 30 grams of protein within the first 30 minutes of waking up.
  • Drink 64–100 ounces of water per day.
“If you have more than three priorities, then you don’t have any.”
Do something kind for others

Taking the time to help other people is one of the greatest joys in life. Helping others opens you up to new sides of yourself.

It helps you connect deeper with those you help and humanity in general.

Remove all non-essentials

Most of the possessions you own, you don’t use. Most of the clothes in your closet, you don’t wear. Get rid of them.

It will boost your motivation and give you clarity and welcome a new form of energy into your life. You can use that energy in more useful and productive ways.

Stop obsessing about the outcome

When setting goals, your locus of control should target what you can control.

Do what is right, let the consequence follow.

Do something that terrifies you

But you don’t have to constantly be battling your fears. You only need to be courageous for 20 seconds at a time.

If you courageously confront fear for 20 seconds every single day, before you know it, you’ll be in a different socio-economic and social situation.

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
Read 1 book per week

Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning.

Taking even 15–30 minutes every day (especially during the morning) to read uplifting and instructive information changes you. It puts you in the zone to perform at your highest.

Rituals for happiness
  • Make your bed first thing in the morning.
  • Write in your journal for 5 minutes per day.
  • Make a bucket list and actively knock items off.
  • Fast from the internet 24 hours once per week.
  • Stop consuming the news or reading the newspaper.
  •  Check your email and social media at least 60–90 minutes after you wake up.
“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”
Maximum 3 items on your to-do list

Have no more than 3 items on your to-do list each day.

Instead of doing a million things poorly, the goal becomes to do a few things incredibly — or better yet, to do one thing better than anyone else in the world.

“Be everything to everybody and you’ll be nothing for yourself.”

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High-pressure moments as a (fun) challenge

Most people see "pressure situations" as threatening, and that makes them perform even less well. 

But, "when you see the pressure as a challenge, you are stimulated to give the attention and energy needed to make your best effort." 

To practice, build "challenge thinking" into your daily life.

Turn envy into curiosity

This will help you to take action instead of feeling sorry for yourself. So the next time you see someone do something you want to do, either:

  • Reverse engineer what they’ve done
  • Seek them out and ask them how they did it.
Keep yourself accountable

Making a commitment to yourself helps keep you accountable. 

Write your goals down, keep a to-do list with you, and create reminders on your phone and on your calendar.